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Detached Lakeside Stone Cottage Set In Rural Countryside

Overview

Property

Updated: 21-Nov-2016
Cottage in La Doree, Mayenne, Pays de la Loire, France - Peaceful Lakeside Location, Beautiful Country Side Views, Close To Boarders Of Normandy & Brittany

La Blanchardiere is situated just outside the village of La Doree. A pretty cottage next to your very own private lake, set in two acres of land, with lovely country side views to enjoy, wander around soaking up the peace and tranquility, and maybe try a bit of fishing. Relax in your own garden area and maybe eat out side and enjoy a drink while watching the sun set. Along with a warm welcome you will also recieve a welcome pack of goodies to see you through your first evening, including a bottle of wine, cheese, baguette, tea & coffee & sugar, on stays of 7 days or more. Nearest town is Fougerolles-du-Plessis, 3km away, with bars, restaurant, post office, banks & supermarket. St Hilaire du Harcouet, 19km away, has a lively wednesday morning market, one of the best in the area, numerous bar's & cafe's, shopping, infact everything you would expect from a large market town.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Having been in the hospitality trade for many years we decided it was time fir a new challenge! We somehow arrived here in France and haven't looked back! We gave loved country living, passing the time of day when you see someone, whether you know them or not, discovering the delicious and huge variety of wine, cheeses and food, all of which we hope you will enjoy during your visit. We live on site, but totally respect your privacy, but are around for any help or advice you may want. We look forward to welcoming you.

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Speaks English, French

19 Reviews

4.9
based on 19 holidaymaker reviews

West Sussex. UK
5

Chilling with the ducks, dog cat at Sue & Craig's

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking to escape from the headaches of a 9 to 5 lifestyle and in search of peace, quiet, unspoilt countryside and wonderful hosts then La Blanchardiere is a must consider. As soon as you turn off the main road (okay it's a wide lane really) towards the house you immediately notice you are in unspoilt countryside and ahead of you is your home for the next few days, sitting on the side of a small lake. The only problem with this was that I wanted to go and look at the lake, whilst my wife was more interested in where we would be living for our stay. I was straight into relaxation mode closely followed by my wife. First impressions hit the mark straight away – this is a place to chill - and the rest of the week was no different.

The gite is "patrolled" by a local gang called The Ducks, who will be your best mates forever or until you run out of food for them at which point they will waddle off allowing you to find something else for them. And when you get fed up feeding the ducks there are the fish that are grateful for any spare bread you may have.

Then of course there is Cat, who like most cats comes and goes as he pleases with the occasional acrobatic display as he hunts in the nearby fields. But the biggest local is Cassie, Sue & Craig's dog who has a buoy as his favourite ball. Yes a floating water buoy! He too wants to be your holiday mate and will reward you with a sloppy wet doggy lick, but only if you let him. As for our hosts, Sue & Craig, they went out of their way to make us feel of home and share with us any local knowledge they had.

Okay now for the down side- We only got out doing the full touristy bit on one day! Simply because we just kept relaxing by the lake, apart from a few local trips for more wine and cheese. For us it was the perfect break and a great excuse for us to return to do the touring at some point in 2017.

The day we did get away from the silence was to Le Mont St Michel which we can thoroughly recommend and can easily fill up a day and into the evening.

Sue & Craig have some great plans for the future and we are looking forward to having to pop over to check out their progress so long as we can have a few site meetings over a glass of wine or two.

Thanks to you both for a truly relaxing break and looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Geoff & Andrea

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your time at La Blanchardiere. It's always good seeing the tranquility taking over our guests as they relax into their holiday. It's means so much to us, that our guests enjoy being here, as much as we do! We shall look forward to welcoming you both back, as will the ducks, who are still wandering round looking for you!
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5

Fabulous French Find!

  • 5 of 5

Sue & Craig offer a beautiful traditional gite in a gloriously peaceful & private setting. The gite is very clean & comfortable with a fab wood burner, gorgeous bedroom & well equiped kitchen - also has great WiFi connection & access to British tv! Note, the gite is all over more spacious than the photo's suggest. The gardens & pond are idyllic. I spent a lot of time walking around the vast grounds & sitting in the garden by the pond with a glass of chilled wine watching the ducks, who are very entertaining & now my new best pals!! Sue & Craig & Cassie are lovely hosts, very friendly & welcoming so much so we'll see them again next year! La Blanchardiere is a very special place, pure bliss!💜 I would certainly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review, it means so much that all our guests have enjoyed their time at La Blanchardiere. Looking forward to seeing you next year!
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5

Magical place

  • 5 of 5

If you want an absolute get away from it all, this is the place. Perfect location, surroundings, a lovely countryside home with perfect hosts who cannot help you enough. We enjoyed everyday watching the ducks and catching fish, we were so relaxed we didn't want to leave! A little piece of heaven on earth, thank you Sue & Craig for sharing this beautiful haven.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review, it is so important to us that you enjoy your stay. You know where we are now if you fancy another relaxing break away from it all !! Hopefully we will see you both again.
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Somercotes Derbyshire
5

Another lovely week

  • 5 of 5

Another great week with Sue and Craig. This is our third time here and was as lovely as the first. The cottage is great and so are the hosts. Wonderful way to spend the evening sat by the lake having a bbq and the odd glass of wine, the kingfisher and jays made several appearances, not forgetting the floor show provided by the ducks. There is plenty to do and see in the local area and Sue and Craig are on hand to give plenty of advice. If you're reading this then book it, doubt if you will regret it.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, as always lovely seeing you both, it nears a lot to us that you enjoyed your third stay as much as the first, fingers crossed we will see you fir your fourth visit!!
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5

Great place for a relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

Cottage was well furnished and in a great location next to lake . Hosts Sue and Craig were really friendly and helpful with local knowledge and suggestions were to visit or eat. We will certainly return here for a holiday

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, so pleased you enjoyed your stay, look forward to welcoming you both back!
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5

Sleepy Hollow!

