Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6, Ratings 3 8.3/10
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|Les Etables aux Hirondelles||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1|
La Julerie is ideal for families and groups as there are beds for up to 24 people in the 4 gites. Les Etables aux Hirondelles sleeps 4, in 2 bedrooms, one has a double bed and the other has 2 single beds
Apart from during July and August whenever this gite is occupied by only 2 people, we offer a 10% discount on our advertised prices.
The prices quoted are what you pay; there are no added charges (apart for pets), all bed, bathroom and kitchen linen and towels are included as are towels for use around the swimming pool of to 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, etc.
The indoor heated swimming pool is usually open from 1st April til the end of October half term and All Saints holidays; 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 separate 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 7 years old or older.
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. this is the only gite at La Julerie without a dishwasher. The dining table is normally placed in the rear of the salon.
There is a comfortable settee and armchairs with tv accepting both UK satellite and French channels and dvd player (as we only have a few we do recommend you bring your own dvds for the children).
Although this is the smallest of our 4 gites at La Julerie, with a floor area in excess of 84 sq metres, it is still spacious.
One large double bedroom and one twin bedded room. We do keep a cot erected in the rear alcove of the double room, and if needed, it can be moved out of this room into the twin bedded room, but this will mean one of the single beds has to be taken out. If parents have a young baby sleeping in their bedroom, this Gite can accommodate 4 people plus a baby.
Upstairs there is a bathroom which has a bath (with shower attachments to make it easier to wash the children's hair), basin and a wc; whilst downstairs there is a shower room which also has a basin and a wc.
There is central heating throughout. 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 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. The gamesroom has a table tennis table whilst outside there is a a modern climbing play station with swings, slide, fireman's pole and a playhouse, elsewhere this another playhouse and a sandpit for children. Books and games are available in the gamesroom. There are many toys for the younger children including several sit on ones.
Several guests have held their wedding receptions or spiel anniversary parties in the games room, where up to 40 guests have sat at tables provided by the outside caterers. To be able to have exclusive use of this games room for any event, guests need rent all 4 of the gites otherwise these facilities will be available to other guests.
A 2nd phone line has been brought in to ensure that wi-fi is available throughout all 4 gites.
The gite has its own private secluded patio equipped with wooden furniture and Weber barbecue and a smaller lawned area behind the property. The 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 this gite has not been designed to welcome disabled guests, the adjoining Les Ecuries has been designed to welcome wheelchair users; it has wide doors leading into the large ground floor 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.
La Julerie is a wonderful place with everything you could need for a fantastic holiday with kids. There are four gites together but it is still quiet and private. The pool was a big hit with our kids as they wanted to spend most of their time in there. Luckily it has a cover as the weather wasn't brilliant when we were there but with the cover on it is warm inside and the perfect entertainment for a rainy day. There is a also a great games room in the pool house with table tennis and other games. The garden is very pretty and spacious, with a swing set and playhouse for the kids, and plenty of room to run around and play football. The gite itself is well-equipped and comfortable, the nearest village has a boulangerie and a small shop, there is a larger supermarket only ten minutes away, and there are plenty of beautiful beaches and pretty little towns nearby. We will most definitely be returning next year and highly recommend this place.
The Gite is set in a beautiful location , close to the village yet quiet and relaxing , the pool and games room were a great bonus for our children , and the owner Robert and his wife are very friendly and made us feel very welcome , lots of local knowledge , the wine on arrival was a lovely touch and the apples and tomatoes from Roberts garden were a lovely thought and enjoyed ! i would highly recomend this holiday for people with small children or teenagers , lots of cycling swimming and general relaxation was enjoyed on our 10 night stay ! we hope to be back soon , thank you again for a wounderful holiday xxx
Everything was as described and better still everything worked. We were met my the owners and shown around and then allowed to get on with our stay. The owners do not overcrowd you but are unhand if you need something. The travel and tourist information provided by the owners proved invaluable and was well appreciated. This location is ideal for exploring with a car and there are plenty of places to go see. We enjoyed our stay here and would like to thank the owners for a very enjoyable holiday at the gite. I also would like to say that the security deposit was returned promptly and was in my bank before I got home. I would highly recommend this as the place to stay.
An excellent place to 'get away from it all'. Nothing is too much trouble from the owners - would recommend without hesitation.