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Artist's Home in a 'Plus Beau Village'

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

Suitable for two or three couples. A charming house in a Plus Beaux Village.

The residence 'La Cour' is situated at the centre of the village of Saint Céneri-le-Gérei . This is a family home that welcomes visitors who wish to spend a few nights (or more) to explore this lovely region of France. The front door opens into a large bright hall/breakfast room. French-doors lead to a spacious and comfortable Reception room with a huge sofa and rattan armchairs, occasional tables and a large wide-screen television with both British and French channels available (360 canal+). We also have a quantity of books (English language) that guests are welcome to read during their stay. Upstairs here are two or three bedrooms available, ( supplément for third room). Two rooms have a double bed and a vanity unit with hand-basin. There is also a third room with two adult size single beds. The bathroom has a full-sized bath plus shower attachment and there's also walk-in shower, large hand-basin and W.C. There's a second separate W.C. Off the downstairs hall is a kitchen with electric hob, microwave oven, fridge, freezer, washing machine and tumble-dryer. The house is situated a couple of minutes walk to the riverside with spacious grassed areas to sit and relax and take in the picturesque surroundings. There are picnic tables and a Petanque pitch for public use and a large free car-park.

Mrs. Jennifer Howard
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2018

About Mrs. Jennifer Howard

The owners of this property discovered this lovely little village - only 15 kms from the town of Alencon in 2003 and bought it as their second home. After a few years Saint Céneri became their main home and they also purchased the adjoining property (formerly the local blacksmiths) which they use as and Art Studio and gallery/shop.

Why Mrs. Jennifer Howard chose Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei

The village of Saint Céneri-le-Gérei is designated as one of the 'Plus Beaux Villages de France'. It has attracted artists for more than 100 years. Properties are not often available in this village as they are passed down within the various old families that have lived here for generations. The previous owner of 'La Cour' had owned it for seventy years. The current owners have brought the house up to date with modern conveniences but retained the attractive original features such as the tiled floors, elegant panelled doors and tall wood-framed windows with shutters.

What makes this house unique

The house is set in a small terrace on the main 'Bourg' at the centre of St.Céneri-le-Gérei and it's position means that visitors can spend time enjoying the village on foot. The narrow streets are set against the granite rocks of 'Les Alpes Mancelles' that border the river Sarthe. The ancient church of St.Céneri sits on the crag of the highest peak and commands a panoramic view over the river and stone-built village houses below. There are barely 140 'Giroise' village residents, but it's charms have attracted ramblers, strollers, fishermen, photographers, poets and artists for more than 100 years. Some have tried to capture the essence of this tranquil place and currently there are five Artists and a Sculptor with studios in and around the village.

The visitors to the village support a Brasserie, two Bistros and a café-bar which between them provide a variety of meals plus a place to sit, chat and enjoy the scenery. * Auberge de Vallée, Auberge des Peintres, Le P'tit Caboulot, La Taverne Giroise, The village of St.Pierre des Nids is 4 km away and this has a cinema and variety of shops including a supermarket.

There is no public transport to Saint Céneri-le-Gérei, but a taxi service is available to the nearest town Alencon (20 mins.) Alencon has a regular train service to Le Mans (25 mins) which has a fast-train to Paris (1 hour). From Alencon there's a motorway link north to Caen (1.5 hrs) and south to Le Mans. (45 mins.) Le Mans is famous for it's 24 hour sports car races. This city has a modern city-centre, a beautiful medieval town on the ramparts and a large Cathedral. This is the setting for a magical laser-light show held every summer.


Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , there is a second separate toilet
  • The bathroom has a full-size bath with shower attachment, plus a walk-in curved shower cubicle. Large ceramic hand-basin and toilet. Separate second toilet in adjoining room.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , This room is an option instead of one of the double bedrooms
  • The two double bedrooms have vanity units with hand-basins and a wardrobe, bedside tables with lamps and two chairs. Twin-bed room is an option.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • tennis
This location is perfect for artists, photographers, fishermen, or lovers of the countryside and period village architecture. Great for walking, riding and riverside pleasures. With a cafe/bar, plus three restaurants in walking distance, you can park the car and enjoy an evening out close to home including open air concerts held in the village each summer. The famous concert hall 'La Luciole' in Alencon, only 15 minutes drive away, has programmes dedicated to all types of music performances featuring International Artistes. There's a cinema complex in Alencon and also a Lace Museum. The large modern swimming complex, Piscine Alencea is close to Alençon with a pool of 25 metres, a solarium, jacuzzi and sauna. There's a golf-course about 20 mins from Saint Céneri-le-Gérei and the the nearby village of Saint Leonard-des-Bois has tennis courts and facilities for hang-gliding and rock climbing. The Château de Carrouges is less than a 30 minute drive away.


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Nearest Airport
150 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
150 Metres
La Taverne Giroise
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Auberge des Peintres, Le P'tit Caboulot

Set in the the beautiful scenery of the Normandy Maine Natural Parc, this village with stone houses built around a winding river has attracted artists for more than 100 years and is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France.* Fishermen also love this tranquil setting as well as river riders in kayaks, horse-riders and hikers. The village also boasts a stunning botanical garden 'Les Jardins de la Mansonière' which present summer concerts 'Son et lumière' . There are also open-air concerts held around the little Chapel of Saint Céneri, set in the manicured fields that slope down to the riverside. Each Pentecost there is a festival of artists known as the 'Rencontre des Peintres' which is organised by the 'Amis de Saint Céneri'. Different artists travel from all over France to stay in the village and exhibit their latest works. There are also five resident artists in and around the village as well as a sculptor, whose metal 'stages of the cross' are exhibited in the ancient church of Saint Céneri. The ruins of the old chateau built by the family Gérei have given their name to the village and the local inhabitants are now called Les Giroise. *

The town of Alencon is only 15 drive away. This town is lively with a market twice a week and a pedestrian boulevard with lots of smart shops. The old part of the town has medieval timber framed houses and interesting shops and restaurants. There is a large public library, museum and cinemas complex.

The town of Le Mans, famous for the 24 hour sports car race is only 45 mins away by car. Visit to the old walled town 'vieille ville' with picturesque medieval buildings and winding cobbled streets, now housing interesting galleries and restaurants. Every summer in Le Mans, the Plantagenet city hosts a laser-light show, 'La Nuit des Chimeres' in the old ramparts of the city featuring the cathédrale Saint Julien and the pavements and the frontages of historic monuments which are transformed into projection screens.




Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $415.46

Breakfast is not included in the room price. The owners will provide a continental-style breakfast if requested.. The charge per person is 7.50 GB Pounds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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