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Restored Farmhouse In Beautiful And Tranquil Country Setting



Updated: 26-Oct-2016
Farmhouse near Saint-Thomas-de-Courceriers, La Mayenne, Pays de la Loire - A Very Comfortable Home Within Easy Reach Of Western France's Most Desirable Destinations

If you are interested in La Goupillère please visit our own website at http://www.goupillere.eu to fully appreciate it and also to find a wealth of information about the property and the area in general. We are very proud of our "premium" four épis rating from Gîtes de France, one of a very few four épis properties in the whole of La Mayenne and indeed France!

La Goupillère is in the north-east of La Mayenne, part of the region of Pays de la Loire, just south of Normandy and east of Brittany. It is easily accessed from any of the Channel ports and is four hours drive from Calais and the Eurotunnel terminal and two hours from Caen. It is designed to sleep up to six people in comfort but, should you have additional children, could accommodate eight people as there is a large mezzanine that can be used as a bedroom for younger folk. In addition, a cot is available upon request, normally in the large master bedroom..

La Goupillère is not really a gîte in the traditional sense - it's a very well appointed and spacious country house, an old restored farmhouse and although we live nearby, and are therefore on hand should you need us, we are not on-site, so you can enjoy your privacy. There are plenty of activities and the area is particularly noted for walking/rambling, cycling, fishing, horse riding, exploring ancient woodland or just driving through the beautiful countryside and forests. There are many small medieval towns that retain their charm and history and nearby lakes with sandy beaches, restaurants, bars and activities.

The link to our own website on Owners Direct is buried away on the tab for "Facilities" near the bottom of the page. Our website has full pricing and availability information and a very comprehensive description of the property, grounds and environs.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We retired early from high-pressure jobs to live in this beautiful part of France. It was the best decision we have ever made.

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Speaks English, French

27 Reviews

based on 27 holidaymaker reviews


our holiday in La Goupilliere

  • 5 of 5

Having just spent a most enjoyable week at La Goupillere ,one adjective

to describe this Gite is "exceptional" !!!!. From the moment we arrived, to be met by our hosts Sally and Peter Marshall with such a warm friendly welcome, we felt totally at home.

The welcome pack awaiting us in the Gite was truly comprehensive to say the least and it included everything we would need for our first meal even two good bottles of wine .... Our host had thought of every detail and it was nice to be able to relax and dine at the Gite without having to go out after the journey.

The Gite itself was perfect, everything was to the highest standard of comfort and cleanliness.

Most evenings whilst dining on the garden patio we .

enjoyed the most wonderful sunsets from across the valley. It was total peace and tranquility.

The surrounding area is beautifully unspoilt with lots of interesting places to visit, numerous restaurants,cafes and bars which are all within a short drive from the Gite as well as a large leisure lake with beach, pedalos, canoes etc

Sally and Peter would always be happy and willing to advise on any of these places.The house contains everything you might need from a set of petanque set to badminton racquets etc...as well as games and cards of all kinks in case of poor weather.

As I enjoy cooking I was very impressed by the kitchen and the cooking implements as well as the high standard of the crockery and glasses etc

All in all we had a memorable holiday and would recommend this Gite to anyone looking for a luxurious house in a beautiful part of France...

We will certainly return next year fora longer holiday.

A definite 5 star Gite..


  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Still fabulous

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to La Goupillere and was just as enjoyable and relaxing as the first! We still love the space and freedom that the gîte offers especially the well equipped kitchen / dining room.

The rest of the downstairs is light, airy and a refreshingly cool place to relax after the day’s heat and exertions (lazing in the garden, sipping wine).

The bedrooms are spacious, comfortable and lent themselves to a good night’s sleep! Both the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms were modern, clean and well equipped, as was the rest of the property – we wanted for nothing!!

Peter and Sally were excellent hosts and ensured that the holiday went without any problems and were always available if anything did arise (although nothing did).

Nothing was too much trouble and their attention to detail was excellent – even down to checking which items we preferred in the substantial ‘Welcome Pack’ they provided!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A perfect 'home from home' holiday farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic 2 weeks staying at La Goupillere - it really did have everything we could need for our party which included 3 young children and grandparents. The house was extremely well equipped (even English TV channels and a paddling pool!) and the Welcome food hamper from the hosts Peter and Sally was a real treat, ensuring we didn't have to go to the shops until the day after we'd arrived. The enclosed patio/garden area was good to allow our small children to play safely, and have many meals outside, whilst the large garden with sheep over the fence provided lots of space to run around and entertainment. There is a good amount to do and visit in the local area from lakes and forests, to historic Roman Villages and traditional French towns. We would thoroughly recommend a holiday here and had a wonderful time.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic House

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful holiday here. The house was very well equipped and beautifully clean, unlike some places we've stayed. Our boys loved the outdoor space and spent hours riding around on their bikes. The owners were helpful without being intrusive and the welcome pack was fantastic. There was lots to do in the area but in the end we spent more time than planned at the house because it was just so tranquil and relaxing. We really hope to return at some point in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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beautiful setting and lovely property

