Large holiday let in tranquil Western Loire - LM004373

Sainte-Gemmes-le-Robert (7km from Evron), Mayenne, Western Loire Reference: LM004373 Advertiser since: 2 November 2015
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Le Petit Verger Self Catering Flexible 6 12 4

About this property

A High Quality Property Set In Tranquil Countryside. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

This magnificent south facing converted and extended barn along with a second house (Gite) is set in a idyllic location with NEW heated swimming pool.

Please note both the gite and main house are let as one and NOT individually. Therefore the guests have exclusive use of all of the facilities.

Set within some of France’s spectacular countryside, this is perfect place for guests to relax and enjoy the amazing views of your own stocked private lake and the surrounding area.

Situated in a small hamlet with approximately 8070 m2 of private land, Le Petit Verger has been completely renovated throughout using only the highest quality materials.
The main house retains much of its traditional charm and character with features such as the traditional fire places, stone walls and wooden beams. Inside the main house our guests will find ample space across the two floors with all of the facilities you should require during your stay. The well equipped kitchen is modern and fitted with a cooker, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. In the living area our guests can relax and enjoy the traditional log fire or the satellite tv and dvd player, plus lounge seats for up to 11 people. A dining table and seating for 8 can be found in the dining area. The gite has a combined kitchen, dining, living room downstairs fitted with all of the mod cons.

There is a total of 4 bedrooms in the main house, 1 king, 2 double and 1 twin. The gite has two bedrooms, 1 double and 1 twin. There is also a total of 4 bathrooms across the two properties, 2 of which are family bathrooms with an additional shower room and 1 en suite.
Outside our guest will find the wonderful landscaped gardens which includes around 150 fruit trees which you are more than welcome to help yourself to during your stay. There is a little spring that runs through the centre of the garden and feeds the lake via a waterfall and exits via the weir at the far end of the garden. You will have the exclusive use of your own private swimming pool installed in early 2016.
Set in a very unique location, the nearest village is about 1 mile away with its bar/ restaurant and boulangerie. A little further away approximately 5 miles is the town of Evron. Developed around its famous abbey, there are a selection of great restaurants, a bank and large supermarkets. Market day in Evron is each Thursday. Classified as one of the 'most beautiful villages in France' and also as a 'city of character', the small fortified town in or Sainte-Suzanne is set in a very picturesque location on a rocky outcrop above the river Erve.



Kitchen and dining

Main House
A very spacious kitchen with sitting areas including dining table and two sofas. It brings the family together during meal times to discuss the activities of the day and those planned for the future. Large patio doors leading onto an extensively landscaped area.
Modern fitted kitchen with all of the facilities that you will need to prepare a banquet. Leading off from the kitchen is a cave for storing all of you provisions.
The downstairs comprises of a combined kitchen, dining and living room area. Fitted with a log fire for those chilly autumn nights.

Living rooms

Main House
The room is illuminated by the wood burner during the autumn nights and during the day offers plenty of natural sunlight due to its south facing elevation. Comfortable sofas to relax, enjoy some British tv or just spend the pleasant evenings socializing.
Large dining table for 8 people.
The patio doors open out to an outside sitting area which overlooks the fishing lake.
Refer above


Main House
The Master Bedroom is extremely large with a king size bed and en suite facilities. The wooden beam roof structure adds authentic character, whilst the views across the lake and gardens brings a smile to your face in the mornings.
2nd Bedroom has a double bed with garden and lake views through the dormer window.
3rd Bedroom again has a double bed with two dormers providing views to the lake and gardens.
4th Bedroom has two single beds and idea for any children to share.
1 x double room
1 x twin room


Main House
Mater bedroom en suite with large walk in shower.
Family bathroom located on the 1st floor landing catering for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th bedrooms contains both a large walk in shower and ornate central bath
WC and wash hand basin can be found on the ground floor adjacent to the front door.
A separate WC and walk in shower room can be found on the 1st floor.


