La Godefrere is a lovely and restful holiday gite nestled on the borders of Normandy and the Pays de la Loire, this converted 100 year old farm building has been renovated to a high standard and offers superb accommodation for between 2- 4 (+2) guests. Set in a pretty courtyard at the end of a quiet lane (ideal as a central base for touring) you will find the peace and relaxation you deserve as you enjoy the panoramic views over the beautiful surrounding countryside. There are plenty of opportunities for walking and cycling or water and other sports nearby if you feel energetic! You can also enjoy the varied wildlife around the grounds and enjoy our developing gardens. You can watch our resident little owls who nest in the gite roof and hunt in our garden during daylight hours. We now have our own nature trail with ant experience. Of course you can also sit and relax and sample French food and wine. If you need to stay in touch with the real world we have English and French TV and free Wifi connection.
A gite for up to six people set in the peace and quiet of rural France, but central for sight seeing
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- 16 Nov 2018
About Graham Parish
I live at La Godefrere with my wife Kate and two cats, Archie, who came with the house when we bought it in August 2012 and a new addition, Moggie, we also now have three hens and they all keep us amused (we also look after some sheep and lambs). We are both retired and decided to spend our retirement living in France. I'm a keen bird watcher and Kate is a gardener and we both enjoy nice wine and good food. Rural France is a perfect location for all our needs!
Graham Parish purchased this House in 2012
Why Graham Parish chose Couesmes-Vaucé
We wanted to buy a property with plenty of garden and the opportunity to have a gite. The Mayenne/Normandy border is ideal as there is plenty of rural property and the location is not too far from the ferry ports. We are just a mile from a village and live in a small hamlet of 4 properties, but we are also close to some big towns for shopping etc. With 5 acres of land we have all the garden we need and more!
What makes this House unique
La Godefrere is in a beautiful rural location with plenty of land for garden and for wildlife and for getting exercise.It is perfect for peace and quiet and sipping a glass of wine. If you are feeling energetic we have two bikes you can use. There are loads of lovely places to visit. In addition there are lots of birds, foxes, hares, bats and butterflies to see. We have been developing a nature walk around our grounds. Not only do we have a lovely gite to let out but underneath we have developed a games room with pool table and other entertainments. We are happy to share our knowledge of local wildlife. We now have a pair of little owls who nest in the gite roof and can be seen during daylight hours.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Overall the Gite is very accommodating, well furnished and well provisioned for self catering.
Our overall experience of the Gite is that the facilities are fantastic, however the timber stairs from the games room to the living accommodation are very steep as are the stairs from the living area to the two bedrooms.
The master bedroom (with double bed) is impossible for two people to use due to the sloping roof makes the access to the far side of the bed a difficult process. Much banging of heads.
The timber floors are also very noisy.
Our opinion overall, is this has been as great Gite to live in, visitors need to be aware of the stair issues.
Chris and Alison
Cranfield April 2017
We arrived quite late at night but still received a friendly welcome. The property was lovely. Quite large and so well equipped. It was in a lovely peaceful location. A lovely garden for enjoying a lovely glass of wine in the evening.
We will definitely consider staying here again on our next stay in Normandy.
Visiting places like Vire and Bagnoles de l'one is a must......but closer to home is Le Pas. About 2km away. Fanfy Tabac is a lovely friendly place to have a coffee with the locals.
Prima uitvalsbasis voor fietsers!
Een heerlijk huis waar alles op/aan en in zit dat nodig is. In de omgeving kan heerlijk gefietst worden met keus uit de heuvels, voie-vertes en jaagpaden. Prachtige omgeving! Na een dag fietsen heerlijk ontspannen in de grote tuin, wat een rust. Echt vakantie! Graham en Kate zijn zeer vriendelijk.
Ger en Roelfina
The coast including at Mont St. Michel is 80 kilometres (1 hour 20 minutes) by car. The Normandy beaches near Caen are about 123kms (2 hours by car)
Nearest airports, Rennes (80km) or Dinard (100km). Nearest ports, Caen (100km) or St. Malo (110km). Car recommended. Auto route from Channel Tunnel about 4.5 hours.
St. Fraimbault (Floral Village) 10km (also good restaurant)
Fougeres (Medieval Fortress) 40km
Mayenne (Large town and Castle museum) 20km
Domfront (Medieval Town) 20km
Jublains (Roman village - museum, fort and amphitheatre) 30km
Laval (Large town and good shopping) 35 km
Lassay Les Chateaux 12km (Lovely village with bars, town rose gardens and 2 castles)
Robert Tatin Museum of sculpture Cosse le Vivien 40km (amazing sculptures and lovely garden area). (nice restaurant L'Etoile in Cosse)
Visit Mayenne Tourism for full details of the area
Supermarket in Gorron (16km)
Village of Couesmes Vauce (bar & small shop) 2km
Ambrieres les Vallees - (small town with butchers, bakers, bank & Post Office) 6km
Parc des Loisirs de Vaux (Leisure park with tennis, boats, sailing and horse riding) 10km
Golf at Laval 35km
Les Jardins des Renaudies 17km (Gardens and childrens play area)
Lac du Haute Mayenne 12km (Fishing and sailing)
Le Mans (large city and motor car and bike race track) 110 km
Booking Notes: By email or telephone to owners. Changeover Day: Changeover day is Friday with lots of flexibility please contact owners. Notes on prices: Short breaks available on application to the owners