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Haute Mancelière - Hirondelles

Brittany, France

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The Owner / Manager

Susan Hazelwood

Member since Oct 2009
  • Bookings Accepted:81.82%
  • Avg. Response Time:28 minutes
  • Availability Updated:27 days 20 hours

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BFB's Overview

This former 18th century traditional Breton Longhouse has been lovingly converted into three stylish yet characterful cottages sleeping from 4 to 23 and sharing two acres of lawned gardens plus a large heated outdoor swimming pool with a new telescopic cover, making it a comfortable temperature year-round whether the roof is on or off

Run by Susan, a British mum of two little ones who's been in France for over a decade, the cluster of cottages are well set up for young families with a host of useful nursery gear and a handy collection of toys for inside and out (see grey box below). Those guests who can drag their off spring away from the heated pool, trampoline and ride-ons provided, find the cottages conveniently located with several towns and villages within 5minutes drive or 15 minutes cycle (bikes and child seats available) - ideal for morning boulangerie runs! Plus, the beaches of France's 'Emerald Coast' are all within 45minutes drive.

Les Hirondelles (sleeps 4) is the smallest of the three cottages La Haute Mancelière and is a charming 17th century cottage with two bedrooms and one bathroom (shower - no bath but baby bath provided). It is the oldest of the three cottages and has many original features including a spiral staircase (stair gate provided), open stone walls and exposed oak beams. It is ideal for a young family, with a large double bedroom (king-sized bed and a second smaller bedroom with bunk beds. The well equipped kitchen boasts a washing machine, dishwasher and microwave, along with all the usual gear i.e. hob, oven, kettle, toaster etc. The living room has a TV (English and French) with Freeview (includes Cbeebies), DVD,VCR and WiFi internet access. Outside there is a private terrace and dining area, complete with wooden garden furniture, parasol, and barbecue. The cottage has electric radiators making it a cosy retreat any time of year.

Location Information

The cottages at La Haute Mancelière are just 45 minutes drive from the long sandy beaches of the Emerald coast between St Malo and Cancale, which,along with the buckets and spades provided make for a great family day out. St Malo's medieval walled city is crammed with lovely boutiques and bistros, whilst its Grand Aquarium makes a great wet weather retreat for Finding Nemo fans!

Wannabe princesses or brave knights will love Fougères, only 15kms away, which boasts the largest medieval castle in Europe.


Closer to home the surrounding countryside offers many lovely walks and cycle rides, many through established forests which characterize the countryside of the Fougères region. Bikes for both adults and children can be provided should you fancy a family excursion. However its not just about the kids, there are at least 4 golf couses within a 45 minute drive of the property for golf enthusiasts and a fishing lake close by for anyone wishing to catch fresh trout for the barbecue!

The nearest village Tremblay (4kms away) is both beautiful and useful with its 11th century church and a range of shops, bars and restaurants. St Brice-en-Cogles, a slightly larger village, the same distance away and has a handy supermarket.

For eating out, there's an excellent 'Ferme Auberge' restaurant 5kms away, which is super child friendly, very relaxed with excellent, good value, food and lots of animals to see in between courses.


The forest of Villecartier (a 10 minute drive) which as well as offering many different walks has electronic boats and pony rides. If all that isn't enough there is a wonderful zoo nearby which is perfect for budding animal lovers.

Nearest Medical: A&E 15kms, Local Doctors 5kms - owner Sarah is happy to make doctors appointments and go to the surgery to translate, if needed.

Getting There: Ferry Ports - St Malo (45mins), Caen (90mins), Cherbourg (120mins), Roscoff (180mins); Airports - Dinard & Rennes (45mins) & Nantes (90mins). Nearest rail station is Rennes

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 42 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 42 days prior to arrival

Discount Notes

Late Availability Discount

Bookings of 7 nights or more made within 35 days of travelling discounted by 15%

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 42 days prior to arrival

Discount Notes

Late Availability Discount

Bookings of 7 nights or more made within 35 days of travelling discounted by 15%

Who owns this place?

I fell in love with France during many school holidays spent there as a child, and decided that one day I would like to live there. I worked hard on learning French at school, had a memorable internship on a campsite in France for 6 months which taught me a lot about the hospitality business and then started a career in IT logistics. A gîte holiday in 2001 re awakened my passion and I took the plunge in 2002 and moved to La Haute Manceliere in Eastern Brittny with my then 18 month old daughter. A lot of time, effort, passion then went into creating a successful little gîte business which has welcomed people from all over the world and best of all, a lot of visitors who return.
My aim has been to create a home from home with the accommodation offered. Every gîte retains its original character and comfort is a priority – from good mattresses to a well equipped kitchen and a properly heated swimming pool. The garden is one of the most important features of my gites – it can be accessed directly from the back door of every gite and it is a safe haven for children to explore, play and make new friends. In my experience if the children are happy, the parents are happy!

