Chevrefeuille 9 person cottage
Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 9
Chèvrefeuille offers a spacious downstairs living space, with large French windows opening onto the private courtyard, which leads in turn to the old orchard through a conifer hedge. Renovated recently, with new furnishings and a new bathroom and kitchen!
You will find comfortable sofas for lounging, solid wood flooring, television, DVD player, dining table and chairs, all tastefully put together, but not so "fussy" that you will be worrying about what the kids might break!
The dining area leads back through a timbered archway into the entrance hall, and on to the fitted kitchen with all modern conveniences - fridge - freezer, gas cooker with oven and grill, dishwasher and microwave. There is also a downstairs cloakroom.
Following the hand finished open staircase upstairs provides the first view of the vaulted ceiling, and in the bedrooms you will find comfort, and pretty summer colours to entice you to sleep. All three bedrooms have exposed feature granite walls, and are fitted with ample furniture to provide you with comfort and storage. The two front facing bedrooms have double beds (one including an extra single bed), and the third has two singles, plus bunk beds.
The bright new bathroom has a bath plus monsoon shower attachment, toilet and basin unit. An electric heater/towel rail and shaver point are also provided.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Port Mer 30 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Dinard 42 km, Nearest railway: Pontorson 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
The Brittany region
La Belle France cottages is situated on the eastern edge of Brittany, with Normandy just a short drive away. Our position offers excellent access to all that both regions have to offer.
The village of Sains is a short walk away with sports field with goal posts and basketball hoops, and also three marked rambling trails. Bar/shop/depot de pain. Fishing, walking and picnicking are available at the extensive communal lake - Le Pas Gerault, with two further fishing lakes nearby - Le Pissot and Le Grand Etang. The church of Sains was built in 1861 in a neo gothic style and dominates the surrounding landscape, and easy reference point!
Enjoy shopping for delicious local specialities (and basic provisions!) a short (5 minutes) drive away in Pleine Fougères. Bread, butchers, banks, bars, grocery store, hairdresser and creperie Les Polders. Pontorson 10 minutes away boasts an open air market each Wednesday morning, many recommended restaurants (Casa de Quentin our current favourite, La Brazza also very good, La Baroque very good lunch menu) and seafood shop, and two larger supermarkets for all your essentials. There are also several good "traiteurs" (delicatessens) and a specialist butchers, bakers and fishmongers. Pontorson also provides a gateway for visits to the famous Le-Mont-St-Michel, and a large tourist office with internet facilities.
Dol De Bretagne (a 15 minute drive west) is a very pretty market and cathedral town with half timbered houses, great "galette" (a traditional buckwheat savoury pancake) and gastronomic restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. The cathedral dominates the view down to the coast, and has a "Cathèdraloscope" exhibition for those interested in the history surrounding the cathedral. The shops are again superb, with a fantastic bakery "le Pain DorÈ", two beauticians, "traiteurs" and clothes shops, just a few of the many on offer. The Saturday morning market attracts many shoppers, offering all types of French produce, including cider, delicious local cheeses, organic vegetables, garlic and herbs, plus a wide range of clothes, knickknacks, pots and pans and souvenirs.
Le Mont St Michel....not to be missed!
The most famous tourist attraction in northern France, Le-Mont-St-Michel is not to be missed! Experience spiritual calm in the cloisters garden, set high up in the Mont, and take in the fabulous views over the whole of the bay from the walls of the citadel. You can even follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and take a guided walk across the sands from Genêts, just round the coast east past Avranches.
Le-Mont-St-Michel also offers many restaurants, museums and souvenir shops in the winding streets below the abbey. You can sample superb "La Mère Poulard" omelettes (made with a dozen-whipped eggs, invented by Madame Poulard!), and taste the lamb "prè salé" (sheep raised on the local salt marshes). There are regular "son et lumière" shows and music recitals. Mass held regularly at published times.
Note that you need to take a park and ride over the new causeway, and that the parking cost does not include entrance to the Cloisters. If you want to eat within the "Caserne" where the parking is, we can book you a restaurant and you pay a smaller parking fee - the Mercure is very reliable.
For a non tourist view we can show you a route to the marshes (les polders), where you can walk along the sea wall and admire the Mont from afar....avoiding all the other tourists!
Tree absailing, climbing and nature trails for the less brave at the forest de Villecartier - 10 minutes via Trans la Forêt. Alsp, great childrens play park here. Paths suitable for rugged pushchairs.
