Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 5
|Les Maricotais||Self Catering||Saturday||1||2||1|
This charming gite on a farm dating back to1857, is situated on the outskirts of the pretty village of Treverien and provides the perfect holiday location to explore the delights of rural Brittany.
The gite is completely private with its own entrance, parking, patio, garden and with the use of our heated swimming pool and spa jacuzzi.
It has been completely refurbished and updated but retains its cottage charm, while providing modern facilities. The ground floor is an open plan consisting of a well equipped kitchen with hob, oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher etc., adjoining the comfortable lounge/diner. The double bedroom and bathroom (shower, wc and washbasin) are on the first floor.
The Ille-et-Rance canal runs through the village, offering walks and cycling along the tow paths. Mountain bikes are provided. The canal is a 52 mile (84km) long stretch of water that links Rennes with St Malo. The area offers some wonderful opportunities for cycling and walking and below the hilltop village of Hédé you'll see there are 11 locks, each of which are only about 200m apart; this ‘staircase’ of water takes boats through an 88 feet (27m)-change in level.
There is plenty to see and do in the area and Treverien is conveniently located 5 minutes drive from the main N137, which links St Malo on the coast with the city of Rennes to the south.
Within a 30 minute drive are Dinan, Combourg, Dol de Bretagne, Mont St Michel, and Cancale is 35 minutes away.
Further afield, a car or a bike will allow you to travel further inland and follow the Circuit Tinténiac-Montmuran. This historical trail takes in Les Iffs with the château de Montmuran castle and Gothic church known for its magnificent stained glass windows, as well as the 16th century Domaine de la Bourbansais stately home and zoo in Pleugueneuc.
We welcome guests with pets, we have a cat and dogs and they are friendly and well-behaved. We work our dogs in obedience, agility and assistance training for the disabled.
The ground floor is open plan consisting of a well equipped kitchen with hob, oven, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
The living room is a very comfortable with a 2 seater sofa, armchair and satellite tv.
The double bedroom is on the first floor, it has a very comfortable bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers. A lovely room to relax ad enjoy the beautiful views of the Brittany countryside.
Very clean and efficient 'Shower Room' with all the normal facilities.....wc etc., again this offers beautiful views of the countryside.
Electric wall oil heaters installed on both floors.
We are in a very rural area ............. satellite tv.
The Gite is completely private with its own entrance, parking, patio, garden and with the use of our private swimming pool.
Private off-road parking.
We welcome guests with pets, we have a cat and dogs that are friendly and well-behavedl. We work our dogs in obedience, agility and assistance training for the disabled.
We kindly ask our guests to arrive after 2pm and depart before 10am.
Sue (64) & Dave (68) we have lived in France for 6 years. I was born in Jersey and worked in banking before joining my husband Dave with his book and retail business. I have MS (Sclerose en plaque) and use a wheelchair.<br/><br/>Dave is originally from Scotland a keen yachtsman, artist and bookworm. Our younger son Michael (41) ran a building company in Jersey before joining us to help with the farmhouse renovation.
|Year property purchased||2013|
|Why this location?||Our home is ideally suited for holidays as we have a large garden, pool and hot tub. The village of Treverien is 1km away with shop, bar and the Ille et Rance canal with towpaths running from Dinan to Rennes.
|Unique benefits of property||Les Maricotais is great for relaxing holidays as the cottage offers privacy in a beautiful rural location. It's private garden and access make it a very special retreat from the busy world.|
Discover the animals that inhabit Brittany’s countryside, forests and seas. Take the family to one of Brittany’s many zoos or aquariums. Especially the 16th century Domaine de La Bourbansais stately home and zoo in Pleugueneu.
Brittany has lots of exhibition spaces and art museums. Impressionism, Surrealism and Contemporary art.
The beautiful beaches of Brittany are among the loveliest in Europe. They are varied in their looks and moods: beach cabins, dunes, breakwaters and unmissable landscapes, fine sand and beautiful colours.
