|Cosy French Cottage||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||1||Z- bed as an additional bed|
Stone cottage built on 3 floors and has been renovated keeping its French country style, the country garden has seating, BBQ and views down the valley. (Not suitable for the disabled/infirm).
A welcome pack is provided on your arrival including basic supplies and information packs including how long it should take guests to get to amenities and tourist attractions etc.
There is electric heating throughout the cottage as well as a logburner in the living area - electric fans and AC unit are also provided for the warmer months.
Travelling with children? We have stair gates, travel cot, highchair, booster seat and baby bath available for your use during your stay, as well as balls, beach toys and board games etc
We are also in France and available to assist you with any requests/emergencies during your stay in France should the need arise. We have visited many of the attractions ourselves and may be able to advise should you wish.
Well equipped kitchen with seating for 4+ people plus baby/toddler using booster seat/highchair. There are plastic plates and beakers for use in the garden.. There is an iron and ironing board, a clothes airer and pegs should you prefer to hang washing in the garden. There is a cool box/bag and freezer packs for garden/beach use and bbq for garden use.
Two sofas providing seating for 4+ people, dvd player and a selection of dvd's, hi-fi with a selection of CD's. Our little hifi will also take a USB. Lots of board games and a selection of childrens toys and books (both French and English). There are many many paperbacks for the adults to read. There is a wood burner for any chillier evenings with one basket of wood supplied free to get you started. (If you visit at Xmas you will be provided with wood for the entire stay) You will find a selection of leaflets for a huge amount of local activities. In the window seats there is a selection of beach items and toys for those warmer day.
There are 2 bedrooms both with double beds one slightly smaller than the other.
Both have ample room for storing your clothes. A hair dryer can be found in the downstairs bed area. We also have an extra bed that can be provided on request.
Bed linen is provided free of charge.
There is a shower room with a good shower, vanity unit and heated towel rail.
On request a baby bath can be provided to sit in the shower base if requested.
A hand towel, bath towel and flannel is provided for each guest free of charge.
Apart from the log burner in the living room there are electric heaters in each room. One basket of logs is provided, guests will buy any further logs locally. We even have blankets, some guests seem to like snuggling up on the sofa with a blanket to read a book or watch a film, just because they can!
There is a television with both French and English free view channels. A hi-fi/cd player and a dvd player. We provide several dvds and cds for guests use. There are also several young children's toys and books. Also many boardgames for a fun family evening! Many books for a quiet night of reading too.
Our garden is behind the cottage just a short walk away down a pretty walk way. Once in the garden you will enjoy some lovely views across the countryside. There is a bbq for guest use, some charcoal is provided in the garden shed. Also in the garden there is a bike shed containing a selection of bikes for guests to use. Bikes are to be used at the guests own risk and there is a selection of cycle helmets to be found in the bike shed. There are deck chairs next to the garden shed also.
There is ample parking outside the cottage on both sides. We advise our guests to park to the front of the house for easier access re unloading the car etc.
Not suitable for the infirm or some disabled users, due to the cottage being on three floors and because of the property being on a very slight incline with steps at both entrances etc. If anyone has any questions/concerns regarding suitability, please do not hesitate to ask.
As we live in the village we are on hand to answer any enquiries and help with such things as directions and recommendations. Past guests have found it a real benefit having us on hand. A folder containing leaflets for many attractions in the surrounding areas is provided to help you plan your day ahead.
We have lived in France for 5+yrs and love it! We both work in France, Duncan as an electrician and I look after three other cottages as well as our own. I enjoy looking after the garden and greeting our guests, we both love to meet new people and have since letting our cottage. We have had guests from all over the world. I enjoy walking and walk a couple of times a week with a very good friend of mine, we are spoilt for choice here when it comes to walking routes.
|Year property purchased||2004|
|Why this location?||We love living in the area, it is so green and lush! It is hilly in places, so we have some fantastic views! We have many many chateaux and gardens to visit. There are plenty of tourist attractions if wanted but because we aren't in, what you would call a 'touristy' area, you don't have to stand in line to get in, which such a bonus! We have many restaurants serving delicious French country cuisine or Michelin star restaurants if you really want a treat. the closest restaurant is in our sister village just a short walk from the cottage, so you can enjoy some lovely French wine and not have to drive back to the cottage! It is well know in the area and many of our guests have said how wonderful their meal was. It has a lovely terrace for the warmer days. There is also a small Tabac in the village which is a bar and shop too.|
|Unique benefits of property||The cottage is situated in an excellent location to access almost everywhere locally. It is suitable for both couples and families and we have had plenty of both. As we live locally, guests find it beneficial being able to call us when needed, whether it be for directions, translation or recommendations. When a guests wants it, we often have 'get togethers' and enjoy a drink or a meal together.|
The boats are hired from the 'Office de Tourisme' on the river in near the Mayenne chateaux, you can either take a boat yourself or the tourist boat. Some evenings a restaurant boat can be booked, you can take in the views while you wine and dine!
