La Jérriaise, (named after the owner from Jersey!) is situated in the centre of Dinan. This charming riverside town, full of medieval history, has a 13th century castle. The ramparts encircle this well-preserved sanctuary where time appears to have stood still.
Luxury accommodation for couples.
Outside the front of the house is a pretty terrace surrounded by colourful hydrangeas.
On entering La Jérriaise there is a small hallway leading directly into the large dining/lounge/kitchen area.
The house is adorned with beautiful objects and ornaments reflecting the owner’s love of this beautiful property.
There is a dining table and a comfortable sofa and armchair. A wide screen TV which receives both UK and French channels is provided.
KITCHEN: A lovely kitchen with all conveniences including a dishwasher, convection/microwave, fridge/freezer.
There is an AGA which also has two gas rings. A beautiful pine table is provided for informal dining.
UTILITY AREA : At basement level (stairs leading down from the kitchen) is a utility area. Here there is a washing machine and tumble dryer. At the top of the stairs is a further WC.
BEDROOM: The bedroom is on the second floor and has a queen size bed. There is an ensuite bathroom with a jacuzzi bath and overhead shower and WC. A large wardrobe is provided.
SECOND BATHROOM: Also on 2nd floor level is a further bathroom with bath, overhead shower, wash basin and WC.
COURTYARD: The southfacing, private courtyard, accessed from the back door in the kitchen, is a haven of peace and tranquillity. Difficult to imagine you are in the centre of a town! Just relax, enjoy the silence and the colourful display of flowers.
There is a table, chairs and parasol and comfortable sunloungers. It has the advantage also of not being overlooked.
A BBQ has been provided.
HEATING: La Jérriaise benefits from “under floor heating” on the ground floor giving a warm and cozy feel as it permeates throughout the house during the cooler months. Additional heating also available.
The house sleeps 2 adults (one king size bed). A travel cot is available and babies (non-walking!) are welcome. It is not however suitable for young children.
The house is not accessible to wheelchairs and, due to accommodation on several levels, unsuitable for guests with impaired mobility.
Pets are not allowed and the house welcomes non-smoking guests only. No smoking allowed inside or outside.
PARKING: There is no available parking immediately outside the house. A paying car park is available opposite the house and a free car park nearby.
DINAN AND LOCAL AREA:
Dinan is without doubt one of the most attractive and best preserved small towns in Brittany.
Places of interest in walking distance from La Jérriaise include,
A market held each Thursday opposite the house at Place de Guésclin.
Dinan’s old town is a warren of narrow streets where it appears that time has stood still. The quaintest part is Place des Merciers where you’ll find the best examples of the town’s half-timbered houses. Just opposite is the pedestrianised Rue de la Cordonnerie, also known as ‘thirsty street’ as it has nine bars!
To get your bearings, climb the 158 steps to the top of the 40m (132ft)-high Tour de l’Horloge for wonderful views over Dinan and the surrounding area – you can see as far as Mont-Saint Michel on a clear day.
The 13th-century castle now houses the town’s museum and this is the best place to start a tour of the magnificent ramparts, 3 km long the ramparts provide a great walk and amazing views of Dinan's fortifications. They were built by the dukes of Brittany. Today they are the longest mediaeval walls north of the Loire Valley.
Reinforced in the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries, the town wall now features 10 towers and four gates which are fascinating examples of military architecture.
Wander through Dinan's narrow cobbled streets, lined with pretty half-timber houses, and discover the Flamboyant Gothic St Malo church and the Basilica of St Saveur. In July the Fête des Remparts takes place. This is a spectacular festival recreating life in medieval times with street celebrations, a market and a jousting tournament and many people dressed in medieval costume. The Château de Dinan is now a museum dedicated to the town's history and Dinan's famous hero, Bertrand du Guesclin, a Breton knight who became a military commander during the Hundred Years' War is remembered with 4 different memorials across the town. In 1357 the English laid seige to the town but it resisted. When Thomas Canterbury kidnapped Guesclin's brother he settled the matter by single combat in the Place Champs Clos opposite the Place Degluescin, which is named after him.
