It’s almost THAT time of the year again….

The time of year where we begin to wind down our summer operations here at Le Chant, and our minds start to turn towards winter projects. Yes, we’ve still got campers on site, and we still have gîte guests booked in, and all are enjoying this lovely ‘indian summer’ we’re experiencing at the moment.

High points this year have included two weddings – one was our own daughter’s, which was just brilliant, and the other was for guests who we know will become friends. Both weddings were celebrated with much love and laughter, in surroundings described as ‘magical’! Needless to say, Syb & I were thrilled. We were also honoured to be the destination of choice for so many family reunions this summer, not least of which was for the lady who originally bought Le Chant, along with her husband, with the vision of turning a dilapidated old farmhouse with outbuildings into the paradise we believe it is now. Her friends and family came from as far afield as Canada, Australia, USA and Yorkshire to make sure her 80th birthday went with a bang! After a gap of over 20 years, needless to say, all were stunned and delighted with the changes since their departure. Many of the people we’ve become good friends with in our thirteen years as owners came to say hello, and shared in her celebrations too!

All that, and we still have a birthday celebration for our lovely neighbour’s daughter to arrange and host, but it won’t be long before we start to slip into winter mode. The barn will once again become a workshop and a wood store for the winter. We’ll be mending, painting, building, varnishing, building….improving!

Well…..there’s some exciting news on the horizon, and we’ll be making some announcements on our Facebook page, so please do stay tuned for those. You can click on the link on any of the web pages where you see the Facebook logo – please do say hello!

In the meantime though, Syb & I would like to thank each and every one of you that visited this year. You all contributed so much to Le Chant by way of your laughter, your kindness, your lovely reviews and your personalities, that it’s difficult to single any one out, but we hold you all dearly  in our memory bank, and we look forward to catching up with you again in the near future: either here at Le Chant, or on social media! It’s been our absolute pleasure to host you all at our home – thank you, sincerely.

Stu & Syb.

A Bar Is Born (!)

We’ve been asked many times if we have a bar here at Le Chant, and many times we’ve answered, no. Until now, that is! Our latest addition to the barn is our bar – aptly named L’Entente Cordiale! It’s been christened (a few times) already, and is proving to be pretty popular with guests.

We’ve had our Petite Licence, allowing us to sell wines and beers as well as soft drinks, since forever, but we hadn’t really formalised anything, selling from our kitchen, passing carafes of chilled wine through the passe plat. Guests didn’t really know what to do to get a drink either, so we thought it was high time we utilised some of the space we created in the barn for just that!

I returned from Saumur with a trailer fully loaded with everything I needed to build the counter and off we went….

Guests had been promised there’d be a bar a few hours later, and there it was – just a few hours later. Sure, it needed a few finishing touches, but they’d come in the next few days. For now though, a bar was born.
The day after, I set to with the electrickery – lights, plug sockets for the beer machines and other ‘stuff’ that needed to be plugged in. Fridges were moved into position behind the bar, the cupboards were stocked with glasses and pretty twinkling lights were an added feature. A lovely friend who’s an ex-camping & gîte guests but who now lives semi-permanently locally provided some pretty bunting and a light-up sign with the name thereon.

There’s even a USB charging point on the bar so you can recharge your batteries while you, er – recharge YOUR batteries with a glass or two!


Pretty cushions have been added to the snug area, meaning you can sit in comfort, read a book or chat with mine hosts!

Syb’s the better looking one, on the left!

Hope to see you here soon!

Gîte Special Offers!

Due to an unfortunate family illness, we have availability in Héron (sleeps 5) from the 18th August for a week with a saving of €100! Or, you could come the week before and stay for a fortnight and we’ll knock off a further €50?

Drop us a line if you’re interested. 😎🌞

Last Minute Gîte Give-away! BIG reductions, AND 20% off your crossing with Brittany Ferries with ALL bookings!

For remaining weeks in July.

Chardonneret (sleeps 2). Normally €615 – reduced to just €550 per week.
Hibou (sleeps 5). Normally €725 – reduced to just €650 per week.

August Offers. MASSIVE reductions!

Remaining weeks reduced…

Chardonneret (sleeps 2). Normally €615 per week. Now €595, PLUS a second week at HALF PRICE! Fortnight total of €902 instead of €1230!
Héron (sleeps 5). Normally €765 per week. Now €650, PLUS a second week at HALF PRICE! Fortnight total of €1147 instead of €1530!
Hibou (sleeps 5). Normally €725 per week. Now €600, PLUS a second week at HALF PRICE! Fortnight total of €1087 instead of €1450!

Availability calendar is here…

Get in touch ASAP to take advantage of these fantastic savings on your 2018 French holidays!

*Based on full high season price.

New for 2016…..communal BBQ and firepit area.

The two stone BBQ’s surrounded by log seats and benches were really popular last year, but the BBQ’s were past their ‘sell by date’ and needed to be replaced. But by what? How? The solution lay in our loft – an old hot water tank, or ‘chauff-eau’. I cut out the basic shape of the BBQ, and our good friend and near-neighbour, Lionel, did the welding for us. After building a solid stand for it, the new BBQ was then painted and lifted into place underneath a useful rain cover.

The fire pit evolved from an idea on YouTube! It’s an old drum taken from a washing machine we had stored, but broken beyond repair, waiting for a trip to the scrap merchant. Another bit of ‘upcycling’, involving some old rockery stone, no longer needed, and some old tomettes (tiles) and we were ready to go. All has been cemented in place and it’s now a lovely communal eating & drinking area. A great space to meet up, chat and laugh with friends old and new. Guests on site have already given the thumbs up to both, so we just know you’re going to love it!

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