Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4, Ratings 1 8.3/10
|La Guiltiere||Self Catering||Flexible||4||8||3||Baby cots are available but please let me know.|
Elegant old house dating back to the early 1920's. High ceilings, tall shuttered windows, airy and spacious. First floor 2 double bedrooms each with their own dressing rooms and en suite bathrooms. Second floor, double and twin bedrooms with shared bathroom. Modern, well equipped kitchen and open plan dining room capacity of 8. Lounge with Sky and French/ Orange tv and wi-fi.
Outside, 12 acres of lawns, flower gardens, paddocks and paths. We also have a barbecue area and gypsy caravan. There is loads of space for energetic children with ponies to pat, eggs to collect from the chickens and carrots to give to the rabbits. The garden is lovely in the summer with lots of hidden spots to discover if you want to escape with a good book.
The surrounding area is very rural. Fields, farms and quiet country lanes ideal for cycling and walking.
This is what Helen said,
"Best holiday house ever. We loved this house. We are a family with twin boys aged 4 and a 6 year old girl and we loved it. So much space inside and out, the kitchen was well-equipped, the house was spotless and stunning. There were dvds, jigsaws, games, books, dressing up clothes (for the kids - mostly girls stuff - our boys looked great in fairy dresses). The gardens were huge with lots of passages and secret places to hide away. We used the bbq almost every night, there was a hammock, garden games, chickens, rabbits, a dog ... We had to make a real effort to get out to see the sights. And even when we did, we raced home again."
The kitchen is easy to use and well equipped, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave, range cooker, electric oven and 5 jet gas hob, toaster, kettle and coffee-machine. Open plan to the dining room, a great space to wine and dine with family and friends.
Washing machine and tumble dryer in separate laundry room.
Comfortable seating, sofa armchairs. Wi-fi connection. Tv with dvd and chromecast.
First floor. Bedroom 1. Double bed (160x200) queen size. In fact 2 rooms. You enter from the hallway into the dressing room which has a day bed and armchairs, quite a nice space to escape for a quiet read. Through to the main bedroom with wardrobe and dressing table. En suite bath/shower room.
First floor. Bedroom 2. Double bed (140x200) Again 2 rooms but this time you enter into the bedroom and the dressing room is behind. En suite shower room.
Second floor. Bedroom 3. Double bed (140x200)
Second floor. Bedroom 4. Twin beds (120x190)
Second floor bathroom corner bath
En suite bedroom 1 bath with shower, basin and toilet.
En suite bedroom 2 shower basin and toilet
Bedrooms 3 and 4 shared bathroom with corner bath and shower, basin and toilet
Tv; Sky basic channels/ French satellite. Chromecast. Dvd. Wi-fi. Load of toys: lego : dressing up clothes and Gypsy caravan.
Approx 2 acres of garden. Flower beds and lawns. Lots of secret places to sit and read. Front garden is enclosed if you have little ones. Paddock and ponies. Chickens: rabbits. Gypsy caravan, barbecue
Off road parking for 2 cars plus
Unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair access.
I have lived in France since 1990. I love living here and couldn't imagine being anywhere else. The garden is my great passion and although I'm no expert, I think it looks pretty good.
|Year property purchased||1990|
|Why this location?||Extremely quiet and rural|
|Unique benefits of property||The house is set in an extremely rural location and an ideal setting if you want to get away from it all. The 2+ acres of gardens are simply superb with diverse planting and lawns. Relax with a glass of wine or let the kids blow off steam without bothering anyone. The country lanes are great for walking and cycling or you can just stay here, pat the horses or give a carrot to the rabbits.
There are lots of things to see and do in the area. Bagnoles de L'Orne is 10 mins away with forest walks, tree climbing, swimming pool, casino and restaurants. Or you could pop in and see Dick and Angel at their chateau just the other side of Mayenne.
There are markets all through the summer selling locally grown produce and not forgetting the 'vide greniers' selling everything from 'junk' to high end antiques.
Typical traditional spa town in heart of the Forest d'Andaine, famous for its 'belle Epoche' architecture and rejuvenating waters! Casino, lake with pedalos, swimming pool, tree climbing park and much more.
