Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6, Ratings 3 8.3/10
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|La Vieille Ferme at La Julerie||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||2||Cots available|
La Julerie is ideal for families and groups as there are beds for up to 24 people + babies in cots in the 4 gites. As its name implies, La Vieille Ferme was the old farm house before we converted all of the buildings; originally it had 2 rooms downstairs which we have made into one large one; it is now large enough for all 24 guests to sit and dine together. This makes La Julerie very popular with family groups as you can all eat together, but each family can then retire to their own gite if they so wish to.
The prices quoted are what you pay; there are no added charges (apart from pets), all bed, bathroom and kitchen linen and towels are included as are towels for use around the swimming pool or take to the beach. The tariff also includes the local "holiday tax". We do however take a security deposit of £250 or 250 Euros per gite from guests on arrival and do ask guests to bring a cheque for this sum with them. We hold the cheque unbanked until we have checked through the gite at the end of their stay. If guests fail to bring a cheque, it means they either have to draw cash or make a bank transfer for this security deposit.
As La Julerie is at the end of a no through road, there is no passing traffic, in fact the road leading to our road is also very quiet with minimal traffic, making it an ideal place for youngsters to learn to ride their bikes and get some road sense. Apart from the climb up to the road from La Julerie, if you turn right out of our road, the road is fairly level making cycling easier; however if you turn left towards Corseul, it is all up and down; ok for dads and very energetic youngsters!
We are very child-friendly and have all of the equipment modern parents need when taking their infants on holiday including baby changing table, babybath, steriliser, listening device, booster seats, swing seats, etc.
The indoor heated swimming pool is usually open from 1st April til the end of October in fine weather the retractable glass cover is opened.
La Julerie has hosted several wedding receptions and wedding anniversary parties in its gamesroom, we can supply details of outside caterers "Les Traiteurs" if required. Our daughter-in-law Lydiane has her hair salon across the yard from the gites and will willingly take care of guests hair during their stay.
Prices are fully inclusive of all heating and lighting and all bed and bathroom linen, kitchen towels, serviettes etc and also swimming towels for use around the pool or on the beach.
At night time guests are more likely to hear owls than cars due to the distance from any main road! La Julerie slopes gently to the south ensuring an ideal suntrap for any guests sunbathing on the patio surrounding the pool. Although rural, the gites are only 10km from historic Dinan and 18km from the marvellous beaches along the coast.
All of the beaches along the coast near to La Julerie can be described as "safe sandy beaches". At several of these beaches there are sailing, or kite surfing schools during the summer months, courses are normally held from Monday until Friday, either morning or afternoon. There is a kayak club in Plancoet (10km) and equestrian centres also in Plancoet and near to Quevert, also 10km. If you are keen on coarse fishing, there is a small lake in Corseul (daily licences obtained from the bakery) and the closest golf course is in St Maudez (9 hole and 8km distance) There are several other 18 hole courses in the area.
If any one in the family wishes to either ride or attend a sailing or kite surfing school, please let us know when you book to come to La Julerie and we can book the appropriate courses on your behalf. Students must be at least 7 years old.
In 2016 and every other year Dinan holds a Fetes de Ramparts, normally over the last weekend of July; the whole town is decorated for a weekend of celebrations and festivities which includes knights jousting in the main market square. It is an event well worth seeing. In the alternative years Moncontour holds its version of the same fete. Moncontour is a small hilltop town about an hour's drive away.
It is less than an hour's drive to the world famous Mont St Michel, one of the most visited tourist sites in France, it is well worth a visit, but do expect to be with crowds of other tourists.
The gite has open plan downstairs living rooms, "nobody is left in the kitchen whilst the rest enjoy themselves". The kitchen is fully equipped with a full range of modern electrical appliances, oven, hob, fridge-freezer, microwave, mixer, coffee-maker, toaster etc. As mentioned above, there is plenty of room for large groups to sit and dine together; we have a spare table which we put into this gite whenever we have large parties, and if needed a further table can be brought in from either a patio or another gite.
Comfortable settee and armchairs with tv accepting both UK satellite and French channels and dvd player (bring your own dvds). There is still room for the children to get down from any dinner party and to sit and watch tv, or play with their computer games.
La Vieille Ferme has one double bedroom, one with 2 single beds and the 3rd one has bunk beds and also a cot. All the bedrooms show a lot of original timberwork and have unique character.
On the first floor, one bathroom has bath and basin, whilst the 2nd one has shower, basin and wc, there is also a separate wc on this floor, whilst downstairs there is a washroom with wc and basin.
Whilst there is central heating in all of the buildings at la Julerie, la Vieille Ferme also has a wood burning stove. All heating costs are included in the quoted tariffs. There is underfloor heating in the gamesroom which makes it very comfortable and inviting throughout the year.
