|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 5 minutes 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.
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 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.
One main bathroom with bath and large shower on the first floor.
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 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
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 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.
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 two local tennis courts both within a few minutes drive
There are good restaurants in all the local towns including
Dol de Bretagne
Most of the local villages have cafes which are good for cheap midday meals
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.
Well worth a visit with its old walled town and interesting shops.
A lot of restaurants
Boat trips around the coast
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
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 chose this property for a number of reasons, namely its proximity to Rennes and St Malo as we have many friends in this area, the number of bed and bathrooms, reasonable price and for its high specification, with dishwasher etc...
The owners, Adrian and Sylvia, are really friendly and were most helpful. The property itself far surpassed our expectations, as it is really done up to a very high quality, and with many original design features. The handcrafted staircase is beautiful!
Our holiday took place over the Christmas holidays and it was made nice and cosy with a log fire, but I can imagine this property to be a great place in the spring and summer, as it has good, un-overlooked views, and plenty of outdoor seating on decking.
We spent quite a lot of time entertaining and therefore, cooking. This property had the best appointed kitchen with all the appliances and equipment necessary to make a delicious traditional Christmas lunch!
We didn't try out any restaurants, but found the supermarket in Combourg to be well stocked.
We needed to consult a doctor during our stay, and the GP in Combourg spoke good English and was able to see us the same day.
For those who want to visit the sights, there are many within an hours' drive, such as St Malo, Cancale, Mont Saint Michel, Vitre, Fougeres...
I would definitely recommend this property to anyone who wants to have a really comfortable and relaxing holiday.
Thank you for your kind and positive comments, we are very pleased you enjoyed your stay.
We were by chance the first guests to rent this property and were delighted with it. The owners are English and Le Grange is a barn conversion which Adrian has built himself. The setting is lovely - at the end of a small lane off a very minor road, totally peaceful. The property is immaculate, with four good sized bedrooms. One is downstairs, with a spacious walk in wet room suitable for disabled use. Adrian has constructed a beautiful wooden spiral staircase, and a wonderful full height window frame with the front door at its centre. The kitchen is fully equipped, with a coffee/espresso machine especially welcome. There is a nice decking area outside with table and chairs, overlooking the owners' garden and pond (which we were welcome to use). Their own property is, however, totally separate with no windows overlooking the properties in either direction. The nearest town is Bazouges, a typical small picturesque town, and Combourg, with its chateau, is just 15 minutes away. We would recommend a visit to the nearby chateau at La Ballue - the gardens are exquisite. Mont St Michel is about one hour's drive. Tennis courts are at Combourg or the closer village of Cuguen. The owners were very welcoming, but equally discrete, and loaned us two adult bikes for cycling among the country lanes. Ours was a summer visit, but one in winter would be lovely too - there is a large modern wood burning stove to enjoy. We are happy to warmly recommend this property to others.