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18th century elegance in a tranquil village setting

Bedrooms 4
Property type chateau / country house


chateau / country house

About the property

Spacious, elegant, self-catering for 10+ with lots of fun things to do.

Built in 1720, Le Vieux Presbytère commands pride of place near the village centre. A fantastic venue for a reunion, multi-generation holiday, sabbatical, family holiday or retreat.

Entering the grounds through large gates from the quiet street, there is parking at the front for two to four cars.

More parking at the back. The grounds are enclosed by walls.

The grounds, just less than an acre, have plenty of room to run and play on the grass.

There is a covered barbecue area with table and chairs, and a small chapel.

Have fun in the tree house.

Front entrance to house on ground level and on first floor (see photos).

The majestic staircase gives the interior its character. You might feel like you're living in a Jane Austen novel!

On the ground floor, a tiled hall and laundry room.

On the first floor, large salon, with TV and books.

Elegant dining room which seats 10.

Adjoining the dining room is the fully equipped kitchen with oven,stove, microwave, dishwasher, kettle and coffee percolator. Wonderful easterly views.

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2017

About The Owner

Jerry and Caroline currently live in California. Drawn to the Mayenne over 20 years ago, they recently vacated their farmhouse 8 miles away from the Presbytère, to establish a retirement income for the future. Caroline, a high school French teacher, loves to paint and draw, and finds the Presbytère an ideal spot for plein air painting. Jerry, a Christian minister, loves to read and collect books. You too will enjoy the peaceful serenity of this home. Let the reading commence!

The Owner purchased this chateau / country house in 2011

Why The Owner chose Mayenne

We fell in love with this area rich in culture and cuisine, over 20 years ago. We have brought our family here during that time, to our farmhouse, but now, as a French teacher, Caroline brings small groups of students here each year. They get a unique perspective on French life. The history alone gives them a wonderful opportunity to expand their horizons. Châteaux, rivers, restaurants, villages of charm, antique's got it all.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

First time visitors to Le Presbytère are usually surprised by its grandeur. Stepping inside is truly like stepping back in history. We feel like quoting from Jane Austen all the time! We often enjoy dressing up in period costume, especially for reunions or parties. The house just seems to ask it of us! The central staircase is one of the features that attracted us most. It's so different from our suburban lives. However, despite the history and period décor, the Presbytère is comfortable for the modern traveler.


Assé-le-Bérenger Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , hand wash basin
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , hand wash basin
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , hand wash basin
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • Each bathroom has towels available (bath mat and bath towel per person for the week); extra towels available at extra cost, or bring your own and save laundry fees. Small hair dryer provided in each bathroom. There is a fourth shower room/toilet on the first floor, next to the utility and dining room.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , fold out bed available
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single , fold out bed available
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Four spacious bedrooms. Suitable for multi-family, multi-generational, reunions and more. Each room has a kettle, teapot and cups. Centrally heated. Each room has external shutters as well as interior curtains. Mirror in each room. Bedrooms #1 and # 3 each has an en suite bathroom. Bedrooms #2 and #4 share a spacious bathroom. Bedding is fitted sheet, blankets and coverlet. Most pillows are standard U.S. Some beds have a duvet. Bring your own bed linens to save laundry fees. Each bedroom has hanging space and some drawer space.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 3 bicycles
  • 20 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
Children are very welcome, but because of the open nature of the staircase (see photos), very young children might be in danger. The entrance to the house is also up a flight of stairs. The cottage attached to the house is also owned by the owners, and is rarely occupied. There is a pétanque/boules area at the back of the property


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

18th century elegance in a tranquil village setting
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews

Excellent séjour

  • 4 of 5

Très bon week end dans le "vieux presbytère ", charmante maison de caractère où les propriétaires laissent gentiment à la disposition des visiteurs nombre jeux et déguisements. De plus saint Georges est très paisible et très agréable !

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nous vous remercions beaucoup. À la prochaine!
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A wonderful place to visit!

