Newly converted barn in St Maden, near Dinan, Cotes D'Armor, Brittany - Calm and peaceful with private garden and exclusive access to private woodland.
- english, french
About Gabrielle Anderson
We met in Brighton and moved to Brittany, buying our house in 2006. We’ve made great efforts to learn French and integrate into our local community, making good friends along the way. Ex-townies, we’ve had lots to learn as we establish our permaculture smallholding growing herbs, vegetables, fruit and nuts, variously accompanied by chickens, ducks, rabbits, sheep, pigs during the summer and, more recently, bees. In the winter months, we work in our 11 acres of woodland. We enjoy running the holiday cottage and have recently finished converting the barn into another comfortable gite for two which is separate from the cottage and will have its own private garden. We're always happy to stop work and chat; that said, we'll leave you to enjoy the privacy of your own gite and garden.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Children not allowed
To complete your booking, please download the rental agreement, and supply the details required.
If your are booking less than 7 days or more than 6 months before the check-in date, please contact the owners first.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Good directions. Rural and quiet in a little hamlet. Plenty of space. Clean. Comfortable. Attractive interior - wooden floors and surfaces, exposed beams. Well-equipped.Many places within an hours drive: St Malo, Cancale, Dinan, Rennes; and Mont St Michel a little further. Hosts friendly and helpful.
we has a comfortable, relaxing stay
The property is tucked away just outside the village in its own little hamlet.We had no problem finding it thanks to very clear directions We had everything we needed including fresh produce. Yummy sausages. Our hosts were very relaxed and helpful. We became quite interested in permaculture whilst there. Hmmmm.
Early Mornings and late afternoons especially lovely with a glass of wine after sightseeing. Somewhere to come back to. Celia and Rob
Lovely quiet spot in the country.
Gabrielle and Stuart could not have been more helpful. Tha barn apartment was great for 2 people. They have ducks and chicken so lovely fresh eggs. Nice spots to sit in, even their own woods. Easy base to go to St Malo etc. A very special place to stay.
Beautiful, peaceful and welcoming place
Beautiful place to stay with lots of interest in garden, woods and surroundings. Hosts very helpful and welcoming. Home-produced products are excellent. Accommodation is attractive, well-thought out with very comfortable bed.
We hope to return next time for longer.
comfortable , clean, inviting a pleasure to stay
Stuart is very welcoming and helpful , the gite is very clean,tidy and homely we really enjoyed the experience
wet week in brittany
Stuart and Gabrielle were very good hosts and made us feel welcome from the start.The setting of the gite was unusual as it is in the middle of old houses and barns but still has a particular charm of its own.The gite itself was modern and comfortable but lacks a view but the grounds are pretty and very interesting.Our stay was most relaxing and far too short.I would recommend it especially if you are interested in ecological matters as the hosts are full of tips and information and run some practical hands on courses.The weather does its own thing no matter where you are.
Special interest holidays:
We offer several practical short courses. One of our most popular courses is sausage making, where you make and keep a kilo of delicious sausages from our own home produced pork. You can stick to one of our original recipes or you can add some flavourings of your own. Soap-making also goes down very well with guests, where you can make and keep 8 bars of cold processed soap scented with an essential oil and flower petals from the garden. All courses come with their own fact-sheet and course notes for you to take away. Please see our website (click on "Short Courses") for the full list of courses available, prices and full details.
35 minutes driving will get you to the beautiful Emerald Coast, with its craggy granite bordering sandy coves and blue sea.
By car and ferry: 50 mins from St Malo, 2 hours from Le Havre or Cherbourg, 4 hrs from Dieppe, 5 1/2 hrs from Calais, 5 hrs from Boulogne. Ryanair flies into Dinard and FlyBe into Rennes (both 40 mins drive away and both with facilities to hire a car.) Eurostar to Lille or Paris, then change for Rennes on the fast TGV service, then hire a car at Rennes railway Station.
The medieval town of Dinan with its large, open market on Thursdays is 15 minutes away by car. The beautiful Emerald coast is a 35 min drive and it’s a 40 mins drive to Rennes, the capital of Brittany. The small town of Caulnes is 10 minutes away, with a choice of supermarkets, post office, pharmacy and a small market on a Tuesday. Our local village is a short walk or a cycle where there’s a small bar, grocery and you can order bread and croissants.
Markets: In order of size our local markets are: Tuesday in Caulnes, Wednesday in Broons, Thursday in Dinan and Saturday in Rennes.