holiday cottage to let in Western Loire

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Champgeneteux (14km from Mayenne), Mayenne, Western Loire Reference: LM003679 Advertiser since: 19 May 2014
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La Marchandiere Self Catering Saturday 3 8 2 Pull-out bed

About this property

Recreational, Cultural Activities In A Tranquil Area. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

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.

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 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 walk-way (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 and (40 Mins)
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.


Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

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.

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

Living rooms

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

Bedrooms

Downstairs:
1 double bedroom, 1 single bedroom

Upstairs:
Open plan bedroom/family room comprising 4 single beds and 1 pull-out bed.

Bed linen is provided and changed after each booking.

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.

Bathrooms

Downstairs:
Shower, wc, washbasin, wall heater, washing machine

Upstairs:
Family room – en suite comprising shower, wc, washbasin.

Heating

Wood burning fire in lounge area -14Kw.
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.

Entertainment

Outdoors:
Boules
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.

In-Doors:
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.

Garden and outside

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.

Parking and garages

Ample parking space available on own grounds

Visitor suitability

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.

Information about any additional facilities

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.

A 'Starter Pack' of groceries & beverages 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 you depart.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Meals

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Mayenne, Evron
Distance: 14 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout, Carp, Roach, Pike, Perch
Name of nearest fishing location: Mayenne River & L'Aron Stream & Numerous lakes
Distance: 14 km

Fishing on-site

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Laval Golfing - La Chabossière, Changés-les-Laval
Distance: 37 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: There is an excellent equestrian centre located (approx.. 5 Mins walk from the house)
Distance: 2 km

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: There is a dedicated walk-way (converted railway line) 5 mins 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.

Watersports

About the Owner, Mr Matthew McIlvenna

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.<br/>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.<br/><br/>FLEXIBILITY RE. CHANGE OVER DATE - CONTACT US

The Owner Recommends

FLIXABILITY RE. CHANGEOVER DATE:

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 enquires.

Things to do and Places to Visit

The house is ideally situated to visit all the local attractions in the departments of Mayenne and Sarthe.

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.

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.

The house is close to the historic Roman town of Jublains (15 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).

There are swimming facilities in the local area, from a heated swimming pool at St. Suzanne (20 Mins drive away) to a sandy beach area with swimming in the lake at Sillé Plage – Le Grand E’tang (15-20 Mins drive away).

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 Bay

Restaurants

There is a tabac/restaurant ‘La Chaumiére’ located in La Chapelle au Riboul (5 Mins) which serves lunch on weekdays. Basic surroundings but affordable food. 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.
There are some excellent restaurants such as:

L'Éveil des Sens
429 Boulevard Paul-Lintier
53100
Mayenne

MICHELIN Guide 2016
MICHELIN - 1 Star
Good Standard

"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.

Useful information
• Phone +33243304217
• Email leveildessens@aol.fr
• Website: http://www.restaurant-leveildessens.fr

La Marjolaine
Le Bas Mont
53100
Moulay

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".

Useful information
• Phone +33243004842
• Email lamarjolaine@wanadoo.fr
• Website: http://www.lamarjolaine.fr

Beau Rivage
Route de St-Baudelle
53100
Mayenne

MICHELIN Guide 2016
MICHELIN - Selection
Good Standard
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".

Additional information
• With rooms
• Interesting or extensive view
• Meals outside
• Wheelchair accessible
• Private dining rooms
• Enclosed car park

Useful information
• Phone +33243004913
• Email fbeaurivage@9online.fr
• Website: http://www.restaurantbeaurivage.com

Shopping for Groceries

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.

L'Escargot Mayennais / Mayenne Snails

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.


Fabric Weaving at Toiles de Mayenne in Fontaine-Daniel

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

The Treasures of Le Mans

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.

Le Mans 24 Hour Race & the Le Mans Classic Race

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.

Equestrian Centre / Equestre Centre La Chapelle au Riboul

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.



Cider Making Museum & Restaurant Chesneau at 119 Rue Des Vallée, Chantrigné

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.

Fishing in the locality

Trout Fishing
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.

Carp Fishing
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

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.

Medieval Sites to visit: (i) Fougères, (ii) Sainte-Suzanne, (iii) Le Mans - Plantagenet City (Cité Plantagenêt)

Fougères
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
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

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.

Old Railway Lines of the Mayenne / Les Anciennes Voies Ferrées de La Mayenne

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.

Directions:
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 !!

Wildlife at La Marchandiére & Local Countryside, Forests, Lakes & Rivers

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

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2 Reviews
9.7/10
  • Cleanliness: 9
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Anthony Kidd 19 June, 2016

It was a most pleasant surprise to find a welcome pack waiting for us upon our arrival. It meant that we had sufficient groceries to keep us going until we could visit the supermarket.
The house exceeded our expectations, everything was spotless. The owners obviously put a lot of TLC into the house. The kitchen was lovely to work in, clean work areas, with everything that you would need on hand.
The house had been renovated to a high standard. The electrics were all new. The fireplace, with it's granite surround was a stunning feature. A focal point!! The lounge area was warm and welcoming. The children were delighted to find games to play with. Much to our delight they got on together and behaved themselves.
The owners provided loads of literature on how to operate the appliances and also on places for us to visit. Their thoughtfulness was evident everywhere - flowers in a vase to welcome us.
As a family, we are all interested in walking and horse riding, both of which were in easy reach of the house. Our youngest was even able to ride a Shetland pony. The walkway was super, it is an old railway line that has been converted. We had some lovely walks.It was great being able to have bbq's and eat outside.
My husband is a keen photographer and found plenty to photograph.
We found Jublain most interesting. We also went to Sillé Plage to swim and picnic.
The one regret that we have is that we only booked one week's stay. Highly recommend this house as a holiday venue.

Owner response

Anthony and his family treated the house with respect. They left everything spotless as they had found it.
I would welcome they back to our house without any reservations of any kind.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Anthony & his family to any other house owners.

9.4 / 10 Emmajo18 1 September, 2015

A gorgeous gite in a rural setting. Peaceful and relaxing, you can immerse yourself in the French way of life. The house is very well equipped with everything you would need. Beautiful garden with outside seating, perfect for both children and adults.
There is plenty of tourist information in the house, we enjoyed Laval, Mayenne, St Suzanne, Jublains and the lovely lake beach at Sille Plage.
Excellent help from the owner!