|Ancienne Gare||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1|
Saint Briac stands on the Fremur estuary. It is about 80 miles south of Jersey and is on the Gulf Stream. It has many points of interest, including sailing, fine beaches, beautiful views and walks, golf and crazy golf and a reputation as a place for famous painters such as Signac and Renoir. It is also a famous stopover for migrating birds and a spot for observing barnacle geese and ducks.
L’Ancienne Gare was the local station for the ‘Petit Chemin de Fer’ when the current coastal road was the local town railway. The property is a single storey building, situated on the D786 in the village of Saint Briac. It is close to many beautiful beaches, all with fine sand, some with rockpools. The nearest is just 5 minutes walk away and several others are within an easy walking distance (one has lifeguards on duty during the main holiday season).
The village centre is a few minutes walk away and offers shops and all the main facilities including a Post Office. There are excellent restaurants, sweet-shop/tobacconist and an international telephone within a minute of the house, with boulangeries and other shops in the village centre. There is a launderette in Dinard.
There are various sporting facilities available (see ‘recommendations') including a championship 18-hole links golf course just 10 minutes walk along the coastal road. The gite is 10 minutes drive from the famous summer resort of Dinard, only 20 minutes from the ferry port and old walled town of St Malo and 25 minutes from the attractive medieval town of Dinan.
The village boasts tennis courts, miniature golf, sea fishing and fine walks. Wind-surfing is possible from local beaches, with tuition available at the next village, St Lunaire, or Dinard. Dingy sailing tuition is available at St Briac itself. Sea fishing is possible within a few minutes walk of the house and fresh water anglers can fish in the River Rance.
Olympic-sized indoor swimming pools are located at nearby Dinard (heated salt water) and St Malo - next to the ferry terminal.
On D786 coast road. St Malo 20 minutes, Dinard 10 minutes - Airport (Ryanair) 10 minutes (the property is not on the flight path).
Pretty harbour and restaurants 3 minutes walk. Golf course (18-hole links) 5-10 minutes. Wonderful beaches close by.
Bungalow sleeps 4. Two bedrooms with double and bunk beds. Lounge, shower room kitchen and electric heating. Small enclosed garden. The gite is renovated, and is all electric and it is well equipped.
“We have enjoyed our stay in this gite, conveniently located for the beaches, village, restaurants and local countryside. We can recommend the local circular walks. We have visited Mont St Michel, which is now very well organised with a new car park and shuttle bus. In Dinan, we enjoyed an English cream tea in Maison Bleu Lin, half way down the cobbled hill port.” August 11th-25th 2012, the Chilton Family from Derby.
“So lucky with the weather! A cycle ride to St Jacut de la Mer for lunch, and some lovely lazy beach days were just perfect. Excersions to St Malo (walking around the walls, kite flying on the beach, and a visit to Le Grande Aquarium) and Dinan (make sure you find the funny winding road which goes all the way down to the river). These were just some of the things we did, but mostly we had fun and relaxed and enjoyed the stunning views.” May 25th-June 1st 2013, the Elliott family from Northants.
“The sun always seems to appear mid-afternoon even if the day starts wet or cloudy! What a vibrant place. Great beaches, lovely towns and villages all seeming to be trying to outdo each other with floral displays! Wonderful. Le Montmarin is lovely- beautiful gardens overlooking the Rance. Combourg the home of Chateaubriand is worth a visit. A 2 hour drive to Utah beach and St Mere Eglise is also very good. Eating in St Briac-so much choice! A complete holiday, lots to do if you want to, or just relax and enjoy the beaches, food, drink and relax, ah! Could say so much more but explore and enjoy. Lovely holiday, hope to come back soon.” July 27th-August 10th 2013, the Highton family, Cumbria.
“We have had a lovely week in St Briac. It has been nice to have a week to visit the area. We have visited lots of lovely beaches along the coast and also St Briac which was lovely to be able to walk to. We went over to St Malo on the ferry from Dinard and walked the walls which we haven’t done for over 30 years. We went into Dinan and a couple of restaurants in St Briac but enjoyed the Cotes & Broches steak and Madame was very attentive.. The weather has been wonderful and we have enjoyed a relaxing week.” August 17th-24th August 2013, the Houghton family.
“What a wonderful holiday. We were very blessed with the weather which was an added bonus at this time of year. We were also very lucky that the owners were next door as well. Alan is a mine of information about the area, which was really appreciated. We would like to thank them for their hospitality. The area is beautiful and our favourite is Dinan. We did some of the walks in the brochure and were treated to some fabulous views. As with previous guests our favourite eatery was over the road- Cotes & Broches. The mixed grill was to die for. The bar over the road was made use of a few times as well. Thank you very much.” September 30th-October 10th 2013, North Yorkshire.
