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Renovated Country House in Peaceful Rural Location in Ile Et Vilaine

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Country House in La Fontenelle, Ile et Vilaine, Brittany, France - Plenty to Visit at all Times of Year, near coast, golf,fishing, music lessons available

Les Chenes is the restored, original farmhouse of a rural longere in a hamlet near La Fontenelle and about a kilometre from the market town of Antrain near the Normandy/Brittany border. The location is peaceful but within easy reach of all amenities. It is a wonderful sight seeing area and base, being near the walled city and beaches of St Malo, Dinard, medieval Dinan on the River Rance, Mont St Michel, Fougeres with the largest medieval castle in Europe, the oyster port of Cancale and the shops and markets of Rennes. The leisure area of the Foret de Villecartier with walks, lake, treetop assault course, boats, cafe/bar and pony rides is 1km away. The Etang de Boulet only 15 minutes away has a lovely lakeside beach with boating and café. Fougeres boasts a swimming pool complex with slides and whirlpools; 10 pin bowling is available at Dol de Bretagne a few km away.

There are 2 bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with two singles, and a family bathroom with over bath shower. Downstairs is remarkably spacious; there is a large living room/kitchen with all fitted appliances as well as a living area with a granite fireplace and English satellite tv. There is a second spacious reception room also with satellite tv, overlooked from the 1st floor by a gallery and landing. Outside the large enclosed garden at the back is an ideal recreation area; at the back of the house is a granite terrace with barbecue and outside furniture whilst at the far end of the garden another raised terrace is shaded by an oak tree and is a lovely place to sit in peace with a glass of wine!

The house is child friendly and a travel cot, stair gate and high chair are available for small children.

Free wifi is available throughout.

At the front of the property there is secure private parking.

Although the house is secluded, the village of La Fontenelle with a lovely bar/restaurant/boulangerie is within walking distance, and the town of Antrain is only 1 km away. Here there is a supermarket, pharmacies, banks, boulangeries, newsagents, bars and other shops. Opposite the bar in La Fontenelle is a public tennis court.

There are plenty of family friendly activities in the area. Try the nearby theme park, Cobac Parc at Lanhelin, the Grand Aquarium at St. Malo, and Alligator Bay at Pontorson only 10 km away, an amazing collection of reptiles. There are several chateaux in the region; try the chateau de la rouerie for a castle with wildlife park only 4 km away, and chateau de La Ballue for a castle with exceptional gardens only 2 km away. It also has regular concerts and cultural events.

In 2016 the Tour de France will begin at nearby Mont St Michel on July 2nd so this is an ideal spot from which to take off and view the start! The starting places on days 2 and 3 are also easily accessible.

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Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
27 May, 2018

About Daphne

I'm a music teacher and performer from Gloucestershire who has long had a love affair with France! The renovations on my longere are now almost finished throughout. My four children and I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy it over the years, and now my grandchildren love it too! Come and enjoy it as much as we do! There is a separate gite at the far end of the property, so an ideal opportunity to rent both units for a large party, or to bring grandparents with you but still have some privacy if needed.

Daphne purchased this house in 1999

Why Daphne chose La Fontenelle

Its a superb rural location, so tranquil and good for walking and cycling, but at the same time easy to access shops and essential services. The area is at the centre of a highly attractive sight seeing district with many famous tourist attractions within easy reach. Ease of access from the UK by ferry and plane.

What makes this house unique

Space, peace, quiet and relaxation - but plenty to do in the immediate locality if I'm feeling energetic!

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Brilliant and just perfect in regards to space, facilities and location'. Simpson family, Lincoln.

'Les Chenes was brilliant, good weather, excellent location and so peaceful'. Colin Havercroft, Derby.
Jun 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in La Fontenelle in Ille-et-Vilaine

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Fully tiled family bathroom with wc, wash basin, bath and over bath shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Cot & other beds available. Large landing area has galleries and views.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The accommodation is child friendly, with cot, high chair and stair gate provided on request. Wifi is available throughout. The house is non-smoking. Outside: Gravelled area to the front of the property for parking and/or sitting. Large garden at rear laid mostly to lawn with oak trees round the borders. There is a granite terrace/patio outside the back doors with washing line and barbecue. Garden table and chairs provided. At the far end of the garden there is a raised, shady terrace and rockery, ideal for sitting with a drink on a hot day! The garden is very large with plenty of room for games! It is fenced and/or hedged all round and is surrounded by agricultural land. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included (but please don't use bathroom towels on the beach!). Towels and mats for beach or garden are also provided. Property cleaned on changeover. Change of linen provided if staying for a second week. I am a professional music teacher. If you might enjoy combining your holiday with a revision course in piano, keyboard, singing, recorder or music theory, let me know and it may be possible to build some lessons/practice around your holiday activities.