  • 5 of 5

the owners were scrupulous in their attention to detail - from directions to La Goupillere, local attractions and, especially, in the comfort the house provides. Everything had been thought of to make for a stress free holiday. We were particularly appreciative of the welcome pack on a Saturday evening. I would recommend La Goupillere to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Simply wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

La Goupillere is a quite brilliant place to stay in a fabulous location. Peter and Sally are perfect, fantastically hospitable hosts for whom nothing is too much trouble. The house and garden exceed even the highest expectations and every detail has been thought of - the extremely generous 'Welcome Pack' just one example. The house is perfectly located for day trips to Le Mans, Saumur on the Loire, Alencon or the many beautiful villages closer by. Peter and Sally's recommendations for markets and restaurants were spot on and we unearthed a few gems of our own. Whether travelling as a couple, a group of friends or a family with children of any age La Goupillere provides amazingly spacious, immaculate accommodation and grounds in a beautiful and peaceful part of rural France. You must go and stay - you won't be disappointed! We will certainly be heading back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We came to live here by accident! We'll tell you the (long) story over a glass of wine, if you like.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Izé at 3 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Ouistreham (Caen) at 140 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Bagnoles-de-l'Orne at 45 Kilometres Nearest Train : Sillé-le-Guillaume at 18 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Izé at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Sillé Plage at 18 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

The property is ideally suited for the Le Mans racetrack 50 km away (31 mls) and its medieval town and cathedral. The route is trouble free and a very pleasant run.

The Loire Valley, with its scenery, châteaux and of course vineyards, where you can buy excellent wine at bargain prices, is less than two hours drive, around 145 km (90 mls).

Wildlife and bird watching tours can be arranged through our friends in a nearby village.

For history lovers, there are many châteaux of varying size and grandeur not far away, plenty of charming medieval towns and the area is steeped in Roman history, nearby Jublains being the capital of the ancient Gallic tribe of the Diablintes, later occupied and settled by the Romans and becoming their regional capital. The remains of the fortress, temple and baths are there for you to explore today and there is a fascinating museum. The museums in the châteaux at Mayenne and Ste Suzanne are also noteworthy, as is the word war II museum at Conlie.


The coast and beaches are about two hours drive away as are the Normandy Beaches where the WWII landings took place.

For swimming, there is a wonderful lake with a sandy man-made beach at Sillé-le-Guillaume, 19 km away (12 miles) and excellent public pools at Villaines- la-Juhel (13 km) and Evron (16 km). The beach at Sillé-le-Guillaume has horse and donkey rides, boat trips and bars and restaurants.

There are many lakes and of course the Mayenne river, all great places to walk or cycle.


A car is essential to reach the property. Once here, it depends on what you want to do! Cycling and walking are local pastimes but it is a rural area so you will need a car if you intend to explore the wider area.

Easily accessed from any of the Channel ports; It is under four hours drive from Calais and the Eurotunnel terminal, three hours from Cherbourg and Dieppe and about two hours from Caen and Le Havre.


The nearest bar/restaurant, general store and boulangerie are in Ize, 3 km away with more bars, restaurants, boulangeries and local supermarkets in Bais, 7 km. Courcite, 8km in the other direction, has a bar/restaurant and an excellent boulangierie. Villaines-la-Juhel, 13 km, is the nearest town of any size and has a wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants and a large supermarket which sells practically everything. Please see our own website for comprehensive details.

Further Details:

Big open countryside, clean fresh air, forests, woods and a big big sky. Climate tends to be like southern England only a bit more extreme - hotter and sunnier in summer and colder in winter. The population density is very low and the roads are empty. There is no crime to speak of, no vandalism and no grafitti. The people are polite and friendly. There are many family-oriented summer and autumn events in the villages and towns, where all are welcome. Two hours is the norm for lunch, which costs about 11€ in one of the many restaurants. You might as well have lunch because most of the shops close between 12 and 2 anyway! Unspoilt is probably the best description, maybe like England was a few decades ago but with better food. It's an easy and pleasant journey from the channel ports and once here it is equally easy and unstressful to get to some of the most famous and desirable places in northwest and western France.

In the immediate vicinity there are plenty of ancient public chemins (footpaths) to explore. Right on your doorstep we have a large meadow with a stream in a valley, reached by a private chemin where you can picnic or walk. The country roads are quiet and traffic free and ideal for walking or cycling. Mont Rochard (7 km), our local "mountain" is heavily wooded, offering beautiful walks and Le Bois du Tay (10 km) is another forested area not far away.

The town of Mayenne is well worth a visit and the newly restored château an absolute must... maybe lunch on a boat on the river? If you like old French towns you will love Sainte-Suzanne, Fresnay-sur-Sarthe, Saint-Léonard-des-Bois, Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei and many more.

