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18th century elegance in a tranquil village setting

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,229 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house


About the property

Spacious, elegant, self-catering for 10+ with lots of fun things to do.

Built in 1720, Le Vieux Presbytère commands pride of place near the village centre. A fantastic venue for a reunion, multi-generation holiday, sabbatical, family holiday or retreat.

Entering the grounds through large gates from the quiet street, there is parking at the front for two to four cars.

More parking at the back. The grounds are enclosed by walls.

The grounds, just less than an acre, have plenty of room to run and play on the grass.

There is a covered barbecue area with table and chairs, and a small chapel.

Have fun in the tree house.

Front entrance to house on ground level and on first floor (see photos).

The majestic staircase gives the interior its character. You might feel like you're living in a Jane Austen novel!

On the ground floor, a tiled hall and laundry room.

On the first floor, large salon, with TV and books.

Elegant dining room which seats 10.

Adjoining the dining room is the fully equipped kitchen with oven,stove, microwave, dishwasher, kettle and coffee percolator. Wonderful easterly views.

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2017

About The Owner

Jerry and Caroline currently live in California. Drawn to the Mayenne over 20 years ago, they recently vacated their farmhouse 8 miles away from the Presbytère, to establish a retirement income for the future. Caroline, a high school French teacher, loves to paint and draw, and finds the Presbytère an ideal spot for plein air painting. Jerry, a Christian minister, loves to read and collect books. You too will enjoy the peaceful serenity of this home. Let the reading commence!

The Owner purchased this chateau / country house in 2011

Why The Owner chose Mayenne

We fell in love with this area rich in culture and cuisine, over 20 years ago. We have brought our family here during that time, to our farmhouse, but now, as a French teacher, Caroline brings small groups of students here each year. They get a unique perspective on French life. The history alone gives them a wonderful opportunity to expand their horizons. Châteaux, rivers, restaurants, villages of charm, antique shopping.....it's got it all.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

First time visitors to Le Presbytère are usually surprised by its grandeur. Stepping inside is truly like stepping back in history. We feel like quoting from Jane Austen all the time! We often enjoy dressing up in period costume, especially for reunions or parties. The house just seems to ask it of us! The central staircase is one of the features that attracted us most. It's so different from our suburban lives. However, despite the history and period décor, the Presbytère is comfortable for the modern traveler.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Assé-le-Bérenger in Pays de la Loire

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3229 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , hand wash basin
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , hand wash basin
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , hand wash basin
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Each bathroom has towels available (bath mat and bath towel per person for the week); extra towels available at extra cost, or bring your own and save laundry fees. Small hair dryer provided in each bathroom. There is a fourth shower room/toilet on the first floor, next to the utility and dining room.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , fold out bed available
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed , fold out bed available
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Four spacious bedrooms. Suitable for multi-family, multi-generational, reunions and more. Each room has a kettle, teapot and cups. Centrally heated. Each room has external shutters as well as interior curtains. Mirror in each room. Bedrooms #1 and # 3 each has an en suite bathroom. Bedrooms #2 and #4 share a spacious bathroom. Bedding is fitted sheet, blankets and coverlet. Most pillows are standard U.S. Some beds have a duvet. Bring your own bed linens to save laundry fees. Each bedroom has hanging space and some drawer space.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Gated Community
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 3 bicycles
  • 20 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
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
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
Children are very welcome, but because of the open nature of the staircase (see photos), very young children might be in danger. The entrance to the house is also up a flight of stairs. The cottage attached to the house is also owned by the owners, and is rarely occupied. There is a pétanque/boules area at the back of the property


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(18 traveller reviews)


Chateau is Gorgeous!!

  • 4 of 5

I stayed at the Chateau for a week in March 2017 with some friends. It took us awhile to find the property but once we did we were not disappointed. It is in a lovely part of Normandy in a quaint French Village. We drove through many small villages with stone buildings - so beautiful! The house was a little stuffy but I think they had just opened it up for the season. The rooms are large and virtually every bedroom has its own bath - very nice! Karen, the caretaker was amazing and answered every one of our questions. She is a treasure!! She prepared a nice dinner for use which we ate for several days after! The Chateau is located in a central spot in Normandy. We drove to Mont St. Michel, Chateau Chenonceau (stunningly beautiful) Evron, St. Suzanne and Chartres. The week was amazing and I would not hesitate to come back!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: That's great to hear, Eileen, thank you! You're right, it was the very beginning of our "season". We are happy you enjoyed your stay and hope you'll come back soon. Caroline and Jerry Jones
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A very nice and charming location

  • 5 of 5

We, a 10 friends group, stayed in Le Vieux Presbytère for a couple of days. First the "house" is very charming, well equiped. Everything is here to make you feel like home ... but in a little caslte in the middle of country.

Beds are so confortable and as many as necessary for our group. Also have several bathroom and toilets is very convenient.

The neighborhood is so calm, natural ... typical french countryside. We had a pleasant running time over there. Also you will find everything you need for a nice stay in the "house": BBQ, some games, washing machin (clothes and dishes), a big living room, a hugh table etc ... even a skeleton to afraid your children if they are to annoying !!

At last but not least, Caroline is a very gentle hoste. We only had email exchanges but with very fast and accurate answers. We'll recommand and maybe be back for another stay.

Nous étions un groupe de 10 amis séjournant au Vieux Presbytère pour un weekend. Le gîte est véritablement charmant, bien aménagé. Tout y est présent pour passer un excellent moment et se sentir comme à la maison ... mais dans un petit château au milieu de la campagne !

