Le Fournil

Trans-la-Forêt, Ille-et-Vilaine
+33 (0)2 99 48 53 13

Charming 17th century bakehouse in tranquil countryside. Perfect for exploring Brittany and Normandy - only 20km to Le Mont-Saint-Michel


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

The Experience

This former bakehouse and piggery dating from the 1600s has been sympathetically renovated into a cottage for two. Mark and Tricia, who live across the courtyard in their farmhouse B&B, crafted much of the furniture themselves, including the four-poster bed, oak cabinets and country-style kitchen.

The open-plan kitchen and living area is a sociable place to rustle up supper or walk to the B&B across the courtyard for aperitifs and dinner prepared by your hosts. Come back to a soak in the roll-top tub and relax by the wood burning stove.

The cottage is in the grounds of the B&B, surrounded by a hectare of landscaped gardens, and you have your own private garden and patio for morning coffee or a barbecue. Drive 20 minutes to Dol de Bretagne for restaurants, or to Le Mont-St-Michel – borrow a bicycle and get there in an hour. Come back to a welcome hamper with delicious treats of local cider, cheese and bread. 

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We think you'll love

  • Staying in such a tranquil and peaceful retreat
  • Spotting the visiting wildlife in the secluded garden
  • Being so close to the remarkable Mont-Saint-Michel
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You should know

  • No children under 16
  • The nearest formal restaurant is a 15-minute drive away
  • Mark & Tricia run a B&B in their home across the courtyard


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights in low season, 3 nights in mid season, 7 nights in high season. B&B rooms also available at Le Pas Cru.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Dinner, 3 courses with wine, coffee & apéritif, €30.


Nightly price
from €100
Weekly price
from €700
1 Cottage for 2
From €1001 bedroom


We have enjoyed ‘Le Fournil, Le Pas Cru’ in Trans-la-Forêt, Brittany very much. Located right on the border of Brittany and Normandy and a 20 minute drive from Le Mont Saint-Michel. We stayed there for a week and were able to drive to many interesting locations from there within an hour. Mark and Tricia are very kind and they do their very best to make you feel at home and welcome. Their gardens are just wonderful and full of wildlife. The deers come up to the garden and if you’re lucky, you can spot them when you open up the curtains from the bedroom. We definitely would like to come back!

Bjorn, Antwerp

Highly recommended for those looking for a cottage for peace and quietness and with a beautiful natural environment or a nature garden. The cottage is beautifully and luxuriously decorated. In the large garden you have complete privacy and you always can find a place to sit either in the sun or in the shade. The owners are very friendly and respect your privacy very highly.

Reinder, Garyp

Wonderful in every single detail! Beautiful house, lovely interior with nice decorations. Very beautiful (private) garden with a lot of wildlife. Everything was taken care of. We had a very pleasant stay and certainly will come back!

Lisa, Antwerp

What a find! We spent 'un petit séjour' at Le Fournil and thought that it was a wonderful retreat; a place to relax, unwind and enjoy the tranquillity. Tricia and Mark have created an incredible gîte; elegant, comfortable and very luxurious with handcrafted furniture and incredible attention to detail. It really is a super gîte.

Anne & Stuart, Saint-Georges-de-Reintambault, France

We enjoy so much our staying at Le Pas Cru. We were in the "Le Fournil" cottage: amazing! Full equipped, romantic and really luxury. In addition, Tricia and Mark are really generous and kind. We just dream of the next stay at Le Fournil! Thank you Tricia and Mark

Maria Cristina, Paris

Le Fournil is off the beaten track, a luxurious rustic retreat for two, the secluded garden is a fabulous spot for supper and a haven for local wildlife. It's a real pleasure to meet Tricia and Mark, so warm, friendly and welcoming.

Nicky, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

The cottage is 1km from the sleepy town of Trans-la-Forêt, which is surrounded by woodland and pastures and has quiet single-track lanes to stroll along. There's an abundance of wildlife here, including deer, kingfishers, bats, owls and wild boar. Villecartier Forest is 3km away for lakeside walks, and for more formal gardens head to Château de la Ballue (10km) or Parc Botanique de Haute-Bretagne (34km). The nearest town for stocking up is Pleine-Fougères, 10 minutes away by car and you'll find several golf courses nearby too - Domaine de Ormes is a 20-minute drive. The famous UNESCO listed Mont-Saint-Michel is 20km away.

Local points of interest from Mark & Tricia Lovesey

  • The cottage is situated in rural countryside on the Brittany Normandy border. Numerous places of interest to visit if you can leave the peace and tranquillity of the setting. Guests describe as a little corner of paradise close to Le Mont St Michel
  • UNESCO world heritage site Le Mont Saint Michel just 20km from Le Fournil. Spectacular both day and night, considered an absolute must when visiting the area and can be see be seen in the distance when walking around the quiet country lanes at Le Pas Cru.
  • Saint Malo (44km) - An ancient walled city with cobbled streets. Walk around the ramparts before driving the route de le baie to Cancale a pretty harbour famous for its oyster beds.
  • Fougeres (37km) - One of the finest medieval fortresses in Europe and local gardens with panoramic views. Combine with the gardens at Parc Floral and the American war memorial at St James.
  • Dinan (41km) - An attractive old town with half timbered houses, port and cobbled streets. Stroll two kilometres along the canal to Lehon a picturesque hamlet with a 12th century abbey.
  • Guest feedback "set in quiet beautiful surroundings this cottage was exactly what we hoped a peaceful country escape would be”.


Mark & Tricia Lovesey

Tricia is a former bank auditor from Lancashire and Mark was a professional photographer. They decided to change their lifestyle in 2004 and moved to France to start a new life, renovating the unloved, almost derelict farmhouse into a B&B before finishing the renovation of the cottage in late summer 2019. Their achievements are incredible - not only did they do much of the work themselves, but they went on to master the art of carpentry and cabinet making. They have lovingly created a wonderful retreat and are friendly, warm and welcoming.