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Updated: 28-Sep-2016
Two Double Bedroomed Cottage near Lassay-les-Chateaux, Tranquil Hilltop Location Overlooking The Mayenne Valley

La Petite Maison is a beautiful rural two double bedroomed cottage, renovated to a high standard, suited to meet the needs of busy people looking for peace and quiet. Situated within a 200 year old farm, (now non working) and 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 2kms from the historic town of Lassay-les-Chateaux 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 couples and friends seeking walking or cycling holidays in wonderful countryside or alternatively just a relaxing break from modern life!

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Paul and I both had busy lives, too much stress, unhealthy lifestyles and not enough 'together' time. We would longingly watch all those TV programs about changing your life, moving to the country, renovating a dilapidated barn into a designers dream, 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 to go to University 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 with our essential worldly belongings 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 (starting from a baseline of no french at all), Paul is a member of our village council and we teach English to the children in the local school once a week although to be honest I think we learn more French from them than they learn English from us! We have a lovely laid back dog called Barnabé, an inherited cat called Kiki, four egg laying chickies and one big barn still to renovate........maybe one day!

Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a beautiful place you have created in this idyllic part of France. Thank you for making us feel so welcome and attending to our every need - we even had all our 'home' comforts and caught up on films! We hope to come back and see you again! Gillian, Duncan, Andy and Pam, Yorkshire.

Fantastic home from home in the country, the towels and bedding were top quality and we wanted for nothing. Area very quiet and the roads a delight, Bagnoles De L'Orne was amazing - we are sad to leave La Petite Maison, fantastic hosts and accommodation! Helen and Chris, Lancashire.

La Petite Maison was stunning! All the small details and decoration were perfect little touches. The house made a great base for day trips - thank you for your great hospitality. David and Steph, Liverpool.
Sep 2010
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16 Reviews

based on 16 holidaymaker reviews


If you only ever try one !!!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived fashionably late,( By a day due to traffic in England).

I rang Sandra and Paul to let them know, Sandra then suggested she go and buy provisions for us.We eventually arrived to find a well stocked fridge etc and a welcome pack.

On arrival the gite was immaculately presented, exceptionally homely with some touches seldom seen in any other Gite we have experienced. (We've been to lots)

The owners are a bundle of knowledge about the area and local cuisine Try the Restaurant in the town for a true French experience.

The gardens at the Gite are a delight, a credit to the time and effort put in by Sandra and Paul, if you only ever visit one Gite in your Life you would be hard pushed to better this one.

Keep up the great work

Kevin, Gillian, Lauren and John

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A real getaway from it all location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful holiday at La Petite Maison. The cottage was very clean and well equiped with everything you could possibly need. But it was Sandra's attention to detail that turned it from just being another holiday cottage into a real home from home.

Sandra and Paul are extremely helpful and friendly, not intrusive but just good to know they are around should you need help with anything. Not fogetting Benji one of the friendliest dogs we have ever met, (He didn't even bark when we arrived on our first night, but seemed more content just to wag his tail and be petted).

We would certainly hope to return one day and would recommend it highly.

Peter and Margaret

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Outstandingly beautiful - inside and out

  • 5 of 5

This is the second wonderful holiday we have experienced at La Gautrie and we are planning to return again. Beautiful accommodation and surroundings; peaceful and picturesque- you can do and find as much or as little as you wish knowing that you return to a little piece of heaven. Sandra and Paul are wonderful hosts who we can't thank enough for a special holiday. We would have no hesitation in recommending a stay to anyone (but don't tell too many people!)

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful rural tranquility

  • 5 of 5

This was our third visit to this delightful place and it still excites us to arrive for our two week stay. Lovely comfortable accommodation in idyllic setting in the countryside. Delightful private garden for lounging in the sun with BBQ and sunbeds supplied.. All the equipment you need including a terrific log burner for the occasional cooler night and a huge dining table.

Large flat screen tv and wifi. Check out their wine which they supply cheaply, bargain.... also their resident truly free range chickens for tasty fresh eggs.

Wonderful ,restful sleep in comfy beds..Super shower too ! Many great locations to visit nearby such as Lassay with it`s wonderful Chateau, great to sit in the square with a beer or wine or St Suzanne for its medieval atmosphere and castle, or the massive roman amphitheatre and fortress at Jublain.

Paul and Sandra are lovely, warm and welcoming hosts along with their delightful and mega-cool doggie, Barney !.. If you are lucky, you may even see their resident barn owl or the swallows nesting in the cellar.

Can`t recommend too highly and we`ll certainly be back for more of the same....Enjoy !.... Thank you Sandra and Paul, a bientot, Rob, Jean and Max

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfectly peaceful!

  • 5 of 5

It doesn't get much better than this! Lovely location, gorgeous garden, perfect peace and quiet. The house really is home from home, very comfortable and well equipped. Sitting on the steps when its dark, the stars are amazing to see. The local restaurant in Chantringne is a must and Lassay Les Chateaux is a delight to explore. Paul and Sandra are the perfect hosts, we really couldn't ask for better. If we could give it more stars we would.

Shelley & Jake

West Sussex

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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  • 5 of 5

Our second stay at this wonderful place. The fact that so many guests return at least once is a testament to Sandra and Paul's hospitality and this lovely, relaxing location. Our hosts are there if you need them without being at all intrusive. They know the area well and can advise on any trips or things to do. Weather again not great for us but it still didn't spoil our week. We will be back...

