|The Cowshed at Le Bois Gautier||Self Catering||Flexible||1||2||1||Z bed|
Sat on the edge of a quaint village 6km from Saint Hilaire du Harcouet is our 16th century Longere that has been renovated into three cottages. The Cowshed, the Hayloft and the Workshop.
Our one bedroom cottage "The Cowshed" is part of the original building and has been renovated to create rustic charm.
The second cottage "The Hayloft" is part of the original building and part of the re built part that we pulled down. Beautifully finished with rustic design combining comfort and style. Two split level bedrooms create a quirkiness that works.
The third cottage" The Workshop" has been tastefully modernised to create a three bedroom cottage great for larger families.
We have also created a small launderette on site.
The grounds are constantly maintained to create lovely open spaces to wander at will.Seating all over the grounds enable picnics, a quiet brew!, or just to chill and take in all the peace and tranquility.
For those wishing to engage in a little French culture we have created a Petanque court for boules. There also exists a above ground 9.6m x 4.1m pool. This has a retractable cover which can be left open(fully or partly) or closed to maintain temperature. To the side we have added a decked area for sunbathing or being a part of the pool atmosphere.We live on site so are here to help or leave you be to enjoy your break.
Each kitchen/diner, lounge area is open plan. The kitchens are supplied with electric fan oven and bottled gas hob. Equipped with all normal cooking utensils, microwave, fridge-freezer, kettle,filter coffee machine, cafetiere, crockery, cutlery, pots and pans etc. An external bbq is provided.
The living area has comfortable seating which turns into a double sofa bed, reclining chair, tv/dvd (English and European).
The bedroom is spacious with its own en suite shower over bath.
All linen and towels are provided. Summer and winter duvets an option. The bedroom is spacious and comfortable. Each bed is a king size with high quality matresses to ensure a good night sleep. All curtains are lined. All linen is provided. Tv and dvd is provided in each bedroom. Each bedroom is supplied with hairdryer, luggage rack, wardrobe(with coat hangars) and drawers for clothes.
The bathroom has a luxury rustic feel.
Shower over bath.
Heating is provided via ceramic wall radiators and a logburner to ensure your visit is toasty. Logs are provided and more can be purchased if necessary.
Board games, etc are provided as well as a well stocked dvd collection.
We have a picnic area at the front of the property with panoramic views over the countryside.
At the rear we have a swimming pool with retractable cover (1.2m depth). A spacious decking area aside the pool is provided.
We have also created a Petanque court so you can enjoy some french fun. Croquet and swingball are available.
There is a designated free parking area and cctv covers most of the grounds. Garaging can be arranged on site upon arrival.
Bicycles are available upon request. We have an office/reception on site with information available all the time. With us living on site if we can help arrange anything, we will do.
We have been developing this property with love, care and patience for a few years and finally it's coming to fruition. An ongoing project to continually improve for our guests. We're on site to help in any way.We want your stay to be relaxing, peaceful and stress free!!
|Year property purchased||2004|
|Why this location?||Great location Normandy, Loire and Brittany exploration. No more than two and a half hours from Le Havre, Cherbourg, Caen, St Malo and Dinard for travelling. Close to Saint Hilaire du Harcouet for everything you could wish for. Fougeres, Rennes, Mont St Michel and Granville are all within easy distance to explore.|
|Unique benefits of property||Two cottages all together on the edge of a village. Peaceful location, though centrally located to go off exploring. Swimming pool, boules court, launderette and grounds all on site.|
A monastery with years of history. The island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times and since the 8th century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name. The structural composition of the town exemplifies the feudal society that constructed it: on top, God, the abbey and monastery; below, the great halls; then stores and housing; and at the bottom, outside the walls, houses for fishermen and farmers.
There has been a castle in Fougères for more than 1,000 years as this site, on a promontory sheltered by hills and surrounded by marshes, was identified by the Duchy of Brittany as the perfect spot to defend its lands from the French. The current castle dates from the 12th century and consists of three enclosures whose walls are dotted with towers: the most impressive is the Mélusine Tower. The castle, where history is brought to life via images and sounds, is a must-visit for both adults and kids alike and a walk around the ramparts is not to be missed.
