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Lovely Gite in Beautiful Quiet Rural Setting.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


About the property

Beautiful Cottage in Le Ham, Mayenne, Pay De La Loire, France -

Petit Houx is a pretty 18th century fully self contained 2 bedroom gite with 2 en-suite bathrooms sleeping 4 within a short distance from the towns of Lassay les Chateaux, Villaines La Juhel and Javron les Chapelles. Petit Houx is attached to the main house, Grand Houx, an 18th century stone Longere which is the owner's property. The property is set in peaceful rolling countryside just a stone's throw from the peaceful village of Le Ham. The area is excellent for walking, fishing and for visiting some of the region's many local sights. The cottage is fully equipped with everything you would need for a relaxing get away from the rigours and pressures of work. The area is great for either just relaxing outdoors with a glass of wine, or if you've got energy to burn the region is well known for its walk and bike trails and fishing. If you enjoy sightseeing, it's excellently situated between Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley. A great Location for a get away from it all! The Alpes Mancelles is only twenty minutes by car from here and is one of the regions premier spots for escaping into the great outdoors. Amongst the outdoor pursuits the Alpes Mancelles has to offer you'll also find the beautiful villages of St Leonard des Bois and Saint Ceneri le Gerai (one of the most beautiful villages in France)

French Guests -All Sat TV channels are in English. We have no French TV antenna

More Details

Property Manager
Gus and Pauline Barker
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 August, 2018

About Gus and Pauline Barker

Gus and Pauline started the gite in July of 2014 having returned to France after 30 years living overseas, most recently in Australia. They could be described as travelers, having spent most of theirs lives living or traveling overseas for extended periods. Lured back to France by a relaxed lifestyle, not that dissimilar to that of Australia, they've 'set up shop' in the Mayenne, attracted by its rustic and peaceful charm.

Gus and Pauline Barker purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Gus and Pauline Barker chose Le Ham

The Mayenne is a well kept secret. It may not have the crowd-pulling notoriety and scorching summers of Provence

or the mountains of the Pyrenees, but it clearly has its own charm.

Escaping the crowds isn't difficult here and Petit Houx is well positioned for traveling in any direction. The beautiful Loire Valley with its monumental chateau and vineyards are all within a two hour drive from the front door.

Flights to the UK are easily accessible via Rennes 1hr 45. Only an hour and a half drive from Caen port to us (Brittany ferries) Cherbourg and St Malo are all within a short driving distance using the N12

We chose this region for some of these reasons, also for its proximity to Paris which means we can head up to the city on a whim, or maybe to St Malo for fantastic seafood.

What makes this cottage unique

Grand Houx, named after the holly that is prevalent around the house, is situated within a short walking distance from the very quiet, pretty, and rather well kept village of Le Ham.

The local lake is well stocked, and if you're inclined towards angling, join the locals. On occasions they even have a shared barbeque at the local lake and they always seem to be catching something. Numerous walks surround the house, in fact we're on a rambling trail here. You'll often come across parties of French ramblers making their way past the cottage en-route to their next stop. If cycling (road or trail) is your thing, this is a popular pastime here or at le Foret de Sille de Guillaume.

You'll love Petit Houx, but mind your head! 18th century beams are always unforgiving. A great escape! 2017 Travel bonus. If you travel to us with Brittany Ferries we can offer you up to 20% on your crossing with our unique customer code.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Le Ham around the Mayenne

