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Fir tree lined path to gite

Gite | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

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 bedrooms
Nearest beach A lake beach 20 km
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Tours 80 km, Nearest railway: Le Mans 18 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access
General Central heating, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking
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.

Further details

No smoking inside the gite please.

Pets welcome if they are chicken friendly..

We can provide breakfast in the Gite on requested.

Washing and ironing for a small fee.

The Loire Valley 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.

Le Mans

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.

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Review 1-7 of 7

31 Aug 2014



We have just returned from a week's stay at La Grande Saulaie and are already planning a return visit next year. It is a perfect location if you want tranquility yet within in easy reach to visit… More

18 Oct 2013


"Relax and enjoy"

After travelling for nearly 5 weeks my wife and I needed a break. We chose this gite because of the reviews and were not disappointed. The hosts made us feel very welcome. They had excess eggs and tom… More

7 Aug 2013


"Perfect mini gite and lovely owners."

Fantastic stop off point en route to the south. Great for a couple with a baby. Clean, well equipped gite and tastefully styled with its own outdoor space with a bbq. It is attached to the owners farmhouse who are helpful and welcoming. We had wine and hens' eggs provided for us on our first night. We highly recommend this property.

Glad you enjoyed your stay with us we loved having you. Lovely family!

16 Jul 2013


"Wonderfully peaceful location to recharge your batteries!"

The gite was spotlessly clean and had all the main facilities we wanted. A wonderful welcome pack was provided which made us feel very welcome indeed. Virginia and Mike (as well as Molly, Eric and Ernie) are excellent hosts and ensure that your holiday is peaceful and relaxing. We would definitely recommend this as a "get away from it all" destination.

So glad you had a great time. We do aim to please and enjoyed your company.
Thank you Virginia

21 May 2013


"Absolute perfection !"

Having just returned from our first ever Gite experience, we would rush back tomorrow - La Grande Saulaie is absolute heaven - the location, the tranquillity, the scenery, the quality of the accommodation....the list goes on. Mike and Virginia were so very welcoming, their attention to detail was faultless and we were left wanting for nothing, they had provided us with every comfort...must say we slept in the most comfortable bed ever ! There is the pretty village of St Mars at only five minutes drive which has shops, fuel and restaurants a plenty to fill needs close by. We booked specifically as we were going to the Le Mans circuit fore the racing, the location of the gite is ideal and will definitely go back there again next year, if not sooner...I hope it remains our secret though !

Gosh what a review! Thank you so much we so enjoyed your company. Thnks again. Virginia

23 Sep 2012


"Serendipity[-]; tranquility...."

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.

So glad you liked it here and had a good time. Thank you best wishes Virginia

2 Sep 2011


"Immaculately presented gite, owned by really welcoming couple"

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.

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  • 3 Years listed

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Calendar last updated:14 Sep 2014

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