Manor House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Our three story Manor house is built from the local stone in the traditional style, standing in its own private grounds and is reached via a private entrance with electric gates. It was the most important house in the hamlet in its day. All the surrounding land belonged to the owners and it was a working farm. The houses surrounding it in the village today were once part of the farm; the barns, the cow sheds and the stables. These have all been turned into lovely houses. It was built in different stages, the oldest section being 1721. It has been entirely renovated and is now a modern dwelling.
Situated between St. Malo and Rennes, our beautiful house has an important feature - a WALLED GARDEN encircling the whole property. There is a large expanse of lawn - great for ball games, fruit trees and a heated swimming pool at the bottom of the garden (7.3m x 5m x 1.30m deep). To conform with French Law, a pool alarm has now been installed.
Our house is naturally suited to family holidays with BABIES AND TODDLERS and we cater especially for them:
• The walled garden provides added security
• Push along toys, paddling pool, swings
• Kitchen equipment now includes a hand held food mixer, a robot chef with liquidiser, a bottle heater , a steriliser, plastic pots and covers for storing small quantities of food and small plastic bowls for meals.
• There is a baby alarm and a bath.
• There are 2 highchairs and a travel cot.
For toddlers we have all the necessary for meal times: plates, cups, spoons & forks. We have a selection of toys: a fort, a garage, cars, dolls, soft toys, books and games for the garden such as skittles and hoops, beach balls and so on. There is a paddling pool and lots of pool toys.
Please let us know if you would like anything particular and we will let you know if we have it. A buggy is also available if you need it.
A selection of DVDs is available on loan (no charge) for all ages. The adult films are fairly family friendly but please check.
Our house and garden offers sun, shade, privacy; it's perfect for a holiday but especially a holiday with children.
There is plenty to do in the area with easy access to beaches, water sports, fishing, themed parks and zoos for children of all ages, not forgetting the markets and the shops!
When all of that has exhausted you, come back and have a drink on the west facing terrace that catches the last sun and have a barbecue.
Needless to say there are chickens too. (All being in the field next to the house not in the garden!)
We can supply you with home produced organic produce in season such as lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, spring onions and radish. Our own honey, jams and cider. We have chickens, so eggs are available and we collect farm milk every day if you want any. Products will depend on availability and season.
An evening meal can be prepared for you, ranging from simple family food to something more elaborate, including local shellfish (oysters, langoustine, prawns, clams etc. This needs to be arranged in advance). We have also catered for special events and we have a wonderful neighbour who will prepare and cook a hog roast for you, a very special treat at a very reasonable price. He has built his own outside wood oven (see photos).
A list of services available will be sent to you on booking.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||All the coastline 20 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Dinard (Plertuit) 20 km, Nearest railway: Rennes 50 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||Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (5), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set|
|Further details indoors||
All the rooms and bedrooms have exterior shutters.
The living room, dining room and first floor bedrooms also have curtains.
Sound insulated: Because of the particular layout of the house, very little sound travels upstairs to the sleeping area.
The kitchen is a lovely room, surrounded on two sides by windows looking out onto the back garden - ideal for surveying the children. It is fully fitted with white cupboards and a very long work surface. There is also a small breakfast bar with 3 stools. There is a complete set of new crockery, glassware and cutlery for 12 people and plastic bowls, cups, plates spoons etc for children. The kitchen has new pots and pans and you should find everything you need for cooking. There is a filter coffee machine, a hand mixer, a robot Chef and liquidiser, scales and baking equipment.
The dining room has a long rectangular table that will seat 10 comfortably. There is a large wood burning fire in this room too. There are 2 high chairs.
The Living room is a large, spacious room with double doors out onto the South-facing terrace and a double window. This room is very large and light with two large sofas a chair and a chaise-longe. There is a wood-burning fireplace, a 1.16 m (64") flat-screen TV with Sony home cinema incorporating a DVD, CD and radio. There is also a connection to UK TV. with most, but not all, channels.
Wi-Fi connection is free and available on demand.
First Floor :
Bedroom One - A twin room. Wood flooring. This bedroom has a large double window and is South facing. It has a queen sized double bed, two side tables with lamps. Small wardrobe and shelves.
Bedroom Two - a double bedroom with an old traditional Breton style bed and wardrobe in dark oak. The divan and mattress are new. Two large double windows, south facing.
Bedroom Three - A very large room with a king sized bed that can be split into 2 singles. There is also a standard single bed in this room that can be used for a child or an adult and a travel cot. (A fourth single bed can be put in this room) Fitted mirrored wardrobe with lots of space and two side tables. This room is in the eves so has a sloping roof and beams, but the ceiling is high. It has a velux window looking onto the back garden and two small round windows (originally pigeon holes) facing East.