  • 5 of 5

Three couples went to stay in "an old chateau" and were thoroughly charmed by its antiquity! From its original stone floors and impressive winding, 4 story staircase to its grand back yard with rows of lavender and a cute tree house, Vieux Presbytere was a delight. The grounds were a well kept, lush green and the hydrangeas were in beautiful pinks and purples; such a beautiful surrounding for morning coffee and pastries out under the patio! With 4 bedrooms, there was plenty of space for privacy and also plenty of space for being social. Any need or question we had was quickly met/answered by our hosts, Caroline and Jerry, who were also so informative about the history of the house and local surroundings. The pictures on the website are very accurate, but you have to be there in person to appreciate the true beauty of the place! It is a great location to travel from: short trips to nearby towns as well as day trips to further locations like Normandy or Mont St. Michel. I definitely would recommend this property to anyone looking for a place to relax and unwind, spend quality time with family or friends, and to visit historical locations. Caroline and Jerry are fun people to be around if you choose to include them in your visit. We did! (Fight on!)

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. You were a breath of fresh air! We loved meeting you all and hope you'll be back soon. Caroline and Jerry Jones
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Maison de campagne idéale pour grande famille

  • 5 of 5

Quelle belle grande maison de campagne avec de beaux jardins tout autour! Cette maison fut un hébergement idéal pour nos vacances en famille de dix jours, offrant un grand salon, salle à manger et des chambres plus grandes que normale par rapport aux maisons françaises pour six adultes (nos deux filles et leurs maris étaient ma femme et moi) et deux petites-filles ( 2 ans et 4). Machines à laver, sèche-linge et lave-vaisselle étaient très bien. Idem pour le Wi-Fi. La petite maison dans l'arbre pour les enfants était incroyable et a été un grand succès auprès de nos petites-filles. Nous avons également profité du service de traiteur et commandé des dîners pour notre famille du seul Bar-Restaurant dans le village, situé près de l'église. La cuisine fut excellente et le service cordial.

Nous avons fait des excursions d'un jour ou moins vers les sites suivants: Ste Suzanne, Saulges, St Léonard-des-Bois (avec belles randonnées pédestres), St Céneri dans Les Alpes Mancelles, Le Mans (Cathédrale et Le Vieux Le Mans), Jublains, Le Mont-Saint-Michel. Belles promenades aussi, à pied ou en voiture, autour des fermes bien entretenues avec des centaines de têtes de bétail dispersées sur les verts pâturages de la campagne vallonnée des élévations Coëvrons autour de St Georges. St Georges, comme tous les villages de la région, est propre et toutes les maisons dans le village et les alentours sont bien entretenues. La même chose vaut pour Evron où nous avons trouvé toutes les nécessités dont nous avions besoin: épiceries Super-U, Carrefour et Lidle, beaucoup de boulangeries, pharmacies, banques, etc.

Caroline Jones, notre hôte, fut disponible pour répondre à toutes nos questions et aussi heureuse de nous donner des recommandations de sites à visiter et de choses à faire. Nous avons beaucoup apprécié de faire sa connaissance, ainsi que de son fils Austin.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A very comfortable house lacking nothing you need

  • 5 of 5

What a grand country house with beautiful grounds all around it! This house was a perfect accommodation for our family vacation of ten days, providing spacious living room, dining room and larger than usual bedrooms by French standards for six adults (two daughters and their husbands joined my wife and me) and two grand-daughters (ages 2 and 4). Washing machines, dryer and dish-washer all worked great. Same goes for the Wi-Fi. The Tree House was amazing and was a big hit with our grand-daughters. We also took advantage of the catering service and ordered dinners for our family from the only Bar-Restaurant in the village, located near the church. Great food, friendly service and good overall value.

We enjoyed day trips to the following sites: Ste Suzanne, Saulges, St Léonard-des-Bois (nice hiking trails), St Céneri in Les Alpes Mancelles, Le Mans (Cathedral and Le Vieux Le Mans), Jublains, Le Mont-St Michel. Also liked the drives and walks we took around the well manicured farms with hundreds of heads of cattle scattered over the green pastures on the hilly countryside of the Coévrons elevations around St Georges. St Georges, as all the villages in the area, is clean and all the houses in the village and surrounding area are well kept. The same goes for Evron where we found all the necessities we needed: grocery stores Super-U, Carrefour and Lidle, many boulangeries, pharmacies, banks and ATM machines, etc.

