B&B in Normandy Plus Beaux Village - NO006817

Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei (15km from Alencon), Orne, Normandy Reference: NO006817 Advertiser since: 25 July 2016
Room name Type Sleeps Bathroom Prices from (per room per night) Additional info
La Cour 1 Double Room 2 Private £80 Price for 7 night booking. Short break possible.
La Cour 2 Double Room 2 £80 Booked together both bedrooms are from £54 each

About this property

Comfortable House In The Centre Of A Beaux Village. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

We look forward to welcoming you to 'La Cour', a traditional 18th century stone Maison du Bourg, in the centre of this beautiful listed village set in the Parc Normandie-Maine.

Saint Céneri-le-Gérei is designated as one of ‘Les Plus Beaux Villages de France’. 'La Cour' is situated at the end of a small terrace on the main Bourg in the centre of Saint Céneri-le-Gérei and it's position means that visitors can enjoy exploring the village on foot. The narrow streets are set against the granite rocks of 'Les Alpes Mancelles' that border the river Sarthe. The ancient church of St.Céneri sits on the crag of the highest peak and commands a panoramic view over the river and stone-built village houses below. Visitors who wish to spend a few nights (or more) en-route to other holiday destinations will be delighted to explore this lovely region of France. This village is a twenty minute drive from the A28 (E402) motorway which links to the A88/N158 to Caen (Ouistreham).

La Cour is let as a Chambre d'Hôte, however guests will have the private use of the house. Upstairs we can offer two double bedrooms.. For guest’s privacy if travelling as a couple, the reservation is for one bedroom only and the second bedroom is not let. However, if two couples are travelling together, the use of both bedrooms is ideal The maximum number of guests is 4 people.

The rental charge includes bed linen which is a bottom sheet, duvet cover and pillow cases. The duvets and pillows are polyester filled but a feather pillow can be provided on request. A face towel and a bath towel per guest plus hand towels and bathroom toiletries are also provided.

The bathroom has a full-sized bath with shower attachment and there's also a walk-in shower cubicle, a large hand-basin and wc. There's a second separate wc.

During 2019 we plan to convert both bedrooms to have en suite shower rooms, but for the present time reservations will be made for the existing arrangements.



Kitchen and dining

The light and airy open plan hall/diner has a table and four dining chairs and this room can also be used as a reading room.

The small adjoining kitchen has facilities to prepare simple breakfasts and light snacks on a self-catering basis.
There is a fridge, microwave oven, electric toaster and kettle plus plus tea and coffee-making equipment.. There is also an electric dishwasher. For guests arrival the fridge will contain fresh milk, butter, fruit yoghurts and conserves. A variety of breakfast cereals, choice of teas and moulu coffee is also provided.

Fresh bread, croissants etc. can be purchased at one of the two excellent boulangeries at the nearby village of Saint Pierre des Nids, just 4 kilometers away.

Visitors can enjoy lunches and evening meals at one of the three excellent restaurants a few minutes walk away or at Saint Pierre des Nids, where the cafe/restaurant 'Le Ardoise' has a four course lunchtime menu for 13 euros.

Living rooms

The living room is illuminated by a tall arched west-facing window with traditional shutters. This room is comfortably furnished with a sofa, rattan armchairs and occasional tables. The walls are decorated with paintings by the owner. The large wide-screen television receives both British free-to-view channels and French channels (360 canal+) via satelite.


There are 2 bedrooms available, each having a standard double bed, bedside tables with reading lamps, a wardrobe and a vanity unit with handbasin. The number of guests is limited to 4 people.

If the reservation is for one couple only they may choose which bedroom they prefer and have exclusive use of the bathroom. The other bedroom will not be let.

If the reservation is for two couples, they have the use of 2 double bedrooms. The rental fee for each of the 2 bedrooms is discounted by third of the price quoted for one bedroom. Both couples will share the same facilities.


There is currently 1 bathroom with a full-sized bath plus shower attachment and there's also a walk-in shower cubicle, a large hand-basin and W.C. Next to the bathroom there is a second separate W.C.

During 2019 we plan to convert both bedrooms to have en-suite shower rooms, but for the present time reservations will be made for the existing arrangements.


The property has electric central heating with radiators in all rooms.


There is a large flat-screen television with satelite connection to provide a variety of French television channels plus a separate Skybox which receives British free-to-view channels. A DVD player is also provided. Guests are welcome to read books (English language) from our library collection. We also have packs of cards, and a set of dominoes.

Garden and outside

There is no private garden area, however La Cour is situated only a few minute’s walk from the riverside, with spacious grassed areas to sit and relax and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. There are picnic tables and a Petanque pitch for public use.

A ten minute walk from the centre of the village brings you to the beautiful gardens of La Mansoniere. Here you discover a variety of different gardens, each one uniquely themed and a great inspiration to keen gardeners. There is a small shop selling seeds and garden requisites.

