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Maison de l'Oiseau

6 rue de Caradec, 56120 Josselin France
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#4 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Josselin
Beautiful Breton cottage on the canal in Josselin. Private entrance double room with en suite. Potential for second double/twin for members of the same party. Continental breakfast included.
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Henry G wrote a review Aug 2021
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We had a lovely stay. The room is perfect. The service is perfect. The garden is perfect, and was buzzing with bees amongst the flowering shrubs. The location is perfect, just across the bridge from the castle and all the restaurants.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Misssunshine wrote a review Sep 2019
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Myself and my husband recently stayed for 6 nights at Ann’s B&B. We cannot fault our wonderful stay. Very friendly host whom went above and beyond anything we needed. Everything was perfect! Highlights of our stay included: Relaxed breakfast in the garden Cycling along the canal (we spotted a kingfisher and an otter!) Reading our books and sipping cider outside the chateau in Josselin Playing boules/molkee together with family/friends on the picnic benches near the B&B. Ideal location for couples and families. Ann has further rooms available and a cot in the room. Boat, kayak, bike hire all within walking distance from B&B. Stunning location, comfortable accommodation and a superb host, who made us feel very relaxed. Thank you so much Ann. A wonderful week in a simply beautiful setting.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
rosemary m wrote a review May 2019
United Kingdom36 contributions27 helpful votes
Loved everything about this place,the cottage itself,the beautifully decorated bedroom and the even more gorgeous lounge/dining room where we had breakfast.Not forgetting our lovely host Ann who made us feel so welcome. Ann,I think you have the best b and b we have ever stayed in,wish it could have been longer.Thank you.
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Date of stay: May 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: The only room is fabulous
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G4967CKthomasj wrote a review Apr 2018
California7 contributions2 helpful votes
Last fall, I had the privilege of staying in this lovely, pristine, 500 year-old home, located along the canal that runs through Josselin, It affords spellbinding views of both the river and the nearby castle. And it provides a perfect site from which to begin meandering walks or bicycling tours of the city and surrounding environs. Josselin is sleepy place in the mornings, with the fog rising from the river, giving it an enchanted look and feel. Then, with the arrival of the sun, the cafes come to life. The castle may or may not be open for tours (it is still a private residence and is only open for public viewing on certain days and during certain hours). Josselin is a place that seems lost in time. Almost everything here, except for its lively community of British ex-patriot artists, seems to have been preserved, as is, for centuries. There don’t seem to be many tourists, which a large part of its appeal and charm. Yet some of the locals fear the village will die unless discovered by more; so with much trepidation, I’m telling you about it -- revealing a very special, almost secret place in hopes of saving and NOT spoiling it. The place is lovely. The people are lovely. And Ann Bird, proprietress of Maison de L’Oiseau is the loveliest of all. If you are a monolingual English speaker, you will feel very comfortable in Josselin, and at Ann’s B&B in particular. I stayed there with a Danish friend who lives in France, who says that Ann has absolutely transported England to France, with window treatments, beds with tiny canopies overhead, mattresses, linens, china and tea. My daughter was impressed with the “British shower”/the plumbing, The floors do whimper a bit, but what can you expect from a structure that is 5 centuries old. And these creaks were nowhere as loud as those in our Paris hotel, which I also loved – because it was real/authentic/ full of retro class and history. There are two separate gardens, and one is designed for the sole enjoyment of guests. Though the guest room is upstairs (where the views are best), guests have their own entrance and garden. Plus this is extremely important and pretty rare, guests have their own place to park. The guest room is furnished with a small refrigerator, microwave and a few cups, glasses, plates and eating utensils -- which you don’t find in most B&Bs or hotels. In fact, we ran into several that forbad eating/bringing any kind of food or drink into your room whatsoever. Ann and her friends went out of their way to make sure we had a most enjoyable stay in Josselin. We even visited the local pub. Had a wonderful time. I highly recommend a visit to Josselin and a stay at La Maison de L’Oiseau. Though it’s clear I like funky chic, there was nothing funky about Ann’s place. She is a class act all the way and her B&B reflects her personality and values. It is tres chic without any pretentiousness. ---- Janeen Thomas, Novato, California, USA