Caroline Jones, our host, made herself available to answer any questions we had and was happy to provide us with recommendations of sites to visit and things to do. We very much enjoyed meeting her and her son Austin.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Caroline
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Joli manoir dans un cadre enchanteur

  • 5 of 5

C'est un très agréable manoir pour faire un séjour en famille. Nous étions 5 adultes et 9 enfants et chacun a pu bénéficier des installations : confort, et modernité

des équipement (Wi-Fi) et à l'extérieur barbecue, bicyclettes, jeux de plein air, et petite maison dans un arbre très appréciée par les plus petits et ...parfois les plus grands.!

Nous conseillons vivement cette maison qui est bien située dans la campagne très proche d'Evron. La région recèle de nombreux lieux de visites et de nombreux monuments historiques ainsi que des équipements sportifs à Evron.

De plus Mr et Mme Jones sont très sympathiques et très accueillants.

Un excellent séjour assuré pour toute la famille

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nous vous remercions de votre évaluation, et nous sommes très contents que vous avez passé un bon séjour au Presbytère. A la prochaine! Caroline et Jerry Jones
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Sojourn in Normandy at Le Presbytere

  • 5 of 5

Stunningly beautiful. We used Le Presbytere as our focal point for day trips every day. Our first day at the chateau, Saturday, we enjoyed a dinner provided by Karen, an exceptionally helpful and pleasant lady. Day 2, Sunday, we visited Ste. Suzanne and enjoyed pastries in the local shops. Day 3, Monday, we drove to the Loire River Valley visiting Joan of Arc sites at St. Catherine de Fierbois and Chinon, and the wine house Caroline recommended in Vouvray. We bought several bottles of sec and demi-sec wine. Day 4, Tuesday, we drove to Mont St. Michel, and on the way back to the chateau stopped at a Calvados place, purchasing several bottles of Calvados. Day 5 we drove to Rouen to visit the the church of Joan of Arc as well as the beautiful Rouen cathedral. Day 6 we drove to Omaha Beach and viewed the American Cemetery and museum. We also stopped in Bayeaux to view the historic tapestry. Round trip driving was around 350 km each day, but we enjoyed the French countryside. We were all surprised and pleased to see the fields so green. BTW, the weather was fantastic, actually warm. I did not use my scarf, wool hat and gloves until our last day, Saturday, in Paris. It was a memorable sojourn in Normandy at Le Presbytere. Thank you, thank you, thank you.



  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Theo. We are so glad you enjoyed the stay at Le Presbytère. Caroline and Jerry
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
150 Metres
La Forge bar restaurant
Nearest Ferry
145 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Gué de Selle, Mézangers
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
26 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
La Forge bar restaurant
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
lake beach
Car: necessary

The area is rich in history, with châteaux from Medieval to Renaissance. It is close to the Cité de Caractère, Sainte Suzanne, where there are fun activities for children, which bring the history of the village alive.

Lassay les Chàteaux, Mayenne, Laval, and Château Gontier all have medieval châteaux and much more.

Saint Georges is 2 1/2 hours from the D Day Landing beaches and Mont St Michel to the north.

To the south, is the Loire Valley. The city of Tours, and the Loire Valley, are a little over 2 hours away. Here you can visit the world famous châteaux and vineyards/wine cellars.

Explore well-preserved local Roman sites (Jublains or Entrammes).

Swim or boat at two fresh water lakes, or walk the green rolling hills of this beautiful, peaceful Mayenne Department.

The Mayenne river, which runs north to south through the department, has a tow path for walking or biking.

Enjoy local cheeses and apple products, including Calvados, Pommeau, and cider.


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Assé-le-Bérenger Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

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Refundable damage deposit $529

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