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A beautifully renovated and decorated traditional Breton cottage, with stunning river views set on the banks of the River Rance, a very short walk to the pretty port of Dinan.
The house has been carefully renovated to a high standard and sleeps up to 6 comfortably. Set back from the tow path the house is in an exceptional location, you can just sit and watch the boats go by or look out for the kingfishers and otters that are your neighbours! There is easy access by car to the house, but the port of Dinan is very close on foot - a flat easy walk of about 3 minutes brings you to the port where there is a traditional French bakery, as well as a number of good restaurants and bistros. You can also hire bikes and canoes here, there is a traffic free cycle path running along the River Rance which psses infront of the house.
You can reach the historic centre of Dinan on foot in about 15 minutes - passing up the cobbled Rue du Jerzual (a pretty steep climb, but worth the effort - lined with beautiful houses, restaurants and artists' galleries). Or you can take the car and get there in about 5 minutes.
Dinan is a beautiful, well preserved medieval town, with a fine collection of timber framed buildings, many good restaurants, bistros and individually owned shops. There is also an impressive castle and high stone town walls you can walk around and take in the views.
The beautiful sandy beaches of Brittany's North coast are about a 30 minute drive from the house.
The walled town of St Malo is well worth a visit, as is the stunning abbey of Mont St Michel, about 40 minutes drive.
The rental includes tourist tax and the end of stay clean, linen and towels can be provided for 20 Euros per person.
Normal usage of electricity/gas is included within the rent .
Newly fitted modern kitchen with granite worktops, just next to a light dining area with beautiful views to the river.
Comfortable living area with a log burner. Tv receiving UK 'freetoview' channels and French channels.
There are 2 bedrooms on the ground floor, one with a double bed, the second with 2 singles. The second double bedroom is on the second floor.
Bathroom/wc on the ground floor, second bathroom and wc on floor 2.
Modern electric radiators and good insulation ensure a warm house during the colder months. Newly fitted logburner for cooler evenings.
Tv with UK 'freetoview' channels , and French channels and free wi-fi internet access.
A lovely terrace is just outside the kitchen, this overlooks the river, and is sheltered by a peach tree.
You can park directly outside the house, there is space for 2 cars on the courtyard belonging to the house.
The North Brittany coast is about a 30 minute drive away, and here you will find long sandy beaches, sheltered coves and rocky headlands. We like the beaches near St Briac, St Jacut de la Mer, and the long beach heading east from St Malo - great for surfing when there is a swell coming in.
The coastal footpath ( GR34) runs along the whole coastline, and if you follow the path, you'll see some stunning views , and escape the crowds to find a quiet spot.
The local area is a great choice if you like cycling - at any level , from beginner to confirmed rider.
The 'voie verte' runs just in front of the house - it is a traffic free cycle path running from Dinard down to Rennes following the river Rance and the canal. You can directly access the cycle path, and cycle down to Evran for a drink or meal or go further into the countryside.
There are also several signed cycle routes close by, and, away from the main roads, the network of country lanes is just ideal for cycling - little traffic and a culture that respects bike riders.
You can hire bikes locally on the port of Dinan or Dinard, or bring your own on the ferry - there is plenty of space to store them at the house.
The walled town of St Malo is well worth exploring, walk the circuit of the town walls with great views out to sea and down towards the allies and street of the old town. Rebuilt after the war, the town is much favoured by Parisians escaping the capital as well as overseas visitors, who come to sample the town's many good restaurants, art galleries and high end shops.
Walk out from the impressive town gate along the promenade 'Le Sillon' overlooking the large sandy beach leading east to the headlands at Minihic and Rothéneuf. A series of cafés, restaurants and hotels along the front offer an ideal stop for a drink or meal overlookng the sea.
This farm museum has been preserved in the same condition it was 100 years ago. There are animals, displays and demonstrations too, making this a great day out for all the family. Association La Ferme d'Antan Le Saint Esprit des Bois 22270 Pledeliac. Phone (0033) 2 96 34 80 77.
The property is very comfortable and in an ideal location for visiting Dinan and surrounding area. It was just as described and we found it to be very clean on our arrival. This was our second visit to the property, the first being nearly three years ago, and we immediately felt very much at home and as if we'd never been away.
As on the first occasion we spent most of our time in and around Dinan and were therefore able to simply park the car and walk everywhere. There are lovely walks up and down the towpath, around the ramparts and, although the walk up into the town is steep, the views along the way are wonderful. There are numerous restaurants to choose from of different types, both in town and in the port area, but we particularly enjoyed the lunches we had at Le Cantorbery.
We spent one day on the coast to the east of St Malo, where there are some beautiful, quiet beaches, ending the day at Dol-de-Bretagne where there is a good market on Saturdays and a very good museum, Medievalys, for anyone interested in architecture and construction of cathedrals and castles. Our only other trip out was to Dinard and St Lunaire, where there is a lovely restaurant at Le Decolle which serves very good food and has wonderful views across the bay towards St Malo.
Dinan of course is a beautiful town and we've simply enjoyed being able to wander round at our leisure, or sitting on the terrace at the property watching the world go by. We would love to return.
WE thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Le Martin Pecheur and have no criticisms of the property the agency Le Triskel or Holiday France Direct. Thank you for a great week.
Brilliant location with easy walk into the Port of Dinan, then up the hill to the old town. A really well completed renovation to a high standard. Bathrooms visually attractive though shelves a little too high to be practical for the more vertically challenged, yet cupboards under sinks empty. Good stock of kitchen equipment/utensils for those wanting to cook and a lovely big fridge and freezer. Also great to have the use of a washer/drier in the kitchen. Very sociable living space with the kitchen, dining area and lounge all one. Unfortunate that some of the exterior lights weren't working due to a storm prior to our arrival but didn't detract from our enjoyment just would have loved to have seen the exterior lit at night. Good parking space for car at the front. Spectacular views and the property looks impressive from every vantage point. The decking area also provided a lovely outside eating area as well as a good vantage point for star gazing.
Patissiere and selection of places to eat out within easy walking distance for those wishing to completely escape the domestic chores. Supermarkets within 2 min drive for those wanting to self cater.
Would definitely visit again.
The only down side of the location was that there was no grocery store in the Port although there is a boulangerie. The property has been well renovated and is extremely well equipped although a washing line would save the use of the tumble drier and if weather was good dry clothes just as quick.
The owner was very helpful and ensured we were comfortable