Hirondelle Farm - The Stable

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Saint Aubin des Chateaux, Loire, France

Overview

Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps 4
Per week £300 - £425
Type: Cottage
Description of the Saint Aubin des Chateaux vacation cottage rental
Welcome to Hirondelle Farm, the ultimate in French Holiday Homes, open all year, including Christmas and New Year!
If you are looking for a really clean, comfortable and extremely well equipped French Holiday Homes you have found it!
Set in the beautiful Western Loire only 6Km from the walled historic town of Chateaubriant, Hirondelle Farm nestles in the hamlet of Le Perray surrounded by peaceful fields of corn-on-the-cob and sunflowers. Hirondelle Farm is owned by Dave and Doreen Joyner, formerly of Bournemouth, UK.

Doreen Joyner

Area Info
The village of Saint Aubin des Chateaux, with its picturesque riverside picnic area, is less than a kilometer from the farm. The market town of Chateaubriant is a scenic bicycle ride of about 6 kilometers. The ferry port of Saint Malo is less than a two hour drive through some of the most beautiful parts of Brittany en route to the Western Loire.
The area is famous for the fishing available in local lakes, rivers and canals. Carp, Roach, Pike and Mullet are the most popular catches.
The lovely towns of Rennes, Angers, Laval, Nantes and St Nazaire are within an hour's drive from the Farm. As are the beaches at La Baule and St Brevin.
Property Rates
Begins Ends Week
Night
Weekend
Night
Weekly Monthly Min
Stay
Jan 06 2015 Mar 30 2015 - - £300 - 1 week
Apr 05 2015 Jun 01 2015 - - £330 - 1 week
Jun 01 2015 Sep 01 2015 - - £425 - 1 week
Check In: 1 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.
Deposits: A 25% non-returnable deposit is required at the time of booking, the remainder to be paid 6 weeks prior to arrival. A 200 �� Euro cash deposit is payable on arrival to cover any damage. This will be returned on departure minus any necessary deductions. Guests are asked to arrive no earlier than 1.00pm and to leave by 10.00 am on departure day, although sometimes arrangements can be made for an earlier arrival. Please note the rental rates quoted are for the gites, NOT per person.
Payment Options: Money Order, Cashier's Check, Personal Check, PayPal
Other Fees: Rental rates are per week Saturday to Saturday for the Stable. Rental prices include all linen (English pillows are provided), crisp cotton sheets, fluffy hand and bath towels, gas for cooking, and water for basic domestic use. Electricity will be charged at the rate of 20 cents per unit, in our experience the average cost of electricity in France is about 18 ��uros (£12) per week in the summer
Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Private, enclosed garden with patio with all garden furniture and a BBQ. Plus space for badminton or volleyball and free bicycle loan if you are feeling energetic!
Owner Supplied Testimonials
Guestbook

David, Katie, Holly, River and Emilia of Mansfield
"Stayed last year in the Stable for 2 weeks - 3 weeks in the FarmHouse this year and still not long enough. The whole area is beautiful, the local French are lovely!
Doreen and Dave work very hard, nothing is too much trouble, two of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. (P.S. We don't get out much!) xxx"
Sue, Steve, Matthew, Karyn, Pauline, Ron & Muriel of Essex
"Your photos on the internet don't do Hirondelle Farm justice. The photos show a lovely cottage, but we arrived to find a beautiful home, lovingly restored by Doreen & Dave. We have had a very comfortable stay, and the children had a wonderful time in the garden and pool. Thank you for all the little touches: nice wine in the fridge, flowers on the table, plus all the books CDs and DVDs.
This area of France is very beautiful and full of things to do and places to explore .... we will definitely come back. Merci bien pour votre hospitalité!"
Graham & Pam Rees and Elizabeth Powell of South Wales
"Beautiful place, lovely people. Came over for a much earned rest and got so much more!
At Aubin - otters in the river - marvellous! Owls and birds of prey - fascinating!
If you enjoy wildlife and peace this is the place to be. So nice we have purchased a property."
Geoff, Ruth, Andrew, Lottie, Alastair (6), Caroline (3) & Katie(1) of Co Wicklow, Ireland
"Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Hirondelle Farm and all the amenities of your fine gite. Thanks for the use of the childrens' toys. Thanks also for the use of your shed for our "small" stock pf wine. We look forward to toasting you when we transport it back to Ireland. Hope to see you both again!"
Martin and Jane Gosney of West Yorkshire
"Another restful and relaxing visit to Le Perray. We walked, cycled as well as enjoyed the local scenery, food and wine. The week has passed by so quickly! Thanks to Doreen & Dave for another lovely holiday - hope to see you next year!!"
Alex and Rosie of Christchurch, Dorset
"Back again! This time on our honeymoon. Had a brilliant 2 weeks, lovely weather and fantastic hosts.
If the horse happen to be racing while you are here it's well worth a visit, an enjoyable afternoon with, hopefully, a few winners!!
The market is fab, visit the Chi Chi man!
The chateau is extremely interesting & with lots to do around town & such caring hosts it is a holiday to recommend to everyone - & will be doing so. many thanks to D & D and hope all your guests enjoy their holidays as much as us!"
Paul Andreé, Matthew, Tabitha & Nathan of Surrey
"Thank you for an absolutely fantastic week. The Stable was lovely with surprises hanging at every corner! There was so much to see and do we have had to save some for next time.
The bikes went down a treat as well.
Thank you again for all your hard work."
Val, Robert & Nick Farrant of Oxon
"We came in search of peace and relaxation and we certainly found it here in your beautiful gite. It truly is a home from home where we received a lovely warm welcome from Doreen and Dave. This is certainly the best gite we have ever stayed in, in France. A clever and beautiful restoration. Congratulations Doreen & Dave on your achievement. We wish you every success with the work you are doing on your own house. Thank you also for providing perfect weather. We also wish future holiday makers here as good a time as we have had."
Liz and Keith Robertson of Edinburgh
and John McBay of Arbroath

