Cottage for holiday rental Mayenne - LM003213

Carelles (29km from Fougeres), Mayenne, Western Loire Reference: LM003213 Advertiser since: 27 March 2013
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La Grande Salle Verte Self Catering Saturday 2 4 1 3 seater sofa turns into comfortable double bed.

About this property

Newly Renovated Child-Friendly Cottage with Pool. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

'La Petite Maison' is a lovely 2 bedroom wheel-chair and child-friendly gite with wi-fi, in the grounds of our farm-house 'La Grande Salle Verte.'

Outside the cottage are 2 private patios with garden furniture.

Inside the cottage is a large, bright south facing ground floor bedroom with emergency pull cord, kingsize bed, reading lights, dvd player, walk-in wardrobe and views to the pool and garden. On the ground floor there is also a very spacious wet room and toilet, and a kitchen/sitting room.
Upstairs is a cosy hide-away bedroom (much loved by teenagers), with 2 very low level twin beds.

The cottage is fully insulated and double-glazed so it is as warm in winter as it is light and airy in summer. (Naturally, electric blankets are provided in winter, but we promise you won't feel cold in the cottage!)

The cottage shares over an acre of grounds with our farmhouse, with a 6 metre heated outdoor pool, in July and August, surrounded by raised decking, flower tubs, sun beds, solar shower and pool toys, an orchard, a large play area with 2 different sets of swings, sandpit and large trampoline, a separate covered play area with a full sized table tennis table and basketball hoop, and a rustic games room with darts and mini-football and comfortable seating where you can relax and enjoy the last of the sunshine, a barbecue, and lots of tables and chairs scattered around so you can relax with a glass of wine while keeping an eye on your children.
Part of the orchard is fenced off and here you will find our chickens Everyone is welcome to help feed the animals and collect the eggs. 

Eggs, fruit and vegetables can be purchased from us as well as homemade cakes, desserts and casseroles, when available - a popular alternative to eating-out. However, the village bar/restaurant/shop is only about 200 yards away and does a great lunchtime meal including wine and cider for about 12euros .
Don't take our word for it - come and see for yourselves! For our lovely reviews please find us on Tripadvisor. (We are the highest rated gite locally)

We ask for a 25% deposit to reserve the holiday, plus damages deposit of £100 in advance, and the balance of your holiday paid 4 weeks before arrival.



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen/sitting room has a double glazed door leading to your private patio and through to the orchard. In the kitchen you will find all you need in the way of halogen hob, low-level oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge, coffee-maker, lots of pots, pans and crockery etc. A washing machine and freezer are in an alcove close by.

A welcome pack is provided with tea bags, biscuits, wine, milk and our own home-made bread and fresh eggs. Oil and seasonings are in the cupboards.
A table and folding chairs are provided for days when you don't want to sit outside to eat.

Living rooms

The sitting room has a comfortable 3 seater sofa, which can turn into double bed, an easy chair, satellite tv/dvd player, wi-fi and cupboards with games, books and dvds and lovely views over your patio and the orchard..


The ground floor double bedroom has a king size four-poster bed, (electric blanket in winter!) twin reading lamps, walk-in wardrobe and wall-mounted remote control dvd player and electric heating.
There is a large double glazed window overlooking flower beds, lawn and outdoor pool.

On the first floor is a pretty twin-bedded room with a chest of drawers, a Velux window and original beams. The beds are low-level due to low beams!

Two travel cots with mattresses, highchair, baby monitors and stair gate are available if needed.(Note: cot bedding NOT provided - please bring your own)


The large wet room is fully tiled. It has a dual head shower, handbasin with a large mirror, suspended toilet and a low level tap, very useful for filling buckets and bowls. There is a heated towel rail, towels and toilet paper are provided and some toiletries.

Grab rails and emergency pull cord are fitted and a shower chair is provided.

Washing machine and a freezer are in an alcove just outside the wetroom.


All rooms have individual electric heating, some have remote controls, and cooling fans are provided in Summer.

Electric blankets on all beds in cool weather, you won't feel cold!

