|Le Petit Bleu pour Deux||Self Catering||Saturday||1||2||1||Cot for a baby|
Sympathetically renovated, this farmworkers cottage in the grounds of the former cider farm at La Grande Tournicotière offers the chance to relax in the verdant countryside of Brittany. Accommodation is all on one level.
The gîte is set amidst 2 acres of beautiful gardens; yours to use for the duration of your holiday and with the 'potager' on hand, you can pick fresh fruit and vegetables in season for your evening meal.
The owners live across the courtyard in the farmhouse and are on hand to help, should you wish, but the gîte has its own private gardens too so that you can take full advantage of this haven of peace.
Situated on the Brittany/Normandy border, 'entre terre et mer'; a 10 minute walk from our nearest village and its boulangerie! It is ideally placed to explore both coastal and inland France; both Le Mont St Michel and the medieval city of Fougères with its magnificent chateau are just a 30 minute drive away.
The gîte is open from Easter to the end of November, with short breaks available in April, May, October and November.
The kitchen, which opens onto the private gîte garden, is light and spacious with one end offering a dining area; highchair available if needed. Cottage style with full size gas cooker, microwave, refrigerator with freezer compartment, electric filter coffee-machine, kettle, toaster, hand blender, washing machine, iron and ironing board and vacuum cleaner. Also provided are tablecloths, napkins, tea towels, ecological cleaning products and basics of tea, filter coffee, sugar, bottled water, olive oil. There is also a welcome basket of croissants, homemade jam, wine and local cider.
The salon has its original chestnut beams, feature lime mortared wall and original granite fireplace which is fitted with a Godin woodburner with a comfortable sofa on which to relax, or to read the books in both English and French and to watch the dvd's in both English and French too!
The bedroom has a double bed (140 x 190) and a travelcot is also available, should this be required. The bed will be made up for your arrival using good quality bedlinen (duvet, cover, quilt, both english and french pillows) and the linen is changed each week. There is ample space for clothing within the antique armoire and the decor is light and fresh.
Although small, the bathroom is fully tiled with a small bath and overhead shower, wash basin, toilet and heated towel rail. The 'chauffe-eau provides ample hot water and towels are provided; 2 bathsheets, 3 hand towels, bath mat, flannel mitts and bathrobes; all changed weekly. A hairdryer is provided.
Electric heating throughout with double glazed windows and door. The large Godin 9 kwh woodburner set in the granite fireplace makes the evenings extra comfortable and we provide you with a supply of logs!
The television has french terrestrial channels but there is a large range of dvds in both English and French. A selection of English and French books, board games and cards and masses of brochures and information on local sights with ideas for excusions.
The gîte has its own private garden surrounded by stone walls, with flower borders and lawn. There are 2 terraces; one sunny with parasol and one in the shade but each has its own table and chairs. There is a barbecue, deckchairs and boules set.
Parking for one car within the courtyard; this is secure with the gates being locked at night.
Ideal for a couple or a couple with a baby.
The lanes are free of traffic and ideal for walking and cycling. If you cannot bring your own bike, we are happy to arrange your cycle hire with the local small business in our village. The Tour de France 2016 has its Grand Départ from Le Mont St Michel (30 minutes away) and Stage 3 will pass nearby through the town of Fougères (30 minutes away) and the village of Louvigné du Désert (10 minutes away).
Stuart and Anne are passionate gardeners and the farm at La Grande Tournicotière enabled them to realise their dream in France by turning the fields behind the farmhouse into a garden. We work outside most days creating new gardens, maintaining others and growing fruit and vegetables in the potager; all of which is at the disposal of our guests. We have moved on from being teachers to potters and now as full time gardeners, we continue to enjoy our life in our idyllic corner of France.
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||We left the UK in search of a less hectic life and we found that the surrounding countryside offered us the space and tranquility for which we yearned. The village is only minutes away on foot and the bustling mediaeval town of Fougères is only half an hour down the road. We are 'entre terre et mer' and thus the coast is within easy reach being less than an hour away. Situated on the Brittany/Normandy border at the crossroads to the South, we are not too far away from the ferries in order to see family back in the UK but also 'en route' to enjoying the rest of France.|
|Unique benefits of property||The gîte is completely independent, having its own private entrance, garden and secure off road parking. Stuart and Anne are nearby to offer advice and help should this be required but we realise our clients' need for privacy and stay discreet. This former farmworker's cottage has been modernised providing comfortable accommodation with the benefit of a woodburner (as well as electric heating) just to take the chill off if the nights become chilly. In addition to the gîte's private walled garden, our clients may take full advantage of our one acre garden, strolling, relaxing and unwinding in its peace and calm where only the songs of the birds disrupt the quietness. The village boulangerie is a short walk away where Karima delights in serving our guests the essential baguette and croissants of French holidays. The surrounding roads are quiet and safe with just the occasional tractor, and great for walking or cycling with many routes earmarked especially for 'randonnées'.|
30 minute drive away. The Chateau de Fougères is the largest mediaeval fortress in Europe and during the summer it hosts open air events such as markets, films, theatre, dance, music, etc.
30 minute drive away but best to go later in the afternoon to avoid some of the crowds. Please note: there is now a parking charge
A delightful gite, well equipped, tastefully decorated, spotlessly clean, very well equipped. Friendly, helpful, welcoming hosts - they very generously allowed us to extend our stay, we enjoyed it so much (the hardest part was rearranging the ferry). The gardens are extensive and peaceful - and we enjoyed lots of delicious home-grown vegetables which we were free to pick as we needed. There is WiFi, but because of the granite walls, it doesn't reach far outside the owner's house. But they didn't mind us parking ourselves there to get the signal (useful tip: we also bought a French SIM card with 2GB of data for 30 Euros). We'd certainly recommend staying at Le Petit Bleu. We loved it!
We had a short break at Le Petit Bleu hoping for a few days of peace and quiet where we could relax and recharge our batteries in peace and quiet. It was everything we could have wished for and we left looking forward to returning again later in the year.
The accomodation was immaculate on our arrival and their was a bottle of wine waiting for us. I would unhesitatingly recommend Le Petit Bleu to any couple looking for time together to relax and get away from the everyday stresses of life and we will be going back.