Cottage in Thorigne En Charnie, Mayenne, Pays de Loire, France - Quiet Countryside Location with Excellent Views
- English, French
About Debra Worboys
Debra and David Worboys and their two Westies (Lilly and Bela) are happy to welcome you to their home - La Bonne Marie. David is officially retired - although he says he has never worked so hard and I (Debra) run the gite and look after several other properties for friends in the area. We & the dogs love the outside life - which is just as well as the garden is large!! Life here is good, we love it.
Debra Worboys purchased this Cottage in 2005
Why Debra Worboys chose Thorigné-en-Charnie
We bought our house for many reasons but I guess the most important was the location. It is just 4.5 hours drive from Calais, 2.5 hours from Caen and has airports at Dinard, Rennes and Tours. Whilst the house is in a quiet rural location we have easy access to local towns and are approximately half an hour from 2 major cities - Laval and Le Mans. There is just so much to see and do around here - visitors that come for 1 week wish they had booked for 2.
What makes this Cottage unique
We have been told by many of our guests that the photographs we have on the web site just can not do the place justice. They are impressed with the amount of space that is dedicated to the gite - the very private pool, patio area, BBQ, summer house, kids play area etc. We have tried hard to make this a home from home and from the amount of return visitors we get we seem to have things about right. However we are always open to suggestions and improvements.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - We welcome kids, play area, toys etc available.We welcome kids, play area, toys etc available.
Pets allowed - The garden in completely fenced - secure!The garden in completely fenced - secure!
No smoking - Smoking is allowed in the summer house or garden.Smoking is allowed in the summer house or garden.
Max guests: 6
Just what we needed
We’ve just got back from a week at this lovely cottage. Debra and David have a gorgeous place, very relaxing, we felt at home right away. The cottage is well equipped, Debra has really thought of everything. All cleaning products are provided which is refreshing, we’ve been to many gites where the first thing you have to do is shop for washing up liquid!! There is an English socket bank so you can charge all your electrical items, a Nespresso machine, two hairdryers, and a basket of toiletries that others have ‘left behind’ so if you’ve forgotten something it’s likely to be there! The beds are comfy and the sheets a fabulous cotton. Should it get colder at night there are blankets in every cupboard. The cottage itself is quite isolated which means a fantastic nights sleep, there’s no light and no sound until a local cockerel sings and you get used to him quite quickly. The villages around are beautiful and many hours can be spent pottering. Debra has lots of local knowledge so was able help us with places to go and see which was very useful. There is a lake down the road with otters which was special. The swimming pool at the cottage is beautifully maintained by David and reaches a good temperature using a clever solar cover. There are lots of inflatables and balls to play with. Dotted around the garden are several chairs so you can hide away or chase the sun. The VIP shed is a lovely idea for cooler evenings so you can still eat outside and the dart board on the side became one of my sons favourite things, I’m sure we will have one soon :-) There was even an owl hunt for the children and a few local goodies as gifts on our arrival which were delicious. Thank you so much for a really lovely holiday.
Thank you for such a fabulous review, it was a pleasure to have you stay here and we hope to see you again in the future. All the very best, David and Debra.
Great stay, it really is a home from home
Debra and David are very helpful and welcoming, they did an Easter egg hunt for our children as we arrived on Good Friday which we all loved and was finding eggs for the rest of the holiday. La Bonne Marie is very comfortable and has everything you need for self catering accommodation and more, it felt like being at home. The outside area is great and safe for children and loads of room to run about and use of the large playground, the gardens are beautifully kept and I even spotted Owls at night! We didn’t use the pool as it was too cold (weather wise). There are plenty of sun traps to relax in with sun loungers. Again there are loads of outdoor games for adults and children. Inside the La Bonne Marie there are DVDs, English TV, loads of tourists information and an informative welcome pack. We had a great stay and would recommend it.
It is great to get a good review from this lovely family, it was a real pleasure to have them stay and we hope to see them again in the future.
This property has every comfort from home and more whatever age you are. The owners go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable and stress free. If you have children there are wonderful facilities if not every comfort inside and out with swimming pool. Close to places to visit and Le Mans only 30 minutes away and the roads are fantastic. Lovely town nearby, Evron with supermarket, farmers markets and restaurants. We would highly recommend this property for a stay at any time of year.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review - we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and we are looking forward to seeing you again next year.
Special place that steals your heart in an instant
As we entered the beautiful grounds of La Bonne Marie on Christmas Eve, it felt like we had stepped into a fairy tale. The grounds are breath-taking and the views really take you by surprise. We could not stop smiling and saying ”wow”! The peacefulness we felt was instant.
The very kind and generous owners, Debra and David, had thought of everything, from decorating the cottage with Christmas tree, lights and candles, with even the table laid out for our Christmas dinner, and presents wrapped up for us and our dog! We have never received such a warm welcome anywhere.