One place not to miss is the fortified old Plantagenet cité of Le Mans. The beautiful flying-butress cathedral and medieval houses in their cobbled streets are impressive at any time but especially so in the evenings of July & August when they are illuminated in the most magical display of light, colour and sound.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn & Winter 2016
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
10 night minimum stay
for 10 nights
Christmas & New Year 2016
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
10 night minimum stay
for 10 nights
Winter 2017
7 Jan 2017 - 24 Mar 2017
10 night minimum stay
for 10 nights
Spring 2017
25 Mar 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer 2017
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100
Stay tax £1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
Please contact us by e-mail or telephone and we will respond quickly. In fairness to all, we will reserve the dates you want upon your request to do so. A reservation will become a firm booking once the deposit has been paid, as set out in our T&Cs. Until enquiries are followed up by a positive indication that a booking will be made the property will remain available to whoever reserves first.

Changeover Day:
Bookings are normally from 16:00 Saturday - 10:00 the following Saturday. However please contact us if your requirements differ.

Notes on prices:
The prices quoted on this website are the per-week rate for a stay of two weeks. Please see our own website for full price and payment details (the link is on the "Facilities" tab of this Owners Direct listing, near the bottom of the page, above "Notes"). Owners Direct have changed the way prices are displayed so the rates above may not be accurate for your chosen rental period. Rates for longer periods are less than those for shorter ones. Please contact us before booking. The rates quoted on our own website always take precedence over those quoted here. We offer a discount for couples who require the master bedroom only - see our own website at http://www.goupillere.eu for full details. You may stay for as short a period as you like but minimum rates apply; we have a table of rates for different periods, available on our website. Our preferred payment method is by personal electronic bank transfer. If you wish to pay by credit card or any other method that incurs fees we will, regrettably, have to pass the cost on to you.

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Updated: 26-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

Plenty of space inside and out. Very high quality, comfortable, fully equipped and private. We are very proud of our "premium" four épis rating from Gîtes de France, one of only 15 four épis properties in the whole of La Mayenne and 3,000 in the whole of France out of over 60,000 properties! See the Gîtes de France website (there is an English version) for a full explanation of what this means for you.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


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


  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 185 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Also has double sink vanity unit
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Also has double sink vanity unit
  • Bathroom 1 on ground floor with shower cubicle, separate bath with hand shower attachment, double-sink vanity unit with shaver point and heated towel rail. Separate toilet. Bathroom 2 on 1st floor with shower cubicle, double-sink vanity unit with shaver point unit and integral toilet.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, This large room can easily accommodate a cot if required
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, or set up as 2 x Singles
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed, or set up as 2 x Singles
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) in comfort. Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with kingsize double bed (160 x 200 cm). Two further bedrooms each with kingsize doubles as above or either may be made up with two singles. All have wardrobes, dressing tables, dressing mirrors, bedside tables, bedside lights, black-out blinds, etc. and are cosy and private. A cot is available. In exceptional circumstances we may agree to extra beds on the mezzanine for children (please enquire). All bed linen is high quality Egyptian cotton, professionally laundered and duvets and pillows are non-allergenic luxury micro-fibre. Mattresses are interior sprung and very comfortable.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 3 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Although from the pictures of the outside it can look as though there are a number of properties on the site, everything you see is included in the rental price. There is a lot of space! Our prices throughout the year include all heating costs (oil for the central heating and hot water and wood for the wood burning fire) and you will not be asked for any supplements however much you need or use. We believe this policy is fair to our clients as it allows them to budget exactly what the costs will be without any hidden extras. Outside: There is a paved patio with garden furniture, lighting and a large purpose-built barbeque to the rear. The door is directly from the kitchen and there's also access from the garden. The patio and a stretch of lawn are fenced and secure and are safe for children to be left on their own, subject to your own risk-assessment though. See our own website for pictures. The patio is shaded during the hottest parts of the day, therefore cool in summer but gets the sun in the mornings and evenings. To the front of the house there are permanent benches. Tables, chairs and parasols can be taken from the barn to create an additional sitting or eating area, especially for sun lovers as this faces south. There's a huge courtyard and lots of covered barns for parking or to use as a "party barn", with a barbeque if it rains. There is a large private garden (mainly grass) and nearby private and secluded meadows. We provide a range of garden games for use in the garden, courtyard or barn. Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble dryer, ironing board, iron and drying frame. The machines are housed under a kitchen worktop and there is plenty storage space. Also houses the central heating/hot water boiler and the electrical switch board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: High quality bed linen and towels are provided. Bed linen is professionally laundered and changed weekly. The property will be clean upon your arrival and should be left in a clean condition upon departure. Other: Large mezzanine floor with second dining table/chairs and soft seating. Great for the kids to play games (or getting away from the kids!) Stair gate. Hallways for coats, luggage storage, etc.

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