Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4, Ratings 27 9.8/10
This location has multiple holiday properties
|La Belle Maison||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||1||+ cot bed|
La Belle Maison is situated in a truly tranquil location near the River Lie and Loudeac Forest, where the stresses of everyday life can be easily put aside.
The property is a charming detached cottage which is especially popular with couples seeking a tranquil country retreat and comfortably accommodates up to 4 guests. The single storey accommodation has been extensively upgraded to ensure La Belle Maison is a comfortable and well equipped home from home suitable for self-catering holidays throughout the year.
The cottage is approached through a private south west facing garden, which benefits from the sun throughout the day and on into the summer evenings, when wonderful sunsets over the forest can be enjoyed. The mature garden has a built-in barbecue, hardwood table with chairs and parasol in a sheltered outdoor dining space, along with 2 zero gravity recliners - ideal for snoozing.
Take a stroll down to the nearby river to cool off beside the calm waters of an ancient deer crossing or follow it downstream a little to the weir which attracts many trout fishermen. For the more energetic, follow the marked cycle or rambling trails or join a pony trek through the nearby forest. Alternatively, hire canoes at the neighbouring village of La Prenessaye and explore further down river. Break for lunch at one of the local creperies.
Within a short drive there are medieval market towns, good quality restaurants, a wide variety of historic sites, large inland lakes with watersports, fishing and boating, the beautifully scenic north coast beaches and international standard golf courses to provide plenty of options for everyone.
The area is equally appealing to anyone who enjoys meandering around small medieval towns - don't miss nearby Moncontour, which is just minutes away and is amazing; the Fete des Ramparts shared bi-annually with Dinan is a must. For those who enjoy browsing the many local markets there is plenty of fresh produce to discover - goats cheeses, honey, shellfish, pork and freshly picked vegetables are piled high beside art and craft or brocante stalls.
The English owners live in the same hamlet and personally maintain La Belle Maison, they are available to answer any queries to help guests make the most of their stay in this beautiful and friendly area of Brittany.
More information and photos can be seen on our website.
The spacious dual aspect kitchen/diner has views over the garden and surrounding countryside.
There is a full complement of cookware and crockery, suitable for year-round self-catering. Equipment includes: built-in oven, 4 ring hob, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave, coffee-maker, kettle, toaster, washing machine and iron.
The separate sitting room has original chestnut parquet flooring with a carpet square to make it cosy and a very comfortable 3 piece suite. There is a tv and dvd player, well stocked book case, coffee-table and efficient woodburner with a top box that is ideal for simmering casseroles, warming plates or mulling wine in the cooler months.
There are 2 equal sized bedrooms, 1 double and 1 twin, both have far reaching rural views, original parquet flooring, working shutters, mirrors, chairs, bedside lamps, heaters and plenty of storage space.
Bed linen is included in our prices.
The modern shower room has a sink inset in a vanity unit with mirror, light and power point above, shower cubicle, wc, towel rail, heater, cupboard and hairdryer.
Bathroom towel sets are available to hire if required.
Working woodburner in the living room plus modern, efficient, electric panel radiators throughout.
Tv receiving UK free to air programmes. Complimentary wi-fi, dvd player radio, traditional boardgames, stocked bookcases and large scale local maps for walkers are provided.
La Belle Maison has an enclosed mature garden with flowering shrubs and fruit trees. There is a built-in barbecue area, with hardwood outdoor dining furniture, a couple of padded recliners and plenty of space to relax and enjoy the wonderful views and stunning sunsets.
There is ample on-site parking, with space available immediately beside the property for unloading.
La Belle Maison is detached and especially suitable for couples wanting a private hide-away or small families seeking an enclosed garden. Please note, although the gite accommodation is single storey, the front door is approached by 6 steps up from the garden.
We ask that guests who wish to smoke do so outside.
The cottage is not suitable for guests bringing their pets on holiday.
We are happy to offer short breaks and flexible change-over days but preference will be given to guests selecting full weeks during high summer, to bookings that do not leave us with unsaleable gaps in our calendar.
La Belle Maison is maintained to a high standard and is fully equipped for year-round holiday rentals.
Bed linen is provided appropriate to the season.
UK guests do not need to bring plug adaptors: we supply multi-point adaptor banks and USB chargers.
We swapped the busy pressures of running a business in England for the relaxed pace of a French rural life; it’s a world away from sitting in traffic jams and the hectic life we used to have. It took 18 months of hard work before the properties were ready to welcome our first guests for Easter 2006; since then we have enjoyed welcoming guests who want to experience a relaxing gite holiday in Brittany, it’s nice that other people feel as happy here as we do.
|Year property purchased||2004|
|Why this location?||If you are looking for a holiday cottage to rent in the real Brittany look no further!
