La Petite Maison is a beautiful rural two double bedroomed cottage, renovated to a high standard, suited to meet the needs of busy people looking for peace and quiet. Situated within a 200 year old farm, (now non working) and located in the region of the Pays de la Loire with its spectacular landscapes in the north and vast vineyards to the south. The house is 2kms from the historic town of Lassay-les-Chateaux which boasts one of the finest examples in France of a fortified medieval chateau. The town has many winding streets amongst which can be found examples of medieval living all situated just off the main market square where you will find local shops, bars and restaurants. This is an ideal base for couples and friends seeking walking or cycling holidays in wonderful countryside or alternatively just a relaxing break from modern life!
Two Double Bedroomed Cottage near Lassay-les-Chateaux, Tranquil Hilltop Location Overlooking The Mayenne Valley
- 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 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.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Beautifully appointed and located stone gite
The property is as described in the details. In fact it's better!
The hosts were a perfect blend of there when needed and showing discretion giving us space to enjoy our stay.
Lovely spot in the Mayenne.
A must see is a visit to Fougere and Domfront.
Local villages are also worth a visit especially Lassay Le Chateau
Wonderful in every way!
Five stars just aren't enough for this idyllic place! We have been several times and the only downside is that eventually, you have to leave. It has everything you need for a perfectly peaceful and relaxing holiday. Local shopping is excellent and Chantringne boulangerie definitely has the best bread in the area. Cycling around the lanes is fabulous, there are so many beautiful things to see along the way. The old railway lines and the towpath along the Mayenne make lovely leisurely rides or walks with plenty of wildlife to see along the way.
The house has everything you need and more! Lovely linen and towels and a shower to die for. The garden is a delight where you while away many hours with a book and a glass of wine (or two), with the added bonus that the "Chickie Girls" might come to visit as well.
This really is a wonderful place, we are relaxed the minute we get out of the car!
Mark and Wendy
If you only ever try one !!!
We arrived fashionably late,( By a day due to traffic in England).
I rang Sandra and Paul to let them know, Sandra then suggested she go and buy provisions for us.We eventually arrived to find a well stocked fridge etc and a welcome pack.
On arrival the gite was immaculately presented, exceptionally homely with some touches seldom seen in any other Gite we have experienced. (We've been to lots)
The owners are a bundle of knowledge about the area and local cuisine Try the Restaurant in the town for a true French experience.
The gardens at the Gite are a delight, a credit to the time and effort put in by Sandra and Paul, if you only ever visit one Gite in your Life you would be hard pushed to better this one.
Keep up the great work
Kevin, Gillian, Lauren and John
A real getaway from it all location
We had a wonderful holiday at La Petite Maison. The cottage was very clean and well equiped with everything you could possibly need. But it was Sandra's attention to detail that turned it from just being another holiday cottage into a real home from home.
Sandra and Paul are extremely helpful and friendly, not intrusive but just good to know they are around should you need help with anything. Not fogetting Benji one of the friendliest dogs we have ever met, (He didn't even bark when we arrived on our first night, but seemed more content just to wag his tail and be petted).
We would certainly hope to return one day and would recommend it highly.
Peter and Margaret
Outstandingly beautiful - inside and out
This is the second wonderful holiday we have experienced at La Gautrie and we are planning to return again. Beautiful accommodation and surroundings; peaceful and picturesque- you can do and find as much or as little as you wish knowing that you return to a little piece of heaven. Sandra and Paul are wonderful hosts who we can't thank enough for a special holiday. We would have no hesitation in recommending a stay to anyone (but don't tell too many people!)
Beautiful rural tranquility
This was our third visit to this delightful place and it still excites us to arrive for our two week stay. Lovely comfortable accommodation in idyllic setting in the countryside. Delightful private garden for lounging in the sun with BBQ and sunbeds supplied.. All the equipment you need including a terrific log burner for the occasional cooler night and a huge dining table.
Large flat screen tv and wifi. Check out their wine which they supply cheaply, bargain.... also their resident truly free range chickens for tasty fresh eggs.
Wonderful ,restful sleep in comfy beds..Super shower too ! Many great locations to visit nearby such as Lassay with it`s wonderful Chateau, great to sit in the square with a beer or wine or St Suzanne for its medieval atmosphere and castle, or the massive roman amphitheatre and fortress at Jublain.
Paul and Sandra are lovely, warm and welcoming hosts along with their delightful and mega-cool doggie, Barney !.. If you are lucky, you may even see their resident barn owl or the swallows nesting in the cellar.
Can`t recommend too highly and we`ll certainly be back for more of the same....Enjoy !.... Thank you Sandra and Paul, a bientot, Rob, Jean and Max
Special interest holidays:
Les Trois Elephants Festival of Music 22nd - 25th May
Lassay les Chateaux
Annual Fete Tuesday 14th July - live music, vide grenier, and free street entertainment all day!
Le Mans Race Days
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
Normandy Beaches, 2 hrs - must visit for those interested in WWII. Mont-Saint-Michel, 2 hrs - second most visited tourist attraction in France after the Eiffel 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 directly from the shell on the beach (or in a restaurant if preferred!).
How to get here:
Own transport essential for this countryside location.
Eurotunnel - Dover to Calais 35 mins. approx 4 hr drive, mostly motorway.
Ferries - Dover to Calais approx 4 hour drive, mostly motorway. Newhaven to Dieppe 3 hour drive from Dieppe but longer crossing. Portsmouth to either Caen or Le Havre 1hr 40 drive.
Poole to Saint Malo 2hr drive
Plymouth to Saint Malo 2hr drive
Fly plus car hire at the airport
Airports - Direct flights to Dinard (Ryanair from Stanstead) 2hrs from La Gautrie or Rennes 1 hr 45 mins from La Gautrie (Flybe direct flights from Southampton, Southend).
Other Airports: Tours, Nantes, Paris
Train plus Car Hire at the station
Eurostar and SNCF to either Le Mans (1hr 40 mins from La Gautrie) or Laval (45mins from La Gautrie)
2kms from La Petite Maison, Chantrigne is a thriving village with a local shop/post office, mobile local butcher, hairdressers, garage and one of the best local restaurants in the area for real traditional food. Both Lassay 2km and Ambrieres 6km have all of the above with the addition of local weekday markets,, bank with cash point, post office, tourist information office, restaurants and supermarkets. A medical centre, dental practice and vet 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!