|La Chaumiere||Self Catering||Friday||2||4||1|
Our thatched cottage is located on the Ile de Fedrun, a granite island near St Joachim in the Briere Natural Park.
It is a modernised traditional cottage with a large garden. There is ample parking for two cars.
It is in a rural location. The large enclosed garden goes down to the canal which circles the island beyond which is the open marshland.
Downstairs there is a large kitchen and sitting room. Off this there is a small corridor with a separate bathroom and toilet and the downstairs bedroom.
The large upstairs room is a single double bedroom.
There is a corner kitchen with sink, gas cooker, fridge, microwave and toaster. There is ample crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils for 4 people.
Next to the kitchen is a 4 place dining table with 4 chairs. There is also a highchair.
The sitting room has a large corner sofa, a separate sofa and a coffee-table. There is a colour tv and hi-fi. There is ample seating for 4 people.
The downstairs bedroom has a double bed. Storage for the downstairs bedroom is in the hallway. Note that the downstairs bedroom is separated from the hallway by a curtain.
The upstairs bedroom is large and goes up into the roofspace with wooden clad walls and ceiling. There is a double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and chairs. There is also a travelcot.
There is a bathroom with a bath and shower over.
There is a separate toilet.
The cottage is heated by electric radiators and water is heated electrically.
There is a flat screen television giving French and UK satellite tv and UK radio. There is a dvd/cd player that can play music through the hi-fi or play dvds.
There are a number of cds, dvds and books. There is a wi-fi connection.
The large garden goes down to the canal that surrounds the island, beyond which is the Briere marsh. The garden is enclosed by a fence and a gate on the drive. There are a number of trees and plants in the garden.
Near the house is a gravelled terrace area under a walnut tree. This provides a shady spot to relax, have a meal or a barbecue. There is a large outside table and 4 chairs and a barbecue.
There is ample parking for 2 cars on the drive.
There are narrow stairs to the first floor bedroom which would not be suitable for very young children or anyone who is unsteady on their feet.
Elaine and I bought our thatched cottage in 2004. We fell in love with it when we first saw it and have spent several years both enjoying and improving the property - including having the roof re-thatched.
|Year property purchased||2004|
|Why this location?||We love the area. Our cottage is on the Ile de Fedrun, a granite island within the Briere Natural Park. It is a lovely rural location with lots of birds and neighbouring gardens with vegetable plots, goats, chickens and ducks. The village of St Joachim is 10 minutes away with a small supermarket, bank, pharmacy, Post Office etc. Bigger supermarkets are 20 minutes drive away. The coast with excellent beaches, resorts such as La Baule and pretty fishing villages are 30 minutes away. There is plenty to do in the area and lots of places to visit as well as local markets.
Our cottage is easy to get to. We are 2:30 from the Brittany Ferry at St Malo which is the route we usually take to get there. The airport at Nantes is about 45 minutes away - it is easy to get hire cars there if you wish to fly to France. Alternative airports are Rennes and Dinard.
|Unique benefits of property||Our cottage is comfortably furnished for 2 couples with 2 double beds in separate bedrooms. We have a large garden and a pleasant seating area under a walnut tree so in the summer months it is pleasant to sit outside and have a barbecue or just chill.
It is a lovely tranquil location within easy reach of the coast and intersting French towns such as Nantes, St Nazaire, La Baule, Pornic, Le Croisic, and La Roche Bernard. Slightly further away - but within an hours drive are Vannes and the beautiful Golfe de Morbihan.
The cottage itself has French and British satellite tv and wi-fi.
Our cottage is located in the Briere Natural Park, a maze of marshes and islands. There are a number of villages around the marsh, one worth mentioning is Kerhinet which is maintained as a car-free hamlet of traditional thatched cottages.
We have a Michelin-starred restaurant on our island, about 20 minutes walk from our cottage La Mare aux Oiseaux http://www.mareauxoiseaux.fr/
There are numerous local markets, but particular favourites of ours are La Baule (every day) and Pornic on Sundays. La Baule is very much Paris by the sea, so grabbing a table at a cafe or a bar and watching the world go by is a pleasant way to pass the time.
There are great coastal walks and beaches within 30 to 40 minutes of our cottage. The coastline still has the rocky Brittany feel about it, with lovely sandy beaches. There are also delightful fishing villages/towns such as Penestin, Le Croisic, Pouliguen, Pornichet and Pornic.
La Roche Bernard on the river Vilaine is just to the North of our Cottage. There is the delightful village itself - a great place to grab lunch - then the port by the river full of yachts. You can get pleasure cruises here on the Vilaine or further downstream at Arzal.
The walled town of Guerande is worth a visit. Full of interesting shops and restaurants. The area is famous for the Guerande salt - you can drive through the salt flats between Guerande and the coast and see the salt drying out.
We are just North of the Loire estuary. There are interesting walks and cycle paths to the South of the river, to which you get to over the massive suspension bridge at St Nazaire - the views from the bridge are pretty spectacular.
The port of St Nazaire is worth a visit. You can walk through the German submarine pens and go on a French nuclear submarine. There is also an excellent museum to the Transatlantic liners, many of which were built in the shipyards at St Nazaire.
Nantes is well worth a visit. We would particularly recommend La Cigale for lunch - delightful restaurant and something of an institution. The Chateau at Nantes is worth a visit, and there are a number of museums and gardens. A special mention should go to the Ile de Machine. This is a spectacular display of weird animatronic creations - including a giant mechanical elephant that you can ride round the quayside.
Well-equipped & comfortable gite, allowing you to live inside or outside. Lovely large garden area with great shade under the giant walnut tree. Great spot for cycling, paddling round the marsh, wildlife (especially birds), local markets and the coast.