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Family And Child Friendly Gite

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Two large bedrooms

Pretty 2 bedroom, converted barn, in a tranquil village, set within 5 acres of natural countryside. Private garden and children`s play area, including trampoline ,swings, pool (May- October) table tennis,and fields. 10 min walk to local village, bar and bakers. Ideal for families and couples.

Approx 30km to Le Mans and 10 mins drive to the pretty town of Alencon which has all amenities.

The cottage (once an old barn) has been recently renovated to a high standard. The gite provides 2 large double bedrooms with original features, a large bathroom with a roll top bath and a large separate toilet, both with heated towel radiators.

The downstairs has an original fireplace with a wood burner and original beams, providing a comfortable seating lounge for relaxing, with leather reclining sofa and chair. A LCD television SKY TV (English), playstation and surround sound DVD player

The modern kitchen has a four burner gas hob, multifunction electric oven, microwave, kettle, coffee machine, toaster, washing machine and all cooking equipment.

The cottage has a private outside eating area, with picnic table, chairs, BBQ and ample parking, also a large childrens play area and large terrace.(shared with owners) set within 5 acres.There is plenty of room to run about.

There are outside lights and electricity sockets enabling guests to benefit from the outside space.

Local supermarket is just 10 mins drive , and the local Saturday market is in Fesnay sur Sarthe which is 10 mins drive.

Welcome pack on arrival. (Wine, cheese, baguette )

BED and BREAKFAST offered at good rates.. please enquire

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2018

About Jackie

We are an English family, living in France. We have worked very hard renovating our property and are now delighted it is finished.

Jackie purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Jackie chose Gesnes-le-Gandelin

We have had our Gite now for three years and have successfully rented it out via another holiday site and have had one family return for the past three years.

We are a very nice family and have been married for 25 years now and have three children, although two have flown the nest.

What makes this cottage unique

We have a very modern Gite with some original features,

It has all the amenities that is required for a holiday, and I am sure you will have a very memorable time with us.


Gesnes-le-Gandelin Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom separate from toilet. Large relaxing roll top bath with waterfall tap.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Extra materess available
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , temper materess
  • Bedroom one. 5 meters square one large double bed with tempar mattress.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Our gite is catered for all, if you are a family looking for a nice rest with plenty to occupy the children, or if you are a couple who want a relaxing holiday, you will find lots of things to do, here at the gite or within easy driving distance. Le mans is a 30 min drive away and Paris about 2 hrs by car or 1 hr by train.


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Family And Child Friendly Gite
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Ideal French Countryside Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Jackie & Tony's Gite for 9 nights in July and overall we had a great time and were very impressed with the facilities and definitely the hosts.

We arrived as a family of 6 after a long journey from Scotland. The property was difficult to find with just the postcode provided so we did have to call Jackie after a 20 minute drive around the neighbouring countryside. Perhaps better directions could be provided to guests before the stay.

Our initial impressions were very positive. The Gite offered all the facilities we could have hoped for. The kitchen was very well equipped and even things like dishwasher tablets, salt and pepper, coffee capsules were provided.

In terms of space, there was plenty for our party of 2 adults and 4 children. The upstairs of the property was more modern and very clean. There is no shower in the property although we were able to make do with a bath for our time there. Downstairs there is a large living area with a dining table and a large kitchen next door.

Outside there is a decent sized decking area with a built in BBQ, table and chairs, parasol and some seating. It was a lovely area with welcome shade later in the evening but it is not the outside living space shown in the images on the website.

The main garden area is around the front of the main house which is occupied by Jackie & Tony. This is a lovely grassed area with loads for the children to do. There is a swimming pool, trampoline, swings, football goal, donkeys and chickens.

The surrounding area is fairly remote which was fine with us. The village basically has a pub with a shop next door selling bread. The lunches in the pub are excellent and really good value. The nearest town is Alencon which has supermarkets and everything you could ever need.

The real highlight of this property, however, is the hosts. Tony & Jackie really want you to be happy and enjoy your holiday. They know the local area really well and gave us some great recommendations of places to visit. If there are any issues during the holiday they will do everything they can to rectify them. The highlight of our holiday had to be Tony & Jackie's wedding anniversary party that they kindly invited us to. Thank you so much for this. We met lots of genuinely nice people and were made to feel very welcome. The food was excellent and the party games are still a daily talking point with our 3 boys.

