Gite for holiday rental Orne - NO003260

Gesnes-le-Gandelin (11km from Alencon), Orne, Normandy Reference: NO003260 Advertiser since: 18 April 2013
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Maison Ensoleillee Self Catering Saturday 2 6 1 blow up beds mattress travel cot

About this property

A Great Newly Renovated 2 Bedroom Large Gite. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

The cottage (once an old barn) has been recently renovated to a high standard. It provides 2 large double bedrooms with original features, a large bathroom with a roll-top bath and a large separate toilet.

The downstairs has an original fireplace with a wood burner and original beams, providing a comfortable seating lounge for relaxing with sofa bed. An LCD television, PlayStation and surround sound DVD player are available.

The modern kitchen has a 4 burner gas hob, multi-function electric oven, microwave, kettle, coffee-machine, toaster, washing machine, dish washer and all cooking equipment.
The cottage has a private outside eating area, with picnic table, chairs, BBQ and ample secure parking, also a large children's play area and large terrace (shared with owners) set within 5 acres. There is plenty of room to run about. There are outside lights and electricity sockets enabling guests to benefit from the outside space.

Local supermarket is just a 10 mins drive away, and the local Saturday market is in Fesnay sur Sarthe which is a 10 mins drive.
Welcome pack on arrival (Wine, cheese, baguette).
Pretty 2-bed-roomed converted barn in a tranquil village set within 5 acres of natural countryside. Private garden + children's play area, including 14ft trampoline and enclosure, swings, slide and climbing frame (under 10yrs),5m pool and 2.5 acres of fields. 10 mins walk to local village, bar and bakers. Ideal for families and couples.



Kitchen and dining

Fully equipped, with all you need to live and cook, plus a barbecue and private terrace with table and chairs outside.

Living rooms

3 Seater comfortable sofa/sofa bed, LCDTV, Playstation, DVD, surround sound system and a large table to seat 6.
Log burner and radiators provide heating.



Bedroom 1 : 15ft², double bed with Temper mattress, chest of drawers and built in wardrobe.
Bedroom 2: 15ft², double bed, a single bed and also 2 extra single mattresses and a travel-cot. (please bring own bedding for cot) numerous toys and games. TV and DVD player


Large bathroom with L shaped bath with power shower
Separate spacious toilet with hand basin. Heated towel radiators in both. Towels provided


Electric wall-mounted oil filled radiators. in bedrooms and lounge. Woodburner in lounge area. Wood provided.


Outside table tennis, large above ground pool (5mx5m) (May to September) Swings and slide (Max 10 yrs), 14ft trampoline (max weight 70kg), football goal, basketball hoop, sandpit and various outdoor games.

Garden and outside

Two hectares of countryside. Barbecue. Large dining and seating areas. Outside lights/electricity enabling El Fresco eating

Parking and garages

Private, secure parking, around the back of the property.

Visitor suitability

Not suitable for wheelchairs.

Information about any additional facilities

Please advise in advance if you wish to bring your pet.
Flea and tick treatment is compulsory within 3 weeks of stay. Please clean up after your pet.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Shared pool

  • Splash pool

* Vet details: Clinique Vétérinaire •Z.A. Le Pré aux Moines, rue Étienne Nicklès •Tel. 02 43 97 38 00


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Alencon
Distance: 10 km


Distance: 10 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp trout
Name of nearest fishing location: Alencon
Distance: 10 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Alencon
Distance: 10 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: St Leonard des Bois
Distance: 15 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 10 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: 2

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Alencon
Distance: 10 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Jackie Pepper

We are an English family of 3.

Year property purchased 2009
Why this location? Beautiful countryside
Unique benefits of property We are rural enough to benefit from the tranquility and calmness of the countryside, yet only 10 minutes drive from Alencon town which had all amenities.

The Owner Recommends

Alencon Town Centre

Ten minutes drive and famous for "lace making" and its stunning "Notre Dame" cathderal is a pretty market town with lots of good eating places, shops, brocantes and museums. There is an indoor/outdoor swimming pool and a lovely park which has animals and a play area. It also hosts weekly events throughout the summer.

Alps Mancelles

Only a 10 minute drive and has the most incredible views of the countryside together with some of the most prettiest villages in France.

Bangnoles de l'Orne

Has a beautiful chateau and casino.

Cocco Plage

Two and a half hours by car Cocco Plage (a man made beach) is situated in Sille de Guilliume which is about 25 mins drive and is a very good alternative to a real beach with watersport activities, a bar and restaurant, play area and unlimited free parking, boat hire, pedalos, crazy golf and fishing. There is a train ride available to take you around the lake if you prefer a change from walking and the forest is ideal for walking and cycling.

Disneyland® Paris

Only 1 hour 30 minutes away by the fast TGV train.

