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La Cour Cottages Two beautifully converted barns and two pretty stone cottages. LA COUR is located in the quiet hamlet of Paimbu, just 1 Km from the village of Masserac. It is well situated for reaching the many beaches and attractions of the Loire Atlantique & Southern Brittany. We are approx 10 miles north east of the town of Redon which is about 30 miles south of the city of Rennes, (an easy drive from the ferry ports of St Malo, Cherbourg, Caen and Roscoff and the international airports at Nantes and Rennes).

The local villages of Masserac & Chapelle de Brain are typical of rural Brittany offering a small restaurant, cafe bar, boulangerie and grocery store. Just 10 minutes away are the lively towns of Redon & Guemene Penfao offering many restaurants and attractions. A short walk from our holiday gites are the beautiful Rivers Vilaine & Don. Also, the many beaches and swimming lakes of Southern Brittany and the Loire Atlantique are within easy reach of our gites at La Cour. Each of our self catering holiday cottages / gites in France have fully enclosed private gardens, BBQ and patio furniture and a large selection of bicycles for you to use free of charge. ADDRESS La Cour Paimbu 44290 Masserac France

www.gite-brittany.net Telephone 0033 240 513979 E-mail gite-brittany@live.co.uk


WISTERIA BARN

Wisteria Barn (3 bedrooms, sleeps 6) has a large open plan living/dining and kitchen area together with open fireplace and log burner. English satellite TV, DVD player and CD player. Three bedrooms, one double, one bedroom sleeping 3 in bunkbeds and a single bed and a single bedroom. The bathroom has a bath and separate shower cubicle. The fully equipped kitchen offers full size cooker, fridge freezer, dishwasher and microwave. The Laundry Room offers free to use facilities including washing machine, irons and ironing boards. Free broadband (ADSL) wired Internet access is available in the laundry room. Wisteria Barn has a private and enclosed garden with furniture and BBQ. A large selection of bicycles from childs to adults are available to use free of charge.


VALLEY VIEW BARN

Valley View Barn (4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 10) has four bedrooms, two doubles with en-suite facilities, twin bedded room and bedroom with two sets of bunk beds. Lounge with satellite TV, DVD player, CD player and traditional wood burner. Dining area with double doors leading onto a balcony that overlooks the garden with a view of the valley beyond. Fully equipped kitchen complete with full size cooker, fridge freezer, microwave and dishwasher. Large, well appointed bathroom with shower cubicle and hydro massage bath. The Laundry Room offers free to use facilities including washing machine, irons and ironing boards. Free broadband (ADSL) wired Internet access is available in the laundry room. Valley View Barn has it’s own large private and fully enclosed garden with BBQ and garden furniture. A large selection of bicycles from childs to adults are available to use free of charge.


WALNUT COTTAGE

Walnut Cottage (2 bedrooms, sleeps 4) has an open plan living area with open fire and wood burner, English satellite TV, DVD and CD player. The fully equipped kitchen includes a full size cooker, fridge freezer and microwave. There are two bedrooms one double and one twin. The bathroom has a bath and shower. The Laundry Room offers free to use facilities including washing machine, irons and ironing boards. Free broadband (ADSL) wired Internet access is available in the laundry room. Walnut Cottage has a private enclosed garden complete with BBQ and garden furniture. A large selection of bicycles from childs to adults are available to use free of charge.


JASMINE COTTAGE

Jasmine Cottage (2 bedrooms, sleeps 5) has an open plan living area with traditional log burner, English satellite TV, DVD player and CD player. The fully equipped kitchen includes a full size cooker, fridge freezer and microwave. It has two bedrooms, one double and one bedroom sleeping three with a set of bunk beds and a single bed. The cottage also has a shower room. The Laundry Room offers free to use facilities including washing machine, irons and ironing boards. Free broadband (ADSL) wired Internet access is available in the laundry room. Jasmine Cottage has it’s own private enclosed garden complete with BBQ and garden furniture. A large selection of bicycles from childs to adults are available to use free of charge.


PRICES Jasmine & Walnut Cottages Low Season Mid Season High Season

£245 per week £295 per week £395 per week

(295 Euros) (355 Euros) (475 Euros)

Wisteria Barn Low Season Mid Season High Season

£345 per week £395 per week £495 per week

(395 Euros) (475 Euros) (595 Euros)

Valley View Barn Low Season Mid Season High Season

£545 per week £595 per week £695 per week

(655 Euros) (755 Euros) (855 Euros)

BEDDING & TOWELS Duvets & pillows are provided free of charge. Sheets, duvet covers & pillow cases can be provided @ 10 Euros per bed per week and towels @ 5 Euros per set, payable during your holiday. HOW TO BOOK All that is required to confirm your booking is a 25% deposit, the remainder not being due until 8 weeks before your holiday. We are able to accept payment by UK cheque, bank transfer, Euro bank transfer or credit card using PayPal secure payment services (3% surcharge for payment by credit card). Should you wish to book please let us know and we will e-mail or post you a booking form. PETS We are sorry that we are unable to accept pets


OUT & ABOUT

On your doorstep Begin your day by taking a gentle stroll to the friendly boulangerie in our local village of Masserac for your fresh bread & croissants for breakfast. The village also offers a traditional French cafe bar with large screen TV for any important sporting events, a small grocery shop and a Health, Beauty and Well Being centre. Another 10 minutes away is the lively town of Guemene Penfao where you will find a supermarket, indoor swimming pool, canoe hire for paddling along the River Don & pony trekking. Fishing enthusiasts can take advantage of the private fishing lake just a couple of minutes away from the cottages. Also close to home why not follow the River Vilaine as it meanders peacefully through the rural countryside stretching for many miles. Take a cycle ride or walk on the accompanying toll path and enjoy a picnic on the riverside.