"So impressed with the way a virtual ruin has been turned into a wonderful gite. We have had a great week exploring the delights of the Pays de Chateaubriant."
Belinda & Barry McCabe of Ireland
"An excellent central location for visiting the Loire region. In the evenings we all looked forward to returning to the FarmHouse to relax and enjoy all it's amenities. We has 3 kids with us, Doreen & Dave had thought of everything to keep them amused whilst we relaxed in a beautiful private garden enjoying great barbeques and wine. You won't get bored at the FarmHouse!"
Paul, Claire, Isabel & Joanne Heafey, Tom Peacock and Fay Peters of Thame
"We have enjoyed two weeks of relaxing and glorious sunshine and it has been wonderful to experience this gite and garden at it's best. The old stable has been beautifully and sympathetically renovated and what a location! Our thanks to Dave and Doreen who have been discrete and attentive hosts."
Bryan Wiltshire and Heidi Crelley of Sutton, Surrey
"The gite has offered the perfect relaxing retreat - with the option of loads to do in the surrounding area. The renovation work is fantastic and tastefully done. All credit to Doreen and Dave for what they've achieved and for being the sort of hosts who let you get on with the holiday in privacy but are there, if required, to impart valuable and often amusing local knowledge. We look forward to visiting again."
Louise, Tom, Alexander, Taylor & Callum of Lincolnshire
"Arrived safely to our "FANTASTIC" holiday home after a 5 hour journey from Calais. Everything was perfect .... immaculate! Thank you Dave and Doreen for making us feel nothing was too much trouble, enjoyed your company."
Caroline and David of Putney, London
"A TRULY 5 STAR HOLIDAY: 
* Beautiful, relaxing and comfortable gite
* Great hosts in Doreen and Dave
* Great bikes for some fantastic cycling around the area
* Great location - an hour from the beach and some 
interesting cities to visit - Le Mans especially
* Best steak in the world - Chateaubriant at the L'Amazone
Thanks to Doreen and Dave for following their dreams and making such a lovely holiday location for us all!"
Nick, Leigh, Sam, & Ed White of Wiltshire

Plus a special word from 13year old Hannah
"A wonderful gite, it's without doubt the best we have ever stayed in! Thank you Doreen and Dave for a spotlessly clean & fully equipped home from home. We enjoyed our visit to Angers & its Chateaux, old town & great shops."
"Thank you for all the garden games and videos! We really enjoyed playing with Emmanuelle, Rebecca and Jessica. (Next door's children) I loved the karting just outside Chateaubriant!"
Joseph & Janine Laverty of Northern Ireland
"What can we say? The past week has been super. The FarmHouse provided a good base for us to return to every evening. Both Dave & Doreen have thought of everything. There's not one thing you'll want for in this FarmHouse. All the amenities are here. A picturesque homestead, complemented with cornfields and sunflower fields and a calmness that refreshes the mind, body and soul. Thank you!"
Greg & Jo of Dorset
"A wonderful gite, really well equipped in lovely surroundings. The local French are great and really helpful with the language, which is just as well as we only know three words!! We've had two packed weeks with plenty to do, visiting the local market and the lakes, and the Atlantique shopping centre in Nantes, a must for all you shoppers! Dave & Doreen are the perfect hosts ensuring an excellent holiday. P.S. We don't want to go home!!"
Alan, Bobbie & Charlotte Carter of Shropshire
"Thank you for introducing me to Emmanuelle, Rebeca and Jessica. Thank you for the board games, videos and CDs! It is a very nice house and I hope to visit again! Charlotte"
"C'est un três beau pays et nous avons amusé três bien. Nous vouchions revenir. Alan"
"Thank you for your wonderful hospitality, gite and location, you both more than deserve your success. Bobbie"
Ian & Rosemary Pitt of Southampton
"It is with regret that we come to the end of a relaxing week. The gite has been a wonderful oasis of calm and rest, set in beautiful countryside that we have only begun to explore. Coming back in the evening to sit by a blazing log fire has been really enjoyed and appreciated! We should certainly hope to coma back for further visits!"
Kate, Mark & Sophie Gill of Hampshire

