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Peaceful and relaxing Gite With Large Garden And Rural Views

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

A gite for up to six people set in the peace and quiet of rural France, but central for sight seeing

La Godefrere is a lovely and restful holiday gite nestled on the borders of Normandy and the Pays de la Loire, this converted 100 year old farm building has been renovated to a high standard and offers superb accommodation for between 2- 4 (+2) guests. Set in a pretty courtyard at the end of a quiet lane (ideal as a central base for touring) you will find the peace and relaxation you deserve as you enjoy the panoramic views over the beautiful surrounding countryside. There are plenty of opportunities for walking and cycling or water and other sports nearby if you feel energetic! You can also enjoy the varied wildlife around the grounds and enjoy our developing gardens. You can watch our resident little owls who nest in the gite roof and hunt in our garden during daylight hours. We now have our own nature trail with ant experience. Of course you can also sit and relax and sample French food and wine. If you need to stay in touch with the real world we have English and French TV and free Wifi connection.

Graham Parish
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 June, 2018

About Graham Parish

I live at La Godefrere with my wife Kate and two cats, Archie, who came with the house when we bought it in August 2012 and a new addition, Moggie, we also now have three hens and they all keep us amused (we also look after some sheep and lambs). We are both retired and decided to spend our retirement living in France. I'm a keen bird watcher and Kate is a gardener and we both enjoy nice wine and good food. Rural France is a perfect location for all our needs!

Graham Parish purchased this house in 2012

Why Graham Parish chose Couesmes-Vaucé

We wanted to buy a property with plenty of garden and the opportunity to have a gite. The Mayenne/Normandy border is ideal as there is plenty of rural property and the location is not too far from the ferry ports. We are just a mile from a village and live in a small hamlet of 4 properties, but we are also close to some big towns for shopping etc. With 5 acres of land we have all the garden we need and more!

What makes this house unique

La Godefrere is in a beautiful rural location with plenty of land for garden and for wildlife and for getting exercise.It is perfect for peace and quiet and sipping a glass of wine. If you are feeling energetic we have two bikes you can use. There are loads of lovely places to visit. In addition there are lots of birds, foxes, hares, bats and butterflies to see. We have been developing a nature walk around our grounds. Not only do we have a lovely gite to let out but underneath we have developed a games room with pool table and other entertainments. We are happy to share our knowledge of local wildlife. We now have a pair of little owls who nest in the gite roof and can be seen during daylight hours.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A lovely gite in a lovely area, the countryside is wonderful. The Gite was a great place for exploring this beautiful part of France, the Chateau at Fougeres being a particular highlight.(Alan & Dan Martin, Somerset)

The gite is lovely! Fully equipped and provides everything you need. (Stuart & Dot Wilson; Ken & Lynda Freeman, Peterborough)

Beautiful setting and views, very accommodating to fit us in at short notice for our short stay. Friendly and welcoming. (Jon, Laura and Lilly, Southampton)
Oct 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Couesmes-Vaucé in Mayenne

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 1 bathroom with shower, wc and basin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Accessed by two separate staircases from the living room. Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. 2 additional folding single beds or sofa bed available. Each bedroom has an electric heater.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
Notes on accommodation: The gite is accessed by an internal staircase. The gite has lovely views of the surrounding countryside. Guests have use of the 5 acres of grounds and the owners can arrange bat/wildlife watching on site. Outside: 5 acres of grounds to explore with laid out nature path around field and wildlife area. Garden furniture, gas barbecue and games equipment. Birds (garden birds, buzzards, kestrels, sparrowhawk, barn owls, little owl and tawny owls) and other wildlife (foxes, deer and hares) to see. New in 2014 Wood Ant experience! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included Other: Games room. Use of games room with pool table, dart board and other games/equipment.


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Peaceful and relaxing Gite With Large Garden And Rural Views
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 4 reviews

Overall the Gite is very accommodating, well furnished and well provisioned for self catering.

  • 3 of 5

Our overall experience of the Gite is that the facilities are fantastic, however the timber stairs from the games room to the living accommodation are very steep as are the stairs from the living area to the two bedrooms.

The master bedroom (with double bed) is impossible for two people to use due to the sloping roof makes the access to the far side of the bed a difficult process. Much banging of heads.

The timber floors are also very noisy.

Our opinion overall, is this has been as great Gite to live in, visitors need to be aware of the stair issues.

Chris and Alison

Cranfield April 2017

  • Review Submitted: 29-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect Idyll

  • 5 of 5

We arrived quite late at night but still received a friendly welcome. The property was lovely. Quite large and so well equipped. It was in a lovely peaceful location. A lovely garden for enjoying a lovely glass of wine in the evening.

We will definitely consider staying here again on our next stay in Normandy.

Visiting places like Vire and Bagnoles de l'one is a must......but closer to home is Le Pas. About 2km away. Fanfy Tabac is a lovely friendly place to have a coffee with the locals.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prima uitvalsbasis voor fietsers!

  • 5 of 5

Een heerlijk huis waar alles op/aan en in zit dat nodig is. In de omgeving kan heerlijk gefietst worden met keus uit de heuvels, voie-vertes en jaagpaden. Prachtige omgeving! Na een dag fietsen heerlijk ontspannen in de grote tuin, wat een rust. Echt vakantie! Graham en Kate zijn zeer vriendelijk.

Een aanrader!

Ger en Roelfina

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Le Jardin de Froulay
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Caen- Ouistreham
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Mont St Michel


The coast including at Mont St. Michel is 80 kilometres (1 hour 20 minutes) by car. The Normandy beaches near Caen are about 123kms (2 hours by car)


Nearest airports, Rennes (80km) or Dinard (100km). Nearest ports, Caen (100km) or St. Malo (110km). Car recommended. Auto route from Channel Tunnel about 4.5 hours.


St. Fraimbault (Floral Village) 10km (also good restaurant)

Fougeres (Medieval Fortress) 40km

Mayenne (Large town and Castle museum) 20km

Domfront (Medieval Town) 20km

Jublains (Roman village - museum, fort and amphitheatre) 30km

Laval (Large town and good shopping) 35 km

Lassay Les Chateaux 12km (Lovely village with bars, town rose gardens and 2 castles)

Robert Tatin Museum of sculpture Cosse le Vivien 40km (amazing sculptures and lovely garden area). (nice restaurant L'Etoile in Cosse)

Further Details:

Visit Mayenne Tourism for full details of the area

Supermarket in Gorron (16km)

Village of Couesmes Vauce (bar & small shop) 2km

Ambrieres les Vallees - (small town with butchers, bakers, bank & Post Office) 6km

Parc des Loisirs de Vaux (Leisure park with tennis, boats, sailing and horse riding) 10km

Golf at Laval 35km

Les Jardins des Renaudies 17km (Gardens and childrens play area)

Lac du Haute Mayenne 12km (Fishing and sailing)

Le Mans (large city and motor car and bike race track) 110 km


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
By email or telephone to owners.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Friday with lots of flexibility please contact owners.

Notes on prices:
Short breaks available on application to the owners

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.