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Restored Farmhouse. Large Detached House In Beautiful, Tranquil Country Setting

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Farmhouse near St-Thomas-de-Courceriers, Mayenne, Pays de la Loire. A very comfortable home within easy reach of Western France's most desirable destinations

La Goupillère Country House is in the north-east of La Mayenne, part of the region of Pays de la Loire, just south of Normandy and east of Brittany. It is easily accessed from any of the Channel ports and is four hours drive from Calais and the Eurotunnel terminal and two hours from Ouistreham (Caen).

The house has three double bedrooms and is intended to sleep up to six people in comfort but, should your party mix be apposite, there is a large mezzanine with a sofa that converts into two single daybeds that may be used as a fourth bedroom for younger folk. In addition, a cot is available upon request.

La Goupillère Country House is not a gîte in the traditional sense - it's a very well appointed and spacious detached property, an old restored farmhouse and although we live nearby, and are therefore on hand should you need us, we are not on-site, so you can enjoy your privacy. There are plenty of activities and the area is particularly noted for walking/rambling, cycling, fishing, horse riding, exploring ancient woodland or just driving through the beautiful countryside and forests. There are many small medieval towns that retain their charm and history and nearby lakes with sandy beaches, restaurants, bars and activities.

For entertainment there is UK Freesat HD TV, a comprehensive library of DVDs, Bluetooth Bose hi-fi in the lounge and another Bluetooth music player in the kitchen/diner. There is free wifi with unlimited internet access.

Our website has full pricing and availability information and a very comprehensive description of the property, grounds and environs.

More Details
Registration Number : SIRET 791 039 845 00023

Peter and Sally Marshall
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Peter and Sally Marshall

We retired early from high-pressure jobs to live in this beautiful part of France. It was the best decision we have ever made.

Peter and Sally Marshall purchased this farmhouse in 2005

Why Peter and Sally Marshall chose Saint-Thomas-de-Courceriers

We came to live here by accident! We'll tell you the (long) story over a glass of wine, if you like.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Plenty of space inside and out. Big, wide skies with abundant countryside and woodland to be enjoyed, right on your doorstep.

The property is high quality, comfortable, fully equipped and private.

Of course, you will need to do some shopping during your stay but we aim to provide everything you will need to settle in… food basics, household items and enough food and drink for a light meal on your first night. Our “welcome pack” has full details.


Saint-Thomas-de-Courceriers Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Cleaning during and at the end of your stay is not included. The property must be left clean and tidy or a surcharge may be applied.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Also has double sink vanity unit
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Also has double sink vanity unit
  • Bathroom 1 on ground floor with shower cubicle, separate bath with hand shower attachment, double-sink vanity unit with shaver point and heated towel rail. Separate toilet. Bathroom 2 on 1st floor with shower cubicle, double-sink vanity unit with shaver point unit and integral toilet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , This large room can easily accommodate a cot if required
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , or set up as 2 x Singles
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , or set up as 2 x Singles
  • Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) in comfort. Master bedroom with kingsize double bed (160 x 200 cm). Two further bedrooms each with kingsize doubles as above or either may be made up with two singles. All have wardrobes, dressing tables, dressing mirrors, bedside tables, bedside lights, black-out blinds, etc. and are cosy and private. A cot is available. In exceptional circumstances we may agree to extra beds on the mezzanine for children (please enquire). All bed linen is high quality Egyptian cotton, professionally laundered and duvets and pillows are non-allergenic luxury micro-fibre. Mattresses are interior sprung and very comfortable.
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Although from the pictures of the outside it can look as though there are a number of properties on the site, everything you see is included in the rental price. There is a lot of space! Our prices throughout the year include all heating costs (oil for the central heating and hot water and wood for the wood burning fire) and you will not be asked for any supplements however much you need or use. We believe this policy is fair to our clients as it allows them to budget exactly what the costs will be without any hidden extras. There is a paved patio with garden furniture, lighting and a large purpose-built barbeque to the rear. The door is directly from the kitchen and there's also access from the garden. The patio and a flat stretch of lawn are fenced and secure and are safe for children to be left on their own, subject to your own risk-assessment though. The patio is shaded during the hottest parts of the day, therefore cooler in summer but gets the sun in the mornings and evenings. To the front of the house there are permanent benches. Tables, chairs and parasols can be taken from the barn to create an additional sitting or eating area, especially for sun lovers as this faces south. There's a huge courtyard and lots of covered barns for parking or to use as a "party barn if it rains. There is a large private garden (mainly grass) and nearby private and secluded meadows you may use (ours). We provide a range of garden games for use in the garden, courtyard or barn. The utility room has a washing machine, tumble dryer, ironing board, iron and drying frame. The machines are housed under a kitchen worktop and there is plenty storage space. High quality bed linen and towels are provided. Bed linen is professionally laundered and changed weekly. The property will be clean upon your arrival and should be left in a clean condition upon departure. The large mezzanine has a second dining table/chairs and soft seating. Great for the kids to play games (or getting away from the kids!) There is a gate at the top of the stairs


