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A Wonderful Holiday Home, Spacious And Comfortable, With Large Private Gardens

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

House in Illifaut, Nr. Dinan, Josselin, Mauron, Cote in Brittany, France - Quiet Village Location In The Brittany Countryside, The Boulangerie/General Store Is 2 Minutes Walk

The house was built in 1846, a traditional Breton farmhouse. It is right on the edge of the village and in a very private position. The house is our holiday home, so it's cosy and comfortable and has all the things you need for a relaxing holiday. There are tables and chairs outside if you want to relax, or eat 'alfresco'. The excellent local boulangerie is open every day except Wednesday and has general supplies as well as bread and fabulous french pastries. The small bar/tabac serves 5 course lunches on weekdays with wine or cider included. A must at least once during your holiday! There are some wonderful villages and towns to visit. Dinan and Rennes - both with beautiful medieval buildings and Josselin with a fantastic castle and river and great places to eat. We're only an hour away from the stunning north and south Brittany coastline and there are plenty of beautiful villages and fabulous beaches to visit. We have chairs, wind break, parasols etc. if you want to use them.

Liz Kingsnorth
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
10 April, 2017

About Liz Kingsnorth

We love everything French! The country, the people (especially the Bretons) and most of all the food and drink! We live in South Yorkshire and have quite busy lives here, so it's fabulous to get away to France for a long and relaxing holiday. We are both volunteers for an aircraft museum in Doncaster. Ian is a keen gardener and I work part-time as a training consultant. We love having people to stay when we're in Brittany. When I'm there I like nothing better than being a housewife - picking fruit from the garden and making jam and puddings - not good for the waistline! After all that hard work it's lovely to sit in the garden in the sunshine with a gin and tonic or a nice cold beer.

Liz Kingsnorth purchased this house in 2006

Why Liz Kingsnorth chose Cotes d'Armor

We love France and have had great holidays in different regions. Our happiest times were at my cousin's house in Crehen, close to the north coast of Brittany. When we started to look for a property, we looked in the same area - but the ones that we could afford were too small for all the family to come and stay. So we started to look at bigger properties elsewhere and this house was the one we fell in love with. It's really spacious with a huge private garden. The family love getting together here. We're only one hour from St Malo - the nearest ferry port, and one hour from the airport at Dinard. Both the north and south coasts are about an hour away and there are plenty of places to visit and things to do - medieval towns, chateaux, markets and beaches.

What makes this house unique

The house has a unique position. It's right at the end of the road leading out of the village and we just walk straight out into the country. At the same time, we have all the convenience of living in a small village. It's only a 2 minute walk to the Boulangerie and general store and the small Bar/Tabac where you can get a wonderful 5 course lunch in the week - 12 euros including wine or cider! It's only 10 minutes in the car to the nearest big supermarket. We are about 30 minutes away from Dinan and Josselin; and 45 minutes from Rennes - all fabulous medieval towns. We're only 20 minutes from Paimpont - the burial place of Merlin, according to local legend. There are many lovely places to visit, but if all you want is a quiet, comfortable and relaxing holiday, Illifaut is the place.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Charming and spacious property, well equipped with unspoilt french character in a peaceful and pretty village. Ideal for families and those needing to recharge their batteries. The large lawned garden was a delight along with home grown rasperries and strawberries. We did not hesitate to book again.

Wonderful relaxing holiday in Brittany. The house is well situated for visiting a wide area as well as plenty of walking locally. Comfortable and well equipped with loads of helpful tourist information and maps. We particularly liked Dinan, Rochefort-en-Terre and the excellent car museum.