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 1 -
  • Ensuite bathroom to Double bedroom with shower, vanity and toilet. En-suite bathroom to Twin bedroom provides shower, bath, vanity and toilet accessed by three steps from the bedroom. Both bathrooms are on the first floor.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Child cot also available Notes on bedrooms: The double bedroom is on the first floor of the gite and comprises a double bed, a large wardrobe and a wall heater. En-suite The twin bedroom accessed again by its own staircase provides 2 single beds and storage, wall heater. Elevated en-suite/3 step
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
Notes on accommodation: As this is an 18th century longere dating back to 1740 (some parts much older) Our beams and some doorways are pretty low due to this. Once you're used to this it won't be a problem. Initially be prepared to 'duck'. No pets. This is a non-smoking gite. Outdoor area close to house if needed. Outside: Petit Houx has its own outdoor barbeque and rest area with bench table. Deck chairs and other outdoor chairs available. Lawn area with plenty of cover under our cherry trees for lazing around with a glass of wine. Utility Room: Iron and ironing board and clothes drying rack are stored in the twin en-suite bathroom storage cabinet Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Property is cleaned at changeover (Saturday) All linen and towels, cleaning materials are included. We'd like to you to begin your stay with us with a welcoming bottle of red and a french stick just to get you in the mood for your French escape. Other: The main Living Area provides a cosy and light dining area which seats 4 comfortably. Also the kitchen has a breakfast bar with 2 stools.


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Lovely Gite in Beautiful Quiet Rural Setting.
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 11 reviews

Lovely comfortable Gite

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely 6 nights in this good gite. The garden is like an oasis which I have missed very much since leaving as it was so relaxing after a busy day out sitting by the pond.

The area and scenery is stunning with so many places to visit.

The gite itself is spacious and well equipped with English TV.

A quirky lay out with two staircases that works very well.

Low beams and doors so mind your head but not a problem and don't be put off of a chance to stay in this gite as full of history being very old.

WiFi only works outside but not a problem hence the sitting by the pond.

Gus was a great host and enjoyed an evening sitting by the pond having a drink together.

Nothing to much trouble and Gus gave good advice on the best places to visit and places to shop.

Highly recommend this gite as an away from it all retreat and the stresses of daily life.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Anyone who wants to come and fix our plumbing is fine by me! Ray and Denise were the perfect guests, great company, and left the gite in immaculate condition. Great to meet new people and swap stories Would be great to see them down in the Mayenne again. 5 star guests in every sense. Thanks guys for leaving the gite...oh so clean
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Beautifully located in picturesque French countryside.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Gus and Pauline's place. The accommodation is charming, very comfortable and we'll set up. It is located very well to explore some wonderful Normandy spots. Gus and Pauline have very good knowledge about the local area, where to shop, eat and explore. We had some lovely chats with Gus and Pauline and will recommend this accommodation to anyone travelling to Normandy.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to have you stay. Glad you enjoyed your visit to the Mayanne and Normandy.
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Pretty base for our holiday

  • 4 of 5

Pretty base for our trip in France, Gite was lovely and clean, with every home comfort, Gus and Pauline were great host, with helpful advice of the area and places to see.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Many thanks.
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lovely short break at the Petit Houx - Le Ham

  • 4 of 5

The property was lovely with everything you would need to make yourself comfortable and English telly. The area is very picturesque and every were was easy to get to. I would say that the only issue for us was that we could not find a decent restaurant open selling high quality french cuisine. There are plenty of good supermarkets so you can get French fair from and eat in the Gite. All in all a lovely relaxing break.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Paula We're very glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for leaving the gite so clean. Gus and Pauline
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Lovely stay at this beautiful give

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the gite , the owners were very friendly and couldn't be more accommodating to our needs. Lots to see and do around the area and we shall be returning again .

  • Review Submitted: 21-Feb-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Steph. Looking forward to having you and your family stay with us again at Petit Houx next time you visit the Mayenne.
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Beautiful little getaway

  • 5 of 5

Gus and Pauline are very welcoming and very helpful hosts.

We arrived late in the evening and they had left us wine, cheese and bread which was very nice. They also greeted us on arrival and made sure we had everything we needed, showing us around the gite and offering us a travel cot for our baby. They were very helful all week offering us advise on where to go and things that were on in the area and were a lovely chatty couple.

The accommodation itself was fantastic. We were one of the first to stay and found it well stocked with everything you would need for a stay. The pictures make it look smaler than it actualy is. The living space downstairs was great, and the kitchen was lovely to cook in. We had a few rainy days so made full use of it. Its an ideal place for 2 couples/ family as the 2 bedrooms have seperate staircase and bathroom to themselves so you wont be disturbing the others. The house stays really cool so there was no need for air conditioning (we had 28 degrees during the week and was cool inside).

