Large Holiday Farmhouse to let, Western Loire - LM005908

Saint-Thomas-de-Courceriers (11km from Villaines-la-Juhel), Mayenne, Western Loire Reference: LM005908 Advertiser since: 18 December 2017
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La Goupillère Country House Self Catering Saturday 3 6 2 3 Double bedrooms, flexible sleeping arrangements

About this property

A Very Comfortable Farmhouse Home from Home. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

La Goupillère is a spacious, fully restored old farmhouse which stands in the grounds of what was once a large working farm. Today, it has retained its tranquility and picturesque setting but with a more manageable amount of land. It was the land we wanted and bought when the house was sold in early 2011 and we now offer La Goupillère as a holiday let, having finished off all the renovation work and fitted it out to a high and comfortable standard.

Some guests have asked which part is their cottage... it is the whole lot! We can see that the pictures can seem to show three separate houses but all the buildings you see on this website are included in the rental. The accommodation is contiguous. Please see the floor plans.

La Goupillère is surrounded by arable land. There are no smelly animal facilities or commercial installations anywhere in the vicinity. This is not to say there are no animals around, of course there are but only in the nice sense.

With living accommodation of 185 square metres (2,000 square feet) and with 3 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms each with a proper shower cubicle, the property is designed to accommodate up to 6 people in comfort.

La Goupillère is not a gîte in the traditional meaning of the term - it is a very well appointed detached country house and, although we live nearby and are therefore on hand should you need us, we are not on-site, so you can enjoy your privacy. The property is stand-alone and there are no other guests sharing any part of it.

Please take a look through the pages of our own website to get a comprehensive view of what La Goupillère has to offer you and see what we include in our prices, as our aim is to provide everything you are likely to need to make your stay enjoyable and hassle-free, with no extras to pay for. Should you have any questions or comments about our website please do contact us.

This listing is intended to give you an overview and we hope you will be tempted to visit our own website and delve deeper, discovering the property more fully. Our site has a lot of useful information about the locality and even if you decide not to book with us we hope you find this useful.

Where are we? La Goupillère is in the north-east of the department of La Mayenne, part of the region of Pays de la Loire and just south of Normandy and east of Brittany. It is easily accessed from any of the Channel ports; for example it is around four hours drive from Calais and the Eurotunnel terminal and two hours from Caen. Dieppe is three hours. Le Mans to Paris is only an hour by TGV. For visitors from Cornwall or Devon, Plymouth to Roscoff is a popular route.

Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport is just over an hour from Le Mans, direct by TGV, where you can pick up a hire car at the station (best to pre-book). There are a number of regional airports, all about two hours drive away.



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen (31 sq m) is bright and airy with doors to the front of the house and onto the patio at the rear. It is fully fitted, with a U shaped kitchen area with lots of storage space plus a huge buffet/sideboard. The equipment is all modern - electric multi-function cooker, cooker hood, dishwasher and fridge-freezer. There's also a microwave oven, food processor, slow cooker, coffee percolator, kettle and raclette cooker (the washing machine and tumble dryer are in a separate utility room).

The wooden ceiling is high, showing off the exposed beams and a nice feature is the old bread oven with its arched roof. Sadly it can't be used for baking bread today but it's a quaint reminder of the history of the house. The back windows and door have electric shutters. All windows and doors are double-glazed and the floor is of under-floor heated ceramic tiles.

The chunky country-style oak table comfortably seats six but could easily stretch to eight people (there are extra chairs).

Living rooms

The lounge is spacious (30 sq m) and bright with a high wooden ceiling and old oak beams. There are double glazed windows on two sides with electric shutters on the north facing side. There's a double glazed door opening to the front of the house.

The floor is of ceramic tiles. There are two comfy three-seater settees, wicker armchairs and coffee-tables with side lights.

The lounge is connected to the kitchen/diner by an open doorway so never feels cut off and it's easy to bring a few more chairs through if you need to.


Bedroom 1 is big (28 sq m) and has a high ceiling with exposed oak beams. The bed is a generous continental king size with a very comfortable mattress and pristine high quality cotton bed linen. The duvet and 4 pillows are filled with luxury microfibre and are therefore perfect for anyone with allergies or sensitive skin.

There's a big traditional French wardrobe with lots of storage space and hangers, a dressing table with mirror, a separate chest of drawers and 2 comfy wicker armchairs. This bedroom is separated from the other 2 by the mezzanine (see the floor plan) so is nice and private. The view from the window is over the garden and fields and the bedroom cannot be overlooked from outside. The double glazed window has an integral blind.

Bedrooms 2 and 3 (each 14 sq m) are very similar and have a comfortable continental king size bed which can be converted into a pair of single beds. Both have tranquil views over the garden.


Downstairs, bathroom 1 has a bath, shower cubicle, double sink vanity unit with overhead lighting and heated towel rail. The floor is of ceramic tiles and has under-floor heating. There's a separate loo - see the floor plan.

