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One Bedroomed Converted Bread Oven - Perfect for two, read our guest reviews!



Updated: 11-Sep-2016
Converted Bread Oven Nr. Lassay-les-Chateaux, Mayenne, Pays de la Loire, France - Set In Beautiful French Countryside

Le Vieux Fournil is a converted bakehouse, still with the original oven opening into the living space, providing that extra piece of interest and history to this wonderfully quirky building. The kitchen and bathroom are housed in the original woodstore and pig sty. The bedroom is converted from the hayloft although now the high ceiling is grandly adorned with its own chandelier! The cottage is located in the region of the Pays de la Loire with its spectacular landscapes in the north and vast vineyards to the south. The house is 2 km’s from the historic town of Lassay-les-Châteaux which boasts one of the finest examples in France of a fortified medieval chateau. The town has many winding streets amongst which can be found examples of medieval living all situated just off the main Market Square where you will find shops, bars and restaurants. This is an ideal base for those seeking walking or cycling holidays in wonderful countryside or alternatively just a relaxing break from city life!

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Paul and I both had busy careers, too much stress and unhealthy lifestyles. We would longingly watch all those TV programs about changing your life, moving to the country, renovating a barn into a designer palace all whilst Kevin McCloud peered into the camera wringing his hands in despair - if only that could be us! In 2007, just as my son left home I found myself made redundant and always one to look on the bright side decided to have some 'me' time. That quickly turned into 'seize the day' mentality so Paul quit his job, we put our furniture in storage, packed our Clio to the roof and set off for France with a map and a gite booked for 7 weeks. Eight years later we are still here and loving the french life! Now we can speak reasonable french, Paul is a member of our village council and we teach English to the children in the school once a week although to be honest I think we learn more French from them than they learn English! We have a lovely laid back dog called Barnabé and one big barn still to renovate....maybe one day!

Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lovely cottage and location, all beautifully presented with real attention to detail. We've loved the cycling and surrounding countryside. Top quality bed linen and an amazing shower! John and Janet, Eastbourne.

We had a lovely relaxing time - this is such a special place! Sandra and Paul have worked really hard to create such a lovely and welcoming refuge to get away from it all - lots of lovely touches. Andy and Fozia, London.

You have created a beautiful and tranquil hideaway - the surrounding country is magnificent and clearly steeped in so much history. We had a superb time, thank you for the attention to detail, it makes a huge difference between a holiday and an unforgettable life experience! Pippa and Taz, Nottingham.

What a heavenly place, charming and captivating in every way! It is the first holiday place which didn't exaggerate how nice it was! Lara and John, Dublin.
Apr 2009
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18 Reviews

based on 18 holidaymaker reviews


Perfect place to escape it all.....

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place to get away from it all, a real home away from home. Paul & Sandra are fantastic hosts who have tried to think of everything to make your stay more comfortable. They even went the extra mile by dropping us into the local village to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary (and offered to pick us up although we decided to walk back to help digest our delicious lunch) and even booked our dog into the local vets to have his worming treatment in time for our journey home.

The private garden was a perfect space for our small dog to run around and a very tranquil setting to relax whilst waiting for the BBQ to warm up and the drinks to chill.

Would recommend for a lovely quiet getaway, whilst being in easy driving distance of loads of fantastic areas in which to explore France.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming traditional gite

  • 5 of 5

Ideal for a couple seeking peace and quiet whilst exploring the beautiful local area. Facilities were first class. The weather wasn't good but knowing we were going back to a snug little gite for the evening and night was some comfort. Paul and Sandra were most helpful for local knowledge and any French language difficulties.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The bread oven was one of the best self catering houses we have seen. It shows what can be done with some modest effort and a lot of artistic flair. Chantrigne was an good centre with an extraordinary restaurant. Paul and Sandra (and Barney) were excellent hosts who clearly know what visitors want. To book for one week and extend our stay for two demonstrates our thoughts about the place and we will certainly be back

  • Review Submitted: Apr 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An ideal base for exploring Mayenne.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay with Sandra and Paul enormously. The Bread Oven was very comfortable, cosy, and beautifully furnished. The kitchen was well equipped and the shower magnificent.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautifully presented

  • 5 of 5

The pictures when booking do not do this property justice, in the flesh this property is stunning and is set in a very quiet area. Far enough away from civilisation to be peaceful but not too far away that you need to travel great distances to see do anything.

