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Relaxing retreat for couples in a rural French cottage

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

La Sence is a cosy stone cottage for couples and solo travellers nestling in the peaceful Mayenne countryside. This is the perfect 'get away from it all' retreat. With its large, well equiped kitchen and separate south facing lounge/dining area, there is plenty of space to unwind and relax. The first floor has a bright double aspect bedroom with original chestnut flooring and oak beams, an ensuite shower room and dressing room. The sunny and private courtyard garden has a gravelled and paved area for sun loungers and alfresco dining. On warm summer evenings the terrace is the perfect place to unwind after a hard day sightseeing and to spot the shooting stars. Guests also have access to the five acres of grassland, to sit beneath the many trees with a book, glass of wine and to be disturbed only by an occassional tractor and a variety of birdsong.

Grace Trickett
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Grace Trickett

We came to France in 2004 to escape our hectic life style in the UK and set about renovating our tired and neglected farmhouse. It has taken a while, but we have completed it and several other projects in the meantime. We enjoy living in rural France and would love to share our little corner with you.

Grace Trickett purchased this cottage in 2004


Soucé Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 20
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • We do not allow extra guests to stay in camper vans or tents in the garden or on camp beds within the cottage.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The ensuite shower room has a large tiled shower cubicle with toilet and hand basin
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • With it's original chestnut flooring and oak beams, the main bedroom has a light and spacious feel. The bed is a standard double divan bed and dressed with both English and French pillows. The large walk in wardrobe has plenty of drawer and shelf space with wooden coat hangers provided for the hanging space.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis


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(8 traveler reviews)

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Relaxing retreat for couples in a rural French cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

A quality holiday home exceptionally well maintained and furnished...

  • 5 of 5

September 2017 proved to be a mixed pot with regards to the weather but we have no complaints at all about this beautiful holiday home with everything provided including that all important corkscrew... This beautifully renovated, spotlessly clean, immensely comfortable and relaxing cottage couldn't have been more welcoming, Grace and Dean are a lovely friendly couple who were more than helpful, they even provide the immediate essentials in a welcome pack along with tea, coffee, milk, a couple of bottles of beer, a bottle of wine and some mouth watering biscuits... There were baby bunnies on the doorstep every morning and little owls nesting opposite that came out every evening, the setting couldn't have been move peaceful, and all set in this very beautiful part of the Mayenne countryside, very close to forest walks, lakeside leisure amenities, picturesque villages and stunning chateaux's, only 20 minute drive from the medieval city of Domfront and an hour and half from the ferry at Caen... Very highly recommended x

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely comments regarding the cottage and rural Mayenne. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and had a good time exploring the area. Hope that your new holiday home allows you to have some more great times in France. Very best wishes for the future.
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Quiet and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Lovely place, much more spaceous than first appears, great library and very clean. Would recommend

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dean and I are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay at La Sence cottage . You were great guests and we look forward to see you again.
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La Sence

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was excellent,spotlessly clean very well equipped helpful hosts and all in a tranquil rural setting ideal for a relaxing beak.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to meet you both. Really pleased that you enjoyed your stay at La Sence cottage. We hope to see you again.
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Beautifully restored farmhouse, perfect hosts

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely property with every amenity you need in kitchen, bathroom and living area. Grace was warm and welcoming, always at hand but never intrusive. We had a fantastic stay and only wished it could have been longer.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your comments. It was lovely to meet you and we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay in our cottage. We hope to welcome you again soon.
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Lovely cottage and hosts.

  • 5 of 5

We could not have asked for a better cottage. Big, beautiful rooms, lovely countryside, and superb hosts. Grace had supplied the kitchen with bread, cheese, wine, beer, milk, juice, and eggs. Everything in the cottage worked fine. Our closest neighbors were the three cows across the lane who we could not hear in the cottage.

The only drawback was the location (1-2 hour drive to the places we visited). This was not a problem for us as we were looking for a slower pace after a week in Paris. We made day trips to Mayenne and Lavel, Mont Saint Michel, Bayeaux for the cathedral and tapestry, Normandy (Utah, Omaha, Gold beaches and Caen), Brittany ( Cathedral Saint Pierre De Rennes), and Pays De La Loire. We would have a late morning start, sightsee, and return before dark. It was a lovely holiday. We would certainly recommend this property to our friends and family. Thank you, Grace and Dean

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in our cottage. You managed to see so much during your time with us. We hope that you take home some very happy memories of France. It was lovely to meet you.
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Oswestry, Shropshire

beautifully presented, immaculate gite.

  • 5 of 5

This is an immaculately clean and beautifully presented gite, set in lovely surrounding countryside. Really enjoyed my stay here, although unlucky with the weather! Would definitely stay again and would without doubt recommend to others. The owners are lovely and were very welcoming and helpful.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely comments. A mini tornado going through the garden on your first evening was a bit unlucky. Really pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you again soon.
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Couesmes Vauce
Nearest Ferry
130 Kilometres
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
Ambrieres Les Vallees
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
St Malo
Car: necessary

La Sence is ideally situated within a rich and diverse region, steeped in history with many English connections. The town of Falaise with it's connection to William the Conqueror is under an hour's drive, whilst Domfront where Richard the Lionheart was christened is 20 minutes away. A 40 minute drive to the west is the medieval town of Fougeres on the Brittany/Mayenne frontier and the site of several scirmishes during the 100 years war. Lassay Les Chateaux with is beautiful chateau on the river is 25 minutes by car. The Velo rail and the leisure park with horse riding, outdoor swimming pool, many watersports are just 20 minutes away. The picturesque village of Bagnoles de l'Orne with its casino, lake, chateau and many restaurants is only 40 minutes by car. Locally there are many well sign posted walking, riding and cycle tracks. For fishermen and women there are some great opportunities to fish 150kms of lakes, rivers and streams close to La Sence. Daily and weekly passes are available from the local shop. Within 1.5 hours drive is the World famous Le Mont St Michel, Cancale with its many shellfish restaurants and the fabulous sandy beaches of the charming walled town of St Malo. To the north, and under 2 hours drive, are the landing beaches of 6 June 1944 with many exhibitions and displays detailing the events of that memorable day and the days which followed. Close to some of the landing beaches is the historic city of Caen with all its diversity of ancient and modern buildings mixed together providing something for every taste. The famous Tapestry at Bayeaux is well worth a visit too and only approx 25 minutes from Caen on the N13.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $138.49

Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed.
We expect guests to relax and enjoy their stay with us, but accidents do happen. If any breakages or spills occur please let us know immediately so that replacements can be provided and cleaning can be undertaken.
We would appreciate it if guests could remove rubbish bags to the nearby bins before they leave.
The cottage is available from 4pm onwards and needs to be vacated before 10.00am.

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.