Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 2, Ratings 6 9.5/10
|La Marchandiere||Self Catering||Flexible||3||8||2||Pull-out bed|
CHARMING FRENCH LONGÈRE COTTAGE
If you are looking for somewhere to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life then this is the house for you. It is perfect place to relax, unwind and explore the local French countryside, sample traditional local wine and cuisine, plenty of activities in the area to keep you and all the family entertained.
La Marchandieré was originally built in the mid 18th century and has been modernised tastefully to ensure, where possible, that the original character has been preserved. It has all modern conveniences such as fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, wi-fi, satellite tv, wood burning fire.
The charming cottage or longère (long house) is located in the countryside near Mayenne in the Pays de la Loire region. It is located between Champgeneteux (10 mins) and La Chapelle-au-Riboul (5 Mins). The property is on its own private grounds with an orchard garden, bbq and ample parking for 5-6 cars. GPS: latitude 48.303405, longitude -0.415416.
There is an excellent equestrian centre – ‘Centre Equestre’ located (approx. 5 mins walk from the house). It is possible to hire Shetland Ponies for young children and horses for adults.
GPS: latitude 48.257222, longitude -0.493889.
There is a walkway (5 mins walk away) which was converted from what was formerly a railway line. The access is restricted to only cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders - ‘Itinéraire Mayenne – Javron – Les Chapelles’ (Les anciennes voies ferrées de la Mayenne) that goes from Mayenne to Javron.
There are plenty of places to visit are within easy reach of the house:
Jublains - the historic Roman town (15 mins)
Le Mans – Formula 1 Racing Track (40 ins)
Le Mans - The historical Plantagenet City (Cité Plantagenet) (40 mins)
Mayenne (10 mins)
Evron (15 mins)
Bais (10 mins)
Fontaine Daniel – Toiles de Mayenne (15 mins)
Lassay les Chateaux (20 mins)
Bagnoles de L’Orne (30 mins)
Sillé le Guillaume (20 mins)
Sillé Plage – Le Grand E’tang (15-20 mins)
St. Suzanne - Medieval Town (25 mins)
Laval (25 mins)
There are swimming facilities in the local area, a sandy beach area with swimming in the man made lake at Sillé Plage – Le Grand E’tang (15-20 mins drive away). There are cycling, pony and horse riding, boating, fishing, walking, bar, restaurant and dining facilities here as well.
There is a heated swimming pool at St. Suzanne (20 mins drive away) and a 'Water World' located in Evron (15 mins drive away).
The house is ideally situated to visit all the local attractions in the departments of Mayenne and Sarthe. For those interested in visiting the Normandy landing beaches and War Cemeteries a day trip is very manageable. It is also possible to visit Bayeaux where the ‘Bayeaux Tapestry’ is located.
Fully-fitted modern kitchen with electric hob and oven, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, complete range of kitchen utensils, tea towels (changed for each booking).
Crockery, cutlery, glassware provided for up to 8 people.
Utility area - chest freezer, ironing facilities, clothes horse.
There is a clothes line at the gable-end of the house.
Spacious separate dining area located in the lounge area. Seats 6 - 8 people.
Operating Instructions for the oven, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, satellite tv and Blue Ray cd/dvd player, etc. are all provided in folders located in the living room
The lounge has retained its original granite fireplace and magnificent oak beams.
Open plan lounge area includes seating for 8 people, Wood burning fire (14Kw), tv, BluRay cd & dvd player, satellite box, cd player/radio, selection of dvds provided.
Landing area - relaxation area with seating, music centre, large range of books (English language) to enjoy during your stay, games, etc.
Operating Instructions for the oven, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, tv & Blue Ray cd & dvd player,.etc. are all provided in folders located in the Living Room
Folders containing Tourist Information, directions to 'Places of Interest' are all provided in folders located in the living room.
2 double bedrooms.
Open plan bedroom/family room comprising 4 single beds and 1 pull-out bed.
Bed linen is provided and changed after each booking.