Overall we had a great time and much credit for that goes the hosts

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Andrew, Thanks for your great review... we are so happy that you all have some good memories.. Sometimes the traditional games are the best !!!!The shower comment has been duly noted and we are going to change that this winter. I am sorry that you experienced some difficulty finding us.. I will send some instructions to future guests at the time of booking to avoid future problems, Thanks again for being such wonderful guests.. we wish you all much luck in the future and hope to see you again sometime.. Kind regards Jackie
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A perfect, relaxing get-away.

  • 5 of 5

A very comfortable and impressively appointed gite (although a shower would have been the icing on the cake!). Jackie & Tony are fantastic hosts.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cosy Apartment

  • 5 of 5

Loved staying here.

Jackie and Tony was so incredibly friendly and helpful.

The home was absolutely perfect, very clean and neat, very nice

Also, a great location.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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très charmant et tres confortable pour un weekend en famille ou entre amis

  • 5 of 5

Un gite très bien tenu, au milieu de la campagne par un couple d'anglais très sympathique.

Le poil à bois est parfait pour les soirées un peu fraîches.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
180 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Gesnes le Gandalin
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Coco plage
Car: necessary

Alencon town centre (10 mins drive) which is famous for 'Lace making' and its stunning 'Notre Dame'cathderal is a pretty market town with lots of good eating places,shops,brocantes and museums.There is an indoor/outdoor swimming pool and a lovely park which has animals and a play area it also hosts weekly events throughout the summer.

The Alpes Mancelles is only 10 min drive and has the most incredible views of the countryside together with some of the most prettiest villages in france.

Bangnoles de l'orne has a beautiful chateau and casino.

The Harras du Pin is the national stud farm and is only 40min drive where you will see spectacular dancing horse events on throughout the summer.

If you prefer a bit more excitement Le Mans which is famous for its 24hr motor racing, is nearby and very accessible by train or car with the added attraction of an adventure park Pappea (with a very good water park)

Eurodisney is only 1 hr 30min away by the fast TGV train, and 21/2 hrs by car

Cocco Plage (a man made beach) is situated in Sille de Guilliume which is about 25 mins drive and is a very good alternative to a real beach with watersport activities, a bar and restaurant, play area and unlimited FREE parking, boat hire, pedalos, crazy golf and fishing. There is a train ride available to take you around the lake if you prefer a change from walking, and the forest is ideal for walking and cycling.

Fresnay sur Sarthe(10 mins) has a traditional weekly market and medieval ruins offering an excellent view of the town . A swimming pool and tennis courts are also available at Fresnay sur Sarthe.

The village of Gesnes Le Gandelin itself, is within easy walking distance, it offers a bar/restaurant (open daily serving coffees, alcoholic beverages and good local food), a boulangerie, a post office, hairdressers, a play park, a new area for ball games and a grass area for playing and picnicing along with an area especially made for playing the famous french game of Boule.

One of Frances' top zoos at Parc Zoologique de La Fleche, is definitely worth a visit. The park is ideal for a family day out with cafes and attractive riverside setting. Over 1,200 animals from all over the world can be observed in their natural surroundings from polar bears underwater to elephants in the African savannah.

See tigers, Chinese pandas and more. The zoo is known for its amazing shows with sea-lions, parrots, and falconry displays on horseback. Open daily all year and only approximately 45 mins drive just outside Le Mans.

St Leonard des Bois is only 10 mins drive away, and offers lots of outdoor activities, including horse riding, water sports, for the adventurous- an 'in the trees ' zip wire adventure park, along with a very pretty trail walk to see some of the most prettiest views and animals. You can also find a selction of bars and restaurants.

St-Ceneri-le-Gerei (6km) is found in the Orne department of Normandy to the south-west of Alencon.

A very pretty village in a lovely wooded setting on a bend in the River Sarthe in the heart of southern Normandy, Saint Ceneri is classified as a 'most beautiful village of France'.

The village is very popular with artists, drawn by the unspoiled character of the village and several artists have established galleries and workshops here.

There are some pretty houses along the river banks - the two banks are joined by an old bridge.

The village has an attractive 11th century romanesque style church, with some notable frescoes, and pretty views down the river valley. There is also a very little 15th century chapel.

Nearby the Gardens at La Mansoniere are also recommended, with several different 'garden rooms' to be explored.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $139.49

-A refundable £100 (or equivilant in euros) breakages deposit is required either prior to or on arrival of visit.
-All damages to be notified immediately,
-20% deposit required to secure booking then full payment to be made 8 weeks prior to arrival
-Payments accepted by cheque french/british - euros,sterling, paypal or bank transfer.
-All balances to be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the holiday

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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