Dinan has some wonderful traditional shops and gift shops as well as crêperies and riverside restaurants where you can relax with some good food - or sit outside on a warm day with a cold mug of cider. Crowned a Ville d'art et Histoire (town of art and culture), Dinan is full of artists, sculptors, glassblowers whose work is exhibited in the art galleries in the town. Do not forget to walk down the hill of Rue de la Petit Fort for a great view. At the bottom is the port with many restaurants on the waterfront.Tours and pleasure boat cruises can be organised at the Tourist Office. For those looking for some outdoor activities, there is a lovely coastal route to Dinard and St Malo about 23 miles long and suitable for walking, or why not rent a bike for the day?
Nearby are the coastal towns of Dinard, St Malo and St Lunaire whilst on the other side of the river is the town of Lanvallay.
Walking around Dinard, with its Belle Époque villas and stripy beach tents, is like taking a trip back to the 19th century. The most British of Brittany’s resorts is popular with families who are attracted by its sandy beaches and coastal walks.
Made popular by British and American visitors in the 19th century, Dinard was France’s top summer resort until the French Riviera took over in the 1930s. The former fishing village attracted wealthy celebrities and businessmen as well as European royalty, some of whom built fabulous villas; there are now more than 400 listed buildings in the town. The tourist office runs guided tours on several themes including ‘the English touch’ and there’s a British film festival in October.
Dinard has several beaches, which range from small coves to long expanses of sand. The jewel in the crown of this Emerald Coast resort is Plage de l’Écluse, which is instantly recognisable in season by its rows of stripy tents; from June to September the beach organises gym classes and kids’ clubs and many other activities. The Plage de Saint-Enogat is the place to go for water sports.
Dinard continues to be an upmarket resort and many well-heeled tourists choose to spend their evenings at the swish casino after spending the day in the thalassotherapy spa. However, the Promenade Clair de Lune, a lovely waterside walk illuminated in July and August, whose palms and lush tropical plants recall the Mediterranean, shows that the best things in life are often free.
St Cast le Guildo just half an hour away is worth visiting.
The GR 34 from here has 18 km of coastal walking offering unexpected views and stunning panoramas.
This peninsula is known as the Emerald Coast named after the beautiful blue-green waters.
The footpath on the side of rocks connects the Great Beach at the port. The bridge leads to the heart of the tourist resort and the marina.
Amongst the stunning beaches are:
Pen Guen beach, framed by the Pointe de la Garde and the Bay Pointe.
The beaches of the Mare, the Pissotte and Fresnaye, offering superb views of the Fort La-latte.
The Beach Pit, is the most remote and is located at the western end of the peninsula.
Discover one of the most beautiful bays of the Emerald Coast with many sea sports: sailing, diving, boat rentals and kayak, cruises and boat trips, fishing.
Stop at the harbour facing the Bay of Saint-Malo to enjoy delicious seafood at one of the many restaurants. Or sample the Breton cuisine of buckwheat pancakes, accompanied by a bowl of cider!
The world famous UNESCO Heritage Site, Mont St Michel is less than an hour's drive and is well worth a visit.
Brittany offers a wealth of varied landscapes - beautiful sandy beaches, deep forests and medieval towns.
Brittany is easily accessible from the UK via several Ferry Ports and is also served by flights from the UK to 4 French airports.
From spectacular beaches with rugged coastlines to vast sandy expanses, to peaceful woods and forests and the famous Nantes-Brest Canal, Brittany has all the makings of a perfect holiday.
The cuisine in the area includes crepes and galettes and of course the seafood! Mussels and oysters are available throughout the region, particularly in the summer months. Cider is produced here and local varieties are available in all supermarkets and restaurants.
During the summer numerous villages and town celebrate the "Pardon" which is predominantly a religious thanksgiving but is always followed by a celebratory meal (with a drink or two!) and Breton dancing.