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Comfortable accommodation in French countryside on permaculture smallholding.

Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Newly converted barn in St Maden, near Dinan, Cotes D'Armor, Brittany - Calm and peaceful with private garden, short walk to village, exclusive access to private woodland.

We have renovated a cob and stone barn into comfortable accommodation for two, using original techniques and materials sympathetic to the original building, such as earth plaster, locally made kitchen tiles and solid wood floors. For the best night’s sleep, the orthopaedic, pocket-sprung, zip link bed can be configured as a king-size or two singles. A Jøtul stove will keep you cosy, all the logs you need are supplied for free from our 11 acre woodland, to which you will have exclusive access. Guests can wander around our 3-acre smallholding with its free-range chickens, runner ducks in the veg patch, small flock of Breton sheep, bee hives and, during the summer, a pair of pigs. Our produce is available to buy, for example, fresh eggs, homemade sausages, freshly-picked salads. We offer short courses: sausage-making and handmade soap being the most popular. Please note that the cottage is not suitable for children or pets, and smoking is not permitted inside the gite.

There is a shop and bar in the next village to us, just five minutes drive away. The shop, run by Mme Catherine Omari, sells a decent range of produce, including wine and beer, fresh fruit and vegetables and some organic ('bio' in French) products. It is a "dépôt de pain" which means that a bakery delivers fresh bread each day. You can buy croissants but is is best to order; we are happy to ring and arrange this for you.

If you just want fresh bread, there is a novel machine in our village, in front of the school, which will, at any time of day or night, dispense a warm baguette.

If you fancy a freshly cooked pizza, Gianni's van equipped with its own wood oven is in St Juvat on a Monday evening and St Maden on a Tuesday evening. It's a good idea to pre-order and we're happy to phone on your behalf. There is also a bar next to the entrance to our woodland which serves food at midday.

More Details

Gabrielle Anderson
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
July 15, 2017

About Gabrielle Anderson

We met in Brighton and moved to Brittany, buying our house in 2006. We’ve made great efforts to learn French and integrate into our local community, making good friends along the way.

Ex-townies, we’ve had lots to learn as we establish our permaculture smallholding growing herbs, vegetables, fruit and nuts, variously accompanied by chickens, ducks, rabbits, sheep, pigs during the summer and, more recently, bees. In the winter months, we work in our 11 acres of woodland.

We enjoy running the holiday cottage and have recently finished converting the barn into another comfortable gite for two which is separate from the cottage and will have its own private garden.

We're always happy to stop work and chat; that said, we'll leave you to enjoy the privacy of your own gite and garden.


Saint-Maden Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2: king-size bed or a pair of singles. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom with orthopaedic, pocket-sprung, zip link bed, which can be configured as a king-size or two singles. Two Velux windows with black-out blinds. Cabinets with bedside lights on both sides. Hairdryer and dressing table with mirror.
  • Stereo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Notes on accommodation: This accommodation is not suitable for children as there are no safety features like stair or fire guards but do contact us to discuss further if you have a baby in a cot, for example. Outside: The barn sits within our 3 acre smallholding and you are welcome to wander around our larger site and enjoy the company of the various animals; our free-range chickens, runner ducks in the veg patch or our two pigs during the summer months. Guests also have a private garden area just for themselves with a seating area, BBQ, roses to cut for the table and herbs for the kitchen. Just a short walk or cycle will take you to our 11 acres of mixed woodland, bordered by the River Rance, to which you will have exclusive access. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen is supplied at no extra charge, as are towels for the shower room. For longer stays, we supply a fresh change of linen each week. However, we ask that you bring your own beach towels please. Other: A few paces from your front door leads you to your own private garden and you are also free to enjoy the rest of the grounds, such as the table and chairs next to the wildlife pond.


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Comfortable accommodation in French countryside on permaculture smallholding.
average rating of 4.714286 based on 14 reviews

Traditional, comfortable and a wonderful space to spend time in!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful space...!! To fall asleep listening to the Midwife frog croaking his goodnight and awake to the sounds of the countryside around you. Perfect peace.

The accommodation was spotless and the décor traditional.. Lovely.

Stuart and Gabrielle could not have been more helpful and welcoming.

Stuart took pride in showing us their animals and telling us about the lifestyle they lead.

We used the BBQ and sat in the garden in the glorious sunshine listening to the birds and bees... no traffic noise... utter bliss.

