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Restful & Tranquil Rurally Located Old Former Farmhouse With Scenic Views

Overview

Property

Updated: 07-Sep-2016
"Les Ecuries", Gite near Moncontour, Cotes D'Armor, Brittany, France - Quick, Easy Route To Beaches, Lakes & Ancient Woods, Etc. River Walks & Fishing On The Door Step

The gite sits between what used to be two farmhouses, all built from granite with oak beams, the first house believed to date back to before the 17th century. The Gite was originally housing for the animals, and faces what was originally old granite stables. Ironically, the original farmhouse is now used to stable the owners two horses during the winter. The Gite has recently benefited from updating, though has been used as a home for many years. It is tastefully furnished in a traditional French farmhouse style, & has solid antique beds, exposed beams & plenty of character. As the walls are thick granite, the Gite stays nice & comparatively cool on very hot days. The balcony terrace to the front is the perfect place to sit & enjoy breakfast, lunch or supper, as the whole property faces south & benefits from day long sunshine. There are 2 grand Cypress trees at the entrance of the drive, which leads out to the main paddock area, beyond that mature oaks lead down the hill to the tranquil river.

NB: The Tour de France is passing close by this year, in fact, easily within cycling distance!

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Myself, husband and older son love living here, our little piece of heaven, by contrast to the hectic lifestyle we left behind in England.

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Speaks English, French

13 Reviews

5
based on 13 holidaymaker reviews

5

Great stay

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable and beautiful cottage with everything we needed. Comforts were well thought of, for my wife and I (and the kids). Plus, easy access to tourist sites and beaches. To top it all off the hosts were conscientious and helpful. Would go back again!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect place to relax and unwind

  • 5 of 5

As soon as we drove into the gite, the peacefulness of the place and the surrounding countryside was obvious.

Karen and Mark were lovely people, showing us around and happy to give advice, directions at any time.

The gite was lovely, clean, well-equipped and comfortable. Arriving to 35 degrees, the thick stone walls kept it cool!

Situated just outside of the town, Plougenast, it is in beautiful and peaceful countryside, little to no traffic, lovely views, safe lanes for walking or cycling.

Had the most wonderful of two weeks, visiting a lot of the local towns, villages and beaches.

Perfect place to getaway from it all, recharge the batteries and relax

Thanks you Karen and Mark

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful rural holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely restful holiday in the farmhouse. This is a great place to recharge the batteries. The accommodation was charming, spotless and well stocked. The assorted dogs, cats and horses around the place were a delight. Both Karen and Mark could not have been friendlier and were able to provide a wealth of tips and information on the surrounding area. Arriving on Sunday with the supermarkets closed the well stocked welcome pack was much appreciated. We can highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a holiday in France. Many thanks Karen and Mark.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Fabulous and would highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

We were made to feel very welcome and nothing was too much trouble. Thank you for the welcome bag of goodies it was a lovely touch. Would definitely return .

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5

Les ecuries was cosy and home from home. We had a wonderful welcome with plenty of local advice and knowledge. Super welcome pack. The tranquility was so therapeutic and the walks by the river, relaxing. Will definitely be returning, just wish it could be sooner rather than later. Anne and Chris

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous peaceful location with lovely far reaching views of the French countryside! The Gite was warm and comfortable and the welcome gifts from Karen and Mark were a lovely touch and very much appreciated!

Will be looking forward to many return visits in the future and will also recommend to friends and family too!

Many many thanks to you both for all your helpful advice about our possible future move to France :-)

  • Review Submitted: Dec 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
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Location

From the Owner

We chose this property and it's location because we loved the character and age of the property, and all it had to offer. The property came with enough land to accommodate our two horses, whom we brought with us from England. The elevated position, of our home, offers stunning views, which we appreciate, whatever the season, every day. We love the feeling of being very rural, yet being within a couple of minutes drive or walking distance to the nearby friendly village. Now we enjoy making our own Cider, Wine, Preserves, bread and cakes from our own garden produce, and generally much more of a 'crusty bread, cheese and wine' lifestyle, and the friendliest locals we have ever known.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

Under half an hours drive to the northern beaches, with numerous sizes, from quiet little sandy coves, to large, long sandy stretches. Many cliff walks & gorgeous granite coast views an easy drive away. Scattered along the coastline are numerous pretty beach & fishing villages with plenty of sea front restaurants. Ports, restaurants & shops can easily be found when driving blissfully quiet roads. (The property owners often collect muscles & oysters, etc to dine on themselves, or sea kayak & fish

Travel:

An hour from St. Malo. Two and a half from Caen. Just over an hour from Rennes airport. 45 minutes from Dinan airport. Under two hours from Roscoff.