"Our first family holiday and probably going to be one of the best. Angers and the Lake at Voireau were lovely. Doreen and Dave made it a "home from home" and couldn't have made it any better. 

(Sophie having a bath in the Stable sink!)
P.S. Thanks for the night of babysitting - one night off is a real treat. A Bientôt. See you soon."
Cabby, Roni, Ian, Joe and Archie Luxford of Surrey
"Another wonderful stay at Hirondelle Farm. Weather not too great but Dave & Doreen's hospitality care and fun ensured a great time was had by all! You cannot help but marvel at the exceptional craftsmanship of Dave's work - the FarmHouse is absolutely beautiful. The perfect French holiday for all families - we will be back again soon! (If they'll have us ....!!)"
Matthew & Greg Thompson of Nottingham
(aged 13 and 9-10 whilst at Chateaubriant)

"Thank you for a superb week, we have had an excellent time. We have had an action packed week, going on the bikes to playing badminton in the garden. Thank you once again, it was superb"
Bob and Anita Thompson of Nottingham

"We've had a brilliant week. Thank you for arranging the wonderful weather. We were somewhat relieved when, due to a risk of fire (because of the hot weather), Bob's BBQ skills were not put into practice!! Seriously though, thank you so much to Dave & Doreen for being such perfect hosts and allowing us to enjoy your beautiful gite. The peace and quiet has been wonderful - an opportunity to chill out.
To anyone else reading this - you must try L'Amazone for a memorable meal. What a great week."
Leonora, Richard, Elke and Amelia (11 months) of Oxford

"What a fantastic place! it looks like we are joining a long queue of people planning a return visit. definitely the best gite we've ever stayed in, every need catered for.
Doreen & Dave have been brilliant hosts and should be very proud of their achievement creating Hirondelle farm. We will certainly recommend this place to everyone we know.
Many thanks for making this a brilliant holiday/wedding. A Bientôt.
Mo & Ernie of Surrey
"Another piece of paradise." (Second visit)
Stephen Langston, Rosie Townhill of Lanarkshire & Janna Langston of Southampton.
"Well, well, well, did we have fun. Came here for a quiet break and got more than we bargained for. Local places brilliant and cottage was fabulous. Wine very cheap and might sink the boat on the way home. Great holiday, will return, thanks to Doreen & Dave - good laugh." (Stephen)
"I will bring my cello next time for a soiree of wine-drowned music making. Thanks for a wonderful holiday!" (Rosie)
"Doreen and Dave had a dream, not many people make it happen. Well done, it's truly a success" (Janna)
Laura, Alwena, Eric & Wyn of North Wales
"Wonderful gite, the best we have ever stayed in!"
Mairead, Noel & Holly of Dublin
"We've all had a wonderful stay in this lovely gite, both clean and well equipped - everything you would need "Home away from home". We look forward to returning, many thanks."
Alan & Mel Grant of Fareham
"Words cannot express what a beautiful and peaceful gite Dave & Doreen have created - we can only reiterate what has been written before. Dave & Doreen are brilliant hosts who have ensured that our stay has been perfect - they have a wicked sense of humour, and they drink all your wine! Excellent shopping and cheap wine, next time bring a trailer!! A truly relaxing and wonderful release - you have done us proud."
The text below was received in an email from the Thompson family of Nottingham who had stayed with us for one week and had arranged to go to another gite, with a swimming pool, for the second week of their holiday. (We have since installed a pool surrounded by timber decking in the FarmHouse garden)
"Well, what a second week! Biggest mistake out, not stopping 2 weeks with you. Our second accommodation was absolutely filthy, including the much looked forward to swimming pool. The property was so disgusting we made the decision to leave within hours of arriving. Unfortunately, we could not find a hotel for the night, and ended up sleeping in the car!! All the relaxation we'd benefited from with yourselves, was undone in a matter of hours.
 
It is such a shame that the quality of accommodation available for the second week was not a patch on your gites (possibly a hard act to follow)."

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