Ile-et-Vilaine (35) Special Featuress:
Département: Ile-et-Vilaine (35)
has an allure so very different from the rest of France. Lush
landscapes, wild heather-covered moors, and a dramatic coastline that
endless as it begins in the south near the Pointe de Bile and ends
the Baie du Mont Saint Michel. Perfect little villages, grey
houses and delectable cuisine all come together in Brittany to offer
something very special.
Also very special is le Manoir La Chaussée, not only for its incredible charm and comfortable accommodations, but it is perhaps more well-known for its spectacular gardens, Le Jardin Anglais, designed by Alan Mason, a leading English landscape designer. He took a 'ramshackle Breton vegetable plot and a forest of poplar trees' and created a casual English garden containing more that 20,000 varieties of plants, some which are exotic and quite rare. His garden at La Chaussée was the subject of a television series in Britain, so this property is quite famous!
The château has its beginnings in the 11th and 14th centuries, having been improved upon throughout the centuries by many noble families. It is near a bridge over the River Vilaine, a place of strategic importance in times past. In World War II, it was the center of the French Resistance under the leadership of Marie Moquet whose family had owned the property for over 150 years. She made her home a safe haven for both Resistance fighters and escaping Allied pilots. There were unpleasant wartime occurrences at the bridge, and the loyal gardener of the manor, Celestin Poulain, was shot against the garden wall and is buried there.
Sympathetically restored through the ages, the manor has retained its medieval charm and appeal, and so many of the rooms have been renovated to recapture their historical ambiance. There is the main manor house in two wings, a defense tower guarding the courtyard, and a separate Guardian' House ~ now a self-contained guest cottage offering a fully equipped kitchen, sitting room and massive upstairs bedroom. The Guardian House can accommodate four in a double room as well as two singles, perfect for a young family. The manor has five double guest rooms, one twin and two apartments, all with modern en suite bathrooms. Guest rooms are furnished with French and English antiques in a most tasteful and restful style. Guests will feel comfortable with the spaciousness and simplicity of the rooms.
Common rooms in the manor are gathering places for those renting the property. Imagine yourself in the salon sitting in front of the massive stone fireplace. The salon has an ancient beamed ceilings and windows overlooking the Rose Garden. Step outside and enjoy the terrace overlooking the formal lawns and the lake. The dining room is as it would have been in the 15th century. There is a library which can be used as a conference room as it provides all modern communication technology. A Romanesque heated spa tub can be found in the converted barn buildings. It will accommodate twelve people and is of hand-crafted mosaics unique to France.
The area around the manoir, located in the département of the Ile-et-Vilaine, is not only filled with places to visit and explore, but it is convenient to Nantes, Le Baule and Redon, all nearby, and short drives to Rennes, St Malo, Cherbourg, Caen and Le Havre. For those who enjoy sailing, kayaking, fishing or golf, this is the ideal location.
and Suites in the Manoir: 5 doubles and 1 twin room, all with
en suite bathrooms.
Prices for B&B: € 75 per night double occupancy.
Two apartments: (Gatehouse & Defense Tower) with separate private entrances. Inquire for prices.
Price to rent Manoir by the week: Low-season € 1525 per week for 1-6 persons & € 100 per week each additional person; Mid-season € 2200 per week for 1-6 persons & € 100 per week each additional person; High-season € 3250 per week for 1-6 persons & € 100 per week for each additional person.
Guardian's House: can be rented as a self-catering unit from March to October. Overlooks lawns and Italian terrace, perfect for a couple or small family. Includes full access to the Spa. Has equipped kitchen, dining table, large salon with sofa that converts to double bed, large double bedroom with double and single if needed, en suite bathroom.
Price by the week: € 500 March to May; € 600, June to September. If rented with Defense Tower or Gatehouse (both en suite apartments) add € 250 for Tower and € 250 for Gatehouse. 25% deposit required to hold reservation and balance due four weeks prior to start date. Linens and towels provided along with daily maid service. All rooms are centrally heated.
Dinners: Dinners at the Manoir can be arranged by prior arrangement. For those renting the Manoir by the week, it is self-catering.
The estate sleeps a maximum of 20.
No pets on the estate.
all year. Saturday to Saturday rentals. Arrival should
be after 4 PM on the arrival day and departure by 10 AM on the last
Take the D57 (from the North) or the D56 (from the South) to Grand Fougeray off the N137 (Main route between St Malo, Rennes and Nantes). Follow the signs to Langon and you will be taken through Port de Roche. As you drive over the bridge, Le Manoir can be seen directly in front of you.
From Paris by TGV: Gare Montparnasse directly to Redon 2 hrs 40 minutes.
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