The owners live only a very short distance away but you would never know, they are discreet and give you your space but are there if you need anything.

The property has everything you need for self catering but if I had one complaint it would be the unpredictability of the internet, it can take an age to get on just to check Facebook or keep in touch with friends. Whilst it is not a reason to not stay at this beautiful place I think people should know it is not what you get in the UK.

Overall this is a great place to locate whilst visiting other parts of France and I would definitely stay again and have no hesitation in recommending to family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Le Vieux Fournil – No need to look any further, th

  • 5 of 5

We booked Le Vieux Fournil for the week of our 30th wedding anniversary. We’d been looking for something quiet and peaceful without being too remote. We’re glad we chose Le Vieux Fournil because it is truly beautiful. On arrival we were met by Paul and Sandra who made us feel very welcome and showed us our home for the week.

The Cottage is beautiful and the levels of detail and use of stone and material are perfection. The gardens are beautiful and the surrounding fields go on as far as the eye can see.

There are plenty of towns within easy reach and the roads we’re mostly quiet. For a meal out we recommend La Terrasse in Rue des Casino, Bagnoles-de-l’orne (Lamb shank and beef cheeks both very nice).

Paul and Sandra are perfect hosts and made our anniversary very special.

Peter & Jane

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We absolutely fell in love with the area - like a huge Devon but without the people!! Family, friends, eating and socialising are the main focus for everyone here so there's never any hurry and nothing is ever too busy. It's great to just relax, unwind and enjoy the everyday beauty of the surrounding landscape and the abundance of fantastic wildlife. Although we live on a hilltop with great views and are surrounded by fields all our local amenities are just down the road including our favourite restaurant where a five course meal with wine costs just €11.50! In addition the coast is only an hour and a half away for those days when we want some sea air, a run on the beach with the dog and a plate of really fresh shellfish.

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

Season 2015

70th Anniversary WW2 Liberation of France (VE Day) 8th May

Le Mans 24 hour 13/14th June

Tour de France - Stage 7 Livarot to Fougères Friday 10th July passing at the top of our lane (500m from La Gautrie)!!

Lassay les Chateaux Annual Fete Tuesday 14th July - live music, vide grenier, and free street entertainment all day!


Sille-le-Guillaume, 50 mins - lake and artificial beach set in over 3000 ha forest. Normandy Beaches, 2 hrs - must visit for those interested in WWII. Mont-Saint-Michel, 2 hrs - second most visited place in France after the Eifel Tower. Stunning walled port of St Malo and the holiday resort of Dinard, 2 hrs both with fabulous restaurants and shops. Concale, 2hrs - Pretty fishing village, world renowned for its fresh oysters that can be eaten on the beach (or in a restaurant if preferred!).


Own transport essential for this countryside location.

Eurotunnel - Dover to Calais 35 mins. 4 hr drive, mostly motorway.

Ferries - Dover to Calais approx 4 hour drive, mostly motorway. Dover to Boulogne approx 4 hour drive, mostly motorway. Newhaven to Dieppe 3 hours drive from Dieppe but longer crossing. Portsmouth to either Caen or Le Havre 2 hour drive.

Airports - Cheapest - Usually Ryanair to Dinard.

Rennes 1 hr 20 mins hours drive. Dinard, Nantes, Tours 2 hour drive.


2 kms from the cottage, Chantrigné is a thriving village with a local shop, boulangerie, hairdresser, mobile local butcher, pizza van and one of the best local restaurants in the area for real traditional food. Both Lassay Les Chateaux, 2kms and Ambrières, 6kms have all of the above with the addition of local weekday markets, bank with cash point, post office, vets practice, tourist information office, restaurants and supermarkets. A medical centre and dental practice is also located in Lassay.

Further Details:

Within a 30 minute drive. Lassay-les-Châteaux, 5 mins one of the Mayenne Departments six 'Petites Cités de Caractere' with its stunning medieval chateau, winding streets and pretty market square. Mellary Cider Museum, 10 mins, see (and more importantly taste) how traditional cider is made from the apple to the bottle. Ambrières-les-Vallées 10 mins, all year round activities include an equestrian center, sailing, walks/cycle routes of all abilities. Summer months – open air swimming pool, archery, mini golf, kayaking, canoeing, tennis. Mayenne, 20 mins superb Musee du Chateau . Fontaine-Daniel, 20 mins beautifully preserved village set around a lake with a traditional textile mill and fabric outlet. Bagnoles de l'Orne, 20-25 mins spa resort reminiscent of a Swiss mountain village, enjoy the high life at the casino and horse track or maybe just relax at the spa before dining out in the many restaurants in this little piece of café society set in the forest of the Parc de Normandie. Ferté Macé Forest, 25-30 mins lake and artificial beach - many cycling and walking routes plus watersports in the summer.