The Coastline and Beaches
Drive along the picturesque coastal road, via St Marcan, past the sand yachting centre at Cherrueix around the Bay of Le-Mont-St-Michel to Vivier-Sur-Mer, and Cancale.... Both well known for their fresh seafood, especially oysters and "moules de bouchots" (mussels specially grown on posts sunk into the sand - a local speciality). Lots of great veg shops here - ask us for a brochure for our favourite one!
The colourful restaurants at the port of Cancale are particularly good, with a selection of medium priced set menus, as well as many offering gastronomic "assiette de fruits de mer" (huge platters of fresh seafood - mainly shellfish, lobsters, crab and oysters) that take all evening to polish off!
The best sandy beaches are to be found nearby at Guesclin (first photo), Rothèneuf, Cancale and St Malo. All are within 30 minutes drive of the property, most are sandy, some are nature reserves and dog free zones, and many have plenty of rock pools at low tide for exploring.
St Enogat (on the western edge of Dinard) is also a firm favourite, with a sandy sheltered beach, crazy golf, bar/restaurant, windsurfing, sailing, trampolines, showers and toilets.
Dinard, again with wide sandy beaches, is a smart resort at the head of La Rance (a wide tidal estuary), just on the opposite bank from St Malo. Here you will find markets, great shops and restaurants.There are also regular summer art exhibitions, and a Thalgo centre for those of you seeking to take a seaweed body pack and some luxurious pampering!
The historic port of St Malo has many beaches around its impressive city wall. Join the centre of town from Porte St Vincent (easy underground car park here, or take the park and ride by the race course) and find numerous gastronomic and snack restaurants, as well as bars with large terraces for taking in the sun.
Walk further through narrow cobbled streets and find shops selling clothes, jewellery, nautical and seaside items, and antiques. Sandy beaches and marinas surround the town.
St Malo also offers a castle, huge marina, boat rides and "Le Grand Aquarium" at St Sevran, offering close up views of sea creatures, including some large turtles, sharks, colourful tropic fish, and a ride in a mini-submarine (Nauti-bus).
A further health spa can be found at Grande Plage du Sillon.
Fishing- can be organised in the locality. A day permit for the local lakes at Sains is approx. 8 Euros. Boat rides are available along the rivers Rance and Couesnon, as well as around the coast at Vivier-Sur-Mer and St Malo, and to nearby islands, for even more choice of beaches and a bit of adventure!
On Offer Inland
Inland you will find extensive forests and lakes, and plenty of picnic spots. The forest de Ville-Cartier, at Trans La Foret also offers a fitness nature trail, and for the children, a ride in electronic miniature boats, plus ducks to feed. Bicycles are also allowed on the paths. There are outdoor water parks at nearby Lanhèlin and St Hilaire de Harcouët (both 20 minutes drive), which offer waterslides, restaurants, heated pools, and activities for the children. Indoor pools with slides, saunas, steam rooms and Jacuzzis can be found at Avranches and Dol De Bretagne.
Golf - There are many good 18 hole golf courses in the area. Golf des Ormes (15 minutes), a very scenic complex set around a chateau, offers a superb course, popular with our golfer guests, and also has a leisure water park, children's games area, hotel, club house bar and restaurant, swimming pools and extensive grounds. Le Tronchet (25 minutes), offers a full 18 hole landscaped course, new hotel wing and good restaurant. Other courses nearby include St Cast (45 minutes), St Briac (35 minutes), and Trèmeruc (25 minutes).
Granville is just around the coast past Avranches (45 minutes). Other courses can be found near Dinard (9 hole), and Rennes (50 minutes). We can provide every assistance with advance booking, course details, score cards and negotiating discounted prices!
Other Activities - There are cycle hire shops in both Dol and Pontorson, for taking in the countryside at a more leisurely pace. The roads just around the property are very quiet and offer delightful rides, with gently rolling hills, lakes and woods. Other activities in the area include horse riding, antique fairs, seafood festivals, musical recitals, and museum visits. Rennes and Combourg are both well worth a visit, being within an hour's leisurely drive.
Combourg offers a beautiful medieval castle. Rennes is the capital of the region, and has great shopping, including the largest hypermarkets and a shopping mall. Nearby Fougères boasts the largest medieval castle still standing in the whole of Europe!
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