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Wooden, ecological house; quiet, rural location.



Updated: 20-Nov-2016
St. Grave, Morbihan, Brittany, France (close to Rochefort-en Terre) - Calm Retreat, amid beautiful countryside, local walking and cycling. 30 mins to coast.

We consider Le Petit Perche to be a comfortable, well equipped and inviting property for the discerning visitor. It is located on the edge of a small village surrounded by stunning scenery ideal for walking and cycling; the Nantes-Brest canal is closeby as is the Voie Verte. There are several interesting places to see and to visit in the locality

It benefits from solar heated hot water, a rain harvesting system which services the toilets and the washing machine. There is a heat-exchange ventilation system and an efficient wood burning stove. There is a high level of insulation from ecological sources. There are two double bedrooms and a twin bedded room and a cot is available for a baby/small toddler. The living space is open plan comprising: a fitted kitchen with a dishwasher, electric oven and hob, a large fridge with a freezer compartment and ample food storage; a dining area with table and chairs for six people, a sideboard equipped for six people to eat and drink; and a large airy lounge which is furnished with ample seating, a television, DVD player and there is a box of games /books. This room faces south/south west and is always light and airy; it opens onto a gravelled terrace equipped with a picnic table and sun canopy, wooden garden funiture, sun loungers and a barbecue. The garden is mainly lawn at present, let's say it is a developing feature.

Old stonebuilt longere this is not; large, typically French house with a cellar? no BUT you will find modern, clean comfortable facilities in a pretty part of Morbihan, well worth a visit

Nearby are the beautiful Cites de Charactere of Rochefort- en-Terre and Malestroit. To the east the market town of Redon is an inland port which sits on the confluence of the canal and the river Vilaine.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Rick and I retired from careers in education in 2005. We have lived in here since 2007 and love it. We love gardening and walking and have settled into the community well. I taught English in the local primary school until summer 2014 and was on the Governing Body for four years; I still help out occasionally.

Having helped to refurbish the bibliotheque (library) between 2010 and 2013; and helped relocate its venue I now volunteer once or twice a month as a librarian. It is great fun meeting library members, discussing the books they have read or might enjoy.

We both walk three or four time a week in the locality or along our beautiful coastline. We consider ourselves to be privileged living in such a beautiful part of the world.

Call Owner
Speaks English, French
Fran Story
Les Champs Percheux, 12 rte de Malansac
56220 St.Grave France
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Guestbook comments from the owner

The house is incredibly warm and cosy. Thank you
Feb 2015
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11 Reviews

based on 11 holidaymaker reviews


... a memorable stay at Le Petit Perche

  • 5 of 5

We had a very lovely stay at Le Petit Perche. The accommodation is spacious, well kitted out and well maintained. Fran and Rick are very welcoming, thoughtful and helpful at all times. They are a credit to Owners Direct.

Saint-Gravé, France is well positioned for the archaeology around Carnac, and the beautiful coastline between Lorient and Saint-Nazaire.

Everything is close at hand, with a hypermarket with services at nearby Malansac. Quiet roads lead to picturesque local towns such as Vannes, Josselin, La Roche-Bernard and La Gacilly. We had plenty to see and do for a fortnight, without having to travel far each day.

The beaches between Lorient and Quiberon were some of the best we'd visited in Europe.

All-in-all, a brilliant stay. Highly recommended.

Ruth and William

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yet another very positive review. We work hard to maintain our standards and are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay. We believe St Grave is ideally situated, placed almost in the centre of Morbihan, for a really good holiday with plenty of choice between coast and countryside; walking, cycling , swimming; with an abundance of chateaux, museums and tourist attractions. There is almost always something to do in the local vicinity according to the season, but should visitors choose to spend a day "at home" the house is a comfortable base in which to be relaxed and lazy. We are here to welcome visitors at almost any time of the year. Please note, not for the rest of October, 2016 nor for Christmas and New Year 2016/1017. Fran and Rick Story
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Very comfortable, well-equipped house in a peaceful and beautiful location.

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week exploring this part of Brittany. We loved everything about the eco house, and the owners were very welcoming and helpful. The beds were very comfortable, and the outdoor space was spacious and great for adults to relax, and children to play.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday and your stay in Le Petit Perche. Thank you for commenting on the beds and the outside space! We wish you the very best and perhaps one day we will see you again. Fran and Rick
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A truly wonderful family holiday that we will always treasure.