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Renovated Country House in Peaceful Rural Location in Ile Et Vilaine
average rating of 4.75 based on 5 reviews

Beautiful gite on the borders of Brittany

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This is a beautiful gite set in stunning countryside but within easy reach of both the coast and world famous sites like Mont St Michel. The house is incredibly spacious with a two large living areas and a well equipped kitchen. The bedrooms are comfortable and there is a constant supply of hot water for the bath and shower. Best of all is the garden which has a large patio and a grassed area that looks out over fields. The local village is less than a mile away although facilities there are limited. However Antrain is only a couple of miles down the road with both local shops and an excellent supermarket. We enjoyed a week here in August and would recommend it to anybody who would like to get to know this part of France.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. I am so pleased you enjoyed the spacious house and its fine location for sight seeing. I hope to welcome you to Les Chenes again.
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Peace and tranquility in the heart of Normandy

  • 5 of 5

Firstly, my family and I were quite awestruck by the amount of space in this gite. No "bijou cottage" this, it's on quite a grand scale with a massive communal sitting room overlooked by a “mistrels’ gallery” (in the regional style of the long farmhouse, or La Longère, apparently). It feels as if it's in the middle of nowhere. Well okay, it IS in the middle of nowhere, but a pleasant 15 minute walk takes you to the nearest village of La Fontanelle, a pretty, sleepy little place, with a shop or two and a very nice bar/restaurant where we had an inexpensive yet wholesome lunch on our first day. If you want “sights”, you have to get in the car, but there’s a big choice within easy reach, not least the world heritage site of Le Mont St Michel (you can beat the crowds from such a nearby base). Less well known but almost as impressive is Fougères with its massive fortifications. We enjoyed the local towns of Pont Orson and Combourg, both of which have lively markets. We spent our final day at Dinan, a vibrant fishing port that oozes charm. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, peaceful stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. The Gite is comfortable and has an excellent garden: large and great for eating outside. Also loads of space for games. Good facilities close by including forest and lake. Easy access to Ferry ports, and the wonderful St Mont Michel.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. We hope to see you at Les Chenes again.
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Nett renoviertes altes Bauernhaus

  • 4 of 5

Nettes, von der britischen Eigentümerfamilie selbst renoviertes altes Bauernhaus mit insgesamt drei nebeneinanderliegenden, jeweils abgeschlossenen Ferienwohnungen mit separatem Eingang und gemeinsamen Garten. Zwei offene Kamine und Grillmöglichkeit auf eigener Terasse. Zimmer sehr hellhörig. Insgesamt sehr gutes Preis-Leistungsverhältnis. Wir haben uns wohlgefühlt.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments; I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and found it good value. I'm not sure what you mean by the room was 'noisy'; we are in a very quiet location and all the internal walls are constructed to normal standards of double thickness and insulation! The minor electrical problem you had has been diagnosed and rectified. You were lovely guests and are welcome to stay any time.
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
750 Metres
La Fontenelle
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
16 Kilometres
Nearest Train
11 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
750 Metres
La Fontenelle
Nearest Beach
28 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

I am a successful music teacher and can offer you revision/improvement courses in piano/keyboard, singing and theory especially work for Grade 5. Please contact me if this is of interest, lesson times can be tailored to suit your own holiday plans.


The nearest tourist beaches are at St Malo and Dinard, about 30 mins drive. Mont St Michel is about 20 mins away and other coastal resorts a similar distance, including Cancale, famous for its oysters. Cherrueix in the bay of Mont st Michel is superb for walks and shell collecting! St Malo and Dinard both have excellent sandy beaches, swimming and good facilities. There is also a lakeside beach and leisure area at 'L'etang de boulet' about 20 minutes away.


Flights are available to Dinard and Rennes. The drive from the ferry port at St Malo is about 30 mins, Caen is about 1hr 30 mins away, Cherbourg just a little further, Le Havre about 2hrs 15mins. Use of a car is recommended to get the best from the area and can be hired if necessary from the airport or more locally.


About a kilometre from both La Fontenelle and Antrain, 10 kilometres from the larger town of St Brice en Cogles. Half an hours drive to Fougeres with the largest medieval castle in Europe and to Dol be Bretagne with its huge granite cathedral. Approximately an hour from Dinan on the river Rance, and Rennes. Chateau be Bonnefontaine a kilometre away, as is the leisure park 'Foret de Villecartier', with walks, lake, boats, pony rides, tree top assault course and restaurant/bar.

Further Details:

There is a bar/restaurant in La Fontenelle. In Antrain there is a Carrefour supermarket, post office, two boulangeries, two pharmacies, several banks with cash dispensers, a tabac/newsagent and other small shops. There are bars and restaurants and a wider selection of restaurants can be found in nearby towns.

There are plenty of leisure activities in the area. In Fougeres there is a wonderful new large swimming pool with chutes. Fishing, horse riding and canoeing are also available locally.

Emmaus in Fougeres is a treasure hunt for those who enjoy boot sales and bargains!


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact me to establish availability and prices. 25% deposit required on booking, with balance payable one month before arrival. Long lets available out of peak season at reduced prices, please enquire. In season reductions also available for stays of longer than one week. Discounts will also be given out of season for low occupancy bookings.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day can be flexible, but Saturdays preferred in peak season for the original farmhouse, weekday changeovers preferred for the gite unless both units being used by the same party. Accommodation will be ready by 4pm. Departure by 10am.

Notes on prices:
Smaller stays available out of peak school summer holiday season, please contact me with your requirements. Prices given are guidelines and may vary according to the number of guests and length of stay.
There will be an additional charge for heating in the spring and autumn months.
Discounts available for stays of longer than one week, for multiple occupancy and for small parties off season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.