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

People2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

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. Please note that the cottage is not suitable for children or pets, and smoking is not permitted inside the gite.

There is a shop and bar in the next village to us, just five minutes drive away. The shop, run by Mme Catherine Omari, sells a decent range of produce, including wine and beer, fresh fruit and vegetables and some organic ('bio' in French) products. It is a "dépôt de pain" which means that a bakery delivers fresh bread each day. You can buy croissants but is is best to order; we are happy to ring and arrange this for you.

If you just want fresh bread, there is a novel machine in our village, in front of the school, which will, at any time of day or night, dispense a warm baguette.

If you fancy a freshly cooked pizza, Gianni's van equipped with its own wood oven is in St Juvat on a Monday evening and St Maden on a Tuesday evening. It's a good idea to pre-order and we're happy to phone on your behalf. There is also a bar next to the entrance to our woodland which serves food at midday.

More Details

About Us

Stuart Anderson
La Haute Houssais
22350 St Maden
Nº SIRET, 50193607400019
VAT Reg No

Owner
Gabrielle Anderson
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
5 November, 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

Location

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.

Coast/Beach:

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

Travel:

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.

Distances:

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.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint-Maden in Cotes-d'Armor

Property Type:
  • cottage
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
General:
  • Internet
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite shower room with WC.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • 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.
Outside:
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Notes:
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.

Reviews

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Cosy country cottage for two on permaculture smallholding in French countryside.
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5

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: 30-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 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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5

Brilliant

  • 5 of 5

Lovely property every thing you need, will definitely be returning, would highly recommend this place.x

  • Review Submitted: 11-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved this gite! Not only is the place itself a perfect little gem, but the owners are friendly and helpful.

The gite is well thought out - from the cosy, efficient woodstove to the comfortable bed. It has all the things you might need and the chance to buy superb produce from the smallholding is a bonus.

The location is good too. It's easy to make day trips to Dinan and Rennes as well as having some good local walks. We didn't want to leave!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A unique rural experience. Wonderful hosts, great amenities.

  • 5 of 5

A peaceful and fascinating experience in itself, and a great location from which to drive to Rennes (great market), St. Malo, Dinard and Dinan

  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful France

  • 3 of 5

Our hosts were very welcoming, and really helped us enjoy our stay, our gite had a delightful little garden which we used every day,. The gite itself had a lovely bedroom and modern bathroom, the living space in honesty needs updating, that said we felt it was good value, loved the area, so pretty and peaceful.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback. We’ve now given the living room a makeover, with a brand-new sofa, dining chairs, fitted a double-glazed window with new curtains and repainted the back wall, please see photos. There is also a new all-in-one mini HiFi with FM Radio, CD player, Bluetooth to stream music from compatible devices, such as smartphones or tablets, plus a USB socket and an aux-in for a wired connection.
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5

Away from it all, a tranquil place in delightful countryside, brilliant for cycling.

  • 5 of 5

I went to explore another region of France and found this a perfect base from which to cycle the miles of peaceful country lanes the place has to offer. Dinan is a beautiful ancient French town which a very short car journey away.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Saint-Maden, Cotes d'Armor

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Nov 2017 / Feb 2018
1 Nov 2017 - 28 Feb 2018
2 night minimum stay
£96
for 2 nights
From
£48
£240
£799
 
 
March/April 2018
1 Mar 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
2 night minimum stay
£106
for 2 nights
From
£53
£266
£887
 
 
May/June 2018
1 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
£117
for 2 nights
From
£59
£293
 
 
July/August 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£311
for 7 nights
£311
 
 
September 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
£117
for 2 nights
From
£59
£293
 
 
October 2018
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
£106
for 2 nights
From
£53
£266
£887
 
 
Nov 2018 / Feb 2019
1 Nov 2018 - 28 Feb 2019
2 night minimum stay
£96
for 2 nights
From
£48
£240
£799
 

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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