What do they love about it?

I love living in Brittany, and in a rural location far from the hustle and bustle of city life. I love the birds singing, the freedom to step out of my house into the beautiful countryside and walk or run for as long as I want. When I was younger I worked a lot in the hospitality industry and I love being a host, making sure everything is as perfect as possible for guests and providing impeccable accommodation. I have two children and having travelled with them when they were younger I think I anticipate very well what young families want, need and expect in accommodation away from home. I love where I live and can recommend beaches, restaurants, visits to suit all ages and tastes.

What do the kids love about it?

Children love it here because they can run, play, make friends in total security. My cottages are located in a quiet hamlet, with a large communal garden with swings, slide, trampoline and most importantly a covered fenced heated pool. The pool is properly heated to 28°C so it is fantastic for babies and always comfortable for adults to swim in too. I have horrible memories of supposedly 'heated' pools which were cold - mine is not like that and there is the advantage of the all weather cover. Children love making friends and because I have 3 cottages there are always other children staying (as well as my own!). We are close to the ferry ports, so there are no long car journeys which young children dislike. The climate in Brittany isn't so hot that it makes it impossible to be outdoors all day. And here in Eastern Brittany the climate is much drier than the west coast. There are lots of attractions locally for families, although most children who stay prefer to play in the garden or swim in the pool. If it rains there are toys in the cottages, along with DVDs for children.

Fast Facts

sleeps 4+infants in 2 bedrooms comprising a double with king-sized bed & kinds room with bunks. There's one shower room (baby bath provided)

Airport under 2 hours drive

Dinard & Rennes (45mins) & Nantes (90mins)

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

The cottages are deally placed for exploring the beaches around St Malo, Dinard and Mont St Michel.

Any Pool

The large heated pool (available April - October)measures 10m x 5m with depths from 1m to 1.8 m. It has wide roman steps for easy access & sitting & splashing with little ones. It is fully enclosed with lockable double action security gates & an alarm. The water is heated to 27°c

Nursery Gear (additional)

Useful nursery gear provided on requests includes 4 travel cots, 1 wooden, highchairs, baby bath, baby bouncer, baby monitor, steriliser, potty, stairgates, changing mats, hand blenders, microwaves, socket covers, a baby carrier back pack (up to 15kg), 2 x childseats for bikes, plastic crockery & plastic cutlery.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

Toys provide include: Bath toys, kids books, general toys, DVDs & board games.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Pre arrival shopping can be arranged

Outdoor Toys

Outdoor toys provided include: buckets and spades, ride-ons, trikes, swings, slide, boules court, paddling pool and a saftely netted trampoline

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates provided

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

Outside there is a private terrace and dining area, complete with wooden garden furniture, parasol, and barbecue. Also 2-acres of shared garden (great for ball games)

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Free unlimited WIFI internet access

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Several of each available

Reviews

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  • It was fantastic. Fully fitted out for a young baby and a truly beautiful setting. Really enjoyable holiday.Review dated 07/10/2013

  • The property has kept its original staircase to the first floor. It is beautiful but can be dangerous for younger children.Review dated 07/09/2012

  • There was a spiral staircase in the property which was a fabulous original feature but difficult for little legs. Stairgate was provided though so parents could relax.Review dated 26/01/2011

  • Excellent outdoor facilities - heated pool, large netted trampoline, slide, swings and ride-on toys. Cosy and rustic interior, everything thought of, even down to children's cutlery.Review dated 26/09/2010

It was fantastic. Fully fitted out for a young baby and a truly beautiful setting. Really enjoyable holiday.

The property has kept its original staircase to the first floor. It is beautiful but can be dangerous for younger children.

There was a spiral staircase in the property which was a fabulous original feature but difficult for little legs. Stairgate was provided though so parents could relax.

Excellent outdoor facilities - heated pool, large netted trampoline, slide, swings and ride-on toys. Cosy and rustic interior, everything thought of, even down to children's cutlery.

Parent Rated*

5/5
  • Overall Experience
  • Child-Friendliness
  • Location
  • Hospitality / Welcome
  • Interiors

*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 7 guests.



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