Branching Outwards


Various possibilities exist for staying in this exceptional setting:

View of the front of the house.

House front.

Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast is available for 1 – 4 people. For a couple or a single person, a double bedroom with en suite facilities is used. If there are more than two in the party, then a twin room is also available and would share the bathroom. Only one party (be it 1 or 4 people) will be accommodated at any one time.

Residential English Language courses

Residential English Language courses use the same two bedrooms. If it is a group course, carefully chosen local English-speaking households will be used to provide extra accommodation and some meals.

Residential courses may be intense immersion for work purposes, etc or may be just be a family weekend with English Bed and Breakfast and the possibilty of English lessions for all ages (from the very young to the much older). Or make up a group of friends to have an English Reading weekend or . . . I'm happy to discuss any ideas.

I love to coach in English and have been able to help people progress at many levels. This can be very intensive or a much more relaxed small part of a stay.

Retreat/Rest/Stand Back

Accommodation available for those wanting to step back from everyday life to take time to rest, relax, review, make decisions, plan... With the option of coaching sessions if required

The whole property may occasionally be available to rent as a self-catering holiday home or for a home exchange.

Property details

A lovely three bedroomed stone house in an idyllic tranquil setting. The large flat securely fenced grassed garden has mature trees, a “cabane” for children and lots of garden furniture (including gas BBQ) to encourage reading, dreaming and eating outside.

Photograph of the animals.

Feeding Time

A gate leads to two fields bounded by a stream to the north, where a variety of friendly animals live – a little goat, a small flock of Ouessant sheep, and three Sardinian donkeys.

Photograph of the Swimming Pool.

Swimming Pool.

A second garden gate leads to an area with swimming pool (11.5 x 4.10 & 1.5 m deep), and a pond (fun for pond dipping and watching herons, waterhens, ducks and ragondins) amongst mature trees and bushes.

Beyond is the stream and a narrow plank bridge leads to the local “marais”. This always has a couple of ponds, but floods extensively in winter so that it's like living next to a lake. A very quiet area with wonderful wildlife, grazed by cows in summer. Homes backing onto the marais have grazing rights to this common land (a status which has been fought over for hundreds of years). Remnants of an ancient pathway lead towards Pontorson and its Wednesday morning market. An ancient menhir is on the boundary of Brittany and Normandy and legend has it that when this stone falls the end of the world is nigh!

Photograph of view from bedroom window.

View from double bedroom.

The House

The house is a comfortable conversion (central heating, double glazing, numerous windows) of an old farmhouse, but retains many old features. The ground floor has a large granite fireplace in the big open living area. A dining area is separated from the rest by bookshelves housing much of the extensive book collection which offers something for most ages and tastes.

Through an arch is the modern well-equipped kitchen and under the stairs is a cloakroom with toilet and washbasin.

Upstairs, there are two double bedrooms and a twin bedroom. One double bedroom can be en suite or share its bathroom with the twin room. The second double room has its own toilet, washbasin and large shower cubicle.

The Local Area - A Few of my Favourite Things…

I’ve lived in and loved this area for over 14 years and can help visitors to make the most of their time in the area.

Photograph of house across the fields.

Winter view of house across fields.

There are famous châteaux at Vitré, Fougères, Combourg, but many others in the area.

Le Parc Floral de Haute Bretagne, is situated towards Fougères, so could be combined with a visit to that town and castle, although both merit their own day! The Floral Park is large area on a hill overlooking a lake. There are a variety of fascinating different “gardens” (camellias, walled garden, Japanese garden, etc) with twisty little paths and bridges, but also some tracks for the less mobile visitor.

St Malo, Avranches, Combourg, Dinan and Dinard are just a few of the lovely towns nearby. Rennes, the capital of Brittany, has wonderful ancient timbered buildings in old centre, good shopping, art gallery, river trips and lots of restaurants where one can eat outside. Regular trains from Dol de Bretagne can make this an interesting car free trip.

Le Mont St Michel can be crowded; try an evening or early morning visit. The Abbey itself is fascinating, has a wonderful atmosphere and is really well worth a visit.

Both local towns of Pontorson and Dol de Bretagne are interesting in their own right and have good restaurants. Markets are great for browsing local produce and more exotic products! There are morning markets at Pleine-Fougères – Tuesday, Pontorson – Wednesday, Dol –Saturday, Cancale - Sunday.

The Sculptured Rocks at Rothéneuf (coast just to east of St.Malo) are weathered remains of carved cliff face with monsters and human figures cut by a hermit over many years.

Good outings for wet days are Reptilarium, on the road from Pontorson to Mont St Michel, and Grand Aquarium, on the outskirts of St Malo.

The 300 acre Etang de Boulet near Feins (about 30 kms) is beautiful with a safe sandy beach (excellent for small children), café overlooking the water, marked footpaths and bike trails (cycles can be hired) through forest and around the lake. Lots of wildlife to see. Various boats for hire. Sailing and watersport lessons available.

Numerous beaches on the coast nearby. Going west into Brittany, there are beaches at Hirel and Cherrueiux and along bottom of Bay, but sea goes a long way out. On this side of the Bay there are many lovely beaches (sands, rock pools, cliffs above), which cannot always be spotted from the road. Beyond Cancale is Port Mer which has water sports and cafés/restaurants overlooking the beach. Other beaches beyond this and all along coast to St Malo are quieter and again not always visible from road. Parked cars may indicate beach! More developed beaches with parking are Le Verger and Guesclin. Lovely beaches also going up Normandy side of the Bay.

Local Fêtes in summer. Sundays in August will always have one with a country fair somewhere in the nearby area.

The local Tourist Offices in Pontorson (Normandy) and Dol de Bretagne (Brittany) have lots of leaflets and information about the area.