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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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 lunchtime 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 Barnabé and a plate of really fresh shellfish.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Rennes at 103 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Lassay-les -Chateaux at 3.5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen at 106 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Bagnoles de l'Orne at 20 Kilometres Nearest Train : Laval at 46 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : N12 at 60 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Chantrigné at 2.5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Mont St Michel at 96 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Le Mans 24 hour Race - 18th and 19th June 2016

Le Mans Classic Car 24hrs - 9th and 10th July 2016. 350 cars representing each decade from 1923 to 1979

Lassay les Chateaux Annual Bastile Day fete Thursday 14th July - live music, vide grenier, and free street entertainment all day!


Normandy Beaches, 2 hrs - must visit for those interested in WWII. Mont-Saint-Michel, 2 hrs - second most visited tourist attraction in France after the Eiffel 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 directly from the shell on the beach (or in a restaurant if preferred!).

How to get here:

By Car

Own transport essential for this countryside location.

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

Ferries - Dover to Calais approx 4 hour drive, mostly motorway. Newhaven to Dieppe 3 hour drive from Dieppe but longer crossing. Portsmouth to either Caen or Le Havre 1hr 40 drive.

Poole to Saint Malo 2hr drive

Plymouth to Saint Malo 2hr drive

Fly plus car hire at the airport

Airports - Direct flights to Dinard (Ryanair from Stanstead) 2hrs from La Gautrie or Rennes 1 hr 45 mins from La Gautrie (Flybe direct flights from Southampton, Southend).

Other Airports: Tours, Nantes, Paris

Train plus Car Hire at the station

Eurostar and SNCF to either Le Mans (1hr 40 mins from La Gautrie) or Laval (45mins from La Gautrie)


2kms from La Petite Maison, Chantrigne is a thriving village with a local shop/post office, mobile local butcher, hairdressers, garage and one of the best local restaurants in the area for real traditional food. Both Lassay 2km and Ambrieres 6km have all of the above with the addition of local weekday markets,, bank with cash point, post office, tourist information office, restaurants and supermarkets. A medical centre, dental practice and vet 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

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
1 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Mid Season
29 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
3 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £133
Pet Fee £22

Booking Notes:

Changeover Day:
Changeover days during the peak summer period (June/July/August) is Saturday to Saturday unless otherwise specified. For shorter or longer breaks outside these times please contact the owner for a price. Check in time after 4pm, check out prior to 10am.

Notes on prices:
For single bedroom occupancy a discount of €50 per week will apply to the prices shown in the pricing table. Logs for the woodburner are included in the rental. La Petite Maison can also be taken in conjunction with the converted 1 bedroom bread oven, Le Vieux Fournil Owners Direct Ref 8044324 for prices and availability.

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From the Owner

We wanted to create a holiday cottage that we would have wanted to stay in when we were on holiday ourselves - 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 restaurants 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 historical attractions, restaurant recommendations (we have everything from Michelin star restaurants to the workers cafe's), information leaflets about outdoor activities such as horse riding, sailing, kayaking etc, along with books on the local area, cycling and walking routes plus trips further afield such as the Normandy Beaches or the Chateaux of the Loire. If you want a taste of real french laid back living Mayenne is the place to do it - we look forward to seeing you soon and welcoming you to stay at La Gautrie! Sandra et Paul

Property Type

  • cottage


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


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


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • 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
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Modern tiled walk in shower with fixed 'rain shower head' and alternative detachable shower fitting - always plenty of hot water available! Electric wall heater for when the weather is cooler, basin, mirror and WC.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2/4 (2 Double Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1-double bed, wardrobe, dressing table and chest of drawers. Bedroom 2 -double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers. Bed linen and towels provided - duvet and 'hotel quality' white cotton linen, feather pillows and quilt. Hairdryers in both rooms.


  • 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: For couples wishing to use only one bedroom a special rate is offered - please see pricing notes. In addition all guests receive a complimentary 'starter pack' which includes milk, T bags, coffee, bread, butter, jam, a bottle of red wine, toilet roll, cleaning materials, washing up liquid, bin bags, foil, olive oil, mixed herbs and s&p. Guests may also take advantage of the DVD library which contains over 400 DVDs which can be borrowed on request. The house is wifi connected. There is a tailor made guidebook detailing the facilities at the cottage and in the local area plus an extensive number of books/pamphlets providing detailed maps and guides for cycling, walking and places of interest. Suitable for couples and friends. The cottage is non-smoking. Dogs are considered on request. The owners Sandra and Paul will be happy to assist with any requests/information. Outside: The cottage has it's own private landscaped fenced garden for the use of guests which can be accessed from the side door of La Petite Maison. The garden is set within 1.8 acres of land, which in itself is surrounded by fields. A natural spring rises at the back of the house which feeds a small stream and open natural pond. A BBQ and deck chairs are provided in addition to outdoor metal dining furniture and sun parasol. In the house there are also picnic rugs and cushions which can be used in the garden or taken out for the day. A picnic bag and freezer blocks are also provided. Utility Room: Self contained storage area provides mop and bucket, broom, vacuum cleaner, ironing board, iron with additional storage for suitcases, coats etc. A washing machine can be found in a seperate shared utility area which also has an additional freezer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided. If the cottage is booked for a second or third week clean laundry is provided. You can also take advantage of our 'Get up and GO!!' service if you just want to leave on the last day without clearing up - ask us for details.

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