Holiday let for 2 in peaceful rural Normandy - NO005248

Ceauce (19km from Domfront), Orne, Normandy Reference: NO005248 Advertiser since: 23 January 2017
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Le Tertre Gites "Rouge" Self Catering Flexible 1 2 1 Cot available for infant

About this property

Lovely, Peaceful Gite in Beautiful Open Countryside. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Le Tertre Gites 'Rouge' is one of 3 gites in a recent barn conversion set in open countryside in this beautiful, peaceful rural location. We are conveniently located for exploring both Lower Normandy and the Mayenne plus other parts of the spectacular Loire. There are a number of chateaux (Lassay, St Suzanne, Carrouges, Fougeres etc.) and other historic and cultural places to visit in the surrounding region.

The owners live in the separate farmhouse across the garden from the gite and are available to provide whatever assistance you may need to make the most of your holiday. Providing modern, comfortable accommodation with all modern facilities, Le Tertre Gites 'Rouge' is located on the border of Normandy and the Loire and is perfect for exploring both areas.

Our gite accommodates two adults and there is also a cot available for an infant to share the large open-plan double bedroom if required. Bed linen and towels (inc. beach/lounger towels) are provided. The bathroom features a modern suite including bath and shower attachment.

The lounge provides an HD television with UK ‘Freesat’ channels and dvd player, free wireless internet access, and comfortable seating with a woodburner and electric radiator. The open plan ground floor also provides a dining area and recently fitted kitchen with washing machine.

There is an enclosed garden behind the gite for your own use which has beautiful uninterrupted views across the local countryside. Sun loungers and outside table and chairs are provided.

Free off-road parking is provided.

Electricity and hot water is included in the price. Logs for the woodburner by arrangement. A complimentary welcome pack of groceries is provided which includes eggs as available from our own chickens or ducks and other basic groceries.

Pets welcome by prior arrangement.

Be sure to sample some of the many local cheeses and wines from the area. Pears and apples are a local speciality so cider and poiré tasting is a must!

The medieval town of Domfront is only 12km from us, with Mayenne only 20 minutes south of us. The pretty towns of Bagnoles de L'Orne (under 1/2 hour away) and St Fraimbault (10 minutes) are both close by.

Local activities include kayaking, fishing, karting, a 'velo-rail' (cycling a multi-person vehicle along a disused railway track!) and inland beaches.

Walkers and nature lovers will love this area as there are miles of unspoilt surrounding countryside, with stunning views right outside the property and up our approach road.

Bookings: 50% deposit payable on booking, balance 6 weeks prior to the start of holiday. A security deposit of £100 is payable in advance of your stay. On departure we inspect the property & contents and if all is ok, we return your deposit to you. Terms and conditions available on request.



Kitchen and dining

Our gite features a recently installed modern kitchen and includes washing machine, electric cooker and hob, microwave, kettle and toaster.

There is a dining table and chairs within the main living area.

Living rooms

The property features one main living area with sofa and armchair.

The lounge area provides an HD television with UK ‘Freesat’ channels + dvd player, free wireless internet access, and a woodburning stove and electric radiator.


There is a large open-plan double bedroom with space for a cot for an infant if required (available on request).


Our gite has a single modern bathroom fitted recently with a luxury suite including bath and shower handset, wc and washbasin.


The property is heated when necessary with an electric raditor in the main living area and a large woodburning stove.

Additionally the bathroom has a modern heated towel rail.

A portable electric radiator is also available for use in the bedroom if required during colder months!


The lounge area provides an HD television with UK ‘Freesat’ channels + dvd player.

Free wireless internet access is provided.

A range of dvds to borrow is available on request.

There are also a number of books in the gite.

Garden and outside

Accessed by large French doors, there is a fenced garden to the rear of the property overloooking open countryside. Occasionally there are cows wandering right up to your fence!

A table and chairs is provided for relaxing, eating and drinking outside.

Two sun loungers are provided.

Parking and garages

Off road parking is provided for our guests on hard standing.

Visitor suitability

Le Tertre Gites 'Rouge' is suitable for most couples.

There is a feature oak staircase with handrail meaning that even those with limited mobility can get up the stairs safely provided they can walk.

Information about any additional facilities

Electricity and hot water is included in the price. Logs for the woodburner by arrangement.
A complimentary welcome pack of groceries is provided which includes eggs as available from our own chickens or ducks and other basic groceries.

Pets are welcome by prior arrangement.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Couples only

* Vet details: Local vet is:- 'Vetformance' 11 Rue de Saint-Front 61700 DOMFRONT (Tel:0233 370041) N.B. We can book a 'pet passport check' for your dog in advance by arrangement.


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Bagnoles de L'Orne
Distance: 26 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp etc
Name of nearest fishing location: Domfront lake
Distance: 20 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Bagnoles-de-l'Orne
Distance: 25 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 29 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Numerous!

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Peter Sansbury

When we moved to Le Tertre about seven years ago, it was to escape the rat-race of our busy working lives and the stressful commuting and long hours culture of the UK. Le Tertre is a complete antidote to that lifestyle, with its rural setting in the middle of rolling countryside on the southern border of Normandy where it meets the Pays de la Loire (Mayenne). The peace and quiet of this area is so relaxing that within hours of getting here you will settle into the rural French way of life.

