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Maison de l'Oiseau

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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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Free Parking
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
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Refrigerator in room
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Full view
83Good for walkers
Grade: 83 out of 100
19Restaurantswithin 0.25 miles
4Attractionswithin 0.25 miles
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Reviewed Apr 5, 2018
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
Date of stay: September 2017
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Cindy C
Fair Oaks, California
Reviewed Jan 25, 2018
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.
Date of stay: September 2017
Thank Cindy C
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
nigel w
Wadebridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed Sep 21, 2017via mobile
Thinking I'm shooting myself in the foot cause this is a hidden gem set in a lovely
Brittany town i.e. Josselin and I ought to keep this to myself.We have a bit of history since earlier in the year Ann, the lovely landlady, rescued my Buddy and I when touring on our bikes. we had a major problem and we were stuck in the middle of nowhere on a Bank Holiday weekend.
Recounting the entire story would take too long and when I suggested to my lady that we should return it was met with a very frosty response - however on seeing this wonderful cottage for the first time she wanted quite rightly to stay for 3 nights instead of two - I have paid 5 times the amount for rooms in top line hotels and they simply do not match this wonderful B&B
Very highly recommended
Date of stay: September 2017
Thank nigel w
Mandy S
Beachampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed Jul 12, 2017via mobile
Ann is a lovely hostess. Nothing was too much trouble. The room was beautiful and the house is really pretty in a historic part of the town which is itself full of history. Breakfast was wonderful, served on the patio in the pretty garden. Would thoroughly recommend and hope to come back.
Date of stay: May 2017
Thank Mandy S
Rosie B
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed Jul 9, 2017
what a simply lovely b&b. our room was stunning, and we were within walking distance of all that josselin has to offer. an absolutely superb stay - we shall definitely return. thank you Mrs B for a wonderful stay in your lovely home.
Date of stay: April 2017
Thank Rosie B
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