Farmhouse in peaceful location in Brittany - BI004200

La Fontenelle (3km from Antrain), Ille et Vilaine, Brittany Reference: BI004200 Advertiser since: 10 June 2015
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Les Chenes Dairy Self Catering Flexible 2 6 1

About this property

Restored Farmhouse in Tranquil Rural Location. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Les Chenes is a restored farmhouse with gite near the Normandy/Brittany border. It is in a peaceful rural location, excellent walking and cycling territory, but within easy reach of all amenities and many top tourist spots.
It is a wonderful sightseeing area, being near the walled city of St Malo, the beaches of St Malo and Dinard, medieval Dinan for boat trips on the River Rance, Mont St. Michel, the granite cathedral of Dol de Bretagne, Fougeres with the largest medieval castle in Europe, the castle at Combourg and the shops and markets of Rennes.
The leisure area of the Foret de Villecartier with walks, lakes, treetop assault course, boat and pony rides and cafe/bar is just a kilometre away. There are also golf courses and fishing within easy reach, as well as several local chateaux worth visiting.
All essential services are available in La Fontenelle and Antrain, including a supermarket, Post Office, boulangeries, pharmacies, newsagent and bank. There is a bar/restaurant/boulangerie in La Fontenelle within walking distance and a further selection of restaurants and shops can be found in nearby towns.



Kitchen and dining

There is a large living area which includes a generous modern kitchen including washing machine/dryer, fridge with freezer compartment, dishwasher, ceramic hob electric cooker and microwave. A large dining table seats 6 comfortably and looks out over the garden through the large sliding doors.

Living rooms

The comfortable lounge area includes 2 leather settees placed around a feature fire, with a wall mounted television.


There are 2 large bedrooms, 1 with a double bed, the other with a double bed and bunk beds. Fold up beds are also available, as is a travelcot.


There is a large family bathroom with bath, basin and toilet, as well as a separate shower cubicle.


There is background electric wall heating for use in the spring and autumn.


Both English and French tv channels are available and the tv incorporates a dvd player. There is free wi-fi throughout.

Garden and outside

Les Chenes has a very large secluded and enclosed garden surrounded on all sides by fields. Outside the back door is a granite terrace and barbecue. Outside seating is provided. At the far end of the garden is a rockery and shaded terrace, ideal for sitting in the cool with a glass of wine!

Parking and garages

At the front of the property a chained off area provides secure private parking.

Visitor suitability

This property is suitable for all ages.

Information about any additional facilities

A stairgate, travelcot and highchair are available for babies. We also have a paddling pool if you are bringing young children.

If you are interested in revision/development music lessons please ask. We have an electric piano available and may be able to offer tuition in theory and a number of instruments.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities




Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf des Ormes
Distance: 16 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Daphne Denton

I'm a music teacher and performer from Gloucestershire who has long had a love affair with France! The renovations on my longere are almost complete; my children and I have enjoyed it for many years and now my grandchildren love it too. Come and enjoy it as much as we do. The farmhouse and gite together can sleep 10+, so ideal for a large family party! If you are a serious musician, we can offer you an electric piano for practice or possibly help with your music.

Year property purchased 1999
Why this location? It has very easy access from the UK from ferry ports and also by air to Dinard or Rennes. It is wonderfully peaceful and rural; you don't need to see anyone if you prefer, or within a short walk you can visit the local bar/restaurant/boulangerie in the village. Only 1km away is the Foret de Villecartier where there is a treetop assault course, boating on the lake, walks, pony rides and a café. For sight seeing we have so many places of interest within easy reach including Mont St Michel, Fougeres, Dinan, St Malo, Combourg, Rennes and many others. Easy access to the coast about 20 minutes drive away. It is an ideal area for walking, cycling, fishing and canoeing.
Unique benefits of property Space both indoors and in the large garden surrounded by fields, peace and tranquillity but with plenty to do and see in the area if you want to be energetic, and all amenities available in the nearby town of Antrain just over 1km away.

The Owner Recommends

Places to Visit

You cannot miss Mont St. Michel, now in 2015 restored to the status of an island. The best beaches for swimming are at Dinard and St. Malo, where there is also a superb aquarium. Visit Cherrueix in the bay of Mont St Michel, for stunning walks along the sand, sand yachting and shell collecting.

At Pontorson 10 km away, visit Alligator Bay, an amazing collection of reptiles. At Lanhelin, 10 km away, try the Cobac Park combined theme park and aqua park. For those who enjoy gardens, the Parc Floral at St Germain en Cogles is a delight.

For water enthusiasts, the Etang de Boulet near Sens de Bretagne 12 km away has a large lakeside beach for swimming and boating, with restaurant.

In addition don't miss the historical beauty of medieval Dinan and Fougeres with the largest castle in Europe, as well as the castle of Combourg.

For a longer trip, the D Day landing beaches of Normandy and the Bayeux tapestry are easily accessible for a day trip.

There are plenty of places to visit which are very close: try the Chateau de la Rouerie with its wildlife park, 2 km away, the magnificemt gardens of Chateau de la Ballue, 2km away and Chateau de Bonnefontaine in Antrain.

Places to eat

Eating out

The restaurant/bar Le Fournil in La Fontenelle is exceptionally friendly and good value.

In St. Brice just down the road the hotel Le Lion d'Or has a wonderful restaurant.

Also try Auberge La Tourelle in Sens de Bretagne.

The restaurant in the Foret de Villecartier serves very good galettes and crepes as well as other typically French snacks.