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14th Century Self Catering House / Gite In The Heart Of Medieval Dinan

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House in Dinan, Brittany / Cote D'Armor, France - Medieval Town House Just Steps From All That Dinan Has To Offer

A wonderfully restored 14th century half timbered town house situated close to shops and restaurants in the medieval city of Dinan. La Vieille Auberge is believed to have been built in 1386 - Artisan style, with a slate roof, (originally thatched), granite stone block walls and half timbered frontage. Reputedly one of the oldest houses in Dinan. The house has been carefully restored maintaining many of the old world features and charm while also being updated with 21st Century amenities. The house is ideally located, close by the English garden and the church of St Sauvier. The accommodation is split over three floors, kitchen and comfortable lounge (with gas fire) on the ground floor, two bedrooms with en-suite and separate WC on the first floor and large sitting room with wet bar (fridge and sink), TV, DVD, IPOD Dock and French Day bed on the second floor.

Noel Hughes
Member since: 2010
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Speaks English
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
13 August, 2018

About Noel Hughes

Noel and Cindy Hughes live in England just outside of London with their two daughters - both now in university and their dog Pepsi! Cindy is a native of LA California and Noel is part Brit and part Irish. Noel spent many years in CA where he met Cindy. Noel and Cindy discovered Dinan on a family holiday in 1997 and fell in love with the town.

Noel Hughes purchased this house in 2006

Why Noel Hughes chose Dinan

We happened upon Dinan many, many years ago and really fell in love with the town, the cobbled streets and the friendly people. We especially were facinated by the fact that there were so many houses still standing from the 14th and 15th century that were still being used as everyday accommodation - you don't see much of that in CA!

Dinan is also a place where you could easily spend a week just hanging around the town, shopping, eating, walking and visiting its many attractions. There is also the added benefit of being a close to so many wonderful beaches along the Brittany coast.

What makes this house unique

The house is everything we wanted! It's old old old, but we have added the essentials to make the house comfortable and ever so practical. We do not consider ourselves owners of the house but simply caretakers as we know it will be around long after we are gone!

Guestbook comments from the owner

'We had a great time at the house. It is so full of character. The house had everything that you could wish for and was furnished beautifully. The children thought the house was magical. We look forward to returning to France again soon'.

'We had such a marvellous time in Dinan ... much due to your memorable house! It was so well located for us. We had friends who rented a house on the Jerzual and they had a difficult time parking and by the end of their stay were exhausted with the walk from their accommodation to the old town. You must sometimes pinch yourself to ensure that you are not dreaming, to be responsible for such a gem'

'I must say, just like others, your house is amazing! It just looks so lovely from outside, I am sure we are in many photos!'
Nov 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Dinan in Cotes-d'Armor

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • town
  • village
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Two en-suite bathrooms. Separate WC.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Large upstairs sitting room with French Day bed, can be used for additional guest - please enquire.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Notes on accommodation: On street parking is available close to the house. Paid parking is available behind the house in the parking lot of St Sauvier. We also have a large underground parking structure approximately 200m from the house. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included in the rental price. Other: Large sitting room, with sofa, armchairs, UK satellite and French Internet TV and large selection of DVDs. Free Wi-Fi. Sitting room has a wet bar area with fridge, sink and Coffee/Tea making facilities. Large selection of books and games and an IPOD dock.


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14th Century Self Catering House / Gite In The Heart Of Medieval Dinan
average rating of 4.888889 based on 28 reviews

Fantastic house

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for location, atmosphere and amenities. The house was very well equipped for our stay with all the benefits of a bustling town on the doorstep. Everything was so well organised many thanks to the owners for changing our booking as we were late getting from Ireland due to a hurricane and storm. Also to Sean for the handover which went very smoothly. We want to tell everyone how good this was but would also like to keep it our secret hideaway for future trips as we will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed the house and beautiful Dinan. We look forward to your next visit. Noel and Cindy
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Great location in the walled city. Walking distance to the whole city.

  • 4 of 5

Everything was as we expected. The tricky part was the stairway. No one who is wobbly on their feet could have made it up and down, much less carrying a suitcase. We spent a bit of time on the top floor at night, having our wine and cheese. There was always a nice breeze there. It is in a city, and with our windows open at night there was some noise of motorcycles and people walking by. Otherwise, a fine value and a good spot for visiting Dinan and Brittany.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Le vielle auberge ; a lovely,quirky property.

  • 5 of 5

Very well equipped and attractively furnished.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic location, historic charm, modern amenities

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week in this charming gite, just steps away from the Dinan cathedral. The kitchen, in particular, deserves special mention--it is the most well-equipped kitchen of any we have experienced through VRBO rentals. If you like to cook, this is the place for you!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Holiday with charm and character

  • 4 of 5

Lovely central location to get the best out of Dinan and surrounding area. Plenty of eateries close by in the evening to suit all tastes and pockets. Stairs very narrow and showers quite small if you have mobility issues but a small price to pay for something unique, tastefully furnished and full of character and charm.

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location. A lot of character. Well furnished. Helpful owner.

  • 5 of 5

We loved Dinan and the house. Staying in the old town could have been a hassle, but the owner's help made it so easy.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Brittany Coast can be reached by car in 30 minutes. There are many beautiful beaches, coves and small towns all within a short drive from the house.


The nearest airport is at Dinard, approximately 20 minutes from the house. Ryanair flies directly to Dinard from a number of locations in the UK. St Malo is approximately 30 minutes by car and Caen (which has a fast ferry) is approximately 2 hours by car.


The house is located in the centre of the old town. From the town you can walk down the steep Jerzual cobbled street to the port - approximately 10 minutes. The walk back up from the port takes a little longer and is very dependent on your fitness.

Further Details:

From La Vieille Auberge explore the delights of Dinan; one of the most beautiful places in Brittany. This fortified town, established in the 9th century, overlooks the river Rance and the stone ramparts now enclose a uniquely preserved 11th century town. The centre of Dinan is filled with over 50 lively bars, cafes and restaurants. Specialities include a bewildering variety of galettes, delicious seafood and of course, cider. Thursday is market day in the main square of Dinan which celebrates Breton fare. Explore the pattern of narrow streets and cobbled alleys, crammed with Medieval timbered houses, many now housing quaint gift, antique and craft shops. See Renaissance Manors, town houses, built by East India Company officers, and Villas used by the British in Victorian times. Explore 2,800m of ramparts and 12 towers, also statues, churches, squares, gateways and gardens.

In Dinan there is a theatre and a cinema, and 2 swimming pools. Street festivals include the medieval Fete des Remparts. Dinan's art deco railway station has its own railway museum. Climb the 158 steps of the Tour de L'Horloge (the record is 3 minutes 47 seconds) to see nearly everything.

Walk through the centre of Dinan and down the steep Rue de Jerzual past galleries and craft shops, through the gate to the Port on the River Rance. There are more bars and restaurants, 2 bridges, boats for hire and riverboat excursions. Continue along the Rance tow-path to Lehon with its Abbey, Castle and heated open air swimming pool.


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact us by phone or email to make a booking. 25 % deposit is required before a booking can be confirmed which is non-refundable (50% if booking is made for peak season, i.e. June through August).

We accept payment via cheques or through PayPal. Please contact us for PayPal fees if you choose to use this service.

Changeover Day:
Saturday to Saturday booking - weekends or short breaks by arrangement.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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