Pretty holiday cottage to rent/B&B, St Dolay - BM001210

Saint-Dolay (14km from La Roche-Bernard), Morbihan, Brittany Reference: BM001210 Advertiser since: 11 September 2002
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Grange Cottage Self Catering Saturday 2 5 1

About this property

Spacious Stone Cottage in Village with Superb Views. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

For a relaxing holiday in a beautiful area of France this pretty cottage is situated in a quiet village, between La Roche Bernard (14km) and Redon (17km).  
With superb views of the River Vilaine Valley and surrounding woodlands, this delightful, spacious, sympathetically renovated 300 year old Breton stone cottage offers a base to explore the wonderful countryside, coast, historical towns and the Brière National Park.
The Briere is a huge national park covering 49,000 acres, the largest marshland area in France after the Camargue.
Ideal for golfers (La Bretesche 8km), fishing, cycling, walking (river 10 minutes) and wildlife enthusiasts, or those just wishing to relax and enjoy peace, good food and wine.
Large well equipped kitchen/dining room. Comfortable lounge. Wc.First floor. One double, 1 twin bedded room, with 3rd bed option. Bathroom/wc.Outside. Garden, terrace to front and rear with garden furniture and barbecue. Bed linen provided. B&B available at the Grange - 2 bedrooms.



Kitchen and dining

Large well equipped farmhouse style kitchen/dining room.
Gas hob/electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine.
Fridge. Toaster. Veg steamer. Iron and ironing board.
Highchair available
Access to patio

Living rooms

Spacious lounge with woodburner. Plenty of comfortable seating. Satellite tv. Cd player. Wi-fi connection available.


First floor: Two good sized bedrooms 1 double and 1 twin (with third bed option if required - supplement applied) - comfortable and roomy.
Cot available


First floor: Bathroom with bath/shower, washbasin and wc
Separate wc on ground floor


Large woodburner which heats the ground floor and a mobile gas fire if woodburner is not required. Bedrooms and bathroom have electric radiators.


Satellite tv. Books - boardgames - puzzles, cd player

Ideal location/easy access for outdoor activities - walking, cycling, fishing, boating, swimming, horse riding

Garden and outside

Private patio front and back of house.
Table/chairs. Bbq
Large garden with open views - excellent for birdwatching or observing the passing boats.
Perfect for relaxing.

Parking and garages

Off road parking in front of cottage

Information about any additional facilities

A very comfortable, spacious cottage retaining many original features. Ideal for couples and families alike. Perfectly located for access to all parts of the region.

Dogs allowed - One


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals



Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Zander, eel, pike, trout, carp
Name of nearest fishing location: River Vilaine
Distance: 1 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de la Bretesche Domaine de la Breteshe 44780 Missillac
Distance: 8 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Le Fano Nivillac
Distance: 5 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR39 Many graded walks in the area


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr John & Arlene Holmes

We retired approximately 14 years ago, my wife Arlene and myself then decided to make our holiday home into a permanent one. I come from Cheshire and Arlene grew up in Cornwall so we are still able to enjoy the countryside, birdwatching and exploring Brittany. We love living in our small village where we know everyone who have welcomed us from our arrival.<br/>I enjoy playing golf at La Bretesche and we like to explore the region.<br/>Meeting visitors to our cottage is always a pleasure.<br/><br/><br/>

Year property purchased 1994
Why this location? For practical reasons this location was chosen as there was easy access to all parts of this region/other parts of France having good road access, additionally the nearest port, St. Malo, is 2 hours driving time away, likewise the airport at Dinard, but the airports at Nantes and Rennes are approximately 1 hour. There is also a good rail network, nearest station Redon.

Le Grippe is probably sited in one of the best positions overlooking the river Vilaine, the scenery is stunning no matter what time of the year. It is a quiet hamlet and only a 5 minute drive through beautiful woods to St. Dolay when you need essentials. Another 5 minutes drive and you reach our nearest lake at Burin. As a golfer, I can be at La Bretesche, within 15 minutes. Wonderful restaurants can be found throughout the area, several are in La Roche Bernard, a small town well worth the visit for the history and water activities.
An area known for it's micro-climate - generally no weather complaints!
Unique benefits of property Grange Cottage is at the end of a quiet hamlet. When people come in and say "wow", I think it is because the rooms are spacious and have character - there are beams, an old stone staircase, plenty of charm but with modern facilities. The cottage is perfect for holidays but also for long term breaks or for people wanting a base whilst looking for their own holiday/permanent home in Brittany.

The cottage has stunning views over the river, a front and rear patio, ideal for dining outside, a large garden safe for children to play. We will also be happy to wecome your dog.

The cottage does have a woodburner, just perfect for those cooler evenings and relaxing.

Our location is certainly a benefit for visitors who enjoy walking/biking - just set off from the front door! Parking is not a problem, plenty of space in front of the cottage.

The Owner Recommends

Carnac Stones

The Carnac Stones, possibly dating back to 5000 BC, make up the most important pre-historic site in Europe - older than Stonehenge. Over 2000 standing stones stretch for 4km to the north of Carnac village where the Museum of Prehistory sheds light on their significance.

For the Children

Apart from the beach there are many other activities for children (and adults) to see and do - small animal parks, aquarium, museums, standing stones etc to visit, canoeing, sailing, horse riding and biking etc.

Local Markets

If you like fresh produce then a visit to one the many towns which have a weekly one day market is a must - every town also has something else to offer (interesting architecture/beach/restaurants) and so makes a good day out for the whole family.

Location and activities

Rural location with ease of access to the coast, river, childrens' parks - many activities available in the region.
Of special interest of golfers - La Bretesche Golf Club appx. 15 mins. drive away.

Nearest restaurant

La Roche Bernard/Redon - wide choice - St Dolay - Pizzeria
Pont de Cran

Where To Go?

There are many choices when it comes to eating out in this area - if you want a substantial meal at a very reasonable choice then you only have to note where the truckers and local van drivers eat, a 2 to 4 course lunch can cost between 8-12 Euros and usually includes wine. We can provide a list of restaurants within easy reach of our cottage which we can personally recommend for providing good food at a good price.


Considered to be Southern Brittany’s major tourist town, prosperous and picturesque, the turreted ramparts enclose a maze of narrow streets and half-timbered houses. Visit the Musee Archeologique and take a boat trip to the beautiful islands in the Gulf of Morbihan.

3 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.7
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 9.7
  • Facilities: 9.7
  • Local Amenities: 8.7
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.8 / 10 Anne B 14 August, 2017

Really friendly couple own this house. It is spacious and airy. We were welcomed with butter eggs , milk and home made cakes. It was immaculate.
The view down to the river is lovely and the outside area is spacious.

So many interesting places near to explore.
I would really recommend this Cottage.

9.7 / 10 I love Brittany 20 July, 2017

Beautiful setting owners welcoming and helpful couldn't do enough for you. Cottage well equipped with everything you need. Lovely location.Definately recommend and would love to go back again!

10 / 10 Tony Powell 10 July, 2014

The property was clean , tidy and comfortable and made you feel at home right from the start of your holiday. It was easy to find following the information given from the owners. The owners were very welcoming and helpful through out the holiday nothing was to much trouble for them. As for the views from the rear patio it was breath taking we were lucky with the weather to be able to sit out and enjoy them. There are some nice areas to visit all with in easy driving distance and a very nice walk round the local village area. We will hopefully be visiting again for a relaxing time at this gite.