Manoir de Chalandes
Manor House | 10 bedrooms | sleeps 16
Originating from the 14th century the Manoir de Chalandes is renowned for its astonishing private gardens on the edge of the Loire, Brittany and the River Villaine. The Manoir even has its own spa and is a rare treat for those who enjoy pure relaxation and style. The Manor can accommodate up to 16 guest and can be rented with a neighboring cottage offering room for 4 extra guests. The cottage is an additional €100 per night.
Interestingly the Manoir de Chalandes was once a safe house during the 2nd World War, it stood centrally to the French Resistance movement lead by Marie Moquet.
The Manoir de Chalandes is ideal for parties, anniversaries, weddings, clay pigeon shoots, marvellous banquets and world class dinners with the regions best wines to accompany them. Stay for a day, a weekend or longer. Michelle, the owner, is a superb host and will make sure you are well catered for during your stay.
The famous gardens at the Manoir de Chalandes were designed by a leading landscape gardener to the Queen, called Alan Manson. Mason wanted to create a vision of royalty that would survive all seasons. There are over 10,000 species of plants and flowers, many that are both rare and exotic. Parts of the gardens are open to the public, however, the gardens are so vast that they do not interfere with your holiday experience or privacy.
|Size||Sleeps up to 16, 10 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Rennes 55 km, Nearest railway: Guipry Messac 8 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 indoor pool, Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Boat available|
|Pool||Private indoor pool|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||10 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (8), Dining seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private indoor pool, Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
Sleeping a maximum of 20 guests, Manoir de Chalandes offers 9 double rooms and one single. All rooms have an individual charm reflected in their name. With crisp white linen, feather pillows, bathrobes and high-class toiletries, you will be sure to feel pampered, relaxed and sleep well. Extra beds are available on request should you have small children.
The main centre of activity is the salon. As with most rooms in the Manoir this features huge beams and a stone fireplace, as well as stunning views over the Rose Garden. Steps lead on to the terrace that overlooks the formal lawns and lake, always a popular place for cocktails or after dinner drinks.
The 'salle-à-manger' is now how it would have been in the 15th century with exposed stone walls and floor, massive oak dining tables and access to the main tower (now the bar). There is an arched doorway through to the library, formerly the coach-house, but now used as a conference room with all modern communication facilities. There is also a kitchen on the ground floor however catering can be provided.
Please note that the property can accommodate groups of up to 20 when hiring the neighbouring cottage in conjunction with the manor. It can sleep up to 4 in 2 double rooms and is available for €100 per night.
|Further details outdoors|
The Romanesque heated spa pool is situated in the center of the barn buildings. Seating at least 12, this hand crafted mosaic construction is unique in France. The gardens have attracted visitors from all over the world, many comparing its beauty to that of Monet's garden near Paris, and remains open to the public at various times of the year. Guests of the Manoir de Chalandes have privileged free access to the gardens. The grounds of this Manor are secure and safe and not close to any main road making it an ideal place for children. There is plenty of outside space with several gardens waiting to be explored. Sports on offer include badminton, boules, and croquet as well as fishing and rafting in the nearby lake.
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The Brittany region
The delights of the French way of life can be summed up in one word, Brittany. Brittany offers eight hundred miles of grand rocky coastline with scores of bays and little fishing villages. The enchanting countryside is dotted with giant granite boulders and wild meadows on the moors, thickets and forests in a gently rolling landscape.
It is the buildings that give a region its soul, and in Brittany, you can find it in the megaliths, calvaries, castles, manor houses, countless chapels and old villages. All of them bear witness to Brittany's eventful history and wealth of traditions. Brittany was, after all, home to the enchanted Forest, was where Merlin lived, and where corsairs sailed to the new world. The people from Quebec retrace their roots here, and Great Britain owes the "great" in its name to distinguish it from this unique region of France.
It is in western Brittany that Breton culture remains most evident. In Quimper, and in the Pays Bigouden, crèpes, cider, traditional costumes and Celtic music are still a genuine part of the Breton lifestyle. Vannes, Dinan and Rennes, the Breton capital, have well preserved medieval quarters where half-timbered buildings cover markets, shops, crèperies and restaurants.
The walled port of St-Malo on the Côte d'Emeraude recalls the region's maritime expertise, while the remarkably intact castles at Fougères and Vitré are still a reminder of the mighty border-fortresses that protected Brittany's eastern frontier before its final union with France in 1532.
Holidaymakers are enticed to Brittany by its magnificent array of seafood such as shellfish, oysters, scallops and many tasty varieties of fish. Brittany is also famous for its farm produce such as salt meadow lamb, poultry and pork meat products.
Other specialties of the region are wafer biscuits and butter cookies. However, Brittany's proudest addition to the great cuisines of the world has to be the crêpe and its savoury equivalent the galette – these can be found all over in any of the typical Breton "crêperies" along the roadside or in the centres of old towns where visitors are often welcomed with a traditional cup of cider.
