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Blanc Bonnet

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 6 reviews

Blanc Bonnet with roses

Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

A lovely one bedroomed detached cottage for your private getaway which has been completely renovated with modern kitchen and bathroom but retaining the original features.

Blanc Bonnet, just outside the small village of Vimarcé, is a detached, one bedroom cottage with a completely private and secluded garden surrounded by farmers' fields. The cottage was built in the early nineteenth century in a small hamlet of just five houses. The salon with wood burning stove has the original tomette tile floors and the bedroom with king size bed has French windows leading to the garden, are both spacious.

The cottage has been completely decorated and a new modern and well equipped kitchen and bathroom installed. It is tastefully and comfortably furnished and includes all new crockery and orginal watercolours. The views from the garden towards the Sillé forest are wonderful.

Rental price includes electric heating in all rooms plus a wood burner in the salon, [ there is plenty of wood in the wood store ], hot water and electricity, bathroom towels, duvets, pillows & crisp clean bed linen.

This is a holiday home for walks along miles of traffic-free country lanes or exploring unspoilt villages and small towns.

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Sillé Plage - inland freshwater lake and beaches 5 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Tours 145 km, Nearest railway: Rouessé-Vassé 5 km
Family friendly Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details outdoors

The private garden is completely secluded and has stunning views towards the Sillé forest - part of the Normandie-Maine National Park with 650,000 acres of protected forests, rolling hills and peaceful lakes. It stretches from Lower Normandy to the Pays de la Loire. The forest is just 10 minutes walk away from the cottage, along quiet country lanes.

About this location

The Pays de la Loire region

The Loire Valley is the Garden of France and the Mayenne rightly described as the prettiest département in the Pays de la Loire.

This is big open countryside land with big blue skies and woods and forests to explore along quiet country lanes. The weather is similar to southern England just warmer and longer summers and cooler, shorter winters. The roads are empty and the people friendly, particularly if you make an effoirt to speak in their language, however badly ! Some people have said it's like England as they imagine it 60 years ago, but with better food and drink. It is an area steeped in history and picture-postcard villages.

The local villages and towns offer a variety of cafés and restaurants. Markets take place most days of the week with a huge variety of fresh seasonal products if you wish cook at home in our fully equipped kitchen or barbeque in the garden.

L'Etrier Restaurant [ the stirrup ] is only a few minutes walk from Blanc Bonnet.


Car, bicycles or walking boots are essential. The wonderful man-made Sillé lake is just a walk away along quiet country lanes. It is a inland freshwater lake set in an immense forest of about 3350 hectares - the forest which can be seen clearly from the garden of Blanc Bonnet. Indeed from the cottage into the forest along quiet footpaths and country lanes is a delightful walk of about 15 minutes. There are large sandy beaches where you can have a cool drink or a meal, you can hire a pedalboat or canoe, fish, swim or sail. Cycles are available for hire by the hour, the morning or the day at Sillé beach and there are about a dozen cycle routes ranging from 3km to 26. Or simply go for a quiet walk in this lovely national park. Horse riding is also very popular here.

There are numerous small towns and villages all worth visiting. Larger towns include Evron with its impressive medieval basilica, and Le Mans, about 40 minutes drive with tiny cobbled streets, stunning cathedral and craftsmen working in front of visitors as well as the famous car racing.

The Alpes Mancelles , about 20 minutes drive is an area of outstanding beauty renowned for many walking and cycling routes along with canoeing on the beautiful river Sarthe.

There are must visit villages like St Céneri le Gérai and the town of Fresnay-sur-Sarthe as well as St Suzanne, a medieval masterpiece perched high towering over the area, with antique shops and restaurants.

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Review 1-6 of 6

29 Jun 2014



A very cute gite in very rural france. A true escapism away from the rat race. The cottage is lovely with all you need although if you want amenities close by and wifi this place is not for you, howev… More

6 Oct 2013


"Rural French Idyll"

If your idea of a French getaway is peaceful, green countryside with a smattering of medieval towns & villages, then look no further !The cottage does not disappoint, it's tastefully decorated an… More

15 Jun 2013


"a great location for a peaceful getaway"

What an amzing location for a holiday home - it was so peaceful and the secluded garden looked right over fields to rolling hillsThe place was even better than it looked in the photos as they do not g… More

15 Apr 2013


"Lovely rural retreat"

Blanc Bonnet is the perfect rural peaceful retreat, which is full of character. Located just outside a small village with lovely scenery on the doorstep and great access to other local places of interest, including beautiful villages and towns. We enjoyed days out sightseeing, walking and relaxing evenings in front of the log burning fire. The garden is secluded and enclosed with lovely countryside views.

The owners are helpful, attentive and extremely welcoming, however not invasive. We stayed with our small dog who was also made very welcome. I would have no hesitation in recommending this property to anyone who is looking for a rural french getaway.

2 Oct 2012


"Comfortable, peaceful and relaxing."

Just returned from a week at Blanc Bonnet. It was a last minute booking for a get away from it all vacation. The area is beautiful with walks on the doorstep, picturesque villages and a village restau… More

9 Sep 2012


"The perfect french getaway"

Blanc Bonnet is the perfect place for a peaceful retreat. The accomodation is in excellent condition, is spacious and is full of character. My partner and I really felt that we were staying in a home away from home which meant that as soon as we arrived we instantly relaxed.

It's location is just superb, with stuning scenery on your doorstep and great access to some of the most delightful places in this region of France. We enjoyed going for walks, biking, relaxing in the garden and at the beach down at the lake and visiting some really beautiful french villages and towns - all within really close proximity to Blanc Bonnet.

The owners are extremley welcoming, helpful and provided some really great recommendations of what to see and do. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a that charming french getaway.

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  • 2 Years listed

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Calendar last updated:23 Feb 2015

Based in France

Languages spoken
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  • French
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