Converted Bread Oven Nr. Lassay-les-Chateaux, Mayenne, Pays de la Loire, France - Set In Beautiful French Countryside
- English, French
About Sandra Hughes
Paul and I both had busy lives, too much stress, unhealthy lifestyles and not enough 'together' time. We would longingly watch all those TV programs about changing your life, moving to the country, renovating a dilapidated barn into a designers dream, all whilst Kevin McCloud peered into the camera wringing his hands in despair - if only that could be us! In 2007, just as my son left home to go to University I found myself made redundant and always one to look on the bright side decided to have some 'me' time. That quickly turned into a 'seize the day' mentality so Paul quit his job, we put our furniture in storage, rented out our property, packed our Clio with all our essential worldly belongings and set off for France with a map and a gite booked for 7 weeks. Ten years later we are still here and loving the french life! We (meaning Paul) have gained many skills along the way - plumbing, electrics, stonemasonry, joinery, roofing and landscaping to name but a few! We can also now speak reasonable French (starting from a baseline of no french at all), Paul is a member of our village council and we taught English for 4 years to the children in the local school - although to be honest I think we learnt more French from them than they learnt English from us! We have a lovely laid back dog called Barnabé, an inherited cat called Kiki, three egg laying (when they feel like it) chickens and one big barn still to one day when we win the lottery!
Sandra Hughes purchased this Cottage in 2008
Why Sandra Hughes chose Chantrigné
We started our search for a property further south towards Saumur and Tours but on a day trip north we chanced upon the department and river of Mayenne and absolutely fell in love with the area - like a huge Devon but without the people!! Family, friends, eating and socialising are the main focus for everyone here so there's never any hurry and nothing is ever too busy or too much trouble. It's great to just relax, unwind and enjoy the everyday beauty of the surrounding landscape, the abundance of fantastic wildlife and to listen to the quietness. Although we live on a hilltop with great views all our local amenities are just down the road including one of our favourite restaurants where a five course meal with wine and coffee costs just €12.50! It is a traditional workers cafe but if you want to experience a slice of real country cooking with real french workers then this is the place to go! The river Mayenne is just 7kms away with great walks and cycle tracks, its never busy and parking, unlike in the UK, is free! In addition the coast is only an hour and a half away for those days when we fancy some sea air, a run on the beach with our dog and a plate of really fresh shellfish.
What makes this Cottage unique
Knowing how important holidays are when your time is precious we wanted to create a holiday cottage that we would have wanted to stay in when we were on holiday - big soft pillows, white linen on the bed and a great big shower with lots of hot water, (not just a luke warm trickle whilst crouching in a small smelly cubicle). A pretty private outdoor space to sit and enjoy a glass of wine, read a book or just lie back and relax. Most of all a place that could feel like a home not just a holiday let. We also wanted to take the hassle out of trying to find out about local places to visit or eateries that are good value and great food rather than discovering it all on the last day when your holiday is almost over. We have put together a comprehensive book with all the local attractions, restaurant recommendations and information leaflets, along with books on the local area, cycling and walking routes and trips further afield if you are feeling adventurous. We also have our own web site so you can find all the information on our links when you are in the cottage or out and about for the day. We look forward to welcoming you at La Gautrie and seeing you soon - A bientôt Sandra, Paul et Barnabé.
Children not allowed
Pets allowed - 1 small to med sized dog - additional €25 per stay1 small to med sized dog - additional €25 per stay
Max guests: 2
Minimum age of primary renter: 18
100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 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.
A little bit of paradise
Superb hosts, nothing too much trouble. Great accommodation with a dog proof garden. Peace and tranquillity with amenities nearby.
Amazing, relaxing holiday
Sandra and Paul’s attention to detail was faultless, they had thought of everything. A very nice touch was the wine basket where you could purchase wine without leaving the cottage 🤗. Location was very rural and ideal for exploring the French countryside, which was easy to navigate being complete novices. We have missed Barnaby’s friendly morning welcome. We had a fantastic time , completely chilling out and recharging our batteries, we would definitely recommend this cottage, Sandra and Paul were excellent hosts. Thank you 😎
Immaculate presentation of accommodation
Great location in beautiful countryside where Sandra and Paul had considered every aspect of customer requirements. Their advice on restaurants, places to visit etc was extremely helpful and added to the holiday experience. I can really recommend their property for a Frence rural holiday plus Lassay les Chateaux is an interesting town.
French Love Affair
The cottage was everything you hope for when visiting rural France. Sandra and Paul had paid great attention to all aspects when furnishing the cottage and all was in perfect working order. They were very helpful with advice on visiting towns, restaurants etc and Lassay les Chateaux was a delightful town. The tour of the Chateau proved very interesting which ended with a demonstration of dressing with medieval armouring on one of the guides. It was a nice change to wake up to bird song instead of traffic.
Fabulous property in a beautiful area of France.