Within a 1 hour drive. Falaise, 40 mins magnificent castle home of William The Conquerer. Jublains, 40 mins Roman encampment discovered in and around the town , now preserved. Carrouges castle, 50 mins austere but captivating, the castle of is like a summary of history from the 11th to the 20th century. Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei, 50 min described as 'one of the prettiest villages in France'. St Suzanne - Beautiful medieval hilltop village and fortress.

Within a 2 hours drive. Rennes, 1 hr 20. For those looking for sophistication, shopping and culture Rennes has it all. Bayeux, 1hr 50 visit this lovely town of canals and winding streets, visit the museum housing the famous Bayeux Tapestry depicting scenes from the 1066 Battle of Hastings. Anger, 1hr 55 for wine lovers visit the vineyards of the Loire and maybe even tour a chateau before purchasing a case of wine!


Rental rates

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £84
Pet Fee £21

Booking Notes:

Changeover Day:
Changeover day flexible oustide of peak summer months (June/July/August). Arrival after 4pm. Departure by 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices shown are for the property per week in euros. During the summer months bookings are from Saturday to Saturday (June/July/August) unless otherwise specified. For shorter bookings outside this period please contact the owners for a price per night. If the dates you require are unavailable please take a look at our other gite (2 bedrooms Owners Direct ref 8062935) where we offer a discount of €50 for one bedroom occupancy.

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From the Owner

We wanted to create a holiday cottage that we would have wanted to stay in when we went away - big soft pillows, white linen on the bed and a great big shower with lots of hot water, (not just a luke warm trickle whilst crouching in a small smelly cubicle). Most of all a place that could feel like a home not just a holiday let. We also wanted to take the hassle out of trying to find out about local places to visit or eateries that are good value and great food rather than discovering it all on the last day when your holiday is almost over. We have put together a comprehensive book with all the local attractions, restaurant recommendations and information leaflets, along with books on the local area, cycling and walking routes and trips further afield. We look forward to seeing you soon - Sandra, Paul et Barnabé.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...


  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • tennis


  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Large modern shower room with part exposed stone walls. Fixed 8 inch 'rain' shower with alternative detachable shower fitting in tiled walk-in shower space. Electric heated towel rail, basin, shaving mirror and WC.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Upstairs bedroom has stone walls, exposed oak beams, chandelier and wood floor. Double bed with white linen and quilt, dressing table, bedside table and lamps, chest of drawers, clothes hanging facility from beams, suitcase rack and oil filled radiator.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: To ensure that you have the best start to your holiday you will find a complimentary 'starter pack' in the cottage to make sure that there is no need to worry about those essential items on the first night/morning. The 'starter pack' contains, a toilet roll, washing up/cleaning materials, bin bags, aluminium foil, salt & pepper, olive oil, mixed herbs, milk, teabags, coffee, bread, butter, jam and a bottle of red wine. Guests may also take advantage of the DVD library which contains over 400 DVD's which can be borrowed on request. The cottage is Wifi connected but there is also a tailor made guidebook detailing the facilities in the local area plus a number of books/pamphlets providing detailed maps and guides for cycling, walking and places of interest. The cottage is non-smoking. Dogs are considered on request, additional charge €25 per stay. The owners Sandra and Paul live in separate accommodation and will be happy to assist with any requests/information. Outside: Le Vieux Fournil has it's own private garden for the use of guests at the cottage, all set within 1.8 acres of land surrounding the property, which in itself is surrounded by fields. A BBQ is provided with outdoor furniture, two sun loungers, sun parasol, metal dining table and chairs. There are two picnic rugs and cushions in the cottage which can be used in the garden or taken out for the day. A picnic bag and freezer blocks are also provided. Utility Room: Utility room in separate building with washing machine, laundry baskets, pegs mop and broom and additional freezer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bed linen are provided and will be changed weekly if a single booking runs to 2/3 weeks. If you don't want the bother of cleaning up and clearing away on your last day, for a small charge take advantage of our "Get up and GO!!" service.

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