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Detached Country Cottage In Secluded Garden

Bedrooms 4
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage near Alencon, Normandy / Pays de La Loire Border, France - Beautiful Rural Location

Detached stone barn in beautiful rural location. Close to local amenities and Le Mans, famous for the motor racing circuit. Ideal for 2 families to share. Large secluded garden. Fye is a small peaceful village with all usual amenities and the town of Alencon 10 minutes away has larger hypermarkets and tourist activities. The market town of La Fresney sur Sarthe is within 3 miles and has all typical characteristics you would expect from a rural French town. There are forests and lakes close to Fye which provide ideal opportunity for a relaxing holiday whether walking, cycling or just sampling the French way of life.

Julie Ashworth
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
April 9, 2017

About Julie Ashworth

Our names are Hugh and Julie. We have two grown up children and live in Cheshire. We purchased La Pommeraie in 2003 and spent three years refurbishing it. We chose the area because Hugh had spent three years cycling there in his youth and we love the relaxed atmosphere. We also have many French friends living nearby (which is very helpful when work needs to be done or for deliveries!)

Julie Ashworth purchased this barn in 2003

Why Julie Ashworth chose Sarthe

La Pommeraie is situated in the small village of Fye, in a very rural area of unspoilt France. It is a 15 minute drive to Alencon, the Principal Town of Normandy, although Fye is just over the border in Pays de Loire. Alencon is a beautiful town with a stunning Cathederal, weekly market and plenty of restaurants and bars. We are also 10 minutes to the pretty town of Fresney Sur Sarthe where there is a lovely outdoor pool and canoeing. We have loved this area of France for many years before purchasing La Pommeraie. We feel it is a hidden gem within France. Many people drive straight through the region on their way further south. We like it this way, quiet, relaxed and very French.

What makes this barn unique

Unique benefits of our property - La Pommeraie is well equipped for families and groups. We have a large secure south facing garden for children to play and parents to relax in. Our kitchen/diner is fab, I'm not one to be on my own in the kitchen cooking, so we designed it to be open plan with a large oak table to congregate and socialise around, this is hard to appreciate from the photos. Fye is near to the facilities of Alencon, a short drive to Le Mans which is a wonderful city and yet a meander through empty country lanes to numerous small French Villages just waiting to be explored.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Wonderful holiday, the gite was very spacious for our large party. The children loved the lake and forest at Sille, we will return" Val and Mike, Cornwall.

"Great location, very peaceful, teenage boys loved the go-karting and canoeing" Diane and Richard, Cheshire.

"Wonderful time in France at your gite. Peace/location was absolutely perfect. Our plan is to definitely come back." Lisa and Andy, Hants.

Had a lovely holiday in your beautiful and very well equipped cottage - the best we've ever stayed in!! Barnett Family, Chichester W. Sussex, August 2012

What a great location to use as a base for exploring Normandy and the Loire Valley. Day trips to Mont St Michel, Omaha Beach and the Alpes Mancelles were fabulous. Thanks for a great week. Newton Family, Chertsey Surrey, August 2012

A lovely week in a beautiful house and fantastic french countryside. Leverton Family Exeter, Devon, August 2012
Oct 2007
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Fyé Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with bath, shower WC. Family bathroom with bath, shower and WC. Downstairs WC.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed. Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with 3 single beds. Bedroom 4 with bunk beds and cot.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The TV is only used for DVD'S. We have some available at the gite but guests may like to bring their favourites. We have two portable stair gates. Outside: Large secluded south facing garden, patio furniture for 9 people, BBQs supplied. 4 sun loungers. Utility Room: Large cellar suitable for bicycles, walking boots etc. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen provided and changed weekly. No towels. Weekly cleaning. Other: Dartboard and table tennis in attached outbuilding. Basketball net and badminton set in the garden and large set of board games in the sitting room.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Detached Country Cottage In Secluded Garden
average rating of 4.8125 based on 17 reviews

Another great stay

  • 5 of 5

We don't look at other properties anymore when booking a holiday for the family (7 of us). No need when this feels like home from the moment you drive into the driveway. This was our 5th stay here, and have 2 more stays booked. Plenty of room at far end of garden for football with enough space to relax nearer the house. If you are into cycling, this is great as plenty of quiet, yet smooth roads to explore.

Outskirts of Alencon is only 10 minutes down the road where le clerc and plenty of other shops can be found. Swimming pool in alencon is great family fun with 3 pools (1 outside), bouncy castles, diving board, slide and sauna/steam room/Jacuzzi.

