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Comfortable accommodation in French countryside on permaculture smallholding.



Updated: 17-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Newly converted barn in St Maden, near Dinan, Cotes D'Armor, Brittany - Calm and peaceful with private garden, short walk to village, exclusive access to private woodland.

We have recently completed the renovation of a cob and stone barn into comfortable accommodation for two, using original techniques and materials sympathetic to the original building, such as earth plaster, locally made kitchen tiles and solid wood floors. For the best night’s sleep, the orthopaedic, pocket-sprung, zip link bed can be configured as a king-size or two singles. A Jøtul stove will keep you cosy, all the logs you need are supplied for free from our 11 acre woodland, to which you will have exclusive access. 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. We’re just a short walk from the village with its bar and shop. Please note that the cottage is not suitable for children or pets, and smoking is not permitted inside the gite.

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About the Owner

Gabrielle Anderson
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
17 April, 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.

12 Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)


A cosy, well equipped and clean barn conversion. Ideal for two.

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely holiday here at Easter. The log burner made the evenings very warm and comfortable. The kitchen is very well equipped and we ate in most nights. A big comfortable double bed and clean modern bathroom all helped to make our stay very pleasant. The owners are English and live a few yards away on their small farm. They were very helpful and made us feel welcome. We would definitely stay here again. Excellent.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Had a great stay. Loved the Barn, so cosy with the log fire for the evening.

  • 5 of 5

Very hospitable and helpful owners. Great, very clean accommodation in very pleasant pastoral surroundings.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

This was the first time for us staying in a Gite (usually stay in a mobile home when doing self catering) and didn't know what to expect. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole holiday.

The Gite was very comfortable and had everything you needed. The location was ideal for touring and the garden was a great place to relax if you didn't go out. Gabrielle and Stuart are excellent hosts. Their homemade sausages are superb. Wished we'd bought more!!

We certainly recommend a stay and would go back again.Thank you for everything.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Perfect Christmas get away

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Stuart and Gabrielle's gite. It was warm and cosy and the big double bed is very comfortable. Stuart and Gabrielle made us feel very welcome and their farm is lovely. A very easy place to relax and feel at home.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
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Wonderful Accommodation in the French Countryside

  • 5 of 5

Gabrielle and Stuart are very thoughtful, welcoming hosts, and their renovated barn is extremely comfortable. Situated in a peaceful, quiet location not far from Dinan, the barn is one of the most beautifully designed and finished homes I have ever stayed in; warm and cosy, light and airy, and equipped with everything you could need. Truly a home away from home. Stuart and Gabrielle have done and are doing remarkable things on their shareholding and I was delighted to learn from them. Look forward to returning soon!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
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enjoyable week in france

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for a week in September 2015. Our hosts, Gabrielle and Stuart, were very welcoming and knowledgeable regarding the 'French' way of life.

The Barn had been beautifully converted and was an absolute joy to stay in.

We took them up on the offer of making our own sausages which were lovely.

We would recommend the barn to any couple wanting a quite stay in the French countryside.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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Activity and Interests

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.


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


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.


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.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
March/April 2017
1 Mar 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
May/June 2017
1 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
July/August 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
October 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Nov 2017 / Feb 2018
1 Nov 2017 - 28 Feb 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

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.
If you prefer a price in euros, click on the French flag to see the French language version of our website.
We are happy to accept shorter stays outside of the peak season of July and August. Per night prices are shown.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 17-Apr-2017


Property Type

  • barn


  • Away From It All
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Stereo ...


  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bright, fresh shower room with toilet. The shower cubicle is finished with pale blue Tadelakt (waterproof Moroccan plaster). There is a large mirror above a wide basin.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2: king-size bed or a pair of singles. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom with orthopaedic, pocket-sprung, zip link bed, which can be configured as a king-size or two singles. Two Velux windows with black-out blinds. Cabinets with bedside lights on both sides. Hairdryer and dressing table with mirror.


  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • 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 barn 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. Guests also have a private garden area just for themselves with a seating area, BBQ, roses to cut for the table and herbs for the kitchen. 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: A few paces from your front door leads you to your own private garden and you are also free to enjoy the rest of the grounds, such as the table and chairs next to the wildlife pond.

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