|Le Grange||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||3|
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.
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.
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.
There are 3 spacious double bedrooms 1 king size, 1 double and 1 twin with views over the garden and countryside on the first floor, 1 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.
One main bathroom with bath and large shower on the first floor. One en suite and wet floor shower room.
Large woodburner for the living rooms and electric night storage heaters in the bedrooms.
Flat screen tv, with English Freesat, dvd player and wi-fi internet.
Private deck area/outdoor dining area with charcoal barbecue and a small lawn with views over the garden and open countryside beyond.
Off-road parking for up to 4 cars in parking area at the front of the barn.
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.
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.
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.|
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 and
for those who enjoy a swim there is an indoor swimming pool.
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.
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.
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 3 golf courses to choose from.
There is an outdoor Karting Circuit which has single and 2 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.
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.
There are 2 local tennis courts both within a few minutes drive.
There are good restaurants in all the local towns including:
Combourg; Dol de Bretagne; Pontorson and Fougeres.
Most of the local villages have cafes which are good for cheap midday meals
This is the regional Capital of Brittany and 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.
Well worth a visit with its old walled town and interesting shops.
There is a lot of restaurants a Marina,boat trips around the coast, sandy beaches and an aquarium.
From here there is a very nice drive out to Cancale with its coastal views and oyster museum.
Always worth a visit with great views from the walls and a 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).
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 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 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.
We all thought Le Grange was in a very peaceful area and the owners were very helpful and if we go back to the area we would stay there again. The house was very good and we had a very good time.
It was immaculate with lots of extras in the form of kitchen items a good bbq, all in all it was great.
Immediately upon arrival we were taken with the gite. It was clean, homely and beautifully decorated but still had some true character with the exposed stone work.
The outside area with the decking and BBQ was lovely and the owners - Adrian and Sylvia - were extremely welcoming and extended their kindness by allowing our children to place in their wonderfully huge garden on a daily basis with their lovely little grandson, Henry. The large pond with the little row boat was especially lovely and all of us enjoyed watching the local wildlife from the fish and the frogs of the pond to the owls and the bats that came out at dusk.
Whilst being in a more remote location, the gite is perfectly situated to be able to visit many places including Combourg, St Malo, Rennes, Saint Michel and many many more. Adrian and Sylvia were very helpful in recommending places to take the children on our holiday.
The gite is exceptionally well equipped - you literally need to bring just your clothes. It is very clear that every little thing has been thought of.
The only downside for me is that in August it was too warm to be able to use the lovely wood burned in the lounge area but surely that only leaves room for a visit again in the colder months :)
Thank you so much Adrian and Sylvia, we loved staying at your gite and really couldn't recommend it any higher.
Our boys say 'Hi' to Henry too :)
This was a fantastic property. The house is really well-equipped and there was nothing that we did not have. There was so much space and we were able to relax really quickly. The house is remote, private and quiet - which is exactly what we were looking for. The bedrooms were spacious and we found really easy to sleep and relax. We had a great time exploring the area. Thanks to the owners for creating this lovely space!
Excellent accomodation in beautiful setting. Our party consisted of 3 generations of the same family. Mum and dad who are 77 and 82 were very happy with the downstairs ensuite wet room. It was easy to get to places, but you would need a car. Everything was fitted to a very high standard, and Adrian couldn't have been any more helpful. Would definatly go again.
We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us so much and appreciated the work that has been done to provide an memorable experience. It would be lovely to see you again and would thank you for leaving everything so clean and tidy.