On or by the water, by barge or kayak, on foot or on a bike along the tow -path, discover these protected areas, the delight of anglers and nature lovers alike. Brittany has over 600km of canals to explore, going from lock to lock, surrounded by natural landscapes, passing small towns of character and picturesque chateau’s.
Brittany has a rich cultural historic heritage with castles, fortified towns, standing stones, museums and towns full of art and history. All sorts of places and things to discover.
Brittany is home to lots of parks and gardens where one can enjoy a stroll with family or friends. The romanticism of the English with French elegance, mazes, formal and unusual flower gardens.
With no less than 2, 700 kilometres of coastline, Brittany definitely deserves its reputation as a sailor's paradise. With all sorts of settings, there is almost no limit to the possibilities available for the keen sailor.
If you fancy feeling the wind in your hair or a trip out on the high seas, try the traditional sailing ships. They are the stars of Brittany’s nautical festivals and magnificent parades. Accessible to all, these voyages are a good way to try your hand at sailing whether you are in an original or replica vessel.
On Thursdays, it’s in Dinan, on Saturdays, Rennes. Tuesday evenings it's Dol de Bretagne from 17.00. Every town has its own unmissable weekly market, It's a place to meet and discover regional specialties.
Dinan is a beautiful fortified town perched above the river Rance. The charming buildings house a variety of interesting shops, bars, restaurants, there are pleasant walks through the ramparts, gardens and on the tow path of Ille et Rance canal. Combourg (14km) is a picturesque old town standing on the edge of a lake dominated by a medieval castle. Rennes (15km) the old town and museums are the main attractions for tourists in this thriving university city. Mont St Michel (21km) this spectacular abbey is perched upon an 80m high granite island surrounded by a bay with some of the biggest tides in France.
Evran the small town of Evran has restaurants, bars and shops. It is situated on the canal and there is a port with picnic area next to the lock. Adjoining the town is a lake and leisure area with beach bathing, sailing, canoeing and walks. Becherel (3km) perched on a hill, was once a stronghold and though only a few ruins still stand. A very small medieval town which is famous for its book market held every month. The whole place is full of bookshops and booksellers. Hede (8km) is on the Ille et Rance canal and boasts an impressive succession of 11 locks allowing the canal to drop 27 metres.
This historical trail takes in Les Iffs with the Chateau de Montmuran, castle and Gothic church known for its magnificent stained glass windows, as well as the 16th century Domaine de La Bourbansais stately home and zoo in Pleugueneu.
Thalassotherapy (from the Greek "thalasso" sea, "therapy" treatment) the use under medical supervision of the benefits of the marine environment. Brittany's thalassotherapy centres invite you to spoil yourself in the treatment of your choice whilst on holiday beside the seaside.
There's plenty here to satisfy the hobby fisherman, beautiful shores washed over by sweeping tides, tree lined banks sheltering running brooks, peaceful ponds, between rivers and the sea.
Warm hospitality and high quality facilities. Brittany´s golf courses offer you carefully designed 9 and 18 hole courses, suitable for all levels. One of the very best all year round activities available in Brittany.
We have stayed in more than 25 different gites and this is one of the better ones as long as you like dogs!
Towels and sheets not changed for second week. That is a first for us. Unusual?
Great place to stay
Very friendly owners - helpful without being obtrusive - a pleasant rural setting - a nice private patio area with decking allowed us to spread ourselves in the sunshine - the bicycle was a bonus for rides along the nearby canal - and we were within driving distance of a number of very plesant towns - the swimming pool on site was great - altogether highly recommended.
The advert description did not accurately describe the property - the property itself is much better!
The kitchen area is very well equipped, the TV has all the main British Freeview programmes, there are British type electrical sockets so you do not need to use a load of travel adaptors, the bedroom is very comfortable and the bathroom has a lovely shower!
The village of Treverien has few facilities, but the nearby (4km) village of Evran has a Carrefour Supermarket and Petrol Station plus a great British owned Restaurant called Le Vieux Chien Noir.
The owners of this property are superb and more than helpful - their Information File is also very comprehensive. We are friends now rather than business contacts!
We cannot recommend this property too highly - we had a great week staying there.
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