La Grande Saulaie
About the home
A romantic retreat for couples or for singles this is a place to chill out and unwind. The Gite comes with a double bedroom with large double bed or two singles, fully stocked kitchenette overlooking fields and woodland. Set in its own private grounds it is brilliant for walkers, bird watchers and cyclists and all nature lovers. Close to the city of Le Mans, you can bath yourself in its Plantagenet history, walk round the quaint old town of Le Mans and visit the cathedral or stroll along the banks of the Loire. Take a dip in one of the many lakes with their sandy beaches, play and picnic areas. Visit the local wine caves or numerous Chateau's.
This is the only gite here so you will have the whole place to yourself.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedroom|
|Nearest beach:||A lake beach, 20km|
|Will consider:||Short breaks|
Nearest amenities: 5km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Internet access, DVD player|
|General:||Central heating, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms:||1 Bedroom, 1 en suite|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 2|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
The Lodge is a converted from an old grain store to a comfortable gite. It has high ceilings and large velux windows making it light and airy. Thick stone walls and many original features such as exposed beams and original brick and stone walls leading to the bedroom and "wet room" style bathroom. Large double bed or two singles on request. It is centrally heated throughout and remains cool in the Summer and warm in the Winter. A calm and comfortable living space updated to a high standard.
Further details outdoors:
Private outside fenced garden with a paved path leading to th front door and gravel parking for a car nect ti the Gite.
stainless steel BBQ and patio set with parasol
sunloungers and tree lined shade.
Access to the fields and woods on the farm.
No smoking inside the gite and please.
If you bring a pet please keep them on a lead when outside the gite.
We can provide breakfast in the Gite on request.
The Loire Valley / Sarthe region
There is plenty to do locally from fishing, horse riding, and swimming in the lakes, boating, and wine tasting. A visit to the "old part" of Le Mans that is full of medieval architecture, with its narrow streets and old houses, not forgetting the Epau Abbey. Shop and meander around the restaurants, pavement cafes, delicatessens, chocolate makers and artistic craft shops including musical instrument makers, book binders etc.
Le Mans race circuit is legendary for its racing events such as the 24 hr and The Le Mans Classic car, not forgetting the motor museum.
Sarthe is a great place for golfing, having some of the most beautiful and natural courses. There are animal parks and gardens, some are in the grounds of a beautiful Chateaux, that are predominant in this region. There's the troglodyte caves in Troo, carved out of the Truffaut lime stone typical of this region. Many floral towns and villages, like Malicorne, the famous pottery town.
We benefit from a micro climate here so we have mostly hot sunny days during the summer months which last until mid November.
The Le Mans / St. Mars D'Outille area
St Mars D'Outille is a small village near the town of Ecommoy and the city of Le Mans. We are on the doorstep to the Foret de Berce noted for its of beautiful oak trees, ideal for outdoor pursuits. St Mars is also well known for its equestrian events, so if your a horse enthusiast this place is a must.
The Chateau de Segrais, in St Mars D~Outille, is a meditation centre run by Kadampa Buddist Monks, who hold regular workshops and courses throughout the year.
There are local markets held in most towns and villages nearby that sell local produce from fresh goats cheese to local honey, fruit in season and of course French bread, or you can go to a local "Brocante" and pick up a bargin. These are held most Sundays and Fete Days, thoughout the Summer months.
How to get there
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The city of Le Mans is 16km from us and is at the centre of several motorway connections: Paris is 205km by the A11, Rouen at 210km via the A28, Rennes at 161km by the A81 and the N12, Nantes at 183km by the A11, Tours at 93km & Bordeaux at 425km par A28 and A10 motorways.
International airports are just 45 minutes’ drive away at Tours (flights by Ryanair), 1hr 20 mins. at Poitiers, 1hr 40 mins. at Rennes & Paris 2hrs.
The Eurostar connects London to Paris in 2hrs15 with high speed trains (TGV) linking Paris to Le Mans in 55mins. The Gare du Mans is the main railway station in Le Mans.
Le Mans new tramway system, built in 2009 - called the metropole, has a park and ride facility that makes getting in and out of the city very easy.
Activities near Le Mans
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
23 Sep 2012
Virginia & Mike have a beautiful property in a secluded area of France. We were made to feel very welcome and they were both attentive to our needs; it's never easy taking a very young child on holiday but nothing seemed to be any trouble for them.
The gite is pretty, it is attached to the rear of the main property which itself is situated in acres of woodland. The accommodation is all on 1 level; on entering the gite there is the kitchen/diner which leads into the lounge area (all open plan)then into a separate bedroom and then finally into a wet room bathroom.
La Grande Saulaie is situated between St Mars and La Grande Luce, the former being a small village which has a lovely restaurant whereas the latter is a town with numerous shops in a typical French square and also boasts an Intermarche with fuel station.
Le Mans is about a 25 minute drive and Tours in the heart of the Loire valley is about 1hr 15mins.
This gite is a good base for the entire region if you don't mind driving as the main arterial route (the A28) is a short drive.
If you intend to take it easy and stay local then Virginia has plenty of local walks ready for you.
The gite is well equipped having everything needed to cater for the week or longer, there are some nice touches such as the equipped BBQ & outdoor seating area, free WiFi and Satellite TV if you need it.
We loved the gite and Virginia and Mike who were the perfect hosts.
02 Sep 2011
In a very pretty and quiet part of France with forest walks literally in the back garden. Ideal for a relaxing break, but you do need to travel to sight see. The owners are very friendly and nothing seem too much trouble for them. English TV and Wifi are an added bonus.
Thanks guys, hope to see you again soon. Great guests.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 3|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|09 July - 10 Sept.||10 Jul 11||11 Sep 11||£ 455||£ 65||£ 65||3 Nights|
|11 Sept. - 05 Nov.||11 Sep 11||6 Nov 11||£ 364||£ 52||£ 52||3 Nights|
|06 Nov. - 17 Dec.||6 Nov 11||17 Dec 11||£ 315||£ 45||£ 45||3 Nights|
|Spring dates||15 Mar 12||18 May 12||£ 364||£ 52||£ 52||3 Nights|
|Spring season||18 May 12||7 Jun 12||£ 406||£ 58||£ 58||3 Nights|
|Le Mans 24hr||7 Jun 12||13 Jun 12||£ 910||£ 130||£ 130||3 Nights|
|Summer season||19 Jul 12||7 Sep 12||£ 490||£ 70||£ 70||1 Night|
|Autumn season||7 Sep 12||16 Nov 12||£ 455||£ 65||£ 65||1 Night|
|winter season||16 Nov 12||17 Mar 13||£ 325||£ 50||£ 50||1 Night|
|spring season||17 Mar 13||16 May 13||£ 360||£ 55||£ 55||1 Night|
|24hr Moto GP||16 May 13||22 May 13||£ 545||£ 95||£ 95||3 Nights|
|early Summer||22 May 13||19 Jun 13||£ 400||£ 60||-||2 Nights|
|Le Mans 24hr||19 Jun 13||27 Jun 13||£ 925||£ 135||£ 135||4 Nights|
|Summer season||27 Jun 13||12 Sep 13||£ 510||£ 75||£ 75||2 Nights|
|Autumn season||12 Sep 13||10 Nov 13||£ 475||£ 70||£ 70||1 Night|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
All inclusive price, this includes all linen, towels and bathroom toiletries
Kitchen essentials such as tea, coffee, jam, sugar, etc.
You can have a continental breakfast brought to your gite ever morning for £10 per person.
£15 for an extra third person over 3 years.
£5.00 a day for a pet.
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