I am Caroline Haycox, I am English and speak fluent French, my partner and I run the gites and a Dairy farm which is in the same village as the gites. My two children, Elizabeth 15 and Hugh 13, go to French school, we moved here in 2002 and love the tranquility of the countryside and the friendly French people of the area.
We love the rolling countryside and the proximity of the beautiful mediaeval town of Dinan. We have the benefits of being secluded, whilst having easy access to all amenities. The people here are so friendly and we are really part of the community.
We have many things to see and do in the area. In the gites we have a lot of repeat business every year, because people find that they ‘have not done everything that they wanted’ when it is time to go home. Children love the grounds at La Lohuas and often complain when parents take them out for the day, because they are very happy with the play area and the trampoline. We offer local produce to purchase – organic cheese and cider, home produced eggs and milk. We also offer a selection of meals to our gite customers, allowing them to try the traditional recipes of the region.
I live and work on-site, I love my job : there is so much job-satisfaction to see people relaxing, winding-down and having a wonderful holiday. I am very lucky to have guests that are from all over the world and are generally respectful and likeable people. The greatest compliment that I receive is when people book to come again – this means that they must have had a great time!
I spend most of my time working : cleaning, gardening, maintaining and arranging things for the guests and giving advice on where to go and what to see. I can also help if there are any unforeseen problems : doctors or dentists appointments, hospital visits, problems with ferry crossings, etc.