|The French Granary||Self Catering||Saturday||5||10||3|
Nestled on the edge of a quiet hamlet of Erbray, in the French countryside, this beautifully converted stone built milking parlour is now providing comfortable holiday accommodation for up to 10 guests. The gite is not isolated and within walking distance of local shops and bars and is only 10 minutes from the historic market town of Chateaubriant, in the garden of the Loire-Atlantique, southern Brittany.
The property boasts 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, country kitchen, separate dining room and a very spacious lounge. The landscaped gardens with (UNFENCED) Koi carp pond, illuminated bbq dining pagoda and children's sports/play area leads to your very own private indoor heated swimming pool complex. Featuring not only a large indoor heated swimming pool but also a jacuzzi and sauna, all for your personal and private use. The pool complex is NOT used by any other guests or indeed us, the owners during opening time.
Open all year round the gite is perfectly situated for exploring the Loire-Atlantique, southern Brittany, the wine trail of Saumur, the Loire-Valley and the Atlantic coast.
The gite features a country kitchen fitted with all modern facilities which include a Miele washing machine, Bosch dishwasher, large fridge-freezer, hob & oven, microwave, coffee-machines and a Dualit toaster. .
A large lounge/living room comfortably seating up to 10 guests. A woodburner, Bose hi-fi and large screen Panasonic tv with separate dvd and Blu-ray player. Both English and French tv channels available via a Sky digibox.
A comprehensive dvd and Blu-ray library with over 600 titles available to rent. Three titles for just 5 euros or you are of course welcome to bring your own.
Wi-fi - there is internet and wi-fi available free of charge throughout the property.
The gite has 5 bedrooms. Four bedrooms upstairs and 1 downstairs adjacent to the bathroom, making it ideal for guests unable to climb stairs or with walking difficulties.
Upstairs off the hall/landing are 4 bedrooms. A large master en suite bedroom with a king size bed and one single bed. The second bedroom has a double bed with vanity unit and sink. The third is a children's bedroom and has a triple bunk bed, double bed below and single above. The lower bunk can be used by adults if necessary. The fourth upstairs bedroom is a cosy one bed single.
There is 1 babies cot available which we supply foc. Please advise before arrival which room you would like it placed.
The property has 3 bathrooms. Downstairs adjacent to the bedroom and dining room 1 bathroom with wc, bath, sink and shower attachment. Upstairs off the landing is a large bathroom with wc, good size shower, twin sink vanity unit and shaving point. The master bedroom has an en suite shower room with wc, sink and shaving point.
The gite benefits from oil-filled central heating with thermostatically controlled radiators in every room. There is also a wood
burning stove in the lounge. We provide your first basket of logs free of charge. Additional baskets available on demand at just 8 euros each. Please note that these stone houses can take up to 24 hours to heat. If arriving during the colder spells please let us know whether you wish us to prepare the property so that it is warm upon your arrival.
An excellent selection of audio-visual entertainment is provided throughout the property. Large Panasonic tv, dvd & Blu-ray player, English and French tv via a Sky digibox for all UK Freesat channels. Dvd film rental library with over 600 titles to rent at just 5 euros for 3 films (or bring your own). A Bose hi-fi system and various Ipod players and chargers throughout the gite.
An excellent adult and children's book library and boardgames appealing to all age groups are provided free of charge.
There is a football table and a variety of other table games available for your use.
Plenty for everyone to enjoy when the weather is not playing ball!
The gite has a private landscaped garden with a separate sports/games area and covered dining pagoda with a brick built bbq. A featured Koi carp pond filled with fish and frogs! Parents of small children please note that this pond is UNFENCED. The sports/play area has both a badminton and basketball net and is separate to the main garden where you will discover a full size table tennis table and children's swings.
There is ample garden furniture which includes sunloungers, seating areas and even a giant hammock to absorb those "rays".
The main garden is adjacent the poolroom and provides and excellent wooden decked relaxing and sun lounging area.
There is ample private off road parking within the grounds adjacent to the gite.
The property sits within a gravel drive making wheelchair accessibility difficult. The gite internally is built on various levels which may prove to be difficult to negotiate by persons with walking difficulties.
My wife Ann and I moved to France in 2004 to enjoy our retirement in a part of France not yet spoiled by tourism.
|Year property purchased||2004|
|Why this location?||We chose this semi-rural property in this region of France because of its proximity to not only the cultural cities of Nantes, Rennes and Angers but also that within a sixty minute drive one can enjoy the delights of the coastal town of La Baule, described by many as the "St.Tropez" of Brittany.|
|Unique benefits of property||The unique benefit of this property is its semi-rural location. Perched within easy walking distance of Erbray Village. The village boasts two bars, a restaurant, a small supermarket, pharmacy, hairdressers and most importantly a boulangerie, all just a few minutes walk from the gite.
The property itself consists of our own farmhouse, a separate five bedroom holiday gite and a free standing covered indoor swimming pool complex consisting of a large heated swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna. All within private grounds.
There is an English tour of the Chateau each Wednesday at 2pm from July through to September.
Enjoy the weekly farmers market each and every Wednesday from early in the morning till lunchtime. Speciality locally produced produce. Great for fresh seafood, fruit & vegetables, cheese, meat and even locally produced cider and honey.
A newly opened water park just 10 minutes by car. Great fun for all the family just a stones throw away.
A twenty minute drive to the largest inland water lake in the Loire-Atlantique. Great for water sports. Why not rent a boat, canoe or even a windsurfer? Learn to sail or just relax and enjoy the man made sandy beach. There is also a super little creperie nearby to round off the day.
A little over an hour by car is the popular "chic" seaside town of La Baule. It boasts the longest sandy beach in Europe at 8km long.
Erbray village is within walking distance of the gite. Take a stroll down to the village passing by the "free to use" sports ground with tennis courts, football pitches, basketball court and even a skateboard park, perfect for the young and the "young at heart".
The village itself has a couple of bars, a small supermarket, hairdressers, pharmacy and a newly opened bakery, perfect for those all important fresh breakfast croissant!
Enjoy an after lunch walk around the lake, maybe take a picnic or even some fishing rods - the trout and carp are waiting.
All these facilities are just five minute walk so leave the car behind and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this lovely little country village.
Erbray is only 5 minutes drive to the market town of Chateaubriant and about 45 minutes drive to the major cities of Nantes, Rennes and Angers. Whether you wish to visit the great Chateaux in Nantes or Angers, or simply wish to explore these beautiful cities and discover the restaurants, shops or farmers markets, a day out to each of these cities is an absolute must!
Whilst in Nantes do make sure to visit "Les Machines De L'Lile". A ride on both the 12 metre high elephant and the "Jules Verne" giant carousel is a must.
Voted the number one theme park in the world "Puy Du Fou" is unlike anything you may have come across. As big as Disneyland, EuroDisney and Epcot this is a day out with a difference. Although it takes about an hour and a half to get there, it is worth the early start just to see and experience for yourself the great Ben Hur chariot race whilst being seated in a 3000 seater specially built Ampitheatre! A fantastic day out for all the family - check out their website for further details and the ability to book online at www.puydufou.com
We cannot recommend this day out enough. Many of our guests have been and always return saying that their visit to Puy Du Fou was the highlight of their holiday.