Main House
Wood burner in the living room with electric heaters throughout the remainder of the house, which are extremely efficient.
Wood burner in the living room with electric heaters throughout the remainder of the house, which are extremely efficient.


UK satellite tv.
dvd player with dvds.
Books and guides.
Heated Swimming Pool

Garden and outside

NEW Heated swimming pool.

Extensive mature, landscaped grounds with in excess of 150 fruit trees, which you are welcome to help yourselves and maybe prepare your own apple pie. There are 2 wells located within the grounds one which feeds the lake and the second which supplies the Gite.

The main feature of the property is the fishing lake which is stocked with carp to 7lbs and tench to 5lbs. Please take care of the fish. No keepnets allowed and always remove any litter to the bins in the property.
Other than this enjoy relaxing and practising one of the oldest and most satisfying of past times.

Please ensure children are aware of the dangers of the lake.

Also enjoy al fresco dining outside the property. A bbq is also provided.

Parking and garages

Ample parking is provided inside the gate and off road.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for anybody who enjoys peace, tranquility and the finer things in life.
It has a very country feel about the place with abundant wildlife and flora.
Not suitable for the disabled.

Information about any additional facilities

The guests will have exclusive use of the facilities for the main house gitie and external grounds.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Linen



Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp and Tench
Name of nearest fishing location: At the property

Fishing on-site


Name and address of nearest golf course: Laval
Distance: 42 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Saint Gemmes Le Robert
Distance: 1 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: At the property


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Andrew Ford

I live and work in the Middle East and I am the Operations Manager for a large Construction Company. We bought this property in October 2015 and will eventually retire there in a few years but in the meantime we hope you enjoy the house and surroundings as much as we did when we first visited Le Petit Verger.

Year property purchased 2015
Why this location? We fell in love with the house as soon as we saw it. The quality of finish and renovation is extremely high and being in the trade I know when I see a good thing. The surrounding countryside, area and especially the lake is magnificent. We had no hesitation to make an offer within a very short time.
Unique benefits of property Tranquility

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Alencon is an important town, towards the south of the Normandy region and north of Le Mans. An important town in the 10th-11th centuries, Alencon is best known as an important centre for lace production, and although the industry is not very active nowadays the story is recounted in the town's Museum of Fine Arts and Lacemaking. In a gory story from the 11th century, when William the Conqueror besieged the town the inhabitants insulted him by hanging animal skins from the town walls - a reference to his mother being the daughter of a tanner. This must have annoyed William quite a lot, because when he finally entered the town he commanded that all the citizens have their hands chopped off! With narrow streets and small houses sympathetically restored this is a place almost forgotten by the fast-moving modern world. Here you can still find the way of life of rural France, a small corner of the country just in the Mayenne region, but close to the Normandy border.


Evron is a town to the east of Mayenne, between the towns of Mayenne (to the north-west) and Le Mans (to the south-east). The town developed around an abbey founded here in the 7th century, although the region near Evron had already been occupied for at least 1700 years, and it is still the abbey that is the most important attraction here, and the surrounding countryside of the Coevrons. Market day in Evron is Thursday


Jublains is a small village situated towards the north of Mayenne, and not far from the town of Mayenne. It is best known as the site of an important ancient settlement, of which important parts can still be seen. The site, 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


Laval is a substantial town with a long and important history that is situated in Mayenne about halfway between Rennes and Le Mans. Exploring Laval Your visit to Laval will focus around the old medieval centre of the town, with the river and medieval bridge to one side, and the dramatic Laval Castle standing poised above the town on the other side. The old town is very pleasant to explore, with some interesting artefacts and buildings from the Middle Ages such as half timbered buildings.

Le Mans

Le Mans. To many of course, Le Mans means nothing apart from a 24 hour racing spectacle once a year. If you are not interested in cars and car racing, it is best to avoid visiting Le Mans in the middle of June. However Le Mans also 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.


Mayenne is situated on the Mayenne river. It is about halfway between Le Mans and Rennes and north of Angers. This is the only town in France which has the same name as the river - this interesting fact, as you can imagine, leads to a fair amount of confusion. The town is known for its castle and riverside walks, and the surrounding area for its cider, its dialect (the French language spoken here causes purists to turn pale!) and its British population.