A baby's cot is available. No bed linen is provided for the cot. Guests should bring their own bed linen for the cot.
A baby's high chair is available.
There is a large range of books (English language) in each bedroom to enjoy during your stay.
Each bedroom area has a free standing clothes rail and storage area for clothes.
The owners point out that care should be taken with young children when using the staircase.
Shower, wc, washbasin, wall heater, washing machine
Family room – en suite comprising shower, wc, washbasin.
Wood burning fire in lounge area -14kw.
In September/October a 'Starter Quantity' of logs is included in the rental price.
Additional logs can be provided for winter months or at other times. There will be an additional charge for this facility.
A 'price' can be provided on request.
The owners point out that care should be taken with young children when using the wood burning fire and also the bbq.
There is a telescope available for viewing the sky/stars at night.
There is an Equestrian Centre near by where horses & ponies can be hired..
There is a walkway stretching from Mayenne to Javron. This is accessible less than 5 minutes walk from the house. This was formerly a railway line and has been converted to facilitate pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. No motorised vehicles are allowed use this facility. The gradient is practically flat for the whole route.
Card and board games for adults and children.
Colouring crayons & colouring Books.
There is a tv with satellite connection, blue ray cd/dvd player.
There is also a selection of dvd's available for you to use during your stay in the house.
There is an extensive range of books available in each of the bedrooms for reading during your stay.
Instructions/directions to places of interest & supermarkets, Tourist Information, etc are all provided in folders located in the living Room.
The orchard garden receives plenty of sun during the summer where you can dine or sit outside to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the area. There are also shaded areas where you can sit if the sun becomes too much.
The original well has been restored to its former glory. It is completely child-proof.
There is a large stone built bbq with all the utensils required to enjoy dining al fresco.
A starter pack of charcoal is provided. Obviously, care should be taken with children.
There are 2 separate seating areas with tables and chairs (8), and umbrellas (2).
Behind the house there are old buildings comprising a Cave, Barn and Stables. These are cordoned off pending renovation and/or demolition at some future date. This should be regarded as a 'No Go' area.
Ample parking space available on own grounds
The house and grounds are suitable for all ages. The ground floor area is suitable for wheel chair access. The upstairs area is not wheel chair accessible.
Special catering services: There is a facility to arrange for either a hot or cold meal to be provided on your arrival. This service is provided by a local chef. Menu and prices are available on request. Notice required beforehand.
A 'Welcome Pack' is provided for you on your arrival at no cost.
Access arrangements: in order to facilitate the possibility of the late arrival of patrons at the house, the keys will be available in a wall mounted ‘Security Safe’. The precise location of the safe will be provided once the booking has been confirmed. The electronic code numbers will also be provided prior to your arrival.
The safe can be used to store the keys during your stay facilitating other members of the party to come and go at will and everyone still be able to access the keys to the house. At the end of your stay the keys should be deposited in this safe prior to your departure. The access code is only valid for the duration of your stay and is changed after your departure.
My wife and I are now both retired. We love holidaying in France. Over the years we took our children with us on holidays to France as often as possible. Now our adult children and their families also holiday in France. I am unashamedly a "Francophile" enjoying everything French.
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||We fell in love with the Department of Mayenne, specifically the Mayenne area. The area ticked all the right boxes for us. Everything that we could ever want is within easy reach from our house - La Marchandiére.|
|Unique benefits of property||If you are looking for somewhere to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life then this is the house for you. It is perfect place to relax, unwind and explore the local French countryside. Then this is the place for you to stay. We have completely renovated the property while retaining as much of it's original natural charm as possible. The orchard garden with it's well provide a tranquil place to relax and unwind. There is a fully equipped BBQ to allow you to create an 'al fresco' feast using all the in season local produce.
There is an extensive supply of 'English Books' available for the grown ups to read during their stay. There is a wide selection of 'Games & Board Games, Books, etc. available for the younger children to enjoy. If you simply want to chill out then you can sit in the garden and chill out over a book while sipping local beverages. Otherwise there is plenty to do in the locality to keep you entertained.
