Bedrooms 6, Sleeps 14
|Room name||Type||Sleeps||Bathroom||Prices from (per room per night)||Additional info|
|The Toile Room||Double Room||2||Private||€65||Beautifully refurbished ensuite room|
La Grande Chapelle is a 15th Century stone Manor House sitting in 5 acres of land. Surrounded on all sides by rolling countryside, with only cows as near neighbours ! We have created a number of areas for guests to sit and relax in the garden, which is constantly evolving as all good gardens do, and meals can also be enjoyed here too. Inside, we have tried to maintain the original features, large stone fireplaces, original oak spiral staircase, countless oak beams, whilst adding the modern day luxuries people look for when taking a break. We have comfortable beds with crisp white bed linen, fluffy towels along with toiletries in en suite shower rooms. Tea and coffee making facilities are available in the bedrooms along with bottled water and biscuits. On colder days we light the fire in the shared sitting room where guests can sit and relax and watch the satellite television or read magazines whilst enjoying a hot drink with a slice of homemade cake. Our guests are treated to a full continental breakfast, included in the room charge, where we offer produce from the local area and beautiful bread and pastries from the boulangerie in the village. We also offer a 3 course evening meal at an additional cost. We can cater for vegetarians and anyone with a wheat/dairy intolerance.
We are on the main routes from a number of ports, the nearest being Ouistreham, just under 2 hours drive. We are under 5 hours drive from the Tunnel at Calais.The airports at Dinard and Rennes are also within 2 hours drive and the TGV from Laval (45 minutes drive) will get you to Paris in 1 hour 49 minutes with around 15 trains per day. Le Mans, for all you car enthusiasts, is 1 hour 30 minutes by car. We are ideally positioned for a stopover when heading down to the popular South West of France.
Our large, shared, living room features beautiful oak beams and a huge original stone fireplace with wood burner for those colder evenings. Relax on large comfy sofas and enjoy a hot drink with homemade cakes or a glass of wine if you choose to stay for an evening meal. We have freeview satellite television available to watch or you can read a book or magazine and simply relax. Breakfast, and evening meals should you choose this option, are enjoyed in our dining room which has access to our garden terrace. In the warmer months we are very happy to serve your meals outside so you can enjoy views across the garden and rolling countryside.
Our bedrooms are mostly furnished with vintage french furniture. All newly decorated with brand new ensuite shower rooms with toilet and hand basin. The beds are made up with crisp white bed linen and have luxurious duvets and pillows. Tea and coffee making facilities are available along with bottled water and biscuits. Free Wi-fi is available throughout the house, although the joys of rural french living do sometimes mean the internet can be lost on occasion ! All of our rooms are centrally heated.
Our en suite shower rooms are all newly appointed and offer large shower cubicles with both overhead and hand held shower heads. There is a hand basin and toilet in the same room. We have luxury white towels along with toiletries. Should you have forgotten anything we do keep spare toothbrushes etc so don't hesitate to ask ! The room also has a towel radiator which heats the room and keeps your towels warm and dry.
We have central heating throughout the house and a burner in the sitting room.
There is freeview satellite television available for all guests in the shared sitting room. We have magazines, books and a few board games along with packs of cards for anyone wishing to use them. We also have bicycles for guests to use and we can recommend some lovely cycle routes in the area. Please note that we do not provide safety helmets when using the bikes and guests must accept that they use the bikes at their own risk. There are many activities within the local area for those of you who prefer to be a little more active !
The garden is made up of a few different areas, including an orchard, a pond, flower beds, lawn for a game of petanque, and a covered terrace area. Guests are very welcome to wander around at will and sit in the sunshine, under the shade of the willow tree or snooze in the hammock under the fruit trees by the pond. We have an eating area under the terrace where breakfast can be enjoyed on warmer mornings in the summer or evening meals, should you decide to allow us to cook for you.
There is ample parking available at La Grande Chapelle, although none of it is undercover at the moment.
