La Haute Houssais
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Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 7
The house is surrounded by large gardens, sitting in the centre of its own land. In front of the house is a large, sunny courtyard with large table, chairs and barbecues.
Complete calm without being totally isolated. Within 1 mile of village of St. Maden with a bar/local shop/bakery. Nearest large supermarket ten minutes away.
The beaches of the wonderfully picturesque North Brittany coast are about 1/2 hour away as are Dinard and St. Malo. The walled medieval town of Dinan with its port-side restaurants is 15 minutes away.
There is an above-ground swimming pool, 24ft by 14ft by 4ft deep. A large trampoline is available.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||St Jacut 35 km|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Dinard 30 km, Nearest railway: Caulnes 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Private garden, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
The property has a large farmhouse kitchen / dining room. There is a large oven and a dish-washer.
There is a 'back' kitchen with fridge/freezer, cupboards, cooking utensils, microwave, food processor and Kenwood mixer.
The sitting room has a full-sized double sofa bed and doubles as bedroom 4. This room has satellite TV, DVD player, CD player etc.
On this level there is a utility room with washing machine and the central heating boiler. There is a bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin. There is also a shower room and another separate toilet.
Upstairs there are two double bedrooms; the larger one with en-suite WC, wash basin and bidet. The third, small, bedroom has a double bed but is counted as a single due to its size.
Towels for both beach and house use are supplied and bedding may be provided at a small additional cost.
Wifi is available at an additional cost of £10.
|Further details outdoors|
There are large gardens with outside tables and chairs, hammocks and deck chairs.
There is a large sunny court yard in front of the house with small and large barbecues and also a chiminea.
Near the above-ground 24ft x 14ft by 4ft deep pool is a large trampoline. There is also a child's swing.
The garden is surrounded, on three sides, by farmland with views over the countryside.
The nearest beaches are about 1/2 hour away at St. Jacut, Ploubalay, St. Briac and Dinard among others. The beaches at Cap Fréhel are about 45 minutes away and are quite stunning. Cap Fréhel is French National Trust land with heather, wild thyme and gorse covered cliffs and a dramatic, rocky coastline with many fine beaches. The beaches have many rock pools for children to explore. There are walks along the cliffs and out to the lighthouse at the cape. Nearby is a castle built on rocks out at sea (Fort la Latte).
Ten minutes from the house is a lake with swimming, boating etc. In the village itself is a lake (plan d'eau) for fishing. It has a boules pitch and a play area for children.
Dinan, about 15 minutes away, has many restaurants both in the old town and around the port on the River Rance. It is a medieval town with cobbled streets and many timbered houses.
Horse riding is available locally and there are many golf courses within easy reach.
There are a total of ten bicycles of varying sizes at the property.
A deposit of 20% of the rental is payable when booking.
The balance is payable 6 weeks before your holiday.
A deposit against possible damage of £300 is payable.
Beds may be made up ready for you at a small additional cost or guests may bring their own duvet covers and pillow slips. All towels, tea towels, duvets and pillows are provided.
Please note that the sitting room doubles as a fourth bedroom.
The house is cleaned before guests’ arrival and after departure. For two week bookings the house may be cleaned after the first week if required.
When booking with Brittany Ferries a 10% discount is available.
The Brittany region
The Côtes-d'Armor, meaning 'land of the sea', certainly lives up to its name. It comprises the majority of Brittany's highly attractive Northern coastline, including a number of islands. Among the rocky cliffs that look out towards England are some great beaches.
The department boasts 15,000 acres of Forest, while the land nearer the coast is used mainly for the farming of vegetables.
Côtes-d'Armor lies on the Northern coast of Brittany, it has a a beautiful rugged coastline with steep cliffs and is dotted with quaint, medieval towns.
Dinan which sits on the river Rance is well worth a visit if you like ancient castles. Breton music is often to be heard at local festivals.
St Malo, the Corsair town, inside ramparts and bordering the sea, is worth a visit. Enjoy street cafes and walking the ramparts.
Dinard has many bars and fine restaurants. The abundance of beaches coupled with a consistently sunny weather, however, attracts many visitors during the summer holidays. The attractions include a casino with a restaurant facing the sea and a hall which hosts many exhibitions. The nearby towns of Saint-Briac-sur-Mer and Saint-Lunaire also feature respectively a fairly large golf course and the beach of Longchamp, renowned as a "surfers' spot". Dinard holds, every year, a Festival of British Cinema in the first days of October.
The Côtes d’Armor is the largest European producer of scallops so it's well worth sampling the fresh shellfish.
The seaside resort of St. Cast with its seven beaches has been popular since the beginning of the 20th century. At the end of the main beach is a small hill which offers excellent views from the summit over the Emerald Coast and Cap Fréhel. Coastal walks along the jagged cliffs are particularly impressive, and a bit tiring.
Since Brittany is on the west coast of France, it has a warm temperate climate. It can get pretty hot in the summer months, up to about 30 degrees.
St. Maden is about 15 minutes from Dinan.
The medieval town of Dinan overlooks the River Rance which has a fine Gothic bridge. There are many excellent preserved 13th /14th century half timbered buildings, and plenty of shops producing high quality merchandise, including craft shops for leather, silk, pottery, wood and glass. Most of the craft shops are in Rue du Jerzual, and there are also two galleries to visit: Galerie St. Sauveur, 12 Rue de l'Apport, and Galerie Phonographe at 2 Rue de l'Apport. The Old Town of Dinan has quaint cobbled streets, and a tourist train is available for those who prefer not to walk. You can take a walk along The Ramparts, and just outside is the Jardin Anglais, a terraced garden. From the Old Town, Rue de Petite Fort is a marvellously preserved medieval lane leading down to the river. Dinan Château is home to a small museum and there is a panoramic view of the town from the watchtower. The Tour de l'Horloge on Rue de l'Horloge has a clock dating back to 1498. The 15th century Maison de Gouverneur is also worth a visit. Just outside the town is the Rail Museum. Dinan has a weekly market on Thursdays. There are many restaurants from Creperies to haute cuisine.
On the route to Cap Fréhel is Matignon which has a colourful market on Wednesdays.
The Emerald Coast stretches east from Dinard and has many beautiful beaches and rocky coves.
For those who wish to have some shops/restaurants nearby; St. Jacut, Ploubalay, St. Briac, St Cast and Lancieux are all quite close.
More wild, and totally natural, Cap Fréhel has wonderful cliff walks and climbs down to the most amazing beaches. Plévenon is about 5 minutes from the coast and has restaurants etc. From Cap Fréhel itself, where there is an old lighthouse, and a restaurant, as one heads south, the cliffs give way to sand dunes. There is a restaurant/creperie to the left after the beaches.
Towards Sables d'Or les Pins the beaches are almost at road level. Sables d 'Or itself has a small casino and many restaurants. One car hire bikes and pedal power 'cars'. There are also boats, wind-driven beach carts etc.
There is an excellent tourist office in Dinan where you will be able to find more than enough to fill your holiday.
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1 Sep 2013
"A lovely French farm house in a quiet setting."
This is a very sweet house with everything you need for your holiday. Lovely gardens and pool, which the children found very hard to leave! Peaceful and relaxing surroundings. You do need a car to get… More
28 Jul 2013
"It had it all..."
Location very rural France and very quiet, peaceful and picturesque but definitely needed a car.
No local services, but nearby villages/towns offered everything we needed.
The house had everything from corkscrew to garden umbrella to iron and dishwasher. Out buildings housed bikes and garden accessories, just a little hard to manage the doors. We made use of the push bikes, enough to suit 5 of us, but all needed minor adjustments to get them going.
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