Young, contemporary, dynamic… That’s Rennes. Brittany’s capital is well known for its vibrant student life and its rich historical heritage. Take a look for yourself: the medieval streets, the Parlement de Bretagne building, the great Parc du Thabor… And what about the Marché des Lices? It’s one of the most colourful fresh produce markets in France. Why not come for a break in this city of trendy boutiques and lively bars that’s not too big to get around easily on foot or by metro.One of Brittany’s finest buildings can be found east of the old town – the Palais du Parlement de Bretagne. The parliament building, which was designed by the architect of the Palais du Luxembourg in Paris, was constructed from 1618-55 to house the Breton parliament following the region’s reunification with France. These days the palace houses the Court of Appeal; there are often temporary exhibitions and concerts in the lobby. Take a guided tour in English in July or August to see the wonderful restoration work that was carried out after a devastating fire in 1994.To the east of the old town are the Thabor Gardens, which were created in the 1860s on the site of the orchard of St Mélaine abbey. The public gardens are laid out over 24 acres and include a French garden, an English garden, lawns, an aviary, a children’s area and a noted botanical garden, which has around 3,000 species of plant. The gardens regularly host outdoor events in summer.One of Brittany’s finest buildings can be found east of the old town – the Palais du Parlement de Bretagne. The parliament building, which was designed by the architect of the Palais du Luxembourg in Paris, was constructed from 1618-55 to house the Breton parliament following the region’s reunification with France. These days the palace houses the Court of Appeal; there are often temporary exhibitions and concerts in the lobby.
The Mortain region is a fantastic hiking and climbing area, but also a land marked by the legend of King Arthur, inhabited by fairies, elves, and other magical creatures.…!With over 400km of way-marked path, including part of the GR22, Mortain is a walker’s paradise ! Explore the green ways, mountain bike trails and do not miss the « Telegraph way » in Ger.The many rocks in the region – “Rocher de l'Aiguille”, “Rocher de la Vierge” “Rocher du Grand-Noé”, and “Rocher du Dolmen” offer exceptional spots for climbing enthusiasts.The biggest waterfall in the West! The Grand Cascade of Mortain is over 20 meters high. A little further along the pathway is the 'Petite Cascade': situated in a deep gorge hollowed by the 'Cancon' (a tributary of the river 'Cance') it is made of several small waterfalls.
The biggest waterfall in the West! The Grand Cascade of Mortain is over 20 meters high. A little further along the pathway is the 'Petite Cascade': situated in a deep gorge hollowed by the 'Cancon' (a tributary of the river 'Cance') it is made of several small waterfalls.The Mortain region is also a land of legends, once crossed by King Arthur, and inhabited by fairies, elves and the spirits of the forest! Local folklore has it that the Rocher du Dolmen was placed there by a giant, and that the Rocher de l’aiguille owes it shape to extraordinarily beautiful fairies who met the unfortunate warrior Léonix...
It’s time to meet the inhabitants of the invisible realm...
Developed in the image of Normandy: natural and welcoming! Young and old lovers of nature, relaxation or sport, with family or friends, enjoying the beautiful scenery offered by these magical places in the valley of Sélune. Angel Michel, fun site in the English Channel, landscaped from an amphitheatre of nature. More than 30 attractions for the whole family.
St Malo is named after the Welsh monk Mac Low, became in the sixth century bishop of Alet, ancient cradle of the modern city, founded in the mid-twelfth century, on a rocky island neighbour.
From the thirteenth century, inhabitants of Saint-Malo captured enemies’ ships.
In 1308, they had a sworn town, and then, from 1395 to 1415, they give the King of France, Charles VI, who granted them with portuary franchises. In the late fifteenth century, Anne de Bretagne, by his successive marriages with Charles VIII and Louis XII, annexed the Duchy of Brittany to the Kingdom of France.
uring the strong tidal coefficients, the Tourist Office of Saint-Malo organizes exploring walks of the coast - led by a guide. This is an opportunity to learn about the flora and fauna that can only be seen at low tides but also, to learn more about the tide itself.
From the Tourist Office, the ride takes place between the Fort National, and Grand Bé Islet....
