Lakeside stone cottage to let in Brittany - BI005242

Melle (22km from Fougeres), Ille et Vilaine, Brittany Reference: BI005242 Advertiser since: 19 January 2017
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Le Cottage Moulin des Chateaux Self Catering Saturday 2 4 1

About this property

Lakeside Stone Cottage in its Own Tranquil Valley.. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Le Cottage at Le Moulin des Chateaux is a charming detached stone property (formerly a farmhouse dating back at least 200 years) set in its own secluded small valley with superb lake views from all of the principal rooms.

Private 5 acre lake 10 metres from the front door. Permit free fishing. Tackle and bait can be supplied by prior arrangement.

It is approached via its own private tree-lined lane.

The British owners live nearby.



Kitchen and dining

Well equipped solid oak modern fitted kitchen, totally refurbished in 2017.
Bosch oven/ Bosch ceramic hob, fridge-freezer, microwave, Bosch dishwasher, coffee-maker, toaster etc.

Small table & 4 chairs.

Washing machine in the adjacent annexe.

Downstairs wc. with wash-hand basin.

Living rooms

Large fully furnished lounge/dining room with tv/dvd/wi-fi.

Feature log burning fireplace (logs can be supplied).

Open tread stairs lead from lounge to first floor.


One double bedroom with en suite - ground floor level.

One double bedroom and one twin bedroom.

Linen and towels included.


One bathroom with shower/wash hand basin/wc. Mirror bathroom cabinet.
Shared by the 2 upstairs bedrooms.

Master bedroom with en suite bathroom - ground floor level.


Electric panel heaters strategically placed throughout the property.

There is also a log burning fire in the lounge (logs can be supplied).


Tv, dvd and wi-fi.

Garden and outside

The lake is just 10 metres from the front door.

Large purpose built patio and bbq area, patio furniture, sunloungers and parasol provided.

10 acres of lawns/gardens/orchard are available to be explored.

Guests can pick fruit & vegetables in season for their own use.

Parking and garages

Secure parking adjacent to cottage for up to 3 vehicles.

Visitor suitability

Ideal for couples, families and those looking for a peaceful environment.

As the lake is so close children need to be supervised at all times.

No smoking inside the property.

One pet is allowed by prior arrangement, but is not permitted in the upstairs rooms, nor the master bedroom.

Information about any additional facilities

Compulsory end-of-stay cleaning charge of a minimum of 30 Euros is levied.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Linen


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Louvigne du Desert
Distance: 5 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp Roach Rudd Tench Perch
Name of nearest fishing location: L'etang Gaudain.

Fishing on-site


Name and address of nearest golf course: Chateau du Bois-Guy, 35133 Parigne. +33 2 99 97 34 60 [email protected] 9 hole course set around the chateau. Should be !8 holes in 2022.
Distance: 6 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Centre Equestre Montaubert a Fougeres. Parc de Montaubert, 35300 Fougeres. 06 61 85 13 25 .
Distance: 25 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Monthault. 2km.

About the Owner/Advertiser, Miss Frances Williams

We have relocated to this tranquil rural environment as a lifestyle choice.

Year property purchased 2016
Why this location? The lakeside setting is exceptional and extremely rare.
It took us 25 years to find this idyllic spot.
Unique benefits of property Five acre lake full of fish 10 metres from our front door.
Extensive landscaped grounds and gardens.

The Owner Recommends

What to see and do.

Le Cottage is well placed for visiting Mt.St.Michel, St.Malo, Avranches, Parc Floral de Haute Bretagne, Combourg (beautiful Chateau), Fougeres with its massive 13th Century fortress, Cancale (Picturesque harbours/centre for oyster production), St.Hilaire du Harcouet with its typically French market on a Wednesday morning. Granville and Iles Chausey.

Golf - a driving range is 10 minutes away and 18 hole courses can be found @ Granville & Dol de Bretagne, both under an hour away.

There are also a number of well marked walks in the vicinity. The area is also ideal for exploration by bicycle.

There are several good restaurants in the area in Fougeres, Louvigne and Ducey.

11 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.8
  • Comfort: 9.7
  • Condition: 9.8
  • Facilities: 9.8
  • Local Amenities: 9.2
  • Setting: 9.8
  • Value for Money: 9.3
10 / 10 Dave and Catherine 7 October, 2019

We had no hesitation in returning again this year to this idyllic property, ‘Le Cottage’. It is peaceful, charming, well appointed and cleaner than any other gîte in which we have stayed. The owners are very helpful and more like hosts, if you need help or advice.