The area is surronded with little villages and towns with markets during the week. Local boulagarie is 5 minute drive and has a great selection of bread and cakes. Even open Sunday morning! Great walks to little lakes nearby and there are lake side beaches less than 1 hours drive.

This is a perfect place to retreat to and chill and enjoy the rural French life. Caen and Loire are easy drive. Highly Recomend!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
127 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Nelly's bar and Tabac
Nearest Ferry
104 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Nearest Train
21 Kilometres
Sille De Guillaume
Nearest Restaurant
8 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
21 Kilometres
Coco Plage Sille de Guillaume
Car: necessary


Coco Plage at Sille de Guillaume. Sandy beaches alongside popular forested lake resort. Many restaurants/bars there. Water sports, walking, cycling, horse riding, boat trips. 21 klms

Also, similar distance. La Ferte Mace Complexe Touristique, (sandy beach with bars, archery, rafting,climbing wall, boating 26.4 klms

Mezangers (La Gue du Sel) Sandy beach with picnic areas, walking, restaurants, boating. Local chateaux there. 36.3 klms


Airports: Rennes 130 klms 1.5 hrs, Dinard 150 klms 2hrs, Caen 110 klms 1hr 15

Ports: Caen 110 klms 1hr 15, St Malo 150 klms 2hrs, 340 klms 3.5 hrs,

Calais 420 klms 4 hrs, Cherbourg 200 klms 2.5 hrs, Le Havre 190 klms 2 hrs

note: these are all approximate distances and timings


Lassay les Chateaux 3 castles, medieval village. Lovely. Supermarket. 14 klms

Mayenne. One of the oldest castles in France. Lovely town on River. 18 klms

Bagnoles de L'Orne. Spa Town and resort. Restaurants, bars, pedalos 28 klms

Alencon. Hidden Gem, medieval centre. Good restaurants. Cathedral. 36klms

Vitre. Film set material medieval town. Good eating 95 klms

St Suzanne. medieval walled town, castle. History. 36 klms

Le Mans 64 klms

Further Details:

Local supermarkets at. Javron (small) Villaine de Juhel (large) Mayenne (2 large hyper markets)

Local Market days:Ambrieres Sa, Javron Fri, Lassay We, Mayenne Mo,Sa, Villaine Mo

Local Bank and 'hole in the wall' at Javron Les Chapelles 7klms. Boulangerie 1.5 klms at Le Ribay, Bar in the village (Le Ham) 2 mins walk

Further Afield:

Excellent day trips from here. le Mans (24 hr race and other events, shopping. St Malo (seafood outstanding and always fresh)

Mont St Michel. World Heritage site

Normandy Beaches

Grandville. Coastal Town with walled fort

Paris three hours, parking nr Eiffel Tour and walk/ or leave the car at Fler and train to centre 2hrs.

Loire valley: Saumur, Angers, Tours, Chinon. Chateaux heaven. 2hrs then plenty of historical monuments and vineyards to visit

Main route to and from Le Ham N12. From here all directions within easy access.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:

The deposit is 25% of your booking. The balance of 75% be paid 30 days prior to check in (or full amount at booking if your booking falls within this time frame) On arrival we require a security cash dep of 100 euros to cover any breakages, returnable on vacating at the end of your stay if there are no damages.

Changeover Day:
Normally Saturday, but during quiet periods there will be more flexibility. Three day breaks in the off-season in particular. Check in time is @ 3.30 pm. Check out by 11.00pm

Notes on prices:
We will send you a booking form to your email within 24 hours once you have confirmed your booking. Please download the attachment, cut and paste to your chosen word tool, complete and return the booking form via email to us within 5 days. Note that your deposit should be paid within 5 days in order for us to hold the booking for you. Banking details are on the booking form. Off-season short breaks are available from 27th Sept to 19th Sept and between 3rd Jan and 23rd May.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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