We stayed for a week in this fabulous property. It was beautifully furnished , exceptionally well equipped , spotlessly clean and had a stunning garden. The hosts were lovely and did everything they could to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable.
There was a welcome pack waiting for us on our arrival , including the most delicious home made jam . There were lots of little touches around the place which were thoughtful and delightful . Even the dog was super friendly. The surrounding area was beautiful and there were lots of things to do and places to visit. The property has a fabulous huge garden with plenty of places to sit, eat and lie in the sun. We really enjoyed it and would recommend it for perfect holiday.
Special interest holidays 2019:
Les Trois Elephants Music Festival 22nd 25th May
Lassay les Chateaux Annual Fete Tuesday 14th July - live music, vide grenier, and free street entertainment all day!
18–21 April: 24 Hours of Le Mans motorcycle race
27 April: Rallye de la Sarthe Moto
4 May: Tour Auto
16–19 May: French motorcycle Grand Prix
2 June: 24 Hours of Le Mans Test Day
15–16 June: 87th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
29–30 June: 24 Hours Rollerblades
6–7 July: Classic Days
12–14 July: 23 Heures 60 Moto Power 25
20–21 July: Promosport Cup
24–25 August: 24 Hours Cycling
5–7 September: Ultimate Cup Moto
27–29 September: 24 Hours Trucks
26–29 September: 24 Hours Karting
4–5 October: Porsche Motorsport Series
6 October: Les Demoiselles du Bugatti
Sille-le-Guillaume, 50 mins - lake and artificial beach set in over 3000 ha forest. Normandy Beaches, 2 hrs - must visit for those interested in WWII. Mont-Saint-Michel, 2 hrs - second most visited place in France after the Eifel Tower. Stunning walled port of St Malo and the holiday resort of Dinard, 2 hrs both with fabulous restaurants and shops. Concale, 2hrs - Pretty fishing village, world renowned for its fresh oysters that can be eaten on the beach (or in a restaurant if preferred!).
Own transport essential for this countryside location.
Eurotunnel - Dover to Calais 35 mins. 4 hr drive, mostly motorway.
Ferries - Dover to Calais approx 4 hour drive, mostly motorway. Dover to Boulogne approx 4 hour drive, mostly motorway. Newhaven to Dieppe 3 hours drive from Dieppe but longer crossing. Portsmouth to either Caen or Le Havre 2 hour drive.
Airports - Cheapest - Usually Ryanair to Dinard.
Rennes 1 hr 20 mins hours drive. Dinard, Nantes, Tours 2 hour drive.
2 kms from the cottage, Chantrigné is a thriving village with a local shop, boulangerie, hairdresser, mobile local butcher, pizza van and one of the best local restaurants in the area for real traditional food. Both Lassay Les Chateaux, 2kms and Ambrières, 6kms have all of the above with the addition of local weekday markets, bank with cash point, post office, vets practice, tourist information office, restaurants and supermarkets. A medical centre and dental practice is also located in Lassay.
Within a 30 minute drive. Lassay-les-Châteaux, 5 mins one of the Mayenne Departments six 'Petites Cités de Caractere' with its stunning medieval chateau, winding streets and pretty market square. Mellary Cider Museum, 10 mins, see (and more importantly taste) how traditional cider is made from the apple to the bottle. Ambrières-les-Vallées 10 mins, all year round activities include an equestrian center, sailing, walks/cycle routes of all abilities. Summer months – open air swimming pool, archery, mini golf, kayaking, canoeing, tennis. Mayenne, 20 mins superb Musee du Chateau . Fontaine-Daniel, 20 mins beautifully preserved village set around a lake with a traditional textile mill and fabric outlet. Bagnoles de l'Orne, 20-25 mins spa resort reminiscent of a Swiss mountain village, enjoy the high life at the casino and horse track or maybe just relax at the spa before dining out in the many restaurants in this little piece of café society set in the forest of the Parc de Normandie. Ferté Macé Forest, 25-30 mins lake and artificial beach - many cycling and walking routes plus watersports in the summer.
Within a 1 hour drive. Falaise, 40 mins magnificent castle home of William The Conquerer. Jublains, 40 mins Roman encampment discovered in and around the town , now preserved. Carrouges castle, 50 mins austere but captivating, the castle of is like a summary of history from the 11th to the 20th century. Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei, 50 min described as 'one of the prettiest villages in France'. St Suzanne - Beautiful medieval hilltop village and fortress.
Within a 2 hours drive. Rennes, 1 hr 20. For those looking for sophistication, shopping and culture Rennes has it all. Bayeux, 1hr 50 visit this lovely town of canals and winding streets, visit the museum housing the famous Bayeux Tapestry depicting scenes from the 1066 Battle of Hastings. Anger, 1hr 55 for wine lovers visit the vineyards of the Loire and maybe even tour a chateau before purchasing a case of wine!