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Cottages In Beautiful Countryside Ideal For Families, Large Play Area And Pool - La Grande Gennerie

Bedrooms 2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights



La Grande Gennerie

The old traditional farmhouse adjoining La Petite Grange which overlooks the large family play area and swimming pool. The farmhouse is all open plan with lovely oak beams and fitted with all modcons. There is an additional flower/veg garden where you can go and enjoy a good book in the peace and quiet but still hear the children playing safely. BBQ on arrival plus lovely welcome pack. All towels and bedding provided. We also have a large assortment of games to keep everyone occupied, plus bikes, rackets for tennis and badminton. Owners live on site and are very happy to help. Wifi. We are unable to accept animals as we have our own who are very lovely.

About the property


Now taking bookings for 2017 Motorcross Championships for 2017 in Ernee, 10 mins away May 27-28. We have had fabulous reviews from all of our families this year. Pair of cottages both newly renovated, in one acre surrounded by beautiful open countryside shared with the owners. Ideal for either families or a quiet retreat. Large garden with children's activities and bikes for all. Above ground pool and Trampoline Badminton and Table Tennis. Many other activities. Barbecue on arrival so you can relax and unwind. Separate flower garden and additional quiet area in the orchard with picnic tables. We are unable to accept pets as we have our own dog and horse who are both very good with children. Large private courtyard ideal for playing basket ball and tennis, table tennis table and other games. Picnic tables and barbecue available. Welcome pack with locally produced items. Above ground pool available for use during July /August. This area is ideal for walking, fishing, cycling and just relaxing away from it all retreat with all the mod-cons to make your holiday enjoyable. Excellent golf course 30 mins away. 5 Mins walk to the village shop/restaurant. Carp fishing can be arranged. During the Summer holidays there are lots of festivals and things happening in the towns and villages.

Alison Benn
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
June 6, 2017

About Alison Benn

I moved to France with my daughter in 2005 to get away from the rat race but also to hopefully give us a better quality of family life with the added advantage to my daughter that she would be bi-lingual. It is lovely and peaceful here but we also have a nice circle of friends both French and English. We love our animals and have a dog Alma (9) who is very gentle and everyone falls in love with. Troy, a Shire cross 17hh gentle giant and two cats Smudge and Toby who you don’t see very often. We care about our gite guests and if there is anything we can help them with we will. We do a BBQ on arrival so that we can welcome our guests and tell them about the area. Nothing is too much trouble. If we can help you further please do not hesitate.

Alison Benn purchased this farmhouse in 2005

Why Alison Benn chose Mayenne

We bought our house here as we loved the location and the peace and tranquillity but also we can go to Fougeres or St Hilaire du Harcourt, Rennes and be amidst the fabulous architecture in 20 mins. Rennes is lovely but is about 1 hour away. It is easy for us to get back to the UK if we need to by flying from Dinard to either Leeds/Bradford, Stanstead or East Midlands with Ryanair.

The ferry ports are easily accessible. About 2 hours from Caen, Cherbourg, St Malo.

What makes this farmhouse unique

We live here permanently so everything is home from home and care has been taken in all the decorations to make it feel really cosy.

The properties are convenient for all amenities and during the Summer there is so much for families to do but also the costs are not astronomical as in the UK

Guests Comments

We love having guests and that is something that everyone has re-iterated in their comments.

Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
25% deposit required to secure the booking. The balance to be paid 6 weeks before the date of arrival with an additional £100 deposit to cover damages/extra cleaning which will be returned to you one week after your departure.
We request that the house is left in the same condition as on your arrival. Thank you.

Changeover Day:
The changeover day is flexible but most people tend to arrive on a Saturday. Arrival is after 4pm and departure prior to 10am.

Notes on prices:

B&B available outside of school holidays at a cost of 50 euros per day. Evening meal also available.