  • 5 of 5

What a fabulous little place. It nestles near the top of a small valley in it's own secluded little hollow, quite literally in the middle of nowhere. You won't hear any traffic noise, just birdsong, (and ducks!). The cottage is cosy, with a decent bathroom & a good sized bedroom, (if you're not too mobile the stairs could be a bit tricky). We spent two weeks in blissful peace and quiet, in the company of woodpeckers, kingfishers, herons, jays, kestrels, buzzards, ducks, and a deer, and the fishing is good as well. Would we go back?.. YES!!. Everything about the place, including Sue and Craig, made it a teriffic holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you both had a relaxing time at La Blanchardière, it's always good hearing that guests have enjoyed being here, as much as we do! We love seeing our guests getting more and more relaxed as their stay goes on! Now you have discovered us, if you are in our area you know where to come, would be lovely to have you both here again! Thank you for your lovely review, hopefully we'll see you again! Sue and Craig
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Location

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

Nearest beaches around 40 km

Travel:

The travel time from Caen is approx 1hr 45 mins via A84, exiting at junction33.

The travel time from St.Malo is approx 1hr 15 mins via the N176

The travel time from La Harve is approx 2hrs 30mins (using toll roads, approx 9 euro).

The travel time from Cherbourg is approx 2 hrs

Distances:

Gorron 14km

Ernee 18km - large market on Tuesday morning

St Hilaire du Harcouet 19km-large market on Wednesday morning

Fourgeres 24km

Mayenne 36km

Rennes 50km

Vitre 51km

Mont St Michel 54km

Laval 57km

St Malo 95km

Further Details:

We are situated very close to the boarders of Brittany & Normandy which gives you easy access to numerous places of interest. The D-Day Landing beaches are always a worth while visit, including the American War Cemetary. Bayeux with it's world famous tapestry, charming town, Commenwealth War Cemetry and Cathedral. Le Mont St. Michel is a stunning place to visit, endless photo oppourtunities! Fougere has an amazing thousand year old history, beautiful buildings, pretty village square with bar's and cafe's. Vitre is full of charming half timbered buildings, good shopping, and eating. St Malo is a beautiful harbour area, with fantastic seafood restaurants and unique shops inside it's ancient walls, pass some time watching the street performers. So many places to see and things to do, the only limit is having enough time.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Rate 14
29 Oct 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
£111
for 3 nights
£260
 
 
Rate 15
7 Jan 2017 - 13 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
£103
for 3 nights
£240
 
 
Rate 16
14 Jan 2017 - 3 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
£111
for 3 nights
£260
 
 
1
4 Mar 2017 - 17 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
£111
for 3 nights
£260
 
 
2
18 Mar 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£275
for 7 nights
£275
 
 
3
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£280
for 7 nights
£280
 
 
4
27 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£290
for 7 nights
£290
 
 
4
24 Jun 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£300
for 7 nights
£300
 
 
5
9 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£275
for 7 nights
£275
 
 
6
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£270
for 7 nights
£270
 
 
7
28 Oct 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£114
for 3 nights
£265
 
 
8
6 Jan 2018 - 12 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£107
for 3 nights
£250
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A £50 non refundable deposit is required to secure your booking, the balance is due 6 weeks prior to your holiday. Payments by bank transfer .A £50 refundable breakages/cleanliness deposit payable on arrival, we do not charge a cleaning fee but we do ask that your cottage is left clean and tidy.The welcome pack of goodies, a bottle of wine, cheese, baguette, tea, coffee & sugar is only available on stays of 7 nights or more.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday, but if we can be flexible, depending on bookings around your required dates, we will try to accomodate.
Cottage available from 2pm on the first day and we require you to vacate by 11am on your last day.
During the colder months we provide a basket of logs for the log burner(this should last for you first day). More wood is available on request at cost price or you can order a weeks wood in advance. Payment for this wood is on arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Facilities

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Romantic

General

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

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Suitability

  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • lake
  • rural

Attractions

  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom, with bath, wc, seperate shower unit, sink vanity unit, shaving point and heated towel rail. We do supply complimentary soaps, shower gel and shampoo.

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom with double bed, with bedside cabinets and baby cot available, exposed oak beams, clothes hanging area, chest of drawers, hair dryer, small heater, big electric floor standing fan.

Outside

  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Your cottage is non-smoking. Outside: Set in around 2 acres of countryside, feel free to wander where ever you want, although you do have your own private garden area. We do have free range chickens and ducks that are looking forward to meeting you! Patio table with 4 chairs, gas BBQ, all there for your use and fishing equipment is available on request. Cleaning / Towels / Linen Bed linen and towels are included. If your stay is longer than 7 days we will arrange a convenient time to change bed linen and towels with you. All cleaning materials, toilets rolls are provided. Other: Cosy entrance area, to deposit your muddy boots after those lovely country walks, has a book and DVD library for your use, plus lots of information on things to do and places to visit during your stay.

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