Large house with pool and lake to let Mayenne - LM006852

2km from Villaines-la-Juhel, Mayenne, Western Loire Reference: LM006852 Advertiser since: 28 January 2019
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Mill House Self Catering Saturday 5 8 2

About this property

A Rural 5 Bedroom House With Swimming Pool and Lake. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

If you are looking for somewhere to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life then this is the house for you. It is perfect place to relax, unwind and explore the local French countryside, sample traditional local wine and cuisine, plenty of activities in the area to keep you and all the family entertained.

Mill House was built around 1850 and has been sympathetically converted for modern living.

Mill House is located in the countryside near Mayenne in the Pays de la Loire region. It is located 2 kms from Villaines la Juhel. The property has 5 bedrooms, swimming pool ( unheated ) and access to walks around the 14 acres.

You can fish in the lake subject to current licence requirements - carp of up to 20lb have been caught by guests. This is not a commercial fishing lake and is for family fun only. Fishing is only allowed during daylight hours due to the category of lake as defined by the French authorities.



Kitchen and dining

One large room with kitchen, dining and lounge for family living.

Fully-fitted modern kitchen with electric hob and oven, microwave, toaster, kettle, slow cooker and complete range of kitchen utensils, tea towels (changed for each booking). There is Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee machine with starter supply of capsules. Please note there is no dishwasher at the property.

Crockery, cutlery, glassware provided for up to 8 people.

Utility area - fridge-freezer and washing machine. Iron and ironing board provided.

Dining area is part of the kitchen area which seats 6 - 8 people.

Living rooms

The lounge is open plan with seating area with a TV and Sky.

A pool table is available in the lounge area for evenings of family fun.


5 bedrooms in total.

Downstairs: 1 double bedroom.

Upstairs: 2 double bedrooms and 2 twin bed rooms.

Bed linen is provided and changed after each booking.

Travel cot, highchair and baby gate available on request. We provide a mattress with the travel cot and sheet. The travel cot was purchased new in 2019 as was the mattress. Please bring your own pillow and cover for the baby as most mums prefer to bring their own.


Downstairs: Shower, washbasin and washing machine. Separate wc.

Upstairs: Family shower room comprising shower and washbasin. Separate wc.


Electric wall mounted heaters in every bedroom, landing, hallway, bathrooms and kitchen area.

Woodburner available in the lounge area in the winter only- first basket of logs free with a nominal charge for further logs. Safety instruction will be given on operating the woodburner on arrival.


Swimming pool is for your exclusive use. Please not this is not heated. An alarm is provided for when pool is not in use and parents are reminded children under 16 need to be supervised around the pool. Inflatables are provided for the pool use.

14 acres of grounds to walk part of which is along the lake and stream. We provide walkie talkies to keep in contact with parents ( or partners ! )
Net available for badminton.
Croquet set.

Pool table in open plan lounge/kitchen area
Boardgames for adults and children.
TV available with Sky including children's programmes and films.
Free wi-fi available subject to considerate use
Books available in the bookcase for your use whilst at Mill House.

Garden and outside

The swimming pool is surrounded by a decked area with sunloungers for your use. Please note the swimming pool is not heated. There is a barbecue available together with a bag of coals for your first barbecue. Additional bags can be purchased from us a at cost price or are available in the local supermarkets during the summer.

There are 14 acres of grounds to walk together with a fun fishing lake which has a good head of carp up to 20lb. Fishing is subject to licence requirements.

Parking and garages

3 Parking spaces available for the gite and more can be arranged if needed.

Visitor suitability

Mill House is suitable for all ages.

The downstairs double bedroom with access to shower and wc is popular with those that find stairs difficult.

Information about any additional facilities

A 'Starter Pack' is provided for you on your arrival at no cost.

A typical welcome pack includes tea, coffee, sugar, milk, water, bread, eggs, ham and butter. We supply basic cleaning equipment together with tea towels, dishcloths, kitchen roll, foil and cling film, toilet paper and soap. Please check that any of your party are not allergic to any of the products before using.

