Traditional holiday home to rent in Brittany

Sains (13km from Dol-de-Bretagne), Ille et Vilaine, Brittany Reference: BI001230 Advertiser since: 11 March 2003
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Le Petit Lapin Self Catering 1 4 1 + mezzanine

About this property

Mont St Michel (15 mins), Sandy Beaches (30 mins). This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Charming cottage with exposed granite and beams - edge of village location. Mont St Michel 15 minutes, and 30 minutes from gorgeous sandy beaches. Nearby: wonderful seafood at Cancale, cliff walks, the walled town of St Malo, châteaux at Comborg and Fougères, and Dol de Bretagne (cathedral, golf course, indoor pool).

Accommodation. One double bedroom. Mezzanine (double bed). Shower. Kitchen/lounge/diner with microwave, washing machine. Tv (English satellite - Freeview), vcr, dvd/cd. Central heating. Private terrace, bbq, large orchard and peaceful garden with gorgeous views. Electric central heating.

'Le Petit Lapin' is a wonderful place for relaxing and getting away from it all; it's peaceful and calm and a welcoming place to come home to after a day at the beach, cycling, walking or sightseeing. There are local walks to take, especially lovely ones include the walk to the lake (no swimming, but one can fish, feed the ducks or just walk around it on a rustic path) and another to the Liberty Oak, planted in 1789 to commemorate the French Revolution. Both walks take about 45 minutes and include dramatic views over the Breton countryside.



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen is really well equipped with a self-cleaning oven and almost all mod cons (except a dishwasher). Most guests like to eat outside on the terrace when the weather is nice or in the orchard under the apple trees near the bbq. There is a small table inside the cottage too, of course!

Living rooms

The living area is small and cosy, with 2 comfortable chairs as well as a built-in sofa with lots of pillows.


One double bedroom and a cosy mezzanine with a double bed. The mezzanine is especially suitable for children, who love feeling as if they are in the sort of loft Heidi slept in!


The bathroom has no bath tub, but it has a spacious tiled shower.


There is very efficient electric central heating throughout the cottage as well as excellent insulation and double-glazed windows.


Theres a dvd player (and dvds as well as cds). There's a small collection of books in the cottage and a wireless internet connection (though you will need to bring your own computer). There's a large orchard, quite suitable for children who want to run about with a ball; we have several, just ask! There's a small paddling pool available for little children, too.

Garden and outside

The private terrace is a really pleasant spot and guests spend a lot of time there or in the orchard, where there is additional garden furniture. Many couples relax in the orchard in the evening, enjoying a glass of wine and the truly gorgeous view over the Couesnon Valley to the south.

The orchard - depending on the season, guests are welcome to help themselves to an abundance of fresh fruit (not only apples but pears, plums, peaches and cherries!)

Parking and garages

There is secure private parking in the courtyard right in front of the cottage.

Visitor suitability

The cottage is particularly suitable for couples, for families with one or 2 children, and for people who would like to have both a bedroom and a bathroom on the ground floor.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Pontorson
Distance: 6 km



Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf des Ormes, Dol de Bretagne
Distance: 10 km

Mountain biking


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Local marked paths in Sains


About the Owner/Advertiser, Doctor Caroline Zilboorg

I'm a writer and a retired university professor of English now living in Brittany, a very beautiful part of France. My little cottage is beside my large granite farm house and I am happy to welcome visitors here from all over the world.

Year property purchased 2002
Why this location? On a hill in a village, my property is rural but not isolated, traditional granite and wooden beams, but completely renovated—my French dream! The area suits me perfectly: only 30 minutes from the ferry in St Malo, 10 minutes from a TGV station (in Dol de Bretagne), on the border with Normandy but in Brittany—the best of many worlds. I love being near the sea with access to green fields and rolling hills, an hour from the buzz of the regional capital (Rennes) yet in the calm countryside. The fact that I’m near Mont Saint Michel means friends are always eager to visit, but I’m not right next to it, so I’m away from the touristy crowds and eateries. I spend long hours writing, but I love nature, too, so gardening is a welcome past-time and I am energised by local walks as well as the views over the valley from my orchard. A glass of wine-- or two-- on my terrace seems to me an ideal way to end a day. I take joy each day in my decision to live here on top of this Breton hill.
Unique benefits of property Rural but not isolated, near both the sea and rolling green hills of inland Brittany, 30 minutes from Saint Malo, Dinard, Dinan and Cancale; close to Mt St Michel but away from the tourist buzz; peaceful, calm... but with lots to do in the area!

