La Maison de l 'Artiste
..in the fields of Normandy, France
GITES & STUDIO D'ART
Hi my name is Alison and my husbands name is Alex, Welcome to La Maison de L'Artiste.We met in the heart of the countryside walking the 'Camino de Santiago' , and we were blown away by the beauty on the walk and the whole life changing experience. We bought La Maison de L'Artiste for its simplicity and charm, our home is forever reminding us of how we felt when we first met. We would love to share this little piece of paradise with our guests.
I was born in Zimbabwe and lived in Australia for twenty odd years, where I brought up my three wonderful children who now live all over the world. I was a professional artist and exhibited all around the world and then I decided to study again and now I am also a qualified art therapist. We are busy renovating the large barn into an amazing creative and healing space. Guests are welcome to visit and join me in my studio or book an art lesson or therapy session during your stay. I am also a qualified massage and Reiki bodyworker. My passion is to inspire creativity and joy in others.
Alex is from the Republic of Ireland and is a teacher of English (ESL) at various universities in the city of Rennes, he has been living in France for 27 years (so speaks fluent French). He is passionate about his girls 'the bees' and his 'chickens! Hopefully one can get a chance to taste some household organic honey and delicious free range eggs. You can always find him pottering around in his wonderful vegetable garden or busy making jams from all the fruit we have in our garden. He keeps reminding me 'life is meant to be fun'.
Alex also offers English Immersion lessons ..... an immersion weekend/week for couples or individuals. Immersion is a natural way to learn a language and it can be fun and creative if combined with a walk or art here at La Maison de L'Artiste.
Life in the fields of Normandy is peaceful and inspiring , we hope our guests will feel the same
ABOUT .. 'LA MAISON DE L'ARTISTE'
La Maison de L'Artiste is quite unique in that it offers accommodation and healing modalities such as massage, reiki, energy healing, art therapy and we offer english immersion, all these can be booked at or before arriving. Our dream is also to accommodate various small affordable ,unique, creative retreats and workshops to be held throughout the year .
Alison would also like to continue facilitating her woman's 'arty party celebrations' weekends for ladies to celebrate a big event in their life . Here Alison invites you to explore your creativity and nurture your soul while having a great time connecting more with your friends. You do not need artistic talent or ability, just a desire to be nurtured and explore your creativity and yourself through art. She sometimes combines Art and a deeply relaxing Hawaiian massage as a package , an inspiring and healing experience while in the beautiful country side of Normandy. There is also going to be some retail therapy available in the small Art Gallery/shop in the studio.
La Maison de L'Artiste offers two self-catering gîtes/cottages both with an artistic feel, (sorry not really suited for small children), situated in a small hamlet called la pruneraie (the plum orchard), in the heart of the French countryside, in a quiet cul-de-sac location with no through traffic. The area is peaceful and unspoiled, with open farm fields ,forests and fruit trees - fig, cherry, chestnut, pear, apple and plum trees, great for time out to create and relax and/or as a perfect base for exploring some popular tourist spots in Brittany and Normandy. There are also beautiful walks and bike rides in the area. Mont St Michelle can be a wonderful bicycle day trip! We are sorry, no dogs allowed as we have two cats. We are in the process of making a magnesium pool to use as part of a package for clients who have healing treatments.
There are many picturesque towns in the area, and numerous châteaux, cathedrals and churches worth visiting.La Maison de L'Artiste lies between the villages of Montanel in Normandy and St Ouen la Rouërie in Brittany in a quiet cul-de-sac. It is about 30 minutes south of Avranches and about 40 minutes north of the city Rennes. Nearby (half an hour's drive) Mont St Michel is not to be missed, but you will also enjoy visiting the towns of Fougères, Ducey, Avranches, Villedieu Les Poêles (for its copperwork), Mortain (for its panoramic views and waterfalls), Dol de Bretagne, Bayeux tapestry,Dinan (a beautiful inland river port), St Malo (particularly the old walled town and port), Vitré. The Normandy landing beaches from the second world war are also close by. The closest restaurant is a 5min drive , there are also many restaurants 15 mins drive away, just remember each gite also has its own barbecue area and we can provide barbecue packs to order.
With all the extra activities we have to offer , La Maison de L'Artiste is not just about the great accommodation, staying here is also a unique experience , we are in the middle of nowhere and in the middle of everywhere ! We look forward to meeting you.
Book for a night or as long as you wish
We have two independant gites/cottages available at the moment
artsy country home
3 bedrooms (double, queen, 2 single beds),
one bathroom (there are stairs to first level) 2 toilets,
open plan kitchen -lounge, barbecue area, WIFI ,
towels and linen provided, sorry no pets
You can also book both places for two families or large groups, then this can cater for 8 people.
PLEASE NOTE we are still in the process of renovating the large art studio and healing room but there will still be great painting and healing facilities available
artists countryside cottage
one double bedroom,
one bathroom , open plan lounge & kitchen,
Barbecue area , WIFI ,
towels and linen provided, sorry no pets
Rewind.. Discover ..Create... at La Maison de l'Artiste
The cottages have their own kitchen and there are barbecue facilities available in the garden but you are also welcome to order
a delicious continental breakfast delivered to your Gite
.....a good idea to book before you arrive please
Breakfast.... €12 each
Fresh Croissants, Baguette, Homemade Jams, Fruit from the garden, yoghurt, juice and Coffee with hot milk.