Pays de Loire Region

A peaceful rural area, Mayenne sandwiched between Normandy and the Loire valley has three principle towns. In the north Mayenne, is named after the river which meanders through the countryside. To the East, Les Alpes Mancelles, or Alps of Le Mans, is a green and hilly region of fruit trees, grazing sheep and streams, although hardly alpine in the strict sense of the word. St-Céneri-le-Gérei with its Romanesque church containing 12/14th century frescoes perched on a hillside and St-Léonard-des-Bois which also has a Romanesque church are just two of the prettiest villages. Amongst the 230 towns and villages listed, Juvigné is a prime example of the ‘village fleuries’ having won many prizes including the European gold medal.


Sainte-Suzanne is a village in the south-east of Mayenne, and south-east of 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.

6 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.7
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 9.8
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Challinor family 23 August, 2018

the property was great and fulfilled all our needs. The fishing lake was good sport

10 / 10 Mr Jackson 11 June, 2018

We have just returned from a week staying at this beautiful house set in the adorable little hamlet of etiveau. The house is set in the most beautifuly landscaped garden with rose beds and swimming pool. As keen anglers the jewel in the crown was the lake. The lake holds some stunning specimen sized tench to over 6 lbs and although the bigger carp were elusive we caught some feisty young fish. Although our children spent most of the time trying to catch the numerous frogs that live in the long grass that fringes the banks. The house is spacious with the enormous master bedroom and en-suite. The towels and bedding have a luxury feel which continues in the bathrooms with a huge shower and bath in the family bathroom. The views over the garden from the bedrooms are just so relaxing. Down stairs the enormous kitchen / dinning room is the hub of the house. Patio doors flow from here onto the large patio eating area and pool. The kitchen is well appointed with all cooking utensils and pans although we did bring some knives and pans with us but we needed of bothered. I cooked primarily on the house bbq but the hob and oven were easy to use. We were a party of 5 so we didn’t need the extra sleeping in the Barn or Giet adjacent to the farmhouse. It’s a magical place with a time forgotten feel to the surrounding buildings truly a little piece of paradise!
Near by
Everon 10mins is the nearest town with three supermarkets restaurants cafes and bars.
We loved St Suzanne about 30mins

9.7 / 10 Fi. D. & Hubby 26 September, 2017

Despite having car issues, and not the greatest weather, we had a fantastic holiday stay in Le Petit Verger, and couldn't recommend it highly enough for a relaxing, peaceful break. We got to use the heated pool, and hubby caught some good sized carp, one was at least 16lb, so he was happy! The house itself sits in a small, semi-rural hamlet, but is close to Evron, which has a large Lidl and a Super U, for all your needs. The house itself also has everything you will need, and is modern, spacious and comfortable. The master bedroom is full of character, with beams, and a lovely rustic look, which is also evident in other areas of the house, where the brickwork has been left exposed.. It is also huge, and could easily be 2 good sized bedrooms, (plus ensuite), in one! The gardens are also beautiful, and we were given permission to pick the fruit from the many trees surrounding the lake. We were a group of 6 adults, and we all had a very relaxing, restful holiday in a beautiful house and surroundings. We went out for a meal into Evron one night, and chose a Thai/Chinese restaurant called Le Mekong. It was a good night out, and the food was lovely. All in all, we've all agreed as a family that, even though we holiday in France yearly, we've never wanted to return to the rental property before, prior to having discovered Le Petit Verger. We will be back next year! Thanks Andy.

Owner response

You are the perfect guests and would be welcome back anytime with open arms.
Thanks for everything.
Andy Ford

10 / 10 Scott buglass 10 August, 2017

This place is excellent value for money the house and grounds is everything you could want and more
A very smooth transition from booking to arriving with no problems

always on the end of the phone if you needed it

would highly recommend and defiantly book with these again

Owner response

It was a pleasure hosting you and you are welcome back anytime.
Thank you.