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FR4833 - La Belle Maison

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Details
Property
cottage
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
3 nights

Description

La Belle Maison

Beautiful cottage with three bedrooms : a large double, a double and a single


About the property

FR4833

Our aim is to provide beautiful accommodation in a wonderful location so you can enjoy your well-earned break without stress or worry! To this end we have furnished our cottages to cater for all your comforts, while giving you the best of french country style. This is a perfect getaway for couples or groups of friends who would like to sample village life in a beautiful location. St Fraimbault is a true village fleurie and has won France's annual floral village competition many times. In the summer months rowing boats and pedalos may be hired at the lake. Or if you prefer you can just sit enjoying the ambiance whilst tucking into freshly cooked crepes or sausisses et frites from the cafe/bar.


Owner
Amanda Edney
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
October 13, 2016

About Amanda Edney

For the last 15 years my husband, our two children and I have been spending all school holidays at our family house near Gorron, Western Loire. During that time we got to know the beautiful village of St Fraimbault really well and enjoyed spending time walking round the lake and looking at the amazing flower displays. We have loved sharing fun times and relaxation with friends and family over the years in this wonderful part of France. There truly is something for everything from brocantes, markets and beautiful scenery to easy access to the coast of Brittany and Northern Normandy. Every year we discover a new place to visit and have never been bored, even without TV.

Amanda Edney purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Amanda Edney chose Mayenne

As an Interior Designer, with a passion for renovation, I jumped at the chance of buying two adjoining cottages in my favourite village seven years ago. They were both very rundown, with one of them needing completely gutting. I tackled the first renovation using a team of french artisans and was delighted with the result! Last year I completed renovating the second cottage which is now also available to guests. This is a lovely part of France, with lots to do and good access to the coast and other fascinating areas. You will be surprised at how quiet it is, even in August, no queues here! The cottages are ideal for two families holidaying together as there is a shared courtyard garden, with each cottage having its own table, chairs and BBQ. They are also ideal for a two location holiday as St Fraimbault is en route to the South of France. The village is easily accessible from the ferry ports of St Malo, Caen or Cherbourg.

What makes this cottage unique

If you love village life, practising your French and meeting people, you will love it here! The village location of the cottage is ideal for anyone not wanting to have to drive everywhere. For a taste of home there is an 'Irish' bar with a french slant, just up the road. The village is well served by a small supermarket and a boulangerie where you can buy your fresh croissants and bread each morning. For an early evening aperitif, there is an open air bar on the lake during the Summer season (also serving excellent crepes and wonderful coffee). What about the kids? - well the pedalos on the lake keep them amused! And did I mention the glorious village flower displays?

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a lovely holiday in your wonderful cottage! Lovely, peaceful village too - everyone so friendly.



The cottage is really lovely and so well equipped - the best we have stayed in I think.



We thought that St Fraimbault was a really special place. It was a holiday that will stay in our memory for a long time.
Apr 2009
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4.6/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

La Belle Maison
average rating of 4.6 based on 6 reviews
5

Well equipped, comfortable accommodation in a quiet, tranquil village setting.

  • 5 of 5

Compact and well-equipped cottage with good attention to detail. Beds were very comfortable!

Shared courtyard was fine as we shared it with a lovely family from Ireland, but perhaps lacking a little outdoor privacy for longer stays. Village is lovely if you are looking for a quiet base (as we were!) and the lakeside walk definitely adds to the mix.

Promised wi-fi was patchy at best - not critical to us, but always useful when exploring local places to visit. All in all a great place to stay, particularly for a short break.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! The village is a lovely, peaceful place which is what attracted us there in the first place. We are using satellite broadband at the moment which has a monthly allowance. We advise guests to just use it for internet browsing and emails but occasionally the allowance may be exceeded in which case, the connection becomes very slow. We are pleased to announce that we plan to change to a new system for the next Spring/Summer season.
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5

Lovely Accommodation

  • 5 of 5

The cottage has been beautifully restored and is very well equipped. The village is very quiet.

There are limited facilities within walking distance (boulangerie and restaurant were both closed when we were there) but plenty to enjoy within 30 to 60 minute drive.

We were a party of 4 adults and the cottage suited us well.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Unfortunately the boulangerie is currently closed due to illness but the mini-supermarket in the village sells fresh bread, if you get there early. During July and August, the village comes into it's own, with it's wonderful flower displays.The lake is a must - for an evening stroll or early morning jog. The lake cafe/bar is open in the Summer season and there are pedalos available for hire. Restaurants and bars can be found in the neighbouring villages within 10 minutes drive.
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5

Beautiful house, beautiful village

  • 5 of 5

We spent half term with two children - no TV and they actually survived!

Although we had mixed weather there was lots to do near by and the children especially liked the swimming pool at Flers.

The accommodation was excellent and the 3 bedrooms meant that the children could have their own room.

Yes the steps up to the third floor were a little steep but we only went up to the top floor to sleep.

We loved St Fraimbault and even returned a property owner just round the corner!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Laura - we are so pleased you enjoyed St Fraimbault enough to buy a house in the village and found lots to do when not house-hunting! We find that not having a TV means that families spend more quality time together!
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Homely upon entering a cosy and safe cottage.

  • 3 of 5

Location, layout and facilities were as per description from online site.

Property was recently renovated and is fully equipt with what a family would need.

