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Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The cottage (once an old barn) has been recently renovated to a high standard. it provides 2 large double bedrooms with original features, a large bathroom with a roll top bath and a large separate toilet.
The downstairs has an original fireplace with a wood burner and original beams, providing a comfortable seating lounge for relaxing with leather reclining sofa and chair. A LCD television, playstation and surround sound DVD player
The modern kitchen has a four burner gas hob, multifunction electric oven, microwave, kettle, coffee machine, toaster, washing machine and all cooking equipment.
The cottage has a private outside eating area, with picnic table, chairs, BBQ and ample secure parking, also a large childrens play area and large terrace.(shared with owners) set within 5 acres.There is plenty of room to run about.
There are outside lights and electricity sockets enabling guests to benefit from the outside space.
Local supermarket is just 10 mins drive , and the local saturday market is in Fesnay sur Sarthe which is 10 mins drive.
Welcome pack on arrival. (Wine, cheese, baguette )
BED and BREAKFAST offered at good rates.. please enquire
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Sille de Guilluame (man made) or Caen 25 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Deauville 180 km, Nearest railway: Alencon 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
Extra mattress available.
Sleeps max 6
Smoking permitted outside
A selection of family DVD's and books along with some family board games are available
wi fi available free
A travel cot and a high chair is available
Baby walker and a selection of toys
Linen and towels are included.
Washing machine , inside clothes dryer and outside rotary washing line are provided.
Traditional wood burner and electric thermostatically controlled heaters. (fuel at no extra charge)
Heated towel radiators in both the toilet and bathroom.
|Further details outdoors|
Gated secure property set within 5 acres of beautiful countryside. ideal for walkers, and children.
English owners live on site.
We have a very friendly golden retriever, 3 affectionate cats, a loving rabbit and 4 hungry chickens.
Garden shared with owners and separate private garden
Baby sitting available
Childrens pool available june/july/ aug. (4m dia and 0.75m deep)
We also have a selection of bouncy castles for the children to play on, weather permitting.
Football goal, 14ft trampoline with enclosure, swings, slide and pool.
-A refundable £100 (or equivilant in euros) breakages deposit is required either prior to or on arrival of visit.
-All damages to be notified immediately,
-20% deposit required to secure booking then full payment to be made 8 weeks prior to arrival
-Payments accepted by cheque french/british - euros,sterling, paypal or bank transfer.
-All balances to be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the holiday.
-All prices include elec/laundry/wood/no hidden costs
-Weekends and short breaks available- please enquire
The Loire Valley region
Often referred to as 'Garden of France' the Loire Valley is a colourful tapestry of vineyards, flowers and rolling green hills dotted with hundreds of castles and chateaux.
Whilst on holiday in the Loire Valley, marvel at the famous medieval cathedral of Chartres or Chambord, the largest of the Loire Valley castles. Historic cities such as Orleans, Bourges and Tours have much to tempt holiday visitors, as does the regional cuisine that makes the most of the rich farm fresh produce.
Le Mans race circuit is legendary for its racing events such as the 24 hr race and The Le Mans Classic car race, not forgetting the 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 the grounds of the most beautiful Chateaux that are predominant in this region
The Alpes Mancelles
Alencon town centre (10 mins drive) which is famous for "Lace making" and its stunning "Notre Dame"cathderal is a pretty market town with lots of good eating places,shops,brocantes and museums.There is an indoor/outdoor swimming pool and a lovely park which has animals and a play area it also hosts weekly events throughout the summer.
The Alpes Mancelles is only 10 min drive and has the most incredible views of the countryside together with some of the most prettiest villages in france.
Bangnoles de l"orne has a beautiful chateau and casino.
The Harras du Pin is the national stud farm and is only 40min drive where you will see spectacular dancing horse events on throughout the summer.
If you prefer a bit more excitement Le Mans which is famous for its 24hr motor racing, is nearby and very accessible by train or car with the added attraction of an adventure park Pappea (with a very good water park)
Eurodisney is only 1 hr 30min away by the fast TGV train, and 21/2 hrs by car
Cocco Plage (a man made beach) is situated in Sille de Guilliume which is about 25 mins drive and is a very good alternative to a real beach with watersport activities, a bar and restaurant, play area and unlimited FREE parking, boat hire, pedalos, crazy golf horse riding and fishing. There is a train ride available to take you around the lake if you prefer a change from walking, and the forest is ideal for walking and cycling.
Fresnay sur Sarthe(10 mins) has a traditional weekly market and medieval ruins offering an excellent view of the town . An outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts are also available at Fresnay sur Sarthe.
The village of Gesnes Le Gandelin itself, is within easy walking distance, it offers a bar/restaurant (open daily serving coffees, alcoholic beverages and good local food), a boulangerie, a post office, hairdressers,a play park, a grass area for playing and picnicing along with an area especially made for playing the famous french game of Boule.
One of Frances' top zoos at Parc Zoologique de La Fleche, is definitely worth a visit. The park is ideal for a family day out with cafes and attractive riverside setting. Over 1,200 animals from all over the world can be observed in their natural surroundings from polar bears underwater to elephants in the African savannah.
See tigers, Chinese pandas and more. The zoo is known for its amazing shows with sea-lions, parrots, and falconry displays on horseback. Open daily all year and only approximately 45 mins drive just outside Le Mans.
St Leonard des Bois is only 10 mins drive away, and offers lots of outdoor activities, including horse riding, water sports, for the adventurous- an 'in the trees ' adventure park, along with a very pretty trail walk to see some of the most prettiest views and animals. You can also find a selction of traditional bars and restaurants.
St-Ceneri-le-Gerei (6km) is found in the Orne department of Normandy to the south-west of Alencon.
