|La Bonne Marie||Self Catering||Flexible||2||5||2||Potential for 2 additional single beds|
Our cottage is in a quiet rural location but within easy reach of the cities of Le Mans or Laval or the towns of Evron or Sable sur Sarthe. The house is a home from home and offers a private swimming pool (5.5 metre diameter) - for the exclusive use of the guests, plus dedicated private garden which is secure and fully fenced, a minimum of an acre in size. The garden has a bbq, patio area and a summer house plus there is a wooden play area for children which has swings, slides etc.
For the winter months the house has central heating and a wood burner.
Fully equipped kitchen with gas cooker with electric grill, microwave, toaster, coffee maker etc. Crockery for a minimum of 6 people.
Dining area with seating for 6 people - highchair available on request.
Outside dining also available - patio furniture for 6 people plus the summer house which can also seat 6.
Open plan living room with sofa and arm chairs, tv (English & French tv), dvd with suround sound, music player.
Door opens onto the garden and patio area. We have a selection of kids toys plus a small library of books (if you have finished your holiday read then we are happy for you to swop with one from the library).
Two double bedrooms, one with a double bed, one with a double bed plus a single bunk bed over head. There is also a day bed in the hallway which is a full size single bed. Cot available on request.
Each room has a hair dryer.
Shower room with heated towel rails.
Second cloakroom with toilet and hand basin.
Towels can be provided for a small extra charge - these are changed weekly.
Central heating supplied in winter months. We have also installed a woodburner - we include an initial supply of wood, fire lighters and kindling - further supplies can be supplied at an additional charge or most super markets sell bags of firewood in the winter time.
There is also an electric convector heater.
Tv - English & French channels.
Dvd around sound
Dvds and cds supplied
General games and toys.
Library of books - you are welcome to leave a book you finish and swap it for any books from the library.
Around an acre of garden which is fully fenced.
Secure parking for up to 4 vehicles
Children's play area with slides, swings etc
Private 5.5m diameter swimming pool - fully fenced and supplied with a security ladder.
BBQ, patio area with seating for a minimum of 6 people.
Secure parking for a minimum of 4 cars.
The cottage is ideal for family holidays or for a quiet get away for two.
House is on one level and we have had guests in wheelchairs.
The garden is very secure - the whole site is fenced but the garden dedicated to the gite has it's own fenced area - the fences are a minimum of 1 m high (the outer fences are higher than this). It offers you peace of mind that your children and or dogs will be safe.
We have a washing machine (tucked away in the cloakroom) and there is a rotary washing line available for the garden. Alternatively we can offer a laundry facility for you where we will wash, dry and iron on request.
Baby sitting service can be provided
Dog sitting service can be provided
We have lived in France for over 10 years now and we still love it.
|Year property purchased||2005|
|Why this location?||We chose this location as it is 'real' France and half a day from Calais so if we need to get back to the UK for family visits it is very easy. Having lived here we are so lucky we chose this area (we did look at lots of other areas of France over the years) we are out in the countryside but just half an hour from the cities of Le Mans and Laval with their fabulous culture, shops and restaurants.|
|Unique benefits of property||The cottage, built in 1534, and garden have everything you need for a perfect holiday. The swimming pool and secure garden are for the exclusive use of the guests. The house has been described as contemporary but with an old twist !!|
There is so much to see and do in this region, there is plenty of tourist information available in the cottage but a must would include: A visit to the caves and canyons at Saulges, this is literally 5 minutes away and is an amazing place. The caves of `Margot' and `Rochefort' were inhabited from the Palaeolithic era, tours of the caves are available from April to October. There is also the beautiful shrine to Saint Cenere at Saulge. found in a very relaxing park with sports and swimming available in the summer months. with a creperie on site serving great food and drink. 5 minutes in the opposite direction takes you to St Suzanne, with it's fortress and chateau it is a beautiful day out. There is a magnificent chateau at Mezangers, the grounds are well worth a visit and a very excellent water park just outside the same village. Or you may be interested in the ancient Roman town of Jublains, with its fortress, hot baths, temple and theatre.
There is a list of produce markets in the cottage.
There are many Brocantes, bric-a-brac markets and collectors fairs in the area, full details are available.
Le Mans is famous for the 24 hr car race but actually there are many races through out the year and the motor museum is open all year. There is a tram for easy access around the city, places not to be missed include the Cathedral and ancient buildings around it. There are many fabulous restaurants and some excellent shopping opportunities.
You are ideally situated to explore the 'Mayenne or the Sarthe regions, or travel a little further a field to the Loire valley - the vineyards of the Anjou grape ( just 1 hour from here) or Saumur (approx 1.5 hours from here). There is a great deal of tourist information in the cottage including info on local Zoos, Rescue center (rescuing Tigers and Lions etc rather than domestic pets), Museums, Activity parks, Lakes etc. If there is something in particular you are interested in then please let us know and we will research it before your arrival.
We have two small children and had the most amazing holiday at La Bonne Marie. The gite is very well equipped with UK Sky TV (CBeebies), DVD player with a nice selection of DVD's, plastic crockery, well equipped kitchen, booster seat, bed guard, potty, baby bath etc., etc. The garden is huge with swings (inc. baby swing), rope ladders, slide and hammock. There is also a den under the slide which our kids loved. The hosts have supplied garden toys including kids bats, balls, frisbee, swing ball, cricket, boules and more.
The pool was excellent and cleaned daily. It is solar heated, but warm enough for swimming. There was a box filled with pool toys. Around the pool there was seating and sun loungers.
On arrival our hosts had cold drinks and ice creams waiting for us, along with milk, tea and coffee.There was also a lot of local brochures giving us plenty of choice of what to do.
The gite has low beams (hence the 9) so my husband of 6.3ft had to watch his head, but it didn't cause us any problems.
There are lots of nearby zoo's, a few soft plays, parks, chateaux, plus beautiful French towns. We didn't explore much as the kids were happy in the garden.
I could not recommend this gite more and would happily book again next year.
Our thanks for these fabulous comments, it was a pleasure to have this lovely young family here and we do hope they come back for another visit.