The Owner Recommends

Out and about near my cottage

Mont Saint Michel
This famous abbey only a ten-minute drive from 'Le Petit Lapin' has attracted visitors for centuries. Isolated on a granite island in a sheltered bay, this heritage site is also of particular environmental interest. The coast here has the highest high tides and the lowest low tides in all of Europe and you can literally see the tide change by observing the water in the Couesnon River, which enters the bay just west of the peninsula connecting Mont Saint Michel with the mainland. It's also possible to approach the abbey by walking across the bay with a guide. This is a magical place, surrounded by low-lying polders on which local sheep graze.
Dol de Bretagne
This charming town a ten-minute drive west of the cottage hosts a large market every Saturday morning. Its central street is lined with traditional houses often decorated with wood and its asymmetric granite cathedral was for centuries the ecclesiastical centre for all of Brittany . The town has numerous restaurants and cafés to suit all tastes and budgets as well as a prehistoric menhir, a large upright stone whose precise significance remains a mystery.
The Sea and Brittany coastline
Many visitors are attracted to Brittany because of its gorgeous seacoast, which offers stunning clean blue water for swimming and wide sandy beaches for sunbathing as well as dramatic cliff walking along the coastal path that stretches for hundreds of kilometres. The closest beaches to 'Le Petit Lapin' are only half an hour's drive to the east between Cancale and Saint Malo-- they are truly beautiful!
This seaside town 30 minutes from the cottage is renowned for its delicious local oysters and seafood in general as well as the buckwheat crêpes for which Brittany is famous. Cancale's cafés and restaurants stretch along the streets beside the bay and allow visitors to watch the fishermen as they harvest the oysters or the sailing boats which follow the coast towards the open sea.

More out and about

Saint Malo
A fortified port, Saint Malo's cobbled streets and picturesque views over the sea remind the visitor of Brittany 's maritime history. With the Rance river on one side and the open sea on the other, Saint Malo offers both gorgeous beaches and little cafés, traditional granite architecture and a natural seascape. Its world-class aquarium is well worth a visit, too.
Dinard has long been popular with visitors from around the world. With the sea on one side and gardens on the other, a paved promenade linked to the coastal footpath offers a unique panorama that changes with the tides and the colour of the sky. With its grand nineteenth-century houses perched above the beach, Dinard provides lots of restaurants, quaint boutiques, elegant parks, ice cream from seaside vendors, a salt-water swimming pool and plenty of ‘bucket-and-spade’ activities on the sandy beach right in the town centre.
Combourg, half an hour's drive inland from 'Le Petit Lapin', was the birthplace of the Romantic writer Chateaubriand, who grew up in the local château. This granite castle with pepper-pot turrets overlooks a lovely lake. A traditional Breton village, Combourg offers several nice restaurants and crêperies and regularly hosts evenings of Breton music and dancing.
This beautiful Breton town, half an hour's drive from 'Le Petit Lapin', is famous for its remarkable local architecture. Set high on a hill overlooking the Rance river, Dinan is like an open-air museum of historic buildings. Its little port with its riverside restaurants is charming, too, as is the nearby mediaeval Abbey of Lehon.
World War II Sites
The D-Day beaches are within visiting distance (about 1.5 hours drive), and there are other important Second World War sites nearer by. There is an inspirational American cemetery near Saint James in Normandy (30 minutes drive from the cottage) and a German cemetery overlooking Mont Saint Michel (20 minutes from 'Le Petit Lapin').

And still more things to see and do

Rennes is not only the capital of the Ille et Vilaine department but the capital of all of Brittany. A university city with a vibrant urban life, it hosts a fabulous Saturday morning market in its historic centre and offers all the urban excitement of shops, restaurants, museums and cinemas. Only an hour's drive over country roads, Rennes is definitely worth a visit!