Holiday gite on the Brittany/Normady border - BI007244

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3km from Le Ferre, Ille et Vilaine, Brittany Reference: BI007244 Advertiser since: 27 August 2019
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La Cachette Self Catering Saturday 3 5 2

About this property

Luxury Boutique Gite with Private Garden & Hot tub. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Set in a quiet hamlet on the border of Normandy and Brittany, this fully equipped luxury gite has been renovated to a very high standard to provide that all year round relaxing get away from it all experience. Private garden with hot-tub, bbq with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Double with superking bed, twin room and single/cot room. With stone walls and lots of insulation, the gite will remain cool in the summer and for the cooler months, there is underfloor heating powered by an air source heat pump and a large wood burning stove.

With less than an hours drive to our closest ferry port, St Malo and airport at Rennes, your holiday starts soon after you have arrived in France.

Perfectly placed on the border of Normandy and Brittany to enjoy the best of everything that these regions have to offer.

Feeling energetic? Perfect countryside for exploring, walking, hiking, running, cycling, canoeing, horse riding, landsailing. We can guide you in the right direction according to age and ability.

Feeling creative? The owner, an artist, holds private botanic casting workshops which are bookable in advance via her website, http://www.uniquekr8ivity.com Alternatively, for a small deposit and fee, paints, canvases, brushes and easels are available to hire/buy on site.

Need a rest? No problem!... Comfy gite, hot-tub, lovey good selection of wine, we can even arrange for a meal to be cooked and delivered to you.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Light and spacious modern kitchen with breakfast bar and alcove. Dining table for 6 people plus 2 at the bar. Fully equipped kitchen with full size fridge/freezer. Freezer box and freezer blocks ideal for picnics and shopping.

Tin foil, paper towels, salt and pepper supplied.

Full size electric oven with induction hob. Kettle, toaster and coffee-machine, slow cooker.

Washing-up liquid, cleaning products, tea towels and hand towels all included
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Separate utility room with microwave, dishwasher and washing machine. Welcome pack of tea coffee and sugar, jam, wine and dishwasher tablets!

Living rooms

Large and comfortable lounge with original feature beams, stone fireplace with woodburning stove. Two, three seater sofas, one two seater sofa and a large central pouffe table invites you to chill out, with family and friends.

Tv with British freeview channels
Playstation1 with dvd player
Games and numerous dvds available upon request.

Chess
Drafts
Monopoly
Card games
Books and magazines

Bedrooms

Currently 3 bedrooms. One superking, one twin, one single or cot - all bed linen and towels included

Superking - spacious room overlooking garden with lovely distant view over fields - large comfortable bed with crisp white percale linen, soft bath sheet towels. bedside table and lights, wardrobe with hangers, writing desk and chair. Blackout blinds, mirror and hairdryer

Twin - Again, spacious room with 2 single beds, fresh white linen and soft bath sheets. Lovely view over countryside, bedside tables and lights full length mirror and wardrobe with hangers. Bedside chairs. Black-out blinds

Single - Third bedroom (9m2) with single bed or cot, fresh linen to suit age and sex of guest, bath towels. Full length mirror, bedside table and lamp, small chair, storage shelf in cupboard

Bathrooms

Bathroom 1 - Ist floor - Luxury bathroom with large modern bath (big enough for two) Double shower, sink and toilet

Ground floor walk in shower room. Suitable for reduced mobility

Heating

Underfloor heating on ground floor powered by air source heat pump, radiators in all bedrooms and bathrooms

Entertainment

Tv, PlayStation 1/dvd player.
British Freeview stations
Lots of dvds
Radio/cd player.
Plenty of card games
Chess
Draughts
Monopoly
Twister
Puzzles
Several other boardgames
Books and magazines

Garden and outside

Private sunken sunny patio with large table and bench and two parasols. Bbq.
Separate hot-tub area surrounded by pergola with climbing plants and fairy lights, perfect for that evening dip! Steps to lawn area with lounging chairs. The garden is fully enclosed by hedging and fencing.

Blow up paddling pool for the youngsters available

Badminton and tennis racquets, basket and footballs, golf clubs and balls, scooters, all available to use. Beach accessories, including beach towels. At least one adult mountain bike available to use, ideal for your morning baguette and croissant fix.

Parking and garages

Private gated drive with ample parking

Visitor suitability

Suitable for couples, friends, families young and old. Especially for those wishing to explore this beautiful region of France and spoil themselves with a bit of luxury and comfort.
Whilst the gite is not suitable for disabled persons, it does have a ground floor all on one level with a walk in shower room with seat, so could be suitable for someone with limited mobility (bad knees!).
The heated hot-tub is not suitable for young children, however we are happy to supply you with a paddling pool so that the little ones don't feel left out.