St Maden is a pretty village and they have a fresh bread oven 1 Euro per loaf, if you are stuck! Wonderful.

There are lovely French villages close by the eat, with Dinan a comfortable drive.

All in all a wonderful and relaxing stay. We will return!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to write this lovely review. We shall very much look forward to welcoming you here again.
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Charming rural property with delightful owners

  • 5 of 5

we stayed in this excellent property for a week. Gabrielle and Stuart were charming hosts and ensured our every need was catered for even though they had to leave for a few days. We were warm and comfortable with the wood burning stove fired up each evening and indeed we can endorse previous reviews that the bed was very comfortable. Lovely countryside surroundings, well maintained and furnished property. Would stay again.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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A cosy, well equipped and clean barn conversion. Ideal for two.

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely holiday here at Easter. The log burner made the evenings very warm and comfortable. The kitchen is very well equipped and we ate in most nights. A big comfortable double bed and clean modern bathroom all helped to make our stay very pleasant. The owners are English and live a few yards away on their small farm. They were very helpful and made us feel welcome. We would definitely stay here again. Excellent.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Had a great stay. Loved the Barn, so cosy with the log fire for the evening.

  • 5 of 5

Very hospitable and helpful owners. Great, very clean accommodation in very pleasant pastoral surroundings.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

This was the first time for us staying in a Gite (usually stay in a mobile home when doing self catering) and didn't know what to expect. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole holiday.

The Gite was very comfortable and had everything you needed. The location was ideal for touring and the garden was a great place to relax if you didn't go out. Gabrielle and Stuart are excellent hosts. Their homemade sausages are superb. Wished we'd bought more!!

We certainly recommend a stay and would go back again.Thank you for everything.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect Christmas get away

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Stuart and Gabrielle's gite. It was warm and cosy and the big double bed is very comfortable. Stuart and Gabrielle made us feel very welcome and their farm is lovely. A very easy place to relax and feel at home.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Special interest holidays:

We offer several practical short courses. One of our most popular courses is sausage making, where you make and keep a kilo of delicious sausages from our own home produced pork. You can stick to one of our original recipes or you can add some flavourings of your own. Soap-making also goes down very well with guests, where you can make and keep 8 bars of cold processed soap scented with an essential oil and flower petals from the garden. All courses come with their own fact-sheet and course notes for you to take away. Please see our website (click on "Short Courses") for the full list of courses available, prices and full details.


35 minutes driving will get you to the beautiful Emerald Coast, with its craggy granite bordering sandy coves and blue sea.


By car and ferry: 50 mins from St Malo, 2 hours from Le Havre or Cherbourg, 4 hrs from Dieppe, 5 1/2 hrs from Calais, 5 hrs from Boulogne. Ryanair flies into Dinard and FlyBe into Rennes (both 40 mins drive away and both with facilities to hire a car.) Eurostar to Lille or Paris, then change for Rennes on the fast TGV service, then hire a car at Rennes railway Station.


The medieval town of Dinan with its large, open market on Thursdays is 15 minutes away by car. The beautiful Emerald coast is a 35 min drive and it’s a 40 mins drive to Rennes, the capital of Brittany. The small town of Caulnes is 10 minutes away, with a choice of supermarkets, post office, pharmacy and a small market on a Tuesday. Our local village is a short walk or a cycle where there’s a small bar, grocery and you can order bread and croissants.

Further Details:

Markets: In order of size our local markets are: Tuesday in Caulnes, Wednesday in Broons, Thursday in Dinan and Saturday in Rennes.


Rates & Availability

Saint-Maden Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
July/August 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
September 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
October 2017
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov 2017 / Feb 2018
Nov 1 2017 - Feb 28 2018
2 night minimum stay
March/April 2018
Mar 1 2018 - Apr 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
May/June 2018
May 1 2018 - Jun 30 2018
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please look at our website for more details and photos. If you would like to discuss any aspect of your booking please don’t hesitate to call and we will contact you straight back. A cash deposit for damage/cleaning is required on arrival and this is returned following a positive inspection of the gite before you leave.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible, with subsequent bookings having to work around existing reservations, so book early to get your preferred changeover day and so save money by taking a mid-week ferry.

Notes on prices:
Prices quoted are for the property per week in pounds sterling.
If you prefer a price in euros, click on the French flag to see the French language version of our website.
We are happy to accept shorter stays outside of the peak season of July and August. Per night prices are shown.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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