Converted barn in a rural setting in Brittany

9.8/10
Bazouges-la-Perouse (14km from Combourg), Ille et Vilaine, Brittany Reference: BI004909 Advertiser since: 11 July 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Le Grange Self Catering Saturday 4 8 3

About this property

Recently Converted Barn in a Peaceful Rural Setting. This villa is in a rural setting.

This old barn has recently been converted to a high standard by the owners to provide well-equipped and relaxing holiday accommodation in a quiet location at the end of a lane with no passing traffic. It is equipped for up to 8 people including wheelchair access to the ground floor where there is a double bedroom with en suite wet room shower. It is situated just a 5 minutes drive from the local village and 10 miles from the market town of Combourg while St Malo and Rennes are both less than an hour away. Mont St Michel and the nearest beaches can be reached in about 45 minutes.

Type

Villa

Kitchen and dining

Fully-fitted open plan kitchen area, well equipped for those who like to cook including with electric induction hob and triple oven, microwave oven, fridge-freezer, food processor, coffee-maker and all necessary crockery, utensils, cutlery, and tea towels etc. There is also a dishwasher and a washing machine in the small utility room.
We have 2 highchairs and a toddlers chair available if needed.

Living rooms

The dining area has seating for 8 people and the sitting area is furnished with sofas, easy chairs and bean bags with French windows leading out onto the large deck area and a small lawn .

Bedrooms

There are 3 spacious double bedrooms one king size, one double and one twin with views over the garden and countryside on the first floor, one with en suite shower room. One twin on the ground floor with wheelchair access and a wet floor shower room.
We have a cotbed and a travelcot available if you need them and we have bed guards for the twin beds on the first floor. We can also provide stairgates for the top and bottom of the stairs. Other baby equipment may be available please let us know how we might be able to help

Bathrooms

One main bathroom with bath and large shower on the first floor.

Heating

Large woodburner for the living rooms and electric night storage heaters in the bedrooms.

Entertainment

Flat screen tv, with English Freesat, dvd player and wi-fi internet.

Garden and outside

Private deck area/outdoor dining area with charcoal barbecue and a small lawn with views over the garden and open countryside beyond.

Parking and garages

Off-road parking for up to 4 cars in parking area at the front of the barn.

Visitor suitability

The barn is designed for family holidays with full wheelchair access to the ground floor and deck area. It is also equipped with a cot bed, bedguards and highchair for small children.

Information about any additional facilities

Le Grange is an old converted barn situated adjacent to the owners house and forms part of the tiny hamlet of Le Bas Courget that consists of just 3 properties. The local village of Bazouges is just five minute drive away and has all the shops needed for the day to day shopping whilst the market town of Combourg with its supermarkets, restaurants and Chateau is only a 15 minute drive away. Being close to the Normandy border gives easy access to Mont St Michel and the historic town of Fourgeres in one direction and St Malo, Rennes, Dinard and the Rance Valley in the other.

Facilities

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

Activities

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Various
Name of nearest fishing location: Etang de Boulet
Distance: 5 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Les Orme, Dol de Bretagne
Distance: 12 km

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: A number of marked walking routes within a reasonable distance -maps provided

About the Owner, Mr Adrian Grainge

We are a recently retired couple who purchased this property some twenty years ago. Having renovated the original house, we then converted the barn to become our gite. We look forward to welcoming you to our small piece of the French countryside.

Year property purchased 1996
Why this location? We choose this property because it was conveniently situated within a short distance of the ferry amongst peaceful countryside.
Unique benefits of property We appreciate the wildlife that frequents our garden and the surrounding fields. This includes deer, wild boar, red squirrels (often seen in the garden), hares etc. Buzzards soar above the gardens and can be heard calling. We are regularly visited by kingfishers, who along with the heron, appreciate the fish in our pond.

The Owner Recommends

Combourg

Combourg is our local town where you will find local shops and supermarkets. On Mondays there is a large market.
The Chateau surrounded by parkland is worth a visit.
There are a lot of restaurants giving a range of eating experiences in the town
For those who enjoy a swim there is an indoor swimming pool.

Etang de Boulet

This is a large lake just 10 minutes drive from our property which is ideal for all the family
The artificial beach provides a great play area and the lake is a safe place for swimming and there is a playground close by.
There is a Boating Centre where boats can be hired
It is possible to walk or cycle all round the lake part of which is a nature reserve. Fishing is a very popular sport at the lake and licences can be obtained locally.

Foret de Villecartier

Villecartier is a very popular place for family visits and picnics with all sorts of activities for all the family.
The extensive Rope Walks in the trees cater for children from five upwards through to adults with zip wires running over the lake.
The Electric Boats on the lake are suitable for young child and grown ups alike and there are play areas for children as well.
There are often Pony rides on offer close to the café.
It is possible to walk all round the lake as well as other walks in the surrounding forest.

