Mayenne is a beautiful region of France and because it's within easy reach of the UK, cottages in Mayenne are ideal for short breaks. Explore the countryside by bike or on horseback – there are towpaths stretching for 100km along the Mayenne River with signposts for diversions to see sights that include chateaux, watermills and pretty historic villages. The fortified medieval village of Saint-Suzanne has been named as one of ‘les plus beaux villages' in the whole of France. The capital of Mayenne is Laval. Visit Laval for a fascinating insight into the history of the region. Explore the narrow streets of the old town and wander in the Perrine Gardens that lead down to the River Mayenne to see the ‘bateaux-lavoirs', which are old floating laundrettes!