Year property purchased 2007
Why this location? Normandy is such a beautiful and unspoilt part of France it wasn't difficult for us to decide to live here! Also, within easy reach of the UK (under 90mins from Caen, under five hours from Calais), Ceauce is a lovely little village surrounded by beautiful countryside and interesting towns. There are many activities and places to see in the surrounding area including a number of chateaux, museums and medieval towns. In addition, there are a number of local beaches (on freshwater lakes) or Genets beach, across the bay from Mont St Michel.
For the more active holidaymaker, apart from the many country walks and cycle routes, there are many other activities available including kayaking/canoeing, golfing, fishing, horse riding, sailing/boating, go-karting and more.
There are aa number of great restaurants in this region, from the fine dining experience of Michelin starred restaurants to the many more unassuming restaurants and bistros just waiting for you to discover!
Unique benefits of property Our luxury holiday complex comprising three self-contained gites which are part of a recently completed detached barn conversion, renovated to a high standard and incorporating modern conveniences including free wi-fi internet access, washing machines, satellite tvs, dvd players, together with new kitchens and bathrooms.
Tradtional features have been incorporated into the building , with a wealth of incredible character oak beams. Two of our gites feature beautiful oak staircases. Also, two of the gites have woodburning stoves for visitors use.
Your gite can be furnished with an infant cot if required by prior arrangement.
All our gites have separately fenced garden areas with sun loungers + clothers driers.
Well-behaved dogs are accepted by arrangement.

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Eating & Drinking

The gastronomic specialities of the surrounding areas include tasty local produce made from the abundant apples and pears, including poiré (similar to champagne but made with pears), calvados (apple brandy) and the less potent pommeau, a blend of apple juice and calvados. This region is also well-known for its huge range of cheeses, including Camembert, Livarot, Pont l’Evêque, Neufchâtel and of course Brie.

There are a number of great restaurants in this region, from the fine dining experience of ‘La Marjolaine’ and ‘Beau Rivage’ in Mayenne, ‘La Forge’ in Fontaine Daniel and others in the pretty town of Bagnoles de l’Orne, to the many more modest and unassuming restaurants and bistros around this part of France just waiting for you to discover!


For the more active holidaymaker, apart from the many country walks and cycle routes, there are many other activities available including kayaking/canoeing, golfing, fishing, horse riding, sailing/boating, go-karting and more

Chateaux in the Area

Located as we are between the beautiful areas of Lower Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley, there are a number of picturesque and historic chateaux within easy driving distance of Le Tertre including those at Mayenne, Lassay-les-Chateaux, Domfront, Fougeres, Saint Suzanne, Bourgon, Josselyn, Laval and Carrouges.

Domfront Medieval Town

In the 11th century Domfront was the scene of much action and fighting, since it occupied an important point on the border between Brittany and Normandy. Hence Domfront castle, originally built at the beginning of the 11th century, was much fortified during the decades that followed.

Unfortunately much of the castle was destroyed as a result of the Wars of Religion.

In Domfront you can now visit the ruins of the medieval castle. The town itself was also fortified, and many of the towers survive, along with sections of the ramparts, which now provide a good backdrop for the numerous medieval houses and buildings to be seen in Domfront.

Within the fortifications is the old town, an attractive region with narrow cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses and some grander townhouses, interspersed with pleasant cafes and open squares.

Another historically interesting building in the town is the 11th century roman style church of Notre-Dame sur l'Eau. The church once formed part of an adjoining abbey, on an important pilgrimage route, and played host to such medieval dignitaries as Richard the Lionheart and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Be sure to venture into the church to see some impressive frescoes and carvings.

Other places of note within Domfront include the grand 19th century town hall; the 20th century church of Saint-Julien (a rather unusual style of architecture, especially for the facade) and the paintings it contains; the ruins of the donjon; and the picturesque village of the tanneries.

From the town you also have an impressive view across the Varenne River valley.

The Robert Tatin Museum

For those with any interest in modern art and sculpture, the museum of the works of Robert Tatin is a 'must see' whilst on holiday here. The sculptures which line the pathways around the museum are unique, representing the life's work of the artist.

Walking around the rest of the museum you will see numerous works of art by Robert Tatin, including ceramics, paintings, drawings, watercolors and writings which show just a small part of a life devoted to artistic creation.

The opening times are currently as follows:-

April to September (inclusive) every day from 10am to 7pm.
October to March every day from 2pm to 6pm.

Other Museums & Historic Sites

Musée du Chateau - Mayenne:
The Mayenne Castle Museum tells the story of the castle and town of Mayenne since Carolingian times, when a fortress was built overlooking the river to defend the region from Breton invaders.
It was only during excavations in 1993 that it was discovered that the origins of the building dated back to the 9th and 10th centuries.

