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Cosy country cottage for two on permaculture smallholding in French countryside.



Updated: 10-May-2017
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Cottage in St Maden, near Dinan, Cotes D'Armor. - Calm and peaceful with own garden. Short walk to village. Exclusive access to 11 acres of woodland.

The pretty stone and cob cottage offers comfortable accommodation for two. For the best night’s sleep, the double bed has an organic cotton double mattress from Alpha Beds. A Jøtul stove will keep you cosy, all the logs you need are supplied for no charge from our 11 acre woodland, to which you will have exclusive access. A veranda, with table and chairs, looks out onto a private garden, which has seating under a living willow arbour, a small chamomile lawn and herbs and flowers for you to pick freely. Guests can wander around our 3-acre smallholding with its free-range chickens, runner ducks in the veg patch, small flock of Breton sheep, bee hives and, during the summer, a pair of pigs. Our produce is available to buy, for example, fresh eggs, homemade sausages, freshly-picked salads. We offer short courses: sausage-making and handmade soap being the most popular. We’re just a short walk from the village with its bar and shop. Please note that the cottage is not suitable for children or pets, and smoking is not permitted inside the gite.

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About the Owner

Gabrielle Anderson
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
10 May, 2017

About Gabrielle Anderson

We met in Brighton and moved to Brittany, buying our house in 2006. We’ve made great efforts to learn French and integrate into our local community, making good friends along the way.

Ex-townies, we’ve had lots to learn as we establish our permaculture smallholding growing herbs, vegetables, fruit and nuts, variously accompanied by chickens, ducks, rabbits, sheep, pigs during the summer and, more recently, bees. In the winter months, we work in our 11 acres of woodland.

We enjoy running the holiday cottage and have recently finished converting the barn into another comfortable gite for two which is separate from the cottage and will have its own private garden.

We're always happy to stop work and chat; that said, we'll leave you to enjoy the privacy of your own gite and garden.

Gabrielle Anderson purchased this cottage in 2006

21 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(21 traveller reviews)


Magical rural retreat

  • 5 of 5

We wanted somewhere really quiet for our 30th wedding anniversary. This fit the bill perfectly. A magical garden and wonderful hosts. Loved the home produce. Thankyou Gabrielle and Stuart.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad to know you had a great stay. Please don't wait another 30 years before coming back!
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Overall lovely stay

  • 5 of 5

very relaxing, garden was lovely, loved the log burner. lots of books to read. could do with a DVD player

  • Review Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Brittany Country Gite.

  • 5 of 5

We had a splendid 14 days holiday at La Haute Houssais.

Gabrielle & Stuart were very helpful with advice about walks and beauty spots in the local area.

We will certainly consider staying at La Haute Houssais again when we next holiday in North Brittany.

Helen & Alan Wood.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Jun-16: Permaculture Smallholding - the perfect way

  • 5 of 5

Firstly, the dialogue with the gite owners was excellent, and the driving instructions were perfect which made the journey less stressful than it could have been. Gabrielle and Stuart were extremely welcoming, and the tour of the smallholding was brilliant. Although self-suficiency was never their aim, they've accomplished quite a bit - and continue to do so! Hats off to them!

The gite was clean, cosy and comfortable - it certainly had everything we needed for a week's stay. This includes the instant hot water - unlikely other places where you have to wait 10 mins before the water starts to warm, the gite's shower was hot in an instant. In case the evening's were cool, there was large stack of wood to use, if we needed to light to wood-burner.

The gite is perfectly situated for Rennes, Dinan, St Malo - and don't forget Concale, the oyster capital of Britanny! Stuart recommended a visit, which we tagged onto a trip to St Malo. We weren't disappointed, brilliant little town, so unspoilt - and the food was fantastic.

We had a great time - I'd go back. It was so peaceful in the evenings - we could sit out on the veranda and drink our wine, or sit in the garden in the sun. Using fresh herbs for cooking made a lot of difference as well, and there was quite a lot of herbs in the garden. And if you didn't feel like cooking, there was a little restaurant in the village round the corner, which was absolutely superb.

There's so much to see in Brittany, the people are very welcoming, and this was the perfect base!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Thoroughly pleasant, relaxing stay.

  • 5 of 5

This is really great place to stay. We were warmly welcomed by Stuart and Gabrielle on arrival, with a fire blazing in our accommodation. This was a welcome treat after a long bumpy sailing. Great bed! Very comfortable, in particular for someone with an on-going back problem. While we were there, we did a soap course with Gabrielle and a sausage making course with Stuart. The sausages have since been eaten on our return. Stuart and Gabrielle are so friendly and accommodating and were always available if we needed any directions or help. Wood was always stocked up along with kindling.