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At certain times of the year it may not be possible to get ferry sailing dates to suit a 'Saturday Changeover'. Within reason, we are flexible with our Changeover dates. Accordingly, If you do not want to book from Saturday to Saturday, please contact Holiday France Direct to make other arrangements with us. We will respond promptly to any such enquiries.
The house is ideally situated to visit all the local attractions in the departments of Mayenne and Sarthe.
(DETAILS OF PLACES OF INTEREST & PLACES TO VISIT ARE CONTAINED IN A FOLDER IN THE HOUSE)
There is an Equestrian Centre within 5 minutes walk from the house. It is possible to hire Horses & Ponies for all age groups and skill levels. There are 'Shetland Ponies' available for younger children.
(See separate detailed section on Equestrian Centre / Equestre Centre La Chapelle au Riboul)
There is a dedicated walk-way (converted railway line) 5 mins walk away.Access is restricted to cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders - ‘Itinéraire Mayenne–Javron–Les Chapelles’ (Les anciennes voies ferrées de la Mayenne) that goes from Mayenne to Javron.
(See separate detailed section on Old Railway Lines of the Mayenne / Les Anciennes Voies Ferrées de La Mayenne)
The house is close to the historic Roman town of Jublains (15 Mins)
(See separate detailed section on Jublains)
Local Towns & Villages in the area:
Mayenne (10 Mins), Evron (15 Mins), Bais (10 Mins), Fontaine Daniel – Toiles de Mayenne (15 Mins), Lassay les Chateaux (20 Mins), Bagnoles de l’Orne (30 Mins), Sillé le Guillaume (20 Mins).
Swimming facilities & Water Sports in the local area, Bais 8Km, Mayenne 18.6Km, Evron 21Km & at St. Suzanne 27.7Km to a sandy beach area with swimming in the lake at Sillé Plage – Le Grand E’tang 21Km.
(See separate detailed section on Swimming & Water Sorts Facilities)
For those interested in visiting the Normandy beach landing sites and war cemeteries a day trip is very manageable.
It is also possible to visit Bayeaux Tapestry at the same time.
The Bayeux Tapestry which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings. It is thought to date to the 11th century, within a few years after the battle.
There is a restaurant "Chez christelle et Nico" located in La Chapelle au Riboul (5 Mins) serves lunch on weekdays.Open Friday/Saturday nights. Take away service for Pizzas each evening.Closed Sundays.
If you want to avail of something more substantial, a trip to Mayenne 16Km would be well worthwhile.
There is a wide range of Restaurants available to choose from in Mayenne such as:
L'Éveil des Sens
429 Boulevard Paul-Lintier
MICHELIN Guide 2016
MICHELIN - 1 Star
"Precise timing and seasoning, skilful creativity and quality produce are the hallmarks of this restaurant. It is guaranteed to awaken the taste buds and leave an indelible impression."
Understated modern decor.
• Phone +33243304217
• Email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Website: http://www.restaurant-leveildessens.fr
Le Bas Mont
MICHELIN Guide 2016
MICHELIN - Selection
Very Good Standard
Menu under €20
"This restaurant in an elegant setting has a pleasant terrace and is in the grounds of a verdant estate. It serves cuisine that celebrates tradition through recipes such as roast langoustines, tomatoes and Greek-style vegetables or braised beef and truffle jus".
• Phone +33243004842
• Email email@example.com
• Website: http://www.lamarjolaine.fr
Route de St-Baudelle
MICHELIN Guide 2016
MICHELIN - Selection
Menu less than €20
"A delightful guinguette (open-air café) atmosphere reigns in this restaurant on the banks of the Mayenne. Shady terrace, classic cuisine, and fish, meat and poultry cooked on the rotisserie. Fresh, colourful rooms".
• With rooms
• Interesting or extensive view
• Meals outside
• Wheelchair accessible
• Private dining rooms
• Enclosed car park
• Phone +33243004913
• Email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Website: http://www.restaurantbeaurivage
The French people buy their food produce in 'Season'. It's fresher, cheaper and more abundant in supply.
