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La Cour
Walnut Cottage
Fully equipped kitchen
Comfortable lounge
Dining area
Double bedroom with Juliette balcony
Well-appointed bathroom
Private and enclosed garden
A large selection of bicycles free for you to use
A selection of child bicycle trailers and child seats for younger children free to use.
Beach at La Baule
One of the beautiful swimming lakes with beaches
One of the nearby outdoor swimming pools with slide
Cycling on the nearby river towpath
The amazing mechanical elephant
The local village of Masserac
The local River Vilaine
The local historic port town of Redon
One of the nearby swimming lakes with beach
Plenty of bars and restaurants in the local towns
Chateau at Nantes
Fishing on the local River Vilaine
Canoe hire available locally
Beautiful local viewpoints
Canoeing on the local River Don
A day at Branfere Animal Park
Plenty of countryside to explore on foot or bicycle.
Beautiful surrounding countryside
Endless walking trails to be discovered
Discover the surrounding fields on foot or on bicycle
Lovely sandy beaches within easy reach
The beautiful botanical gardens in Nantes
Chateaux to visit
A local picnic spot on the river
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Masserac, Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire

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kev p
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Brilliant holiday base”
Reviewed August 22, 2017 for a stay in April 2017

We have been holidaying at Paimbu for over 20 years now, and never tire of the peace and quiet of the place.
The fires are in a really rural part of Brittany, yet close to so many places to visit - beaches, restaurants etc etc

Maria and Tony, the friendly owners, live on site so are always available to give advice on places to visit, things to do etc

Having bikes to rent allows you to explore the beautiful local area. The nearby river has a cycle path alongside, the roads are very quiet compared to the UK, and there are so many cafes and small restaurants (check out the 'menu ouvrier' which is just incredible value at lunchtime) that you'll be hard pressed to run out of things to do and places to go.

We would recommend La Cour without hesitation. Once you've stayed you'll want to keep coming back.

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Management Response
Aug 24, 2017
Thank you so much for leaving your kind review. It has always been a great pleasure for us to welcome you back to Walnut Cottage – your home from home! As keen cyclists we know you love exploring on your bicycles. We offer a wide selection of bicycles and child seats and trailers for little ones (see photos on our advert) all free of charge and with marked cycle tracks on the doorstep it is an ideal area for cyclists. We look forward to seeing you both again next year!
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Sharon K
Herefordshire
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A little gem in gorgeous countryside”
Reviewed May 21, 2017 for a stay in May 2017

This location is for you if you enjoy peace and quiet, countryside and wildlife whilst enjoying a comfortable place to stay with great hosts. Owners Maria and Tony (English but speak French too) have lived in the area for a long while and are two of the nicest people you could hope to meet. They have accommodation away from the gites but are close at hand if you need them and they can give lots of advice on the area - where to walk, eat, etc. Do ask to go and see their delightful pygmy goats and the chickens!

The cottage has free wi-fi and British TV channels - the kitchen is well-equipped and the seating and beds are very comfortable. It was spotlessly clean. There are four gites of differing sizes but each has its own substantial and private garden space with outdoor seating and barbecue. There are lawns for each gite large enough for children to play. Cycles are provided for all ages and there are lots of lovely walks straight from the cottage including the local marais (marshland) with coypu and bird-life such as harriers and kingfishers.

Nearby there are lots of attractions: La Gacilly with its summer outdoor photography exhibition is a must, along with a trip to the 'Vegetarium' cafe at the Yves Rocher centre (some vegetarian meals, but also meat and fish). There is a fascinating Museum of the Breton Resistance in World War Two at St Marcel, near Malestroit. Rochefort-en-terre is a scenic little medieval village with shops and cafes in abundance.

A little further afield La Grande Briere - nearly 100,000 acres of wetland - is a protected area where you can learn about the history of the people living there - their flat punts which they used to hunt and to move livestock around the marshes - the orange blossom waxing industry which made bridal head-dresses for a lot of European brides - the little houses thatched with reeds from the Marais. You can ride a horse or take a trip in a punt or walk out on to the Marais. You will almost certainly see Marsh Harriers and Hen Harriers and other water and wading birds. If you are lucky (as we were) you'll see an otter.

Guerande is a medieval walled town with walkable ramparts, but more interesting are the sea salt marshes nearby. The visitors centre has a fascinating film of how the salt is made (English subtitles) and an exhibition. There is also a shop of local produce and you can buy any quantity of this exceptional sea salt to take home. Again, there is a lot of birdlife on the marshes including black-winged stilts and avocets.

