La Vieille Ferme at La Julerie
Gite | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
La Julerie offers ideal family accommodation when holidaying; it is near St Malo ferry port & also historic towns of Dinan & Dinard. La Vieille Ferme has 3 bedrooms and an open groundfloor with a fully equipped kitchen with modern electrical equipment. 3 bedrooms, 1 double, 1 twin & other with bunk beds, 2 bathrooms & toilets on 1st floor, washroom on groundfloor. There is enough space for up to 24 people to sit & dine together in this gite which makes it very popular with groups holidaying together.
Families with infants will find all of the equipment they nortmally have to take with them on holiday at La Julerie; besides cots, high chairs, stair gates we can also provide-free of charge- baby changing table with bath and mat, bottle steriliser, listening device, play mats, swing chairs etc
Besides the swimming pool & games room, we have children's swings, slide, sand pit and plenty of space to play. Being located away from main roads it is very quiet, at night time you are more likely to hear owls than cars.
The coast is less than 20 minutes away and there are many safe sandy beaches, some have sailing or surfing schools. The little offshore island of Les Ebihans is a pleasant walk across the sands at St Jacut at low tide; the children love it!
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||St Jacut 18 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Dinard 20 km, Nearest railway: Languenan 2 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared indoor pool|
|General||Central heating, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 24, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared indoor pool, Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Whilst most guests first think of the joy of the indoor/outdoor (the covers can be retracted) heated pool, when they book to stay at La Julerie they soon realise how much pleasure they can get from using the large games room where there is a table tennis table, 2 showers/changing rooms and a toilet, a seating area and a selection of toys for the younger children, besides book, games and jigsaws for all. We have now hosted several wedding receptions and anniversary and birthday parties (up to 40 guests). The games room is freely available for these parties when guests book all 4 gites. We can also put you in contact with outside caterers who have experience at catering for parties at La Julerie.
The pool is over 9 metres long, and for security reasons it can only be accessed via the games room. It has a level bottom at a depth of 1.65 m which makes it ideal for parents with young children as they can stand anywhere in the pool and look after their children. The other 3 sides of the pool are surrounded by a walled patio which is a suntrap and a good place to lie out on the sun loungers
|Further details outdoors|
Whilst each gite has its own patio with wooden furniture and Weber barbeque, and some lawned area, the gardens open up to the larger lawned area which is shared with all guests. We have planted numerous shrubs and every year we aim to have a good display of colour in the flower beds and in the balcony troughs.
There are swings and a slide and also a sandpit for the younger children and a boules court for everybody to use.
Bikes are available for hire as are swimming towels. Meals and baby sitting service can be provided
As La Julerie is in such a quiet location, several families will bring their bikes so their children can practise their riding on quiet country roads with very little traffic. There is sufficient parking space for all of the guests cars.
SPECIAL LATE BOOKING DISCOUNTS OFFERED 20% ON ANY 7 DAYS IN JUNE, 10% ON WEEK 19-26 JULY 2014 Our booking terms request a 25% non-refundable deposit be paid on confirmation of a booking with the balance being paid 10 weeks prior to arrival. Details of our UK and French bank account are quoted on the booking agreement and we request that payments be made by bank transfer into which ever account is more convenient. Although prices are quoted in Euros, Payment can be made in sterling; I receive the commercial exchange rates daily from CaxtonFX and use these to convert.
As an advertiser with Brittany Ferries I can assist guests in obtaining up to 20% discount on their ferry tickets when travelling with this company. 20% discount on ferry fares when travelling with Brittany Ferries. Please ask me for details
If guests book all 4 gites, apart from July and August, we offer a 10% discount; we also offer a similar discount when only 2 guests stay in the smallest gite Les Etables aux Hirondelles.
Les Ecuries has been deisgned to welcome wheelchair guests, although there is no bedroom on the groundfloor, a single bed is placed behind a screen to the rear of the salon area when required by any guest who cannot manage the stairs.
The Brittany region
Mont St Michel (50km) is a 1-ha (3-acre) rocky islet topped by a famous Gothic abbey, 1.6 km (1 mi) off the coast of Normandy in northwest France in the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel in the English Channel. The island, located 5 km (3 mi) from the shore during the Middle Ages, is now surrounded by water only two times a month. Its one cobblestone street climbs in three spirals from a great granite base to the towering Benedictine abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel.
The abbey is an architectural masterpiece and well worth visiting. Il de Brehat .
(80km) Another island, but one that you get to by ferry (about 10 minutes) Il de Brehat is situated along the “Pink Granite Coast” near Paimpol
Guingamp. (65km) An attractive Breton town which hosts an annual Breton music and dance festival.
Lamballe (35km) Every Thursday afternoon/evening throughout the summer the large stables which houses “heavy working horses” opens it doors to the public and puts on a show with these horses in their large arena. The town also gears itself up for this event as the town centre is transformed with an array of seating and tables and stage. Barbeques are alight around the square and you can select a meal to suite your hunger!
Moncontour (50km) This small hilltop town in central Brittany, most of the houses were built in the 16th and 17th century. Like Dinan it hosts a Medieval Fair every other year, 2007,2009 (check the dates but normally a weekend in mid August). Here you pay an entry fee of 10 Euros to get into the town (2005) and then all the exhibitions and events are free. Do not take any food with you as you can buy freshly cooked lunches in the town centre.
The baker constructs an oven in the town square in which he bakes fresh rolls and tasty tarts, and on the large spit you will see lambs and whole pigs being cooked over charcoal fires. At the end of the day there is a long procession of all the floats and artists which winds its way thr4ough the town
Main towns and beaches in the area
Dinan- only is only 10km from La Julerie
Dinan is a medieval town built on a hill overlooking the Rance River. There are boat trips on the river.
