3 bedroom, 3 bath/WC Prime Canal Location In Historic Town, Perfect for Walking, Cycling, Boats, Sight-Seeing
About Ruth Corbett
We are a London based family, and we spend as much time as possible here, in our gorgeous French retreat! We usually bring our labradoodle, Scruffy, who is in her element here, never happier than when she's swimming in the Nante Brest canal. We live in north London and work in the centre, so our little house is a wonderful alternative to city living.
Ruth Corbett purchased this House in 2013
Why Ruth Corbett chose Josselin
We fell in love with Josselin in early 2013, after a flying visit, and bought our house that same summer. The minute we swept around from the main street onto the canal road and took in that sensational view, we knew we wanted a place here. The river, the chateau and our future home were right there in front of us. Josselin has the lot in terms of traditional French charm, with its mix of cafes and quality restaurants, interesting little shops, chateau tours and Saturday market, as well as colourful annual festivals and holy days, gorgeous walks and opportunities for boating and cycling. It's a beautiful town, bursting with history and culture. There are numerous places to discover and explore nearby, from the ancient megaliths at Carnac to stunning secret sandy beaches on the south coast and enchanting forests in all directions.
What makes this House unique
Our house has the advantage of two entrances: at the front, on the street side (with mouthwateringly good boulangerie seconds away), and at the back, through the garden, on the river side, where cars can be parked. A delightful promenade here is home to charming river-side cafes and bars. The house's location is highly sought after and the views from our windows and garden of the river, and the ancient and beautiful 11th century church, on the far side of the river, are hard to beat. With useful local shops and amenities a short walk away, and with the peace and tranquillity a river-side setting offers, it's an exceptional spot.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
Please do not leave central heating on when you are out of the house for any longer than an hour.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Comfortable house in perfect location.
The location is ideal, being a short stroll from the town centre, in the picturesque and welcoming old town of Josselin. The house is traditionally French in decor and furnishing, as is fitting for it's location. Off street parking is a great plus, and the rear of the property has a pleasant patio area on which to while away an afternoon or evening with cheese and wine..... Altogether very relaxing.
Charming characterful townhouse is historic small town
We enjoyed a wonderful week in this beautiful townhouse overlooking the river and 12 century church. The owners were kind to allow us to bring our 2 dogs who made great friends with the neighbours.
The property is very comfortably furnished with everything you will need. It is better suited for 4 guests (as only living and dining furniture for four). The property was lovely and clean, tastefully decorated and well equipped. The wonderfully landscapes gardens with outside seating and secure parking were a real bonus and offer a tranquil escape.
The village itself is idyllic, the boulangerie opposite and local restauranteurs are all very warm and welcoming, and locals incredibly friendly.
The only disappointment was lack of WiFi (despite being advertised as being included & working router in the house). Also the central heating doesn’t work, unfortunately we stayed during the coldest May weekend since 1979 and the 3 portable electric heaters were inadequate. I hope the owners will consider repairing the heating system and including WiFi.
Ruth was very responsive to our queries both before and during our stay. We hope to return soon.
Thank you for your review Philip. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the house and your stay, despite the weather! I'm sorry the wifi wasn't working during your visit. We had it installed this year and have had some teething problems, so thanks for bringing this to my attention. Orange are currently on the case to fix this. We will be looking into the heating too. May, as you say, was unseasonably cold, and we had not expected the heating to be required, so once again thanks for pointing this out. Kind regards, and we look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
A perfect location
The house is a typical old French house and although many things have been brought up to date, the property still retains many original features. The location could not be better - a ten minute walk into the town with lots of bars, cafes and restaurants. Two large supermarkets are within a 20 minute walk or a five minute drive. At the bottom of the beautifully designed garden is a secure parking area and just outside the gates is the canal which provides delightful opportunities for walking or cycling.
Very good location , town a bit quiet
Close to town and restaurants,nice walks along the tow path.
The house has character but a little cold when we stayed.
Would recommend to friends.
Townhouse in Josselin, Brittany
The house was perfect, and exactly as described, and the location is superb. Leaving from the front door you can walk to the centre of town in five minutes, while leaving from the back door you descend through the delightful garden to reach the lovely river walk with views of the chateau. The rooms were spotless and very well presented, and the beds comfortable. The kitchen was well equipped and there was plenty of storage. We occupied the top floor, and loved the old beams and uneven oak floor, which reveal that this house is older than it looks from the street. I loved sitting in splendour in the big bath under the eaves, but my husband preferred the conventional shower downstairs. We all felt very much at home here, and hope to return some day.
Lovely house in a lovely village.
The house was lovely and the owner very welcoming and very helpful, answering all my questions in the lead up to the holiday very promptly. The village is very nice with many restaurants and a few bars. We had a fabulous time and would recommend.
Brittany's beautiful south and south-west coastal resorts are about 45 minutes drive away and you can be on the Ile aux Moines in an hour or so.
A large swimming lake with beach area, Lac du Duc, in Ploermel, is 15 minutes drive and there is an indoor swimming pool 20 minutes drive away.
How to get there
Dinard and Rennes airports are just over an hour's drive from Josselin. Nantes and Brest airports, about 2 hours. (Car hire is recommended.) The channel port of St Malo is a 1 hr 30 drive. Alternatives ferry crossings are Roscoff, Cherbourg and Caen. Calais & Boulogne are around 6 hrs drive.
Brittany's sandy shores, jagged coasts, legendary forests, mysterious menhirs and megaliths and flower-laden canals are easily accessible from Josselin. Vannes, gateway to Golfe du Morbihan with its historical centre, shops and port is 40 mins drive, the Forest of Paimpont (Broceliande) is 30 minutes drive, Rennes, Brittany's capital, is under an hour away and medieval Rochefort-en-Terre is 40 minutes drive.
The Basilique Notre Dame du Roncier stands in the heart of town, surrounded by pavement cafés, bars and restaurants, as well as the Mairie, banks, post office, boulangeries and other shops and services.
On Saturday mornings, a colourful market stretches through the main streets, selling a varied selection of local produce and local crafts. There is another in Malestroit, 20km from Josselin, on Thursday mornings. On the outskirts of the town are two large supermarkets with petrol stations.
Josselin is well situated for cycling and canoeing along the Nantes/Brest canal and bikes and canoes can be hired locally.
In nearby Vannes there is a fine indoor swimming pool with water slides, which is popular with those with young children.
Ploermel with more restaurants, shops, a large lake with beach, and a 9 hole golf course is 15 minutes drive from Josselin