Really quiet area to hear the woodpeckers and farm animals that are in the fields on 2 sides of the garden. The other side of the garden is the rear gardens of other properties, but walled to give total privacy. Over 5 stays, we have had mishaps with the property. Nothing dramatic, but a quick message to the owners and problems are quickly solved. That is a massive positive. Every property gets problems at times, but it's the speed it is sorted so as not to become an inconvenience to our holiday. Why are you still looking. Book this won't be dissapointed.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a great review! We love guests returning to our gite it makes us feel we are getting it right. You and your family are always welcome and thank you for helping us when things go slightly wrong!!
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Great accommodation in French countryside

  • 5 of 5

Return visit to La Pommeraie from Australia. This time without children and joined by two other couples. The barn provides excellent accommodation for families or adult groups, kitchen is well resourced to entertain. On a warm evening, the garden is great for drinks or to set up the dinner table under the trees. Fye is a small village but good to relax and unwind. Nearby Allencon is handy for shopping, sight seeing, and dining out. We enjoyed day trips to Saint Cenri, Fresnay, Sillie Le Guillaume. We dropped off our hire car at Le Mans, then quick 1 hour train to Paris. look forward to a return visit!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a lovely review, you are always welcome and hope you come back soon.
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Charming & Peaceful - A delightful place to stay.

  • 4 of 5

We spent 4 fantastic days at La Pommeraie near Alencon France.The location was perfect for us & our friends, numerous Supermarkets were easily accessible just a short drive away. It's very close to Alencon , I would definitely recommend a visit . It's a beautiful Historic town with plenty to offer visitors of all ages,( we explored it by a walking tour and followed a map picked up from the Tourist information centre which meant we saw all the places of interest including the circular corn exchange building ).The location was also very good for a trip to Le Mans which was has an amazing old town with it's impressive Cathedral St. Julien. We were ALL so impressed with La Pommeraie it's such a charming property and very clean and well maintained. We spent most of our time ( 8 adults ) in the very large kitchen which had two seating areas, we were very lucky with the weather and so also spent time outside in the beautiful garden sunbathing,having BBQ's and a glass of wine or two, The facilities were spot on and the owners had clearly thought about everything in great detail, a real home from home with everything provided. One evening we hired a mini bus to take us to a beautiful restaurant near by called Château De Saint - Paterne where we enjoyed a fabulous meal ( we booked in advance as it gets booked up ).I would certainly recommend La Pommeraie to anyone wanting a tranquil break in beautiful surroundings in easy reach of some of the excellent sites Normandy has to offer, roll on next year for a return visit .....The owners were very helpful when we booked and could not do enough to assist

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a lovely and thorough review. You are welcome back any time!
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A very well finished & spacious cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Finished to a high standard & with a large back garden, this cottage suited our self catering party of 6 perfectly. Would definitely visit again & recommend highly to anyone...

  • Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a lovely review, you are welcome back any time.
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Second time stay, we'll be back!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd stay at La Pommeraie with a bigger family group this time. We had a wonderful time and were fortunate enough to have some days with glorious weather so we could dine outside in the beautiful garden. The house has everything you could possibly need and easily accommodated 8 adults and 2 small children with plenty of crockery, cutlery etc.

It really is a home from home, my brother is already talking about our next stay.

There are some wonderful places to visit, Alencon is a lovely town with some lovely restaurants. There's also a beautiful cathedral and plenty of small museums. St Therese is a local legend both in the region and in our family!

Even when the weather isn't great, there's so much to do in the region it's not a problem and if you don't want to go out then there's plenty of books and games in the house to keep you entertained. We love it !

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a lovely review. We try to make our gite as family friendly as possible and sounds like we are doing a fair job! We love it when guests return as there is so much to do and see in the area and one visit isn't enough.
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Superb family holiday

  • 5 of 5

The photos do not do this beautiful and welcoming gite justice! It's a home from home and we have had a fantastic holiday. The hard work put in to revive the barn by the owners is evident everywhere. The gite is clean, spacious and very well equipped. Perfect for long afternoons in the garden and for getting out to explore the area. Highly recommended! We will be going back.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a lovely review. It is our aim that families go to our gite and enjoy it as much as we do and feel at home. When guests return we feel we are doing something right! You are more than welcome to return.
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Car: necessary


Calais 4 hours. Cherbourg 2.5 hrs. Caen and Le Havre 2 hrs. Paris 2 hours.


Alencon 7km and Le Mans 50kms.


Rates & Availability

Fyé Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 22 2017 - Jul 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jul 8 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 9 2017 - Nov 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
Nov 4 2017 - Dec 22 2017
4 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:
Saturday departure 10am and arrival 4pm, but we are flexible.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.

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