The following information has been compiled to help you to choose
our home for your holiday. We hope it answers most of your questions,
but please don't hesitate to contact
us should you still have any queries.
Where exactly is La Peignardiere?
La Peignardiere is in the east of Brittany, just on the edge
of the forest of Fougeres, approximately 8 kilometres from the
town of Fougeres, which lies North east of Rennes] and 1 kilometre
from the village of Parigne on the D108. This location puts
you in easy reach of some very beautiful coast lines and beaches
and yet is situated in the heart of a lovely countryside.
And how do I get there?
Possibly the best ports to arrive at are Cherbourg
or Caen. From Cherbourg the journey
will take about 2 to 2½ hours, while from Caen it is about 2
hours travelling time. Alternatively for those who like a longer
journey then go to Le Harve and cross the Seine
using the new Pont de Normandie and
on into Honfleur. After a visit to this
picturesque town it will take about 2½ hours to reach Fougeres.
(If you wish we can send you a planned route-map to Fougeres
from which ever port that you intend to arrive at.) Please remember
to book your ferry crossing as early as possible.
So what is La Peignardiere?
Standing in approximately 2 acres of land including
gardens, La Peignardiere is a large stone built farmhouse with
outbuildings constructed we think between 1700 & 1750. Part
of the original house has now been converted into cottages.
The first sleeps 5 people plus one person on a folding bed,
and the second sleeps 4 people plus one person on a folding
bed. In total 11 or 12 people can be comfortably accommodated.
La Peignardiere offers an all too rare opportunity to escape
from the maddening crowd without giving up modern facilities.
The property is completley enclosed by a fence, which is for
the most part covered by hedging. There is also a large gate
across the entrance, we hope this offers peace of mind to those
guests with small children (it's diffcult to escape !).It
has an indoor heated swimming pool and there
are swings etc outside in the field
What is the accommodation?
Both houses are centrally heated during the period October
- the end of March ( included in the rental) In the lounge of
each house there is a settee that can if required be made down
into a good sized double bed.
The smaller cottage has a lounge / diner with kitchen area
downstairs, in the lounge area there is a very large open fire
place approximately 7' wide, with a wood burning stove, although
not often used during the summer months, it is wonderful during
those chilly spring and autumn evenings. Upstairs there are
two bedrooms, one with a double bed, and the second has twin
single beds, both rooms have hanging and storage space. There
is also a single folding bed if required, also on this floor
is the shower room, which comprises of a shower, a hand basin
and the toilet. Next to the shower room door you will find a
storage cupboard where the hot water tank is kept. The kitchen
comprises of one gas cooker complete with oven, one fridge,
one pine crockery unit, various cupboards with drawers and ample
worktop space. In the larger house there is a large lounge /
diner with kitchen area down stairs, and three bedrooms upstairs,
the main bedroom is fitted with a double bed and has a good
size wardrobe, the second bedroom has twin beds with a large
drawer unit and hanging space, and in the third bedroom there
is a single bed with a large drawer unit, also the shower room
complete with hand basin, toilet and shower is on this floor.
The kitchen in this house has one cooker complete with oven,
one fridge, four cupboards with drawers and plenty of worktop
space. Both cottages are fully equipped with all that you need
including pots & pans, kettle, filter coffee maker, cutlery,
crockery, glasses, and cooking utensils (as well as a bottle
opener ) we also supply duvets, pillows, blankets, and bed spreads.
But what must I bring?
Nothing if you don't want to. We can provide you with all your
linen needs at a small additional charge. But if you would prefer
to supply your own linen then you will need to bring duvet covers,
pillow cases,sheets, bath / hand towels, & tea towels, other
than these items we believe you will find almost everything
you may need.
What can we do there?
In front of the house was the old bread oven, which we have
converted into a large Bar-B-Q area complete with two patio's,
tables and chairs, for those al fresco meals, or even petit
dejeuner on fine summer mornings. we do recommend that you use
charcoal, as although there is normally plenty of wood around
it does not make the best fires. In the garden area there is
a large petanque pitch and you will find boules in each house
for your use.
About the garden you will find benches to allow you to sit
in quiet solitude and contemplation. There is also a large rose
area that at the right time of the year turns the air heavy
with its heady perfume. Certain areas of the garden are allowed
to grow wild [other than cutting the grass twice a year], this
has encouraged rabbits hares and sometimes even deer into the
garden. If you are very lucky you may see the barn owl that
occasionally visits the area, and bats are not an uncommon sight
on a summers evening.
Woodland walks & the Lake
Further afield, but still local, there is the forest this has
many footpaths suitable for both long and short walks, there
are also some paths designated for mountain bikes [a few of
these are not for the faint hearted], Perhaps most importantly
there is a fair sized lake in the forest fed by a natural stream
which is ideally suitable for swimming, it comes complete with
a sandy beach, and a safe climbing area i.e. climbing frames
etc. (many of our guests have remarked on how nice the lake
was and how much there is for the children to do there (without
spending any money!)
Mushroom collecting seems to go on all year in the forest,
but beware take a mushroom guide book with you - few kill, but
many can make you ill! At the right time of year you can also
find wild strawberries and blackberries just for the taking.
|Not far away [about 1 kilometre on the other
side of Parigne] a new natural park has been created from an area
of predominately marsh land. Amongst the flora and fauna it boasts
many birds rare to the area, and some very uncommon plants, I
was lucky enough to visit the park during June of 1996 whilst
building of the amenities were still under construction. Board
walks have been built across the marsh for visitors to walk on.
As I walked around on the board walks I was able to view quite
a few uncommon birds etc., but perhaps the most surprising sight,
was that down on the thick black mud of the marsh could be seen
wild Venus fly trap plants, and not just one or two but many,
this park is an unusual place to visit but in my opinion well
worth the effort.
And the village?
In the village there is a very good boulangerie, a grocers,
a butcher who visits twice a week and sells from a van, a post
office (and if you have never visited a small village post office
it can be a minor culture shock, no counter! only a small desk,
a chair on your side of the desk, for you to sit at while purchasing
your stamps, i.e. no bars no security just friendliness and
often the post mistress will stick the stamps on for you as
well!) But perhaps the most important building in the village
is none of these or the Mairie or the lovely church but the
Bar des Sports, here you will meet Frank and Valerie who run
the bar and offer a warm welcome especially if you tell them
that you are staying at La Peignardiere, however the bar is
not what Franck is best known for, it is the restaurant, his
food is excellent and the prices are more than reasonable. During
the week every lunch time his restaurant is normally packed
with lorry drivers and local workmen, but if you wish there
is a smaller room pleasantly laid out with five or six tables
for those who would prefer not to join the lunch time melee.
I have met more than a few English clients of his who have travelled
a good few miles to eat there, but unfortunately Frank like
many working French people takes his holidays during the month
of August usually the last three weeks.
What about Fougeres & normal shopping?
There are four large supermarkets in the Fougeres area here
you can buy almost anything at all In the town itself are some
very nice shopping areas, where you can purchase anything from
excellent fresh fish to exquisite cakes. Fougeres boasts over
1000 years of history. There are many events during the summer
months. Frequently in the large Chateaux in the old quarter
concerts are held, both classical and modem, but often catering
for most tastes. Near the Chateaux there are also many bars
and restaurants for your enjoyment and relaxation.
See Local Shopping
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