Information about any additional facilities

Artist studio and workshop on site with botanique casting or paint pouring workshops available. Must be booked in advance. Visit Uniquekr8ivity.com. Paint, canvas and easel hire.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Splash pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Le Ferre
Distance: 3 km

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 15 km

Creative arts

Cycling

Family activities

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Chateau Bois Guy
Distance: 14 km

Gym/spa

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: La Dierge
Distance: 7 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 15 km

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Pilgrimage to Le Mont St Michel 500 meters

Watersports

Wine tasting and cookery

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Cathryn Churchwell

British family with two boys, we moved to France in 2006 to follow the 'good life'. We renovated our current home and then in 2010 purchased and slowly renovated the gite. The two boys are now grown up and are totally bilingual. Having only known France, they can recommend all the best places for children to have fun. If you are feeling creative, as an artist, I run short initiation workshops on how to make botanical castings or an introduction into the art of pouring.

Owner's website lacachettebretagne.wixsite.com/mysite
Year property purchased 2010
Why this location? Set in a tiny hamlet of 6 houses,on the outskirts of the peaceful village of Le Ferre, where there is a boulangerie and a bar within cycling distance, we have found a little peace of heaven. Just 20 minutes away in every direction, vibrant French market towns are waiting to welcome you. Close to many beaches both in Brittany and Normandy, our location will suit those looking to explore the Normandy landing beaches as well as those looking for a sandy beach to laze upon and not forgetting the more adventurous where land sailing and the famous bay walks are organised. Our closest large town is the beautiful Fougeres, with Le Mont St Michel, St Malo, Rennes all within easy reach. Many stunning Chateaux and gardens to visit. This area is perfect for walking, cycling, riding, exploring, eating or doing absolutely nothing. We are under an hours drive from the ferry port of St Malo and Airports Rennes and Dinard, 2.5 hours from Cherbourg and Caen Ferry Ports.
Unique benefits of property Renovated to a very high standard, this three bedroom boutique style gite, with private garden and hot tub provides a luxury getaway holiday home for the duration of your stay with no added extras. Bed linen and towels, heating and cleaning inclusive*. Large, fully equipped kitchen (including salt and pepper, clingfilm and foil) leading to private sunny sunken patio area. A further private lawned garden with sun chairs and bbq, that can easily be moved to capture sun or shade. Gaze at the night sky (no light pollution) whilst taking a bath in the luxury bathroom or al fresco in the hot-tub. Close to hundreds of attractions but out in the middle of nowhere this gite gives you the best of both worlds. Feeling creative? With an Artist studio and workshop on site you can book a botanical casting or paint pouring workshop, or even hire some art equipment and take yourself off somewhere inspirational to create.Tell us what you like, and we will point you in the right direction.

The Owner Recommends

Le Mont Saint Michel

35 minutes - A magical island topped by a gravity-defying medieval monastery, the Mont-Saint-Michel counts among France’s most stunning sights. For centuries one of Europe’s major pilgrimage. Set in the mesmerising bay where Normandy and Brittany merge, the island draws the eye from great distances.
The staggering location has long inspired awe and the imagination. The story of how the mount turned into a great place of Christian pilgrimage is colourful.
Recently, the visitor car parks have been relocated away from the shoreline, to preserve the Mont-Saint-Michel’s exceptional surroundings. The new car parks stand approximately 1.5 miles away from the island. Once you have parked, head for the Place des Navettes, where specially devised, ultra-modern shuttle buses called Passeurs will take you to the mount itself. These Passeurs operate daily, at very regular intervals, from 7.30am to midnight

Fougeres

20 minutes 20 minutes - The main reason to visit Fougères is to see its magnificent castle, one of the finest fortresses in Europe, but this little town on the Brittany-Normandy border also has a lovely medieval district and a lively Saturday-morning market.
As well as the history, Fougeres boasts many lovely shops and restaurants and bars to suit all tastes, there are the usual major supermarkets - as well as banks and a main post office. There is a 10-pin bowling alley and cinema (with weekly british films).
Fougeres forest, 1500 of ancient forest, full of lovely walkways, cycle routes and bridelpaths, find the megalith alignment the Cordon des Druids thought to date back 5000 years. Also in the forest are two ruined dolmens.

