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La Lohuas Gites - Abricot

Brittany, France

Per week

from 750.00 to 1550.00 EUR
The Owner / Manager

Caroline Haycox

Member since Oct 2011
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:9 minutes
  • Availability Updated:28 days 6 hours

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BFB's Overview

In the heart of the Brittany countryside and only 30 minutes from the coast, La Lohuas Gîtes provide a relaxing, stress free setting to revel in the simple pleasures of France. There are five individual stone gites around a central farm courtyard where the British owners offer a slice of rural French life with plenty of family friendly features.

Each day at 10am, little ones can help feed the chickens and collect the eggs, which are available along with other local produce such as pâtés, local homemade jams, cider and organic Camembert. A complimentary welcome pack of breakfast basics is provided for the first morning and the owners can also supply homemade ready meals and a weekly menu featuring home cooked dishes using local produce which are delivered to your door.
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The child-friendly gîtes are set in four acres of grounds which provide plenty of places and space for children to run free. The safely enclosed grassy play area is fab, with 14ft trampoline, slide, swings and more plus if the weather isn’t great there’s a big play barn full of ride ons, lots of toys, a sandpit and table tennis. A leafy ‘grotto garden’ and orchard are pretty places to play hide and seek or find a secluded spot with a book and the new UV treated glass covered pool, heated to 28°c, is luxury whatever the weather, with a retractable roof for hot sunny days.

The gîtes are built in traditional Breton style, with stone walls and slate roofs, then extensively modernised, comfortably furnished and well equipped - from flat screen Freesat TV’s, DVD players and stereos with USB sockets to newly fitted kitchens and helpful baby-friendly holiday essentials. Each one also has its own south facing patio with garden furniture and bbq. There are children’s books in all the gîtes and the owners offer tailored toy boxes to amuse babies, toddlers and older children. The gîtes share a communal laundry area with free use of washing machines, washing lines and pegs so it’s perfectly possible to leave space in the suitcase for fine French wines, ciders and other indulgences!


Accommodation Overview – Abricot

Le Lohuas Gîtes comprise two 2-bedroom gîtes for four people, two 3-bedroom gîtes for 6 people and one 3-bedroom gite for 7 people.

Abricot - is a large 3-bedroom gîte for a family of 7, with space for babies in travel cots which can be provided. The open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area is extremely spacious and features high, oak beamed ceilings, exposed stonework, comfy 3-piece suite and a dining table for 6 people. Upstairs, Abricot has one double bedroom with ensuite shower room, one twin bedded room and a family room with bunk beds and a single bed. The family bathroom has a bath, washbasin and wc plus there’s a second wc downstairs. The patio is surrounded by flower beds and has a table, chairs and bbq.

Location Information

La Lohuas Gîtes are located in the Cote D’Armor corner of Brittany, where traditional farming countryside meets a magnificent coastline of beaches, coves and pink granite cliffs. The gites are surrounded by rolling fields and woodlands near the villages of Les Champs Geraux and Evran (2 miles), with the beautiful medieval town of Dinan only 7 miles away.

The historic little port of Dinan on the River Rance is packed with ancient timber framed buildings and cutesy cobbled streets are lined with tempting little restaurants and interesting shops. Besides sampling savoury Breton galettes and sweet crepes, the Cote D’Armor is renowned for its shellfish and especially scallops, so this is the place to try Coquilles St Jacques, washed down with excellent local ciders.

For days on the beach, there are countless sandy shores and deserted coves to choose from within half an hour’s drive. Dinard is a beautiful seaside resort which attracted the well heeled English and Americans of the Belle Époque at the beginning of the 1900’s and boasts lovely sandy beaches backed by a long, push-chair friendly promenade of palm trees and flowers. Other quieter, unspoilt beaches can be found around the pretty town of Pleneuf Val Andre and at Cancale, St Malo, Erquy, St Cast le Guido and Les Sables d'Or (literally the Golden Sands).

There is so much to see and do within easy reach of the gîtes that the Haycox provide a folder full of ideas in each gite and are always happy to offer personal suggestions. Visiting the colourful markets is a must, to stock up on superb local produce but also pick up bargain antiques or find intriguing brac a brac. The most iconic Brittany attraction is Mont St Michel and Disneyland Paris is 2 hours on the TGV from Rennes. Other family things to do and places to visit include the Cobac waterpark, La Bourbansais chateau zoo and the Aquarium in St Malo.


Getting There: The nearest cross channel ferry port is St Malo (25 minutes drive), with crossings from Portsmouth by Brittany Ferries and fast craft services by Condor Ferries from Poole during the summer months. The other main ferry ports are Cherbourg (2hrs 30 mins), Le Havre (2hrs 40 minutes) and Calais (5hrs). Dinard (25mins) has the nearest airport with low cost Ryanair flights available from Stansted.

Nearest Medical Services (GP & A&E): English speaking GP in Evran 3km, A&E in Dinan 7km

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Seasonal Discount

Up to 10% discount for holidays taken between 01 May 2017 and 31 May 2017 minimum of 7 nights

Rates

1 Apr - 26 May 2017 : €875 /week27 May - 7 Jul 2017 : €975 /week8 Jul - 1 Sep 2017 : €1550 /week2 Sep - 27 Oct 2017 : €975 /week28 Oct - 15 Dec 2017 : €750 /week16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018 : €975 /week1 Apr - 26 May 2017 : £875 /week27 May - 7 Jul 2017 : £975 /week8 Jul - 1 Sep 2017 : £1550 /week2 Sep - 27 Oct 2017 : £975 /week28 Oct - 15 Dec 2017 : £750 /week16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018 : £975 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Seasonal Discount

Up to 10% discount for holidays taken between 01 May 2017 and 31 May 2017 minimum of 7 nights

Who owns this place?

