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Cosy country cottage for two on permaculture smallholding in French countryside.

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in St Maden, near Dinan, Cotes D'Armor. - Calm and peaceful with own garden. Short walk to village. Exclusive access to 11 acres of woodland.

The pretty stone and cob cottage offers comfortable accommodation for two. For the best night’s sleep, the double bed has an organic cotton double mattress from Alpha Beds. A Jøtul stove will keep you cosy, all the logs you need are supplied for no charge from our 11 acre woodland, to which you will have exclusive access. A veranda, with table and chairs, looks out onto a private garden, which has seating under a living willow arbour, a small chamomile lawn and herbs and flowers for you to pick freely. 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.

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About Us

Stuart Anderson
La Haute Houssais
22350 St Maden
Nº SIRET, 50193607400019
VAT Reg No

Gabrielle Anderson
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
13 August, 2018

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.

Gabrielle Anderson purchased this cottage in 2006


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint-Maden in Cotes-d'Armor

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • To complete the booking, download the rental agreement, enter your details, sign it and return it to us either by post or scanned and emailed.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite shower room with WC.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2: double bed with organic cotton mattress. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom with 1 double bed. The full-length window west-facing catches the evening sunsets. Velux window. Cabinets with bedside lights on both sides. Hairdryer and long mirror. Electric panel heater fitted.
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
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 backdoor opens onto a covered, wooden decked veranda, with table and chairs, which steps down into the private garden. There is further seating under a living willow arbour, a small chamomile lawn and herbs and flowers for you to pick freely. The cottage 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. There are various places to sit and enjoy the surroundings, such as a double swing under a huge oak tree and a table and chairs by the wildlife pond. BBQ available on request. 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: The backdoor opens onto a covered, wooden decked veranda, with table and chairs, which steps down into the private garden. There is further seating under a living willow arbour, a small chamomile lawn and herbs and flowers for you to pick freely.


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Cosy country cottage for two on permaculture smallholding in French countryside.
average rating of 4.8 based on 35 reviews

Magical rural retreat

  • 5 of 5

We wanted somewhere really quiet for our 30th wedding anniversary. This fit the bill perfectly. A magical garden and wonderful hosts. Loved the home produce. Thankyou Gabrielle and Stuart.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad to know you had a great stay. Please don't wait another 30 years before coming back!
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Perfect honeymoon destination

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was beautiful and had everything we needed. Even though other properties were close by, it felt secluded. Our favourite place was sitting on the porch looking at the beautiful garden. Stuart and Gabrielle couldn't have been more helpful. Would certainly go back and recommend to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Country Escape

  • 5 of 5

I cannot recommend Brittany Country Gite enough. The property is excellent, in a stunning setting with wonderful hosts. We stayed for 8 nights and had a brilliant time, it's the perfect base for exploring the surrounding Bretagne sights. The Gite had everything we could possibly need and Stuart even had a fire roaring for us upon our arrival which was greatly appreciated. Stuart also offered to set a fire for us on one of the days the weather was bad so that we could come back to a warm Gite, which was extremely thoughtful. The garden was a peaceful haven filled with birdsong and evening sunshine with a cute swing at the bottom. We enjoyed a BBQ on the Saturday evening and Stuart had everything ready for us and we even had some of their home-made sausages which were delicious. We cannot wait to return next year and plan to bring some of the family with us! Thank you for your warm and friendly hospitality and for a wonderful holiday - we certainly have a major case of the holiday blues!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Good value experience

  • 4 of 5

Nice, quiet, comfortable and adequately equipped property. Owners at hand and very obliging. Lovely log fire 🔥?. Lovely comfortable double bed. Initially difficult to find but nearby famous towns within easy reach once you get your bearings. Would go back again.

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Super farm life experience in lovely Brittany!

  • 5 of 5

We were totally amazed with the cordial reception and the help given us by the owners who live on the property. Our home was of ancient roots but modernized with a personal touch

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely property every thing you need, will definitely be returning, would highly recommend this place.x

  • Review Submitted: 11-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
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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. There is a large supermarket in Caulnes (10 mins by car) and supermarkets in Dinan (15 mins by car). There are two organic (Fr: biologique) shops in Dinan.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Saint-Maden, Cotes d'Armor

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
July/August 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
October 2018
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Nov 2018 / Feb 2019
1 Nov 2018 - 28 Feb 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
March/April 2019
1 Mar 2019 - 30 Apr 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
May/June 2019
1 May 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

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 or on the French language version of our website in Euros. We are happy to accept short stays outside of the peak season of July and August. Short break prices are available on our website.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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