A long, rugged coastline, vast bays of glorious beaches, and a secretive, almost mystical interior is the lasting impression of Brittany. This most westward region of France, where the Bretons speak their ancient language and carry on age-old traditions, always seems a little out of step with mainstream France, but the many attractions welcome visitors in their thousands year after year.
The Manoir is situated in the heart of the french countryside on the borders of Brittany and the Loire, half way between the cathedral city of Rennes and Nantes, and about 45 minutes from the gold coast of Morbihan. Rennes is a sophisticated and cultural university city about 30 minutes away offering medieaval architecture and cobblestone streets lined with many boutiques and restaurants. Rennes also offers many large churches and a cathedral, museums, art galleries, and stunning public gardens dedicated to the advancement of horticultural scientific knowledge.
There is a large Saturday market and other small markets on most days. Activities available include, go karting, ten pin bowling and golf (3 courses). La Roche bernard, is situated at the mouth of the River Vilaine, a coastal seaside town about 45 minutes away, nestled into a hillside with winding streets lined with restaurants and picturesque views over the water. The nearest sandy beach is about 45 minutes away and is served by the warm waters of the popular Gulf of Morbihan. La Rochefort-en-terre is about 40 minutes away between the Manoir and the coast, a quaint town with cobblestoned streets lined with antique shops and restaurants and is famous for a its chateau, originally owned by american artists and donated to the town on their death.
La Gacilly (15 minutes away) is a very pretty town, usually adorned with flowers, and situated on a river. It was made famous by the distinction of having Yves Rocher as the deputy mayor and being the home of the Yves Rocher cosmetics empire. Guided tours around the cosmetics factory are available in-season. In association with the Museum of European Natural History, Yves Rocher has also created a vegetarium or botanic Gardens, dedicated to the advancement of scientific knowledge, and these are open to the public. It also is a haven for local artists' galleries and boutiques. Loheac, 15 minutes away, is a pretty town with very good restaurants and is made famous by the Manor d'automobiles which has the largest collection of Ferraris and Lotus' in Europe.
Our nearest village, St Anne sur Vilaine, is about 2 km away. It has a bakery, grocery store and a seasonal creperie, and sits on the banks of the river. The nearest town in the opposite direction, also 2 km, has a number of bars and also offers a grand church and famous roman chappelle with a roman mural recently uncovered and restored. The local town Guipry/Messac (about 10 minutes away) offers a large supermarket, restaurants, and river frontage where boats can be hired. The nearest restaurant is about 200 yards away and there is a Michelin restaurant in another local town: Le Grand Fougeray. This is set in the grounds of the public gardens and overlooks a lake and medieavel tower in which there are often exhibitions.
Being 500 yards from the river Vilaine, with miles of unspoilt river banks, there is ample opportunity to picnic, fish or boat on the river (Kayaks are also available to hire). There are many lakes and supervised swimming areas. Horse riding is available within a mile of the Manoir. Golf may be played at a number of courses in the area, but the most highly recommended is La Bretasche at Missillac (about 45 minutes away) in a magical setting of a moated castle. Other activities and interests available in the area: Reptile/ Amphibian House (3 miles away), pottery (0.5 miles), birds of prey talk (4 miles), Roman megaliths, and many countryside walks and zoos to visit. Wine tasting may be arranged in house (provided by the local wine merchant) or at our local cave.
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27 Apr 2013
Last year we went on a brilliant holiday with friends at the La Manoir. The owner was very hospitable and was very warm and welcoming, plus the house was absolutely gorgeous. The garden was the centr… More
13 Mar 2013
We stayed last year for one week, for a special family occasion. This report has not been submitted before, due to impending litigation. The agents, Simply Chateau, have done their very best to rectify the problems we all encountered, but the faults of the house itself must be the responsibility of the owner. The gardens of this Manoir are beautiful, but, open to the public. Not hordes, but simply, you do not have a guaranteed private part of the garden. The house was incredibly dusty and our whole family washed every plate, cup, saucer, glass, cutlery, saucepan etc. as soon as we arrived. The bed linen appeared clean, but our robes in the bathroom were never used, as they were stained. We swept up dead flies in the bedroom and one bedroom where our young baby slept, had to have the bathroom door firmly shut and the window wide open, as the stench from the loo or drain was simply awful. The owners dogs yapped frequently and pooed all over the lovely lawns - not ideal for little children. The key holder lived in the annexe (which we thought we had booked when we signed the contract the previous year!) and he did the best he could the help with the problems that beset us. All our family were very stoic and, in spite of being hugely sad at the state of the house, and being extremely close to a very active level crossing, we enjoyed our time together as an extended family.
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