Baby blue tit in the garden**
Breton horse and her foal next door
Peaceful farmland on our doorstep
The coastal path at Penerf (20mins)
You may see our local wildlife when you're walking or cycling on the mostly level, quiet lanes around the gites, taking in the nearby villages. The Josselin to Redon section of the Nantes-Brest canal is quickly accessible for walking, and it also offers safe easy family cycling on the towpath, with the opportunity of spotting kingfishers, herons, cormorants and otters.
As well as Josselin and Redon, this section of the canal (river Oust) passes through the picturesque town of Malestroit and many pretty villages.
There is a 40km surfaced cycle path on the track of a disused railway line just north of Bel-Aire (10 mins) at Questembert.
AQUAGOLFE - Under 20 minutes away we now have the region's new water park at Surzur with a choice of heated pools, water slides, childrens' rubber ring ride, sauna, jacuzzi, massage bath, and its own beach! Bermuda trunks not allowed chaps, pack your budgie smugglers.
BOAT TRIPS and dayboat hire on the 25 km lake on the Vilaine River departing from Arzal (12km), and to the Islands in the Golfe de Morbihan departing from Vannes.
HIRE A PUNT at St Lyphard (30mins), take a picnic, and punt around the waterways in the Grande Brière marshland National Park.
THE FAMOUS WILDLIFE PARK in the grounds of the Château de Branféré at 3km is on our doorstep. Don't confuse this with a zoo. That the animals enjoy their semi-wild life here is evident from their condition and manner. Small herds of different species feed on the 'African Plain', a fantastic bird display involves pelicans and egrets as well as parrots and birds of prey. Very popular with our guests, some of whom have visited twice during their stay.
THE PREHISTORIC PARK at Malansac (16km, 20 min) is stimulating for littl'uns who have been 'doing' dinosaurs at school and features full size tableaux of dynosaurs and cave families in realistic countryside settings.