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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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                                                                                                      Quiet location for a great break

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                                                                                                      Visited this property for a romantic break. Quiet location and owners that were happy to let us enjoy the property and garden with minimum fuss. October was a little cool but the owners provide logs to heat the wood burner making a warm cosy retreat. Excellent fish and chips available in the village on a Friday evening and a Sunday lunch should you want some traditional English food. Easy to get too from the port with some lovely quiet country roads and quaint villages.
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                                                                                                      A quality holiday home exceptionally well maintained and furnished...

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                                                                                                      September 2017 proved to be a mixed pot with regards to the weather but we have no complaints at all about this beautiful holiday home with everything provided including that all important corkscrew... This beautifully renovated, spotlessly clean, immensely comfortable and relaxing cottage couldn't have been more welcoming, Grace and Dean are a lovely friendly couple who were more than helpful, they even provide the immediate essentials in a welcome pack along with tea, coffee, milk, a couple of bottles of beer, a bottle of wine and some mouth watering biscuits... There were baby bunnies on the doorstep every morning and little owls nesting opposite that came out every evening, the setting couldn't have been move peaceful, and all set in this very beautiful part of the Mayenne countryside, very close to forest walks, lakeside leisure amenities, picturesque villages and stunning chateaux's, only 20 minute drive from the medieval city of Domfront and an hour and half from the ferry at Caen... Very highly recommended x
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