Let yourself breathe the spindrift air of St Malo! Find all the dates in our rubric "biggest tides"
Embark on a boat to get a different feeling!
Discovering Saint-Malo, St Servan, Dinard from the sea, will give you a little Corsair adventure! You might feel the strength of the ramparts and its fortresses.
Admire the natural beauty of the rocks and beaches ...
The Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial in France covers 28 acres of rolling farm country near the eastern edge of Brittany and contains the remains of 4,409 of our war dead, most of whom lost their lives in the Normandy and Brittany Campaigns of 1944. Along the retaining wall of the memorial terrace are inscribed the names of 499 of the missing. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified.
The gray granite memorial, containing the chapel as well as two large operations maps with narratives and flags of our military services, overlooks the burial area. Stained glass and sculpture embellish the structure. The cemetery is located on the site of the temporary American St. James Cemetery, established on August 4, 1944 by the U.S. Third Army. It marks the point where the American forces made their breakthrough from the hedgerow country of Normandy into the plains of Brittany during the offensive around Avranches, France.
Dedicated: 1956 Location France Burials: 4,409 Missing in Action: 500 Acres: 28.00
The forest extends over 1500 hectares. The beech represents 3/4 of the massif and allowed, from the Middle Ages, the installation of clog makers' numerous huts. The forest of Fougères also acted as gigantic hiding place in the great moments of the Revolt of the Chouans. So, in the entrance of Landéan, in border of forest, we can discover the cross of Recouvrance which marks the place of the first meeting of the insurgents.The stones crossed more than 5000 years to testify of the presence of the men.
In the middle of trees appears an exceptional alignment: the Cordon of the Druids which, constituted by 50 menhirs of quartz, stretches on a row of 300 meters.
Horseriding, Mountain biking, Running Walking, Dog Walking, Chilling on the man made beach.....all available
What a great place to spend Xmas or any other time
We arrived late on Friday evening, and were welcomed by Jayne
We were shown to the “cowshed “ where the logburner was lit and the TV was set up for English channels
The welcome pack would have fed a small army , and the Xmas decorations made the place like home.
Throughout our stay, nothing was too much trouble and very much dog friendly.
We booked this at short notice, to get away for Xmas , so we didn’t know what to expect .
Everything was above and beyond what we expected and will definitely be back
Thank you Dominic and Jayne
Richard, Nikki and George
we had a superb time our hosts were fantastic will definately stay with them again we have decided to come back next spring and bring some freinds with us so I cant speak highly enough about the care and attention to detail we were more than satisfied it exeeded our intentions
Thank you very much Michael and Yvonne, we both very much look forward to your return visit. It was a real pleasure to have you stay with us.
For couples wanting to be in the peaceful countryside with fabulous onsite owners, this will take some beating.
The advert accurately describes the homely property.
The owners are very happy to help in any way, from places to visit to anything you need in the property.
The lovely local town, some 15 minutes drive, has all facilities for shopping and dining.
We have just returned from a fantastic two weeks in the one bedroom gite (The Cowshed) and cannot rate this place highly enough. We felt like we'd taken a risk, as it was short on reviews as it had only recently been launched, but decided to give it a go. We were also shown around other gites on site during our stay; all superb.
Local area is quiet, beautiful, peaceful, yet accessible; not far from coast and nearby town of Saint Hilaire Du Harcouet, which is lovely with great restaurants and brilliant market.
The gite was clean, beautifully and sympathetically renovated and decorated to a high standard with individual touches that made it feel like home. The bed was superb and as I have a chronic back condition this was much appreciated.
Swimming pool & gardens beautiful and extremely well maintained.
Best "welcome pack" we've ever had (and we've done this for years); bread, wine, a few very nice items in fridge and bathroom made our settling in a treat. Really appreciated bedding and towels being provided - all great quality.
Perhaps the best part of our stay were our hosts who have that rare and wonderful gift of being "there but not there"; Jayne and Dominic were incredibly welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. Anything we needed or needed help with, was just produced almost instantly. Simultaneously, they had enormous respect for our privacy which is a fine art. We left feeling as if we had made new friends. Without doubt, we will be back.