Parking and garages

There is free street parking on the road outside the property plus a large free car park approximately 100 meters away. For bikers and cyclists we can provide a locked safe area for their bikes.

Visitor suitability

This property is not suitable for wheelchairs or persons of limited mobility.

As the house is situated on the main village street we do not recommend it as suitable for children under the age of twelve..

This property is Dog friendly for one small dog, which cannot be left in the house unsupervised. A supplement of £25 will be charged and the property owners must be informed at the time of booking of the size and breed of the dog. Guests must provide proof that their pet has full vaccinations and wears an anti-flea/tick collar.

Information about any additional facilities

There are excellent restaurants in the centre of the village, including a brasserie, a bistro, a cafe/tea room with garden plus the local bar/cafe 'LeTaverne Giroise'.

The owners of this Chambre d'Hote live in La Maréchalerie, next-door to La Cour. Jennifer runs a Brocante Boutique and Cephas has a studio for his paintings. They are on hand if required, but respect your privacy while staying at La Cour.

The next village of St.Pierre des Nids is 4 kilometres from Saint Céneri-le-Gérei and this has a range of shops including a butcher, two bakers, a greengrocer and small supermarket. There is also a pharmacy, a post office, bank and cashpoint. This village also has a local garage, a cinema, bars and an excellent cafe/restaurant 'Le Ardoise' which has a four course lunch menu including wine or cider for less than 13€.

Saint Leonard des Bois is approximately a 10 kilometer drive away. There are several restaurants in this village including a beer cellar/bar/café and a Pizzeria.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: La Marechalerie


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Fresh water
Name of nearest fishing location: The River Sarthe

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: St.Leonard des Bois
Distance: 10 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Moulin de Trotte from Saint Ceneri le Gerei to Saint Leonard des Bois

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Jennifer Howard

The village of Saint Céneri-le-Gérei is designated as one of the 'Plus Beaux Villages de France'. It has attracted artists for more than 100 years. The current owners Cephas and Jennifer Howard chose this village as a perfect setting for their home and their Art studio. 'La Cour' had been un-renovated for 70 years but has since been brought up to date with modern conveniences, while retaining the attractive original features such as the tiled and wooden floors and tall windows with shutters.

Year property purchased 2005
Why this location? There are barely 140 'Giroise' village residents, but it's charms have attracted ramblers, strollers, fishermen, photographers, poets and artists to visit this beautiful village for more than 100 years.
Currently there are 5 Artists and a Sculptor with studios in and around the village.

The visitors to the village support a brasserie, a bistro, a café-bar and a tea-garden, which between them provide a variety of meals plus a place to sit, chat and enjoy the scenery. The next village is 4 km away and has a cinema plus a variety of shops including a butcher,bakers and a supermarket.
Unique benefits of property This location is perfect to inspire artists, photographers, or lovers of the countryside and period village architecture as this 'Plus Beaux' village is protected and preserved. With a cafe/bar, plus 3 restaurants, you can park the car and enjoy an evening out close to home. A Painters festival is held in the village each Pentecost and each summer an open-air music concert.

The famous concert hall 'La Luciole' in Alencon, only 15 minutes drive away, has programmes dedicated to all types of music performances featuring International Artistes. There's a cinema complex in Alencon and also a Lace Museum. The large modern swimming complex, Piscine Alencea is close to Alençon with a pool of 25 metres, a solarium, jacuzzi and sauna. There's a golf-course about 20 mins from Saint Céneri-le-Gérei and the the nearby village of Saint Leonard-des-Bois has tennis courts and facilities for hang-gliding and rock climbing. The Château de Carrouges is less than a 30 minute drive away.

The Owner Recommends

Local Towns

The town of Alencon is only 15 drive away. This town is lively with a market twice a week and a pedestrian boulevard with lots of smart shops. The old part of the town has medieval timber framed houses and interesting shops and restaurants. There is a large public library, museum and cinemas complex.

The town of Le Mans, famous for the 24 hour sports car race is only 45 mins away by car. Visit to the old walled town 'vieille ville' with picturesque medieval buildings and winding cobbled streets, now housing interesting galleries and restaurants. Every summer in Le Mans the Plantagenet city hosts a laser-light show, 'La Nuit des Chimeres' in the old ramparts of the city featuring the cathédrale Saint Julien and the pavements and the frontages of historic monuments which are transformed into projection screens. http://www.nuitdeschimeres.com/labyrinthe-des-chimeres-chimeres-man/?lang=en.

About a 30 minute drive from Saint Céneri-le-Gérei, close to the town of Sille le Guillaume there is a Lakeside beach called Sille Plage. This large fresh water lake is ideal for swimming and relaxing on the sandy beach that surrounds it. With woodland walks, pony rides, mini golf course and lakeside cafés this is the perfect destination on hot and sunny days.