A very pretty village in a lovely wooded setting on a bend in the River Sarthe in the heart of southern Normandy, Saint Ceneri is classified as a 'most beautiful village of France'.
The village is very popular with artists, drawn by the unspoiled character of the village and several artists have established galleries and workshops here.
There are some pretty houses along the river banks - the two banks are joined by an old bridge.
The village has an attractive 11th century romanesque style church, with some notable frescoes, and pretty views down the river valley. There is also a very little 15th century chapel.
Nearby the Gardens at La Mansoniere are also recommended, with several different 'garden rooms' to be explored.
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21 Jul 2014
"Well equipped and comfortable, a quiet and friendly atmosphere."
A comfortable base for exploring a lovely backwater, a great place to stay either before or after visiting the circuit at Le Mans. A restfull stay with many towns and villages nearby.
16 Jun 2014
Just returned from a wonderful 2 week holiday staying here. We couldn't ask for anything better. Home away from home! Starting from the yummy welcome pack to our linen being changed mid stay we couldn't have asked for better accommodation. I would definitely rate this 5 star.
We have 2 young children (5,2) so the garden full of toys was a welcome distraction. Lots to do in the surrounding areas for children. The man made lake/beach at Coco Plage helped in the increasing heat.
We spent the start of our second week at Disneyland Paris. Only a 2 3/4 hour drive and the road system is so much better than here. It was great to get back to the gite for a few days of relaxation before our journey home.
We will definitely return in the future to check up on Nutella the chick and see how Topaz is!
16 Mar 2014
We where made to feel most welcome from the moment we arrived, the accommodation was well presented very clean and maintained to the highest standard, better than many hotels I have stopped in over th… More
12 Aug 2013
"Peaceful haven with"
Arrived on 21st July to be greeted with home grown produce, bread, cheese, wine and chilled lemonade - lovely. You are perfectly located, enjoying the sunny weather of the Loire, and yet not too far … More
5 Aug 2013
We have just returned from one of the most relaxing holiday's ever the owner's Jackie and Tony were great nothing was too much bother for them to make your stay an enjoyable experience. The large, gated and well-equipped property has been extensively and tastefully renovated sits on a quiet road very important if you have children.
We found it an excellent base for exploring the beautiful French countryside discovering many interesting villages and towns seeing the real France.
30 Aug 2012
"Home from home"
I would highly recommend this gite. Jackie and Tony are very welcoming and are on hand for anything you need. The play area for the kids is amazing which meant we could relax a bit especially with the cider we were given! Inside the gite is great and the photos online dont do it justice We will be rebooking here again as we liked it so much. Thanks Jackie and Tony.
28 Aug 2012
"WOW - Where to start?!"
On arrival we were greeted by Jackie, Tony, Harry (& Buddy who soon became Banjo's (our Parson Russel Terrier's best friend!) After a very warm welcome(which included fresh bread, cheese, milk AND wine!) we were left to settle in.
Maison Ensoleillee was a home from home- clean, contemporary & comfortable - high praise indeed from the fussiest person on earth (or so I'm told!) ! We had chosen to mainly eat in the gite and I was happy to find the kitchen very well equipped. As there was a washing machine too I decided to do a daily wash which avoided the post holiday mountain - heaven!! There is an iron and ironing board but I thought ironing a step too far - I was on holiday afterall!
All of the rooms in the gite are spacious. The beds very comfortable, a little too comfortable, as I found my usual 6.30am start now a 10.30 start! Aside from the bed I am sure much was to do with the beautiful, tranquil surroundings. Our late lie in meant that we missed the croissants in the local Boulangerie - but if you are an early riser the bakery is just a short country stroll away.
Maison Ensoleillee is ideally located to visit many beautiful villages & soak up the culture. Alternatively you can take a drive out to many local attractions as mentioned on the web site of Maison Ensoleillee - Zoo La Fleche, Disneyland....
We would definitely stay here again - mainly due to the fact that Jackie & Tony are such lovely people - they make you feel so welcome. They are always on hand if you need any advice on where to go or any other questions youmay have.
20 Jul 2012
"Great family holiday"
We have just returned home having spent almost 2 fantastic weeks at Maison Ensoleillee. It is a truly delightful place to stay and the owners, Jackie and Tony were so helpful - above and beyond the call of duty! We travelled with our 2 young children aged 2 and 5 and both had a brilliant time - great play facilities and they also got to feed the chickens and play with the family pet rabbit! We have come home with some lovely memories. As we were with the children, our holiday centred around keeping them happy and they were! The property is about an hour away from a lovely zoo and also papea parc in Le Mans made for a great day out. There are some lovely villages nearby with nice places to eat and the nearby town of Alencon is just a 10 minute drive away with plenty of shops and restaurants to cater for every need! Have a feeling we will go back - if our 2 girls have anything to do with it we will!
2 Jul 2012
"You simply MUST stay here!!!!"
We had a fantastic time staying at Maison Ensoleillee! The place itself is a converted farm-house which has been restored to an extremely high and modern standard by the owners. It retains all of its original charm and the location is stunning - rolling French countryside and loads of open space! But by far and away the most appealing and memorable aspect to a stay here are the hosts, Tony & Jackie! Very welcoming, helpful and open, they made us feel totally at home. They are also great fun if you want to sit out over the BBQ and share a couple of drinks!! Apart from making our holiday stay 'magnifique', I would now consider T&J as good freinds and cant wait to visit them again. I would have no hesitation in recommending a stay here - you will definitely never forget it!
10 Jun 2012
"Fantastic hosts and wonderful home, would return in a heart beat."
We enjoyed a great three night stay, at the lovely cottage. Jackie, Tony and Family could not be more helpful and welcoming, going above and beyond to help us in anyway they could during our stay. The cottage was well equipped, and a ideal holiday rental.
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