The owner called a few days before our arrival informing us of anything which related to the property and activities in and around the area. The owner was very helpful with any questions, enquiries or concerns. She even provided us with milk and a box of biscuits upon our arrival. I would definately recommend this property to family and friends. It's good value, clean and very accessible. There's a guest book where previous guests have given infos of any useful guides and activities, which some were helpful. A car is a must as every where you travelled was about an hour and half. If you're new to the are, it's good to know opening times of all amenities. We found out during our travels. Every where we attempted to go to was closed between 12pm-2pm. Depending on individual eating preference, we found a great supermarket called, E. Leclerc. Although we have a 9 year and a 19 year old, non us of wanted to eat pizza and chips every other night and so we cooked and ate at the cottage for breakfast and dinner. The scenery was picturesque, however we were a little disappointed with the selection of food available on the go and in some restaurants we ate at. We are a family who appreciates traditional and new cuisines, but unfortunately it was difficult to find a local restaurant, which served good home cooked french meals. When we found a restaurant that did onion soup, it was very poor. We love seafood and not all the beaches and ports did a wide selection of platters.

There are plenty of activities to suit all ages and most are reasonably priced. One thing we regret not having been able to do is to have a seafood meal by the sea in the evening and chill. This is because we had to travel back home for an hour and a half and avoid driving in pitched black roads. Having said that, this was our first time in the area and having the opportunity to drive almost every where every day has given us a better idea for our return. We didn't manage to do what we had on our list, but we did prepare for that as we didn't want to cram everything in one week. Definately be re-visiting and aside from what we discovered during our stay. When we plan our next visit, we will be better prepared.Thank you again Amanda for your hospitality.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I am so pleased you enjoyed our cottage!
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clean and cosy cottage in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

La Belle Maison is a very clean and well maintained cottage set in the prettiest French village. The living area is comfortable with a very well equipped kitchen, leading onto a shared paved courtyard. The beds are very cosy and the loft room is lovely and spacious - be careful of the steep stairs though! We had lovely weather so made good use of the local lake and gardens. Plenty to do in the local area, and fab beaches about an hours drive away. Would definitely recommend this holiday.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We hope to welcome you and your family again in the future!
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Map

Nearest Airport
73 Miles
Dinard
Nearest Ferry
77 Miles
Caen - Ouistreham
Nearest Train
37 Miles
Laval
Nearest Motorway
35 Miles
N175
Nearest Beach
45 Miles
Mont St Michel
Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

25km away at La Ferte Mace you will find a man-made beach. The closest natural beach is Le Mont St Michel 80km away.

There are a number of fishing lakes locally both private and municipal - canoeing is available on local river certain times of year.

Travel:

Brittany Ferries Portsmouth-Caen is the slower route but only an 1hr 30 mins drive from house. We can offer discount on Brittany Ferries on payment of deposit. Sea France Dover -Calais is the quicker of ferries but remember you have a 5 hour drive on the french side. There will be toll charges. P&O Dover-Calais- As Sea France. Channel Tunnel Folkestone-Calais quickest of all but long drive ahead and toll roads. Dinard airport is 2 hours away.

Distances:

The medieval town of Domfront is a short drive away, offering restaurants, shops and fabulous views of the surrounding countryside.

Further Details:

Village facilities include: pedalos; boules and tennis. There is mini-supermarket which sells stamps and stocks a range of food/beverages (including fresh milk). Also in the village you will find a bar and hairdressers!

SUPERMARKET: (mini supermarket) Viveco

Opening hours: Tues/Wed/Thurs: 9am-12.30pm and 2.30-7pm Sun: 9am-12.30pm

(closed all day Mon and Sunday afternoon)

Location: St Fraimbault, next to Church

Note: takes MasterCard/Visa, can buy stamps/post letters

SUPERMARKET: (large supermarket) Super U, Gorron (12km approx)

Opening hours:

Location: Gorron

BOULANGERIE : St Fraimbault

Location: St Fraimbault, opposite carpark

Note: sells bread, cakes, confectionery and ice cream

CASH POINT: Credit Agricole Normandie

Location: 13 pl.marche, Passais

PETROL STATION: Super U

Location: Gorron

LAUNDERETTE: Super U carpark

Opening hours: 24/7

Notes: 3 x industrial washing machines/ 1 x industrial dryer – need lots of euros in coins

TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE: Kiosk in St Fraimbault

Opening hours: varied – only open during summer season

Location: outside cemetery on way to lake!

TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE: Domfront

Tel no: 00 33 2 33 38 53 97

Location: 12 Place Roirie

LAKE CAFÉ/BAR: St Fraimbault

Opening hours: open during the day July/August

Location: boating lake

Note: sells ice creams, crepes, sausages, coffee, bar drinks

PUB / BAR: Au Relais

Opening hours: Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri: 3pm – 9pm Sun: 10.30am – 9pm

Closed: all day Wed

Location: Rue Abbe Andre Joly, St Fraimbault

Tel: 02 33 66 21 20

Note: Run by Brits – serves Guinness

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Amenities

Saint-Fraimbault-de-Prières Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom on 1st floor with bath/shower over, wc, washbasin
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/5 (3 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 on 2nd floor with Kingsize bed Bedroom 2 on 1st floor with Double bed Bedroom 3 on 1st floor with Single bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • pond
Leisure Activities:
  • paddle boating
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: All bedrooms have electric heating. There is a supply of board games and books. An ironing board, iron and hairdryer are provided. Pets are not accepted and the cottage is 'no-smoking'. Duvets and pillows are provided for all beds. Bed linen, bath mat and tea-towels are included in the rental price and beds will be made up ready for your arrival. Towels are not included so you will need to bring your own! Internet is available on request. Outside: The cottage has a shared courtyard garden with barbecue facilities, deck-chairs, table and chairs. There is on-street parking directly outside the cottage or in the carpark in the village square. Bedlinen and tea towels are provided but you will need to bring your own towels.

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