Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 2, Ratings 12 10/10
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|La Petite Maison||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||1|
La Petite Maison is a beautiful 2 double bedroomed cottage overlooking the Mayenne Valley. It is suited to meet the needs of busy people looking for peace and quiet.
Situated within a 200 year old farm, (now non working) the cottage is located in the North Western region of the Pays de la Loire making easy day tripping to the northern french coastal sites of Mont Saint Michel and Normandy beaches or south to the vineyards of Vouvray and the stunning Chateau and gardens of Villandry. However if you just want short excursions out this area is packed with history from the beautiful town of Lassay-les-Châteaux which boasts one of the finest examples in France of a fortified medieval chateau just 2 kms away, visit the pretty hilltop town of Sainte Suzanne or take a drive through stunning countryside to the home of William the Conquerer and much, much more. You can also walk or cycle along 85kms of river towpath, enjoy boat trips, kayaking, sailing and walking or just enjoy the local food and wine whilst appreciating the view!
This is an ideal base for those seeking rest and relaxation in wonderful countryside, a break away from hectic modern life!
Well equipped open plan kitchen into the main living/dining area. The kitchen has a duel fuel Smeg 5 ring cooker (gas hob electric oven), fridge-freezer with additional freezer space in the separate laundry room (plus iron and ironing board), toaster, cafetière, teapot and place settings for 4/6 people.
All guests are provided with the essentials - salt and pepper, olive oil, mixed herbs, sugar, flour, aluminium foil and cling film, washing up liquid, dishcloth and sponge, T-towels, bin bags and cleaning materials - so there is no need to bring everything with you.
Guests also receive a complimentary welcome pack which includes a litre of milk, a ready to bake baguette, a bottle of red wine, butter and homemade jam.
For your convenience we provide a basket of red, white and rosé wine plus cider in the cottage in case you run out, the cost of which can be settled up at the end of the holiday!
The living area is comfortably furnished with 2 double sofa's, footstool, side tables and lamps. Flat screen tv and dvd player (guests can take advantage of the dvd library of over 500 dvds, films and box sets). There is an large oak surround fireplace with large woodburner for those cooler times of year - all wood is included in the price. The living area has part exposed stone walls and beams.
Bedroom 1- double cast iron frame bed, side tables and lamps, wardrobe, dressing table, chest of drawers and towel rail.
Bedroom 2 - double bed, side table and lamps, wardrobe, chest of drawers, full length mirror and towel rail.
All bed linen is white 200TCC cotton and replacements are provided every 7 days if the booking is longer than one week.
All towels and bath mats are provided including hand towels for the kitchen and bathroom.
Hairdryers are provided in each bedroom.
Modern tiled walk in shower with fixed 'rain shower head' and alternative detachable shower fitting - always plenty of hot water available! Electric wall heater, basin, mirror and wc.
Large wood burner in living area (vents above the wood burner heat the bedrooms above) and an additional oil filled radiator. There is an electric heater in the bathroom.
The cottage is wi-fi connected. There is a Sony flat screen tv and dvd player (guests can take advantage of the dvd library of over 500 dvds, films and box sets - choose as many as you like!).
A selection of books, jigsaws and games are available in the cottage. We also provide a comprehensive guidebook to the local area including restaurants, places to visit, days out, supermarket opening times etc or guests can check out our web site for more local information on regional events and activities happening during their stay.
If feeling a bit more active we have available 1 mens and 1 ladies bicycle available at the riders own risk. Helmets and safety equipment not provided.
Pretty, fenced, landscaped private garden overlooking the pond with views into the valley below - perfect to watch the sunset from the decked seating area whilst enjoying a glass of wine.
Metal dining table and chairs, cushions, rugs and a garden parasol provided as it gets the sun all day! Sunloungers also provided if the only activity required is reading your latest novel. Bbq provided.
Private parking is provided in the oak framed open barn to the rear of the property.
Suitable for couples and friends looking for a peaceful, relaxed holiday away from the noise, hustle and bustle of modern life.
All guests receive a complimentary 'starter pack' which includes 1 litre of milk, T-bags, ground coffee, part baked baguette, butter, jam, a bottle of red wine, one toilet roll, cleaning materials, washing up liquid, bin bags, foil, olive oil, mixed herbs and s&p.
The cottage is non-smoking but guests can smoke in the garden and grounds. One small to medium sized dog will be considered on request - please see Dog Guidance Notes found within the Terms and Conditions link.
When available guests may also buy our free range organic eggs from the lovely "chickie girls' or organic honey produced from the bee hives in the garden.
The owners Sandra and Paul are happy to assist with any requests for information, advice or making arrangements for trips or bookings.
My husband Paul and I both had busy stressful lives, unhealthy lifestyles and not enough 'together' time. We would longingly watch all those tv programs about changing your life, renovating a wreck into a designers dream, all whilst Kevin McCloud peered into the camera wringing his hands in despair - if only that could be us! So we took a leap of faith, left our jobs, packed our small car, drove to France and haven't regretted a moment since!