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Restored Farmhouse. Large Detached House In Beautiful, Tranquil Country Setting
average rating of 5.0 based on 37 reviews

Just beautiful home from home

  • 5 of 5

This is an idyllic large house clean warm and cosy very inviting so much so we have been 4 times and have booked again for 2019. It is situated in a very peaceful and quiet location but within easy reach of many restaurants and shops. The owners cannot do enough for you but are not intrusive. The welcome pack is just amazing with everything you require for the first day.


  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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La Goupillere

  • 5 of 5

Once again Peter and Sally have done us proud - this place gets better and better. The hospitality and attention is second to none and make the holiday an absolute dream. Everybody that we have met have been so kind and friendly, it's become a second home to us and we are always sad to leave but look forward to coming back. Thank you so much and we are counting the weeks until we're back (keep the Muscadet chilled!)”

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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our 2nd visit in 2 months

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our first visit in July so much we jumped at the chance to stay again in August as they had a spare week. We settled in quickly as we knew the facilities. Same fantastic welcome pack and friendly greeting with Peter and Sally. The cleanliness, the bedding fixtures and fittings all good quality. Weather again was fantastic. Peace and quiet but not far from villages and towns with great restaurants. Peter and Sally recommended some very good new places to visit even a huge vintage car exhibition in a nearby village. As I’ve said before they live nearby and are so helpful if needed but leave you alone to enjoy a perfect stay. Can not recommend highly enough. Looking forward to visiting next year.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Real French Country Living

  • 5 of 5

La Goupillere was a perfect place for a quiet French countryside vacation. The house is spacious, clean and well appointed. The owners, Peter and Sally, provided provisions to get us started so we didn't need to make an immediate trip to the store. The house was exactly as described on their website. Our time there was very peaceful and we were close enough to points of interest (including Mont-Saint-Michel) to make our stay relaxing.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Comfortable & well equipped farmhouse, wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

We were delighted when we arrived at the farmhouse. We received a very nice welcome from Peter and the welcome pack with fresh fruit, milk and everything we could need to get us started was gratefully received. The farmhouse is very spacious, well equipped, clean and very well furnished. What I liked most was that it came with everything we needed for a lovely stay. There were plenty of DVD's, board games and outside games for the kids and lots of comfortable furniture for all of us to enjoy the garden and patio areas. We enjoyed our stay so much we have booked again for next year. I would recommend this farmhouse to stay in for a relaxing and peaceful stay in rural France.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Deceptive Gem

  • 5 of 5

Last minute booking which the owners were very helpful arranging with me. The Farmhouse is much larger than it looks and exceptionally well equipped. Rooms are large beds are very comfortable with quality bedding. The information booklet the owners have compiled is the best I have come across in holiday rentals regarding house equipment local restaurants and shopping etc. No struggling with how to work the TV and cooker. The welcome pack is of superior standard and the generous household supplies means toilet rolls cleaning products supplied. The grounds are spacious and quite private. It is not far from the nearest village. A car is needed. 3 upper bedrooms are accessed up a slightly steep staircase. An upper and lower bathroom. Good Wifi is included. The peace and quiet was heaven and we highly recommend and very much hope to return. Thank you Peter and Sally discreet but very friendly English owners who live few hundreds yards away.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Nearest Airport
130 Kilometres
Rennes Bretagne
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Izé (1), Bais (2) & Villaines-la-Juhel (4)
Nearest Ferry
140 Kilometres
Ouistreham (Caen)
Nearest Golf
45 Kilometres
Nearest Train
18 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
A28 Alençon - Le Mans
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Izé (1), Bais (2) & Villaines-la-Juhel (4)
Nearest Beach
18 Kilometres
Sillé Plage
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

The property is ideally suited for the Le Mans racetrack 50 km away (31 mls) and its medieval town and cathedral. The route is trouble free and a very pleasant run.

