Le Vieux Presbytère
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Manor House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Built in 1720, Le Vieux Presbytère commands pride of place near the village centre. A fantastic venue for a reunion, multi-generation holiday, sabbatical, family holiday or retreat.
Entering the grounds through large gates from the quiet street, there is parking at the front for two to four cars.
More parking at the back. The grounds are enclosed by walls.
The grounds, just less than an acre, have plenty of room to run and play on the grass.
There is a covered barbecue area with table and chairs and a small chapel.
Have fun in the tree house!
Front entrance to house on ground level and on first floor (see photos).
The majestic staircase gives the interior its character. You might feel like you're living in a Jane Austen novel!
On the ground floor, a tiled hall and laundry room.
On the first floor, large salon, with TV and books.
Elegant dining room which seats 10.
Adjoining the dining room is the fully equipped kitchen with oven,stove, microwave, dishwasher, kettle and coffee percolator. Wonderful easterly views up the Erve Valley.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||15 minutes to Sillé Plage, a fresh water lake beac 16 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||8 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Rennes; Paris Charles de Gaulle, Nearest railway: Le Mans TGV, then local train to Evron|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (8), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Pays de la Loire region
This home is located in the rolling, green hills of the Mayenne, which is one of the departments of the Pays de la Loire.
Conveniently located to allow easy visits to the D Day landing sites, and many World War II sites, as well as the Loire Valley with its vineyards and châteaux.
Rich in forests and farm land, there is plenty to do and see in this area.
Or stay at home and relax on the terrace or in the tree house!
Things to do less than 1 hour away:
Évron (8km, 10 mins): Our local town. This is the closest place with supermarkets, open air market (Thursday mornings), petrol stations and other basic shops. There is also an Aquatic Center where you can go swimming and a Benedictine Abbey (Abbey of Notre Dame l'Epine). In September there is an annual meat festival.
Sainte Suzanne (10km, 14 mins): This fortified “Cité médiévale” really is deserving of that old cliché “hidden treasure”. Sainte Suzanne is wonderfully picturesque without being twee. It's well cared for, full of character and very picturesque. Featuring a medieval château perched atop a rocky promontory, gift shops, bar/restaurants and a local brewery.
La Ferté Clairbois: (15 mins) medieval centre with copies of a donjon (a keep), draw bridge, medieval garden and lots of activities depicting the life of a knight in medieval times – including jousting demonstrations, falconry and other performances. Fun for all the family, medieval style!
The Château de Bourgon: (31 kms, 37 mins) An exquisite, privately owned medieval/Renaissance château where you will be treated to a wonderful tour by the owners themselves.
Mayenne: (34 kms, 38 mins),The Château, built in the 11th century has five towers, only one of which has kept its original conical roof. The vaulted rooms and the chapel have 13th century decorations. Once used as a prison, since 2008 it is home to a museum. A fun place to shop and eat.
Grottes de Saulges (27km, 30 min):
Celebrates 100,000 years of inhabitation at this site. Explore the caves, or try your hand at repelling.
Sillé Plage: (16 kms, 24 mins) Man made beach on a large freshwater lake set in an immense forest, this is a great place to spend a sunny afternoon. Suitable for swimming, boating and fishing. Sillé Le Guillaume has a good weekly market on a Wednesday, shops and restaurants.
Lassay les Châteaux (40km, 49min): An impressive medieval chateau featuring a working drawbridge and barbican with neighbouring community lake. The château was built in the 14th and 15th centuries and its fortifications comprise eight massive towers linked by ramparts and a crenellated curtain wall.
Le Mans; (53 kms, 52 minutes) located on the Sarthe River. Traditionally the capital of the province of Maine, it is now the capital of the Sarthe department and the seat of the Roman Catholic diocese of Le Mans. The Plantagenet city centre is spectacular, with it's ancient cathedral commanding pride of place over the city and River Sarthe. Not to be missed in summer (from end of June) are the Nuits des Chimères free light show. This is a spectacular show where animations are projected onto the ancient buildings in 5 locations around the old city centre. Browse from one site to the next at your leisure after dark. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world's oldest active sports car race in endurance, held annually since 1923 , and is considered to be one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world. Commonly known as the Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency, race teams have to balance speed against the cars' ability to run for 24 hours without sustaining mechanical damage to the car and manage the cars' consumables.
Fresnay Sur Sarthe (33km, 30mins): A delightful and beautiful medieval town in Sarthe. The castle up on the hill overlooks the winding river, creating a wonderful vista.
Pré-en-Pail (43km, 54mins): Hiking, Picnicing, Canoeing in the river as well as many other out-door activities with beautiful views from the top of the large hills.
Jublains (22km, 28min): A fantastic example of Gallo-Roman culture. The history of the settlement dates back to the Gaulish tribe, the Diabliantes, later occupied and developed by the Romans. The ruins of Roman baths, a temple, an amphitheatre, and a large fortress remain and are available to be visited, as well as an excellent museum.
Le Musée du Cidre (48km, 57 mins): A Museum preserving equipment and information on traditional production of cider and apple brandy (calvados) that has long been a trademark industry of the region. Visit the museum and then taste the products that are still made right here on the property. Can be visited on the same circuit as Lassay.
Like to cycle or hike? Here's a dream come true! There is no better way to appreciate the beauty of the Mayenne river valley than on a bike, pedalling along the Le Chemin d'halage (tow path). Stretching for 60 miles/100 km, the path is flat and signposted with distances between points of interest, such as chateaux, villages and old watermills. Towns along the way include Mayenne,Laval, Château-Gontier, and (soon), Angers: This newly-renovated bike/horse/walking trail, dissects the Mayenne Departement from north to south as it accompanies the Mayenne river on its journey south.
Laval: (42 kms; 47 mins)The capital of the Mayenne department. Laval was before the French Revolution part of the province of Maine, now split between two departments, Mayenne and Sarthe.
2-3 Hours Away:
Le Mont St Michel (134km, 2hrs):A world-famous island separated from the mainland by the tides. Since the 8th century AD it has been the seat of the Saint-Michel monastery, from which it draws the name. Picturesque views, as well as many small shops and places to eat.
Caen (144km, 2hrs 10mins): This city was the ancient seat of power for the Dukes of Normandy, and it played a central role in the D-day Landings during WWII. Also a major port (Ouistreham) for passengers and cars going to, and arriving from, the UK.
Bayeux (190km 2.5hrs): The centre of the department of Calvados, this city dates back to pre-Roman times. It is the home of the 70 metre long Bayeux tapestry (which chronicals the Norman invasion of England in 1066), as well as a beautiful Gothic cathedral.
The D-day Landing Beaches (2hrs): The sites of the counter-invasion of North-Western Europe by the Allied Forces during WWII. Visit the 360º cinema, at Arromanches, the cemeteries, and the beaches themselves, to learn about the brave soldiers that defended the world from the domination of the Nazi forces. Omaha Beach.
Chartres Cathedral (167km, 2hrs): One of the world's most prominent examples of Medieval Gothic Architecture, the Cathedral at Chartres features beautiful stained glass windows, flying buttresses and has housed the Tunic of The Virgin Mary since 876A.D.
Refuge de l'Arche, Château Gontier, (60km, 1h14): A refuge for wild and domestic animals. In a 40-acre park, The Refuge de l'Arche now houses about 1.500 animals of 150 different species.
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