Walking distrance to centre of town, walled garden and off street parking
- english, french
About Joyce Clarke
Moved from London to France, my children were educated here. Happy in the rural Brittany countryside.
Joyce Clarke purchased this Cottage in 1994
Why Joyce Clarke chose Josselin
This is an old fashioned cottage with a wonderful location, a short walk along the tow path into the centre of town. It is quiet and calm with a lot of space both inside and outside the cottage. Secure parking space and a walled back garden.
What makes this Cottage unique
The tranquility of being on the edge of town, on the riverside but within easy walking distance of the centre.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
a very serene large garden, so quiet and restful,
outside gate to Canal, very pleasant walk to Josselin,
This gite is attached to a grand house, Joyce is really lovely lady
and helpful, if needed, otherwise leaves you in peace.
The gite is roomy, homely and has everything you need.
Very hot weather , so was outside till late. Four of us had a wonderful restful week, the location and area is beautiful.
The house was ideal for us with a great location and lovely atmosphere.
Joyce was very welcoming and we throroughly enjoyed our stay. Beautiful location.
Josselin cottage with access to towpath to town
The cottage was quirky, homely and comfortable with a well equipped kitchen. We were very lucky with the weather and enjoyed the large garden, with direct access to the towpath into Josselin with its many restaurants and good weekly market. There is a good supermarket within five minutes easy drive for stocking up the large Miele fridge freezer. Joyce is a very nice lady who, whilst being on hand to help with any info required, did not intrude on our privacy at all. Her
three large, but friendly dozy dogs and three cats were, as we are animal lovers, a pleasure to have around. The dogs were confined to the front of the house and could hardly be bothered to get up to greet us, and the cats though friendly, were easily deterred. None of the animals ever came into the cottage.
We would comment on the one very adverse previous review that it was unduly harsh and unfair in our opinion.
We can't please all of the people all of the time, but I am very glad that we pleased you!
Great Gite, the photos definitely don't do this Gite justice. The rooms we're clean and comfortable, and the cottage kitchen is a delight with everything you could need and there was always hot water.The walled garden is a delight, in fact we spent most of our time here, as the weather was fantastic. The host Joyce was very friendly and her knowledge of the area was invaluable.. The walk into Josselin along the canal path was pleasure. Infact with the 3 beautiful cats it was almost home from home. We will be going back, sooner rather than later.
Thank you for a good review, you were a pleasure to have stay and our cats definitely miss you already! Hope to see you again if you stay with us or are passing through the area
Excellent location, spacious,comfortable cottage
The cottage was perfectly situated for enjoying Josselin and the surrounding area-a few minutes stroll into the beautiful town centre with its shops, restaurants and bars and yet in a stunning peaceful spot. My husband loved being able to get straight onto the riverbank from the garden to do a little fishing in the evenings. The walled garden is lovely and very private-we appreciated the badminton net and racquets!
The cottage itself is really spacious, with big bedrooms and a good sized kitchen and lounge. We found the cottage clean and the beds were comfortable. If you're looking for designer furnishings, wet rooms and a pool, etc., this is probably not the place for you. If you're looking for a clean comfortable cottage in a lovely location, you can't go far wrong.
The owner was very helpful, providing useful information on weather, local attractions etc.
Josselin itself is a lovely town. We hired bikes for a couple of days and there are plenty of planned and graded routes to follow. We really enjoyed seeing the countryside and pretty villages in this way. Carnac beach was a hit with the boys, as was Etel where they jumped about in the impressive waves.
There is loads to do/see in the area and the cottage itself makes an excellent base for seeing this part of France. We'd have no hesitation in recommending this to our friends/family and hope to visit again one day.
The cottage is ideally located for fishermen with the gate leading directly onto the riverbank - allowing time to fit in a bit of fishing at the end of a day out or in between going out. It doesn't have to be a planned activity.
Could do better
Upon entering the unwelcoming hallway I was tempted to get back in the car immediately. The cottage was frankly a mess, shabby without the chic. The ground floor bedroom smelled of damp. The living room was comfortable, if a little gloomy. We wondered why the fitted carpet didn't reach the wall under the windows.
Of the two bathrooms the downstairs one was dingy with awful carpet tiles that weren't helped by whatever caused the lavatory to flood on day one. The upstairs one was bright, which showed off the mismatched suite to good effect. Water pressure was good, though the shower handset was split and squirted. The hot tap packed up on day one but was replaced quickly. The shower riser bar was barely affixed to the wall and the shower screen flimsy. Unsure when the mirrors were last properly cleaned, I cleaned them.
The kitchen was unspeakable. Units with rusted handles; an old fridge, pitted with rust; an elderly dishwasher; badly cracked and chipped floor tiles. Worktops were clean, apart from a granite slab which had a good film of dust; the coffee maker was filthy; inside the cupboards were dirty, the drawers not much better. A cobwebby fire blanket in a dusty old plastic cover about summed it up.
For the final clean up, if you opt to do it yourself, there is a Dyson, held together with gaffer tape. It has virtually no suction because the filter hasn't been cleaned in a long while. There was an ironing board that I would be ashamed to throw onto the council tip.
The good news? The spacious garden was lovely, just as well as it was much utilised during some fine weather. There was a pavilion with teak table and chairs and sun loungers. We washed the table each morning as some of the cats liked to lie on it. 6 in all, invasive, total pests especially when we ate outside. The area by our kitchen door was pussy toilet. 3 large, amiable dogs patrolled the front of the house.
In an hotel when things aren't up to par, you complain and give the staff the chance to remedy matters. Yes, the dodgy tap, flooded loo and a duff lightbulb - does nobody check in advance? - were speedily attended to, but we felt that confrontation on day one over the lack of cleanliness and overall sloppy presentation of the cottage would have created an unacceptable atmosphere between ourselves and the owners. For a 3 week stay this was never an option.
The location however was superb, Josselin is a joy, the canal side walk a treat. And we did enjoy lounging in the garden.
Expectations evidently vary. I believe the pictures of the cottage clearly show it is a simple country cottage with sturdy, comfortable furnishings, not something out of 'House and Garden' Magazine. Having said that, I welcome visitor comments which can help improve the accommodation. I have already replaced the ironing board, vacuum cleaner and shower head. Other issues have been noted and action will be taken where necessary. I always make visitors aware of the animals and am happy to discuss any misgivings they may have about them.