|Year property purchased||2008|
|Why this location?||We absolutely fell in love with the area - like a huge Devon but without the people!! Family, friends, eating and socialising are the main focus for everyone here so there's never any hurry and nothing is ever too busy. It's great to just relax, unwind and enjoy the everyday beauty of the surrounding landscape and the abundance of fantastic wildlife. Although we live on a hilltop with great views and are surrounded by fields all our local amenities are just down the road including our favourite lunchtime restaurant where a five course meal with wine costs just €12! In addition the coast is only an hour and a half away for those days when we want some sea air, a run on the beach with our dog Barnabé and enjoy a plate of really fresh shellfish. For more excitement we can also take day trips to the South to enjoy wine tasting and chateau visiting, east to Rennes the capital of Brittany or 1hr 10 mins to Paris from Laval on the train.|
|Unique benefits of property||We wanted to create a holiday cottage that we would have wanted to stay in when we were on holiday ourselves - big soft pillows, white linen on the bed and a great big shower with lots of hot water, (not just a luke warm trickle whilst crouching in a small smelly cubicle). Most of all a place that could feel like a home not just a holiday let. We also wanted to take the hassle out of trying to find out about local places to visit or restaurants that are good value and great food rather than discovering it all on the last day when your holiday is almost over. We have put together a comprehensive book with all the local historical attractions, restaurant recommendations (we have everything from Michelin star restaurants to the workers cafés), information leaflets about outdoor activities such as horse riding, sailing, kayaking etc, along with books on the local area, cycling and walking routes plus trips further afield such as the Normandy beaches or the Chateaux of the Loire.|
From neolithic monuments in our local village to the Roman encampment at Jublains and the beautiful medieval hilltop village of Sainte Suzanne you can take a step back in time to see how this land developed down the centuries. With the 14th century chateau of Lassay les Chateaux just 2 kms away and the Chateau Museum in Mayenne (20kms) you can really get a feel for the history of this area. La Gautrie is a fantastic location for day trips to world renowned destinations such as Mont Saint Michel, Bayeux and the Normandy beaches or a visit to the châteaux and vineyards of la Loire .
We have a wide variety of restaurants to choose from including two 1 star Michelin restaurants both within 20 minutes of the cottage for those special occasions or at the other end of the scale our village restaurant which serves 5 courses (including wine and coffee) for just €12! There is of course everything in between (we have tried most of them at least once) and we are always on hand to help with reservations and advice.
The Mayenne River has 85 kms of river towpath from the town of Mayenne southwards to Laval for you to explore. In 2016 the towpath was used to host the largest picnic in the world and is now entered in the Guinness Book of Records! This path also forms part of La Vélo Francette, a cycle way that travels from La Rochelle to Ouistreham covering 600kms. You can join it going north at Ambrieres les vallees (6kms from the cottage) to Domfront (a stage of 49kms) or further if you wish! We have bicycles at La Gautrie for guests to use to take a leisurely ride in the surrounding countryside - you won’t have far to go to have an unforgettable experience! The Mayenne river also provides facilities for fishing, kayaking, sailing and canoeing with the nearest activity centre being just 7 kms away. However if you want to take a more leisurely pace you could enjoy a boat trip or alternatively you can just sit in one of the local restaurants and enjoy the view!
Whether its large formal gardens, themed gardens or small private gardens open to the public they can be found within the region and are great destinations whilst making the most of driving or cycling through the pretty countryside. Details of parks and gardens can be found on the link to our La Gautrie web page.
If you just want to relax why not take advantage of the Spa town of Bagnoles de L'Orne for a beauty treatment or massage followed by a relaxing lunch in one of the many restaurants and bars. Closer to the cottage take a wander around the town of Lassay les Chateaux, discover the medieval rose and kitchen gardens, explore the cobbled back streets or take a tour around the 14th century Chateau. However if you just want to rest and take a breather, lie back on the sun loungers, enjoy the garden, listen to the birds, watch the butterflies and raise a glass to the sunset!
Our fourth visit to our second home in France and it’s as good if not better than our first. Paul and Sandra are the best hosts and cater for absolutely everything. Nothing is too much trouble. The personal touches around La Petite Maison just make it home for the week. The welcome pack, bread, milk etc is lovely, and , knowing it was our anniversary, the bottle of champagne was a really lovely touch. We never tire of Chantrigné and the surrounding villages, so peaceful and interesting. La Gautrie is the place to go away from the madness and stress of modern life. Can’t wait until we’re back there again. I can not recommend La Gautrie high enough to anyone, with or without a pet, who wants a relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings and are looked after by two very special people.
An excellent stay. All of the provision was of high quality and set in well renovated property whilst still retaining an authentic rustic feel. Lovely garden to relax in. Car garaged under cover. Excellent welcome pack. We really didn’t need much of the stuff we had brought. The owner were very friendly and very helpful. Lots of good advice about shopping restaurants etc.
Highly recommended. Beautiful and interesting area, with some lovely walking locally. The nearby small town of Lassay les Chateaux is pleasant and the three chateaux are cturesque. The La Petite Maison cottage is well furnished and comfortable, the gardens are a credit to the friendly owners and make for a relaxing holiday. Farther afield, the town of Mayenne is charming, and Laval has a lovely old town and some friendly restaurants.
It was our first stay in Le Petite Mason / La Gautrie but we hope not our last. We were stunned by how peaceful the cottage was, set in stunning countryside with farms all around.
The accommodation was so well cared for and spotlessly clean. It is beautifully decorated and very time we walked into a room we noticed something different. Sandra and Paul are so welcoming and gave us lots of suggestions for places to visit as well as maps and directions. We travelled with our dog and they arranged the appointment at the vets for him to get the worming tablet for his return journey.
The accommodation had everything you could think of – welcome packs for us and the dog! There were numerous guides on the local area which were really useful. The cottage is ideally located with beautiful towns only about a 20 minute drive if you wanted to tear yourself away from the butterfly filled garden.
We couldn’t have asked for a better location or more hospitable hosts – including Barney who always gave us a friendly greeting. We definitely hope to return next year.