The indoor heated pool is over 9 metres long and has a level bottom at a depth of 1.65m which makes it ideal for parents with young children as the parents can stand anywhere in the pool to look after their infants, but at the same time it is deep enough for anyone to enjoy a "proper swim". For security, access to the pool is only via the adjoining gamesroom; the other 3 sides of the pool are enclosed within a walled patio which is an ideal suntrap and a good place to lay on a sunlounger and sunbathe. The gamesroom has a table tennis table, a seating area, 2 showers/changing rooms and a separate wc; whilst outside there are swings and slide and a sandpit for children and also a playhouse. Books and games are available in the gamesroom. There are many toys for younger children including several sit on ones. Guests have held their wedding receptions or special anniversary parties in the games room.
Wi-fi is obtainable at La Julerie, we have 2 separate lines to provide full coverage.
Unlike the other Gites, La Vieille Ferme has a large lawned area alongside it. Whilst the other Gites at La Julerie have a lawned area in front of the Gites, La Vieille Ferme has a patio, invariably the wooden table and chairs and the Weber barbecue are kept on this patio, as opposed to the rear one, as it is the warmest place at La Julerie! The side garden then opens up to a large area which is shared by all guests. We have planted many shrubs and take pride in maintaining the flower beds, hanging baskets and window boxes.
There is sufficient space for guests to park their cars in the yard; we do have cycle racks under cover as we find many parents bring their childrens bikes as the roads are very quiet all around La Julerie and also relatively flat (once you are at the top of the drive). We do have several bikes which are freely available for guests to use on a daily basis; at present we only have one child's bike, so it may be sensible to bring your own.
We have welcomed young babies right up to a lady celebrating her 90th birthday! Many family groups consist of 3 generations, sometimes with the families occupying all 4 gites. Whilst La Vieille Ferme has not been designed to welcome disabled guests, it is possible to bring a wheelchair into this gite whenever a group are dining together. Les Ecuries has been designed to welcome wheelchair users; it has wide doors into the large groundfloor shower room. When required a bed is placed at the rear of the salon in this gite if guests cannot manage the stairs.
We have virtually all of the equipment parents need when taking their infants on holiday which means you don’t need bring items from home; besides cots, high chairs and stair barriers we also have a baby changing table, baby bath, bottle sterilising unit, swing chair and baby chair and a listening device etc. Where needed all kitchen cupboards and upstairs windows have locks which are reversible and only need be engaged when infants are in the property. We have also fitted barriers to the patios
We bought our own cottage in Brittany in 1992 and so liked spending summer holidays in the area, that when the opportunity arose in 1999 to buy La Julerie I decided to retire from a career in domestic banking and with our son's help we converted a "longhouse" and created the 4 gites with the indoor pool which we now manage. We live in our UK home all winter (apart from holidays) and spend the summer in Brittany managing the 4 gites and enjoying the way of life on Le Cote D'Armor.
|Year property purchased||1999|
|Why this location?||Brittany has always been a popular holiday area for French families, and also with British visitors; Le Cote D'Armor in particular has so many safe sandy beaches where families can relax and enjoy themselves, away from the beaches, there are so many interesting historical towns where you will find events taking place throughout the summer to entertain visitors and to show their heritage. One of the major attractions for UK visitors is the fact that Le Cote D'Armor Department is so close to the ferry ports of St `Malo, Caen and Roscoff, and the climate is "just that bit more continental and slightly warmer" than the UK that it makes an ideal venue for experiencing the joys of France without long hours of driving.|
|Unique benefits of property||4 Gites which can sleep up to 24 people, plus babies in cots, sharing an indoor pool and a large gamesroom. Ideal for families holidays, one of the benefits being that each part of a group can retire to their own gite and do not have to be involved with all of the group activities. We find that this works very well with 3 (or even 4 at times) generation family groups. Being located in a quiet rural setting only 40 minutes from St Malo and 20 minutes from the coast makes it an ideal venue; besides having the indoor pool (normally heated from Easter until the end of the Christmas & New Year holidays) the large gamesroom has hosted several guests wedding receptions and many anniversary parties. Normally groups will sit and dine together in one of the gites where there is space for up to 24 to dine together, only using the gamesroom for parties. We have some bikes which are free to use, as the roads are so quiet, it is an ideal area to teach children to cycle on roads, bring their bikes.|
Dinan is a medieval town built on a hill overlooking the River Rance. There are boat trips on the river. The town is split between the main shopping area with its large market, boutiques and creperies and pavement bars/cafes at the top of the hill and “the port” with its cafes and restaurants and more creperies along by the river. Rue Jezroual which connects the main town to the port for the pedestrian offers the visitor an array of craft shops often with the craft person working in the shop or visible in the workshop to the rear. Market day is Thursday; in the summer it is naturally very busy and parking can be a bit of a problem, but well worth the effort. For a weekend in late July every other year- 2012 etc Dinan is transformed into a medieval town with straw strewn streets as it hosts its medieval fair. Whilst entry to the town is free, visitors pay with one ticket to enter all the different events which take place over the weekend (the jousting event in the market place does require an additional ticket).
