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Our guests say: "What an absolute gem!", "Photos don't do justice", "So perfect"

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

The Stable near Chateaubriant, Loire Atlantique, France - Nestling In A Hamlet Only 6km From Chateaubriant

Welcome to Hirondelle Farm, the ultimate in French Holiday Homes and Bed & Breakfast Retreat, open all year, including Christmas and New Year! Set in the beautiful Western Loire only 6km from the walled historic town of Chateaubriant, Hirondelle Farm nestles in the hamlet of Le Perray surrounded by peaceful fields of corn-on-the-cob and sunflowers. Hirondelle Farm is owned by Dave and Doreen Joyner, formerly of Bournemouth, UK Dave now runs ‘Splinters’ a complete renovation company. Whilst, Doreen, being an expert on holiday homes and all things French, is a regular guest on Jeremy Vine's Radio 2 programme on the BBC. The Stable was beautifully renovated 14 years ago and has had a wonderful refurbishment for the 2016 season. Including a new bathroom, Flat Screen TV in the Lounge, new flooring upstairs, new beds, mattresses and bedding.

Member since: 2009
Speaks english, french
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Doreen

Hirondelle Farm is owned by Dave and Doreen Joyner, formerly of Bournemouth, UK. We have lived in France since 2001. We opened our first holiday home in 2002 and a second the following year.

Dori has recently published a book "How to let your Holiday Home: As a profitable Business"

Doreen purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Doreen chose Saint-Aubin-des-Châteaux

We believe that honest reviews from our previous guests are our forte. We try to make everything simple and straightforward, from the instant you book the Stable. Whilst you are here, we are always available, but we will always respect your privacy too.

What makes this cottage unique

The Stable is available on a Bed & Breakfast basis from September to June.

Guestbook comments from the owner

‘Your photos on the internet don't do Hirondelle Farm justice. The photos show a lovely cottage, but we arrived to find a beautiful home, lovingly restored by Doreen & Dave. We have had a very comfortable stay, and the children had a wonderful time in the garden and pool. Thank you for all the little touches: nice wine in the fridge, flowers on the table, plus all the books and CDs’

‘Stayed last year in the Stable for 2 weeks - 3 weeks this year and still not long enough. The whole area is beautiful, the local French are lovely!

Doreen and Dave work very hard, nothing is too much trouble, two of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet’ (P.S. We don't get out much!) xxx

‘Thank you for an absolutely fantastic week. The Stable was lovely with surprises hanging at every corner! There was so much to see and do we have had to save some for next time. Thank you again for all your hard work’
Feb 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Saint-Aubin-des-Châteaux, France

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Two bedrooms both 2.85 x 4.5m, one with a double bed and a single bed. One a twin bedded room. Both have dressing tables, built in wardrobes and bedside cabinets and lamps.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Notes on accommodation: There is a short video of The Stable, link details are available from the owner. Outside: The Stable has a large, enclosed, private garden. Paved patio areas with garden furniture, sun loungers and BBQs. An above ground timber surround pool. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen is provided. Crisp cotton sheets and soft fluffy towels. Other: Good sized dining area with a farmhouse table and accommodation for seating for up to 6 people. The Stable has a private garden with timber surround 4 metre pool, patio and BBQ, and parking facilities.


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Our guests say: "What an absolute gem!", "Photos don't do justice", "So perfect"
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews


  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this fantastic, well thought out and beautiful property. Hosts were amazing, Dave and Doreen have the balance just right - friendly, so helpful but thoughtful too - nothing too much trouble. A lovely little hamlet, felt rural but so close to charming Chateaubriant, fantastic town. Booked for next year and can't wait to return! Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 04/06/2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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What an absolute gem

  • 5 of 5

In a fit of pure selfishness I am tempted to lie and say this place is awful. That way I could guarantee that we could have it to ourselves!!

We stayed for the week with very kind weather and totally enjoyed the absolute peace and quiet that this lovely property offers. Doreen and Dave are a great couple who really make you feel very welcome. The local town of Chateaubriant has everything you need and the driving is a breeze with quiet roads and uncluttered streets.

The property itself is really well appointed with comfy beds (that's a first) and a kitchen diner that we felt at home in straight away. Our morning routine was putting the coffee machine on whilst the sun poured through the back door and tucking into croissant and jam. We took our daughters aged 11 and 17 with us and they both really enjoyed themselves. The swimming pool is a real bonus.

We liked it so much we handed Doreen our deposit back for next year.