Heated towel rail in the wet room and also in the walk-in wardrobe.


We have a hot tub, heated outdoor pool (please bring your own towels), boules pitch, electronic darts, traditional darts, basketball hoop and table tennis. There is a secure play area, an undercover play area and a games room. Also trikes, sandpit, swings and toys for children.

Adult and children's bikes and helmets available, (please reserve them, free of charge, when you book).

The orchard has plenty of room for children to run around or visit the chickens.

Riding school nearby.
Laval and Fougeres both have 'fun' swimming pools with slides. fountains etc. Laval pool also has outdoor 'beach' area.

We are about 200 yards from the local bar/shop/restaurant.

Fishing lakes close by.

Garden and outside

We have an acre of grounds. There is a securely fenced 6 metre heated outdoor pool for use in July and August, with a solar shower and an outside toilet. Please bring your own towels for the pool.
The pool has a raised decked area (ramp access) with sunbeds, tables, parasols and swimming floats, noodles, diving toys etc.

Our chickens live in a fenced enclosure . They are all very friendly and would love a visit from you. Two shy cats live outside in the barn.

The lawn has tables, parasols, chairs and a swinging chair

There is a gas barbecue available.

Parking and garages

There is plenty of easy parking on our land.
Disabled guests can park outside the gite.

Visitor suitability

The gite has several emergency pull cords, automatic and emergency lighting. It is suitable for wheelchairs.

All paths have automatic lighting.

The swimming pool and children's play area is fenced, and there is automatic lighting on all pathways.

The grounds are flat or very gently sloping and everywhere is wheelchair accessible including the pool area.
Note: The pool is above ground, so may not be suitable for some disabled guests, but there is an accessible slope up to a decked surrounding area so you can enjoy watching your family in the pool..

Chickens are in a fenced paddock, but you are very welcome to go in and visit.

Information about any additional facilities

We have several adult and children's bikes, scooters and garden games.

Lots of books and magazines for you to read during your stay and to exchange with yours!

Garden produce, casseroles, desserts, jam, chutney, eggs and homemade bread for sale as available.

Sorry, we cannot accept pets because of our own animals and there is no smoking in the farmhouse and cottage.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Shared pool



Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: Le Ferme Aubege, Carelles
Distance: 1 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: St Denis de Gastines
Distance: 6 km

Organic produce/dining


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Sentier Botanique


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Angela Trueman

John and Ange live here with our grand-daughter Selina. We love the laid-back life-style, the space, quiet roads, warmer weather than the UK. Need we go on??

Year property purchased 2010
Why this location? We love this part of France, and fell in love with the orchard and the potential of the buildings.
Unique benefits of property The holiday cottage is suitable for disabled guests, with a double bedroom and large wet-room both on the ground floor.
It is equally lovely for children, with a secure heated pool, jacuzzi, (both May to Oct) indoor games room, outdoor play area, chickens and of course goats waiting for a walk and a cuddle!
We are only 200 yards from the heart of the village, but in a quiet, countryside spot.

The Owner Recommends

Fougeres Town

A sandy man-made beach is ideal for a swim, or lead your children on a Shetland pony round the woods. A land train takes you round the medieval town and the Chateau is a picturesque place to stop for a pastis or hot chocolate. There is also a lovely Aqua centre with flumes, fountains and wave machine. Fougeres has a great market on Saturday mornings and a 10pin bowling alley, and is also home to our favourite "eat as much as you like" Chinese restaurant!

Gorron Park

Gorron is our closest town, it has an indoor/outdoor pool, supermarket and a variety of small shops and restaurants and bars. It also has one of our favourite parks. A river winds through it and you can canoe there, or try your hand at tree-top walking. For smaller children there is a 'basket-chair swing' and walk up the hill to low-level rope-walks among the trees. There is also a barbecue, so you can bring your own charcoal and food, and enjoy a meal there.