The town is split between the main shopping area with its large market, boutiques and creperies and pavement bars/cafes at the top of the hill and “the port” with its cafes and restaurants and more creperies along by the river. Rue Jezroual which connects the main town to the port for the pedestrian offers the visitor an array of craft shops often with the craft person working in the shop or visible in the workshop to the rear.
Market day is Thursday; in the summer it is naturally very busy and parking can be a bit of a problem, but well worth the effort.
For a weekend in late July every other year- 2008, 2010 etc Dinan is transformed into a medieval town with straw strewn streets as it hosts its Medieval Fair. Whilst entry to the town is free, visitors pay with one ticket to enter all the different events which take place over the weekend (the jousting event in the market place does require an additional ticket).
An equal distance from La Julerie is the town of Plancöet which offers one of the top hotel restaurants in all of Brittany – the Crouzil. The French president has entertained the British Prime Minister (tony Blair) in the restaurant.
Plancöet has a much smaller weekly market (Saturday) than Dinan, but one we find very welcoming and it offer a good range of fresh vegetables which are sold by the growers and also fish and crabs. It is a delight to visit this town which takes so much care over its appearance, you will find the floral decorations in the streets and on the roundabouts are even updated through the year to reflect the different seasons.
Whilst its annual firework display (normally held on the Saturday after 14 July) will not last as long as some of the larger towns in the area, we invariably find it offers the most artistic display with the fireworks being choreographed to music. In 2006 the floral display in the gardens paid tribute to the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birthday and his music accompanied the firework display!
St Malo (26km from La Julerie) and Dinard (20km) face each other across the estuary of the River Rance, but these two towns are so different.
St Malo is a ferry port catering for Brittany Ferries overnight boat from Portsmouth, and also Condor Ferries fast crafts from Poole or Weymouth and the Channel Islands; it is possible to take day trips to either Jersey or Guernsey.
Besides being a ferry port St Malo also caters for many visiting yachts and is a very busy holiday town; most of its visitors spend their time within its walls where there are numerous shops and cafes and restaurants, it is possible to walk virtually the whole way around this part of the town on top of the Walls. However, besides the town within the walls or Intra Muros as the signs say, St Servan or Paramé are two other areas of the city well worth visiting.
Dinard been popular with British visitors for over 100 years; people go there to enjoy some glorious beaches, smart shops, views, coastal walks and possibly a flutter in its Casino. It still holds a British Film Festival each September. Whilst Dinan has a very busy rural market each week, Dinard holds markets each Tuesday and Saturday where there is a huge array of fresh food clothing and all the normal items you would expect to find in a market but it does excel with a large selection of sea food (we do have some very large saucepans at La Julerie to enable you to cook any crabs or lobsters you may buy!). You will quickly notice how smart and fashionable the majority of people attending the market are. It is Chic and it is a pleasure to sit back in the sunshine having a drink at one of the bars watching all the people go by!
To the west of La Julerie – on the road towards Cap Frehel - is the town of Matignon which has a large market every Wednesday; as the stalls stretch right through the town it is worth avoiding trying to go through Matignon on a Wednesday if you are not going to the market. Many guests go there specifically to browse through its market and find it a real delight.
As La Julerie is only 18km from the coast we naturally attract many families throughout the summer months who want to enjoy the lovely sandy beaches that stretch along this part of northern Brittany, whilst I would consider all of the beaches to be safe, there are lifeguards on duty throughout the summer season on the more popular beaches.
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12 Sep 2014
"Top Accommodation and service"
My first experience of a complex style gite holiday. I am world traveller and I am chilled but fussy ... I like my space and tranquility and wasn't sure how I would get on with gites close tog… More
25 Aug 2014
"Big family invade La Julerie!"
We stayed here last week and had a fantastic time, it was a big family celebration so we hired all 4 cottages, there are lots of things to do for the children, ping pong, nice pool, big garden (we had… More
20 Aug 2014
"Our second visit to la Vieille Ferme"
This is our second visit to La Vieille Ferme, and we plan to return again next year. The gites are fantastic, comfortable, homely, and you really can enjoy spending time in them. We have 2 young child… More
15 Nov 2013
"Fabulous Accomodation - Lovely area"
I stayed in La Vielle Ferme with my husband and three children (aged 8,5 and 2) for a week in August (and our party also had another one of the cottages in the complex) we had a fabulous week. There w… More
8 Nov 2013
"Wonderful relaxing week"
My husband and I and four children stayed here the second week of July. We had a thoroughly enjoyable week. We were most fortunate to have a full week of sunshine. We found the gite had everything … More
31 Jul 2013
"Almost brilliant, but not quite"
There are 4 gites in a terrace which isn't clear from this listing. We stayed in an end one, La Vieille Farm. The gites are beautifully converted old farmhouses, done with real skill by gifted … More
1 Jun 2012
"A stay at this location is an experience not to be missed"
We came for the first time last September and as we had such a relaxing week we decided to do it again this year.The area is superb and not unlike Cornwall, the coast with its safe sandy beaches not thirty minutes away , the medieval towns, the good local food make this location a must .The gites are superb, well equiped and comfortable. A bonus is the retracting roof on the swimming pool, the first we have encountered in our numerous trips to France. Another good feature was that there were toilet facilities on both the ground floor and the upper floor in all the gites. We will definitely come here again .
Thanks for your most welcome review, we felt that the facilities were appropriate for the family and we could see that they all agreed with us and made good use of everything. We hope your journey home wasn't too uncomfortable and your back is feeling better.
Best wishes to Philip and the boys
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