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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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                                                                                                      Beautiful and blissfully peaceful

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                                                                                                      Lovely, peaceful hamlet and the barn is beautifully furnished and decorated. Well worth a visit if you want to connect with the rural and traditional aspects of France.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Beautiful accommodation in quaint picturesque village - highly recommended

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                                                                                                      Stayed here for 2 weeks end of July / beginning of August 2016. The accommodation was everything we hoped for and more! It was clean, bright and modern with a good sized living room and kitchen which was more than ample for 2 adults and 3 small kids. There are 3 bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs ( 2 doubles and a twin). Downstairs is the kitchen, living room, utility room and toilet. Patio doors lead out to the patio, gardens and BBQ. Hazel met us at the house and was wonderful in showing us the house. She also doubles as a tour guide and has a wealth of local knowledge!!!The village has its own velo rail and its residents also festoon their houses with flowers..lots of the local villages do this also. Although Saint Loup does not have a shop, all your needs are catered for in neighbouring villages less then 5 minutes away. Hyper markets approx 20 minutes away which sell everything you would expect to find in the UK and at similar prices. lIf you have small kids then they will love the nearby outdoor pool. Major pool complexes are about 30 minutes away- although we did notice that a new one is being built in a neighbouring town Mayenne - about 20 minutes away- due to open for the 2017 season. We found Mirabelle ideally located for touring the area. Saint Michel de Mont is beautiful and well worth a visit, adults will love this, whilst just beside it is Alligator Bay which has all sorts of alligators and lizards which the kids loved..Theme parks are close by too. Normandy beaches are within striking distance too and are both beautiful and moving.
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                                                                                                      La Guitiere is a wonderful property full of charm and character!

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                                                                                                      Eight of us stayed at La Guiltiere for a week in August.; and what an incredible week it was too! The house and gardens were full of charm and character, well equipped and incredibly comfortable. We spent the week walking, kayaking, horse riding, vello railing, playing badminton and cricket, visiting nearby towns and obviously feasting and drinking! Our kids(4 teenage girls) cycled around the area everyday and made friends with Jennifer's horses, donkey and Wonka the dog! It was a truly fun-packed week- the icing on the cake being Jennifer the owner and her lovely family who live next door. Jennifer was incredibly warm and welcoming, highly efficient in helping us organise activities and just terrific to have around! We would most definitely recommend this property and would love to return for more!!
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016