The beaches on the Atlantic coast are some of the cleanest we have come across. We recommend La Turballe for beach-combing, but we loved Piriac-sur-Mer too which also has plenty of choice for eating (Le Keroman gallettes are great!).

For a wet day - or somewhere different, especially for children - the Ocearium (aquarium) at Le Croisic is great - make sure you see the sharks being fed.

All of the places mentioned above are with an hour's drive from the cottage. We could have gone further afield to Vannes or Nantes, but there was plenty to do and see locally.

This is a delightfully undiscovered area and we highly recommend it and La Cour Cottages are the perfect base.

Your age range 50-64
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Brian F
Woodhall Spa, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A lovely break in the Loire-Atlantic area.”
Reviewed October 19, 2016 for a stay in September 2016

We stayed in Walnut Cottage for a week in mid September, picking this Gite as it was in our preferred area for exploration of the coastal Loire area.
On arrival it was obvious that Tony and Maria were great hosts.
The cottage was just as we imagined it form the photos and the side garden was huge, facing the setting Sun.
Our enjoyed our stay immensely and would definatly return if (when) we re-visit the area.
We would recommend Walnut Cottage to anyone who wants a relaxing break near the Atlantic coast or just wants to explore the wonderful villages and towns inland.

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Liked best: Friendly atmosphere and location.
Liked least: Nothing at all (except having to return home.....
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England
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Charming cottage in delightfully quiet hamlet”
Reviewed July 15, 2016 for a stay in July 2016

We stayed in Walnut Cottage in early July. A road trip from Calais brought us nearly to the door, however Tony was on hand with his bicycle to guide us in the last 50 yards! From the moment we met Maria and Tony we knew we were going to enjoy our time there. Friendly, helpful and most welcoming they had thought of everything to help newcomers to the area get started. We had a wonderful few days exploring the area, doing villages and towns, markets and beaches and of course watching the euro 2016 football as it entered its final matches, in the evenings.
We had a go on the complementary bikes available and also walked into Masserac in the morning for fresh bread. A wonderfully rural area with farming at the heart of enterprise, it is very pleasing to the eye and the roads are fabulous, not a pot hole in sight!
The cottage is lovely, comfortable and has everything you need for your time there. The garden is huge, very private and has a barbecue and eating area. We went to have some time out from the usual rush of work and re charge our batteries and we did.
Liked best, the peace and quiet and the very warm welcome, liked least, the local French markets start to close at 12.30, so you have to get up early or you miss them!!
Well done Maria and Tony, your hospitality and helpfulness is wonderful.

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Kingswinford
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73 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“Lovely stay !”
Reviewed June 18, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

The cottage was all as we expected, very clean, comfortable and a lovely private garden including b b q.
We had a good trip down, although ferry crossing was delayed for 2 hrs due to a strike at Cherbourg, so arrived later than what we hoped, but were greeted by Tony and Maria who gave us directions to where we could eat.
The beds were comfortable and very welcome and the kitchen although small was stocked with plenty of plates,dishes etc.
We had a good holiday apart from the weather that didn't play ball.
We did find it difficult to eat out in the evening as most small restaurants seem to just do midday meals and they also close on a Monday, if the weather had been better we should have barbecued.
Tony and Maria were there if you needed them and were very charming.
Lovely places to visit within 30 - 45 mins.

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Management Response
Jun 21, 2016
Many thanks for taking the time to leave your kind review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Walnut Cottage and it was a great pleasure to have met such a fun group of people. We know that the French do tend to still favour a lunchtime meal with 4 courses and wine for as little as 11 Euros in the local village restaurants followed by a BBQ or bread and cheese for a relaxing evening meal. In the evenings the surrounding towns offer a good choice of more cosmopolitan restaurants but Monday is normally a day off for the restaurants, banks etc.
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England
Reviewed October 13, 2015 for a stay in September 2015

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Liked best: The property, location and our hosts
Liked least: Spending only 5 nights at Walnut Cottage
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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HertsOldi...
Stevenage, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
153 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Great Gite”
Reviewed August 30, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Returned to Walnut cottage for the second time and to La Cour for the 3rd time. We stayed at wisteria cottage one time as it was a family holiday.

Tony and Maria are excellent hosts who are there when you need them but not when you don't. They are a great source of information on the local area.

Walnut cottage is well equipped, the only missing item is a dish washer but its not really needed for a small gite. The private garden is by far the best of the four gites at La Cour it's large but secluded. It was hot when we were there this year from 11 July but the ventilation from the juillet balcony kept the bedroom cool and the stone walls also helped. We are sure to return again.

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