Caroline moved to France in 2002 when Lizzie and Hugh were 4 and 2 years old. Having already holidayed in this beautiful area of Brittany, she wanted to create an extra special haven for young children on the basis that if the children are happy, then the parents really have a holiday. The whole family has integrated into the French community, Caroline being President of the Parent Teachers' Association at the local school, Lizzie and Hugh both attending local schools and are now more French than English! We love meeting people, Hugh often puts on 'boys' entertainment : Table Tennis matches, Trampolining fun, and camping expeditions (although rarely manages to stay out past tea-time!). Caroline loves having little ones to help feed the chickens and ducks and collect the eggs (it doesn't matter if one gets broken every so often!) and of course there a the guinea pigs to stroke. One little boy was disappointed this year - because he wanted to stroke a real pig - he didn't mind that it wasn't from Guinea!

Caroline Haycox

What do they love about it?

We love the pace of life here, the openess of the countryside, and the friendly locals. We are close enough to towns not to be real "Country Bumpkins" but still have rolling fields and trees and masses of space - England is too crowded for us now - here everyone has more time, and more space - and the roads - what a dream! The beaches are practically deserted outside August, and the sands are clean and golden. There are great restaurants everywhere - and because the French take their children everywhere (baby-sitting here is practically unheard of) they are welcomed with open arms in practically every restaurant, where children's menus are easily found - this summer a family with 5 boys ate out in Dinan for under 45 euros!

What do the kids love about it?

"The children don't want to go out for the day" is what we commonly hear - there are 5 gites, regularly with similar aged children staying - that's a big enough number to find a like-minded playmate, but not too many that you don't know who is around. The pool is a No 1 hit - covered from the suns rays and with windbreaks meaning that children can stay in for longer, playing with all the pool toys. There is also the trampoline, slide, swings, massive football field, table tennis, sandpit and various ride-on toys.
But the highlight for most children is the daily "feeding" rendez-vous in front of the animal enclosure - watch the chickens peck out of your bowl, collect the eggs, stroke the guinea pigs.

Fast Facts

Sleeps 7+cot in 3 bedrooms 1 x double with en suite & 1 x twin & 1 x family room with bunk beds and a single bed, & family bathroom

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

Beach is a 25 minute drive away to the North Coast of Brittany, where there are beaches to suit all tastes.

Any Pool

The swimming pool is 10m x 5m and is covered with a UV protected dome, which opens up to a large sun terrace in good weather, the water is heated to 28°C. It is safely fenced and open from Easter to Oct half-term (Late Oct/Early Nov).

Indoor Play Area

A dutch barn is packed full of toys allowing inside/outside play even when its raining, or the sun gets a little too hot.

Babysitting

Babysitting can be arranged.

Nursery Gear (additional)

This baby friendly gie has baby monitor, steriliser, baby food blender, potty, stairgates, baby chairs, buggy and plastic crockery, plastic cutlery and cups.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

Indoor toys provided include: Childrens Books, General Toys (boxes available - age related)and a DVD Library.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Homemade ready meals are available (pre-arrival orders taken) and a three course weekly menu where home cooked meals are delivered to your door.

Outdoor Toys

This baby friendly gite has bucket and spades, ride-ons and trikes, swings, slide and see-saw, a sandpit, 5m trampoline and beautiful wooden Wendy house with kitchen facilities, table tennis, and basket ball.

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgate fitted to the stairs

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

Outside is a patio surrounded with flowerbeds with a table and chairs and a barbecue

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Wi-Fi available

Eco-Aware

Eco Policy:-Low Energy Bulbs, Recycling is obligatory.

Friendly Animals

Each morning at 10 a.m. the children can help feed the chickens and the ducks, collect the eggs and stroke the guinea pigs

Golf

Golf - There are many high quality golf courses nearby where tee-off time and club hire can be arranged (if desired)

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Cots are available upon request - wooden cots or travel cots with proper mattresses, washable mattress protectors, choice of linen (sheets and blankets or duvet) highchairs are available, different models to suit different ages.

Reviews

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  • Great for toddlers and babies. Delightful heated pool with UV protection (no need to constantly apply suncream). Play area, wendy house, trampoline and toys. All of the baby kit is provided: high chairs, sterilisers, baby cot. Home cooked meals and morning boulangerie run is recommended. Babysitting also available. Supermarkets 5 mins drive, good restaurants and beaches all within 30 mins.Review dated 12/09/2016

  • There were lots of unexpected extras which made our holiday even better.Review dated 27/09/2012

Great for toddlers and babies. Delightful heated pool with UV protection (no need to constantly apply suncream). Play area, wendy house, trampoline and toys. All of the baby kit is provided: high chairs, sterilisers, baby cot. Home cooked meals and morning boulangerie run is recommended. Babysitting also available. Supermarkets 5 mins drive, good restaurants and beaches all within 30 mins.

There were lots of unexpected extras which made our holiday even better.

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 4 guests.



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