Fresnay sur Sarthe

A ten minute drive and has a traditional weekly market and medieval ruins offering an excellent view of the town. A swimming pool and tennis courts are also available at Fresnay sur Sarthe.

Gesnes Le Gandelin

Within easy walking distance, it offers a bar/restaurant (open daily serving coffees, alcoholic beverages and good local food), a boulangerie, a post office, hairdressers and a grass area for playing and picnicking along with an area especially made for playing the famous French game of Boules.

Harras du Pin

The national stud farm and is only a 40 minute drive, where you will see spectacular dancing horse events on throughout the summer.

Motor Racing

If you prefer a bit more excitement Le Mans which is famous for its 24hour motor racing, is nearby and very accessible by train or car with the added attraction of an adventure park Pappea (with a very good water park).

Parc Zoologique de La Fleche

One of Frances' top zoos at Parc Zoologique de la Fleche, is definitely worth a visit. The park is ideal for a family day out with cafes and attractive riverside setting. Over 1,200 animals from all over the world can be observed in their natural surroundings from polar bears underwater to elephants in the African savannah. See tigers, Chinese pandas and more. The zoo is known for its amazing shows with sea-lions, parrots, and falconry displays on horseback. Open daily all year and only approximately 45 minutes drive just outside Le Mans.


Peace and quiet, no cars, trains, neighbours, speed cameras, yellow lines, hooligans, drunks, just tranquility.

St Leonard des Bois

Only 10 minutes drive away, and offers lots of outdoor activities, including horse riding, water sports, for the adventurous an 'in the trees' adventure park, along with a very pretty trail walk to see some of the most prettiest views and animals. You can also find a selection of bars and restaurants.


Around 6km and is found in the Orne department of Normandy to the south-west of Alencon. A very pretty village in a lovely wooded setting on a bend in the River Sarthe in the heart of southern Normandy, Saint Ceneri is classified as a 'most beautiful village of France'. The village is very popular with artists, drawn by the unspoiled character of the village and several artists have established galleries and workshops here. There are some pretty houses along the river banks - the 2 banks are joined by an old bridge. The village has an attractive 11th century romanesque style church, with some notable frescoes, and pretty views down the river valley. There is also a very small 15th century chapel. Nearby the Gardens at La Mansoniere are also recommended, with several different 'garden rooms' to be explored.

4 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.8
  • Local Amenities: 9.3
  • Setting: 9.8
  • Value for Money: 10
9.8 / 10 Jo.D 5 August, 2019

We had a lovely holiday at Jackie and Tony’s gite. They were very welcoming and had thought of everything we might need. The grounds were lovely and the swimming pool great. We would recommend it to anyone wanting a peaceful time away.

10 / 10 Sydie 25 June, 2019

Lots of toys for our 2 year old grandson and a great outside play area. Matthew loved Buddy the dog, the cats, the hens and the donkeys.
We were made very welcome, a lovely welcome pack and eggs from the hens.

A stairgate would have been useful.

We enjoyed visiting the lake at Sille des Guillaume

9.8 / 10 The Hamers 11 June, 2019

We had a excellent welcome by Tony who had also supplied us with cheese, bread, "Sparkly" etc. which was welcome after a long day traveling. The house was roomy, spotlessly clean, well furnished and equipped with everything we needed. After our first week Jackie changed our bed linen ready for our second week. My grandson thoroughly enjoyed his stay, feeding the two donkeys and collecting the eggs from the chickens for us to eat - tasty! He was particularly fond of the owners well mannered golden retriever, "Buddy", who was constantly with him and all the family.
Jackie and Tony were very sociable and would visit us and chat around the concrete barbecue in the evening. Midway through the second week they invited us for dinner in their home adjacent to our gite for a very enjoyable meal and an entertaining chat.
The hire cost of the gite was very reasonable and we would not hesitate to fully endorse the gite which is in a rural location with basic shops nearby. Alencon and Le Mans are a short drive away. Close by are a handful of attractive villages and there are many options for the little ones such as zoos, animal sanctuaries, also lakes to swim or fishing etc.
All in all an EXCELLENT stay.

Owner response

Thank you for your lovely review. Buddy thoroughly enjoyed all the attention .We look forward to seeing you all in the future. All the best Jackie and Tony

10 / 10 Suzanne Hill 20 June, 2014

Excellent accommodation, couldn't have booked anything better. From the welcome pack at the start to bed linen being changed during the stay you would have thought it wasa hotel. We have 2 children (5,2) and the gite was perfect for them, especailly the outdoor toys and pool. Lots to do in the surrounding areas for them and Disney not too far away (where we spent part of our second week).
The gite was very clean and Jackie and Tony couldn't have been more attentive. We will definitely be back!

Owner response

Hi Suzanne.
it was great having you here and would love to see you again, least we have the internet working now at lastttttttttt