|Les Trois Cheminees||Self Catering||1||2||1|
Les Trois Cheminees is a pink-washed longere in a small hamlet of 6 houses. It is set back from a quiet, country lane , where a passing car is rare and stands in 1.5 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds. The gite is at the end of the house with a separate entrance and its own terrace overlooking the gardens There is plenty of parking. La Bagrie, the hamlet, is only 11 km from the medieval town of Dinan and a pleasant 35 minute drive to St.Malo and the elegant resort of DInard, plus many other interesting places nearby- the oyster & mussel kingdom of Cancale; the gardens of Chateau Montmarin; the bucolic River Rance and a hinterland of charming small villages and many footpaths.
A new, well equipped kitchen including refrigerator with ice box, halogen hob, microwave, small oven/grill, toaster, kettle, coffee-maker and quality crockery and cutlery. A generous welcome pack including cooking essentials is provided.
There is a dining table and chairs in front of one of the frenchdoors leading on to the terrace, with another dining table and chairs outside.
There is a large sitting area with very comfortable settee and armchair in front of the huge, Breton fireplace (non-working). A large rug on the tiled floor, table lamps, coffee tables and pictures add to the atmosphere. A flat-screen tv with Freesat; dvd player, radio, books and some cds/dvds are also provided. There is also a folder of places to visit and walks.
An airy room with window overlooking part of the gardens. It has 2 original, low, oak beams and a high ceiling plus a king size bed, wooden floor and rugs. Free linen and towels provided but bring your own beach towels!
An en suite to the bedroom has shower, wc, washbasin, some toiletries and dressing gowns.
Central heating is available out of season; there are also electric heaters if needed on a cool summer day.
Flat screen tv with Freesat, dvd player, radio, boardgames and books.
The garden has been much admired by guests in the past, we have created borders full of flowers and there is a goldfish pond and potager. We also have a small cider orchard and several seats dotted around areas to appreciate the views of the plantings. There is a barbecue provided for anyone who fancies an al fresco meal!
Plenty of secure parking behind gates and if requested in front of the gite itself. A car passing is an event to note!
There is no disabled access available, as there are stairs to the bedroom. The site is not suitable for children, as there is the pond, stream and partially unfenced grounds.
As we are ex-hoteliers/restaurateurs, we would be happy to provide dinner in the evening if booked beforehand. Also, for a special occasion, this could be taken in the atmospheric dining-room in the main house.
There is a separate laundry building which can be used by visitors, a washing machine and tumbledryer are available, as is a chest freezer to share with the owners.
We are semi-retired from banking and owning/running a small hotel---so we feel we are well-versed in looking after people!! We love food/wine/walking/reading and this is an ideal area to do all of these. We know the area well, as we like exploring odd country lanes etc.
|Year property purchased||2006|
|Why this location?||Pembs. is tranquil and so is our 6-house hamlet... but so close to interesting, characterful towns and seaside, so we have the best of two worlds.|
|Unique benefits of property||We have nearly 2 acres of garden/grounds, on which we have lavished much care/thought and euros! If a car passes on the lane at the top of our drive, we look up! The dawn chorus is amazing, should one be awake. The rooms are large and airy but not too dark, as in some longeres. We are happy to provide a well-cooked, imaginative dinner if required.|
About 30 minutes away, courtyard entrance and then large gardens with a vista to the Rance river plus plant shop.
As well as small boat/canoe hire in the port of Dinan, there is an excellent cruise starting in Dinard, then sailing through a lock or two of the river Rance, stopping for a 2 hour break (lunch, naturally!) in Dinan and returning to Dinard. Very worthwhile and one can then eat in Dinard itself.
An amazingly well-preserved mediaeval town with ramparts and many cobbled streets and ancient houses. It's a pleasure to wander around, looking at shops with individuality; enjoying a glass of wine or a coffee in/ outside the various small restaurants and cafes; taking photographs of the half-timbered houses and -not to be missed but with flat shoes!!- walking down the Rue du Jerzual to the small port on the river Rance, again lined with cafes and with a lovely riverside pathway in either direction. There are 5 chocolate shops; 2 tea-rooms and a bustling weekly market on Thursdays. Two interesting old churches and super flower displays complete a town which is a treat to be only 15 minutes drive away.
Only 35 minutes drive away and a different feel to the rural neighbourhood of our gite. Much loved by Parisians, who own many of the 200+ listed villas and founded originally by the Americans & British in the mid-1800's, Dinard has a several-kilometre long seaside promenade and is noted for its floral borders along various parts of it. Its signature and well-known beach has blue/white striped tents during July/ August, when the promenade and other cafes are bustling with holidaymakers. There are several other beaches within easy walking distance; a park with a small collection of animals; a British Film Festival (no, really) each October; a statue of Hitchcock; an English church and adjoining free library and lots of lovely streets with such interesting mansions/ houses with amazing roofs , tiles etc. Though we live in the area, a trip to Dinard is always a real pleasure and to sit at a promenade café overlooking the many small islands, drinking wine and eating moules/frites or a galette is one of the most enjoyable days out we can have.
Badly-bombed during WWII but rebuilt with much care in exactly the same style, St. Malo is more than just a port. Up some steps and onto the encircling ramparts: then one can walk right around the town, with superb vistas out to sea and islands without descending into the narrow streets below, closed to most traffic ("Intra Muros" as it's called). But why miss wandering around, window-shopping or sitting outside and having a coffee/ wine? There is a small museum; a "fort" to walk out to and rocks to scramble over or sit on and meditate. During the season, one can park outside the town and take a "shuttle" to the walls. Nearby are more beaches and -not to be missed- the amazing cliff-carvings at Rotheneuf, a work of a lifetime by a hermit in the mid 1800's. Incredible! The small "port" of St.Servan is also within a longish walking distance and further along the coast is Cancale, that mecca of oysters/mussels and many cafes, well known in Paris. This is without mention of World Heritage Mont St. Michel, further along the coast again, a sort of mirror image of St.Michael's Mount in Cornwall but COMPLETELY different in its stunning buildings and alleyways.
At Medreac, pretty village about 25 minute drive away. Utilising disused railway line through charming countryside, this is even for non-cyclists, as the cycles are fixed. Cheap and enjoyable 2 hours.
EVERYTHING WAS AS EXPECTED WITH ENGLISH OWNERS
FREEVIEW TV AND EXCELLENT WIFI SIGNAL
GREAT AREA FOR CYCLING FOR OLD CODGER LIKE ME (NO HILLS)
TIP RENT GITES WITH ENGLISH OWNERS
FRENCH OWNED GITES TEND TO BE VERY 'RUSTIQUE'
We stayed here with our daughter for several nights - The setting is idyllic, rural and quiet, but with easy access to such destinations as Dinan (10 minutes drive) and Dinard / St Malo (25 minute drive). It's a great place for a 'base'. We visited Fougeres one day and spent the rest of the days on the beach and in the historic Dinan.
The Gite annex has been newly fitted and has decent fridge and cooking facilities, plus good cooking utensils & all important coffee machine!. The doors open up to the vast garden that the owners spend hours looking after - making it a tranquil spot for relaxation or a place for the kids to explore. The old beamed bedroom upstairs is tastefully decorated with unique and wonderful furnishings, along with en-suite facilities.
There is a lounge area with a grand fireplace and access to the internet and some English TV channels (if travelling form the UK!).
We'd recommend this place for a romantic / tranquil break or as a place for a small family trip. It's quiet, but the proximity to the towns mentioned above make it ideal.