I obviously hope you enjoy browsing through the postings on here - do feel free to leave comments as it's always good to see who's visiting and to hear about other people's experiences - after all you never stop learning do you?

If you've any gardening questions or you live in Brittany and are looking for some gardening help - be it design work, planting or general gardening or you simply would like some advice, please don't hesitate to CONTACT ME or call me on 0033 661 77 23 89 (from UK) or 0661 77 23 89 (from France).

Happy gardening!

Thursday 22 May 2014

Fabulous Farmhouse in Brittany for Sale with 1.5 acres of garden, woodland and stream

It's been a massive decision, but we have put our lovely Breton Farmhouse on the market with a view to returning to the UK and so would love to find someone to buy our home who would really appreciate not only all the wonderful living space, but all the fantastic outdoor space our home offers too. Not to mention all the wildlife and birds we have.

If you've dreamed of living in a lovely farmhouse with wood-burning stoves, lots of beams, old fire places - look no further.  We renovated the central part of this farmhouse about 10 years ago, using French professional builders. Our home comprises 4 double bedrooms (one downstairs), a large upstairs family bathroom, an open plan kitchen/dining room, large sitting room with doors to the garden, a utility room and downstairs cloakroom with door to the garden.  Adjoining the house either side is plenty of dry storage space or room to expand the property - potential for at least 2 gites if required.  There is even a large chicken house if needed on the edge of the garden and woodland.  We also have 2 wells on site - one of which provides all the water for the garden via an electric pump.

The property sits in a very good size of formal gardens with an abundance of plants, shrubs and trees (including fruit trees and bushes) and there is separate vegetable garden and greenhouse.  Below the main garden is an area of woodland - a mix of Oak and Hazel in the main with some Poplar and offers a plentiful wood supply for the fires. (The house also has central heating.)  Running along the bottom edge of the woodland is a pretty stream complete with it's own rustic bridge!

We are 1km to the nearest village of Yvignac La Tour with its Boulangerie, Post Office and Restaurant, and have a number of options for supermarkets & doctors & chemists - 6 minutes to Caulnes, 10 minutes to Broons and 20 minutes to Dinan.  The beach is about 30 mins drive from here, airports at Rennes and Dinard about 30 mins and St Malo Ferry about 45 mins.  There are also plenty of walks and opportunities for cycling directly from our doorstep!

Asking Price £199,950

For more information on the house... please see www.bretonfarmhouse.com

If you would like more details, please don't hesitate to get in touch via email jardinmiranda@wanadoo.fr

Thank you for looking!

Sunday 18 May 2014

If you go down to the woods...

This is what you might find if you're very very lucky!

It's been so exciting this past week as a pair of fledged Tawny Owlets have taken up residence in our small area of woodland - a mix of Oak, Poplar and Hazel which provides a thick high canopy of leaves in which to hide!

Needless to say I'd been out on numerous occasions to get a snapshot of the babies but until this evening without any success at all...

The wait was definitely worth it - so do enjoy!