The main barn, now a spacious 3 bedroom cottage sleeping 7 + baby
La Grange Cottage
The largest of our four thatched cottages here at La Garenne, La Grange was a huge former barn with haylofts above it; we have maintained this spacious open-plan downstairs, with living, kitchen and dining areas combined beneath the exposed beams in the 45ft (nearly 14m) expanse. One particular historical feature you will find downstairs is the traditional Breton ‘lit-clos’, which is a raised, enclosed bed. As you will see in the postcards on the cottage walls, which show scenes of Breton life, the family would have kept their livestock with them in the cottage in winter, in order to keep them warm. Ornamental wooden sliding doors to the bed would have provided separation for the sleepers from the animals and the rest of the household. We purchased our ‘lit-clos’ from a local antique dealer – don’t worry we won’t be expecting you to sleep in it, it merely serves as both a piece of history and a children’s play den!
Nowadays, with the upstairs fully renovated we have created three roomy bedrooms and two beautifully fitted bathrooms, one of which is an ensuite to the master bedroom. The additional two bedrooms are equally comfortable and the larger one has 3 single beds and the smaller one 2 single beds. A cot is also available on request.
The woodburning stove downstairs keeps the living room warm on cooler Spring or Autumn evenings and the thatched roofs and thick walls keep the cottages cool in the heat of the summer. We have a plentiful supply of wood available for our guests to use at no extra cost. During the renovations, we brought in the stone arched doorway to La Grange, as some of the dressed stonework had been sold by previous proprietors and replaced with concrete in a time of financial hardship. We have made every effort to source dressed local yellow granite to replace any of these later concrete additions, so that La Garenne can now stand proud and prosperous as it once would have.
As you will see from our selection of photos in both our cottage and gallery pages, the views from all the gites are simply outstanding. La Grange looks straight out on the River Blavet as it calmly carves its course a kilometre or two down the valley. The only obstructions to the view are our ancient well and Breton cider press in the foreground!
2017 BOOKING OFFER
Book your holiday before the end of July 2017 and receive 20% off our remaining weeks and SHORT BREAKS in July. PLUS 10% off remaining school holiday vacancies.
Offer includes short breaks (NOW MINIMUM 4 NIGHTS!) with flexible arrival and departure dates.
Choose from largest cottage at La Garenne:
La Grange Cottage (sleeps 6/7)
Or one of our three smaller cottages:
All we will require is a 30% deposit unless your trip is in the next 12 weeks in which case the full balance is due on booking.
“We had a wonderful two weeks in La Grange. We were here last year and hope to return again next year. Really relaxing and the weather was very good.”
“We stayed in La Grange and found it to be well equipped and spacious. We really enjoyed the walks down the river towpath at night and the games of boules which followed dinner outside with the sun going down and the crickets providing the soundtrack.”
“La Grange exceeded all our expectations in every respect. If you want to chill out this is the place to come; one of the best locations and prettiest cottages you will ever find.”
La Grange has lived up to our expectations - truly beautiful and set in an idyllic spot! The Blavet is magnificent and at last the two avid 'pecheurs' in our party actually managed to catch a large 'something'! The weather has been mainly lovely and great times have been spent by the pool and at the local beaches - Guidel & Port Louis. Jeanine has made us exceptionally welcome and certainly strives to maintain high standards. Thank you! We've had an extremely enjoyable time.