There is a Boulangerie ‘La-Petrie’ located in the village of La Chapelle-au-Riboul (5 Mins) where fresh bread and confectionery can be purchased. They also sell a range of basic provisions. Wine is available here and also at the local ‘Agrial’ on the outskirts of the village in the direction of Mayenne.
A trip to Mayenne (20 Mins) will provide you with access to all the large supermarket chains such as: Hyper U, Leclerc, etc.
Bais is closer than Mayenne where there is a ‘Carrefour’ Contact supermarket that is open from Mon-Sat 08:00 – 20:00 and Sun 09:00 – 13:00.
If you want to save money by getting motor fuel at the most competitive prices available then buy your fuel at the Hyper Markets. The price is even better coming up to a Holiday weekend.
Access is restricted to cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders - ‘Itinéraire Mayenne–Javron–Les Chapelles’ (Les anciennes voies ferrées de la Mayenne) that goes from Mayenne to Javron.
When you leave the house and go up to the road, you turn left in the direction of La Chapelle Au Riboul.
You walk for about 5 minutes, cross the bridge over the stream (L'Aron). You will see a ‘Chemin de Fer’ (Old Railway House) on your right hand side. You have now reached the walkway. It is well signposted.
The old railway line intersects with the road. If you go right you are heading for Javron. If you go left you are heading for Mayenne.
I would recommend taking the left hand turn. This will bring you past the Equestrian Centre.
The walkway crosses roads, so proceed with caution.
Make sure to bring drinking water with you as there are no shops on the walkway.
Remember that the distance you walk in one direction will be the same for your return journey.
Also wear comfortable shoes !! Enjoy !!
Equestrian Centre/ Centre Équestre de la Chapelle au Riboul
Address/Adresse : Lieu Dit la Gare, 53440, La Chapelle au Riboul, France
Tél. : 0243033735
The Equestrian Centre is within 5 minutes walking distance from the house.
It is possible to hire Horses & Ponies there. They even have Shetland Ponies suitable for small children. Their Tariff ranges from approx. €18/€21 per hour for a horse or pony. The Rate per hour reduces for longer periods. The up to date Tariff can be accessed on their website. It is also possible to make Bookings/Reservations enquiries on line.
Their website is: www.ce-lachapelleauriboul.ffe.com.
HOW TO GET THERE (IF YOU WANT TO DRIVE) :
When you exit the house.
Turn left on the D 159.
Turn left on to the D359 in the direction of La Chapelle Au Riboul.
When you reach the intersection with the D129 turn left.
Give way to traffic on the D129.
You are going in the direction of Jublains.
Shortly afterwards, you will pass the ‘Railway Walkway’ on your left.
The entrance to the Equestrian Centre is immediately after that on your left.
It is well signposted.
The historical city of Le Mans is within easy reach.
Le Mans – is only 40 Minutes away.
It is famous for it's Plantagenet City (Cité Plantagenet) which is almost completely surrounded by enormous Roman walls constructed in the third century. There are lots of small winding cobbled streets with quirky restaurants, houses and great views. Where possible it is advisable to wear flat shoes. You could spend ages going through all of the little alleys and tiny gardens. The buildings are unique and have special little features. Lots of hidden gems to find.
"Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans"
The cathedral is home to three of the seven treasures of Le Mans and has a rich historical link with the fourth treasure of Le Mans.
The Menhir is a standing stone once worshipped by the pagan Cenomani tribe rests against the Romanesque wall of the Cathedral.
The stained glass window depicting 'The Ascension' was created between 1134 and 1158. making it the oldest stained glass window still installed in a religious building.
The Virgin's Chapel and the Orchestra of the Angels. The vault is painted with 47 angels playing medieval musical instruments.
The cathedral is closely linked to the fourth treasure, Geoffroy V Plantagenet, Count of Anjou and Maine, Duke of Normandy, grandfather of the Plantagenet dynasty. The cathedral witnessed the marriage of Geoffroy to Matilda of England.