The Loire Valley, with its scenery, châteaux and of course vineyards, where you can buy excellent wine at bargain prices, is less than two hours drive, around 145 km (90 mls).

Wildlife and bird watching tours can be arranged through our friends in a nearby village.

For history lovers, there are many châteaux of varying size and grandeur not far away, plenty of charming medieval towns and the area is steeped in Roman history, nearby Jublains being the capital of the ancient Gallic tribe of the Diablintes, later occupied and settled by the Romans and becoming their regional capital. The remains of the fortress, temple and baths are there for you to explore today and there is a fascinating museum. The museums in the châteaux at Mayenne and Ste Suzanne are also noteworthy, as is the word war II museum at Conlie.


The coast and beaches are about two hours drive away as are the Normandy Beaches where the WWII landings took place.

For swimming, there is a wonderful lake with a sandy man-made beach at Sillé-le-Guillaume, 17 km away (11 miles) and excellent public pools at Bais (7 km), Villaines- la-Juhel (12 km) and Evron (16 km). The beach at Sillé-le-Guillaume has horse and donkey rides, boat trips and bars and restaurants.

There are many lakes and of course the Mayenne river, all great places to walk or cycle.


A car is essential to reach the property. Once here, it depends on what you want to do! Cycling and walking are local pastimes but it is a rural area so you will need a car if you intend to explore the wider area.

Easily accessed from any of the Channel ports; It is about four hours drive from Calais and the Eurotunnel terminal, three hours from Cherbourg and Dieppe and about two hours from Caen and Le Havre.


The nearest bar/restaurant, general store and boulangerie are in Ize, 3 km away with more bars, restaurants, boulangeries and local supermarkets in Bais, 7 km. Courcite, 8km in the other direction, has a bar/restaurant and an excellent boulangierie. Villaines-la-Juhel, 13 km, is the nearest town of any size and has a wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants and a large supermarket which sells practically everything. Please see our own website for comprehensive details.

Further Details:

Big open countryside, clean fresh air, forests, woods and a big big sky. Climate tends to be like southern England only a bit more extreme - hotter and sunnier in summer and colder in winter. The population density is very low and the roads are empty. There is no crime to speak of, no vandalism and no grafitti. The people are polite and friendly. There are many family-oriented summer and autumn events in the villages and towns, where all are welcome. Two hours is the norm for lunch, which costs about 11€ in one of the many restaurants. You might as well have lunch because most of the shops close between 12 and 2 anyway! Unspoiled is probably the best description, maybe like England was a few decades ago but with better food. It's an easy and pleasant journey from the channel ports and once here it is equally easy and unstressful to get to some of the most famous and desirable places in northwest and western France.

In the immediate vicinity there are plenty of ancient public chemins (footpaths) to explore. Right on your doorstep we have a large meadow with a stream in a valley, reached by a private chemin where you can picnic or walk. The country roads are quiet and traffic free and ideal for walking or cycling. Mont Rochard (7 km), our local "mountain" is heavily wooded, offering beautiful walks and Le Bois du Tay (10 km) is another forested area not far away.

The town of Mayenne is well worth a visit and the newly restored château an absolute must... maybe lunch on a boat on the river? If you like old French towns you will love Sainte-Suzanne, Fresnay-sur-Sarthe, Saint-Léonard-des-Bois, Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei and many more.

One place not to miss is the fortified old Plantagenet cité of Le Mans. The beautiful flying-butress cathedral and medieval houses in their cobbled streets are impressive at any time but especially so in the evenings of July & August when they are illuminated in the most magical display of light, colour and sound.




Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $279.6
Stay tax $0.42 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 16 years.

The rate table on this website allows only one tariff irrespective of the duration of your booking. The rates quoted here are for a booking of one week but our rates for longer periods are lower - a second week is reduced by 10% and a third week is reduced by 20% of the one-week rate. Ask for a quote before booking as charges resulting from this booking system cannot be changed afterwards.

You may of course use whatever method you prefer but once you enter the online enquiry or booking process you are likely committing to pay a service charge. If you are comfortable with this, go ahead but we suggest you discuss it with us before committing.

You may stay for as short a period as you like but minimum rates apply. There is a small tourist tax of 30 cents per adult per night (common in Europe).

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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