"Just wished to say many thanks for an enjoyable holiday in St Briac. Your gite is ideally situated, we enjoyed swimming in the sea every day, walking on the coastal path, listening to the music in the square on Bastille Day, and visiting the market on the Monday morning. There was also an enjoyable concert on the Thursday afternoon for 2 hours in the adjacent garden to the Tourist Information office." 2013, Corran family.
View on Google street view post code 35800.
Kitchen, with refrigerator (with freezer compartment), electric oven, microwave oven and fridge. Large serving hatch through to dining room/lounge
Outside patio table/dining area in an enclosed private garden plus another separate private garden too.
Comfortable dining room/lounge, with English Sky tv reception, vhs video and dvd player. Carpeted lounge/dining room 15ft x 10ft.
Two bedrooms, 1 with a double bed and 1 with bunk beds.
Blankets, pillows and duvets are provided. You will need to take bed linen i.e. pillow cases, sheets (beds are 4’6 double with king size duvet, and 3’ bunks), towels and tea-towels.
Shower room with shower, washbasin and wc.
Sky English tv/radio. Vhs player, dvd player.
Small enclosed walled garden, for outside dining, evening glass of wine! Patio table and barbecue. plus a second private garden, ideal for an evening glass of wine.
There is convenient parking. See the property, road with parking, local excellent restaurants and harbour, using Google streetview.
Two bedroom bungalow. Suitable for up to 4 people.located in a truly beautiful location with a lot to see and do. Magnificent scenery, walled towns, beaches second to none, local markets and excellent restaurants.
Two adult mountain bikes are available. There are bodyboards, a football, beach games etc. for use on one of the 8 lovely nearby beaches (walking distance).
There also dvds, vhs films and boardgames.
We are now retired and live in a village near to Market Harborough, a beautiful small market town on the border of Leicestershire/Northamptonshire. We enjoy gardening, eating out and walking in England and Brittany!!
|Year property purchased||1994|
|Why this location?||We had our honeymoon at an apartment in St Briac sur Mer in 1974. We loved the area so much that we returned most years even though we also travelled throughout Europe, camping with our children. The coast, villages and beaches are second to none. The markets are excellent and nearby restaurants first class.|
|Unique benefits of property||It was an old tramway railway station which served the coast from Dinard.
It is a bungalow/gite and very near to the sea. There are 2 small enclosed gardens to sit and enjoy an evening glass of wine and there are 2 bedrooms.
Sky Freeview is available.
This lighthouse is on the edge of cliffs, over 200 feet above the sea and offers a view of up to 70 miles. There are colonies of cormorants and black guillemots.
Nearby is the Fort La Latte, where some of the best scenes in the film The Vikings were made.
(A 2 hour drive away), it is famous for its megaliths, there are over 1000 erect stones aligned over an area of nearly a mile. This is the biggest and most impressive concentration of megalith remains in Europe. There are superb beaches and the inevitable creperies.
There is a ‘serious’ casino at Dinard (with a very good restaurant).
There are lots of super bike rides around the local coastline, local villages, along the River Rance, 10 mins away, and further afield e.g.to Dinan,30 mins by car.
A magnificent medieval town with a port and walks/ boat hire on the River Rance.
A very attractive town which has been fashionable since its ‘discovery’ by Anglo-American travelers in the 1850’s. It has a mild ‘micro-climate’ where palm, fig-trees and camellias flourish. It has a wide sandy beach and very good cafes. The famous English film festival there is in October, with many film showings free and visiting film stars in attendance on some days.
You can fish in the sea, from the sea-wall, just 10 minutes walk away and from the rocks off most beaches!
Fresh-water angling is possible in the River Rance.
This is a medieval castle set beside the sea. The fort’s keep dates, intact, from the 13th century.
The championship (18 hole) Dinard golf course is easy walking distance from the house and offers superb golf with wonderful sea views.
St-Briac - Friday am all year, a larger market Monday am in season.
Dinard - Saturday am all year (5 miles).
Dinan - Thursday am all year (15 miles).
Hypermarkets within short drive.
Dinard en route to Barrage de la Rance (10 mins drive).
Pleurtuit near airport (10 mins).
St Malo, 'Madeleine', 15 mins. St Malo, en route to Rennes 15 mins.
Supermarkets in nearby St Lunaire and Ploubalay (10 mins).
In addition to local shopping.
St Malo, St Servan (15 mins) adjoining St Malo.
Rennes (45 mins). St Brieuc (55 mins).
A mini-golf layout is situated just along the road from the house, and there is another at nearby St. Lunaire.
The Abbey fortress, set on top of a rocky outcrop is a wonder. It is approached by car over a causeway, and is set in an enormous sandy bay, but beware - quicksands! The history and architecture are magnificent and ‘a must’ to visit.