St Malo

Walking through the stunning cobbled streets of St Malo’s old town feels like you’ve stepped back in time. This popular destination and busy ferry port offers visitors an authentic glimpse into Brittany’s important seafaring past. Several lovely beaches and a sea swimming pool surround the fortified city, and inside the walls you will find a wealth of restaurants to suit all tastes and lots of lovely shops and galleries. A little out of town there is the Aquarium… This port is an ideal place to take a day trip to Jersey and visit the Durrels' zoo

Dinard

With its Belle Époque villas and stripy beach tents, it's like taking a trip back to the 19th century. Made popular by British and American visitors in the 19th century, Dinard was France’s top summer resort until the French Riviera took over in the 1930s. The former fishing village attracted wealthy celebrities and businessmen as well as European royalty, some of whom built fabulous villas; there are now more than 400 listed buildings in the town. The tourist office runs guided tours on several themes including ‘the English touch’ and there’s a British film festival in October. Popular with families who are attracted by its sandy beaches and coastal walks. The food is also fantastic! Nearby Saint-Briac and Saint-Lunaire are also worth a visit.

St James

- 6 minutes - Home to the famous Breton stripy jumper and the impressive WWII American cemetary, St James also has to offer, several supermarkets, bars, hairdressers, vets, tearoom, restaurants and in our opinion, by far the best bakery in the region (situated diagonally opposite the impressive Mairie building) For those of you looking for some free entertainment, St James also boasts a very good, little known play park where tennis, basketball, football, crazy golf, running, weight training, skateboarding, swings, slides and climbing frames are all available without reservation, and, with the loan of our rackets, balls and clubs, are all absolutely free!

Dinan

58 minutes - Dinan is without doubt one of the most attractive and best preserved small towns in Brittany. With its 1.8 mile (3km)-long ramparts, half-timbered houses, attractive port and cobbled streets filled with art galleries and craft shops, it’s worth a day of anyone’s time.

Cancale

58 minutes - Fishing port and oyster farming centre, Cancale is renowned for its flat oysters that are enjoyed by all lovers of seafood. Situated in the Mont-Saint-Michel bay, Cancale is a seaside resort where it is good to:
• Walk on the quays and piers of the little harbour of La Houle;
• Stroll on the Douaniers footpath;
• Relax on its beaches;
• Taste its famous oysters.
From the top of the tower of the church, the view of Cancale, its port, its beaches and the Mont-Saint-Michel bay is superb.

Granville

Granville commands stunning views of the Bay of Le Mont St Michel from its fortified headland. Enjoy this bustling resorts wonderful array of ports, quarters and beaches, plus its museums and galleries, one, the former childhood residence of and now devoted to the local genius, Christian Dior.
Granville also boasts a mainline station with direct links to Paris, just think, you could actually park your car up for free and tag on a city break to your holiday and be there in less than 4 hours!

Avranches

20 minutes A84, Another lovely market town with all the usual shops banks restaurants etc. An interesting museum staging different themes every year. For a wonderful sunset view, head to Jardins des Plantes d’Avranches (right at the top, opposite the church), these public gardens have an incredible view of Le Mont St Michel and her estuary. For the boys, you will find General Pattons’ shermon tank on the roundabout at the top of the town and there is, for those rainy days, indoor karting and laser games at Event Park.

Villedieu-les-Poêles

37 minutes - is a pretty French town known for its craft trades, especially copper. After a stroll through the narrow streets and hidden courtyards, lunch in one of its traditional restaurants, you can visit the town's many workshops and museums, including a copper workshop, bell foundry, tin museum, Normandy furniture museum, copper pots and pans museum and lace-making museum.

Beaches

All within 1 hour drive of the git, the following beaches have been tried and tested, by man, woman, children and dogs!
Swimming Beaches - Up North - Granville 1 hour, sandy beaches and emerald sea - several to choose from most of which have life guards
Saint-pair-sur-mer, 44 minutes, a lovely little sea-side resort with a sea swimming pool
Julllouville - 44 minutes - sandy beach pretty seaside town
Carrolles - 42 minutes - long sandy beach stretching for miles, life guards
St Jean le Thomas - lovely village - rocky beach, great rock formations, perfect for exploring, especially when the tide is out. rock pooling. Life guards
Genets - is the meeting place for the famous, and highly recommended Traversée de la Baie. Follow bare footed, or on horse-back in the footsteps of the pilgrims, with the aide of an experienced guide, across the bay for totally unique and unforgettable experience. Reservation essential. Whilst the bay of Le Mont St Michel is beautiful, much of it surrounding the Mont is not suitable for swimming because of the sinking sand -
Please do not be tempted to walk across the bay un-accompanied, it is extremely dangerous!
The other way - South
Hirel - land sailing beach
Cancale - 50 minutes, there are many less busy smaller beaches and coves in between the following beach resorts
St Malo - 50 minutes Many beaches, lovely buslting port and town
Dinard - 1 hour - Worth a visit, like another little world
St Lunaire - 1 Hour - lovely

