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Charming Tower In A Medieval Property , private fishing lake

Bedrooms 2
Space 592 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

17th century tower in Saint Thomas de Courceriers, La Mayenne, France - Idyllic Location, 1 Hr From Le Mans Race Track And Plantagenet City, 35 Mins From Alençon

Courceriers is in north-east Mayenne near the village of Saint-Thomas-de-Courceriers which takes its name from the site. It is easily accessed from the Channel ports, four hours drive from Calais and the Eurotunnel terminal and two hours from Caen. Steeped in history, Courceriers was once home to prehistoric man. It has also been a Roman camp ("Caesar's Court"), an important site in Gaul (the Gallic Roman Empire) and a medieval fortress. After this was sacked by English armies in 1419, a château was built on the site, also sadly now dispatched into history. You will be living part of that history when you stay in the tower, all that remains of the château. All around are reminders of Courceriers' glorious past - the massive fortress ramparts, the ruins of the Keep, the valley that was dammed and flooded by the Romans to keep the heathen hordes at bay, the manor houses and the chapel, built in 1418, La Portail (the gatehouse), built in 1657, the old mill......

Sophie Gallais
Member since: 2013
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Calendar last updated:
13 September, 2018

About Sophie Gallais

We love nature, animals and the countryside. Just as well because there's a lot around here!

Sophie Gallais purchased this cottage in 1949

Why Sophie Gallais chose Saint-Thomas-de-Courceriers

Courceriers has been owned by my family for 170 years. My family bought it 25 years after the French Revolution!

Damien and I lived in the tower for 4 years and converted it to our own high standards. When we had our children we decided to renovate the nearby old manor house and offer the tower as a holiday home, which you can enjoy today.

It has a wonderful feeling of remoteness and history but is within easy reach of towns and villages of all sizes so you never feel cut off from civilization (the nearest shops, bar, restaurant, etc. are 4 km). Between Laval and Alençon, our gîte is also just one hour from Le Mans and two hours from the Normandy coast, Le Mont St Michel, The Loire Valley and even Paris by TGV.

But why go there when there is so much to see and do on your doorstep.

What makes this cottage unique

We believe our gîte is unique! Sure, there are gîtes that are in old châteaux but how many can boast a heritage going back before Roman times?

The gîte consists of a 17th century tower on 5 levels linked by a spiral staircase and surrounded by the remains of an ancient fortress which dates from the 14th century. It is equipped with all modern conveniences and is completely separate from our house, which is nearby, should you need us.

In the extensive grounds there are a fishing lake of 1.5 hectares and a river. A 3.2m boat is at the disposal of our guests, free of charge.

The local countryside is beautiful and is ideal for walking, rambling or cycling, along the quiet country lanes or the many chemins that have been there for centuries. Driving here is also a real pleasure.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Over our 14 years of operation we have welcomed guests from all over the world and we have hundreds of lovely comments in our guest books, which you are welcome to browse through during your stay. We can honestly say we have never had a poor review. A random selection are available on our own website (link below), so please take a look at what our guests think of us and our property!

These are just a few snippets...

# We've has a fantastic fortnight in this unique and intriguing tower in its wonderful surroundings...

# The tower is a unique and lovely place to stay. The fitting out of all mod cons in the tower has been done in a very professional manner...

# To Sohphie, Damien, Colin and Anouk

we have has a wonderful holiday and been to all the places we set out and enjoyed every minute.