Within 45 minutes drive

There are a number of different sandy beaches within easy reach ranging from wide open beaches where it is possible, on one of them, to do some sand yachting to secluded coves with cliff top walks
For those who enjoy a game of golf there are three Golf Courses to choose from.
There is an outdoor Karting Circuit which has single and two seater petrol powered karts as well as small electric ones on their own circuit for the tiny tots.
In the direction of Rennes there is a centre where you can do Indoor Karting and Ten Pin Bowling.

Chateau de le Bourbansais

There you can visit the Chateau, watch Falconry and hunting dog demonstrations, visit the Zoo and enjoy the grounds and there is a Play Area for the children.

Tennis courts

There are two local tennis courts both within a few minutes drive

Restaurants

There are good restaurants in all the local towns including
Combourg
Dol de Bretagne
Pontorson
Fougeres
Most of the local villages have cafes which are good for cheap midday meals

City of Rennes

This is the regional Capital of Brittany
There are lots of architecturally interesting buildings in the old town
The other side of the canal, which runs through the centre of the city, are most of the shops, an indoor market and restaurants. There are markets every day including a large one on Saturday morning.
There is also a regional museum and art gallery.

St.Malo

Well worth a visit with its old walled town and interesting shops.
A lot of restaurants
Marina
Boat trips around the coast
Sandy beaches.
Aquarium
From here there is a very nice drive out to Cancale with its coastal views and oyster museum.

Mont Saint Michel

Always worth a visit with great views from the walls
Climb up to the Abbey Church at the top.
The medieval town at the base of the mount has gift shops, restaurants and cafes
A Horse Drawn Bus can be taken from the new car parks to the base of the mount.
The new Barrage controls the flow of the river (like a small Thames barrage).

D'Ille et Rance Canal

The eleven locks near Hede with its information centre and picnic areas are worth visiting. All along the canal tow path there are peaceful walks and cycle rides.

The Old Town of Dinan

The walled town with its shops and old buildings sits at the top of the hill with the old Port in the valley below. Here there are lots of eating places and a Discovery Centre giving all sorts of information about the River Rance
Boat trips can be taken on the river and there are self drive boats to hire.
There is also a tourist road train which tours the town.

The Rance Valley

The Rance valley runs from Dinan through to its estuary between St. Malo and Dinard where there is a Hydro Electric Barrage with controls the tidal flow which gives just one tide a day in the valley. We enjoy driving round the valley exploring its many small towns and villages that line the shore where places of interest and good eating places can be discovered. It is about a 45 minute drive to the nearest point of the valley but worth the drive.

7 Reviews
9.8/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.9
  • Comfort: 9.9
  • Condition: 9.9
  • Facilities: 9.7
  • Local Amenities: 8.6
  • Setting: 9.7
  • Value for Money: 9.6
9.8 / 10 Nigel Kingston 21 August, 2017

There were 8 of us including two children(7&9) and we all fitted in really well. Its a very spacious place and the three bathrooms made it easy. The style is wonderful and the facilities excellent. The garden was fantastic for adults and children alike and sitting in the afternoon and evening sunshine in it and on the rear patio was great.
The location is extremely quiet and rural but the local town is only a 5 minute drive away and there are many places to visit within 30 - 45 minutes drive.
The owners Adrian and Sylvia made us very welcome and were helpful on places to go e.g. beaches and restaurants locally.
We would definitely recommend it and will look to go back there again ourselves.

9.5 / 10 CVRoberts 13 August, 2017

Adrian and Sylvia have created a beautiful home-from-home in rural France. The setting is peaceful and everything has been thought of to make your stay a comfortable and enjoyable one. We spent two weeks there in July with a toddler and a five-year-old. They could play in the extensive gardens- Adrian very kindly put a swing up for them to play on and provided some outdoor toys. Our son loved playing football and running around. Everything in the cottage has been hand-crafted by Adrian and it is a simply stunning property with a lovely decked terrace to sit out on with a nice glass of wine.

There's plenty to do in the area, beaches, castles, zoo's, nice towns and villages to explore if the weather isn't perfect. I hadn't been to Brittany for many years and was pleasantly surprised by the gorgeous countryside, lovely beaches and wealth of activities locally. We did a fair amount of driving around but the roads are so much quieter and easier to navigate than in the UK, it was not a problem.

We would definitely come back and stay here. A beautiful cottage with wonderful hosts in a lovely part of France.

9.3 / 10 Alan Peek 30 July, 2017

Excellent property in a marvelous setting.
Local shops are a long walk but within a short drive of the property
The owner Adrian was there to welcome us and happy to help with local directions.
The area has lots of pleasant walks and the pond that can be seen from the back patio even has beavers that can be seen in the early morning
I would definitely recommend this property

10 / 10 The Kirkbys 28 July, 2017

This was one of the best places we have ever stayed. The house was beautiful and more equipped with more things than our own home! You don't need to bring anything but your clothes. The setting is beautiful and the garden is lovely. The couple that own the property are so welcoming and helpful. They go above and beyond. They made our children feel so welcome and even left garden games out for them. I can't recommend this place enough.