Soooooo looking forward to it.

  • Review Submitted: 03/09/2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review! It's not often that departing guests hand me a cash deposit for the following year, not that I'm complaining of course. We're glad you had such a good time that you are coming back next year. Looking forward to welcoming you again!
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Lovely Holiday Home!

  • 5 of 5

The Stable is excellent and very well equipped with everything you would need for a pleasant stay. Owners, Dave and Doreen were very helpful and friendly. A quiet position which we found really nice and only a short drive to nearest village and town for good shops and bars etc. Wednesday market is a must, and look out for the Chi Chi Man!! Major cities are close too, with Nantes worth a visit. Also look out for the lakes with crazy golf and the Chateau de Chateaubriant.

  • Review Submitted: 18/08/2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Marc for your lovely review! You and your family were wonderful guests. We can't believe the time those children (and you) spent in the pool, I will recommend wet suits to everyone from now on! Hoping that we can welcome you to Hirondelle Farm again in the future.
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful place, amazing scenery, wonderful hosts, had a lovely time. Great to feel as if at home rather than under another's roof. Would be happy to recommend & be visiting again.

  • Review Submitted: 26/02/2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was so lovely to have you and Alex here on your honeymoon, hopefully we will welcome you again one day!
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Lovely, lovely and....lovely!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful clean and homely gite, fantastic owners who were friendly but not intrusive. Highly recommended! Can't wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: 21/01/2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Cabby for your kind words. Hope to welcome you again soon!
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Wonderful !!!!!

  • 5 of 5

My family have stayed here several times. We have three children, and found this a perfect place to explore France. Dave and Doreen have thought of everything. Relax in the knowledge that you are visiting a clean, tidy family friendly environment, set up by wonderful people. We love it. x

  • Review Submitted: 02/01/2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2012
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you David for your review! We are delighted that our hard work pays off so well. Looking forward to seeing you, Katie and the children in July 2014 :-)
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The nearest ferry port, St Malo is less than two hours from the farm. The airports at Nantes or Rennes are only 45 minutes away.


The village of Saint Aubin des Chateaux, with its picturesque riverside picnic area, is less than a kilometer from the farm. The market town of Chateaubriant is a scenic bicycle ride of about 6km. The lovely towns of Rennes, Angers, Laval, Nantes and St Nazaire are within an hour's drive from the Farm. As are the beaches at La Baule and St Brevin.

Further Details:

La Vieille Ville - the heart of the old city spreads out at the foot of the Brient fortress . Beautiful medieval buildings are a witness of the rich past of this walled city.

Le Chateau - the strength of a medieval fortress and the charm of the Renaissance is combined.

Le Manoir de la Petite Haie - Built in 15th and 16th centuries in blue schist, it represents perfectly the stately architecture of the District of Chateaubriant.

La Tour Saint Clair - A unique castle keep, English stronghold during the Hundred Years' War, repeatedly attacked by Bertrand Duguesclin.

Le Chateau de la Motte-Glain - Rebuilt in the 15th century by Pierre de Rohan. Decorated in sculpted tufa stone.

Abbey Notre Dame de Melleray - open to visitors since 1142.

La Carriere des Fusilles - This area of France was very active in the Resistance and the Liberation of France during World War Two. This is commemorated in the statue dedicated to 27 local hostages who were murdered in a quarry by Nazis on 22nd October 1941.

Le Musee de la Resistance - Permanent exhibition dedicated to the memory of the Chateaubriant hostages.

‘Breaking through morning mist, in a light without parallel, Chateaubriant and its District offers to the visitors panoramas of lakes and forests. Blessed with the largest heathland in Loire-Atlantique, the Land of Blue Stone leads you through its valleys along pleasant rambling paths’ (Chateaubriant Tourist Office).


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Saint-Aubin-des-Châteaux, France

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
9 Jun 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$268.05

Booking Notes:
Rental rates are per week and include all linen, crisp cotton sheets, fluffy hand and bath towels, gas for cooking, and water. Electricity will be charged at the rate of 20 cents per unit. A 25% non-returnable deposit is required at the time of booking, the remainder to be paid 6 weeks prior to arrival. Or, pay in 6 equal monthly installments from time of booking, assuming your arrival is later that 6 months from time of booking.

A £150 cash deposit is payable on arrival to cover any damage.

Changeover Day:
The Stable changeover day is Saturday.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.
Plus we are delighted to be able to offer 20% off Brittany Ferry prices and 10% off DFDS crossings.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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