La Nuit des Chimeres
At nightfall on Tuesday - Saturday in July to August the Plantagenet City
pursues its Chimera, the annual light show; pavements and the frontages of historic monuments are transformed into projection screens. There is no charge it is absolutely Free. There is underground parking available in 'Jacobins' Shopping Centre. This is located on the 'Rue Wilbur Wright' as you exit the roundabout near the 'Jacobins'.
There are plenty of Restaurants & Cafes to choose from in Le Mans. These cater for anything from a snack to a gourmet meal.
1. Piscine des Coëvrons, Rue du Château, 53160, Bais
The Bais community pool is a delight for families with its 4-lane pool, paddling pool and large slide.
Driving Distance from La Marchandière is 8 Km (8 Minutes).
2. La Vague, 53100, Mayenne, Rue du Chemin Montois, 53100, Mayenne.
The aquatic center “La Vague” has aswimming pool that is equipped with an aquatic area, a sports pool, a leisure pool, a spa pool and a paddling pool and relaxation area.
Driving Distance from La Marchandière is 18.6 Km (18 Minutes).
3. Jardin Aquatique , Les plaisirs de l’eau, Piscine à Evron, Rue Alain Vadepied,53600, Évron
The swimming pool "Aquatic Garden" of Evron includes a covered area with three pools (a large pool, a smaller pool and a paddling pool), and an outdoor area with a large pool, Slide (pentagliss) and a paddling pool.
Driving Distance from La Marchandière is 21 Km (22 Minutes).
4. Sillé Plage – Le Grand E’tang, 72140 Sillé-le-Guillaume, France
Located at the heart of a forest, is a man made lake of 32 hectares that allows you to participate in numerous water sports activities: ranging from a sandy beach area with swimming, pedal boats, sailing, canoeing, fishing, restaurants, picnic areas ..etc..
Driving Distance from La Marchandière is 21 Km (22 Minutes).
5. Piscine Jean Taris à Sainte-Suzanne, 8 Chemin des Fossettes, 53270 Sainte-Suzanne, France.
The swimming pool at Jean-Taris offers swimmers a choice of two pools and a toboggan.
Driving Distance from La Marchandière is 27.7Km (28 Minutes)
The original factory was set up in 1806 in a wing of the Cistercian Abbey in Fontaine-Daniel. The company has continued to evolve since then. It is possible to buy home furnishing fabrics from the factory shop. For those interested in 'Patchwork' it is possible to buy swatches of materials. It is also possible to buy remnants of fabrics on the rolls, ready-made curtains, etc. at reduced prices. There is normally a 'Sale' held in April each year.
The company are renowned for the quality of their fabrics and export worldwide.
The village of Fontaine-Daniel is situated in a beautifully wooded area. All of the buildings reflect a way of life of times gone by.
The Bib Gourmands” or small charming restaurants in Fontaine-Daniel reflect the tranquillity of the area. There is a restaurant in the village named 'La Forge'. The proprietors are Patrice & Claudine. Tel. 02 43 00 34 85. www.restaurantlaforge.fr
It is possible to visit a 'Snail Farm' located only a short distance from the house.
Directions: Drive from La Marchandiére to La Chapelle au Riboul. When you reach the centre of the village (Church on your RHS) you will see a road sign for Le Horps / D159. Follow that road towards the intersection with the N12. The farm (Limero) is on the RHS before you reach this intersection i.e. 5 Km from La Chapelle au Riboul or 7 Km from the house "La Marchandiére". There is a signpost for 'Limero' on the side of the road.
It is possible to buy 'L'Escargot directly from the farm all year round.
The visiting hours are from June - September 15:00. There is an admission charge for Adults of €3.00, Children 6 - 12 years of €2.00 and children under 6 are Free. There are demonstrations and tastings.
It is well worth a visit to see the whole process of 'Snail Farming' / Heliciculture.
Additional information and detailed directions are provided in the 'Information' Packs in the house.
The owners are Cristine and Jean Claude.
