|Guesthouse at Château de la Basmaignée||Self Catering||Saturday||4||15||3||Possibility to sleep 2 on the comfortable sofa bed|
La Basmaignée is a French gothic château located in the Mayenne area, north west of France, close to the historic village of Montenay, a 3-minute drive from the market town of Ernée, where you will find all local amenities. This fairy-tale château sits in over 60 acres of parkland. The estate includes a private chapel, a traditional walled garden, six cottages, an enchanting forest and secluded lake. Facilities include tennis court, woodland walks, local wildlife spotting, and much more.
With the château bordering three regions of France, you can enjoy all the pleasures of the beautiful Pays de la Loire area, plus the regions of Brittany and Normandy.
Once a coach house and stable complex for the estate, the recently refurbished guest house can easily accommodate up to 15 people in its four large bedrooms.
Our guests will have direct access to all facilities of the estate, including the enchanting forest, gardens, lake and tennis court.
It is ideal for families.
The kitchen is fully equipped. You can choose to eat in the kitchen, in the large living room, or on the patio. The kitchen has a dining table and chairs ideal for 6 people.
The living room benefits from large windows with a view of the château. You can also use it as a dining room, or just as a place to relax and enjoy yourself. The living room is equipped with 3 tables with their extra leaves, 10 chairs, and two sofas. The chairs from the kitchen can be used in the living room for groups 10 to 15 people. It also has two sofas, a television, a dvd player, and board games.
Four bedrooms : 2 en suite bedrooms and 1 large bedroom which sleeps 6 to 8 on the first floor, and a double bedroom with a dressing on the ground floor. The sofas in the living room can be converted into beds to sleep 2 more people.
The 2 en suite bedrooms on the first floor are carpeted.
On the first floor, we have one large bathroom on the main en suite bedroom and one shower room in the second en suite bedroom. As of 2018, there is also a shower room downstairs.
Central floor heating in the whole house.
Television, books, board games, dvds, wi-fi.
Private woods with lake, gardens, tennis court. Possible wildlife spotting for the early birds.
Barbecue and garden furniture.
Parking outside, on the property.
We also welcome events such as weddings, and soon we will have B&B in the château.
We are a French/English couple in our late 20s. We both love the French countryside, antiques and renovation. We have dogs, cats, and we are very happy to welcome you on our property. We live on site so we will be there if you need any help or suggestions about what to do in the area, but we do not live in the same house so you will have your privacy and will be able to enjoy your holiday as you like it.
|Year property purchased||2016|
|Why this location?||I was born and raised in the West of France, in Normandy, then moved to Brittany to study. My fiancé came from England to Brittany with his family. We are both strongly attached to the West of France and its charming countryside, and came to live in Mayenne, Pays de la Loire, really close to both Normandy and Brittany.|
|Unique benefits of property||Our property has everything you could wish for when you think about countryside holiday: 60 acres of land, including a picturesque forest where you can spot wildlife and its own secluded lake, a charming old chapel, a walled-garden, a tennis court, and its main feature: a 18th century gothic château, which you can see from the guest house available for rent. The guest house itself was once part of a complex of stables and coach house, and was renovated a few years ago. You will enjoy a peaceful holiday, and yet you won't be far from all amenities.|
The neolithic polishing stone "Pierre Saint Guillaume", only 15 minutes away by feet, is registered as world cultural heritage.
Laval is our nearest main city. Crossed by the river, it is very charming, and the medieval château is a must see.
Fougères, about 30 minutes away by car, is home to one of the biggest and most ancient medieval châteaux in Europe.
Only 1 hour and 20 minutes away, the magnificent Mont Saint Michel makes the pride of the Normandy region. It is the ideal place to spend a sunny day, however it is also quite charming during Winter.
Rennes, the capital of Brittany, is one hour away from the property. It is a shopping hot spot, also very well known for its night life, and offers a lot of museums to visit.
The Breton coast is only 1 hour and 30 minutes away, with towns like Saint Malo, Dinard, or Cancale in which you will find delicious seafood and traditional Breton galettes and sunbathe on one of the many beaches. Little towns before or after these, less touristic, will also let you enjoy the same pleasures.
From 2 hours by car, you can also spend the day retracing the steps of our shared history with France:
In the city of Caen, capital of Normandy, you will be able to visit the Memorial, house to many exhibitions and a journey throughout the 20th century.
On the coast of Normandy, you will also find the D-Day beaches and more museums.