# The tower was a fantastic and unusual place to stay and made the holiday unique. Thank you for every thing. A most enjoyable holiday, inside a most amazing place. Definitely a stay I won't forget. Thank you for your hospitality. This is France as we wanted to see it.
Apr 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Saint-Thomas-de-Courceriers around the Mayenne

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 592 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • lake
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Italian shower . Bathroom fully renovated il 2018
  • Bath with shower, sink, heated towel rail, toilet, washing machine.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot , we can add a single sofa bed for children under 8
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (1 double bedroom plus mezzanine single)+ confartable sofa bed Notes on bedrooms: 2nd floor main bedroom with double bed and baby cot if required. 1 confortable sofa bed in the lounge 3rd floor mezzanine bedroom with single bed. 1st floor double sofa bed if required. Bedside tables, seating and storage space. See floor plans in picture gallery.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: This is a bit tricky - but it is a medieval tower! There is one main bedroom, with a double bed. Above this there is a mezzanine floor with a single bed, so it's fine for members of your family but not ideal unless you know each other well. In addition there is a double bed-settee in the lounge (which is separate) so in theory we can accommodate five people. This is not how we market our gîte but for some situations we know this is perfectly acceptable (e.g. Le Mans events). In summer, especially, there is so much space outside you have practically unlimited living area. It is flat and dry and on private property (see the ancient stone walls!) so anyone wishing to pitch a tent (children or adults) could do so in the full knowledge they would be absolutely safe in their adventure. If this appeals to you, please contact us so we can agree an overall price, depending on your own needs. It will not be expensive. Heating throughout is by electric radiators, the cost of which is included. Outside: Barbecue, garden furniture, ping pong. Plenty of space for ball games or relaxing. Large private lake and rowing boat. Fishing. Endless countryside. Huge, wide skies. More stars at night than you've ever seen. Utility Room: You can thrash your smalls against the rocks by the river if you really want to. Otherwise just use the washing machine in the bathroom. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Ample towels and bed linen are provided. The property will be clean upon your arrival and should be left in a clean condition upon departure. Washing machine provided. Housekeeping during your stay is not included. Other: This was a castle! Let your imagination flow... camping out under the stars, beneath the remains of the 14th century Keep as the campfire flickers away. How many rooms do you want? "People with square minds cannot fit into this tower".


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One of the mopst relaxing holidays we've ever had!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived to the moment we left we loved our French adventure. The bell tower was a fabulous and quirky accommodation choice, like nothing we've stayed in before. The calm and relaxed nature of the holiday offered us opportunity to really connect as a family whilst also offering a chance to row on the lake, paddle in local streams and explore local attractions; all whilst trying to improve our French. This was all set in the beautiful backdrop of rural France. What really made the holiday for us though was how welcome we were all (us, our 2 children and our dog) made to feel by our hosts Sophie and Damien and our four legged host Badka! We would totally recommend the Bell Tower to anyone looking to relax, enjoy something a bit different and gain a sense of feeling at home in a place that most likely feels very different from home.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was really a pleasure to receive your lovely family, captain Batka misses you. It's nice to receive people who enjoy our little fist house, the bell tower..and its surrounding. Nous vous embrassons. Sophie et Damien
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Stunningly peaceful and charming.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in the tower, it was peaceful and quirky with everything you could possibly need. Winston our Sprocker spaniel loved the grounds where he could sniff out the most interesting smells. A great base for exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside and villages. Sophia and Damian were great hosts and we hope to return in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing week in a unique beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week in this unique tower. It has been very cleverly designed and decorated. We had everything we needed, and more! Sophie and Damien are wonderful hosts, kind and very helpful! The property is in a beautiful rural setting with a lovely fishing lake. There are lots of lovely walks in the area, a stream to paddle in (& search for special blue stones), fishing, games etc...all on the property. We enjoyed going to the lake near Sille (with beach) and visiting local villages.

