|Les Chenes||Self Catering||2||4||1||cot and bedsettee/z-bed available|
Les Chenes is the restored original farmhouse of a rural longere in a hamlet near La Fontenelle, about 1km from the market town on Antrain near the Normandy/Brittany border.
The location is peaceful and excellent for walking and cycling, but within easy reach of all amenities. It is a wonderful sight-seeing area and base, being near the walled city and beaches of St. Malo, Dinard, medieval Dinan on the River Rance, Mont st. Michel, Fougeres with the largest medieval castle in Europe, the oyster port of Cancale and the shops and markets of Rennes. Bayeux and the D Day landing beaches can be reached for a day trip. Locally try 3 lovely chateaux: the Chateau de la Rouerie omly 2 km away with wildlife park, the Chateau de la Ballue with wonderful gardens, and the Chateau de Bonnefontaine in Antrain.
The leisure area of the Foret de Villecartier with walks, lakes, treetop assault courses, cafe/bar, miniature boats and pony rides, is only 1km away. The Etang de Boulet, 15 mins away by car, has a lovely lakeside beach with boating and cafe. There are planty of family friendly activities in the area. Try the nearby theme park, Cobac Parc at Lanhelin, the Grand Aquarium at St Malo and Alligator Bay at Pontorson just 10km away, an amazing collection of repltiles.
Although the house is secluded, the village of La Fontenelle with a lovely bar/restaurant/boulangerie and tennis court, is within walking distance. The town of Antrain 1km away has a supermarket, banks, pharmacies, boulangeries, newsagent, bar/restaurant and other shops.
In 2016 the Tour de France will begin at the nearby Mont St Michel on July 2nd, so this is an ideal spot from which to take off and view the start!
There is a large kitchen/dining/living room equipped with ceramic hob cooker with oven and grill, fridge/freezer, washing machine/dryer, dishwasher, microwave, satellite tv, hifi. It has an attractive open granite fireplace. The dining table seats 6 comfortably, and there is also a settee and chairs in the living area.
There is a second very spacious living room with wood burner and leather bed settee and chairs. There is a second tv in this room, and stairs leading up to the 1st floor and the attractive galleried landing.
There are 2 bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with 2 singles. There is space for a z-bed and/or a travelcot. The bedrooms have bedside tables and wardrobes with drawers.
There is a fully tiled family bathroom with over bath shower, toilet and wash basin.
There is background electric heating for use in mid seasons. A charge will be made for heating between October - April. Logs can also be provided at cost for the open fire.
There are 2 tv's with English channels, and a hi-fi/music centre.
The back garden is very large, secluded and surrounded by fields; almost entirely grassed and ideal for sunbathing and games.There is a large patio area with garden furniture and a barbecue. At the top end of the garden is a raised shady terrace just right for a quiet glass of wine. At the front of the house is private secure parking.
There is secure parking to the front of the house behind a chained area.
The accommodation is child friendly with cot and bedding, highchair and stairgate available on request. We also have a paddling pool for young guests.
If you are interested in combining your holiday with some revision music courses, please ask, tuition in theory and several instruments may be possible.
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's so peaceful, yet within walking distance of the local bar/boulangerie. There are many tourist attractions within easy reach including a lake with bar/restaurant to walk round, only a short drive/cycle away. My large garden is ideal for relaxing, eating, playing games, sunbathing!|
|Unique benefits of property||The rural location yet still within easy reach of all amenities.|
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 by the lake in the Foret de Villecartier serves excellent galettes and crepes, as well as other typically French snacks.
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.