|La Ronciniere||Self Catering||Flexible||1||2||1|
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.
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.
Comfortable seating for 2 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.
The tv has access to both English and French channels and has a dvd player.
The upstairs bedroom, which has a double bed, fitted wardrobes and chest of drawers, has a small balcony which overlooks orchards and fields.
A spacious shower room with toilet and large sink.
Downstairs there is an electric "logburner" 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.
Tv with French and English channels.
Dvds available also.
Ipod player also available.
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.
Secure parking available in the courtyard.
Property suitable for a couple.
We are semi-retired former Teacher and Nurse, who now live in France since falling in love with this area over 20 years ago. We purchased La Ronciniere almost 15 years ago, and after a loving restoration, moved here 5 years ago. We enjoy the French lifestyle and culture. We are surrounded by farmland and have our own chickens, ducks and goats.
|Year property purchased||2005|
|Why this location?||It is France's secret gem. Popular with the French, but unknown to many others. It has plenty of history, beautiful chateaus and scenery, with the River Mayenne winding it's way north to south through the department.|
|Unique benefits of property||Peace in a rural setting with plenty of local shops in our village, less than 2 miles away.|
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
Cycling and Walking
You can cycle in safety in Mayenne thanks to the specially adapted, former boatmen’s towpath that runs along 85 km of the river Mayenne is now a paradise for hikers and cyclists alike, and with its flat surface it’s just perfect for cycling. The route down the Mayenne River is also part of the The Vélo Francette , a new national cycling route that stretches 630 km from Normandy, through the Mayenne Valley to the Loire Valley, the Marais Poitevin to finish at La Rochelle. Or choose part of the 128 km of former railway lines that provide a safe option for a great day out, whether you’re walking, cycling or on horse-back. And what’s more, the roads in Mayenne are pretty traffic free, a real advantage for cyclists who can meander peacefully through the open countryside.
D-day Landings Beaches
A couple of hours easy drive away, (145 km) to the Pegasus Bridge in Caen, and then heading west along the Normandy coast. The major D-Day Landings began in the early morning of 6 June 1944. The Allies had divided the 60-mile coastal stretch chosen for the invasion into five sectors; codenamed Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah. On the eastern side, British forces led the attack at Sword and Gold, while the Canadians led at Juno. Out west at Omaha and Utah beaches, it was where the American forces landed.
It is possible to see the monuments, relics, museums, memorials and cemeteries to those who sacrificed their lives on that crucial day in history that record the D-day landings; that marked the beginning of the end of WWII.
The Alpes Mancelle
A short drive away with the villages of St Leonard de Bois and St Ceneri on the banks of the River Sarthe there's plenty of scope for peaceful picnics - or try your hand at kayaking down the river.
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.
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.
40 minutes away is the city of 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 and its post war rebuild and its new modern buildings.
At dusk during the months of July and August, the city hosts the "Nuit des Chimeres"' This free event sees the facades of the historical buildings spectacularly turned into walls of light through amazing projections and special effects.
There are regular markets taking place throughout the city, but a favourite is the Sunday morning one, at the bottom of the Cathedral Steps, with the colours and smells of the food market and the array of brocante and flower stalls. After the hustle and bustle of the market; take a coffee in the host of cafes huddled in the arches of the city wall.
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.
A lovely peaceful setting, typically French. The gite was clean and cosy and well equipped with everything we needed for our stay set in its own private court yard. We enjoyed collecting free range eggs from the hens for breakfast. The views were amazing.
Warm friendly hosts on hand when needed with extensive knowledge of the local area.
There was lots to see and do locally within a short drive including the picturesque Mayenne, chateaus and the lake/beach.
Highly recommend. I look forward to returning.
Thank you for your review. It was a pleasure having you stay at La Ronciniere and we look forward to welcoming you back .
Good points:- Shower, Bedroom with balcony, Help yourself to free range eggs
Bad points:- No hard standing for car = muddy feet, Cold shower room ( heated towel rail inoperative ,why?) No means to dry towels,no washing line! If WiFi is important to you this may not be for you!
Coffee maker shown in picture but we had to request one!,no toaster!
Retro feel of 100% polyester pillow cases and quilt cover!
Would not recommend
Would not stay here again!
This is the first ever negative feedback we have received, and obviously we will take them seriously. Nevertheless, we feel we need to respond.
The toaster and coffee-maker do not appear on our list of facilities. The guests requested a coffee-maker, so one was purchased and provided within an hour. No mention was ever made of needing a toaster, so we were unable to remedy, although the oven does have a grill.
With regard to the Wi-Fi, we did have a temporary issue that weekend, which we explained on their arrival and offered them direct internet access at our house. The internet engineers arrived on Monday and resolved the problem and had the system up and running.
We apologised for the radiator, but could not get an engineer to attend during their visit. It is now fully functional.
The bedding supplied during their stay was a silk-cotton mix, not polyester!
There is a large clothes-horse supplied in the Gite, which the guests used.
Apart from a brief discussion on their arrival, these quests did not advise us of any of the issues during their stay, and left without the curtesy of saying goodbye and returning the key.
Please take the opportunity to read our other reviews, on this and other sites for a balanced opinion.
This property is ideal for couples or singles who like peace and quiet ,lovely setting and in an ideal location for walks,the near by towns of mayenne and laval offer good food at reasonable rates.people are friendly, I do not speak french very well but i can get through ,although many french people do speak English and they will try to help if they can .I would recommend this property to anyone ,fully fitted kitchen ,the best shower ever ,most comfortable bed and the view in the morning from your bedroom window is superb . our hosts trish and dean were excellent .
These were great guests, a real joy to meet. They took care of our Gite and left it is clean and tidy. Always welcome, would recommend to other hosts.
What a gorgeous place to stay, in a gorgeous setting.
A beautifully presented little house with all the needed facilities.
Waking up to french countryside - who could ask for more.
Dean & Trish (the owners) on hand for local info and to help with anything extra needed.
Only wish we were staying longer. Many Thanks xxx