We thoroughly recommend this wonderful gite!!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a real pleasure to receive your family with 2 lovely children . Batka miss you, he has definitively leave the gite and is back home. sophie, damien and captain batka
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charming location & lovely stay

  • 5 of 5

Owners very helpful & lovely dog

Very nice stay - recommended

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to welcome you and the 2 little knights of the tower, see you soon sophie and damien
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magical holiday in stunning surroundings

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at the tower at Courceriers and it won't be the last. Apart from the amazing location and the fascinating history of the place, the welcome received by Sophie and Damien is second to none. Fresh eggs from the chickens on the doorstep in the morning, veg from the garden and a freshly baked raspberry and chocolate cake made us feel like spoilt children! The tower itself is quirky and fun to live in and is equipped with all the essentials although I forgot to tell Sophie that we lacked a sieve for draining veg and pasta - sorry! Hot water in plentiful supply, beds made at no extra charge and guests welcome. Our daughter and her partner turned up for a couple of days in their camper van and were encouraged to stay on after we had left. Finally, for dog lovers, this is the best holiday rental as Sophie's gorgeous dog is always there on the doorstep to welcome you and even the cat pops in for the occasional visit. We absolutely love this place, even when the sun isn't shining. We haven't yet taken the boat out on the lake, but there's always next time......

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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This is a truly unique holiday experience, nothing like we have ever encountered before!

  • 5 of 5

Despite studying all the pictures and data thoroughly before travelling, we were still unprepared for the truly wonderful setting we had been fortunate enough to book! The location is very quiet and isolated, but the tower had everything we needed, including wi-fi and British TV, a real home from home. The kitchen was very well equipped, and cooking, food storage and even a dishwasher and washing machine made everything a breeze. There was plentiful hot water too, and a proper bath in addition to the shower. The bed was very comfortable and everything was of good quality and very clean.

The owner's friendly cat came to visit the tower, and the dog came to visit on my fishing trips. He was surprisingly well behaved for a big chap!

We visited in October and had several frosty nights, but the tower was well heated and nobody "forced" me to venture out at first light to "Siberia Corner" to fish each day!

I must admit that when booking French holidays I usually "manage" to have a lake reasonably close to visit, often on site! However, none have come close to this in size or potential. It is about 4 acres, surrounded by overhanging trees and extremely old. The stock is largely unknown, but, there was a stocking of mirror carp in January 2016 totalling 400 kgs. The fish added were between 8 and 14 kgs (around 17 - 30 lbs). There are some other common carp of unknown proportions and quantity but overall the stocking is fairly light. As there is a plentiful supply of naturals including mussels, snails and bloodworm the fishing is difficult. There has been very little angling done, but as it increases and more bait goes in, (good quality pellets and boilies), the fish will become easier to catch!

There is a row boat available, and a little time spent exploring yields suitable areas to "lay traps". This is a very old lake set in woodland, and as such, there is a lot of silt present. However, there are plenty of firm areas to fish.

Fishing for a few hours most (frosty) mornings was a real pleasure, and the highlight was the capture of a splendid mirror of 18lb 10oz, The first of the new fish stocked to be caught.

We will be returning in Spring for another attempt at the uncaught leviathans!

I must add, there is a small pool with small (ish) common carp available a few hundred yards up the lane which is ideal if you have limited time or just want everything a bit easier!

Overall a great holiday with very friendly and helpful hosts. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
134 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
140 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
45 Kilometres
Nearest Train
19 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
120 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Le Mans - the property is well suited for the Le Mans racetrack. We are delighted to offer our wonderful medieval tower for the weekends of the Le Mans events. The track is an easy, enjoyable drive and your vehicles will be safe Courceriers. As the Le Mans events straddle two separate weeks we have to charge a modest supplement for these weekends but otherwise there is no premium.

Normandy beaches - a couple of hours easy drive away. 2014 is of course the 70th anniversary of the WWII landings.

Wildlife and bird watching tours can be arranged through contacts in a nearby village.

There are many wonderful places within easy reach of Courceriers, some of which you will have heard of. The department of La Mayenne itself is relatively unknown and unspoilt, yet it has more châteaux than any other department in France, not all grand of course. In just a couple of hours you can be at the coast and a little more and you are in the Loire valley. So a day-trip can take you a long way.


The coast and beaches are about two hours drive away as are the Normandy Beaches where the WWII landings took place.