Restaurants, bars and cafes. A great place to eat ice-cream and watch the world go by. Fantastic cakes for a special treat.
Open air concerts in the summer, fireworks and the venue for the biggest (2000 stalls) antique/brocante weekend street market (May and again in September/October)
The surrounding forest is fantastic for walking and cycling, in the autumn you can take part in the many mushroom collecting trips (with experts on hand to prevent any unfortunate suprises).
Our local and nearest town. Supermarket, boulangerie, boucherie; banks. Medieval Castle with drawbridge, towers and turrets. The castle often holds special events at weekends but is also open every afternoon for guided tours.
Two or three restaurants and local cafes to sit outside and watch the world go by.
Rose garden, lake and medieval herb garden.
Please ask me as there are many. Usually about 12.50 euro for a 3/4 course set meal (probably a choice of 2 or 3 main courses) including wine or cider. Really good value and a great experience. Normally cater for the traditional workers civilised lunch but are by no means 'greasy spoon' - around here only the good survive!
Throughout the year on most Sundays you can find a vide grenier (literally empty the attic) somewhere in the vicinity. They vary from small village affairs to huge weekend events selling everything from high end 'mega' pricey antiques to well, literally junk! You will either love them or hate them.
For a full list of dates look up 'Agenda brocante, vide-grenier, puces - Le calendrier BROCABRAC', Departments 61 or 53. Or just ask, I have an agenda.
Aquatic centre. Lake and beach with lifeguard (check times) Boating, surfboarding, sailing. Good for children to swim and splash but also has a nice cafe.
Attractive market town with a weekly market, the French toy museum is fun but opening times can be a bit random so worth checking first.
Home of the Plantaganate kings and Queens. Medieval site of interest and some nice restaurants too (even a Michelin guide pizza restaurant - very good!).
The church is worth a look if architecture is your thing.
Château de Carrouges
Spectacular castle from the 14th and 17th century. This castle is made out of brick, granite and slate. It belonged to the same family between the 14th century and 1936. The furnitures, paintings and decor are from the Renaissance period. You can also visit its park and garden. Night tours are available some fridays in the summer, exhibitions, concerts, individualised welcome (contact the castle to organize before). The last start for the guided visit is 45 minutes before the castle closes. The park stays open between noon and 2pm but closes in the evening.
A small hamlet that is a pleasant forest walk from Bagnoles de l'Orne. A peculiar place which owes its reputation to the hermit St Ortaire who evangelised the region in the 6th century. People still leave notes at the ancient chapel asking for divine help in recovery from illness and traditionally balance a pebble on one of the many piles of offerings. Definately worth a stroll after a Bagnoles cake or ice cream.
Built in 1485 and over 26.5 metres high, the tower is evidence of the existence
of a former fortified castle and is a very strange architectural beast indeed. Google pictures and you will see what I mean.
The tower has its °Tour et Détours à Bonvouloir° footpath which gives you the chance to discover the nearby
fortified ruins, orchards and hedgerows..
A mini ramble exploring the flora and fauna of this listed sensitive natural environment
with its history and legends will pass a pleasant hour or two. A great place for a picnick and you can always test the efficacy of the water at the spring of eternal youth.
The local 'main' town.
Shops , restaurants and a fine museum.
Possibility of boat trips on the river Mayenne (can include a supper trip).
The landing beaches are an easy day trip, can be combined with the Bayeaux tapestry for a day including history (ancient and modern) and a paddle in the sea.
Nearest and, I think, the nicest resort is the little town of Granville. Very traditional town with fantastic moules frites , a nice clean beach and the opportunity to be brave in the sometimes bracing sea.
Another easy day trip. Mont St Michel is stunning but would suggest an early start before the hordes arrive , or even better come and visit away from the summer when you can often be almost the only visitors.
If you like oysters and shellfish then you need to include the litle town of Cancale - the oysters are the freshest and the cheapest you will ever find. In the summer you can buy them directly from the stalls at the oyster beds , sit in the sunshine and skim the shells back into the sea. Very satisfying.
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