Due to the rooms being on the first floor, they are not suitable for those with serious mobility issues. The spiral staircase is large and wide, but a little uneven at points, although a newly installed handrail offers support to those who need it. Due to the stairs and the fact that we have a large pond in the garden, we unfortunately, do not accept children. All that aside, anyone looking for peace and quiet with good access to some lovely towns and villages for days out, look no further !
As we both trained at Leith's School of Food and Wine in London, we have a great love of cooking. We therefore offer our skills in this area to any guests who would prefer to arrive and eat here rather than getting back into the car and driving to a local restaurant. We would be happy to cater to any reasonable requests should you be vegetarian or have allergies or intolerances to certain foods. We try, as much as possible, to source local produce and have a few local farmers who provide us with eggs, poultry and some vegetables. If, however, you would prefer to try one of the local restaurants, of which there are many, we would be only too happy to suggest some and book a table if necessary.
Two years ago we made the decision to give up our busy lives working in the NHS and the motor trade and move to France. We have never looked back ! As soon as we saw this beautiful house, nestled into 5 acres of the rolling Mayenne countryside, we knew it was the perfect place for welcoming guests looking for some tranquillity. We both have diplomas from Leith's School of Food and Wine, and we now have the time to pursue our love of cooking with some excellent produce that we source locally.
|Year property purchased||2019|
|Why this location?||We are located in a beautiful part of Mayenne. Surrounded on all sides by open farmland with only cows as near neighbours ! Yet, we are only a few minutes drive from the pretty town of Ambrieres-Les-Vallees with all its amenities. There are two boulangeries, a couple of restaurants, a bar, banks, post office, pharmacy and small supermarket. The River Varenne runs through the town, meeting up with the larger Mayenne. There are numerous walks and cycle tracks to be enjoyed on their banks. A local park, down by the river, offers swimming in their outdoor pool. Just a few kilometres outside of the village you can swim in the river, at a newly created beach area, which has a small bar/restaurant, kayaks for rent, and, for the more adventurous, a floating inflatable assault course ! The larger cities of Mayenne, Laval and Fougeres are all within an hours drive and offer visitors sightseeing, shopping and countless opportunities for eating and drinking whilst watching the world go by.|
|Unique benefits of property||La Grande Chapelle is surrounded on all sides by its 5 acres of land, in which we have created a number of areas to sit and relax. The terrace, off of the dining room, has a table and chairs where guests can enjoy breakfast on a sunny day or an evening meal should you choose that option. After a long journey, or a busy day sightseeing, freshen up in the newly appointed en suite shower room and then wander out into the garden to watch the sun go down. If you are visiting during the cooler months, the fire will be lit in the very comfortable sitting room and a warm drink and home made cakes will be waiting for you. We offer 3 course evening meals, at an additional cost. We ask that you request this service in advance of your arrival along with any food allergies/likes/dislikes that you may have. We are very happy to suggest local places of interest and should you want to eat at a specific restaurant we would be happy to book it for you. We hope to make your stay a pleasurable one.|
There are a number of markets in the area, large and small. Our own town of Ambrieres-les-Vallees has a small market on a saturday, selling local cheese and cured meats, fish and fruit and vegetables. The larger town of Laval also has a market on a Saturday which is much bigger, and definitely worth a visit. The second largest market outside of Paris is to be found in Rennes, less than 2 hours drive away.
We could not fault the property full of character, sympathetically restored to a very high standard, and clean.
The host's are fantastic cooks, thoroughly recommend trying there culinary skills.
They were able to help us with every question that we asked regarding moving to France, and where to go and see in the surrounding area.
Without any hesitation we will recommend this property.
Nick & Dianna Stevens.
Thank you for your lovely words, you were perfect guests ! We were only too happy to help with your questions about moving to and living in France. We really hope that you decide to take the step and will be here to help if you do. Best wishes Rex and Lisa
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