It deserves a 10/10 review in all categories from us as we do not want to be able to walk to a supermarket or Michelin starred restaurant, although these are available a short drive away. We prefer to be in proper French countryside (who wouldn’t?) but we have reflected that the property is in a rural location by adjusting our score for local amenities.

The location is well placed for visiting the Brittany coast – Dinan, Dinard and St Malo still have the wow factor. The famous Mont St Michel is even closer and not as exciting as when you had to choose low tide to make your visit (it can be very busy midsummer). Normandy and Avranches is to the north and the fantastic castle at Fougères and the pretty town of Vitré lie to the south.

Owner response

We were pleased to see you again this year, & glad that your break with us passed well.

Many thanks for your favourable review; we look forward to your next visit, whenever that will be.


Frances & Jan.

10 / 10 Bob and Christina 24 September, 2019

This pretty gite is set in the middle of beautiful countryside and alongside a 5 hectre size lake which is owned conveniently by the owners of the gite itself, Jan and Frances, who reside in the old moulin closeby. The several acres of land surrounding half the lake (which is also owned by Jan and Frances) is full of apple orchards and pastureland where we were delighted to wander and feed the lama and goats grazing in adjoining fields. The gite contains all modern conveniences and the kitchen is particularly well stocked with all necessary equipment. The lounge/dining room area was extremely spacious and comfortable, again with a plentiful supply of dining equipment. The double bedroom and twin bedroom were reasonable sized with very comfortable beds. As an alternative to eating indoors there was a lovely patio area overlooking the lake for those el fresco dining experiences under the stars.
There are superb surrounding countryside walks alongside the corn fields which were about to be harvested. Within a mile of the gite were two beautifully quaint villages where you could linger for a bite to eat with the locals. 30 Euros for a superb 3 course meal for two, coupled with a litre of red wine, was great value.
Finally, Jan and Frances, couldn't have been more accommodating to make it a great holiday.

Owner response

Dear Bob & Christina,

Many thanks for your extremely favourable review.
You will always be welcome at the Moulin des Chateaux.
Wishing you both a happy Christmas.

Kindest regards,

Frances & Jan.

9.7 / 10 Mark & Sue 6 August, 2019

The accommodation was good the setting perfect. Peace and tranquillity throughout the break. Jan and Frances were perfect hosts on hand with advice as to the best fishing spots or samples of home made jam. The fishing was good with carp to over 28lb. Overall a very enjoyable holiday at a venue that I would recommend

Owner response

Many thanks Mark, Sue & Maureen, for your positive review & comments.
Glad you enjoyed the holiday.
Will update you regarding our improvements.
We hope to see you again.


Frances & Jan.

7.2 / 10 Reg & Arlene 15 July, 2019

All mod cons v clean. BBQ is a joke, inaccurate details of fishing facilities on website. Jan knows everything about everything only place we have ever had to pay for election plus a cleaning charge (we left it spotless). Will not be returning

Owner response

We regret your negative comments. When you arrived at 10.15 a.m. on Sat. 29 June (normal arrival time is after 4 p.m.), we were still cleaning the cottage following the departure of our previous guests earlier that morning. We therefore tried to accommodate you from the outset.

Early on during the stay, when we offered you charcoal for the BBQ, we advised you that the built-in BBQ was not up to scratch. As you know, we have since purchased a portable Weber BBQ for guest use.

Fishing facilities are clearly stated on the HFD website & our own ( The Ts & Cs are also explicit (s.5.4 The Lake), & we sent you our Fishing Note. Jan indicated exactly where you could fish & where were the best places, having arranged for a local contractor to remove the remaining snags from one of the spots. He even offered to take your equipment by tractor & trailer to this spot further up the lake, where a number of large fish have been caught this year, but you did not take this up.

Electricity usage & cleaning charges are also indicated in the Ts & Cs (6.1 & 10) & on both websites.

Other similar properties with HFD ( some without a lake on-site) charge approximately the same weekly rate.

We also did not request payment of the security deposit which we & other owners levy.

As all our other guests have provided positive reviews & high scores, we would ask you to reconsider your comments & submit a new review.

Regards, Frances & Jan.