We had a great holiday. The kids (ranging from 9 to 14) loved it and wanted to stay 'at home' and play in the garden rather than go out for the day! Their favourite activities were cycling around the village and local lanes and playing badminton and boules.
Dec 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Illifaut in Cotes-d'Armor

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Downstairs there is a shower room with shower, wash hand basin and toilet. Upstairs is a modern, newly fitted bathroom with bath, over-bath shower, hand basin and toilet and there is another, separate, upstairs toilet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms) plus cot Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a King Size bed, chest of drawers, bedside tables and hanging space. A cot is available. Bedroom 2 has twin beds with chest of drawers and table. Bedroom 3 is the largest, with three single beds, chest of drawers and more hanging space.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • churches
  • library
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Heating/logs are provided within the rental charge and gas for the gas cooker is also included. Our prices in winter reflect the fact that you will be using extra fuel. There is always a spare gas cylinder for the cooker in case it runs out. The central heating is downstairs only and there are oil filled electric radiators in each bedroom and a heated towel rail/radiator in the bathroom. The back door is quite low, so anyone tall will need to mind their head. We have a cot, a high chair and a baby gate if needed. The kitchen and sitting room can be closed off to make a safe environment for toddlers. The kitchen door leads onto the front garden which can also be closed off to make a safe play area. Outside: We have a good sized front garden with a lawn, flower beds and a gravel area - great for playing boules! There is a large garden dining table, chairs and a parasol. Also a charcoal burning barbecue. This is a great space for eating outside and for keeping an eye on small children. Beyond the front garden is a large barn with parking space in front for 3 cars. The back garden has a big lawned area with mature fruit trees - cherries, apples, pears and plums. There are flower beds and a small vegetable garden. We also have blackcurrants and redcurrants in season. There is a washing line and there are pegs in the porch. In the back garden there are 6 relaxer chairs and other chairs, a garden dining table and a parasol with a separate stand. There is a log and tool store and a hen shed (sadly, no hens). There's a badminton net set up on the back lawn and there are raquets and shuttlecocks in the log store. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is cleaned at the end of every let. Please try to leave the house in reasonable condition as time is short for turnaround! Bedlinen and towels can be provided for a charge of 25 euros per bedroom. Other: There's a downstairs corridor for coats and shoes and a porch with log basket, clothes horse and pegs. Upstairs there's a big landing with views over the garden at the back. My favourite place to iron. (If I have to!)


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A Wonderful Holiday Home, Spacious And Comfortable, With Large Private Gardens
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

A fabulous home from home, in a wonderful setting

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely holiday home! We travelled as a party of 7 adults.

When we first arrived we were struck by the size and setting of this home. Set in extensive gardens, full of fruit trees and shrubs, it has unspoilt views over farmers fields to the rear.

It has all the character of a typical Breton property, with a cosy yet spacious lounge and the kitchen at the heart of the home.

The whole house is really well equipped with everything we could possibly need. The bedrooms were all spacious and very comfortable.

The village is lovely - we can highly recommend the breads and pastries from the Boulangerie although we ate far too much! We also had lunch one day at the bar / tabac. Fantastic value for money and lovely home cooked food.

Illifaut is well positioned to get to many towns & markets and the airport / ferry is less than an hour away. There are also lovely local walks in the area.

We will definately return.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful old house, in peaceful location.

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks at this gorgeous house in Illifaut.

Ian and Liz made booking easy and were extremely helpful with information about local fishing.

The house is in a great location and with in easy reach of local markets and supermarkets, the surrounding area offered lots to keep us busy. The house itself is very comfortable and well equipped . Although just my husband and myself stayed at the house, it is Very spacious and would be suitable for a family. The gardens are beautiful and full of fruit trees and bushes, with plenty of space for children to run around. We would really recommend a trip to Josselin and Rennes. We crossed back to the U.K. via St Malo with an over night stay in the city, well worth setting aside a little time to visit. We would highly recommend a holiday here , you won't be disappointed .

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Perfect Holiday home !!!

  • 5 of 5

Firstly, Liz and Ian are first rate landlords and their home is exactly that: a home. It is a wonderful 19th century farmhouse with fruit trees in the garden, boules in the front yard and a superbly decorated accommodation inside. Full stocked kitchen, very comfortable living room and the bedrooms are just right.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our grown up 'children' have spent the last 3 years in Liz and Ian lovely house. It is such a relaxing place to be with so many nice features, very French. The garden is very sunny, hot and great for relaxing in and drinking wine!

We love the village, although quiet, this is just what we want, you get a chance to see what it is like to get away from it all and see how quietly French people live their lives.

Visiting local towns and markets are the highlight of our 2 weeks but most of all we love the house. It is well equipped, with all the stuff you have at home so no worries on is there a can opener etc, Liz has thought of everything.