Les Chateaux

La Rocher Portail - St Brice en Cogles - 10 minutes
Take a journey back in time through its furnished living rooms and listed gardens, with period costumes, a secret passage and a treasure hunt…
Closed to visitors for many years, the Château du Rocher-Portail was relaunched as a tourist attraction in June 2017. With a lakeside position and a vast forested estate, this stone and granite château is a remarkable and intimate relic of the golden age of the nobility in the Breton countryside. There are 12 rooms furnished in different period styles, a Renaissance gallery, a chapel, stables and more. A listed historic building, this French-style Downton Abbey comes complete with servants’ rooms, 19th-century family photographs, a tea room and a beautiful kitchen garden. During guided tours, children can dress up in costumes and take part in a treasure hunt. Will you solve the mystery of the secret passage? During the summer season, every Wednesday evening there is a nocturnal market with food music and fireworks
Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne - 10 minutes
The Persian garden, the antique city, starry nights garden, garden of the setting sun…over 25 hectares, the Parc Floral de Haute Bretagne is home to plants from the five continents, laid out in twenty contemporary themed gardens. This is an amazing botanical universe where the kids can discover a prehistoric garden complete with its own T-Rex, three mazes and a Minotaur, and just across the hanging bridge, the lair of the carnivorous plants…Designed in 1847, it is, according to the Michelin Guide, “one of the most beautiful landscaped gardens in France”. This chateau also has a tea room and there is a lovely restaurant and gift shop by the entrance.
Chateau Bois Guy - 15 minutes - Hotel with superb restaurant, 9 hole golf course and yoga sessions by reservation.
Château de la Rouerie, Saint Ouen la Rouerie, - 17 minutes. A lovely family run chateau and gardens with rare breed sheep farm

Restaurants

La Pause Des Genêts 11 Rue de l'Entrepont, 50530 Genêts
Phone: 02 33 89 72 38 - top class French cuisine, quirky settings

Le café casse-graines 8 La Folletière, 35133 Le Chatellier
Very good lunch - Fresh, local, organic food

Crêperie Tivabro 13 Place du Marchix, 35300 Fougères
Best creperie in Fougeres, lovely ambience.,
All restaurants are family friendly in France but if you wanted something a bit less french - the restaurant chain, Buffalo Grills, located in most major towns, are a reliable and offer something for everyone at a reasonable price, especially if you look at the `formula menus’ Other chain to look our for are Poivre Rouge
We can recommend many restaurants for many different tastes, budgets and occasions, please just ask and we will point you in the right direction..

Forest of Villecartier

Forest of Villecartier - 35 minutes
More than 1000 hectares of beautiful ancient forest Villecartier is dedicated to leisure activities and nature enthusiasts. Miles of walking and biking on marked trails bring you deep into the forest, around the lake and through the valleys, offering the opportunity to discover the landscape of our history. The recreational centre “Récrénature” offers several activities to make this a fun day out: A large boating lake with mini boats to rent, ponies to ride, picnic tables and a covered picnic area, aerial adventure high up in the old oak trees for both young and adults, children’s playgrounds and a café/restaurant.

Pontorson

Great little town which would be hard to avoid if you are going to visit Le Mont St Michel. Ideal place to hire a canoe/kayak.

Aligator Bay

Zoo with open-air & indoor enclosures of alligators, crocodiles, snakes, lizards & giant tortoises. My boys loved this!

Address: 62 Route du Mont Saint-Michel, 50170 Beauvoir

1 Review
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  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Jude & Andy 23 October, 2019

From the moment we arrived at the gîte we knew we had made the perfect choice. It is in a lovely rural location with extensive views across fields and so peaceful. The gîte itself is beautiful, it has a large very well equipped kitchen with doors leading to a private garden complete with hot tub. There is a downstairs toilet and shower room and a fabulous sitting room with an amazing fireplace and wood burning stove. There are so many thoughtful touches throughout the property, the owner is an artist and it shows in the tasteful decoration and high standard of accommodation. The upstairs bathroom is beautiful with an oval freestanding bath and large walk in shower. I would move in tomorrow if I could!

The local area has many interesting places to visit and there are nearby villages to pick up supplies of their delicious baguettes or to have lunch or just a wander. There was plenty of information on La Cachette’s website and also lots more information at the gîte. The owners live across the courtyard and were very helpful if we needed to know anything. I wish I had had the time to be able to join one of the courses run by Kate to learn how to make one of the beautiful plaster plaques, I had to content myself with buying one to bring home.

Despite being a couple is our late fifties, the gîte is suitable and large enough for families with young children or teenagers. With good wi fi, TV and a PlayStation they should be kept amused should the sun not shine!

Owner response

Thank you for your lovely comments Jude. You and Any are welcome back any time!