Escape & discover


About the area

Situated at the borders of Britanny, Normandy and the Pays de la Loire, the Mayenne region offers an ideal setting for a holiday of relaxation, leisure activities and discovery.

A region of greenery and water, you are in the countryside.... so before anything else, simply take time to breathe.

Wander through villages and along footpaths and make a discovery - the old tracks will share all their secrets with you!

Look at the nature all around you!

A wide range of activities await you: canoe-kayaks, pedalos, tennis, swimming, mini golf, archery, cycling, fishing... and a very warm welcome!"


Places of interest

Whether you have an interest in history, architecture and tradition or you want something more active such as walks, cycling or kayaking - you can discover it all here just a few kilometers from the cottages.

For something a bit more cosmopolitain visit the spa town of Bagnoles de l’Orne and indulge in a thermal treatment or visit Laval and step into the world of art, science and culture.

........and of course what holiday would be complete without a little taste of the local produce. Just on the boarder with Normandy, a visit to the local cider farms or even the cider museum is obligatory. Enjoy the taste of apple or pear cider, calvados, pommeau or pear aperitif. Then there’s all that cheese - there are more than 1,000 different types of cheese in France and if day tripping south a cold glass of sparkling wine to celebrate your stay. Vive la france!

From neolithic monuments in our village to the wonderful 14th century chateau in the pretty town of Lassay les Chateaux - its all on your doorstep to discover and easily accessible. A little further and take a trip into the history of this land at the Chateau Museum in Mayenne or take a peek at Roman encampment living located at Jublains. Gaze in wonder at the many beautiful private chateau’s in the area including for fans of the TV program ‘Escape to the Chateau’ Chateau de la Motte Husson. Beautiful landscapes, hilltop medevial villages and stunning chateau’s- its all here for you to explore. Such as Sainte-Suzanne, Bagnoles de l'Orne, Fontaine Daniel and much more.

Beautiful countryside maybe all around you but if you want a little more formality the area offers many parks and gardens both in private homes and Chateau’s open to the public or dedicated larger themed gardens and parks. A few to recommend our Le Parc Botanique de Haute BretagneLa Pellerine and Les jardins des Renaudies. Every village also strives to be classed a ‘Village Fleuri’ which makes touring through the local villages a real treat with stunning hanging baskets and floral containers on display. For those happy to travel further a visit to the formal gardens of the Chateau de Villandry is really not to be missed!

Take advantage of the bikes provided to explore and discover the undulating countryside or the 85 kms of towpath next to the River Mayenne. Where there is water you will always find lots to do - fishing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming or just a lazy river boat trip. Golf and tennis of course but for the more adventurous - walking through the treetops or horse riding alongside the river - its all here waiting for you.

A fantastic location if you want to have a big day out exploring some of the world‘s most renowned sites such as Mont Saint Michel, Bayeaux, Normandy beaches or WWII monuments. Alternatively head south and discover the vineyards and chateaux of Saumur or even let the train take the strain and travel to Paris or the Palace of Versailles.


Bars & Restaurants

From a simple riverside picnic to a gourmet Michelin star restaurant to a traditional workers five course lunch, no matter what your budget there is something here to suit every taste!


Travel by

A car is essential when travelling here as La Gautrie is in a rural location with no local transport.
(hrs = approximate driving time to La Gautrie)

Ferries from the UK to:
Ouistreham (2 hrs), St Malo (2 hrs), Le Havre (2.5 hrs), Dieppe (3 hrs), Roscoff (3.5 hrs) or Calais (4.5 hrs)

We can offer a 20% discount with Brittany Ferries, when booking please ask us for the discount code.

Folkstone (UK) to Calais by Eurotunnel

Calais (4.5 hrs)

Flights from the UK to:
Dinard airport (2 hrs) with Ryanair, Rennes airport (1.5 hrs) with Flybe, Paris Orly airport (3 hrs), Nantes airport (3 hrs), Paris Charles de Gualle airport (4 hrs)

Car rental firms can be found at all airport terminals.

Lille Europe or Paris, then change for a train to Laval station (45 mins) or Le Mans (1.5 hrs)

The train leaves Montparnasse in Paris to Le Mans every hour or so and takes 55 minutes. There is also a direct TGV service from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Le Mans, the trip takes 90 minutes. Some TGV trains run to and from Lille Europe, for Eurostar connections to and from London. The train from Montparnasse to Laval takes about 1 hour 30 minutes.

Car rental firms can be found at both Laval and Le Mans stations.


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