Treat yourself to
Hawaiian Ka Huna or Lomi Lomi Massage,
Reiki energy healing
a good idea to book before you arrive
more info below
ART RETREATS & CLASSES
Alison is a professional artist and has exhibited all around the world ,
Join Alison in her studio for a group or private art class
Alison is also a qualified art therapist and holds
WOMENS CREATIVITY & YOGA RETREATS
all through the year
Book for an art therapy session. (no art experience needed)
We are welcome to visit Alison in her studio.
Please book before you arrive
more info below
THINGS TO DO
PLACES TO VISIT IN OUR AREA
Mont St Michel
A magical island topped by a gravity-defying medieval monastery, the Mont-Saint-Michel counts among France's most stunning sights. it is simply unmissable,one of the first UNESCO World Heritage sites It houses the eighth-century abbey of Mont St Michel. Three million visitors come to Mont St Michel each year, so it’s worth getting there early to miss some of the crowds!
The bay of Mont St Michel has the highest tides in the world and many pilgrims were drowned or sucked into quicksand in medieval times but don't let that put you off going on an amazing guided walks across the Bay of Mont St Michel.
has over a thousand years of history and boasts the largest medieval castle in Europe as well as several other historic monuments and beautiful gardens.
It's known for its medieval half-timbered houses and grand Rennes Cathedral. Parc du Thabor includes a rose garden and aviary. South of the Vilaine river, the Musée des Beaux-arts displays works by Botticelli, Rubens and Picasso. The Champs Libres cultural center houses the Musée de Bretagne (Brittany Museum) and Espace des Sciences, featuring a planetarium are worth visiting.
has its own long beach to the north and some delightful finds to the south. St Pair-sur-Mer, Jullouville (our favourite), and Carolles-beach run down the coast on a sandy 4-mile stretch of shoreline. All the resorts are also ideal for walking and cycling, but pack for a picnic as cafes and restaurants are few and far between.
Granville is a delightful fortified coastal town with an impressive citadel. Check the great annual seafood festival, running at the end of September.
For something delightfully different, visit the villa of Christian Dior.
is a fifty-acre country park, which was created in 1830. Set among wooded hills, there are lakes and a dozen gardens. It’s a beautiful place to discover many varieties of plants and trees.
beautiful beaches, tall granite walls surround the old town, which was once a stronghold for privateers (pirates approved by the king). The Saint-Malo Cathedral, in the centre of the old town, is built in Romanesque and Gothic styles and features stained-glass windows depicting city history. Nearby is La Demeure de Corsaire, an 18th-century privateer’s house and museum.
lies along the coast to the east of Saint-Malo. It is a picturesque fishing village and is very popular with visitors drawn by its reputation for oysters. Though a small town it is well served with restaurants, many specialising in seafood.
There is a lovely coastal path where you can follow a circular walk from the town to the Pointe du Grouin, which has lovely views across the bay towards Mont St Michel.
Dol de Bretagne
is an attractive town, particularly the pretty Grande Rue des Stuarts, which has many many 500-year-old half-timbered buildings.
is a beautiful medieval citadel with 13th-century ramparts and 15th-century half-timbered houses. It is best seen from the River Rance, from where the castle and fortifications are seen to their best advantage. From the river, behind the houses on the left bank quay where the boats tie-up, a steep, cobbled street leads up to the old town.
Mortain perches high above the deep gorge of the Rance, 24 kilometres south of Vire. The views from the town across the valley are lovely. A short walk through the town and up the hill leads to the “grande cascade” (large waterfall). From here you can follow a footpath down the gorge to the “petite cascade” (little waterfall).
is located south of Dol de Bretagne and is an attractive town. The Château de Combourg (the childhood home of the writer, Chateaubriand) perches on a hill and dominates magnificent landscaped gardens. Below the château and town, there is a cypress-lined lake.
is an archipelago of 365 unspoiled granite islands south of Guernsey and Jersey. They have the strongest tides of the continent and very clear waters. Here, there are lovely long beaches of fine sand. It was from these islands that the granite came to build Mont St Michel and to pave the streets of Paris. You can also take a boat trip from Granville to Chausey, an archipelago of unspoiled islands to the south of Jersey. Two Granville companies operate regular crossings from October to March and daily crossings from April to September: Vedettes Jolie France and Compagnie Corsaire. The crossing lasts 50 minutes.
As well as painting in the studio or getting a massage at 'La Maison de l'Artiste' there are also a lot of walking and cycling Trails around the area and around the lake and through the woods of the nearby Forêt de Villecartier (we have bikes for you to use)
and if you enjoy the beach there are many sandy, safe beaches , just a short drive away. Our favourite beach to swim at is half an hours drive , in Jullouville near Granville (in May, this beach becomes a racecourse and hosts horse races (trot).
VISIT THE FRENCH FOOD MARKETS
Remember we are on the border of Brittany and Normandy, our favourite in Brittany is the Rennes market on Saturday and in Normandy St Helier Market on Wednesday and Saturday. Normandy is famous for its dairy products especially the cheese and for its apples so try some of the Cider!
Rewind.. Discover ..Create... at 'La Maison de l'Artiste'
Just loved staying at Alison and Alex's maison , the art lessons and learning about the bees from Alex and how can I forget the massage were heaven and such a good base to come home to after seeing all the sights during the day will come back