super wide angle photo of wisteria on the side of the gite
Head and shoulders photo of Stuart and Gabrielle leaning against farm gate

email enquiries and reservations

telephone 0033 296 274 465 from outside France

0296 274 465 when in France

Please call Mon - Sat between 9am - 9pm French time
(remember that France is an hour ahead of the UK)

address Gabrielle Anderson
La Haute Houssais
22350 Saint Maden

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About Us

We met in Brighton and moved to Brittany in 2005, buying our house in April 2006 and have run the gîte ever since. We’ve made great efforts to learn French and integrate into our local community. When we were married by our village maire (mayor) we were serenaded by the traditional Breton dance group that Gabrielle had joined as a fiddle player.

As ex-townies, we’ve had lots to learn as we establish our permaculture smallholding growing herbs, vegetables, fruit and nuts, variously accompanied by chickens, geese, ducks, rabbits, sheep, pigs during the summer and, more recently, bees. In the winter months, we work in our 11 acres of woodland.

We’ve enjoyed running the holiday cottage and decided to convert the upstairs of a long barn into another comfortable gite for two people, which is separate from the cottage and will have its own private garden.

We're always happy to stop work and chat; that said, we'll leave you to enjoy the privacy of your own gite and garden.

à bientôt, Gabrielle and Stuart