The name of the farm is EARL Limero. The address is "L'Aventura", Saint Anne, 53440, Marcillé-la-Ville. The telephone number is 0243 08 56 68. The website is: www.limero-lescargotmayennais.wifeo.com.
The Le Mans 24 hour Race:
The 84th 24 Hours of Le Mans (French: 84e 24 Heures du Mans) will be an automobile endurance event held on 15 to 19 June 2016 at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France. It will be the 84th running of the 24 Hour race organised by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest. The Test Day for this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans will be held on Sunday 5 June 2016, two weeks ahead of the race. It is a well worth a visit for car enthusiasts.
Le Mans Classic:
This year the Classic will be held on the 8th – 10th July 2016.
The opportunity to re-live past glories and view cars dating from 1923 to 1979 racing again on the famous Le Mans circuit is one not to be missed. A Retrospective of one of the most mythical races in the world and the largest European car club gathering, the Le Mans Classic, has taken place every other year since 2002.
In recent years, over 7,000 classic cars and around 115,000 sports car enthusiasts descended upon Le Mans to witness more than 400 competing cars, all of which had participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans between 1923 & 1979. They were divided, according to their age, into 6 grids, to take part in the race. In Le Mans tradition, the start is on the Saturday at 15:00hrs and finishing on Sunday at 15:00hrs and a traditional Le Mans-style start precedes the formation lap.
Cider tasting and shop at
Address: Le Pré de la Duretiére, 53110, Lassay-les-Châteaux
(Le Royer Josselin)
GPS 48.452145, -0.571318
Road: D202 from CHANTRIGNÉ
The museum part is not that great but the tasting session at the end is very generous.
Make sure you designate a driver so that you can sample the cider and calvados.
They have wonderful range of Ciders and Calvados. It is possible to buy produce to take home.
French cider is an alcoholic drink produced predominantly in Normandy and Brittany. It varies in strength from below 4% alcohol to considerably more.
• Cidre Doux is a sweet cider, usually up to 3% in strength.
• Demi-Sec is 3–5%
• Cidre Brut is a strong dry cider of 4.5% alcohol and above.
Most French ciders are sparkling. Higher quality cider is sold in champagne-style bottles (cidre bouché). Many ciders are sold in corked bottles, but some screw-top bottles exist.
As a suggested itinerary for this trip would be to have lunch at Restaurant Chesneau at 119 Rue Des Vallée, Chantrigné, 53300, France (D33) before you visit the Cider Museum.
The Restaurant is always busy with both local and visiting customers. The food served is typical wholesome French cuisine. A bottle of Wine or Cider is served with the meal. The quality of the food served and the amounts will delight you.
The Restaurant is open from 12:00 until 14:00. Typically €12/€13 per head.
In the immediate area, you have the L'Aron stream. This is a Category 1 Trout Stream. Permits can be purchased at the Tabac ‘La Chaumiére’ located in La Chapelle au Riboul approx. 5 mins. away. Permits are required but these are readily available and inexpensive to buy.
Roach & Trout Fishing
The nearest Carp fishery is located in Bais, approx. 10 mins away. It is "Le Plan d'eau Bais". To get there you take the D35 towards Bais. In Bais you take the Right Hand Turn onto the D20 towards Evron. The fishery is on your LHS very shortly as you take the turn. There are parking facilities slightly further on this road. Permits are required but these are readily available and inexpensive to buy.
There is a Carp Fishery is located at "Étang des Pearle", just outside Villaines-la-Juhel. To get there you drive to the village of Champgeneteux. From there you follow the D20 to Villaines-la-Juhel. You then take the D121 towards Alençon. You will see a signpost for "Étang des Pearle" just before a quarry. Permits are required but these are readily available and inexpensive to buy.
Coarse River Fishing
The River Mayenne - (state and public parts from the town of Mayenne to the borders of Maine-et-Loire).
A very well-stocked river. Large catches (pike, pikeperch, carp) along the entire length. Access both from and between locks (parking nearby).