Various, excellent restaurants, including seafood, pizza and creperie all within 100m near to the very attractive St Briac yacht harbour.
Beaches and rock pools and pink granite rocks are characteristics of this area. There is a pleasant walk along the renovated ‘customs officer’s’ coastal path which leads to Ploumanach, a small fishing village with excellent seafood restaurants.
The capital of Brittany has an old section of 16th century, wood beamed, picturesque houses. There is also a more modern shopping centre.
Yacht/boat clubs offer courses, including at St. Briac.
There are many fine beaches at and near to St. Briac. The coastline is similar to Cornwall with large expanses of white/golden sand and rock-pools.
St Briac has a 'mini peninsular with 8 very sandy beaches, some with rock pools too, all within easy walking distance, some accessible via road, others via the delightful coastal path (car parking nearby if you've a lot to carry!).
St Briac is a Breton coastal fishing village of great beauty. Coaches divert along the coastal road for passengers to take photos of the very pretty harbour.
A good place for a stroll to enjoy the architecture, church and a coffee or glass of wine outside the village-centre bar.
A nearby holiday village with old fashioned charm, fine beaches and pleasant walks, including to the Pointe du Decollee which provides some of the coast’s best views.
St Malo originated from the settlement of a Welsh saint in the 6th century. The old town is contained within walls which were built in the 12th century and provide an unbroken walk around the entire circumference.
The old town has lots of character, churches and museum as well as affording magnificent views from the city walls (45 mins walk around).
In addition to sea bathing, there are indoor Olympic-sized pools at Dinard (heated sea water), and at St. Malo (near the ferry terminal).
There are courts at St. Briac, and also at the next village, St. Lunaire.
Many pleasant walks are recommended around St. Briac, nearby villages and coastal paths. Dinard and St. Malo are attractive for evening walks too. Strolls along the River Rance start from riverside car parks.
This is possible from many beaches in the area, with courses run at nearby St. Lunaire and Dinard. Body-boarding is good fun on the incoming tide, when there’s a reasonable surf.
Excellent aquarium situated on the main road approaching St Malo a 10 minute drive.
The beaches are magnificent golden sand and with St Briac having a 'mini peninsular' there are 8 wonderful beaches easily accessible, within walking distance and with rock-pools too at some of them.
St. Briac is a great location from which to explore this part of France. There are a number of really nice beaches within easy walking distance and for the more energetic longer coastal and river walks.
The property is ideally positioned to access the village and the local bars and restaurants whilst being peaceful and quiet. We made good use of the bikes provided for the morning visits to the local bakery. There is also a local bus to Dinard which saves using the car when visiting the large market.
The accommodation was clean and tidy and had all the facilities necessary for a comfortable stay and I would recommend it to anyone interested in holidaying in this area.
I have visited a gite owned by Mr.A.Jackson reference BI001748.I would like to write a reference to be added to those on your web site.
The area is very pleasant with walks and many very good local beaches.The gite is very comfortable and is well equipped.The use of 2 bicycles was appreciated.A very good holiday at L'Ancienne Gare.
We had a lovely, relaxing time. The old tram station had everything we needed, is 5 mins walk from the most beautiful small beaches. It is also on bus route to Dinard and St Malo so we didn't need to drive all week. The owners were really helpful and there was lots of information to help with stay. The gite was just as we had expected. We were also left a lovely bottle of wine to welcome us
The gate is central to restaurants and a short walk to the centre of St Briac.. Great Bric a Brac market stretched all way down village and weekly market great to see.
In July, sunsets and watching the tide roll in are wonderful sights!
Thank you for such a very fine review. We are very proud of our gite and the beautiful area.
The scenery in this area is spectacular with many beaches, rock pools, islands, boats. There are 8 beaches within easy walking distance! The variation between high and low tide is huge, providing great variety. There are water sports , restaurants, local shops available within walking distance. There is a very large supermarket a few miles down the road.
The owner of this property was extremely helpful and provided details of everything you could want in terms of things to do, restaurants, even French words to help you understand the menus etc etc.
If you want the bedroom window open it is noisy at night until about 2pm in August as there is usually a band at the local bar. But if you can't beat them join them...?
The water heater took a long time to heat the water.
The property is small but perfectly adequate.
Overall we were very satisfied and the price was very reasonable.
In answer to the ? about the water heating, From our own experience, 2 teenage girls use a lot of water. There is a 100 litre emersion tank. It has been checked and is working properly. It's normally more than adequate. It takes less than 2 hours from cold to reach max temperature.
Sorry, but other visitors we've asked do not understand the 7's.
e.g. Just for the record, our 'facilities' included secure car parking, 2 adult bikes, UK tv with SKY freeview, DVDs, books, bar b que, lovely small garden, eating area and garden benches, some beach toys.