Eating Out There are many neighbouring villages which have traditional restaurants offering French country food for as little as 10 Euros for 4 courses including your wine! A good selection of more cosmopolitan restaurants can be found in the the nearby towns of Guemene Penfao and Redon.

Towns and cities If you prefer a more relaxed way of life why not visit the ancient trading town of Redon where the Nantes-Brest Canal meets the River Vilaine and explore the many shops, weekly open air market and indoor / outdoor swimming pool. There are many beautiful towns and cities in the area. The stunning medieval walled town of Guerande located in the salt mining area with it’s artisan shops, open air market, museums and cathedral. Vannes a beautiful fortified city has an old centre of cobbled streets, cathedral, beautiful gardens all on the mouth of the River Vannes. Nantes on the River Loire is often cited as being one of the best cities in France to live in. Visit the Gothic Cathedral, the Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, the mechanicanical elephant and Jules Verne Museum or merely relax on a lunch or dinner cruise on the waterways. As the name suggests, Chateaubriant is the home to a magnificent medieval castle as well as the renowned Chateaubriant steak. A beautiful Roman church, a bustling weekly market, charming architecture and a stunning glass theatre in this historic town. Rennes the capital of Brittany with it’s Parliament building symbolising Brittany's glorious past, many shops and restaurants scattered throughout the restored streets and squares and outstanding buildings by famous architects.

Beaches There are several beautiful swimming lakes with beaches, picnic areas and watersports and outdoor swimming pools all within 15 minutes from La Cour. The nearest beaches are located in the charming French holiday towns of Damgan and Penestin, both with stunning sandy beaches and a good selection of shops and restaurants, just 37 miles from cottage to beach. The larger resorts of LaTurballe & La Baule, where white sandy beaches stretch for several miles, are also within easy reach.


Family Attractions Les Naudieres Park is a great attraction park offering a fun day out. Karting, 15 different huge bouncy castles, the luge and plenty more to keep the whole family amused. Branfere Park offers an open air animal park with interesting animals from around the world. Set in the grounds of Château Branféré the children will love to feed some of the animals. Tepacap Park is a fantastic outdoor activity theme park set around a lake for children, offering different areas for different age groups.

Other attractions Also nearby are the Resistance Museum offering a fascinating insight into the life in the area during WW II as well as the car museum with it’s exhibition of over 400 collector’s cars. For a trip around the Oceans of the world and it’s inhabitants the Oceanarium at La Croisic or for earlier inhabitants the Prehistoric Park at Malansac. For lovers of nature the Megalithic site at St Just just 10 minutes from La Cour is an exceptional natural landscape.

Further afield Why not plan a day trip to the medieval towns of Rochefort-en-Terre, Malestroit & Josselin .


ACTIVITIES Walking On your doorstep you can enjoy a gentle stroll through woodlands and around small lakes. You can then make your way down to the River Vilaine and follow it as it meanders across open fields and past picturesque hamlets & villages. You could spend a month walking in the area and never cross the same path. There are 7000 miles of paths consisting of 800 walks that make their way through unspoiled countryside, across deep forests, follow grand rivers and along the seashore. There are over 50 special walking maps from all our local tourist information offices.

Cycling The Loire Atlantique / Southern Brittany is the cyclists paradise. On your doorstep you have a cycle path adjacent to the River Vilaine where you can follow the meandering river in the direction of the historic town of Redon and the coast or head north towards the city of Rennes You can design your own routes using the many rarely used minor roads and cycle past the expanse of meadows & countryside and pass through the local quaint villages.

Fishing La Cour Cottages are situated in a region named Les Trois Rivieres (The Land of the 3 Rivers), the rivers Isac, Don & Brivet. Also with just a 5 minute stroll from La Cour you reach the banks of the meandering River Vilaine as it flows towards Redon. You can find great fishing lakes only a couple of minutes away at “Le Clos Morin, just outside Masserac. You can fish almost any where in the LoireAtlantique or Southern Brittany, on slow rivers or sparkling streams, in deep lakes or on the Atlantic coast. In the fast flowing streams there is excellent Fly Fishing for trout or in the deeper slower rivers the quarry includes Tench, Carp, Roach & Rudd. In the unspoiled countryside anglers fish for tasty carnivores such as Pike, Perch and Zander.

Golf The Western Loire has 26 courses (17 public) and Southern Brittany has 7. Some are links courses , down by the sea, others are inland in rolling countryside. The closest golf course to La Cour is in the grounds of the Chateau at Missillac only 30 minutes away. Also in the grounds you can take advantage of of tennis courts and angling ponds. Other nearby courses are at Savaneu (40 mins) & Caden (45 mins).

Bird Watching Within a stones throw of La Cour you will find the Rivers Vilaine and the Don where you can watch the many Herons and birds of prey. The Loire Atlantique is perfectly placed for the annual migratory flights. That means in spring and in Autumn a wide range of species are ready and waiting to be spotted and ticked off your list. Our best known area is the Regional National Park of Briere which has 42,000 acres of wetlands to be explored, it is an important winter haven for Ducks & Geese, Sandpipers & Wading birds

Canoe/Kayak There are several places where you can hire canoes and kayaks (with up to 3 seats) for canoeing either rivers or lakes. If you prefer a more relaxed way of messing about on the water, just 15 minutes away is La Gacilly which offers day boats for up to 6 people for hire. Windsurfing and other nautical sports are also on offer at several lakes and beaches in the area.

Horseriding Close by are several equestrian centres offering pony rides through forests and around lakes, lessons and even donkey rides.


La Cour Cottages  

Beautifully converted barns and cottages nestled on the border of Southern Brittany and the Loire Atlantique.

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