Under half an hours drive to the northern beaches, an hour from the southern Brittany beaches and coast.

Distances:

A few minutes drive to the beautiful historic mini "medieval city of character", Moncontour, with it's quaint restaurants, shops and cobbled streets. Just over half an hour from the historic city of Dinan. Ideally located to explore many places of interest, like Mont Saint Michel, Old city of Saint Malo, Bayeux Tapestry, Normandy beach landing sites, markets, Chateaus, equestrian centres, galleries, antique stores, etc....

The Channel Islands are easily reachable for a day trip.

Further Details:

Very close to ancient forests & beautiful lakes, with plenty of walks, kayaking, boule, horse riding, mountain biking, go karting, paint-balling, art, cooking & French classes, & many other activities locally. Fishing permit on the river at just a few euros a week on site, with trout a plenty. On our own unspoilt stretch of river, or freely walk up or down the river to find your favourite spot.

The friendly local village is just a couple of kilometres of picturesque walk, or drive away, and has a small supermarket & filling station, a boulangerie, patisserie, post office, bank, doctors, vets, garage, hairdressers, florist, bar, restaurants, a beautiful church, picnic benches & gorgeous river walks.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Rate 4
27 Aug 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£126
for 3 nights
£295
 
 
Rate 5
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£400
for 7 nights
£400
 
 
Rate 6
7 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£126
for 3 nights
£295
 
 
Rate 7
8 Apr 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£375
for 7 nights
£375
 
 
Rate 8
8 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
 
Rate 9
26 Aug 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£126
for 3 nights
£295
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Booking request is via email. We require £100 deposit, and the balance will be due 8 weeks prior to the start date of your holiday here, plus a £100 per stay fully refundable breakage/damage deposit.

10% discount is available on Brittany Ferries using owners 'Guest' membership.

Changeover Day:
Saturday. Gite to be vacated by 10am.
Available from 3pm

Notes on prices:
*discounted booking fees for August bookings available, please enquire*
We will consider shorter stays in peak ( min 7 nights) periods where there is availability, due to 10 nights bookings having been taken.
We will entertain, off peak, requests for shorter stays, please ask.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

From the Owner

We love living here as it is so unspoilt, in fact the place has changed little since it was built before the 17th century. It is so tranquil, but all we need is still so accessible. The friendly local village is just a couple of kilometres of picturesque walk, or drive away & has a small supermarket & filling station, a boulangerie, patisserie, post office, bank, doctors, vets, garage, hairdressers, florist, bar, restaurants, a beautiful church, picnic benches & gorgeous river walks. Far from the maddening crowd, we enjoy safe & scenic walks straight from the house, on foot, on horse back, by road cycle, or mountain bike on many VTT routes. We own a stretch of river, which is pretty & completely unspoilt, just a short walk down the bottom of a pretty & quiet valley, perfect for a picnic.

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family

General

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

Kitchen

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • beach
  • rural

Attractions

  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • There is a Bathroom on the first floor with a bath, separate shower cubicle, sink and WC. Also a shaver socket.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/(6-if bed settee used) - 2 Bedrooms Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, Bedroom 2 with twin beds. There is a double bed settee in an the Living area. There is also a Travel Cot available. There is ample storage / hanging space for clothes. There is a hairdryer.

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Wifi, games & toys (stored in an old Breton Monks Pew Chest), welcome hamper. A couple of adult bikes can be made available free of charge, just ask. Outside: Garden area with barbecue area and seating. Garden furniture. Furnished patio Terrace. Ample parking space. Quiet walks. Beautiful rural views. Perfect starting point for fabulous cycling, road or off road. Quiet stretch of owners river just a short stroll across a field down to the bottom of the valley. A peaceful and private spot for a picnic. Utility Room: Utility cupboard with ironing board, iron, laundry basket, clothes airer, pegs, washing line in garden. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and towels are provided. It is requested you bring your own towels for the beach. The property is cleaned once a week on changeover day.

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