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We absolutely loved our time at Gites La Vallee! We were so impressed with all the thoughtful details. What first struck us was the beauty and serenity of the property. It exceeded our expectations. We had been looking hard for a rental that would happily accommodate ages 9-86 and we were not disappointed!
The cottage itself is cozy, charming and tasteful, with lovely views and many amenities that really helped to make the trip easier: a very well-appointed kitchen with a dishwasher, washing machine, toaster, electric tea kettle, ample dish and cookware and great counter space to cook. There is seating in the kitchen if preferred or weather dictates, but the outside area is so lovely and we mostly ate and sat out there. We also used the outdoor grill many evenings.
The kitchen came stocked with tea, coffee, sugar. milk, dish soap, hand soap, cleaners, etc, as well as a wonderful Welcome Basket, giving us a few staples before we had to dash to the market. Saturday the markets are open, but Sundays, many are closed altogether or only open half day!
The house itself was very clean and though there are two comfy couches and a very nice
TV and great wifi, we often sat outside in the evenings. Having the the extra half bath was key with a larger group and the main bath with a large tub/shower, always with hot water, was wonderful. There is no A/C but the large windows open and the downstairs especially stays quite cool, even in very hot weather, due to the stone construction.
The outdoor areas are so lovely and well thought out. The large pool with its telescoping cover was amazing. Not only did it provide shelter from wind or rain, but also from sunburn. The water was clean and a great temperature and it was like swimming in a greenhouse! And there are pool toys and floats!
There is a game room with a pool table and table football, bocce, croquet and bicycles to ride, as well as board games to play in the living room cabinet. There are three adorable ducks who come to say hi and a little lake for a stroll, as well as a play yard with a swing set and a trampoline.
We ventured to the beach often and explored the coast and various villages easily. There was another nice family in the other cottage but we only ever noticed each other in passing or when at the pool together, such as is the well thought out layout.
Our hosts were readily available to help with directions, suggestions or to answer any questions we might have. This place is a gem!
This cottage is a perfect property as your home away from home. From its charming decor to its stunning gardens it has all the amenities needed to make this a perfect retreat. The cottage is in immaculate condition and Robyn provided the little extras that make it so special- a bottle of wine and homemade muffins! The location is also perfect for exploring the quaint town of Dinan as well as some of the other charming areas around Brittany. This is one of those places that I would return to over and over again if I lived closer.