Holiday let for 2 in rural Mayenne

9.9/10
Bais (20km from Mayenne), Mayenne, Western Loire Reference: LM004798 Advertiser since: 4 May 2016
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La Ronciniere Self Catering Saturday 1 2 1

About this property

Intimate Stone Built Stabe, Suitable For Couples. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

This old stone built stable has recently been renovated in to a fully equipped cottage with all the facilities of modern life in a rural setting. It is within a collection of old farm buildings, some owned by ourselves and others by our French neighbours.
 
We are situated less than two miles from the village of Bais (prono. Bay) This typical French village is complete with tabacs/ bars, bakers, general stores, garage, pharmacy, bank (with ATM), and a post office.
A small local market takes place outside the church every Wednesday.
 
Our aim is to ensure our guests have a relaxing and enjoyable stay, whilst being close to be of assistance but far enough away to enjoy your privacy.
This area has much to offer everyone. Locally it is referred to as the "France like it is supposed to be, The French secret". We look forward to meeting you and sharing.
 
 

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The kitchen is fully equipped, complete with fridge (with ice box) dishwasher, microwave, built-in oven and washing machine.
There is a table and two chairs in the dining area.

Living rooms

Comfortable seating for two and coffee table. An electric log burner fire gives a focal point whilst the underfloor heating downstairs makes you feel cosy and warm on those cooler evenings.
Free wi-fi.
The tv has access to both English and French channels and has a dvd player.

Bedrooms

The upstairs bedroom, which has a double bed, fitted wardrobes and chest of drawers, has a small balcony which overlooks orchards and fields.

Bathrooms

A spacious shower room with toilet and large sink.

Heating

Downstairs there is an electric "log burner" fire (gives out warm air) gives a focal point whilst the underfloor heating downstairs makes you feel cosy and warm on those cooler evenings.
In the shower room there is a towel radiator and in the bedroom there is a wall radiator.

Entertainment

Tv with French and English channels.
Dvds available also.
Ipod player also available.

Garden and outside

The property opens out to an old farm grass courtyard, where there is a wooden garden table and chairs waiting.
Fresh eggs can be collected from the nesting boxes of our free range chickens. We are surrounded by farmland and everything that goes with this rural setting, in sound and smell.

Parking and garages

Secure parking available in the courtyard.

Visitor suitability

Property suitable for a couple.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Couples only

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Sainte Suzanne
Distance: 12 km

Cycling

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Laval
Distance: 40 km

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Bois de Tay

The Owner Recommends

Car Boot Sales - "Vide Grenier"

For the bargain hunter or the curious, there are also many weekend "vide greniers" (literally "empty attic"), the French equivalent of a car-boot sale, but where a whole village is usually involved, with locals selling off the items they've had stored since last year's Vide Grenier at their village. Generally there are refreshments available and sometimes, street entertainment.

Le Mans

40 minutes away is Le Mans, the home of the famous racetrack and its 24 hour race, amongst many others. The town has some amazing contrasts between the medieval town with its wall and cobbled streets, its post war rebuild and its new modern buildings. There are regular markets taking place throughout the city, but a favourite is the Sunday morning one, with the colours and smells of the food market and the array of brocante and flower stalls.

Mayenne

The famous historic town of Mayenne, perched either side of the river, has it's own Chateau, now a museum and the Basilica de Notre Dame. It has plenty of quality boutique shopping as well as it's twice weekly market. A favourite pastime is sitting in the square, sipping a coffee or wine whilst enjoying the local Plat-du-Jour, in the sunshine.

Medieval Towns

Within a 30 minute car journey there are lots of small medieval towns that retain their charm and history for you to discover and explore. Sainte-Suzanne with its 1000 year old walled town with an ancient fortress and château. Jublains with its extensive Gallo-Roman remains. Lassay-les-Châteaux, with one of the best examples of a fortified medieval château in France, complete with a working drawbridge and barbican.

Surrounding area and visits

The Mayenne area of France has much to offer. It is farming country and most of the villages and towns hold events throughout the summer, including village fetes, exhibitions, fishing competitions and live music, most of them free. The famous historic town of Mayenne, perched either side of the river, has it's own Chateau, now a museum and the Basilica de Notre Dame. It has plenty of quality boutique shopping as well as it's twice weekly market. A favourite pastime is sitting in the square, sipping a coffee or wine whilst enjoying the local Plat-du-Jour, in the sunshine. In addition to our local swimming pool: at Sillé-le-Guillaume, just 20 minutes away. there is a wonderful lake with a sandy man-made beach. The area offers horse and donkey rides, boat trips, bike hire, bars and restaurants. For the bargain hunter or the curious, there are also many weekend "vide greniers" (literally "empty attic"), the French equivalent of a car-boot sale, but where a whole village is usually involved, with locals selling off the items they've had stored since last year's Vide Grenier at their village. Generally there are refreshments available and sometimes, street entertainment. Within a 30 minute car journey there are lots of small medieval towns that retain their charm and history for you to discover and explore. Sainte-Suzanne with its 1000 year old walled town with an ancient fortress and château. Jublains with its extensive Gallo-Roman remains. Lassay-les-Châteaux, with one of the best examples of a fortified medieval château in France, complete with a working drawbridge and barbican. There are plenty of activities and the area is particularly noted for walking/rambling, cycling, fishing, horse riding, exploring ancient woodland or just driving through the beautiful countryside and forests. The Alpes Mancelles are a short drive away with the beautiful villages of St Leonard de Bois and St Ceneri on the banks of the River Sarthe and there's plenty of scope

Swimming And Other Activities Nearby

In addition to our local swimming pool: at Sillé-le-Guillaume, just 20 minutes away. there is a wonderful lake with a sandy man-made beach. The area offers horse and donkey rides, boat trips, bike hire, bars and restaurants. There are plenty of activities and the area is particularly noted for walking/rambling, cycling, fishing, horse riding, exploring ancient woodland or just driving through the beautiful countryside and forests. The Alpes Mancelles are a short drive away with the beautiful villages of St Leonard de Bois and St Ceneri on the banks of the River Sarthe and there's plenty of scope for peaceful picnics - or try your hand at kayaking down the river.

2 Reviews
9.9/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.5
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Stunning Location, Great Place. 5 September, 2016

Lovely, peaceful hamlet and the barn is beautifully furnished and decorated.
Well worth a visit if you want to connect with the rural and traditional aspects of France.

9.9 / 10 Stunning Location, Great Place. 19 August, 2016

Dean and Trish are great hosts and they made our stay very enjoyable from the moment we arrived through to the last day. Even though we had arrived with a schedule of where we wanted to visit each day, they provided us with more local information (farmers markets, churches, secret walks) that filled the gaps in our plan. We are really grateful for this because we prefer to be active while on holiday. They were on hand to handle any requests and fixed any problems very quickly. It felt like they really cared about how comfortable we were each day. The converted barn is set in private, stunning countryside - the perfect place to unwind and get away. We have a one year old boy and they accomodated us all very well and made us feel very welcome and free to come and go as we pleased. A little gem with two enthusiastic hosts who couldn't do enough to enhance our stay!