A gem of a holiday retreat in an undiscovered area.
My wife and I stayed in 'Meadow View' in October for a week. We had a delightful time enjoying the cosiness of the gite and the wonderful hospitality of the owners Yvette and George. The gite itself had everything we needed for a very comfortable stay - the well equipped kitchen, spacious lounge and the bathroom with a brand new shower (most welcome after a long day's cycling).
Yvette and George couldn't do enough for us - they made very helpful suggestions on places to visit (whatever the weather) and fantastic places to eat. They told us about good routes for cycling, local walks and nearby places of interest such as the cider museum in nearby Lassay and the motor museum in Le Mans. One of their recommendations was the restaurant 'Au Saint-Aignan' which was an easy 30 minute cycle ride from the gite along quiet country lanes. We had a fantastic lunch from the prix fixe menu (10.50 euros) including wine. All the desserts are made by Thierry and are really delicious! Another great suggestion we tried for a relaxing Sunday lunch was La Potiniere du lac in Bagnoles de l'Orne. Bagnoles de l'Orne (a spa town) is a great place for wandering around following a meal and picking up some gifts to take home.
The gite is in a really undiscovered part of France and if you want peace and tranquillity, good food and wonderful scenery, it is hard to beat in our experience. The gite is in a beautiful setting with lots of space and views over green, rolling countryside to nearby villages. We had a special experience on one of our walks where we looked into an old derelict barn and were greeted by an enormous barn owl swooping down from the rafters! Again, it was Yvette and George who said that we might find the owl there. We will definitely be returning to this gem of a holiday retreat to discover yet more of this wonderful place. …
A Gem of a Gite
A spacious and surprisingly comfortable gite in very good order and spotlessly clean.. Wonderful views from the patio and just great for BBQs..
A real "get away from it all" location with no passing traffic or other noise.
Great country walks.
When there is no cloud, the night sky is just breathtaking.
The owners George and Yvette were always on hand to make our stay as enjoyable as possible and we will certainly be returning …
Gorgeous gite, lovely location, welcoming hosts
I'd never stayed at a gite before having a baby, so wasn't sure what to expect. I was thinking country cottage, peace and quiet, pretty countryside, a place to relax. And Honeysuckle Cottage has all of that in bucketloads - it's set in the middle of the tranquil Normandy countryside, with gorgeous views across the fields, a great big garden to relax in and some excellent country walks round the neighbouring villages. The local towns are fab too - places like Bagnoles De L'Orne, Domfront and Alencon are historical, beautiful and stuffed with things to do.
But it also has something more special - it's like a home away from home. The gite itself is really lovely, with a kitchen, pretty living and dining areas and good sized bedrooms. The owners, a British couple, were so welcoming and lovely, researching and recommending places to visit, laying on bikes so we could look around the area, taking the time to say hello every day and sorting out a couple of small issues (e.g. a sticky window lock) efficiently.
My husband is a cyclist and got very excited about the cycling terrain around the gite - next time, we're taking bikes!
All in all, highly recommended. …