La Petite Madeleine is accessed via outside steps with hand rail. The front door leads directly into the cosy living room with dining table and small, but well fitted and equipped, corner kitchen.
An open fire place provides the heating during the cooler months and electric heaters are also provided. There is comfortable seating for four guests and a TV is provided with UK and French channels. Wifi is available throughout the house.
The kitchen has an induction hob and electric oven. There is also a fridge with freezer compartment, microwave, dishwasher, kettle and toaster. A cafétière is provided.
The carpeted stairs lead up to the first floor and Bedroom 1. Please note the stairs are steep, a rope hand rail is in place. The bedroom has a double bed, spacious clothes cupboard and a washbasin. There is also a TV in the bedroom.
The adjoining bathroom has recently been completely refurbished. It consists of a shower, WC and washbasin.
Bedroom 2 is on the 2nd floor. It has a double bed. The ensuite bathroom has been beautifully fitted and decorated. It has a roll top bath with shower attachment, WC and wash basin.
A washing machine, tumble dryer and clothes airer are available in the cellar (access at front of the house).
Please note there is no outside sitting space at the property. However, the port of Dinan is just 100 metres away with numerous bars and restaurants. La Petite Madeleine is located behind Les Roger- Bontemps restaurant/brewery/bar.
It is also in walking distance of the old town of Dinan and its tourist sites, including the English Gardens and Castle. Walking and cycling trails start in the town as well as canoe/kayak hire.
There is no parking outside the property, apart from dropping off bags or luggage. However, a pass is available for secure parking close to the property. The free bus service (Dynamo) runs and stops outside the house. This bus service goes into the town of Dinan as well as up to the supermarket Super ‘U’ in Lanvallay.
One small dog maximum welcome. Pet Fee and T's and C's apply. Please enquire at time of booking.
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 Petite Madeline include,
A market held each Thursday at Place de Guésclin.
Dinan’s old town is amaze 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 the pretty village of Léhon, 5 minutes by car, has a superb outdoor swimming pool in the grounds of the Abbey.
Nearby are the coastal towns of Dinard, St Malo and St Lunaire .
St Cast le Guildo just half an hour away is worth visiting.
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!
A little further afield, about 45 minutes drive, is Mont St Michel. This UNESCO Heritage Site is one of the most visited places in France!
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 Rennes, Nantes and Brest.
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.