|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Les Chenes is perfect for large groups. Through the front door to an open plan main room with kitchen area (electric oven, range oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, kettle, coffee machine, toaster) and a dining area with a huge wood burner in the fireplace. In the Salon sofas are arranged round the wood burner. Double doors throughout lead into the garden. Upstairs are two single rooms and a double room, all sharing a family bathroom (bath, shower, loo, sink). A further step up takes you into the enormous master bedroom (with ensuite bathroom) with double bed, mezzanine, and a balcony overlooking the gardens with views to the orchard and fields. Up from the landing is the Attic Bedroom, great for children or teenagers. With three single beds and bathroom (bath, shower, sink and loo) there is plenty of room. Garden of lawns and borders with loungers, tables, swings, play den and two huge oak trees. Central heating system. Please email owner for lots more photographs!
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La Gromillais is a small hamlet (us and one neighbour!) ideally situated between the coast and Dinan. Once a working farmhouse and outbuildings, the gites, Les
Chenes, Le Pommier and Le Noisetier, are set around a gravel courtyard. Each gite is newly renovated, and we've kept the character while adding a little luxury. The garden has swings and a play area, with access to a huge cider apple orchard beyond, providing plenty of space. Each of the smaller gites has an open plan ground floor while Les Chenes has two large reception rooms downstairs. Freeview t.v. in all gites. Free Wifi available. All properties are non-smoking.
We are Nic and Lizzie Mehta and our children are rugby-mad Harry (13) and anything arty Lucy (9). We came to La Gromillais after 7 years in Hong Kong, looking for space, beauty and tranquility in an interesting place where our children could become fluent in French and have a gentle childhood. A primary school teacher in London many moons ago, Lizzie has taught English to three year groups at her childrens' school while Nic commuted from the UK at the weekends. We love walking our two dogs in the countryside and on the beaches, exploring local towns and improving our French! Although La Gromillais is no longer our permanent residence, we return as often as we can, and we hope guests who come will enjoy the gites and discover this gem of an area. It really is a fabulous place for a holiday.
Lizzie Mehta purchased this farmhouse in 2007
Being a Dorset girl I have always yearned to be 'far from the madding crowd'. Promoting itself as 'La campagne à deux pas de la mer', this area is in the heart of the Brittany countryside but 'two steps' from the sea. The towns of Dinan, St. Malo and Dinard, each having its own distinctive style and atmosphere, are close by. Getting to the area is easy by ferry, train or plane.
Having looked at over 30 properties, we chose La Gromillais (the 1st one we had seen!) for its location and also for having such a welcoming south-facing courtyard around which the buildings are arranged.
There are three gites at La Gromillais. Grouped around the courtyard as they are, guests often mingle with children playing together. It's a great place for a large family or a group of friends who want to be on holiday with each other but don't necessarily want to be in the same house all together. It is also easy to be private and secluded, with both the gardens and the courtyard to chose from in which to relax.
We enjoyed our stay and found the helpful tips for restaurants and places to visit very useful when deciding where to go. This reflected the helpfulness offered by the owner from the moment we booked as she was very attentive throughout.
The property is charming and reflective of the description and we liked the fresh colour scheme. The location is very quiet and rural and the property may have benefitted from some bikes so that we didn't always have to get in the car to visit the bakery as this was too far to walk. Dinan, locations along the river Rance and the lovely beaches however are all easy to get to in the car.
June is a lovely quiet time to visit although some of the recommended restaurants were not open early in the week there was still plenty to do including visiting local markets.
We would recommend visiting the area and look forward to returning soon.
You will be spoilt for choice of beach here. It is only 15 minutes driving to the nearest one but the coastline offers a variety of sea and river beaches with clean, golden sand and endless rockpools, more and more uncovered as the tide goes out. The town and village beaches offer nearby facilities (restaurants, activities, life guarded areas, loos etc.) while others are wilder and more adventurous! There is plenty of free parking and most beaches are seldom crowded even mid-August.
We are in a rural location so a car is essential. Ferry crossings from Plymouth, Poole, Weymouth, Portsmouth (we can offer discounts on some ferry crossings). By car, St. Malo is only 30 minutes away, Caen is 2 hrs away, Cherbourg and Roscoff are 2 1/2 hrs away. Good road links and little traffic make driving easy. Dinard airport is 20 minutes away (car hire available).
Languenan - 2.4 kms, Corseul - 5 kms. Dinan - 7kms, St. Malo - 20 kms. Rennes - 60 kms. Mont St. Michel and Cancale are only 45 minutes away.
Dinan is 5kms away with supermarkets, banks, petrol station etc. There is a market every Thursday. Walk along the massive medieval ramparts, explore the old town with it's mix of traditional and modern shops and restaurants. The vertiginous medieval Rue Jerzuel, lined with beautiful buildings, connects the town to the river port where an ancient bridge crosses the river. There are walks along the river in both directions. To the south, Lehon boasts the ruins of a medieval crusader castle, and a stunning abbey next to an outdoor heated public swimming pool. Browse the shops in Dinard, distinctly chic in atmosphere, or buy a picnic at the thrice-weekly market to enjoy on the beach a stone's throw away. Enjoy the views of smart villas on a walk around the undercliff. On the other bank of the Rance is the famous walled city of St. Malo. Its rich citizens built great mansions on the riverbanks upstream (Chateau Montmarin is one to be visited). Along the Rance, several pretty villages are worthy of a visit, many with restaurants next to sandy river beaches. One has a tame seal!
Along the coast is the magnificent Mont St. Michel, Cancale, the sweep of the beach at St. Cast or the more intimate beaches of the St. Jacut peninsular and Lancieux. When you want a change from the beach, visit ruined castles, canal walks, a stud farm, cider museum or take a guided kayak tour. Rennes, Combourg and Fougeres are in easy reach, as are many inspirational gardens and chateaus. Cycling in Brittany is a breeze thanks to the region's network of green ways, with four major green way cycle routes that interlink to form a network.
Several local depot-ventes (half way between junk shop and antique shop) are there for hunting down that authentic french souvenir.