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Recent Reviews

  • A sympathetic renovation in the grounds of a chateau
    5 of 5

    This is a recent renovation in the grounds of a small chateau, and has been beautifully done. There are four double bedrooms, each with its own shower room (in one, the shower is over a bath). Two bedrooms have superking sized beds, two have twin singles. All beds are comfortable, with good quality bedlinen provided. The bathrooms are good, with large bathsheets and hand towels provided. The kitchen accommodation is medium sized and has plenty of all the pots, pans, crockery and glassware you would expect, together with a few basic cooking and cleaning items such as oil, salt, dishwasher tablets and bin liners. The dishwasher is small but has a half-hour programme which we found did the job (we existed mainly on salads and barbecues so we didn't create any really dirty pans). There is a small laundry room with a washing machine which we thought was inadequate as it left our clothes dripping even after a spin. The lovely large living room has a dining table, and there's also a table and chairs outside, next to the gas barbecue (gas provided). The grounds of the chateau are attractive and well kept. The swimming pool is not directly behind the property, as it might appear to be from the photograph. It is correctly fenced off and locked. The pool is shared with the owners, who have exclusive access to it after 7pm. This was not an issue for us as we had small children heading for bed at that time, but it might cramp the style of those wanting an evening pool party. The house is in a very rural setting, and a disadvantage is that you wouldn't particularly want to walk to either of the local villages for your croissants in the morning, although bicycles are provided for guests (given the 1 km drive of stone chippings, it's still a half-hour round trip by bike). It's 5 minutes by car. The nearest decent supermarket is La Ferte Bernard, a 20-min drive away. But it's an easy drive to Le Mans for a day out, and we found it very convenient for the motorway. The owners were living in the chateau during our stay, and were very helpful. They are justifiably proud of their property and were a little anxious about our small children, which initially made us a bit paranoid. However, we moved all ornaments on to high shelves and felt better! We were also expected to park our vehicles a short distance from the property, except when loading and unloading. These small niggles apart, we found this to be an excellent property for a family stay.

    Stayed: Aug 2018
  • Lovely, clean property in a great location - Ideal for visiting Le Mans
    4 of 5

    We have just returned from a lovely, short stay at La Chapelle-Saint-Fray. Our host was friendly and welcoming, and readily on hand if required. The property itself was perfect for us (2 adults and 2 teenage children). The property was very clean. Facilities were good and perfect for our two night stay. 2 large, beautiful bedrooms and 1 smaller single bedroom in the connecting area between the kitchen and 2 other bedrooms. Location was great for us – only a 25 min car trip to Le Mans. We would certainly recommend the property for a weekend break or as a good stop off point if travelling through lovely Le Mans. We would be happy to return again in the future.

    Stayed: Aug 2018