Le Manoir de La Ville ès Cutté
About the home
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. Leave the children to play and let them visit Eliot our donkey with his friend Diabolo our black ram, born last year. 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.
A list of services available will be sent to you on booking.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 11, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||All the coastline|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|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 bathroom and 2 shower rooms|
|Furniture:||Single beds (5), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seating for 10, Lounge seating for 10|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony / 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 (mattress is 2 years old) 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 (2011). 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.
Push along toys
We are an Anglo-French couple, with a 12 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.
NO SMOKING IN THE HOUSE PLEASE. Smokers are welcome if they can confine themselves to only smoking outdoors.
We have a dog who is very child friendly, however, we NEVER leave her alone with children. and she is not allowed to roam freely. When we are off the premises she is confined to our house and garden. If you would like to bring your dog, it will be welcome provided you can be equally responsible for its behaviour around other people and other animals. There is a 30€/week charge. We also have a cat who does as she likes - we don't have much control over her since she is a cat! However, she is wary of visitors so you may not see her. We don't allow our pets upstairs in the sleeping quarters.
NO ANIMALS IN THE BEDROOMS PLEASE!
The Brittany / Cotes-D'Armor 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.
The Plouasne area
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
How to get there
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We are well served here for transport, it is not a difficult place to get to from the UK, you can come by plane or by ferry
St. Malo (from Portsmouth & Jersey) – 1hr 10mins - Brittany Ferries, Condor (This route is longer and usually more expensive than Caen for example - unless you book well in advance).
Caen (from Poole/Portsmouth) – 2hrs - Brittany Ferries
Cherbourg (from Poole/Portsmouth/Rosslare) – 2.5 hours - Brittany Ferries, Irish Ferries
Le Havre (from Portsmouth) - 3 hrs - LDLines
Roscoff (from Plymouth & Rosslare) – 1hr 10 mins - Brittany Ferries, Irish Ferries
Dieppe (from Newhaven) – 5 hours - Transmanche Ferries
Boulogne (from Dover) - 5hrs 10 mins - Speedferries
Calais (from Dover)– 6 hours - Eurotunnel P&O Sea France
FLIGHTS: (By Air: The closest airports to us are Dinard and Rennes)
Rennes (40 mins drive) flights from Southampton - Flybe, from Cardiff - AirWales
Nantes (1hr 40 mins drive) flights from Dublin, Shannon, London Stansted, East Midlands - Ryanair
Air France have connections from London via Paris.
The TGV to and from Paris calls at Rennes - SNCF If you are coming from Paris the train is only 2 hrs to Rennes and it is direct. The train also runs every hour. This does mean that a day in Paris is a possibility! The train from Rennes to Dinan is very slow and sporadic but better in the summer. The buses from Rennes to Dinan are more regular, cheaper and direct.
There are also many coach companies that run from Dinan to various sites for example Mont Saint Michel. These trips are well worth it without the added problem of hiring and driving a car.
We can arrange for you to be collected from Rennes or Dinard Airport (Plertuit). The charge is 40€ per car, per trip.
We can organise your car hire if you want (for no charge). There are car hire firms at both airports, and of course in Dinan and Rennes. To really enjoy your holiday you need a car.
Activities near Plouasne
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
30 Jul 2012
We had a wonderful few days at Le Manoir in July. We were very lucky with the weather. There were three families (10 of us in total), and there was plenty of space both inside and out. Gaynor was an excellent host, there when we needed her but not intrusive. We booked a hog roast which is an absolute must . It was truly gorgeous and enough for 2 days of meals for all of us.
Elliot the donkey and his best mate Diablo the ram were adorable and both adults and children enjoyed feeding them on a daily basis!
Overall a lovely break, would not hesitate to recommend
07 Sep 2011
Great eating areas outside and in. Plenty of space for all of us - 8 adults and 2 under 2's. 5 min drive to boulangerie for fresh bread and pastries well worth it each morning. Very relaxed place with help on hand if needed. Amazing hog roast. Enjoyed visits to nearby Dinan and the coast. Mount St Michael was a good stop off and well worth visiting on the way down from Cherbourg Ferry Port.
Great time had by all.
07 Sep 2011
We were extremely lucky with the weather , which allowed us to make maximum use of the self-contained private external environment . ' Al fresco ' eating , competitive games and visits to the ' menagerie ' ( donkey , sheep and chickens ) . Internally , there was space to spread and be alone if required , and everything was there for a complete solution to our needs . Gaynor and Franck Paquet were on hand ( when not at their work places ) for assistance as required , but only if specifically asked for . Trips to adjacent places and sites of interest were easy to make , including the shopping for provisions .
|Rental prices originally quoted in: Euros €||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 11|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|June 2013||1 Jun 13||29 Jun 13||€ 1900||-||-||1 Week|
|July 2013||29 Jun 13||3 Aug 13||€ 2490||-||-||1 Week|
|August 2013||3 Aug 13||31 Aug 13||€ 2490||-||-||1 Week|
|September||31 Aug 13||28 Sep 13||€ 2100||€ 300||€ 300||1 Week|
|Christmas and New Year||18 Dec 13||5 Jan 14||€ 3000||-||-||1 Week|
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Group of 10 Adults only = 3000€ per week with a refundable breakages deposit of 1000€
BOOKINGS OF MORE THAN ONE WEEK will be given a reduction of 5% on the total ammount.
CHECK IN TIME : 17h00* on Saturday
CHECK OUT TIME : 10h00* on Saturday
* Please note that this amount of time is needed to put the house back into order and to check that everything is clean and in place after the previous people leave.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF YOUR HOLIDAY
Wood for the fires if needed (but at an extra cost in the winter)
Bathroom towels (One large and one small per person)
Basic start supplies of toilet rolls, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, rubbish sacks, Kitchen & bathroom cleaning products
A child's travel cot and 2 highchairs are available - please remind us when you book.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Beach and Pool Towels
Charcoal for the BBQ
A deposit of 25% is required to secure the booking with the rest payable 6 weeks before the start of your holiday. In the case of late bookings, the total sum must be paid. A reduction will be given for multiple weeks (see above).
Payment in euros by bank transfer please or eventually pay pal.
A refundable security deposit of 800€ is required at the time of booking - to be included with the final payment. This will be returned within 2 weeks of your departure by bank transfer provided the house is clean and ready for the next people and if nothing major is spoiled or broken. (We have only once had to retain someone's money so far). Small breakages are not counted.
We recommend that you take out travel insurance with a cancellation clause and with good health cover.
FOR LONGER STAYS:
A clean change of towels and linen will be provided each week for you to make up your beds.
AT THE END OF YOUR STAY:
We expect you to leave the property in the exact state you found it. Please note that if the house is not left in the state in which it was found; ie. everything cleaned and tidied away, a 200€ fee will be kept.
A cleaning service is available for the end of your visit if you do not want to clean the house yourselves. The fee is 70€ To be arranged in advance please.
We can arrange for a baby-sitter if you would like to have an evening out without the children. The price will be according to the sitter's charges, but they are always very reasonable.
Taxis are very expensive so one of us will take you and pick you up if you want to go out for dinner. Price to be decided with you depending on your destination (around 40â€for a round trip to Dinan)
We can arrange for you to be collected from Rennes or Dinard Airport (Plertuit). The charge is 50€ per car, per trip.Book
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The house is closed from the end of September until the end of May.