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Date of stay: September 2017
Cindy C wrote a review Jan 2018
Fair Oaks, California3 contributions9 helpful votes
I was traveling in France with my mother and a friend from Brittany. We had planned to stay one night at Ann’s B&B, and then leave early the next morning for another destination. But we ended up having car trouble and had to spend the entire next day in Josselin. As it turned out, aside from the stress and cost of having to fix the car, we were very glad to have spent the entire day in this quaint town. It is thanks to Ann that, what could have been a nightmare experience, turned out to be an unexpectedly lovely stay. As soon as we arrived at Ann’s, we told her of our car trouble. She put us at ease by telling us she’d take my friend to her mechanic in the next town first thing in the morning, which she did. Ann drove to the mechanic’s in her own car, with my friend following in hers, and then she drove my friend back to Josselin for the day. The mechanic estimated the car repair to be a full-day job, so we didn’t know when, or even if, we’d be able to leave that day. Ann mobilized her ex-pat British community to help us. She already had other guests booked at La Maison de l’Oiseau for the coming night, but she found some friends with a vacancy at their B&B who could accommodate us if needed. She found another friend who could taxi us back to the mechanic’s later in the day. She allowed us to leave our things at her home, even though she was trying to prepare the place for her upcoming guests. She also made recommendations for how we could spend time in her town. Ann’s home is in a great location, just in front of (or behind?) the canal, and near the castle. She has two guest rooms. From the window of one, you can see the canal; from the window of the other, you can see the castle. Ann told us that in previous centuries, the houses along the canal, including hers, were either the castle’s servants’ quarters or craftsmen’s cottages. Being a history buff, I thought that was very cool. Like many a historical building, her floors still squeak a bit, but unless you’re staying with someone who’s up a lot during the night, that’s no big deal. La Maison de l’Oiseau exudes charm. There are bird cut-outs on all the wooden doors. There are birds elsewhere as well. The main guest room has its own entrance that one accesses via a lovely, enclosed garden (Ann likes to garden). The bathroom is decorated with shell motifs, and it has a great shower! Ann called it a “British shower.” What I really liked about it was that it had a single dial (no knobs) to turn to quickly reach your desired temperature, and it was fully enclosed. After having spent the previous two weeks at other hotels in France where each of them had a shower door/screen that only extended a few feet, which allowed water to spill all over the floor, I was thrilled to not have to mop up the floor after showering! As it turned out, our car was ready late in the afternoon, and we were able to continue with our travel plans. But in the meantime, we enjoyed a glorious day in Josselin! We walked along the canal, picnicked in a park, toured the castle, climbed to the top of the bell tower behind the church, visited the old town, and even enjoyed a drink with some of Ann’s British friends in a bar. Our stay at Ann’s is one I’ll never forget. Thank you so much Ann! FYI—“canals” in Brittany are like picturesque, curvy little rivers that are canalized through towns. They are often bordered by natural vegetation (as opposed to construction). I think they add to a town’s charm.
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from Ann B, Owner at Maison de l'Oiseau
Responded Jan 27, 2018
Thank you so much Cindy for taking the time ,it really was a pleasure .I hope all is well in your world .Kind regards Ann
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Frequently Asked Questions about Maison de l'Oiseau
Which popular attractions are close to Maison de l'Oiseau?
Nearby attractions include Basilique Notre Dame du Roncier (0.2 miles), Chateau de Josselin (0.1 miles), and Musee de Poupees (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Maison de l'Oiseau?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Maison de l'Oiseau?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Maison de l'Oiseau?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Maison de l'Oiseau?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Table d'O, Le Prieure de Clisson, and Crêperie La Marine.
Is Maison de l'Oiseau located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.7 miles away from the center of Josselin.
Are pets allowed at Maison de l'Oiseau?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.