THE HOUSE: Les Vallées is a charming 5-bed country house with large private garden, set in an admirable rural location with spectacular panoramic views over rolling countryside. It is a former farmhouse, with attached barn, which has been lovingly renovated over the past few years resulting in a delightful holiday home, in excellent condition, fully-furnished and well-equipped for a comfortable and enjoyable holiday. Breathtaking views may be enjoyed from the veranda, where we often sit well into the evening watching the sunset behind the sleepy village of Saint-Thomas-de-Courceries.
MORE ABOUT the INTERIOR and FACILITIES: Les Vallées has four double bedrooms (two with en-suite shower rooms) and one bedroom with three single beds. There is an additional bathroom, shower room and ground floor wc. There is a well-equipped kitchen for self-catering as well as a very comfortable lounge. The veranda links to the garden, allowing easy access all around the property. The five bedrooms, three shower rooms, one bathroom are located on the first floor, with an additional toilet downstairs.
MORE ABOUT THE AREA: Les Vallées is set in a quiet, rural location with rolling countryside all around - perfect for getting away from it all. The edges of Parc Naturel Regional Normandie-Maine is only 3km away. This area of Pays de la Loire remains largely undiscovered to the majority of tourists, which means it is quieter than the more well-known regions of France.
WHO WOULD ENJOY THIS HOUSE? This large house is suitable for families with children and for groups of up to 11 adults, with a total of seven beds (4 double bedrooms and one 3-bed room). We have a games room with a darts board and table-tennis table. We suggest taking your own darts and table tennis bats and balls – in case of accidental disappearance of these items. You may enjoy the 5,000 m² well-landscaped garden and there is a garage attached to the main house.
A BIT ABOUT US AND OUR NEIGHBOURS: We have been enjoying our lovely holiday home since 1998 and visit regularly. It is always a pleasure to completely unwind in a relaxing and comfortable environment and a holiday at Les Vallées provides a perfect antidote for a stressful and busy life. We have been receiving guests for many years and several guests have become friends, returning year after year. You will certainly need the use of a car, but our house is a great base for exploring this largely undiscovered area of France. We politely request that our guests treat our closest neighbours (our friends) with great respect, keeping noise to a minimum. Please also bear in mind that St Thomas de Courceriers is a quiet and sleepy village, with very little to offer party-goers. It is a close neighbourhood, with a good community spirit.
NEAREST VILLAGES, TOWNS AND CITIES: Les Vallées is ideally situated to explore many surrounding towns and cities, which have great significance in terms of impressive architecture, ancient and medieval history, as well as picturesque villages and beautiful rolling countryside. Sille-le-Guillaume is approx 19km away and has a weekly market on Wednesdays. Architecture-lovers can discover the built heritage of the town of Sillé-le-Guillaume, which contains relics from the past such as the 15th-century feudal castle, with its machicolated towers, and the Church of Our Lady, an old castral collegiate church with a 12th-century Romanesque crypt. A few kilometres north of the town, at the heart of the verdant Sillé Forest, in the Normandy-Maine Regional Nature Park, lies the peaceful Sillé Lake, a beautiful 32-hectare expanse of water where you can practise lots of different water sports: sailing, swimming (the landscaped beach is supervised in July and August), canoe-kayaking, fishing, pedalo, boat trips... As well as these activities, you can also take a ride on the little train around the lake, relax on the sandy beach and the shady lawns, or go on a mountain bike ride, climb, hike or horse ride in the pleasant Sillé Forest. Evron, approx 22km away, has a Thursday market. Evron developed around an abbey founded here in the 7th century, although the region near Evron had already been occupied for at least 1700 years. It is still the abbey that is the most important attraction here, and the surrounding countryside of the Coevrons. Jublaines, approx 22km away, is best known as the site of an important ancient settlement, of which important parts can still be seen. Sainte-Suzanne, approx 28km away, is classified as one of the 'most beautiful villages in France' and also as a 'city of character', Sainte-Suzanne is a small fortified town in a very picturesque location on a rocky outcrop above the river Erve. Mayenne is approx 29km away. The town is known for its castle and riverside walks and has two distinct parts. To the west of the Mayenne river, the Notre-Dame area is named after the impressive basilica, and to the east of the river the Saint-Martin area is named after the church. Alencon, approx 37km away, is barely known to foreign tourists, yet it is a delight for those who enjoy getting away from the usual tourist traps to see a bit of “real” France: a little gem in Lower Normandy untainted by tacky tourist shops, but justly proud of its rich history, architecture, produce and traditions. Le Mans is approx 54km from Les Vallées. To many, Le Mans means nothing apart from a 24 hour racing spectacle once a year. If you are not interested in cars and car racing, it is best to avoid visiting Le Mans in the middle of June. However Le Mans also has a fantastic old town and is well worth the visit. Known as the Cité Plantagenet, this is where in 1129 Geoffrey Plantagenet married Matilda, daughter of Henry I of England and gave birth to Henry II. Unlike the medieval quarters of most towns and cities in France that of Le Mans is completely separate to the modern day town. It lies high above the town and is almost spookily quiet after the noise of the thriving city below. The magnificent St Julien Cathedral can be seen from below and can be reached by walking up the steps from the car park in the Place des Jacobins. The old town has lovely narrow streets, stone houses, many with intricate details, colombage (timbered buildings) and the lovely slate rooves common to this area of France. Laval, approx 56km away, is a substantial town with a long and important history. The heritage of the town has been recognised with its official listing as a "ville d'art et histoire". Your visit to Laval will focus around the old medieval centre of the town, with the river and medieval bridge to one side, and the dramatic Laval Castle standing poised above the town on the other side. The Place de Trémoille has some of the most interesting half-timbered houses. The closest villages to Les Vallées include Trans and Courcite (both approx 3km away). Other nearby villages include Ize (approx 6km), Bais and Champgeneteux (both approx 8km) and Villaines-la-Juhel, approx 10km away, which has a weekly market on Mondays.
Guests are expected to leave the house in the condition it was received.