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful wooden, ecological holiday home with such picturesque surroundings with everything included that is needed for a family holiday. We visited with our 3 children aged 14, 12 and 8 and enjoyed our beach days, zoo visit, many a creperie, yummy pattiserries and beautiful French towns in the area. Fran and Rick were such welcoming hosts, lovely people. I would highly recommend their holiday home. Thank you. Xx

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. That is a lovely review and you hadn't left Le Petit Perche when you wrote it! In spite of my absence at the beginning of your two weeks I feel as though we know each other really well. Rick enjoyed being your sole host for a few days, except for the ironing! We hope your journey home is not too tortuous and we hope you enjoy seeing family on your way back up to Yorkshire. It was a pleasure to meet you all, perhaps one day in the future ........ Best wishes Fran and Rick
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Very pretty place, everything was perfect

  • 5 of 5

The house was well equipped ,we had everything we needed. Fran and Rick were very helpful and kind. They even gave us some fresh veggies from their garden. Thank you very much. The area was really fun to explore.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive comments. It was a pleasure to have you as our guests.
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An amazing find. A wonderful property set in the heart of the Brittany countryside.

  • 5 of 5

The interior of the eco house is spacious, light, very well furnished, modern and attractive.

The exterior is stunning as the house is set in the owners' garden, which is beautifully kept and more like a park. The decking and abundant garden furniture make this a very comfortable area to sit, eat or lounge.

The owners, Fran and Rick, are very welcoming and did everything they could to make our stay a very enjoyable one. We were so delighted with our stay that we have booked for next year.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a generous review . We work hard to maintain our standards and are thrilled that it is so well appreciated. The garden is suffering at present......brilliant sunshine and no rain!
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Comfortable, modern accomodation

  • 5 of 5

Spacious, light, comfortable accomodation with all you need on holiday. Great space to be in, inside and out.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Anne and Dan, we enjoyed your presence in the house. We are glad you enjoyed Les Tablees, your cycling and walking and above all your stay at Le Petit Perche. We hope you journey home was good. Disappointed ditch Brexit but we will come through. Fran and Rick, with best wishes
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From the Owner

We built Le Petit Perche on the same plot as our own house so we are here for our guests. We are interested in the environment and have modified our own house somewhat. We decided to build a house with as many eco friendly features as possible, furnish and equip it to a very high standard and let it to people who have a similar interests in walking, outdoor life and the environment. The property is easily accessed by road from.the main ports and there are airports at Nantes and Rennes(car hire essential). Although access is easy St Grave is a quiet, out of the way village. The house, however, is not "out in the sticks"; we are on the edge of the village, close to a bar/ restaurant and a boulangerie.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Rennes at 41 Miles Nearest Barpub : St Grave at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 100 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Caden at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Redon at 10 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : N166 at 10 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : St Grave at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Damgan at 20 Kilometres Car: necessary


St.Grave is 30kms from the beach at Kervoyal/Damgan. There are beautiful stretches of beach, a coastal path which winds its way round the headland at Penerf giving wonderful views of the eastern Golfe, and a peek over hedges into wonderful gardens of privately owned holiday residences!

A perfect day out - walk, swim, picnic and there are always bars and seafront restaurants.

Further afield the whole south Brittany coast is stunning and waiting for you to visit.


Closest aiports are at Rennes (1hr.) Dinard (1Hr. 40) and Nantes 1hr. 50.

If travelling by plane car hire will be necessary.

Most convenient ferries are to St. Malo (2hrs.), Caen (3hrs.) and Roscoff 3hrs.) We can provide detailed directions to Le Petit Perche to supplement your GPS system


It is 5km to Malansac - the nearest supermarket.

The delightful town of Malestroit (market Thursday mornings) is 15kms away; there is a market in the town of Questembert 15kms.

The old town of Rochefort-en-terre is a mere 5 km. Stroll along its cobbled streets and admire the mediaeval architecture.

You will find a small artisanal town at La Gacilly, 10km and in summer there is a wonderful photo exhibition in the streets.

The cultural/commercial centre, Vannes, is a 45 min drive

Further Details:

The bread sold in L'Assiette Arrosee is wonderful. Sonia also sells newspapers, some groceries and local cheese; her espresso coffee or chilled rose wine are delicious after a local walk.