We are on a fosse septique system so we provide toilet roll compatible with that system - please do not put anything down the toilet that could block it. Check in time is 4pm and check out time is 10am. As long as you vacate upstairs so our cleaning team can get started, you are welcome to finish your breakfast or finish packing. We live on site and will be here to welcome you on arrival and wave you off on departure. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you need anything during your holiday.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Bazar Boom Brocante, Fresnay sur Sarthe Less than 30 minutes drive
Distance: 27 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp
Name of nearest fishing location: Etang de Perle Less than 10 minutes drive
Distance: 4 km

Fishing on-site


Name and address of nearest golf course: Alencon Less than 35 minutes drive ( 9 hole course )
Distance: 35 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 20 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Saint Leonard de Bois Less than 30 minutes drive


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Amanda Smith

We decided to move to rural France in 2015 after taking early retirement and fell in love with the Mill House at first sight. The peaceful location and abundance of wildlife attracted us to live in the forgotten part of France. We hope you love it here as much as we do.

Year property purchased 2015
Why this location? We wanted to live in a rural location whilst being in easy distance of the Eurotunnel and ferries. This part of Mayenne is unspoilt and the empty roads are a joy to drive on. The coast with the D Day beaches and attractions such as Saint Malo and Mont Saint Michel are 90 minutes away - a good day trip for us to explore the coast of Normandy.
Unique benefits of property Mill House is a spacious family holiday home which stands in the grounds of what was once a large working farm. Today, it has retained its tranquility and picturesque setting overlooking a small lake and private swimming pool. There are 5 bedrooms sleeping up to 8 guests with a swimming pool. It is set in its own grounds with a fun fishing lake and 14 acres of woodland to walk.

The Owner Recommends

Le Mans

The one place not to miss is the fortified old Plantagenet cité of Le Mans. The beautiful flying-buttress cathedral and medieval houses in their cobbled streets are impressive at any time but especially so in the evenings of July and August when they are illuminated in the most magical display of light, colour and sound. The fortification wall is Roman and is the one of the best preserved examples in Europe. So see 1600 years of architecture come alive!

The spectacle is free but if you want to dine in the old town you are advised to book.


The town of Mayenne is well worth a visit and the newly restored château an absolute must... maybe lunch on a boat on the river?

If you like old French towns you will love Sainte-Suzanne, Fresnay-sur-Sarthe, Saint-Léonard-des-Bois, Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei and many more.

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Ju & Kev 3 June, 2019

What an amazing peace of heaven Mill House is. We would love to keep this gem hidden for ourselves. Set in a lovely rural town it will not disappoint. The owners are just lovely, very attentive from the get go, right through to arrival and departure. Roy and Amanda have truly made this Gite one of a kind. The love and passion which has gone into the actual surroundings, environment and house shows. The woodland area is magical. You can take long walks, relax, have a picnic or just generally listen to the bird song and natural streams that are all around you. No need to leave this property. The surrounding woodlands and farm make you feel like your a millions miles away. Yet within 3.5 miles your in town.
We cannot even begin to tell you how truly special Mill House is. The house is spotless and the finishes are to a high standard. The beds are super comfy and the bed linen is very luxurious. Roy and Amanda have thought of everything. There was nothing that we could have wanted or needed as everything was taken care of. On arrival we were presented with a lovely welcome basket full of scrummy goodies to tuck into after our journey. The drive is a nice easy 4 hour drive from the tunnel crossing. The fishing lake will not disappoint. The kids, hubby and even I managed to catch some pretty decent fish. The swimming pool, pool table and various games kept this family busy.We cannot wait to book this property again, its stolen a peace of our hearts. MAGNIFICENT x

Owner response

Thank you so much Julie, Kev and boys - your family were an absolute pleasure to have at the gite. The place was spotless when you left so much so I could have let it out straight after you, We enjoyed seeing everyone enjoying themselves and so look forward to seeing you next year. Loved watching you catch your first fish Julie and Kev with the boys catching their personal best ! Take care and keep in touch xx