Upstairs, bathroom 2 has a shower cubicle, a double sink vanity unit with overhead lighting and a towel rail. The loo is integral with the bathroom. The floor is of ceramic tiles and has under-floor heating.

Both have shaver points and all towels and bath mats are provided. We provide liquid hand soap in refillable dispensers and shower gel at the start of your holiday. If you forget your toothbrush, toothpaste or facecloth, just ask. We have a toothbrush fairy.

A babybath and changing mat available on request.


Heating is mainly under-floor from an oil central heating boiler plus a woodburner in the lounge, which you shouldn't need to use for heating but it's a nice feature if the weather is dull (not normal in summer!) or you just want a bit of ambience.

The master bedroom and the mezzanine have conventional radiators.

The house is extremely well insulated and nobody has ever complained about being cold!


For entertainment, in the lounge there's a 32" LCD tv with a UK Freesat receiver, a dvd/cd player and a large selection of dvds, including some very charming French films. There is a BOSE system with a Bluetooth receiver so you can stream your own music from a smart phone or tablet. There is a library of books to suit most tastes.

We have hundreds of dvds and books at home and you are welcome to choose from these if the selections in the house are not to your liking.

There is a second Bluetooth music player In the kitchen.

Garden and outside

The patio is accessed through the kitchen and joins up with the back garden. It gets the sun in the morning, late afternoon and evening, which makes it ideal for sitting outside when the mid-day sun is at its hottest. There is a large purpose built bbq and a big teak table with 8 chairs.

There are raised beds of edible herbs, bushes and plants on two sides and access to the back garden on the other. The fridge is just inside the kitchen door so you needn't walk far to get that next cold drink or a snack. Also just inside, there are ample kitchen worktops to lay out food for your bbq.

The long flat lawn behind the house, off the patio, has a gate and fence at the far end so forms a fully enclosed terrace area where children should be relatively safe to play.

There's a rotary clothes line at the end of the grassed bit next to the patio.

The large back garden is mainly grass and is surrounded by fields, with panoramic views over the valley to the hills beyond.

Parking and garages

There's lots!

As well as a huge gravelled courtyard with easy access from the road there are a number of "hangars". One, the long barn, is big enough to take a large car transporter with very good access and egress. Round the side there are 3 big covered hangars, 2 of which are available for parking - cars, mobile homes or caravans. Each will take 2 or 3 vehicles.

Visitor suitability

As the house is an old stone-built farmhouse with a long since fixed layout, it is unsuitable for people with mobility difficulties. People with small children should satisfy themselves that the terrain and upstairs bedroom layout are suitable.

Children and babies are welcome. We can provide a nice cot and mattress, a high chair in the kitchen and a babybath and changing mat but bring your own cot bedding and baby things. The patio and flat lawn at the back of the house are completely fenced so kids can play unattended in relative safety. A child gate is available.

Well behaved pets are accepted subject to the relevant provisions of our terms and conditions. A pet gate is available between the lounge and kitchen/diner.

Information about any additional facilities

There is a 3 metre round Intex pool available subject to weather conditions. See our own website for full details.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool

  • Splash pool

* Vet details: Vetformance 1 rue Pasteur Villaines-La-Juhel Tél : 02 43 03 24 41


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Saint-Cyr-en-Pail
Distance: 27 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Various
Name of nearest fishing location: Izé
Distance: 3 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Bagnoles-de-l'Orne
Distance: 38 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Many

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Peter Marshall

We retired early from high-pressure jobs to live in this beautiful part of France. It was the best decision we have ever made.<br/><br/>You can enjoy your stay in privacy and tranquillity but secure in the knowledge that we are nearby should you need us, whether it’s for quickly getting anything fixed, advice on local restaurants or things to do, borrowing something you forget to bring…. or just an apéro in the sun.<br/><br/>You will find us very hospitable if you wish but also unobtrusive if prefer.

Owner's website
Year property purchased 2011
Why this location? Mayenne is a deeply rural Department, unspoilt and relatively unknown. The population density is incredibly low and the roads traffic-free so driving is a pleasure. In many respects our area is “the land that time forgot” but it is steeped in history and is surprisingly sophisticated in lots of ways with fine restaurants, châteaux, museums and small médiéval towns, often with bustling open markets.

We are inland, so protected from the severe weather sometimes experienced along the Atlantic and Channel coasts but to compensate for being away from the sea we have beautiful lakes with sandy beaches and safe swimming. Our many swimming pools are of very high quality but, to be fair, walking, rambling and cycling are the popular pastimes, with hundreds of kilometres of river towpaths, disused railway lines and forest pathways to explore. All are very safe.

