La Grande Salle Verte
Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Our wheel-chair and child friendly gite (La Petite Maison) gite is double-glazed, heated and insulated throughout so it is as cosy in winter as it is in summer
It has a ground floor double bedroom, large wetroom, and kitchen/sitting room with a twin bedded room upstairs.
Smoke detectors, emergency lighting and pull cords are fitted.
(note; Beds are standard height, as are kitchen worktops but with a low level oven.)
Automatic lighting is fitted in the wet room and hallways, and on outside pathways.
2 electric disabled scooters are available, free of charge to borrow, as are 2 travel cots, high-chair and playpen.
The 1 acre grounds are shared with the owners and contain a 6 metre swimming pool, with raised decking and sun-beds, solar shower, outside toilet, a large fenced play area with swings, large trampoline, sandpit etc, lawn and orchard with hens, goats, ducks and rabbits. Everyone is welcome to collect the eggs (fresh eggs for breakfast?) and feed the animals.
We are on the edge of the small, friendly village of Carelles, about 200 yards from the bar/shop/restaurant and church, but quietly situated adjoining hayfields and oaks and sweet chestnut trees
.NEW FOR 2014, WI-FI, covered play area with full-size table tennis table, table football, boules pitch and upgraded secure play area.
NEW FOR 2015, 2 person traditional gite 'Le Four a Pain' , (wood burner and super-king size bed, private courtyard with country views)
An ideal location for walking, fishing, cycling or sightseeing
Historic Fougeres, Domfront and Mayenne are close by to explore and we are always on hand to answer questions or give any help we can, to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Fougeres man-made beach, 20 mins by car|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||7 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Rennes (1hr 10 mins), Dinard (1hr 30mins), Nearest railway: Laval (45mins)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
The Loire Valley region
Carelles is part of the Mayenne region of the Loire, and is a beautiful area to visit.
It is full of pretty villages, lakes, streams, rivers, fields and of course the picturesque Mediaeval towns and Chateaux of Mayenne, Fougeres, Domfront, Vitre, all in easy reach by car.
Fougeres has a large Saturday market, a Land Train, a beautiful Chateau, a man-made sandy beach where you can swim or lead your children round the woods on a Shetland pony and a new outdoor/indoor pool with slides, fountains and wave machine, while Laval has a Golf Course, a railway station and a lively shopping centre.
Mont St Michel is about an hour's drive away, and well worth a visit (and the sea-food, crepes and galettes are delicious).
Le Mans (famous for the 24hour races) has an enchanting Mediaeval town just over an hour away and makes a memorable day trip.
Pontmain (less than half an hour away) is where the Virgin Mary appeared to some local children and is one of the greatest pilgrimage sites in France.
Nantes is a bit further away, but we had a great time there, (see our web-site blog at ' lagrandesalleverte.com ')
We have Clog museums, Cider museums, art galleries, abbey ruins, Basilicas and gardens to visit.
We could go on, but why not come and discover it for yourself?
Our region of France is usually a few degrees warmer than the South of England, and early Spring and late Autumn are often very mild, making it ideal for off-season breaks.
We live in the countryside on the edge of Carelles village. About 200 yards away is the village itself and the Bar/Restaurant that also acts as the village shop, where you can buy essentials and locally made bread, or have a mid-day meal or just a hot chocolate or a Pastis.
Farming, cider and Calvados make up the way of life around here, and as a result, there are lots of restaurants in the area serving good food (with wine and cider usually included in the price) for around 11 euros
The slow pace of life is what makes a holiday here so relaxing. Walking and cycling is easy because the back roads are so quiet, and fishing is popular with a lake just down the road from us and many more lakes and rivers to choose from.
Children are not forgotten- Fougeres has a large Aqua Centre with flumes and wave-pools, and Gorron has tree-top walks and canoeing.
Autumn is a lovely time to visit, the trees in the quiet lanes are laden with sweet chestnuts, so collect a bag full and roast them on the barbeque! In October, don't forget to visit the pumpkin festival just down the road- there is usually a pig roast, children's games and lots of pumpkin soup and pies to sample! (see our photos at lagrandesalleverte.com)
At Christmas you will be warm and cosy in the cottage, but come outside and visit the Christmas markets, try hot chestnuts, mulled wine and ice-skating at Laval or take a car ride round the beautiful illuminated villages.
And why not pick a few sprigs of mistletoe from the orchard to take back to the cottage with you!
In Spring, the lanes are full of primroses, violets and catkins, you might see baby calves and lambs being born, and birds nesting in the barns!