Our gites sit in rural tranquility where it is easy to relax and forget the pressures of everyday life; the rolling countryside, nearby river and forest make it an ideal location for nature lovers, walkers, anglers, bird-watchers, cyclists and star gazers.
Sample traditional Breton fare in one of the local auberges, shop at famers markets for locally grown pork, fruit and vegetables or freshly caught seafood.
The area is an excellent choice for anyone interested in touring a fascinating, and easy to access, region of France which offers many options for sight seeing... discover the stunning landscape of menhirs and castles, forests and lakes, walled medieval cities and quaint market villages.
For a day at the coast, from just 40km away there are small rocky coves, boat filled marinas, shelving inlets where mussels are farmed and surprisingly quiet stretches of golden sand.
|Unique benefits of property||Each of our gîtes has been carefully renovated to retain their original Breton character whilst also providing the comforts and facilities you expect to find in modern holiday rental accommodation. They are well maintained, personally managed by us and comprehensively equipped to ensure they are good places to stay throughout the year. Out of peak season we are completely flexible about changeover days and are happy to accept bookings from 3 nights to a month. It’s so relaxing, such a treat to step out of the rat race even just for a few days.|
Visit the 'base sport nature' just down the road at La Prenessaye for an excellent value, invigorating day out. Hire kayaks from 7.50 Euros for unaccompanied half-days or join a guided trip down the river - suitable for all ages and no previous experience is necessary. Alternatively hire an all terrain bike to explore the area.
Small but perfectly formed bistro opposite the church in the middle of Loudeac. Excellent value lunches and an extensive dinner menu using fresh seasonal produce that never fails to please.
The restaurant for mussels! A vast selection of moules options fill the menu, along with a good wine list, tasty meat of the day options for non-shellfish lovers and tables full of locals, so you know the cooking is good!
An ancient stone river crossing over the Lie, still said to be used by deer. A magically peaceful place to cool off with a picnic, or follow the marked riverside walk.
A must for Thursday mornings, Lamballe has a large traditional Breton market where the locals buy and sell every week; craft stalls offering hand made Celtic jewellery complete with galette stands and masses of freshly picked vegetables for your attention.
A delightful restaurant with very helpful owners - one serves, the other cooks - who are pleased to explain the dishes contents and origins. Diners can choose to don medieval costume and cannot fail to enjoy both the atmosphere and the excellent food. A very good choice for family celebrations.
Enjoy Friday evenings at Mur de Bretagne near Lac de Guerledan. A vibrant market, with plenty of food stalls, is held from late afternoon onwards on summer Fridays.
Ferry port: St Malo 80km. Airport: Dinard 70km
Plessala 3km, St Gilles de Mene 3km, Plemet 5km
Award-winning gourmet restaurant, where the 4 course dinner will take all evening. Prepare to be amazed by both the taste and exquisite presentation of the food offered.
Penny and Ray were perfect hosts, especially when we had problems with our car, which they helped to sort out for us. The gite was perfect and very well equipped, the most perfectly equipped gite we have stayed in. What can I say about the area, it is absolutely beautiful, so many lovely places to visit. Joselin and its chateau will stand out in my memory and the lovely restaurants we visited. Thank you Penny and Ray for a lovely holiday, we hope to visit again soon.
A very nice and peaceful location. Everything you need for a relaxing holiday break. The owners, Penny & Ray & the cat Charlie have thought of everything, There's a lot of info on site of things to do and visit. We would recommend this cottage to any body that's wants to get away from all the noise and concrete that seems to dominate this world at the moment.
Thanks once again.
Anne & Garry
Thank you Anne & Garry, it was a pleasure to welvome you to this area of Brittany and it's good to know you enjoyed your stay in La Belle Maison.
Probably the best Gite we have ever stayed in. Nothing has been forgotten by the owners who live on site. Local amenities has been marked down as the Gite is in a very rural location which is a large part of its charm.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this property to anyone who enjoys peace and quiet and the French countryside. Probably not suited to people looking for nightlife.
Geographically the property is in central Brittany, meaning the north and south coasts are within 1-1.5 hours drive in lovely countryside on quiet roads.
Thank you Robert, it was a pleasure to welcome you both to La Fontaine Rouillee again and we are delighted that you think so highly of La Belle Maison.
This is a lovely cottage in a beautiful area, after just 1 day there we prolonged our stay ....
Nice and quiet and lots of trips to make in Brittany, both nature & culture wise...
The hospitality was great.
Thanks again for a fantastic stay in a beautiful gite in Brittany!