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Self Contained One Bedroomed Gite, With Fantastic Views Of Surrounding Countrysi

Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Accomodation in Saint Calais du Desert, Mayenne, Pays de la Loire, France

Our accommodation is adjacent to our house, it is all at ground level therefore easy access with off road parking. We are in a peaceful area of north west France, convenient for the ports of Caen and Le Havre, and rail links. With Calais only 4.5hours away. There are plenty of beautiful sights to see, with activities close by. You can enjoy our spacious garden with furniture to relax on..........

Susan Clarke
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, German
Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2017

About Susan Clarke

I have always wanted to turn my hobby of ceramics into a business, and moving to France, and buying a house with several barns have helped us do this. We enjoy our tranquil life here, and wish to share it with others. We live in such a beautiful area of France, what a change from urban England.

Susan Clarke purchased this barn in 2001

Why Susan Clarke chose Mayenne

We bought here in Mayenne

, as it was close enough to England for a long weekend, which we had plenty of, until moving permanently in 2010.

This is such a lovely area, so calm, definitely rural France at its best.

But close enough to all the ports and rail links.

What makes this barn unique

If you want to get away from the rat race! This is the place to be, once here for only one day, you feel you have been a week, it is so relaxing. We have a large garden to enjoy, and no stairs to climb in the gite. Ideal if you have mobility problems.

Guestbook comments from the owner

See the reviews from previous guests.
Nov 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Saint-Calais-du-Désert in Mayenne

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Children , ask owner
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • town
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom with multi jet shower, wc and basin, with mirror and shaver point. 2 heat settings on the heater.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: The bedroom has a double bed, with plenty of storage space. Hair dryer provided, as is all linen.
  • churches
  • forests
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Outside: There is private parking at the rear of the premises. With a large garden for your use, with garden furniture and BBQ. With charcoal supplied. We also supply a welcome basket which includes, tea , coffee, milk, cheese, bread,butter, Croissants. jam, and of course a bottle of wine to enjoy on your arrival. Utility Room: Use of washing machine and dryer by arrangement. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen are provided, with clean towels available when required, and change of bed linen weekly. The accommodation is cleaned prior to arrival. We ask you to leave it , as you find it, thankyou. Other: We have the tour de france passing just 4 kilometres from here on the 10th July 2015. Please book early. Do not miss this great opportunity!


5/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)

Self Contained One Bedroomed Gite, With Fantastic Views Of Surrounding Countrysi
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
West Midlands

Fantastic Holiday

  • 5 of 5

The Gite is very clean and well equipped with every item you could ever need. We had a wonderful welcome from Sue and Keith with a cup of tea and biscuits on arrival. They explained all we needed to know about the Gite and how to use all the equipment. The area is gorgeous and when in the garden overlooking the countryside the tranquility and views are breathtaking.

Sue and Keith are the kindest people helping us to find places to go and giving us lots of advice. We went to some lovely places that we would not of been aware of. We lunched with them and their extended family and spent a day out in a picturesque village, enjoying ice creams. Also had a barbecue on the night before we left and Sue presented us with a cake for our Anniversary.

We loved every minute of being there, and wished we were still there.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Darren and Fiona, were a lovely couple, we felt they were family. It was a pleasure to meet them, we hope to see them, again. We shall certainly keep in touch, we were pleased to celebrate their 28 th wedding anniversary with them. Thank you for the amazing review that was given. All the best. Sue and Keith x
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Hepworth Holmfirth

Great Place to Rest

  • 5 of 5

We both had a Fab time , enjoying the peace and quiet the Gite was very comfortable and well equipped ... we also had great fun meeting other people calling to take classes at the pottiere that sue runs I also tried my hand at creating a Masterpiece ! Great fun !

Super Time had by both .

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you both enjoyed your stay with us, you were great company in the pottery studio, with a wonderful horse completed, for Margi, and Alan was expert in designing wallpaper. Look forward to seeing you both again soon. All the best Sue and Keith Clarke x
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The warmest hosts, cosy accommodation

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at this easy to find location, to the warmest of welcomes from its hosts Sue & Keith, a glass of red, and a sit in the sun. The location being rural is simply beautiful, peaceful with stunning views over the rolling countryside. Other amenities are available including supermarkets, bars, restaurants etc in the nearby town just a short drive away. Our visit purpose was property hunting, but this location is perfect for exploring the stunning French countryside, in all directions. In our accommodation a lovely welcome gift awaited, with a baguette, croissants, butter, milk, jam, pâté, fresh milk and ground coffee, perfect! The accommodation is lovely, very clean, warm and cosy with exposed stone walls, beams, full of character, but with every mod con to make your stay very comfortable. I won't list all the facilities as you can see those for yourself in the listing, but I cannot imagine there is anything else you would need! There's even plenty of books, magazines and games, along with a TV with full English programming should you wish. If you fancy trying pottery, then Sue runs classes in the most comprehensive workshop I've seen! An important addition for us was the included WiFi, as we were in France house hunting, so we managed to keep in touch with our viewings and arrange others whilst there. Sue and Keith even helped us see some other properties, these two cannot do enough to help you, we were even invited to a lovely meal and shared an evening with them. They are simply the perfect hosts, lovely people and deserve every one of the 5 stars given for this review. Thank you for all of your help, and making our stay with you so comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you David for the review you have given, we were only too happy to help. You were a perfect couple, and we wish you good luck in your search for a house in the area in which we have the fortune of living. We are very fortunate to have found our (dream house) . I am sure you will find yours all the best Sue and Keith x
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
60 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Bagnoles del lorne
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Pre en pail
Nearest Beach
90 Kilometres
St. Malo
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

We can provide a ceramics course in our adjacent studio, with times and courses to suit you. From half day taster to a full weeks course. Just ask for details.


We are 1.5hours from the coast( Caen )traveling by car, with all the Normandy beaches in that area.


We are 1.5 hours from Caen ferry port, 2 hours from Le Havre, 2.5 from Cherbourg, 4.5from Calais with good motorway routes. 2hours from Dinard airport. A car is essential for this area.


Lassay le chateau, is a medieval town of great interest,which is about 30 minutes away by car. Saint Ceneri la Gerie, is named as one if the prettiest villages in France and is only 40 minutes away. Alencon is a market town famed for its lace making, and holds a museum of lace. 25 minutes away by car. Bagnoles del Lorne is 25 minutes away, and has a casino, chocolate shops and many good restaurants.

Further Details:

We are very near to the town of Pre-en-Pail, which has banks, bakery's, a super u supermarket, and weekly market. It has an open air swimming pool, and large pétanque court. 2015 tour de france within 5 minutes from here on 10th July so book early to avoid missing this chance to see the tour!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Saint-Calais-du-Désert, Pays de la Loire

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
24 Jun 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
To book your stay with us, please contact us either by phone or e- mail, with a non returnable deposit of £50-00, with the remainder to be paid 6 weeks before arrival date. Payment can be made by English cheque , or euros, or by bank transfer for ease of use. Please note we are flexible , if you have any question please do not hesitate to contact us. We ask that you leave the accomodation as clean as you find it. Thank you for your co- operation and understanding.

Changeover Day:
We ask you to arrive after 12noon and depart by 10am. Changeover day is Saturday, but can be arranged on a different day if possible.

Notes on prices:
We accept payment in pounds Stirling or euros, which can be paid directly into our account after prior agreement .

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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