A wonderfully restored 14th century half timbered town house situated close to shops and restaurants in the medieval city of Dinan. La Vieille Auberge is believed to have been built in 1386 - Artisan style, with a slate roof, (originally thatched), granite stone block walls and half timbered frontage. Reputedly one of the oldest houses in Dinan. The house has been carefully restored maintaining many of the old world features and charm while also being updated with 21st Century amenities. The house is ideally located, close by the English garden and the church of St Sauvier. The accommodation is split over three floors, kitchen and comfortable lounge (with gas fire) on the ground floor, two bedrooms with en-suite and separate WC on the first floor and large sitting room with wet bar (fridge and sink), TV, DVD, IPOD Dock and French Day bed on the second floor.
House in Dinan, Brittany / Cote D'Armor, France - Medieval Town House Just Steps From All That Dinan Has To Offer
- Calendar last updated:
- Nov 28, 2018
About Noel Hughes
Noel and Cindy Hughes live in England just outside of London with their two daughters - both now in university and their dog Pepsi! Cindy is a native of LA California and Noel is part Brit and part Irish. Noel spent many years in CA where he met Cindy. Noel and Cindy discovered Dinan on a family holiday in 1997 and fell in love with the town.
Noel Hughes purchased this House in 2006
Why Noel Hughes chose Dinan
We happened upon Dinan many, many years ago and really fell in love with the town, the cobbled streets and the friendly people. We especially were facinated by the fact that there were so many houses still standing from the 14th and 15th century that were still being used as everyday accommodation - you don't see much of that in CA! Dinan is also a place where you could easily spend a week just hanging around the town, shopping, eating, walking and visiting its many attractions. There is also the added benefit of being a close to so many wonderful beaches along the Brittany coast.
What makes this House unique
The house is everything we wanted! It's old old old, but we have added the essentials to make the house comfortable and ever so practical. We do not consider ourselves owners of the house but simply caretakers as we know it will be around long after we are gone!
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Wonderful property for a pleasurable stay in dinan.
Great communication from Sean who was waiting for us at the property, we arrived a little late due to the ferry, however he had the heating on and made us feel welcome with advice on the property and nearby parking. Thanks Sean. Beautiful character house with all modern amenities . Well situated for exploring the town.
Clean, comfortable and quirky
This historic home has everything you need for a very comfortable stay. There is nothing that hasn’t been thought of and it felt so welcoming. The low doorways and the extremely narrow stairs would be a challenge for anyone with mobility issues but they do add to the character of the house. The kitchen is a dream and is equipped with everything you would need. Sean was very friendly and helpful and his restaurant recommendation “Le Lycorne” serves the best moules frites I’ve ever eaten. Absolutely loved our week here and would highly recommend it for a home away from home in Brittany.
In family, we spent a great week in this very well located apartment, right in the center of the city.
The apartment is very spacious and very well arranged in terms of structure.
We have all the feeling, when we are in the house, of what it was like to live in centuries past.
Great reception from Sean, who gave us all the necessary directions and helped us in whatever was needed.
The only counter that I find in this house is its very narrow stairs, which do not allow good access to suitcases for the upper floors, but this is normal in a house of this type and old.
I strongly suggest to anyone who goes to this magnificent and very beautiful area, to stay in this house.
Thank you so much for everything.
Em familia, passámos uma excelente semana, neste muito bem localizado apartamento, mesmo no centro da cidade.
O apartamento é muito espaçoso e muito bem arranjado em termos de estrutura.
Temos toda a sensação, quando estamos dentro de casa, do que era viver em séculos passados.
Grande recepção por parte do Sean, que nos deu todas as indicações necessárias e nos ajudou em tudo o que era necessário.
O único contra que encontro nesta casa, são as suas escadas muito estreitas, que não permitem um bom acesso a quem leva malas de viagem para os pisos superiores, mas isso é normal numa casa deste género e antiga.
Sugiro fortemente a quem vá a esta zona magnifica e muito bela, ficar nesta casa.
Muito obrigado por tudo.
Great location in the walled city. Walking distance to the whole city.
Everything was as we expected. The tricky part was the stairway. No one who is wobbly on their feet could have made it up and down, much less carrying a suitcase. We spent a bit of time on the top floor at night, having our wine and cheese. There was always a nice breeze there. It is in a city, and with our windows open at night there was some noise of motorcycles and people walking by. Otherwise, a fine value and a good spot for visiting Dinan and Brittany.
Le vielle auberge ; a lovely,quirky property.
Very well equipped and attractively furnished.
Fantastic location, historic charm, modern amenities
We had a great week in this charming gite, just steps away from the Dinan cathedral. The kitchen, in particular, deserves special mention--it is the most well-equipped kitchen of any we have experienced through VRBO rentals. If you like to cook, this is the place for you!
The Brittany Coast can be reached by car in 30 minutes. There are many beautiful beaches, coves and small towns all within a short drive from the house.
The nearest airport is at Dinard, approximately 20 minutes from the house. Ryanair flies directly to Dinard from a number of locations in the UK. St Malo is approximately 30 minutes by car and Caen (which has a fast ferry) is approximately 2 hours by car.
The house is located in the centre of the old town. From the town you can walk down the steep Jerzual cobbled street to the port - approximately 10 minutes. The walk back up from the port takes a little longer and is very dependent on your fitness.
From La Vieille Auberge explore the delights of Dinan; one of the most beautiful places in Brittany. This fortified town, established in the 9th century, overlooks the river Rance and the stone ramparts now enclose a uniquely preserved 11th century town. The centre of Dinan is filled with over 50 lively bars, cafes and restaurants. Specialities include a bewildering variety of galettes, delicious seafood and of course, cider. Thursday is market day in the main square of Dinan which celebrates Breton fare. Explore the pattern of narrow streets and cobbled alleys, crammed with Medieval timbered houses, many now housing quaint gift, antique and craft shops. See Renaissance Manors, town houses, built by East India Company officers, and Villas used by the British in Victorian times. Explore 2,800m of ramparts and 12 towers, also statues, churches, squares, gateways and gardens.
In Dinan there is a theatre and a cinema, and 2 swimming pools. Street festivals include the medieval Fete des Remparts. Dinan's art deco railway station has its own railway museum. Climb the 158 steps of the Tour de L'Horloge (the record is 3 minutes 47 seconds) to see nearly everything.
Walk through the centre of Dinan and down the steep Rue de Jerzual past galleries and craft shops, through the gate to the Port on the River Rance. There are more bars and restaurants, 2 bridges, boats for hire and riverboat excursions. Continue along the Rance tow-path to Lehon with its Abbey, Castle and heated open air swimming pool.
Rates & Availability
Booking Notes: Please contact us by phone or email to make a booking. 25 % deposit is required before a booking can be confirmed which is non-refundable (50% if booking is made for peak season, i.e. June through August). We accept payment via cheques or through PayPal. Please contact us for PayPal fees if you choose to use this service. Changeover Day: Saturday to Saturday booking - weekends or short breaks by arrangement.