For swimming, there is a wonderful lake with a sandy man-made beach at Sillé-le-Guillaume, 19 km away (12 miles) and excellent public pools at Villaines- la-Juhel (9 km) and Evron (20 km). The beach at Sillé-le-Guillaume has horse and donkey rides, boat trips and bars and restaurants.

There are many lakes and of course the Mayenne river, all great places to walk or cycle.


Your own transport is essential. You can of course hire cars at all airports and ports (and even the local supermarket) but if you are from a non-EU country please do check requirements re e.g. international driving licences


30 km Sainte-Suzanne (Fabulous medieval walled town)

30 km Mayenne town

32 km Lassay Les Châteaux (Medieval château still occupied. You can visit)

41 km Bagnoles-de-l'Orne (Old Spa town. Lake, restaurants and casino)

40 km Alençon (Large market Thursdays)

54 km Le Mans (Plantagenet city, racetrack, shopping centres)

55 km Laval (The Department capital)

2 hours Le Mont-St-Michel (UNESCO World Heritage site)

2.5 hours to the Loire Valley

2.5 hours to Paris by TGV via Le Mans (1 hour on tr

Further Details:

Once you have booked we will give you access to a wealth of local information you should find useful for your stay.

This area truly has a great deal to offer but is unspoilt, gentle and amazingly unpopulated. Driving is a real pleasure as the roads are so quiet. If you have any interest in the countryside, history, châteaux and churches, walking, cycling or just relaxing over a long lunch you will not run out of things to do or places to visit. To be fair, if you are looking for a theme park holiday it's probably not for you.... but wait, we have those nearby too!

The nearest general store, boulangerie, bar/restaurant (and hairdresser!) are in Courcité, 4 km away. The nearest town with banks, supermarkets, bars, restaurants, lots of shops, whatever, is Villains-la-Juhel, 8 km away (less than 10 minutes). You will note the total lack of people! When is the last time you parked right outside Tesco?

If you are looking at our listing you should also be looking at what is in the area around us. We can offer you unique accommodation but you must research our fabulous surroundings - Roman towns? Medieval towns? Châteaux? a sandy beach (yes!), forests, adventure holidays, French open markets, summer fêtes..... It's the land that time forgot. Well, without the dinosaurs, more like England in the 50's.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage around the Saint-Thomas-de-Courceriers,

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
high season
28 Apr 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
low season
29 Sep 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
end yeay
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
low season
5 Jan 2019 - 26 Apr 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
high season
27 Apr 2019 - 27 Sep 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
low season
28 Sep 2019 - 20 Dec 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
30% of the total price is required to secure a reservation. The balance may be paid upon arrival. Please make all bookings through this website, Owners Direct. Our prices are quoted in GB pounds so you know exactly what you will be paying no matter what happens to the exchange rate. If you would like to pay in Euros or any other currency please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Changeover Day:
Normally Saturday - arrive after 16h00, depart before 11h00. If your requirements differ please contact us and we will do our best to be flexible.
The use of the boat and bikes are free.
The use of private lake for fishing is charged 250 euros/ week. No kill fishing- carp common and mirror up to . Stocked with 450 kg carp up to 31 lb.Use of a barbless hook often falls out when the fish is in the net, inflatable unhooking mats, common sense and preparation are required to practice good carp care. Thank you
Notes on prices:
Although our low season two week rate is quoted per week the minimum stay for this price is only 12 nights. The entire period will be pro-rated at the lower price. For stays during Le Mans race weekends only (i.e. not part of a longer stay) please contact us for a quote.

Our gîte is perfect for a romantic few days away or a short break so please enquire if this is what you would like.
For the gite and fishing exclusive 5 acre lake, we stocked 500 kg of common and mirror carp between 13lb up to 31 lb and
will charge extra fees. maxi 3 anglers.

If you would like to stay for a longer period please contact us for a quote.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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