Pontmain Pilgrimage Destination

Pontmain is one of France's major pilgrimage sites. It was here that the Virgin Mary appeared to local children. There is now a Basilica on the site, and slideshow in the barn (2 euros in the slot!) where the children were when she appeared. It is well worth a visit and the original church is very picturesque. There is also a gallery showing works from local artists.


Rennes is a busy town around an hour's drive away. It has a bustling Saturday market selling everything from live oysters and lobsters, farmer's own creme fraiche, vegetables, sausages and cheese, to clothes, jewellery, and (my own favourite) a street of fresh flower and plant stalls. The Market is based in 'Place des Lices' in the medieval area of Rennes and which is well worth seeing for its old buildings and cobbled streets.

St Hilaire du Harcouet Market

On a Wednesday, this is a busy market selling everything including livestock. Buy a sausage in a baguette or a crepe (pancake) with chocolate filling, find a seat at a bar, and watch the world go by.

Winter Christmas Lights

Our area is famous for the Christmas Illuminated Villages. Villages compete to show off their fairytale themes and some offer mulled wine and crepes (pancakes). A tour round the villages is definitely a 'must' on your Xmas break.

7 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 8.9
  • Comfort: 8.4
  • Condition: 8.7
  • Facilities: 9.3
  • Local Amenities: 8
  • Setting: 9
  • Value for Money: 9.3
10 / 10 Underwood’s 8 August, 2018

Had everything we needed. Owners really helpful and friendly.
Suitable for families with all aged children.
Great to have animals on site too, the children loved this.

Owner response

Thanks for the lovely comments. We loved having you, and everyone really enjoyed Paddle boarding and Acrobranche! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in France. Come back again!

10 / 10 Emma Jones 28 August, 2017

The gite has everything you need and is in a quiet little countryside village. John, Angela and Selina are a lovely family who went out of their way to make us feel welcome (especially the kids). They have goats you can walk and feed bottles of milk to and plenty of chickens producing eggs for breakfast every day. If you are travelling with children they have loads of equipment for them to play on, including trampoline and swimming pool and also wifi and digital TV once they've tired themselves out!
There is a very small village shop/bar/cafe for essentials and there are many bakerys and supermarkets in the nearby towns Ernee and Gorron (we had some nice crepes in Gorron as well).
It's the perfect place to relax and get away from it all. If you want to explore the surrounding area there are many lovely markets, forests, castles, parks and gardens all within about 30mins-1hr drive.
We had an amazing holiday here and hope to return one day soon.

Owner response

Thanks for the lovely review. It was a pleasure having you to stay and the children were adorable! When you come back (!) the hot tub will be installed, and a large paddling pool for kids and adults as well as the heated pool.

9.3 / 10 The Adams Family 14 August, 2017

This is a lovely gite in a great location with plenty to do or simply space to relax. The owners are very helpful and keen to make sure everything is right for your stay and the facilities are excellent. Our children particularly enjoyed walking and feeding the goats and hunting for chicken eggs in the morning! The pool is a pleasant addition to the property and is deep enough to swim in or just to float in if the weather is good.

There is only one shop in the immediate village which is quite limited but there are several decent supermarkets within 15 mins drive away and there are plenty of things to see and do within a relatively short drive, including several Chateaux, horse riding, and even a day out at the beach within approx 1hrs driving!!

Overall this is an excellent property for a very pleasant stay.

Owner response

Thanks for the wonderful comments! We enjoyed having you, and the goats loved all the attention! It was great that a couple of eggs hatched while you were here to see the new chicks. Come again!

9 / 10 Deb Keyes 8 August, 2016

Excellent gite with excellent hosts. Unfortunately it was in a rather remote location and most of the local restaurants were closed. I would definitely visit again but maybe at a different time of year.

Owner response

Thank you for your lovely comments about us and the gite. We are in a small village in the countryside, but we are only 10 minutes by car to two towns with swimming pools, acrobranche, fishing, restaurants and cinemas.
It is especially lovely here in spring (baby lambs and calves, violets and primroses), and autumn, (chestnuts, mushrooms, blackberries, hazelnuts and the Pumpkin festival) so perhaps we will see you then? We look forward to it.