The Upper Mayenne, the Colmont, the Ouette
(northern water-courses). Sport fishing in smaller water-courses: Fine, wild brown trout on offer. Fairly easy access from bridges.
Fishing is a very popular pastime and there are many public fishing venues around, both lakes and rivers. Most villages / Communes have special "Fishing Days" or Competitions when the lake or dammed-up river are stocked with thousands of fish and the sportsmen fish them out again. These days are enjoyable for all, not just fishermen and they usually feature lunches, bars, snacks and fun and organised games.
Mont Saint Michel is one of the most photographed, and easily recognised, landmarks in France. It is in Normandy close to the border with Brittany. You would need to allow a full day for the trip to ensure you get to see everything possible. There is a wide variety of places to eat on the island.
It is well worthwhile making the effort to visit Mont Saint Michel. The views from the top are spectacular.
Mont Saint-Michel is an imposing historic village in Normandy, France which dominates the skyline from its position atop a small rocky island. Joined to the coast via a causeway, Mont Saint-Michel is best known for its Benedictine Abbey and Parish Church.
Today visitors flock to Mont Saint-Michel to view the remarkable Abbey and Church and to stroll through the ancient streets. Be warned however that the climb to Abbey is demanding. Many other sites remain including the medieval ramparts, the Mont Saint-Michel Museum of History, a Maritime Museum and the 14th century Tiphaine's house.
There is a tourist office next to the site entrance.
Guided tours to Mont Saint-Michel are available as are audio guides for an additional cost.
Just to deal with one common misunderstanding - Mont Saint Michel is currently never inaccessible due to high tides.
Mont Saint Michel is now one of the leading tourist destinations in France, with 3 million visitors each year.
An interesting fact: only one in three of these visitors actually make it as far as going in to the Abbey that is on top of the Mount.
As a suggested itinerary for this trip would be to have your evening meal in Fougères on your way back to La Marchandiére.
In the medieval quarter the castle dominates. The Chateau de Fougères is an imposing medieval castle with 13 towers. The castle is said to be the largest in Europe - it is certainly one of the most attractive. The ramparts were originally crossed by four gates but now only the Notre Dame gate remains, and can be seen near the castle.
The medieval quarter has lots of beautiful half-timbered buildings. The Place du Marchix is where the cattle market used to be held in medieval times. The houses here date to the 16th and 17th century.
Sainte-Suzanne is a village in the south-east of the Evron.
Classified as one of the 'most beautiful villages in France' and also as a 'city of character', Sainte-Suzanne is a small fortified town in a very picturesque location on a rocky outcrop above the river Erve.
The castle and medieval village are largely surrounded by the original defensive ramparts, still almost intact. The main parts of the castle are the keep, from the 11th century, and the more recent (living accommodation of the logis, dating from the 17th century, along with a medieval bakery).
Apart from the castle in Sainte-Suzanne, it is a pleasure to simply stroll around looking at the buildings, enjoying the views across the countryside of the Coevrons, soaking up the atmosphere, and of course stopping in a cafe or restaurant to better prolong the visit.
Le Mans - Plantagenet City (Cité Plantagenêt)
Le Mans has a fantastic old town and is well worth the visit. Known as the Cité Plantagenet, this is where in 1129 Geoffrey Plantagenet married Matilda, daughter of Henry I of England and gave birth to Henry II. Unlike the medieval quarters of most towns and cities in France that of Le Mans is completely separate to the modern day town. It lies high above the town and is almost spookily quiet after the noise of the thriving city below.
Jublains is a small village, located approx.15 Mins away from the house.
It is best known as the site of an important ancient settlement that was first established by a Gallic tribe called the Diablintes, then later re-occupied by the ancient romans after they had conquered the region, at which time it was called called Noeodunum (or Noviodunum).
There is nothing to see of the original Gallic village. That would have been constructed in wood. The extensive ruins extant today all date from the Roman period. The site commands a view of the surrounding area.
