I have never experienced this kind of quiet, except in the mountains... there is simply no noise, hardly any birds, nothing. It is absolute heaven. Julie is the perfect host and treats the house like her own. Great home made breakfast, comfortable beds, good suggestions, in short, a perfect stay.
One single thing, if there is one, I would like to change is the carpet in the bedroom. I am not a fan and would love to have wooden floors.
But other than that, highly recommendable and I will definitely come back to this gorgeous corner of the world.
I would just echo the comments of the other reviwers that this is a lovely place to spend a few days. The room was very clean, bed comfy etc. Julie was very helpful and her breakfasts were excellent with new jams every day!
Only feedback I'd give is the coffee at breakfast is poor. I think she used a nespresso machine but it was so dilute that verged on undrinkable. Much prefer a cafetiere.
If you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing stay in beautiful surroundings, then Ferme Saint-Vennec will delight you. Our ground floor room was very comfortable and we woke up to the sound of birdsong in the trees. Breakfast was served by Julie - home made yogurt, fresh strawberries, french bread and pastries and some delicious home made jams made by her husband. The decor in all areas was very tasteful and beautiful with great attention paid to detail. Julie was warm and friendly and provided us with plenty of information about the local area. Unfortunately the poor weather meant that we couldn't take advantage of the sun beds around the pool! The cottages are furnished to an extremely high standard. The renovation work of the whole farm was undertaken by the incredibly hard working partnership of Julie and her husband. They deserve every accolade. Thank you.
My son and I look forward to coming back one day to Saint Vennec. Julie and her little boy were very sweet and it is a pleasure to stay somewhere not only gorgeous and relaxing in the Brittany countryside, but obviously a labor of love for the family owners. (We think it was Dad who was cleaning the bedrooms in the morning, but didn't quite clarify!).
The grounds are entirely rustic but with a huge, closely cut lawn that is more the size of a field and ideal for family football and rounders. There's a children's slide and swings at the far end of the pasture, and of course the heated swimming pool, which we wanted to go in (and were reassured was lovely and warm) but the wind chill in mid-May was still a bit of an issue at dusk, so we chickened out!
We only stayed one night, unfortunately, and would have gladly stayed longer. Our room on the first floor (6 or 7, we think) was very comfortable, had lovely down pillows, a perfectly weighted duvet for the time of year, and a coffee machine and all other mod cons we could think of but didn't use. The bathroom amenities were also excellent and everything was spotlessly clean. As for breakfast, my 10 year old said it was best he had ever had. It was typically French - yoghurt, fruit salad, fresh pastries and croissant, delicious jams, but much of the produce we believe was sourced from the farm, and that was very good to hear.
We note one English reviewer mentioned the slightly limited check in times and had an issue with paper cups in the bedroom next to the Nespresso machine. These are trifling issues and I can't imagine many people can fail to organise their travel plans such that they can't arrive within a generous timeframe for check in ... And i'm sure if there were any problems en route, the owners would be only too delighted to step out of their cottage opposite reception to deal with your paperwork and the formalities should you be late.
We were simply delighted to stay somewhere that was being run by a hardworking family that obviously take great pride in their business, offer a tremendous "product" (to use that terrible neoliberalism) ... and also manage to maintain some type of work life balance for themselves while their guests get on with the task of relaxing. Tremendous all round, say we!
La Ferme Saint-Vennec is overpriced and not at all worth the Euro 175 or $ 230 cost per night even if breakfast is included. (In contrast our subsequent stay near-by was E 80 or $ 104 per night in a far more pleasant room with a fine breakfast.) Our room was large enough but by no mean luxurious. There was not even a chair to sit in and read. There was not much light to read by in bed either. The bathroom was equipped with a fancy shower but most of the small nozzles would only give a very limited spray of water – apparently they needed to be cleaned.
At Euro 177 or $ 230 per night one does not expect to find plastic glasses and paper coffee cups. Also it was the only place we stayed in Brittany that did not have a small refrigerator available in the room.
We were given exactly one small oval piece of blue soap for our 3 night stay – fortunately we had additional soap with us but this should not be necessary at Euro 175 or $ 230 per night; sadly the coffee was replaced only once.
There were cobwebs and dust bunnies hanging in the corners and in the toilet. When we reported this, we were told that spiders tend to come in….
The breakfast was nice but limited to the traditional French fare, bread, croissants, jam, yogurt. Coffee was served by the small cup and we had to ask for several refills.
The opening hours of the La Ferme Saint-Vennec reception are 5 to 8 pm which is annoying especially at a cost of Euro 175 or $230 per night and is limiting to ones travel plans. After several cloudy, partly rainy days, the weather had finally turned beautiful, but we had to rush to meet the 5 to 8 pm deadline and a nice end of the day was spoiled.
In conclusion, the Ferme Saint-Vennec has 4 star prices but 2 star qualities.