Les literies sont très confortables et en quantité suffisante pour arranger tout le monde. Vous disposerez de plusieurs salles de bain et toilettes ce qui est extrêmement pratique. De même tout est réuni pour passer un agréable moment: barbecue, des jeux, un grand salon cosy, une grande table pour manger, des machines à laver (linge, vaisselle, sèche-linge) ... et même un squelette pour effrayer vos enfants s'ils devient pénibles !

Le voisinage est très calme ... la campagne mayennaise typique. Nous avons pu y faire une sortie jogging très agréable notamment.

Enfin, Caroline est une hôtesse charmante et attentionnée. Bien que n'ayant échangé que par mail, elle répond très vite, de manière efficace et dans un français parfait. Nous recommandons clairement cet endroit et reviendront avec plaisir pour d'autres occasions.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nous vous remercions bien, Vincent. Nous sommes contents que vous ayez profité de votre séjour .....et surtout le squelette! 😊 Revenez bientôt! Caroline and Jerry
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Excellent séjour

  • 4 of 5

Très bon week end dans le "vieux presbytère ", charmante maison de caractère où les propriétaires laissent gentiment à la disposition des visiteurs nombre jeux et déguisements. De plus saint Georges est très paisible et très agréable !

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nous vous remercions beaucoup. À la prochaine!
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A wonderful place to visit!

  • 5 of 5

Three couples went to stay in "an old chateau" and were thoroughly charmed by its antiquity! From its original stone floors and impressive winding, 4 story staircase to its grand back yard with rows of lavender and a cute tree house, Vieux Presbytere was a delight. The grounds were a well kept, lush green and the hydrangeas were in beautiful pinks and purples; such a beautiful surrounding for morning coffee and pastries out under the patio! With 4 bedrooms, there was plenty of space for privacy and also plenty of space for being social. Any need or question we had was quickly met/answered by our hosts, Caroline and Jerry, who were also so informative about the history of the house and local surroundings. The pictures on the website are very accurate, but you have to be there in person to appreciate the true beauty of the place! It is a great location to travel from: short trips to nearby towns as well as day trips to further locations like Normandy or Mont St. Michel. I definitely would recommend this property to anyone looking for a place to relax and unwind, spend quality time with family or friends, and to visit historical locations. Caroline and Jerry are fun people to be around if you choose to include them in your visit. We did! (Fight on!)

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. You were a breath of fresh air! We loved meeting you all and hope you'll be back soon. Caroline and Jerry Jones
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Maison de campagne idéale pour grande famille

  • 5 of 5

Quelle belle grande maison de campagne avec de beaux jardins tout autour! Cette maison fut un hébergement idéal pour nos vacances en famille de dix jours, offrant un grand salon, salle à manger et des chambres plus grandes que normale par rapport aux maisons françaises pour six adultes (nos deux filles et leurs maris étaient ma femme et moi) et deux petites-filles ( 2 ans et 4). Machines à laver, sèche-linge et lave-vaisselle étaient très bien. Idem pour le Wi-Fi. La petite maison dans l'arbre pour les enfants était incroyable et a été un grand succès auprès de nos petites-filles. Nous avons également profité du service de traiteur et commandé des dîners pour notre famille du seul Bar-Restaurant dans le village, situé près de l'église. La cuisine fut excellente et le service cordial.

Nous avons fait des excursions d'un jour ou moins vers les sites suivants: Ste Suzanne, Saulges, St Léonard-des-Bois (avec belles randonnées pédestres), St Céneri dans Les Alpes Mancelles, Le Mans (Cathédrale et Le Vieux Le Mans), Jublains, Le Mont-Saint-Michel. Belles promenades aussi, à pied ou en voiture, autour des fermes bien entretenues avec des centaines de têtes de bétail dispersées sur les verts pâturages de la campagne vallonnée des élévations Coëvrons autour de St Georges. St Georges, comme tous les villages de la région, est propre et toutes les maisons dans le village et les alentours sont bien entretenues. La même chose vaut pour Evron où nous avons trouvé toutes les nécessités dont nous avions besoin: épiceries Super-U, Carrefour et Lidle, beaucoup de boulangeries, pharmacies, banques, etc.

Caroline Jones, notre hôte, fut disponible pour répondre à toutes nos questions et aussi heureuse de nous donner des recommandations de sites à visiter et de choses à faire. Nous avons beaucoup apprécié de faire sa connaissance, ainsi que de son fils Austin.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A very comfortable house lacking nothing you need

  • 5 of 5

What a grand country house with beautiful grounds all around it! This house was a perfect accommodation for our family vacation of ten days, providing spacious living room, dining room and larger than usual bedrooms by French standards for six adults (two daughters and their husbands joined my wife and me) and two grand-daughters (ages 2 and 4). Washing machines, dryer and dish-washer all worked great. Same goes for the Wi-Fi. The Tree House was amazing and was a big hit with our grand-daughters. We also took advantage of the catering service and ordered dinners for our family from the only Bar-Restaurant in the village, located near the church. Great food, friendly service and good overall value.

We enjoyed day trips to the following sites: Ste Suzanne, Saulges, St Léonard-des-Bois (nice hiking trails), St Céneri in Les Alpes Mancelles, Le Mans (Cathedral and Le Vieux Le Mans), Jublains, Le Mont-St Michel. Also liked the drives and walks we took around the well manicured farms with hundreds of heads of cattle scattered over the green pastures on the hilly countryside of the Coévrons elevations around St Georges. St Georges, as all the villages in the area, is clean and all the houses in the village and surrounding area are well kept. The same goes for Evron where we found all the necessities we needed: grocery stores Super-U, Carrefour and Lidle, many boulangeries, pharmacies, banks and ATM machines, etc.

Caroline Jones, our host, made herself available to answer any questions we had and was happy to provide us with recommendations of sites to visit and things to do. We very much enjoyed meeting her and her son Austin.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Caroline
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