Rural cottage with lots of charm near Mayenne - LM005570

2km from Souce, Mayenne, Western Loire Reference: LM005570 Advertiser since: 13 June 2017
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La Sence Self Catering Flexible 1 2 1 1 double bed

About this property

Relaxing Retreat for Couples in Rural France . This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

La Sence cottage is a pretty stone built cottage nestling on the Normandy/Mayenne border and surrounded by rolling farmland. The perfect place to relax, unwind and take life slowly. If guests wish to venture to the local bars, restaurants and shops there are several within a few minutes drive. For those guests who would like to explore further afield there are numerous towns, cities and beaches all within a 90 minute drive.



Kitchen and dining

The bright, double aspect kitchen is fully fitted and has everything which guests will need for their stay. These include an electric fan assisted oven, 5 ring gas hob, fridge/freezer and dishwasher. Also provided is an electric kettle, microwave, toaster and a tassimo. There are a selection of pots and pans, crockery and cutlery. All kitchen towels and t-towels are included. The kitchen has views over the rear courtyard and the surrounding countryside.

Living rooms

The south facing lounge/dining area has a large dining table and four farmhouse chairs overlooking the old barn which is home to owls, a large family of rabbits and a wide variety of birds. There is a comfortable two seater sofa which is great for relaxing with a good book or watching a film on the flat screen television. There is also a logburner available for guests who stay in the cottage over the winter months.


The master bedroom was previously a hayloft and has the original chestnut flooring and oak beams. There is a comfortable double bed with bedside cabinets and access to the en suite shower room. The shower room has a large walk-in shower, toilet and sink. The spacious walk in wardrobe/dressing room has plenty of drawers, shelves and hanging space with wooden coat hangers for guest use. All bedlinen is included for guests.


The en suite shower room has a large walk-in shower, with a toilet and sink. A selection of hand and bath towels are provided for guest use.


All the rooms in La Sence cottage have electric radiators with a towel radiator in the bathroom. There is a logburner in the lounge/dining room available for guests during the cooler winter months. Logs are available at cost with the first full basket being free.


The lounge/dining area has a large flat screen television with English satellite channels. A cd player for guests favourite films and music is also available. Free wi-fi is connected to the cottage. A large selection of books, fiction, non-fiction and reference, are available in the office/library area.

Garden and outside

La Sence cottage is detached and stands in its own grounds. To the front is a gravel and paved area which is ideal for catching the late afternoon sun. Behind the cottage is a private terrace, surrounded by mature shrubs and plants, and has the sun all day. On the terrace is a dining table and benches for alfresco dining. Sunloungers with mattresses and deck chairs are provided for guests during their stay. Guests have access to the five acres of grass land and are able to sit under oak, poplar and apple trees.

Parking and garages

The cottage has private off road parking for at least three cars. For guests who arrive on motor bikes or push bikes secure lockable parking is available on request.

Visitor suitability

La Sence cottage has two shallow steps leading from the lounge/diner to the kitchen area. The only shower and toilet are on the first floor and accessible by stairs, therefore, the cottage is not suitable for anyone with mobility difficulties or anyone in a wheelchair.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Couples only


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Domfront
Distance: 10 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: variety
Name of nearest fishing location: St Fraimbault has a large lake. Fishing passes are sold in the local shop.
Distance: 1.5 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Bagnoles de L'Orne
Distance: 26 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Passais La Conception
Distance: 8 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: There are plenty of lovely places to take a stroll or walk around the area


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Grace Trickett

We came to France in 2004 to escape our hectic lifestyle and enjoy a slower way of life. Mission accomplished

Year property purchased 2004
Why this location? La Sence is ideally situated amongst rolling farmland and apple orchards, but is close to shops, banks and restaurants. The perfect location.
Unique benefits of property La Sence is a lovingly restored stone cottage which had been neglected for many years. The charm and character still remains with the oak beams and wooden floors which have been blended with the more modern features. The cottage is now a comfortable and cosy place to relax and enjoy.

The Owner Recommends

Bagnoles de l'Orne

A lovely genteel spa town with many bars and restaurants, a casino overlooking a lake with pedalos, a spa centre for massages and a lovely forest area with high wire walks and nature trails. The chateau and spacious grounds stand up high in the old town and provide great views of the surrounding countryside.


Mayenne is a lovely old town with a walled chateau, many small winding streets with bars and restaurants and the River La Mayenne running through it. There are boat trips along the river and a firework display every 14th July to celebrate Bastille day. The former tow paths provide a great way to see the river and stretch for miles. During the summer months there are alot of exhibitions and entertainment. The local Tourist Information Centre will have up to date information.


This medieval walled town has alot of character with the old stone and half timbered houses, cobbled streets and small squares. The old remains of chateau still stand at the top of the town and commands a great vista over the surrounding countryside. During the summer months, the grounds of the chateau are host to jousting, re-enactment battles and plays.

St Malo

A great favourite, this old walled town is steeped in history. The cobbled streets with grand stone houses are home to a variety of bars, restaurants and boutiques. There are a wide variety of seafood restaurants nestling against the stone walls where an array of local produce can be sampled. There are wide golden beaches which stretch for miles, a saltwater swimming pool and a fort which is accessible at low tide. Definately worth a visit.


This medieval town is situated on the Brittany/Mayenne border. The walled chateau has a moat and is the centre for the summer exhibitions and entertainment in Fougeres. The narrow cobbled streets have numerous bars, restaurants and shops. A lovely town with lots to see and a great atmosphere.

7 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.9
  • Condition: 9.9
  • Facilities: 9.9
  • Local Amenities: 9.3
  • Setting: 9.7
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Chris and Audrey 5 October, 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed our week at La Sence. Beautiful property in a fantastic location , an ideal place to escape from the hectic world that we now live in.

Gite was spacious , clean and well furnished , kitchen area fantastic.

On top of that , our hosts Grace and Dean were very welcoming , always on hand if we needed any information , advice etc.

This was our first experience of renting a gite in France and has now set the benchmark for any future visits. Would definitely recommend .

Owner response

So pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us at La Sence cottage. You were lovely guests and it was a pleasure to meet you. We hope that you have taken away some lasting memories of your holiday in France.

10 / 10 Richard and Clare 18 September, 2019

Throughly enjoyed our stay at the cottage

Owner response

It was lovely to meet you both. So pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us.

10 / 10 Mortimer 19 September, 2018

What a fantastic gite - the best we've ever stayed in in 15 years holidaying in France. Big rooms with loads of space, well furnished and very clean. The bedroom, particularly, was very nice, with separate shower room/WC and a walk-in wardrobe/closet. There is even a small room with loads of books and a desk. The owners were very welcoming and showed us where everything was. The location was very rural and peaceful, just what we needed, with a small shop in the next village a few kilometres away. There is a large supermarket just outside Domfront.

The owners of the gite gave us a large book which contained loads of useful information and leaflets on local attractions including a handwritten recommendation by a previous guest about a restaurant near Mayenne, the Beau Rivage, which we visited and weren't disappointed.

Overall, a very pleasant stay, Grace and Dean have set the benchmark high with their gite and we would highly recommend staying there without any hesitation.

Owner response

Thank you for your lovely comments concerning your stay at La Sence cottage. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday with us. You were great guests and left the cottage very clean. You would be very welcome to come back anytime.

9.2 / 10 Maynes 12 September, 2018

A well presented and comfortable property. Owners very friendly and helpful. We were very happy with our stay and would not hesitate to recommend this property.

Owner response

We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at La Sence cottage. It was lovely to meet you both.