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Make a holiday rental gite or property in Mayenne, France your home away from home

The quiet, rural department of Mayenne lies between the Loire Valley and southern Normandy, in the Western Loire, which has been declared as a ‘cultural landscape of exceptional beauty’ by UNESCO. It is a peaceful department where eating well, enjoying the countryside and unwinding slowly are the favoured pastimes for holiday makers staying in self catering Mayenne properties or gites.

Things to do on holiday in Mayenne, France

The northern part of Mayenne, France, is protected by the boundaries of the Parc Naturel Regional de Normandie et Maine, which is a huge area of unspoilt forested hills, which draw tourists to Mayenne properties from across Europe to walk, ride and cycle through the hugely attractive scenery. Cycling from town to town is a highly enjoyable way to explore from a Mayenne property, but you can also choose to go by car or boat is you do not feel you have the energy to cycle!

The rivers which cross the park and the Mayenne River which crosses the department are teeming with fish, and throughout the fishing season, anglers and fisherman can be seen trying their luck along the banks or wading in the shallows of the many rivers which gently meander through the countryside.

There is a strong sense of history throughout Mayenne, with frequent reminders of the department’s rough past throughout both town and country. The Roman town of Les Jublains is the best place to visit from a Mayenne gite to see remnants of the past. There are Roman temples, baths and a huge theatre on view in Les Jublains, and are well worth visiting.

Places to holiday in Mayenne, France

Mayenne’s capital, Laval, is a clean, stone town, surrounded by thick defensive walls with the 11th Century Chateau standing proudly in the town centre. Laval is a very cultural town, and there are often galleries, shows and performances occurring in various venues throughout the town. To see what is on where, check the local papers when you arrive in your holiday rental property in Mayenne.

The town of Mayenne itself is a quiet, rural town, well known for its delicious local foods and wines. There are many magnificent restaurants to choose from, where you can sample some of the 40 local wines, 100 cheeses and 300 desserts of Mayenne! There is plenty to see in the town, with historic chateau and relaxing spas, but if you think you may get lost when you first arrive in your holiday rental property in Mayenne, free tours of the town can be taken from the Tourist Information office at 2:30 daily during July and August.

Weather in Mayenne, France

Mayenne is blessed with a very mild climate, where temperatures never get unpleasantly hot, so if you like it warm but not scorching, a gite in Mayenne during the summer is perfect. Average temperatures hover around the 20˚C mark during the summer, and rarely dip below 5˚C in winter.

Flights to Mayenne, France

Dinan Airport (DNU) is the closest to a holiday rental property in Mayenne. Approximately 90 minutes from the centre of Mayenne, Dinan Airport receives daily flights from London Stansted (STN) and East Midlands Airport (EMA). The ports of the France’s north coast are around 2 hours drive if you wish to bring your car over on the ferry.

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                                                                                                  Wonderful Gite

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  Our stay in this Gite was absolutely superb. The Gite itself was spotless, very homely and well equipped - a little home from home. Its location was beautiful - lovely rural setting but within easy reach of amenities. The owners were excellent - they were very welcoming, friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them. We would recommend this property to anyone - a true gem. P & D Wright
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                  Chilling with the ducks, dog cat at Sue & Craig's

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  If you are looking to escape from the headaches of a 9 to 5 lifestyle and in search of peace, quiet, unspoilt countryside and wonderful hosts then La Blanchardiere is a must consider. As soon as you turn off the main road (okay it's a wide lane really) towards the house you immediately notice you are in unspoilt countryside and ahead of you is your home for the next few days, sitting on the side of a small lake. The only problem with this was that I wanted to go and look at the lake, whilst my wife was more interested in where we would be living for our stay. I was straight into relaxation mode closely followed by my wife. First impressions hit the mark straight away – this is a place to chill - and the rest of the week was no different. The gite is "patrolled" by a local gang called The Ducks, who will be your best mates forever or until you run out of food for them at which point they will waddle off allowing you to find something else for them. And when you get fed up feeding the ducks there are the fish that are grateful for any spare bread you may have. Then of course there is Cat, who like most cats comes and goes as he pleases with the occasional acrobatic display as he hunts in the nearby fields. But the biggest local is Cassie, Sue & Craig's dog who has a buoy as his favourite ball. Yes a floating water buoy! He too wants to be your holiday mate and will reward you with a sloppy wet doggy lick, but only if you let him. As for our hosts, Sue & Craig, they went out of their way to make us feel of home and share with us any local knowledge they had. Okay now for the down side- We only got out doing the full touristy bit on one day! Simply because we just kept relaxing by the lake, apart from a few local trips for more wine and cheese. For us it was the perfect break and a great excuse for us to return to do the touring at some point in 2017. The day we did get away from the silence was to Le Mont St Michel which we can thoroughly recommend and can easily fill up a day and into the evening. Sue & Craig have some great plans for the future and we are looking forward to having to pop over to check out their progress so long as we can have a few site meetings over a glass of wine or two. Thanks to you both for a truly relaxing break and looking forward to seeing you all soon. Geoff & Andrea
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                  Home from home

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                                                                                                  Talk about home from home! Every effort has been made to enable up to six people to stay in this modern four bedroomed, detached house with nothing to worry about. From the garlic press to the washing machine, the log burner to the BBQ it’s all there. As well as being uber clean and tastefully decorated in neutral tones the accommodation is so spacious. The cool, airy bedrooms are large enough to spread out in. The bathroom is similarly generously proportioned and sports a bath and a shower. Other bonus features spring to mind: the downstairs loo, the well-equipped laundry, the extensive garden with fruit bushes and a patio for alfresco dining. Your English-speaking host, Hazel has collected numerous current leaflets to help you plan your visit. Your problem is deciding what to leave out especially if you are only here for a week. The opportunities are extensive but significantly have something for everybody. Nearby there is an outdoor pool, a windsurfing sailing lake, a chateau, a medieval city as well as cider museums and a shire horse centre where displays are regularly shown. So whether you are six or sixty-six you will find things of interest and what’s more prices are reasonable. Naturally if you are in France you are going to be eating some good quality food. There is a choice of high-end supermarkets for self-catering purposes. To find restaurants it is necessary to travel a few kilometres so maybe do your homework before you set out to locate them. There is one in the village and a couple in Ambrieres, the next village along. Mayenne has rather more to choose from. We found fabulous French two course midday meals with bread and wine for about a tenner. This place is France at its best – steeped in history, slow pace of life, very little traffic, friendly people, affordable gourmet food and a house you’d be happy to live in.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016