Next door to L'Assiette, Laurence and Dominique will welcome you warmly to Le Lion d'Or our very local, very French restaurant and Bar, open on weekday lunchtimes and on Sundays with a reservation.

On a Tuesday afternoon a local fruit and vegetable seller comes to the square outside the school and also a woman who makes crepes.

A pizza van comes early on a Wednesday evening to the same square. Order by phone and collect....scrummy!

There is a newsagent, butcher and baker at Malansac and a small, local market on a Saturday morning; there are also two banks. Just on the edge of the town is the nearest supermarket, open all day Mon - Sat (no lunchtime closure) and Sunday mornings; in the high season they have English displays and promotions in English. Some of the staff speak English.

In the direction of Redon you will find: Peillac, a rapidly developing artisanal town(look out for local exhibitions) with two or three very good restaurants; St Vincent, an expanding town with access to the Nantes-Brest canal for canoeing and other watersports and St Perreux a pretty canalside town. Redon itself is a bustling town with a fascinating Port and historic old town at the confluence of the canal and the river Vilaine.

There are markets at Malestroit (Thursday); at Questembert(Monday) and at La Gacilly(Saturday).

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Late Autumn
6 Nov 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Rate 1
7 Jan 2017 - 18 Feb 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Rate 2
19 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 22 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late spring
23 Apr 2017 - 27 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Late spring/Early summer
28 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Summer Rate
1 Jul 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £40 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £50

Booking Notes:
On initial enquiry clients will receive confirmation of availability by email. Booking details and request for 50% deposit will be sent when client indicates they want to make a reservation. Further details of the process will become clear as it is activated.
Prices are stated at a weekly rate but out of the main seasons (Summer, Easter Christmas) we will accept shorter stays on a nightly basis.

Changeover Day:
Change over day is normally Saturday, but please enquire out of season; please arrive after 3 pm; on day of departure please vacate the property by 10.30 a.m.

Notes on prices:
Length of stay may cross price range dates. This can be negotiated.

10% reduction for two weeks in our low season.

Book before May 31st get 5% reduction for July/Aug

Book within a month of arrival and receive a 10% reduction.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 20-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

Le Petit Perche is set in the grounds of a larger, earlier built property in which we live. The garden of the property is delineated, but not fenced; guests are not directly overlooked by us or our neighbours. Guests may venture beyond the garden onto our plot whilst respecting our privacy. In season there may be crops available from the garden. Out of season guests might be interested in the functioning of the eco features, perhaps with a view to incorporating similar into their own future projects. There are numerous and varied restaurants in Rochefort-en-terre, Malestroit, La Gacilly and Peillac

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, heated towel rail, hand basin, mirror
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet, Dressing room rather than bathroom; hand basin,hair dryer.
  • There is a spacious shower room with w.c, hand basin and heated towel rail; and a separate toilet/ dressing room with hand basin and vanity unit.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, Access to garden through full window/door
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot, Access to garden through full window/door
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) + 1 baby/toddler Notes on bedrooms: Bedrooms 1 & 2 with double beds, bedroom 3 twin beds; a travel cot is available. there is wardrobe space and shelving


  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: We pride ourselves on the standard of comfort and quality we have provided. Come and find out for yourselves. In the winter months (our low season) there may be a small charge for electricity; logs are provided for the wood burning stove. Outside: Le Petit Perche is on the same plot of land as that of the English owners but is discreetly screened to give privacy; the house has lawn all round, the garden is in process of development (my ongoing project) and there is a gravelled terrace area with garden furniture including lounging chairs and a picnic table with sun canopy. There is a Weber barbecue and outside lighting. Access to further garden space is at the discretion of the owners. Utility Room: The newly fitted utility room houses a sink unit and the washing machine, a small table top ironing board and iron; a vacuum cleaner, broom,etc It contains the solar heated hot water tank, a heat exchange ventilation system and the water recycling unit. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels are provided and the property is cleaned when guests leave. If guests stay more than one week fresh linen will be provided at the end of each week. Other: There are no other rooms but because the living room opens onto glorious space we feel this house provides the perfect setting for a wonderful, restful holiday; privacy, peace and calm.

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