La Bonne Marie is not a holiday home, it feels like a home, and not only that, but a home with a soul. The atmosphere in the cottage is truly special, it is very romantic and cosy, and you just feel like you don’t want to leave the house at all. Every time we went out somewhere, it was so nice to come back – it almost felt like the cottage wanted to say ”welcome home, you have been missed”.
Our dog had the best Christmas of her life, we hardly saw her! She was playing in the beautiful, huge garden all day long, and her happiness was so nice to see. When we had packed up and were ready to go home, she refused to go in the car, and was standing inside the cottage with the saddest eyes ever, saying ”Please can I stay here forever”!
Thank you Debra and David for the most wonderful time, for helping us out with our car trouble (we would not have made it back home without you), for organising the vet, for our presents and all the extras, and most importantly, for giving us the spirit of Christmas which we had lost back home. This is how every holiday home business should be ran – with a big, big heart!
It was a real pleasure to meet you and thank you so much for the wonderful comments, we really hope to see you again in the future.
Debra & David
Having gone to France to look for a new home I was lucky enough to stay at La Bonne Marie owned by Debra and David. Myself and and my 3 spaniels had the best time ever and when not house hunting we stayed put on site because everything we wanted was there for us. Debra even arranged for me to go to her Vet for my dog passport requirements for returning home. The Gite is just perfect and we topped it off with the most amazing weather ever. The Gite itself had everything I needed. It was clean, comfortable and warm, really home from home and very well furnished. The gardens which are totally private allowed the dogs to play and sleep in the sunshine for hours on end and allowed them so much freedom. The supermarket is only a short drive away but the Gite itself is so central for going anywhere really for days out. One tip I did find in the end that by actually putting La Bonne Marie and the postal code into my sat nav, it came straight up pointing at the property and took me right to the front door, which I found very handy after days of house hunting and all roads looking the same in the end.
Debra and David are 2 of the nicest people you could meet. Debra runs a tight ship and is always very friendly and helpful in fact she was so nice I was able to run past her the properties I was looking at, and the advice she gave me on buying in France was really very helpful. Nothing is too much trouble for her. David.......Well David bless him, helped me out when my car developed a problem but it was sorted in double quick time and back on the road.
I wish Debra and David all the very best at La Bonne Marie and have already recommended it to numerous friends of mine. Anyone going there will have a lovey relaxing holiday in beautiful tranquil surroundings, and I bet they spend most of their holiday at the Gite instead of going out for the day because it has everything you would want.
Thank you for a peaceful but very enjoyable stay.
It was a pleasure to welcome Beth and her lovely dogs to our home and we are very pleased that they have decided to come back for a few days later in the year.
Beth and her dogs are a rather special one could not see, one could not hear and the other has brain damage, it needs a special person to take these dogs on and luckily Beth steps up to the mark.
Special interest holidays:
Cookery courses can be arranged at a local restaurant.
1.5 Hours from the coast by car.
1.5 hours from Tours airport.
1.5 hours from Rennes airport.
4 Hours from the port of Bologne.
4.5 hours from the port of Calais.
2.5 hours from the port of Caen.
1.5 Hours from Dinard or St Malo.
2 hours from Paris by Train.
Car hire (or use of car) essential.
The nearest village is St Denis D'Orques for bread, delicatessen, petrol station, hairdresser and 2 restaurants, this is just a 5 minute drive from the house. We are just half an hour from Le Mans and Laval, 20 minutes from the market towns of Sable or Evron. All of these towns have excellent supermarkets, restaurants etc, we are happy to advise the days of the local produce markets. A full range of tourist information is available in the gite.
You are ideally situated to explore the Mayenne or the Sarthe regions. Le Mans is just half an hour away, it is famous for the 24 hour racing, however there are events at the track from April to October, as well as an excellent motor museum. Also you should visit the cathederal and old town as these are exceptional. There is so much to see and do in this region, there is tourist information available in the cottage but a must would include: A visit to the caves and canyons at Saulges, this is literally 5 minutes away and is an amazing place. The caves of ‘Margot’ and ‘Rochefort’ were inhabited from the Paleolithic era, tours of the caves are available from April to November. There is also the beautiful shrine to Saint Cenere at Saulge, found in a very relaxing park with sports and swimming available in the summer months, with a creperie on site serving great food and drink. Saint Suzanne is also 5 minutes from the house, this is a petite town of character with a chateau and fortress.
There is a magnificent chateau at Mezangers, the grounds are well worth a visit and a very excellent water park just outside the same village. Or you may be interested in the ancient Roman town of Jublains, with its fortress, hot baths, temple and theatre. There are many Brocantes, bric-a-brac markets and collectors fairs (full details are available). There are many churches, abbeys, parks and gardens to visit or many forest circuits to walk or cycle. You could play golf, or hire a boat in Sable to cruise the Maine or Anjou rivers. The town of Durtal is on the river Loire & has a spectacular chateau, the Anjou vineyards can be found just 4km outside of Durtal. The air is very clean in this region and as such the clear night skies offer the most excellent star gazing. We can arrange to post you information on the local area after you have confirmed your booking or let us know what interests you and we can research this before you arrive.