Our village fete is always the first Sunday in July. Its a fun day for everyone.We have dancers and bands from all over the world and local floats, Miss France and her attendants all going through the village streets, with refreshment tents and sit-down meals, and in the evening a cabaret. The whole village is closed off for the day. It's definitely a day not to be missed!
Summertime is a time to relax and let the world go by. Splash in the outdoor pool, have a leisurely game of petanques, a barbeque or potter down to collect some eggs. If that sounds too quiet for you, try tree-top walking or canoeing in near-by Gorron, or swimming or 10 pin bowling in Fougeres.
Your holiday can be as busy or relaxed as you want - come and see!
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17 Aug 2014
We had a lovely welcome and surprise welcome pack. The gite was well equipped with everything that we needed and more. The bathroom was exceptionally modern and kitchen had absoloutely everything that… More
Thank you for your lovely review. We were so pleased to meet you, and that you had such a good time. We loved introducing the children to the animals, they were so enchanted to walk the goats, stroke the rabbits and hunt for eggs! Please come back again!
16 Aug 2014
"A very warm welcome from lovely hosts in a beautiful part of France."
John and Angela are incredibly warm hosts and made us very welcome, we felt like part of the family. The welcome pack included fresh eggs, home made bread and delightful wine, can't be beaten! Th… More
Thank you for your lovely comments. We loved having you to stay and that you enjoyed riding, basketball and accrobranche with us. You were like part of the family and we miss you, so please come back soon! And thank you for the 'good-bye' gift of wine, too!
25 Apr 2014
"Peaceful surroundings, warm welcome"
Warm welcome including wine, eggs, milk and fresh home made bread. Lovely accommodation set in a peaceful rural setting - just the owner's hens and goats providing the background sounds. Plenty o… More
We are so pleased you had a good time, (and enjoyed the bread!)Fougeres is a lovely town and the Chateau is breath-taking, and, yes, please do comne back, we would love to see you again.
30 Mar 2014
"Just excellent for a quiet and relaxing weekend"
We just wanted to relax for a weekend in an English atmosphere. Our kids (11 and 16) loved it. Playing with the goats, playing games, and practising their English. It was very enjoyable to be guest wi… More
Thank you for your lovely comments. We enjoyed having you stay with us, (most of our guests are English, not French), so it was great to hear that you had such a good time, and enjoyed your 'English experience'!
1 Oct 2013
"Charming rural gite with furry friends!"
My girlfriend and I recently visited Carrelles and stayed for 5 nights in this lovely well-eqipped gite. Our hosts Angela, John and Selina were very friendly and helpful we only wish we could have sa… More
Thank you for your lovely comments. We enjoyed having you and hope you will come back and see us again.
31 Aug 2013
"Fab fortnight in a lovely part of France"
We stayed at La Grande Salle Verte in August 2013 as a party of three including our 14 year old daughter. We had a lovely relaxing holiday and Angela, John and Selina were wonderful hosts. The gite is excellently equipped and our daughter was delighted by her bedroom. She also loved feeding the goats and playing with the chickens, ducks and rabbits.
We had a lovely night at a local ferme auberge - there are plenty of eating places in the region. Our favourite town was Fougeres but there are lots to explore.
Lastly Angela's cooking is really really good - at least as good as dining out - and as John will confirm her Tiramisu is to die for!
Thank you for your lovely review! It was great getting to know you and we are so pleased you really enjoyed your stay.
18 Aug 2013
"Lovely Relaxing Holiday"
We stayed at La Grande Salle Verte in August 2013 as a party of three including our 14 year old daughter. We had a lovely relaxing holiday and Angela, John and Selina were wonderful hosts. The gite … More
Thank you all so much for your lovely comments! We are delighted you had such a good time, we really enjoyed your company and hope to see you again.
4 Aug 2013
"Happy family holiday!"
We stayed in late July with our 5 year old and 10 month old daughters and had a great time. I am a wheelchair user and found the gite and gardens very accessible which made for a relaxed week. The ch… More
We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us, and found everywhere accessible for you. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
15 Jul 2013
"Highly recommended for young families"
We stayed here for a week in July 2013 with our 11 month old daughter and had a great holiday. The gite has all of the amentities a youg family/babies require and it really comes in to its own with th… More
Thankyou fpr your lovely comments, we enjoyed having you stay with us. Please come again!
3 Jul 2013
"Perfect for young families or people requiring level access."
This gite was excellent for our young family of two boys aged 5 and 7, with a large, securely fenced grassy paddock, containing play area with trampoline, zip slide etc, Separate enclosure with chicke… More
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