La Haute Mancelière
Child friendly cottage, Brittany – Three family friendly gites with heated swimming in Brittany
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About La Haute Mancelière
Just a short drive from the Saint-Malo ferry, La Haute Mancelière is a cluster of charming self-catering cottages, ideal for one family or several holidaying together in Brittany. Set amid rolling fields and woodland, this former 17th century traditional Breton Longhouse has been lovingly converted, by British owners, into three stylish holiday properties sleeping 4, 8 and 12 with shared use of the spacious lawned gardens and a large heated swimming pool. The pool has a retractable cover making it the perfect spot to catch those rays on warmer days. Children will never tire of the on-site activities includig a trampoline, swings, boules, badminton, table tennis and of course hours spent splashing in the pool. Additional for those striving to be more active on holiday, there is a substantial collection of bikes for family outings, to be borrowed free of charge. You will be spoilt for choices for beaches in the area as the gites are located between Normandy and Brittany, with a zoo, adventure park and aquarium near by.
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British owner, Susan upped sticks from blighty in 2002 when she followed her dream of living the French life and bringing up her young family in the milder climate. A love for Brittany was nurtured on an early childhood family holiday and thus blossomed while completing an internship on a French campsite. Being bilingual and teaching English to students in Rennes means Susan's local knowledge is extensive and she can vouch for the best places to visit, with many interesting places not listed in tourist brochures. Susan is also a keen runner and can advise on local footpaths for both running and cycling.
Child friendly Cottages
All the cottages have retained their original character with comfort a priority, from good mattresses to a well equipped kitchen. They also feature the large traditional French salon, with a large open plan living, dining and kitchen area. Each cottage has it’s own private terrace area facing out onto the lovely garden, with quality, comfortable garden furniture, parasols and barbecues. All the cottages are furnished and equipped to a high standard and you will happily find everything that you would expect in your own home, even down to hairdryers and food mixers. All the double beds are king size, and all beds have quality bedding very comfortable mattresses. Bed linen and towels, tea cloths and cleaning/washing products are provided in the cottages.
Les Chouettes the original farmhouse is a large, comfortable six bedroomed house with exposed beams which sleeps 12 people easily and is ideal for 2 or 3 families who wish to holiday under the same roof together. Les Alouettes ia a spacious, three bedroom cottage, with exposed beams, which sleeps 7. Ideal for a family plus grandparents. Les Hirondelles is the oldest of the three cottages, sleeping 4. This charming 2 bedroomed property has many original features including an old winding staircase, open stone walls and exposed oak beams.
Toddler and baby friendly cottages
Lots of thoughtful baby equipment is provided so that holiday packing maybe not so excessive. The gites are equipped with an extensive range of nursery items from cots including bedding and highchairs to sterilisers and changing mats, just to make to make things easy for you. An all-terrain buggy and is available to borrow which provides a comfortable ride on the local footpaths. Also, there is a handy child back pack carrier suitable for infants of up to 15kg
The grounds and play equipment
There is vast garden which is a huge bonus for families with active children. All the gites back doors open out onto this large space and it is a safe haven for children to explore, play and make new friends. The heated swimming pool is of course a big hit with children of all ages and is open from Easter to November. It features a very versatile and practical cover that transforms it from an indoor pool, to an outdoor one should you benefit from sunny days. Ample sunbeds, cushions and parasols are located around the pool so parents can get a chance to relax while keeping on eye on children splashing in the pool. Within the gronds children will delight on the play equipment provided including a big trampoline, a playground area and can even partake in feeding the chickens or stroking the resident bunnies. There is a barn full of bicycles for guest use. All bikes are well serviced and tyres pumped ready for use. Helmets and baby bike seats also on offer too. There is a cycle trail really close to the cottages that follows an old rail line. So if you are keen on cycling, this is a great spot for a family holiday.
Location and things to do in Brittany
La Haute Mancelière is situated in a peaceful location, in the heart of the countryside near the border between Brittany and Normandy. Tremblay 5kms away, the nearest village, has an 11th Century Church, as well as a few little shops and bars. St Brice-en-Cogles is also only 4km away and is a very pretty village with 2 supermarkets, shops and restaurants. There are also lots of historical towns to explore – Fougères, only 15kms away boasts the largest medieval castle in Europe. Dinan and St Malo, both fine examples of beautiful medieval towns are close by to explore. Rennes is a larger town with pretty cobbled streets and excellent restaurants. No holiday is complete without a visit to the second most visited tourist attraction in France, Mont St Michel only 25kms away. You will be spoilt for choices for beaches in the area as La Haute Mancelière is located between Normandy and Brittany. The best beaches are around 50 minutes drive away and in Brittany there are the numerous Emerald Coast beaches between St Malo and Cancale, and 3 beaches in Dinard. In Normandy, north of Mt St Michel there are the huge sandy beaches of Carolles and Julouville.
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