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Morbihan, France  (# 14994)
 La Ferme Fortifie Poulmarvezen
  VacationsFRBO Morbihan Vacation Rentals Property ID 14994 La Ferme  

Major City: LORIENT
Distance: >30-50 km

Type:   House
Area: Rural

Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
Baths: 3
Size: 150 Sq M

Internet: No
Pets OK: No
Pool: Yes
Spa: No

Calendar: No
Exchange: No
For Sale: No
Credit Cards: No

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La Ferme Fortifie Poulmarvezen

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Name: Sue & Ron Ollerenshaw

Phone: 00332 97 39 43 26

Languages: English

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VacationsFRBO Listing Since: 2006-02-22

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La Ferme Fortifié was the original fortified manor farmhouse built in
the late 1600's at Poulmarvezen. It has a stone spiral staircase in a
tower with a "meutrier", (a gunslit), there is a massive stone Breton
fireplace, (complete with woodburning stove for cosy winter lets) and
many other interesting exposed stonework details.
The property has been restored to a very high standard with three
en-suite bedrooms (two doubles and one twin) on the first floor,
accessed via the stone spiral staircase, and on the ground floor an
enormous (37 feet long) open plan living/dining/kitchen area.
The original massive oak beams have been left exposed, including
those in the three bedrooms and the upstairs landing. The exposed
timberwork and stonework is shown to its best by the contrasting
white walls and the rose-coloured ceramic tile floor on the ground
floor, and tasteful neutral carpeting throughout the bedroom areas.



Poulmarvezen was formerly a farmstead whose history can be traced
back for centuries. The original choice of the site for a farm was on
account of the natural spring that occurs here, (even to this day),
and the unique Breton name Poulmarvezen reflects this (Poul, pool).
The oldest of the buildings that remain was built in the late 1600’s,
a fortified farm with its own stone spiral staircase in a stone
tower, complete with gun slit! The old prison has long since
disappeared, along with the right to imprison local miscreants. The
first addition to the longere (longhouse) was built in 1729, and the
standard of the finely dressed stonework reveals that the farm must
have prospered in the interim. Later additions were made in the early
Rose gardens and lawns now stand where once could be heard the sounds
of shire horses, cattle and people hard at work. What does remain is
the cluster of time-mellowed stone buildings, still surrounded by
completely unspoiled, beautiful, wooded, rolling countryside. In
total we have four acres of lawns, gardens, and woodland, complete
with a shady picnic area next to our own stream!
Poulmarvezen is also thought to have had religious and/or monastic
connections, as there are no records of taxes having been paid in the
distant past! A stone cross was discovered during renovations, hidden
under a stone-flag floor, possibly during the French Revolution.

Poulmarvezen is situated at the end of a very pretty lane, and as a
consequence there is no passing traffic, and therefore safe for
children. The absence of noise of any description is also very
noticeable. At night the sky is free from light pollution, and you
can touch the Milky Way. (not guaranteed!)

You are invited to spend a week or two (or more!) in this most
idyllic of settings. To this end we offer four properties, which have
been attractively restored and furnished to a very high standard: Le
Grenier, (The Loft), La Grange (The Barn), Le Relais des Pèlerins
(Pilgrims Rest) and La Ferme Fortifié (The Fortified Farmhouse).
All have fantastic views, and each has its own exclusive area of
garden complete with barbecue, table and chairs, and sun-loungers. If
there is a baby in your family we can supply cot, high chair and baby
bath free of charge.



The villages of Ploerdut and Lignol are each three kilometres distant
and offer restaurants, bars and boulangeries. The bar Chez Marie Thé
in Ploerdut (arguably the best in the area) serves an excellent four-
course lunch with wine for a remarkable 9 euros. Guemène-sur-Scorff
is ten minutes away by car and offers supermarkets, banks, a wider
range of shops, and even more restaurants.
The roads in this part of Brittany are very quiet even in the summer,
and it is possible to drive several kilometres without seeing another

The area is ideal for walking, cycling, fishing, painting and
drawing, photography, not to mention eating, and there is a multitude
of interesting places to visit within half an hours drive, including
the mysterious Chapelle St. Barbe (ring the massive bell), St.
Fiacre, Le Faouet market hall, Les Rochers Du Diable (white water
kayaking), the pretty Vallee-du-Scorff (picnic here), the Lac de
Guerladan (boating from a tree-shaded beach), and many local street
markets, notably Hennebont, Rostrenen, and further afield Vannes on a
Wednesday, all ideal for gourmets and photographers.
The Nantes-Brest canal, built by Napoleon (not personally) cuts
through the area and offers picturesque level walking. It was built
so that old Bonaparte could get his ships from North to South
Brittany and back without the English sinking them.



La Ferme Fortifié accomodates 6 (3 bedrooms) Features: 3 x shower, bedlinen and towels available, kitchenette, laundry service, barbecue, no pets, shared swimming pool. Weekly rental rates (Saturday - Saturday) January 7th until May 19th 550 euros May 19th until July 1st 750 euros July 1st until July 15th 1100 euros July 15th until 2nd September 1450 euros September 2nd until 30th September 750 euros September 30th until 23rd December 550 euros December 23rd until January 6th 1450 euros Rental Conditions A 50% booking deposit is required on booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before arrival. A refundable damage deposit of £100 is required payable with your second installment. The property is cleaned to a very high standard before your arrival. There is a £25.00 cleaning charge, with heavy cleaning (burnt on food in oven etc.,) charged extra.Cooking gas, electricity and water are all included in the rental charge, but heating gas is charged at cost. Linen and towels are supplied at £7.50 per single bed per week, and £15.00 per double bed per week. We offer an on-site laundry service with a nominal charge of 3 Euros per load to cover costs.


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