Jublains - Gallic/Roman City:
The fortress is the most spectacular of all the Roman remains on the Jublains site, and is accessed via the onsite museum which houses countless historic treasures.
The remains of the Roman amphitheatre are a short walk away in a natural wooded setting, and the well preserved Roman public baths are also visible in excavations beneath the church in the centre of Jublains. On the outskirts of the village are also the remains of the Roman temple.
Picnics are possible within the walls of the fortress or the amphitheatre.

Musée de Cidre - Melleray la Vallée
The Cider Museum offers a superb insight into the process and changing techniques used to produce cider, Pommeau and Calvados.
You get a guided tour of the museum and the factory with a short video and tasting at the end.
There is also a small shop where you can buy souvenirs.

Laval Castle
The medieval chateau at Laval was built in 1020 and still has all its original defences.
Part of the chateau has been home to the 1st Museum of Naive Art in France for the past 20 years.
There are significant remains of the town walls and of a town gate.


Mont-St-Michel is the second most visited tourist venue in France. Take a walk around the fascinating World Heritage listed island, which becomes separated from the mainland at high tide when the causeway is flooded by the sea. You'll see how ramparts have been added to support the Gothic monastery over the centuries, and also see the remarkable cloister and refectory.

Wander along Mont Saint Michel's narrow streets, browse the shops on the main street, visit the island's museums, take a walk around the abbey's ramparts, with views over the sands of the bay, and enjoy the spectacle of the sea rushing in to surround Mont Saint Michel at high tide, separating the island from the mainland.

After visiting the arcaded cloisters alongside, which offer vertiginous views of the bay, you can wander at leisure among the maze of rooms, staircases, and vaulted halls that make up the abbey.

Genets Beach
Across the bay from Mont St Michel is a beautiful and frequently deserted sandy beach near the small town of Genets.

Parking is very easy in Genets, especially just outside the village.

It is possible (though somewhat risky due to very fast tides!) to walk across the sand flats from Genets to Mont St Michel.

Le Mans

Le Mans is a beautiful city located on the river Sarthe and is well worth visiting for great shopping and sightseeing, even if you have no interest in motor racing!

However, if you are a fan of motorsport then a trip to the circuit is a great day out, and you can drive most of the roads that make up the circuit! You can see the famous 'S' bends at the top end of the circuit, named 'Le Tertre Rouge' after our gite!

Even if there is no racing scheduled when you visit the Circuit de le Sarthe there is a very interesting museum to see.

The Le Mans 24 hour race takes place in June, usually the second weekend. To see the finest modern sportscars compete in the most famous and gruelling race in the world, a visit to Le Mans is a must.

Also the Le Mans Classic happens in July every second year ('even' years, e.g. 2018/2020/2022 etc.) about a month after the 24 Hour race. For those with an interest in classic cars there is one of the largest gathering in Europe of old racing cars, together with displays by a huge number of car clubs.

Petrolhead heaven!

The Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry is a 70-metre long embroidery made in the 11th century which celebrates the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy. The linen canvas was embroidered after the Battle of Hastings on October 14th, 1066, probably in a monastery in the south of England.

The Bayeux Tapestry is one of the most famous works of art in the western world from medieval times.

A key source for history and for the history of civilisations, since 2007 this Norman work of art has been added to the UNESCO “Memory of the World” Register.


Across the bay from Mont St Michel is a beautiful and frequently deserted sandy beach near the small town of Genets.
Parking is very easy in Genets, especially just outside the village.
It is possible (though somewhat risky due to very fast tides!) to walk across the sand flats from Genets to Mont St Michel.

Sillé le Guillaume:
Also for beach lovers there is a spectacular inland beach on the lake at Sillé. A great attraction for locals and tourists alike, in the summer this is a very popular location!

Evron - Gue de Selle:
On a smaller scale than the beach at Sillé there is a beach on the lake at Gue de Selle.
There is a lovely walk around the lake, fishing, a restaurant and 'swin' golf all onsite.

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Steve Oram 5 August, 2019

Fantastic spot to stay. The owners and their daughter and son in law can’t do enough for you. It is so peaceful and the chickens, ducks and geese plus 3 gorgeous dogs and 4 cats, especially Lola add to the friendly vibe. We saw many different birds plus a hare from the garden. Can’t recommend this complex enough. So many local attractions, towns and markets to visit too. Fantastic place to spend a holiday. Steve

Owner response

Wow, what a fantastic review. Many thanks for your very kind words Steve they are very much appreciated. It was a pleasure to host you guys and you are of course welcome back any time.

All the very best,
Pete and Alyson, Le Tertre Gites.

10 / 10 Rob and Glen 30 May, 2019

Clean, well equipped and maintained Gite in quiet, tranquil setting. Friendly owners on hand to provide local knowledge and advice, including arranging appointment at local vet for our dog’s pet passport.
Great base for exploring this part of France. Many interesting local towns and villages to visit, to experience Roman remains, medieval centres and enjoyable, reasonably-priced restaurants (most allowing dogs).
We would recommend a stay at this Gite unreservedly.

Owner response

Many thanks for your kind words and great review, it is much appreciated!
You are very welcome back any time.
Best regards... Pete & Alyson, Le Tertre Gites

(p.s. apologies for the delay in responding!)