We came to live here by accident! We'll tell you the (long) story over a glass of wine, if you like.
Unique benefits of property La Goupillère has plenty of space inside and out. Big, wide skies with abundant countryside and woodland to be enjoyed, right on your doorstep. The air is clear and clean, the location tranquil and there are no industrial or agricultural facilities anywhere in the area, just fields of crops next door and cows a bit further away.

The property is high quality, comfortable, fully equipped and private. We are new to HFD but you can view our many 5 star reviews on our own website and other listing sites.

There is masses of parking, some covered and a large garden, mainly grass. The fully enclosed patio with purpose built barbecue and grassed area behind the house are cool in the heat of the day but get the sun morning and evening.

Of course, you will need to do some shopping during your stay but we aim to provide everything you will need to settle in… food basics, household items and enough food and drink for a light meal on your first night. Our “welcome pack” has full details.

The Owner Recommends

The Area

This area of France has much to offer. It is farming country and most of the villages and towns hold events throughout the summer. There are lots of small medieval towns that retain their charm and history, amazing many visitors that they have never heard of them e.g. Sainte-Suzanne with its walled town, ancient fortress and château, Jublains with its extensive Gallo-Roman remains and Lassay-les-Châteaux with one of the best examples of a fortified medieval château in France, complete with a working drawbridge and barbican.

The Plantagenet city of Le Mans

The Plantagenet City of Le Mans is an absolute must, especially so in July and August when the "Nuit des chimères" is enacted. You have dinner at one of the many wonderful, inexpensive restaurants then just as it's getting dark be prepared to experience one of the most enchanting spectacles you have ever seen. There are similar, if not quite so spectacular, events in Mayenne and Laval.

Sillé Plage

For swimming, there is a wonderful lake with a sandy man-made beach at Sillé-le-Guillaume, just 17 km away, another at Gué de Selle, slightly nearer and quiter and excellent public pools at Bais (7 km), Villaines- la-Juhel (13 km) and Evron (16 km). The beach at Sillé-le-Guillaume also has horse and donkey rides, boat trips, pedalos and bars and restaurants. It's great for kids and adults alike.


There are plenty of activities and the area is particularly noted for walking and rambling, cycling, fishing, horse riding, exploring ancient woodland or just driving through the beautiful and traffic-free countryside and forests. The Alpes Mancelles are 25 km but; although stunning, there is no skiing! There's plenty of scope for picnics and indeed these are a regular local pastime.

Within Easy Reach

- Le Mans (racetrack & medieval town)
- Normandy beaches (D-Day landings)
- Le Mont-Saint-Michel (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- The Loire Valley and Vineyards
- Châteaux, medieval towns and charming villages
- Alençon, Laval, Rennes, Angers, Tours, Caen
- Paris (1 hour by TGV from Le Mans)
- Disneyland (90 mins direct by TGV from Le Mans)
- Brittany coast. Fabulous fresh seafood
- All Channel ports (even Calais is an easy drive)
- Forests, rivers, adventure parks and outdoor activities
- Stunning local walks, cycle routes and fishing lakes
- Swimming pools and bathing at beautiful lakes

La Mayenne is the best place you've never heard of!

3 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 James Dawson 13 September, 2019

Welcome Pack got the holiday off to a good start! Everything you need is here - a lovely place to stay in this lesser known part of France. Peter and Sally were an extra! Thanks for your welcome and friendliness - all added to the holiday experience. Had a great stay in excellent gîte which had lovely outdoor space as well.

Everything is as described and all well maintained - even sharp kitchen knives! Peter and Sally close enough by but on right on top and were very friendly and helpful.

We went with two grown up sons (but be great for younger kids as well) and really got away from hustle and bustle where a rowdy night out is listening to owls and watching for shooting stars. We love all the "old stuff" and that abounds on the doorstep (along with deer, red squirrels and plenty of magnificent birds of prey), yet somewhere like Le Mans less than hour away.

Would definitely recommend.

Owner response

Thank you for your lovely review James.... much appreciated

10 / 10 Mark and Tracey 9 September, 2019

An outstanding property and hosts. Nothing too much trouble and a generous welcome pack for which we were grateful after a full day of travelling.
Fully equipped, spacious gite with high quality furnishings and bedding.
A barbecue and seating area for the sunny days or an inviting log burner for those chilly evenings.
Peaceful location surrounded by fields and country lanes.
A real gem. Would highly recommend on all levels.

Owner response

Thank you Tracey, it was lovely meeting you all and we're delighted you enjoyed your holiday so much.

10 / 10 Mike H 9 September, 2019

Fabulous accommodation with excellent facilities - a home from home where you want for nothing. Peter and Sally are considerate hosts and nothing is too much trouble to make your stay comfortable.
Located in a relaxing rural setting but within easy reach of places like Mayenne, Alencon and even Le Mans for those who like to sightsee.
We WILL definitely be back.

Owner response

Thank you Mike, really appreciated and so glad you both had a memorable stay.