The remains of several important buildings including the Roman Amphitheatre (still used for summer spectacles) and Temple (built to replace an earlier wooden temple, which was the centre of the original Gallic village); a substantial Fortress (now thought to have been originally a defended storage space rather than a defensive encampment); and the Thermal Baths (which can be seen beneath the church in the village) feature a sound and light show.
If you only have time to visit one of the roman monuments in Jublains it should be the Fortress. The substantial building was more than 10,000 square metres, and had large towers at each corner and in the walls. You access the ruins of the Fortress through the Archaeological Museum.
Take the time to look around the Archaeological Museum at Jublains, which presents artefacts, including busts, carvings, ornaments and mosaics, both discovered at the site and in the region of Mayenne.
There is an excellent ‘Audio/Visual’ presentation in the Museum Cinema which describes the history of the area. The presentation contextualises the importance of Jublains in Mayenne. This presentation is provided in a number of different languages.
Garden Birds - La Marchandière
Birds of Prey - La Marchandière & Local Countryside
Wadding Birds - Sillé-Plague & Local Rivers & Lakes
Fresh Water Aquatic Birds & Sea Birds - Sillé-Plague & Local Rivers & Lakes
Wild Animals - Local Countryside
Insects - Local Countryside
Mammals - Local Countryside.
Reptiles - Local Countryside.
Fabulous holiday. We traveled in a party of 8 adults and 2 children. All had a fantastic time. The house and grounds are very spacious and private. Home from home. Lots to do and see in the area. We traveled further afield Loire Valley, Normandy beaches and Paris by train. Sille de Guillaume is a man made beach and well worth a visit. Mayenne 17 km away is great for shopping and restaurants. Would highly recommend this property for a relaxing holiday.
A holiday that came at the right time and a house to support the needs of a young family!
After a busy few months in work, we decided that we needed to escape to peaceful surroundings and that is exactly what we found in La Marchandiere! A family of 3 young kids, we were spoilt with the amount of space (inside the house and outside with the large garden) as well as the facilities in the surrounding areas. From the plage in Sille La Guillame, with the Chetland ponies and horses, and the public swimming pool in Evron with diving boards and slides, it worked out a dream...and to then be able to go back to rolling fields and nature of La Marchandiere.
The house was well equipped for our needs, we were initially met with a welcome pack of all things French. High chairs, stair gates and toys left to play with, we had a ball and would love to go back on another occasion...!
My husband and I stayed at La Marchandiere for 1 week in August 2017 with our two young sons (1 year old and 4 year old). The gite was very spacious and was more than enough for our needs. The facilities were very good and had everything we could hope for to make our stay run smoothly. In particular, we were delighted with the private grounds and spacious gardens which our children took to immediately! The housekeeper (Karen) and her husband were on site to assist us especially when we first arrived and they are a true lovely couple. They went over and beyond the call of duty for our family and we were grateful for their tips on the local area and where to visit etc... We visited some wonderful places like St Suzanne's beautiful village and the nearby Sille le Guillaume (man made beach). Truly a memorable experience. We would certainly recommend the gite for any who are looking for a private get away in discreet surroundings with a tremendous garden.
Travelled with two friends and wife.
The cottage was very spacious and comfortable. Only one fault could do with another double bed upstairs. lots of singles to use
It was spotlessly clean and the owners were friendly, approachable and helpful. Welcome pack was just what you need on your first night.
We loved the remote location.
Lots of wild life to see two yes two Pine Martins came in to the garden, looked like two pups playing and rolling around, experience never to be repeated.
Lots of information from owner about the area and things to do.
Loved the walk along the old railway track did about 10 km but its much longer than that will bring bikes next time.
Nearest town Bais the bars seemed to be open rarely food menus were limited.
The local shops well stocked and friendly Boulangerie-Patisserie Bais.
Thank you would come again.
Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 2, Ratings 6 9.5/10
Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4, Ratings 1 8.3/10
Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6, Ratings 3 10/10
Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 2, Ratings 4 9.7/10
Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4, Ratings 9 9.9/10
Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4, Ratings 6 9/10
Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 7, Ratings 1 9.3/10
Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 6