If you decide to book your holiday during July you may want to consider coming to the cottage around 14 July. Each year there are celebrations happening throughout France including fireworks in the evening. the french certainly know how to put on a firework display! the local celebrations to us are excellent and very well attended and include a large ' Vide Grenier' (boot fair).
There is an Auberge restaurant serving local cuisine at very reasonable costs inclusive of wine and cider. The restaurant is set in a beautiful walled garden and in good weather you can eat outside. It is within walking distance of the cottage, a walk which is very picturesque. Opening times are given in the cottage.
At the beginning of August (every two years) a Medieval Fete is held in the historic town of Domfront, lots of market stalls selling 'authentic' wares and Vide Grenier (boot fair). There is usually a medieval jousting competition which draws the crowds! Street entertainers too. Bring you camera!
After taking a walk around Mayenne old town take some time to visit the museum. The museum is very reasonably priced and they have pretty high teq activites to show you how the chateaux used to be. There are several restaurants and bars in the centre of the town within walking distance of the museum. See the views of the river from the walls alongside too. Around the 21 June the Fete de la Musique is held every year around France and Mayenne certainly joins in!. Lots of bands, singers, orchestras and much more.
This is not something we have done as yet but a few of our guests have and have thoroughly enjoyed visiting the beaches and seeing all the tanks and other memorabilia. A must see apparently, in some area especially the war graves are very moving!
Not to be missed, the famous Mont st Michel, we have visited several times and never tire of it! There is so much to see there - bags of history and lots of shops within the walled town. In the area around the Mont there are lots of restaurants and things to see and do.
The man made beaches are well worth a visit on a hot day, take a dip in the lake or eat in restaurants or take a walk around the surrounding forest. The beaches are shallow (children are less likely to get lost) and shallow parts of the lake are sectioned off for young children too making it safer and other parts are sectioned off for canoeist making swimming safer.
We have taken the tour of the chateaux on several occasions and never fail to enjoy it. The tours are held in the afternoon so why not visit a local restaurant before then have a lovely walk around this beautiful town with bags of character! There is a roserie close by which of course in the summer is stunning! - have your camera handy!
We are situated within 20/30 minutes of three of the chateaux featured on the TV show. Events are held throughout the year (see their websites) or just take a sneaky peak from the end of their drives. Chateau de la Motte, Chateau de Basmaignee & Chateau de la Bailleul.
Clearly a lot of thought has gone into making this cottage as comfortable & convenient as humanly possible. Every conceivable convenience is catered for. There is an abundance of useful information available re things to do & the local area. For a rainy day there are board games or DVDs or books to read.
The kitchen is well equipped so one really needs to bring nothing at all apart from a bit of shopping. Even then there are some items to tide one over until shopping can be done.
For the kids there are board games & even a bucket & spade for the local lake beach & other useful items to help them stay occupied.
The beds are comfy & everything is clean.
The hosts are friendly & more than willing to offer advice when needed on the local area, places to go or anything else that may make the stay more enjoyable.The village is quiet & peaceful as are the surrounding villages.
I highly recommend this cottage for a quiet break or for a convenient comfortable stay for those wishing to explore the region.
What's more this really is good value for money.
Wow thank you so much for such a lovely review! It was a pleasure to meet you all, lovely family!
It would be lovely to see you all again one day. Hope you had a safe journey home?!
Janet and Duncan
The owner was excellent and could not do enough to make your stay pleasant
The auberge in the next village only 0.9 km walk was a real gem with excellent food at a good price.The only drawback to the gite was the toilet not being on the same floor as the bedroom and as many village houses the garden is a short walk from the gite. Good quality wi fi was a bonus as well as many DVD's and CD's to play and freeview television.The cycling in the area is brilliant with the old railway tracks and beside the river Mayenne - Laval is a must.
Thank you for the taking the time to write a review and we are very glad you had such a good time.
It is always good to have such nice guests stay in the cottage, it was lovely to meet you both. It was great to see you attend the Fete de la Mystique too, not many of our guests get the opportunity!
It would be lovely to see you both again one day, although we know you are keen to explore other areas in the department.
Jan and Duncan
Travelled to France for our first holiday abroad wit h our little Westie. We arrived late and were welcomed by Jan and Duncan, who went through everything we needed to know about the cottage and also left a welcome package of bread, milk, cheese, butter, eggs, wine and cider, along with tea, coffee and sugar for a much needed brew!
The cottage was very clean and tidy and the decoration and little touches were typically French, every bit as nice as the photos we had seen on this website. There was lots of information on the surrounding areas, books, games and DVD's should you wish to use them and also the use of their private garden.
We thoroughly enjoyed our very quiet and peaceful 2 weeks at Our Cosy French Cottage and would thoroughly recommend it. It was really nice meeting Jan and Duncan and no doubt we will be back again before too long!
Thank you so much for your lovely review, it was great meeting you all and we hope to again soon. It was a shame you didn't manage to relax in the allocated 'guest garden' while you were here, your lovely Westie would have revelled in it. We are very pleased you managed to fill so much into your visit as well as some quiet time, maybe next time we could get together for a meal or an aperitif? Kind Regards Jan and Duncan