Second Floor :
Bedroom Four - A double room with a view to the front of the house; Single window, south facing. Small chest of drawers and a wardrobe.
Bedroom Five - A large twin room with two single beds. Fitted cupboard with hanging space. Large chest of drawers. South facing with window onto front of house.
Landing : a comfortable seating area at the top of the house to sit back and read a book. Book shelves with a varied collection. Books gladly swapped!
Washing machine, drier and clothes rack are all in a separate area at the end of the garden.
|Further details outdoors||
There are two gardens; the front is more of an entrance and we share this for entering and leaving the property.
There is a terrace that runs all around the house. At the back of the house is a very large, private, walled, garden with the heated swimming pool. Table for 10 behind the house in the garden, on the terrace next to kitchen, a good place for breakfast in the sun. A small table for 8 next to pool at bottom of garden – good for end of evening sun.
Teak table and seating for 10 on South facing terrace with awning - it is very hot here at mid-day.
Large double Barbecue (for 12 servings) and utensils.
Babies/toddler's paddling pool available for use
Swing set with see-saw, climbing rope and ladder and special swing-seat for toddlers.
In the garden there is a Lavoir (the original, open wash house). This is used to house the table-tennis table and darts board and other games.
Outdoor games available :
Darts board and a children's version (with plastic darts!)
Palet (a Breton game involving metal discs and a wooden board)
Children's games and toys, tricycle, child's bike and scooter.
We are an Anglo-French couple, with a 13 year old son. We live next door and are available if you need anything or have any problems. We will not disturb you unless necessary.
We have our own garden but we will need to access yours in the evening just to water the plants and to clean the pool.(NB that we take complete charge of cleaning the pool and monitioring the water).
Experienced gite users ourselves, we think we know what people expect from their holiday home and what gives value for money. Our prices have been based on the average in the area for a house of this size.
Shopping for basics can be done for you in advance of your arrival at no extra charge. Just send list by email please.
There is an information book listing all the events that are on, local restaurants, galleries, places for children etc; to help you make the most of your holiday and the surrounding area. We are on hand if you need ideas or advice on places to visit.
The Brittany region
THE COAST & BEACHES
The nearest beach - Saint Lunaire - is only 20 minutes away. The sand is lovely - fine and white - and it is well protected from the wind. Boats are moored there and there is a little café where you can buy a simple lunch. There is a mini-golf suitable for small children and a playground. In the town you can find good restaurants if you want a more substantial meal.
Further along the coast you can find the best ever shore fishing when there is a low tide. Cockles, mussels, clams and prawns are abundant - but you have to know where to go!
Other beaches are Dinard, St.Malo and Perros-Guirec to the north, but in between these there are hundreds of small coves. This is also a really good and well known coast for wind surfing and sailing. A little further away but worth the trip is Cancale, known for its oyster farms, an old harbor where they bring in their oysters which you can buy and eat on the harbour wall. It has an abundance of variously priced seafood restaurants which are really excellent. There is a market day and there are shops on the harbour. Good place for children, a guarantee that they will find crabs!
For more information on beaches and best visits follow the link to About Brittany www.aboutbrittany.com
A holiday in France is not complete with at least two visits to a market! Fortunately you can always find at least one a day somewhere and in the summer, some towns have all day markets and some that are held at night. Because we are in a fishing region, the fish stalls are something to die for, you can find everything. The prices fluctuate, so it's always good to look around.
Dinan is a magical and well restored medieval walled town with half timbered houses dating from the 13th century. The lanes are cobbled and they eventually lead to either the main Square; place du Champs where there is a huge market for food and clothes on Thursday mornings or they head down-hill to the port.
Rue du Petite Fort is one such road that descends steeply, dropping about 75meteres from the top of the hill where the old town is down to the port on the River Rance. On the walk down you will pass some beautiful examples of well preserved houses from the Middle Ages and also small boutiques, a glass blower with his own gallery and a couple of bars.
When you reach the bottom, you will have the choice of several cafés and bars for a well earned drink! The walk back up the hill is a nightmare, but possible - (you can also take the little train!)
Dinan is a must to visit, thoroughly. There are many artisan shops, galleries, potteries, specialist chocolate shops and bakeries mixed in with florists, gift shops and wine caves. There is so much to see that you could easily spend a full week just here, with its many restaurants, cafés and bars. In the summer months there are a lot of open air concerts to go to, art exhibitions and of course theatre. Dinan Tourist board in English