Perfect for couples, one family, or two, our pretty, 200-year old stone cottage is set in in a tiny country hamlet, yet a short drive from beautiful coastline, and on the doorstep of the medieval town of Dinan, with its farmers' market and a range of restaurants and hypermarkets. The cottage retains many traditional features, and is our own holiday home, and so is thoughtfully presented with lots of homely touches, a very well-equipped kitchen, and books and games for families and children. The beamed loft has been converted to make space for a third bathroom, extra beds and table tennis. The large garden which surrounds the house is great for badminton and children's games, barbecues, or simply enjoying the tranquillity with a glass of wine.
Golf, horse-riding, cycling, tennis, windsurfing and sailing, and picturesque rambling by the coast are all available in the area, along with superb sights such as Mont St-Michel, the old pirate port of St-Malo, and castles galore.
Travel: Our closest ferry port: St-Malo (20 min'), Cherbourg or Caen 2hours' drive. Dinard/Pleurtuit airport for Easyjet, or Rennes.
As city dwellers, this secluded holiday home gave our children freedom to enjoy the wide open spaces of the surrounding countryside in safety and tranquillity. Now they are young adults, they still like to return to enjoy wild walks along the beach and eat as much crepes and seafood as they can manage.
La Porte au Gros is quiet, yet well located for roads and ferry ports, miles of unspoilt coastline which is never crowded, and the lush countryside, which we are still discovering by car, foot and bike. The markets in the medieval towns are still a place to find local delicacies produced by artisans. You can eat and drink good food and wine for a better price than at home, and the welcome is always friendly. It has all the ingredients for a stress-free, relaxing break in a culture that retains its folk traditions.
A spacious and comfortable traditional Breton stone house, surrounded by tranquil countryside. Close to both beautiful historic towns and varied coastline, canals and woods, there is never enough time to discover all the gems of the region. To simply relax or to indulge in the wide variety of watersports at the sports stations at the beaches, to ride a horse or play golf or tennis, canoe on the river Rance or Arguenon or clamber over castle ruins or cliffs – the choice is wide and as you feel. It is certainly a place to relax and immerse yourself in the best that Brittany has to offer.
Direct from our doorstep, discover pretty rambling and cycling routes. Venture a little further you can discover the beautiful river Rance, which meets the sea at Dinard. From St-Malo to Ile de Brehat and beyond, you can find a different beautiful sandy beach or rocky cove, every day. You can hire kayaks, sail or water ski at the numerous Point de Passion Plage. You can stroll through the cobbled streets of charming medieval towns, from Dinan to Rennes, with their bustling markets. On the coast is elegant Dinard, and the old citadel pirate port of St-Malo. There are castles galore, from Dinan's fort perched above the Rance valley, to the popular mythical Mont St Michel, dominating the bay on its tidal causeway. Enjoy fresh seafood, moules-frites, Breton cider and crepes in the many friendly restaurants. Or indulge in chic Michelin-starred establishments which won't break the bank, and give a warm welcome to children. Or just relax and be your own masterchef in our well-equipped kitchen, watching the sun go down and the swallows swoop, with a glass of chilled Muscadet in our quiet garden.
Our cottage is 25 min drive from famous Dinard Golf links course. Our links courses within 40 min: Golf Val André, Golf St-Cast – Pen-Guen. At St. Malo, 20 min to Golf de St. Malo Le Tronchet by the sea. The closest courses are within 15-20 min at Golf Tréméreuc Dinan Dinard, and La Corbinais Golf St. Michel de Plélan. Further afield (40 min) is the popular large course at Golf des Ormes, Dol de Bretagne.
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