Carelles Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Bookings of 7 or more days only are taken during the Summer holidays. Both houses are newly refurbished with both traditional and modern furnishings. They are in a small hamlet which is situated just outside the village of Carelles in beautiful countryside. All towels and bedlinen are provided throughout your stay. Outside: There are two gardens, one which is the flower/veg garden which has a picnic table and BBQ. The other garden is a large play area which has children’s house and also swings etc and new trampoline for 2015. In this garden also is situated a 4.5m above ground pool which has a solar pool cover, new in 2015. The gardens are jointly shared between the two houses and the owner but there is plenty of space. Picnic tables and BBQ are also in the large play area. We also have deckchairs available. We have bikes which you can use foc plus various racket games to keep the children occupied.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

La Grande Gennerie
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews
United Kingdom

Third visit and still finding more to do.....

  • 5 of 5

This was our third summer visit and was every bit as enjoyable and totally relaxing as all of the others. There is just something about this area and the cottage that makes you slow down and relax. The bbq on arrival is brilliant, no nonsense cooking on your first night! The welcome pack of croissants juice, milk and cake are a lovely touch and very much appreciated. We enjoyed revisiting the cider museum, and the castle at Fougeres, and acrabranching in Gorron. We are still finding new things to see and do, one of this years finds was the Roman museum in Jubliens, a great museum and we were lucky that they were doing a re enactment of village life on site. My husband's midlife crisis involves two wheels, he loves cycling in this area, finding lots of different routes whilst we lie in, or read in the lovely garden. There really is so much to see and do just a car ride away, castles, medieval towns, river walks, rando rails, beaches (lake, and a bit further the sea), churches, markets.... Alison is a mine of information and always willing to share local knowledge. We love the friendliness, the chilled laid back atmosphere, the peace and quiet, the welcome, thanks for another relaxing holiday!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, hope to see you again soon. Best wishes Alison
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A Comfortable and Relaxing Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

This was our third visit to La Grande Gennerie with our children who are now aged 12 and 14. As always there was a very friendly welcome from Alison, Harriet and all the animals. Having the welcome pack (croissants, milk, juice, a quiche,etc.) and barbeque means you don't have rush off shopping soon after you get there. On the first evening we went to the nearby music festival which was packed with local people of all ages. It was a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere and yet another new French experience for us all. As always Alison suggested lots of things to do (there are different things to do every year) and we enjoyed seeing all the local arts and crafts at the Jardins des Renaudies, as well as watching the crazy but fun rafting race on the local river. It was great to go back to the favourites too: Jean Louis at the Ferme Auberge and the acro-branching at Gorron which had been improved yet again. It was also great to just relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings chatting and catching up with Alison and Harriet.

Thanks again Alison and Harriet for another great week.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks we love having you here and catching up and eating ensemble. Its lovely for us to explore different places and pass new suggestions on especially for families who have been coming to us for a few years. We are so glad that you appreciate the suggestions and will see you again. Best wishes Alison and Harriet xx
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A fantastic base for exploring the area

  • 4 of 5

We had a fantastic stay at La Grande Gennerie. We were enthusiastically welcomed on our first evening by Alison (the owner) and her daughter Harriet (and the other four legged residents!) and made to feel at home straight away. Alison and Harriet provided the first evening's dinner by BBQ and a wonderful welcome pack included homemade quiche and chocolate cake as well as essentials such as croissants for the next day's breakfast and tea/coffee & milk.

The house is was comfortable, functional and rustic. We were looking for somewhere to use as a base for the week mainly to sleep and cook and it met our needs well. We were pleased with how cool it stayed even on warmer days meaning we always slept incredibly well.

Our 2 boys (8 & 10) enjoyed our activities (often recommended by Alison who was wonderful to have telling us about everything going on) as much as we did. They especially enjoyed the day out 'acrobranching', the medieval jousting at Domfront and the day at the theme park. We enjoyed too the Fougeres Castle and evening concert and the evening meal with local farmer Jean Louis was a highlight for everyone!

Thank you Alison and Harriet for a wonderful fun packed holiday!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for that, we are so glad you enjoyed your stay and enjoyed some of the things we like doing. Best wishes Alison and Harriet
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Peace and quiet.....