Beds are very clean and there is an abundance of linen. The house is well equipped with dish washer, drier, washing machine etc. Home from home for us.

We would highly recommend this home, we are going again next year!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is great having return visitors and knowing that they love the house just like we do. Although we advertise 3 upstairs bedrooms, there is a king size bedroom downstairs which would suit someone with a mobility problem. Just one small step to negotiate into the shower room. If you wanted to use this room, we would just need to know in advance.
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Nearest Golf
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The north coast is our favourite. St Cast has several beautiful beaches and walks and Val Andre is another great place to visit. They are both an hour by car. On the south coast, The Gulf of Morbihan is a fantastic area, again about an hour by car. The coast to the east of Vannes is less busy and there are lots of places to explore. Damgan, Penerf, Banastere and La Gree Penvins are all places we like. We have chairs, windbreak, parasol, cool bag, flasks etc. and you are welcome to use them.


St Malo is the nearest ferry port, one hour away. Cherbourg is 3 hours and Le Havre 4.5 hours. If you prefer to fly, Dinard/St Malo airport is 1 hour away with low cost Ryanair flights from East Midlands, Leeds/Bradford and Stanstead. Car hire is available at the airport. Rennes airport is also only 45 minutes away. A car is recommended. Ian and I have spent two weeks at the house without any transport apart from our bikes - very relaxing!


30 to 40 minutes away are Dinan, Josselin, Ploermel and Rochfort en Terre. About 30 minutes away are Dinan and Josselin, great places to visit. Both have medieval buildings, shops and rivers with boat trips or boats to hire. Rochefort en Terre is a beautiful village with some great shops and eating places. There's a golf course at Lac au Duc and an inland beach where you can swim. There is an Insectarium at Lizzio and a Zoo (Zoo de Branfere) and a Pre-historic parc all about 40 minutes away.

Further Details:

There are some lovely walks around the village and the local roads are great for cycling. Not busy and not too many inclines! There is a great cycle route from Mauron to Ploermel (24 kilometres) along an old railway track. It's called the Voie Vert (Green Way). There are some lovely villages and towns close by and plenty of places to eat. Our nearest towns are Mauron, Merdgrignac and St Meen, all about 10 minutes drive and typically french, well worth a visit on market day. They all have banks and big supermarkets. There are some great local cafes and restaurants and very reasonable prices. The Bar/Tabac in the village does weekday lunches for around 12 euros, including wine. There's a great pizza restaurant in Mauron and also the Hotel Brambily in Mauron does 5 course bar meals for 10 or 12 euros. St Meen and Merdrignac also have a number of eating places. Jugon les Lacs is a pretty village, about 25 minutes by car. There's a lovely lake and a water sports centre and some good places to eat. The forest of Paimpont (25 minutes away) is where Merlin is buried (alledgedly) and the town of Paimpont is the centre of Arthurian Legend in Brittany. If you're interested in history, the Resistance Museum at Malestroit is only 40 minutes away. Further afield are the german submarine pens at L'Orient (about 90 minutes drive). There is a Car Museum near Rennes (about an hour away) and if you want to explore a bit further, Vitre and Fougeres are both interesting cities to walk around. We have further information about places to visit and good places to eat in a folder in the house. There are leaflets, maps and guides for you to borrow.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Illifaut, Brittany

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
When your booking is confirmed, you will receive a rental contract and payment details in the post.
1. We ask for a deposit of £100 per week on booking. This payment secures the property for the agreed dates and is non-returnable.
2. We ask for full payment 30 days before you travel. We then send you detailed directions, additional information about the house and where to pick the keys up. Linen charges are payable when you collect your keys.
Payment can be made by cheque or bank transfer.

Changeover Day:
In high season changeover day is usually on a Saturday but we can be flexible if this doesn't fit in with your plans. Other times of year are more flexible - please enquire.

Notes on prices:
Prices include all heating costs.

Please pay £100 per week to secure your booking and the remainder 4 weeks before the start of your holiday. You will be sent a booking form with details of how to send payment.
Linen and Towels can be provided at a cost of 25 euros per room, paid on arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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