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Spacious converted barn on the Normandy/Pays de la Loire border
La Passoniere is the ideal destination for individuals or couples who prefer quality, secluded and peaceful accommodation with all the amenities for that special get-away-from-it-all holiday. No neighbours and no worries. Just the occasional sounds of Farmer Gilles on his tractor and birdsong in the mature, well-kept garden. There’s ample space for 2 to relax in comfort. The ground floor has a large living room under an open ‘cathedral’ ceiling with a wood burning fire (wood at cost) and fully-equipped kitchen area. The former hayloft has a bedroom and an enclosed shower room (with modern hydro-jet shower) and toilet. The lounge area has a comfortable two-seater settee and a single armchair, coffee tables, English satellite tv and radio and dvd/cd player. The kitchen area has a gas cooker, fridge and microwave and a comfortable table for 2. La Passonière stands at the end of a country lane – so no passing traffic to disturb those wine-induced slumbers!
The fully-equipped kitchen area has a gas cooker, fridge and microwave and a comfortable table for two for sampling the wonderful local farm produce. All the crockery and cutlery you’ll need is provided: pots, pans, knives, forks and spoons. Kitchen towels and hand towels are also provided. A child’s high chair and/or cot can be made available upon request.
The cosy lounge area has a two-seater settee, single armchair, coffee tables and large sideboard with plenty of cupboards. There’s English satellite tv and radio and a dvd/cd recorder just in case all that fresh air gets too much! We have a varied selection of books, both fiction and non-fiction, and games including chess, backgammon, cards, draughts, jenga etc. And did we mention the free wi-fi?
Upstairs, the former hayloft has been converted into a comfortable bedroom area with double bed, bedside tables and a wardrobe. We’ve lost count of how many times our guests have commented just how comfy the bed is and what a good night’s sleep it brings. Mind you, that could have something to do with the wine!
The enclosed shower room has a window overlooking the garden and a toilet, hand basin and modern shower with relaxing power jets to help you unwind after a hard day’s sightseeing.
There is a wood-burning stove to snuggle up to in the evenings. A basket of ready-cut wood is provided free of charge upon arrival and further supplies are at cost.
There’s English satellite tv and radio and a dvd/cd recorder. We have a varied selection of books, both fiction and non-fiction, and games including chess, backgammon, cards, draughts, jenga etc.
Outside, you can wander around the mature, secluded garden of just under an acre. It is mostly laid to grass but we do have a small veg patch and we’d be delighted to share some of our home-grown produce with you.
There are plenty of tables and chairs for you to sit outside and soak up the sunshine and a couple of sunloungers if you fancy 40 winks. There is also a barbecue, with utensils, for eating al fresco. Charcoal is available locally.
La Passoniere sits at the end of a country lane with ample parking space.
La Passoniere is a non-smoking gite. As it is a renovated hayloft it has fairly steep stairs so might not be suitable for the elderly or infirm. The bathroom is upstairs so is not wheelchair accessible.
We like to make our guests feel at home straight away, so to help you settle in we supply a little ‘welcome pack’, which includes tea and coffee. Check out the fridge and you’ll find water, fruit juice, milk, wine and a couple of bottles of beer to tide you over until your first shopping trip.
All towels and linen are supplied so there’s more room in the car to take all those goodies like wine and cheese home with you.
For our guests staying longer than a week, a mid-holiday change of bedding and towels is provided free of charge.
We also supply maps of the surrounding area and brochures and guides (many in English!) to all the major local attractions.
You'll be spoilt for choice here. One of the region’s most popular, Livarot, was invented in 1690 in the village of the same name. It has its own museum, complete with a reconstruction of a dairy farm and cheese dairy. Other famous cheeses include Camembert (the village is less than an hour away from La Passonière and also has its own museum), Pont L'Eveque and Pave D'Augue.
The beautiful town of Bayeux is just over an hour’s drive away and the 70-metre long embroidery depicting how William the Conqueror and his Norman army invaded England, defeating King Harold and claimed the throne of England is a sight not to be missed.
Also just over an hour’s drive away, on the west coast, is the stunning Mont St Michel. Second only to the Eiffel Tower as France’s best-known landmark, it has been a monastery, a citadel and a prison and recently celebrated its 1300th birthday. Now a world heritage site, its mighty walls are invaded twice a day by the highest tides in Europe and every year by more than three million visitors.
Medieval Domfront and the stunning flower village of St Fraimbault are just a few minutes away from your holiday rental at La Passonière. Friendly bars and restaurants offer excellent, cheap, lunchtime and evening meals.
The Mayenne department – next door to the Normandy region – is beautiful farming country split up into hundreds of small farms, large forests, rivers and streams. The three main towns of Mayenne, Laval and Chateau-Gontier all have castles overlooking the River Mayenne and are a haven for shoppers. If your idea of a perfect day is to amble along country lanes bordered by apple trees, waterways and half-timbered farmhouses, and then take a breather at a small restaurant for a leisurely lunch washed down with a glass of Calvados apple brandy, then this area is close to perfection for a romantic French holiday. It is synonymous with gastronomy, particularly the superb apples and delicious dairy products. Traditional dishes often feature apples, cider or calvados, such as filet mignon de porc Normande which is pork tenderloin cooked with apples and onions in cider and served with caramelised apple rings.
Rolling Normandy countryside, pretty towns and villages nestling in forests or alongside gently meandering rivers, La Passonière is surrounded by the best of French countryside. The famous Normandy landing beaches are around 90 minutes' drive away. Farther inland and a little closer is the memorial at Montormel, where the German invaders suffered horrendous losses in what was generally recognised as the beginning of the end of the war.
This is no ordinary French town. Yes, it has old streets, alleyways and quaint houses made from local stone and slate. But stroll along those streets and your eyeballs are assailed by dazzling and seemingly endless displays of copper and pewter. This is Villedieu les Poêles. God’s Town of the Pans. It’s the name that gives it away. Almost every shop front is crammed with saucepans, frying pans, kettles and clocks. Even dolphins and huge helmets for deep-sea divers.
We stayed at La Passoniere for two weeks and found that the property more than met with our expectations. We were expecting a quiet getaway location in a beautiful setting and that is exactly what we got. We really enjoyed our stay. Jane and Mick were the perfect hosts and were always on hand to offer advice on places to visit etc without being intrusive. The garden is beautiful. The accommodation was well appointed and we were offered the use of a washing machine should we have required it. Jane provided a change of bedding and towels at the end of the first week. The only point worth noting are the stairs up to the bedroom are steep, so care has to be taken when using them. These did not present any problem to us. The property is located about a fifteen minute walk from the village where there is a bar restaurant that does excellent food. If you go try the Sunday lunch, it's well worth it. We used La Passoniere as a base to explore Normandy and Brittany both within driving distance and also the local towns. I would have no hesitation in recommending La Passoniere to family and and friends.
We had a lovely week at La Passoniere in September. The accommodation has everything you need as a home away from home. Everything is clean, tidy and comfortable. Our hosts were Mick, Jane and Tess the springer spaniel and they were so welcoming and friendly throughout our stay. They gave us lots of helpful advice on things to do around the area and how to find local shopping facilities. The gite is quite remote but that is exactly what we were looking for.
The local bar that serves food is 1 mile down the road and you can reach local villages within a few minutes. Some of the bigger towns, like Mayenne are within 45 minutes drive and we had a lovely drive to Cancale and Mont St Michel for the day.
We would highly recommend staying here and we had a fantastic, relaxing week away.