It took us a long time to find a cottage / Gite to stay in. We had a huge list of things we wanted but the main things were a pool or close to a beach so we could take Harry swimming, a garden for us to spend our evenings in, and close to a bar, bakery or shop so we could walk each morning to get breakfast, and possibly somewhere for a drink in the evening.
I soon realised we were asking a lot for our small budget, so we eliminated the pool, and focused on having a garden and preferably not being to far from basic amenities Neither of us had really been to anywhere in France since we were children, with the exception of Paris, so trying to narrow even Brittany down to a good location was really difficult.
I ended up contacting the owner of a few gites, with questions about the local area, distances to shops etc, and also asked Katy and greggers for some recommendations. They said St-Malo was really pretty and lots to do, so this tipped our choice to our little Gite in Roz sur Couesnon.
I booked it via homeaway.com, it was two bedroomed with a garden, and was close to a couple of beaches and 30 mins from St Malo! Perfect.
When we arrived, we were really surprised with our Gite, it was much larger than the pictures showed. We LOVED it. The owners welcomed us, they didn’t speak much English so it was a brief show around. They left us with a lovely bottle of local cider and biscuits. I was totally taken back by how much history was on the walls in the garden, and that they trusted people with such treasures.
There was an open sitting / dining room. All the furniture was old, but so comfy, covered in thick throws and loads of cushions. It had the biggest open fire I have ever seen, and was surrounded by amazing collectables and antiques. The walls were covered in so many historic pieces, all with a fire or nautical theme.
The kitchen was modern, but again, with lots of wall features. They had all the essentials kettle, coffee maker (we got used to having fresh coffee every morning at Sylvies), microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer (always handy when traveling with a sick baby). They provided the basics for staying, coffee, sugar, oils, herbs etc.
The garden, which was much larger than we imagined, had a big table, could easily fit 6 or more around it. The garden was so pretty, and the nautical theme was carried through, with fishing netting, lights, shells, baskets, it was amazing. They had a herb garden, which the owners gave us permission to use, a sweet little BBQ, and a shed full of games, badminton, hula hoops, football, it was fantastic. Plus it was enclosed so if you do have young children or pets running around, they are safe. The garden was also surrounded by farm land, to one side we had 2 sheep, and another 2 beautiful horses.
I imagine the cottage originally only had one level up, and the owners have created a second floor to create more bedroom space. The first floor had a large master bedroom, bathroom and separate toilet. The second floor had an open staircase up to it (no doorway), and contained 3 single beds. Its really catered for a family. The second floor was very spacious and airy, it felt huge. I think if they had closed this off with a wall and door it would of taken all that away.
Overall the space was a perfect size for us, Harry had the top floor all to himself, and we were able to have our own room. We really chilled out here, and spent each evenings having BBQs, and chatting, drinking, and playing some of the games. The only issue was not having a bath for Harry and he really didn’t like taking showers.
The gite is attached to another gite that sleep 4, there is an internal door, which i assume lets bigger parties stay, this would be ideal if you decided to go with family or friends, then you could just share the garden and kitchen etc.
The owners came to see us off on the final morning. unfortunately we had an accident and spilt red wine on their white curtains!! They were super about it, and we offered them Euros to cover the cost, which they accepted.
I would without a doubt book this again!! (if they’ll have us back).
They charge around £435 / 550 Euro for the week, we obviously paid less, as we only stayed for 4 nights, but this is a bargain compared to some others we looked at.