Beautiful Renovated Gite close to Dinan

9.9/10
Les Champs-Geraux (5km from Dinan), Côtes d'Armor, Brittany Reference: BN003607 Advertiser since: 2 June 2014
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About this property

Charming Gite in Quiet Hamlet. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

A self-contained gite in part of a characterful 200 year-old stone house, fully renovated over the years by the owners who live in the main house. For more information and photographs please see our website using the link below.

The gite is situated in a very quiet rural location close to the lovely medieval town of Dinan with its castle, river port and railway museum. Easy access from St Malo (30 minutes) or Caen (2 hours) via Brittany Ferries.* Very easy to reach from Dinard (Pleurtuit) airport (25 minutes from the gite - possibility of pickup by owners by prior arrangement). Regular Ryanair flights from London Stansted, East Midlands and Leeds Bradford to Dinard airport.

The fashionable resort of Dinard is about 30 minutes' drive. Mont St Michel (France's second most-visited tourist attraction after Paris) is only 45 minutes away.

There are nice walks and cycle rides direct from the gite, as well as excellent well-marked paths (including the coastal path GR34) within easy reach. 

Our accommodation is very comfortable, has lots of exposed beams (see photos) and has recently been upgraded with a new fitted kitchen and private balcony. You can enjoy meals "al fresco" on the balcony or your own terrace.

*20% discount available for bookings through the Holiday France Direct website.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Open plan fully-fitted kitchen with full oven, fridge etc.

Living rooms

Lounge and dining area with direct exit to drive and parking. Facilities include British tv, dvd player and wi-fi.

Bedrooms

Large upstairs double bedroom with private balcony. Exposed beams.

Bathrooms

Excellent large washroom with wc and shower cubicle.

Heating

Electric space heating.

Entertainment

British tv, dvd, wi-fi. Some dvds provided.

Garden and outside

Guests have their own secluded terrace. A large table and 4 chairs, a charcoal barbecue and parasol are provided, and the large garden and boules pitch are available.

Parking and garages

Parking for several cars.

Visitor suitability

The gite is perfect for a couple. It would also be ideal for a single person or a couple with a baby (a travel cot is available).

Information about any additional facilities

Washing machine and tumbledryer available. Evening meals provided on request.
Mountain bikes available.

Facilities

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Dinan
Distance: 5 km

Cycling

Family activities

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Dinard
Distance: 20 km

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR34

About the Owner, Mr John Neill

Year property purchased 2001
Why this location? A beautiful, unspoiled part of North Brittany, with the historic town of Dinan, excellent beaches and Mont St Michel all within easy reach.
Unique benefits of property A very quiet rural location where you can enjoy your holiday whether you want to "get up and go" or just relax in the pleasant garden.

The Owner Recommends

At Dinan

One of France's jewels! This beautifully preserved medieval town has so much to offer. Visit the castle and the river port, the picturesque clock tower, and the churches. There's a large market every Thursday throughout the year and a flea market on Wednesdays during the summer. Dinan provides an excellent choice of restaurants, cafes and creperies at prices to suit all pockets.

Beaches

A huge choice of wonderful sandy beaches awaits you only half an hour away. Our favourites are Lancieux, St. Lunaire and St. Jacut but there are many more.

Boat Trips

Hire a little boat with an outboard motor from Dinan. Or take a trip along the Rance from Dinan to Lehon. For longer trips go to Dinard and book a place on a boat up the Rance back to Dinan. Sea trips to Cap Frehel or the Iles de Chausey are also recommended.

Chateau Montmarin

A lovely chateau with beautiful gardens to wander round. Stunning views across the river.

Dinard

The well-known seaside resort first developed by wealthy British and Americans in the 19th century. The villas they built overlooking the sea are still amazing over 100 years later. Enjoy the magnificent sandy beach, the large covered market and the usual wide selection of eateries to suit all tastes and pockets. Wander round the headland by the yacht club and admire the beautifully-kept public gardens and elegant houses.

Forget your car for a while!

Nice walks and cycle rides direct from the gite (2 mountain bikes available). Play boules in the garden!

Lake Betineuc

Only about 10 minutes drive from the gite, this beautiful lake is ideal for swimming. You can also hire canoes and sailboards, or just walk the 3km round the lake and enjoy the scenery.

Lehon

This little gem of a village is just minutes away. There is a grand abbey and cloisters, a superb heated open air swimming pool and scenic walks in both directions along the old canal.

Lyvet

A lovely river port with many boats to admire and a couple of nice eating places overlooking the river.

Mont St Michel

A must see visit. Only 45 minutes from our gite to the second most visited place in France!

St Malo

This amazing walled town was completely rebuilt after World War II as closely as possible to the original. Now a busy port with lots of interesting shops and even more eating places than Dinan. Don't miss the fine walk around the ramparts!

8 Reviews
9.9/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.8
  • Local Amenities: 9.8
  • Setting: 9.8
  • Value for Money: 10
9.6 / 10 Jane and Jo 10 July, 2016

The property was exactly as described. Beautiful serene rural location. Owners extremely hospitable with many welcoming personal touches. Property was very clean and well maintained. Activities and places to visit (as recommended by the owners) provided a great steer for our stay. Well located for visits to St Malo, Mont St Michel, local beaches and picturesque Breton villages and towns.

10 / 10 Norman Procter 7 October, 2015

We would like to confirm that our holiday at the above gite was excellent. Accommodation and position was first class and the owners were very welcoming and informative. No doubt we will visit again.

9.9 / 10 Mr & Mrs R Whitmore 29 September, 2015

A very pleasent stay with our hosts John & Sandra. A lovley well appointed Gite in the the country. A beautiful area to travel & see France and all it has to offer

10 / 10 Ken and Thelma 31 August, 2015

This was our first venture into a Gite and was a most enjoyable experience. The Gite was equipped exactly as advertised but with lots of extra touches to make us feel at home. John and Sandra were very welcoming and there if we needed anything. We would have no hesitation in returning to this Gite and would be very happy to recommend it to family and friends.