Beautiful, restored cottage to let, Brittany

Sainte-Anne-sur-Vilaine (9km from Grand-Fougeray), Ille et Vilaine, Brittany Reference: BI003708_B Advertiser since: 9 June 2014

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Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Les Volets Bleus Self Catering Saturday 4 7 2

About this property

Les Volets Bleus is a Farmhouse with Heated Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Set above the river across rolling countryside of historic Southern Brittany with its medieval villages, varied landscapes and gentle tranquility. Beautifully restored in 2014 Les Volets Bleus is the second of 3 cottages of a 17thC longere set in nearly 2 acres. It comes with a new large 10 x 5m heated saltwater pool with a clear retractable cover which is great for swimming under in inclement weather. The poolside area is securely fenced with sunny loungers or shady pergolas. There is a private terraced garden and dining area. The house has been lovingly restored by antiquaires and decorated with a mix of contemporary and local antique finds. The house is light, spacious and comfortable. The traditional lime renders, revealed stonework, beams and local palette of off whites and french greys give a real sense of place.
By day skylarks sing incessantly overhead with hoopoes, orioles and black kites all chipping in. Sitting out in the evening the music is provided by nightingales and owls. Le Closel is in the warmest part of Brittany a few 100 metres from the River Vilaine with its cycle paths, cafes and historic riverside towns. It is about a kilometre from a village with bar, mini supermarket, petrol, bakers, riverside bar/creperie. The owners live 10 minutes away at a village with more restaurants, big supermarket, banks etc. The countryside is beautiful and ideal for walking and cycling with dozens of marked routes. Canoeing and day hire cruising is popular on the many local rivers. The Vilaine is famous for its carp, pike, zander and European catfish. The weekly markets at Redon and especially Rennes are amongst the best in France and The Machine (house-sized Jules Verne inspired animatronics) at Nantes are a must. 



Kitchen and dining

Large, bright well appointed kitchen/diner with cooker, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave etc. The kitchen is a mix of antique, repurposed and hand made furniture with an extending Louis XV dining table and chairs looking out through the french doors onto the private terraced garden. Off the kitchen is a utility room and wc.

Living rooms

The living room hase been in continuous occupation fron 1750 till 1973 when a family of 7 lived in the one room. The original fireplace and bays have been repointed in lime as a feature wall, the other 3 walls are traditionally lime plastered and limewashed below the beamed ceiling. Antique and contemporary furniture including a breton marriage armoire, coffer, mirrors and pair of comfortable leather sofas and armchair. Flatscreen tv and satellite channels. Heated by a 12kw woodburner.


On the ground floor is a bedroom with a double Louis XV antique bed and armoire with an en suite shower and washbasin.

On the first floor are 3 bedrooms.

Master bedroom with king size antique bed.

Twin bedroom witha pair of contemporary singles .

Single bedroom with a painted lit bateau (sleigh bed).

The twin room is also full height with exposed carpentry and pair of single beds.


Ground floor cloakroom with wc and washbasin.

Ground floor en suite with shower and washbasin.

First floor family bathroom with bath, shower, wc and washbasin.


The living room has a 12kw woodburner. In the kitchen is a super efficient aerothermal heatpump. The bedroms and bathroom have radiators.


Flatscreen satellite tv and DVD player in the living room. There is a library of about 100 films and 30 plus Pixar and Disneys for younger visitors. A selection of books, games and well maintained bikes are available.

Garden and outside

Set in nearly 2 acres of grounds with a new large, fenced 10 x 5m heated saltwater pool with retractable clear cover. There is a large poolside paved area with sunloungers and shady pergolas. There is a wendy house, swings and an outdoor table tennis table. The house has its own private seating area, barbecue and terraced garden leading to shared orchard, lawns, play area with large trampoline and 1/3 acre of flowering meadow.

Parking and garages

Private parking infront of the house.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Nantes and Rennes, weekly flea markets locally
Distance: 45 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Zander, pike, wels, carp etc
Name of nearest fishing location: R. Vilaine


Name and address of nearest golf course: 40 in Brittany, many within 1hr
Distance: 40 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Several locally
Distance: 3 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 2 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Many local shorter circular or longer randonnees


The Owner Recommends

Recommended Visits

The Saturday market in the medieval quarter of Rennes is fantastic and a must for foodies or just to people watch with a coffee. Mondays at Redon is smaller but lovely and perfect to wander amongst the timber framed buildings, canal boat museum and boats in the river port. From here La Gacilly is beautiful and houses annual art and photographic exhibition trails. Nantes has The Machine where enormous animatronic machines inspired by Jules Verne are brought to life. If you're unfamiliar with it then Google it; it is unique and impressive. The village of Loheac houses France's equivalent to our Beaulieu car museum for petrol heads. Malansac has its life sized dinosaurs and a nearby tropical garden with animals at liberty and plenty for children including daily parrot shows (actually charming!). Whilst day hire canoeing or cruising along the Vilaine is popular, we like nothing better than gently pedalling along the towpath to a riverside cafe.

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