We highly recommend this as a place to stay. It is quiet, warm, cosy and close to a tabac, great creperies, and Dinan.

It is very chilled out and you kind of get lost in the peace and quiet. Really recommend this as a place to stay - absolutely zero to complain about at all. It is also great value. Continued success to you both - it is much deserved.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A little gem to unwind..

  • 5 of 5

Great stay at the Gite, we spent a very happy week unwinding in what is a little gem of a property. While the location is rural your minutes away from lovley villages and only a short car ride from Dinan. Great destination for casual cycling with plenty canal and train track routes near by. Stuart and Gabriele have created a lovely permaculture environment and were very helpful and went out of their way to make our stay a happy one. We were sad to leave what was a very enjoyable week would plan to return again if the opportunity arises.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

We offer several practical short courses. One of our most popular courses is sausage making, where you make and keep a kilo of delicious sausages from our own home produced pork. You can stick to one of our original recipes or you can add some flavourings of your own. Soap-making also goes down very well with guests, where you can make and keep 8 bars of cold processed soap scented with an essential oil and flower petals from the garden. All courses come with their own fact-sheet and course notes for you to take away. Please see our website (click on "Short Courses") for the full list of courses available, prices and full details.


35 minutes driving will get you to the beautiful Emerald Coast, with its craggy granite bordering sandy coves and blue sea.


By car and ferry: 50 mins from St Malo, 2 hours from Le Havre or Cherbourg, 4 hrs from Dieppe, 5 1/2 hrs from Calais, 5 hrs from Boulogne. Ryanair flies into Dinard and FlyBe into Rennes (both 40 mins drive away and both with facilities to hire a car.) Eurostar to Lille or Paris, then change for Rennes on the fast TGV service, then hire a car at Rennes railway Station.


The medieval town of Dinan with its large, open market on Thursdays is 15 minutes away by car. The beautiful Emerald coast is a 35 min drive and it’s a 40 mins drive to Rennes, the capital of Brittany. The small town of Caulnes is 10 minutes away, with a choice of supermarkets, post office, pharmacy and a small market on a Tuesday. Our local village is a short walk or a cycle where there’s a small bar, grocery and you can order bread and croissants.

Further Details:

Markets: In order of size our local markets are: Tuesday in Caulnes, Wednesday in Broons, Thursday in Dinan and Saturday in Rennes. There is a large supermarket in Caulnes (10 mins by car) and supermarkets in Dinan (15 mins by car). There are two organic (Fr: biologique) shops in Dinan.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
May/June 2017
1 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
July/August 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
October 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Nov 2017 / Feb 2018
1 Nov 2017 - 28 Feb 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please look at our website for more details and photos. If you would like to discuss any aspect of your booking please don’t hesitate to call and we will contact you straight back. A cash deposit for damage/cleaning is required on arrival and this is returned following a positive inspection of the gite before you leave.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible, with subsequent bookings having to work around existing reservations, so book early to get your preferred changeover day and so save money by taking a mid-week ferry.

Notes on prices:
Prices quoted are for the property per week in pounds sterling or on the French language version of our website in Euros. We are happy to accept short stays outside of the peak season of July and August. Short break prices are available on our website.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 10-May-2017


Property Type

  • cottage


  • Internet
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite shower room with WC.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2: double bed with organic cotton mattress. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom with 1 double bed. The full-length window west-facing catches the evening sunsets. Velux window. Cabinets with bedside lights on both sides. Hairdryer and long mirror. Electric panel heater fitted.


  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Notes on accommodation: This accommodation is not suitable for children as there are no safety features like stair or fire guards but do contact us to discuss further if you have a baby in a cot, for example. Outside: The backdoor opens onto a covered, wooden decked veranda, with table and chairs, which steps down into the private garden. There is further seating under a living willow arbour, a small chamomile lawn and herbs and flowers for you to pick freely. The cottage sits within our 3-acre smallholding and you are welcome to wander around our larger site and enjoy the company of the various animals; our free-range chickens, runner ducks in the veg patch or our two pigs during the summer months. There are various places to sit and enjoy the surroundings, such as a double swing under a huge oak tree and a table and chairs by the wildlife pond. BBQ available on request. Just a short walk or cycle will take you to our 11 acres of mixed woodland, bordered by the River Rance, to which you will have exclusive access. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen is supplied at no extra charge, as are towels for the shower room. For longer stays, we supply a fresh change of linen each week. However, we ask that you bring your own beach towels please. Other: The backdoor opens onto a covered, wooden decked veranda, with table and chairs, which steps down into the private garden. There is further seating under a living willow arbour, a small chamomile lawn and herbs and flowers for you to pick freely.

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