Rural Gite by fishing lake for rental - LM005662

2km from La Doree, Mayenne, Western Loire Reference: LM005662 Advertiser since: 25 August 2017
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
La Blanchardiere Self Catering Saturday 1 2 1 A double bed with bedside tables and en suite

About this property

Rural Lakeside One Bedroom Gite. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

La Blanchardiere is a delightful rural lakeside cottage, the perfect place to chill and un wind.

Surrounded by countryside, and off the beaten track it's tranquil, so perfect for watching the wild life. It's superb lakeside position gives you great entertainment watching our ducks, looking out for the Kingfisher and fishing, or simply just relax by the lake and enjoy the gorgeous sunsets. Due to no light pollution, at night the sky is an amazing array of stars, and while watching the stars you'll hear the owls chatting! Your holiday can be as relaxed or energetic as you want, because apart from the peaceful location there are plenty of good walks on the doorstep for all abilities. (PLEASE NOTE WE DO NOT ACCEPT PETS OF ANY KIND).

Being located on the boarders of Britanny and Normandy there are endless places to visit and things to do. On a Wednesday there is the lively morning market in Saint Hilaire du Harcourt selling a variety of things from live chickens, ducks, geese to fresh eggs and vegetables, clothes etc. in the surrounding villages there are some excellent restaurants and less than 4km away there are banks, bars supermarket, bakery etc



Kitchen and dining

Open plan kitchen, with gas cooker, microwave, toaster, coffee-maker, kettle, sink. Under the sink there are saucepans, frying pan, wok, casserole dishes and cleaning products. There is also a dresser with crockery, in the dresser drawers there's cutlery and utensils, cooking knives, and an extension lead French to English.

The dinning area has a table and 4 chairs with a pantry cupboard.

Living rooms

A comfortable lounge area, with 3 seater sofa, armchair, and coffee-table. There's a lovely logburner to snuggle up in front of too! English freeview television with dvd player, there's a large selection of dvds and reading books, plus lots information on things to do and see in the surrounding area.


Double bed, bedside cabinets with bedside lights each side, a clothes hanging area, chest of drawers and a full length mirror.


The bathroom has a bath, a separate shower, heated towel rail, toilet and wash basin. Under the sink there is a paraffin heater, extra clothes hangers, bathroom cleaning products and toilet rolls.

There is also complimentary toiletries and 2 glasses by the sink.


The cottage is heated by the logburner, which is very efficient. During the months of October to March we supply ample logs to keep the cottage warm and comfortable, which is included in the cost of your holiday (any further wood required after this will be charged at cost).

During the months of April to September we do supply a basket of logs just in case you want the logburner on, during these months if you require more logs we do have to charge. There is also a paraffin heater under the sink in the bathroom.


We provide a monthly news letter listing the activities, fetes, vide greniers, and things to do in the area. In the entrance area of the cottage, there is a wide range of reading books and dvds. There is good wi-fi connection throughout the cottage.

Fishing is also available in the lake, we can provide rods on request.

Garden and outside

There is a private lakeside garden area next to the cottage, with a table and chairs and garden parasol, also two sun loungers. Under the open barn opposite the cottage there is a bbq area with gas bbq. Please feel free to wander round the lake and surrounding area, and don't forget to keep an eye out for the Kingfisher!

Parking and garages

Plenty of parking area directly outside the gite.

Visitor suitability

Not suitable for wheelchair access.

Information about any additional facilities

We can supply fishing rods if you fancy a spot of fishing during your holiday.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Couples only


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Saint Hilaire du Harcouet (a large market)
Distance: 15 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Small carp and roach
Name of nearest fishing location: La Blanchardiere (fish from the gite garden, rods can be provided free of charge)

Fishing on-site


Name/number of nearest marked trail: 2

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Sue Cowan

Having spent 10 years in the hospitality trade we decided to sell up in 2008 and move to France. We found this wonderful property that we have turned into a rural lakeside gite, that we are now inviting you to stay in .

Year property purchased 2011
Why this location? If you need to just unwind and get away from a stressful busy life this is the place to relax and enjoy the rural countryside.
Unique benefits of property A private garden.
Sue and Craig live on sight to help and advise you with any question or problems you may have.

The Owner Recommends

Market day.

Saint Hilaire du Harcouet every Wednesday morning. The largest and best market in the area. Well worth a visit.
About 18 km from La Blanchardiere.

4 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.5
  • Comfort: 9.5
  • Condition: 9.5
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.8 / 10 s bond 10 October, 2019

We stayed in La blanchardiere for a week from 28th September. Craig and Sue made us very welcome and gave us lots of information about the surrounding area and cheap places to eat. Although the week was quite wet, we made the most of it and visited many places. The fishing was good, although the fish are mostly very small, I would say you are garuanteed to catch something. The gite was cosy and had everything we needed, only down side is the stairs are very steep. There is plenty of wildlife around the gite, including ducks, deer and weasels that we saw.
This is a perect gite for a couple and very very reasonably priced. we will return again in the future.
Thank you Craig and Sue

Owner response

Thank you very much for your review and we look forward to welcoming you again.

10 / 10 Fisherman 25 September, 2018

Amazing gite in a perfect setting, peaceful with a lovely lake with plenty of fish. We had a very relaxing time in the gardens, fishing and reading, while listening to the wide variety of birds. If you like star gazing the night skies are wonderful. Gite was well furnished, clean and comfortable. Craig and Sue have lots of ideas for places to visit and information on shopping and eating out. Lots of good food available locally. Highly recommended and on our list for next year.

Owner response

Thank you so much for your lovely review, we are always over the moon when people have enjoyed their holiday here, we look forward to seeing you again next year xx

8.8 / 10 John & Esta 4 August, 2018

We were looking for a gite to stay in for our 20th Wedding Anniversary, somewhere quiet, restful & beautiful.... La Blanchardiere was perfect. Craig & Sue were lovely, welcoming & helpful. The peaceful setting & beautiful grounds really made our week away something special. Sitting beside the lake watching swallows & later bats swooping for insects while enjoying a tipple or two finished each day off wonderfully!! Oh & being welcomed by the ducks (we named them Thelma & Louise) every time we sat outside was amusing & something we looked forward too.
Spent our days exploring the local area, Ambrières les vallées was lovely, Mayenne' s chateaux was well worth a trip. Craig recommended several beaches to visit, although it takes time to drive there!! The local village of Fougeres du Plessis supermarket was well stocked & the boulangerie by the church was great.
Altogether a fantastic holiday, great weather too. Will recommend to our friends & will definately return.
Thanks again Craig & Sue xx

Owner response

Thank you for your review.

10 / 10 Wendy and Chris L 11 June, 2018

Just spent a wonderful week at this lovely little gite. Great facilities with everything you require. The owners, Sue and Craig really look after you and are full of advice for the local area..
The gite was lovely and clean and well maintained. The lake had plenty of fish in and is well looked after.
There is plenty to do in the area with lots of places to visit and a nice area to explore.
We are definitely hoping to return again.

Owner response

Thank you both very much, it is so important to us that our guests staying here have a lovely holiday. We enjoy seeing our guests totally unwind during their stay, and leaving with their batteries recharged. We look forward to welcoming you both again.