Le Grange Pizzeria in Corseul 2km serves a range of food besides just pizzas; we have eaten there several times when wanting s simple easy meal. We have always enjoyed the experience
Mont St Michel (50km) 3 acre rocky islet topped by a famous Gothic abbey, 1.6km (1 mile) off the coast of Normandy in northwest France in the Bay of Mont St Michel in the English Channel. The island, located 5km (3 miles) from the shore during the Middle Ages, is now surrounded by water only 2 times a month. Its one cobblestone street climbs in 3 spirals from a great granite base to the towering Benedictine abbey of Mont St Michel. The abbey is an architectural masterpiece and well worth visiting. Lamballe (35km) Every Thursday afternoon/evening throughout the summer the large stables which houses “heavy working horses” opens it doors to the public and puts on a show with these horses in their large arena. The town also gears itself up for this event as the town centre is transformed with an array of seating and tables and stage. Barbecues are alight around the square and you can select a meal to suit your hunger! Ile de Brehat (80km) An island, but one that you get to by ferry (about 10 minutes) Il de Brehat is situated along the “Pink Granite Coast” near Paimpol. Guingamp (65km). An attractive Breton town which hosts an annual Breton music and dance festival.
An equal distance from La Julerie is the town of Plancöet which offers one of the top hotel restaurants in all of Brittany – the Crouzil. The French President has entertained a British Prime Minister (Tony Blair) in the restaurant. Plancöet has a much smaller weekly market (Saturday) than Dinan, but one we find very welcoming and it offer a good range of fresh vegetables which are sold by the growers and also fish and crabs.
La Julerie is only 18km (20min) from the coast, where there are many safe sandy beaches, some have sailing schools throughout the summer holidays- St Jacut and Lancieux. Elsewhere you can learn to surf (kite or board). St Jacut is a fovourite as at low tide it is possible to walk to the offshore island of Les Ebihans, the children love it! There are delightful cliff walks around Cap Frehel (30km away) where there is a restaurant right on the edge of the cliffs where you can watch sea birds nesting whilst you dine.
Our family of 22 comprising 2 grandparents 8 parents and 12 children ranging from 18 to 4 years in total had a very happy and relaxed time at La Julerie. The hosts were obliging,helpful and friendly. They found excellent caterers who provided us with a meal on 3 separate evenings. Accommodation of 4 gites and the facilities were perfect for our requirements. The surrounding countryside was good for walkers, runners and cyclists and the village of Corseul 2 + kilometres away had a boulangerie and restaurant which was ideal for our family. All in all a very happy holiday. I would recommend La Julerie particularly to family groups.
We rented the terrace of four cottages for a family celebration in July 2018 of our Golden Wedding Anniversary. The gites easily accommodated all 23 of us with room to spare. The families travelled from Canada, Sweden, Scotland, Ireland and England, and getting there proved straightforward.
Our extended family without exception thought that there could have been no better spot than La Julerie for our gathering: so picturesque, spacious, well-appointed and very comfortable. Rural, safe and private, yet with amenities only a few minutes away. The cottages were beautiful and finished to a high standard. The grounds were great for the kids to explore but the biggest draw for them was the pool. (We adults loved it too!) Like everything else it was clean and well-maintained.
The games room was ideal for our Golden Wedding reception, plenty of room for both people and food (and Champagne!) We ordered our canapes, buffet and desserts online before we travelled to France, from the local Carrefour Market 10 minutes drive away near (beautiful) Dinan. (The quality and presentation of the food was outstanding.)
Plenty else to do. Beaches? Spoilt for choice! Inland there are pretty villages hidden away. (We loved Lehon.) The owners of the cottages were very welcoming and even took us up on our offer to celebrate our anniversary with us! The web site for La Julerie does not exaggerate its features at all. We have no hesitation in recommending La Julerie for a superb Brittany experience.
We arrived at La Julerie in bright afternoon sunshine to be greeted by Robert who was a very welcoming and friendly host. He and Liz were great and full of brilliant ideas and advice about what to do and where to go.
The fully equipped gite was excellent with spacious accommodation, wonderful grounds for the children to explore, great games room and the highlight for all was the fantastic pool.
The location of the gite was just right within easy reach of the wonderful old town of Dinan, and just a short drive to many amazing safe and sandy beaches (a different one each day) with spectacular scenery. Other major attractions, Le Mont Saint Michel, St Malo, Dinard etc were easily accessible.
As far as the children were concerned the highlights (apart from the onsite pool) were climbing the lighthouse at Cap Frehel, body boarding at Saint Lunaire, the six seater bike at Sable d’Or les Pins and beating the tide on a walk to Iles Eebihens.
Overall excellent in every respect; thank you Robert, Liz and La Julerie – we had a great holiday.
Our family and friends, 19 in total visited La Julerie for a 1 week stay 17th Sept 2016. We ticked every box from the little ones to the Oldies.
Clement and his lovely family were admirable hosts and met every single need possible, making our stay so very enjoyable! Clement's guitar playing was an added bonus when the sun was going down
The various descriptions of each Gite are wholly accurate, the pool was fabulous for everyone and used every day. The games room was also a bonus for kids and adults alike.
The location of La Julerie was the perfect base for getting out and about and gave us easy access for the many locations we visited.
The weather was another added bonus, sunny and warm every day but not too much so, even allowing us to eat outside and bbq regularly.
All in all a really great find and would absolutely recommend for large groups like ours!