  • 5 of 5

If you love noise and bright lights then this may not be the place for you....if however you are looking for peace, tranquility and being able to see a million stars in beautiful countryside look no further. That is not to say that there is not plenty to see and do just a short car ride away, during our two weeks we visited Chateau, a Cider farm, and beautiful churches, we cycled, walked, Rando Railed, swam and kayaked in lakes and our children (11 and 13) loved the treetop adventure in Gorron and small theme park in Ange Michel. Alison was most hospitable, suggesting lots of things to do that I'm sure that we would have otherwise missed, and to arrive to a cooked meal after a days journey was wonderful. The cottage is comfortable and spacious and provided us with everything we needed. This was our second visit, and I'm sure it will not be our last as again we left feeling totally relaxed...

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for that, we try and find new and exciting places for people to visit each year as there is so much to do around here for everyone. Glad you appreciated our help and look forward to seeing you again. Best wishes Alison and Harriet xx
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Quiet, secluded cottages

  • 5 of 5

I thoroughly recommend the cottages to families and couples wanted a quiet relaxing get away from it all holiday.

Alison the owner along with her daughter Harriet made our stay very comfortable and was always on hand to help and give information.

We were especially grateful with the Barbeque that awaited us on our arrival and thought it was very hospitable and thoughtful.

Loved Alba the dog who was very friendly and also the horse who used to wander around the garden. The cottages are well equipped and cater for all your home from home needs.

Overall we really enjoyed our stay and would certainly visit again in the future

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for that glad you enjoyed it and look forward to seeing you again. Take care.
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Enjoy the best welcome!

  • 5 of 5

We had a brilliant fortnight at Le Grande Gennarie which began with a very warm welcome from Alison and Harriet. It's not often you arrive to lasagne, scrummy chocolate cake AND a vegetable flan for later! Not often you find a friendly horse peering in through the window either!!

The house was comfortable with the bonus of English television. Mayenne is a delightful area and Alison's local knowledge was a huge asset. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend it most highly. Many thanks, Alison and Harriet and not forgetting Alma, the dog. You made our holiday very enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for that, we loved telling you about the lovely restaurants and places to go as we feel blessed to live in such a lovely place and loved sharing it with you. Glad you had a safe trip home and thanks for the lovely birthday present. We would love to see you again. Best wishes Alison and Harriet and of course Alma and Troy
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Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Carelles City in the village
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Carelles City/Feme Auberge - in the village
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Lake Beach at Fougeres
Car: necessary

Motocross Championship in Ernee 27-28 May 2017. Location 10 mins drive away


There is a large swimming lake with beach at Fougeres which is 20 mins drive away.


Use of a car is essential at this property. We are situated 1.5 hours away from Dinard airport, 1 hour away from Rennes airport.

If driving we are 1.5 hours from Caen and St Malo ports, 2 hours, Cherbourg, 2.5 hours away from Le Havre. 3 hours Roscoff.


5 min from the village of Carelles

20 mins from the beautiful city of Fougeres where they have the swimming lake, good market and other attractions.

30 mins St Hilaire du Harcourt - lovely market

30 mins theme park of L'ange Michel.

10 mins Gorron for Supermarkets and also Go Ape, Paintball and Swinggolf.

30 mins Ambrieres les Valles for kayaking.

1 hour Mont St Michel

Many places of interest to visit.

Further Details:

Read our reviews on Owners Direct from this year and enjoy a lovely time with us exploring either in a group or on your own. Local shop in the village where you can get bread and other things.

Restaurant/cafe/bar adjoining it. There is also a lovely traditional farm restaurant. Good patisserie at Montaudin, 10 mins in the car. In this area there are many attractions especially in the Summer. It is a big outdoors area with tree climbing/paintballing/river rafting in Gorron. There is a beautiful gardens Jardins des Renaudies which is situated 5 mins away and plenty of other activities including a theme park approx 30 mins away near St Hilaire which is ideal for all ages and is only a fraction of the price. The roads are perfect for bike riding as the majority of the times there is not a lot of traffic on the roads.


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