Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6, Ratings 3 8.3/10
This location has multiple holiday properties
|Le Grenier||Self Catering||Saturday||3||8||3|
La Julerie is ideal for families and groups as there are beds for up to 24 people in the 4 gites.
Le Grenier is the largest of the 4 gites, and also the most luxurious with its 3 en suite bedrooms with beds for 8 people. There is terra cotta tiling throughout the ground floor and also a wood burning stove, in addition to the central heating which operates throughout the gites; this makes it ideal for letting throughout the year. There is a washroom on the ground floor.
The prices quoted are what you pay; there are no added charges (apart from a charge for pets), all bed, bathroom and kitchen linen and towels are included as are towels for use around the swimming pool and at 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, which again makes 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 the 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. Guests need to rent all 4 of the gites to be able to have exclusive use of this room as any other person staying in another gite would also have access to this room and pool.
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 now includes 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 of 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.
Comfortable settee and armchairs with satellite tv accepting both UK and French channels and dvd player (bring your own dvds).
To see details and several photos of each the other 3 gites please visit our website below.
On the first floor there are 2 doubles, one has an en suite bathroom and the other an en suite shower room. There is enough space in either of these rooms to put a cot, if required. On the upper floor there is a family bedroom with 2 single beds and a full size bed-settee, and also a cot; its en suite bathroom is everyone's favourite with its stand alone French styled bath (with shower attachments to make washing the children's hair easier), basin, bidet and wc.
All bathrooms in this Gite (apart from a washroom on the ground floor) are en suite with the 3 bedrooms; both the baths have shower attachments, which makes it easier to wash the children's hair.
Whilst there is central heating throughout all the properties at La Julerie, Le Grenier has wood burning stoves. 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 is a boules court, swings and slide 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.
2 Phone lines provide wi-fi throughout the 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 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 is not designed to welcome disabled guest, the adjoining Les Ecuries has been designed to welcome wheelchair users; it has wide doors leading onto 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. Pets are welcome subject to prior notification and payment of a fee.
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.
The gite is situated in beautiful, peaceful countryside - we witnessed more tractors than cars on the local roads. It is very well equipped with masses of matching crockery and cutlery, a dishwasher and a washing machine. The swimming pool was used every day, and the games room contains toys, books and a table tennis table, so all ages of children are well catered for. The garden is very colourful and beautifully maintained, with a sandpit, wendy house and a wooden slide and swings.
On our arrival we were made to feel very welcome by Clemance, who showed us around, and explained how to access the rubbish and recycling points as these are not on site.
We will certainly be recommending La Julerie to family and friends, and hope to return ourselves sometime soon.
Le Grenier was just as it appeared in the ad except for the pool which was much nicer than it looked in the picture. The property was clean and had all we needed for our stay including pool towels which was a bonus. Our grandchildren had a lovely time playing in the pool and in the delightful grounds which had a playhouse with slide and swings. Again much nicer than the picture online shows. There are lovely towns and beaches within about 20 mins drive and the village of Corseul is only minutes by car but we found the Proxy shop a bit erratic in its opening times. I expect that's because we are so used to shops at home being open all day every day. The produce in France is of such good quality that we stayed in an ate when the children had gone to bed. The only thing I would have liked because we were in during the evening was a bigger more modern television but the English channels were appreciated. I would certainly recommend Le Grenier to friends. We had a happy holiday there.
The television in Le Grenier is due to be replaced, those in the other gites have already been updated. The swings and slide were updated earlier this season with a new unit which has a high level playhouse, swings, slide, fireman's pole and also various toys which the children love.
5 Aug. The TV has now been changed