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“A lovely gite with very friendly owners!”
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The new heated pool.
Gite - ground floor light airy bedroom, extra-large double bed, south facing window gets all the sun
Gite - twin-bedded room, full of character, but watch out for the beams!
The gite, La Petite Maison, the back door and patio.(Automatic lighting over door and pathways.)
Sitting room area with outlook onto orchard
Gite - kitchen. Halogen hob, low-level oven, dishwasher, coffee machine, microwave, washing machine.
Relax in comfort while the kids play electronic darts or mini football etc
Under- cover table-tennis, table football, electronic darts and seating.
A bit of everything!
The fenced play area, trampoline, 2 sets of swings, sandpit, etc
Bottle feeding the baby goats, please help us in the spring, then training them to walk on a lead!
This is 'Silvery', a bantam Peking Frizzle hen, one of our favourites, always ready for a
The 'English' entry in the  Carelles village fete 2013 (always first Sunday in July, a fun
October Pumpkin festival- about 10 mins away in Les Jardins de Renaudie.
Looking from La Grande Salle Verte (on Left) towards Carelles village church.
Fougeres Chateau- about 25 mins away. (and a Land train, market and Aquatis pool.)
The giant elephant at Nantes - a great day out! See our blog at lagrandesalleverte.com
Gorron park- treetop walks and canoeing and low-level rope-walks.
Gorron park- about 15 mins away, treetop walks and canoeing and low-level rope-walks.
Pretty Ambrieres les Vallees- about 30 mins away.
Mediaeval town of Domfront- about 45 mins away.
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Carelles, Mayenne, Pays de la Loire

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jonadams9...
Dewsbury, United Kingdom
1 review
“A lovely gite with very friendly owners!”
Reviewed 15 August 2017 for a stay in August 2017

This is a lovely gite in a great location with plenty to do or simply space to relax.

The owners are very helpful and keen to make sure everything is right for your stay and the facilities are excellent. We felt very welcome!

Our children particularly enjoyed walking and feeding the goats and hunting for chicken eggs in the morning! The pool is a pleasant addition to the property and is deep enough to swim in or just to float in if the weather is good.

There is only one shop in the immediate village which is quite limited but there are several decent supermarkets within 15 mins drive away and there are plenty of things to see and do within a relatively short drive, including several Chateaux, horse riding, and even a day out at the beach within approx 1hrs driving!!

Overall this is an excellent property for a very pleasant stay.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Robert T...
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Even better than last visit”
Reviewed 12 June 2017 for a stay in May 2017

Since our last visit in August 2016, the pool is now heated and it's a very welcome way to relax on a warm afternoon. The pool is very safe for children with a few toys to keep them occupied as well.
There were more chickens and goats this time. The children really enjoyed feeding them, although the animals might be glad of a rest now that we have left!
We explored a bit more of the local area on our visit this time, there is a very nice floral garden at Cloumbiers , about 10 minutes drive away, which is well worth a visit. The nearby Fougeres forest has a number of well marked out circular walks. We also went to the chateau at Fougeres, which is huge and reasonably priced at 22 euros for a family ticket.
Good shopping within 15 minutes at Gorron and Ernee.
This is a great place for a relaxing holiday with plenty to do to keep active children amused. Angela and John are great hosts.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
16 Jun 2017
Its always nice to see people returning and this year the boys have learnt to swim! It was lovely to see you again and that you enjoyed your holidays with us. See you next year!
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Robert T...
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great family holiday, quiet location which is perfect for relaxation but with plenty to keep the children happy.”
Reviewed 28 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016

The gite is very well equipped, oven, microwave, washing machine etc, English TV channels, good WIFI access (free) and most important, the beds are very comfortable. There were some nice welcoming goodies when we arrived, bread, wine, pate and eggs.
Outside the back door there is a Patio area that looks across the grounds to the resident chickens, goats, rabbits and a duck, all of which seemed to enjoy the attentions of our 10 and 6 year olds. There is plenty more to do on site for children - swings, trampoline, table tennis and a small swimming pool, which has sun loungers etc. We can especially recommend the night sky which was full of bright shining stars, not something we see very often where we live.
Angela and John are excellent and welcoming hosts, but completely unobtrusive. They have a good knowledge of the local area having lived there for quite a while. Their teenage granddaughter also lives there and she was lovely with our youngsters.
Carellas is very quiet, there is one small shop which doubles as a bar. At a rough guess we thought that approx 10 cars per hour drive through the village. The nearby towns of Gorran and Ernee are both well worth visiting. They have good quality supermarkets and a good supply of independent shops and weekly markets. Slightly further afield Mayenne, Domfront and Fougeres are towns with interesting places to visit, and nice bars to sit in and watch the world go by.
We stayed for a week and went out for 3 to 4 hours each morning and spent the afternoons at the gite where the children played safely and we could get some quiet time. A very nice week!

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Liked best: Children could entertain themselves safely for long periods
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
28 Aug 2016
Thank you for the lovely comments and the presents! Please come again, you left the gite spotless, and the children are a delight to have around. We (and Pecky and the rabbits) will miss you!
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Debtufft
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Fabulous Gite”
Reviewed 9 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016

Lovely gite with everything you could ask for. Angela and John were wonderful hosts - nothing was too much trouble. The area was a bit quiet but I think that was just the time of year. Would visit again.

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Management Response
9 Aug 2016
Thank you for the lovely comments! We do live in a small, quiet village in the countryside, but we are only 10 mins drive from 2 towns with supermarkets, restaurants, swimming pools, cinemas, acrobranche, kayaking and fishing. Yes, please, come again, we would love to see you
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lesleyshe...
Wimborne, United Kingdom
1 review
“Wonderful place to stay”
Reviewed 5 July 2016 for a stay in June 2016

What a super gite !!! The gite had everything that we needed. The welcome that we received was extremely warm and welcoming.

Cannot fault anything. John and and Angela were super hosts and granddaughter Selina was an absolute delight and a whizz at sorting out my iPad issues !.

We will definitely stay there again as we love the area and are house hunting in the Mayenne area and it is a great base to search from.

My only regret was not taking up on Angela's culinary skills, time and circumstances did not fit in with our schedule, although her homemade bread was really good, as were the eggs we had from her chickens.

My only criticism was that the weather wasn't wonderful , but I don't really feel that I can hold Angela and John accountable for that !

Have to say that the croissants from the village boulangerie are the best that I have ever had in France. And I have been to France quite a few times to different areas and have had 1or 2 croissants over the years!! Only problem there was that they sell out early, and by by early I mean 8.00 a.m
Thank you Angela & John for an enjoyable stay.

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Liked best: The ambience
Liked least: The weather
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
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Management Response
6 Jul 2016
What a great review! Thank you for the lovely comments, and yes, the croissants from the village shop are the best ever! Thank you for leaving the gite spotless and do come back, we'll look forward to seeing you again and hearing about the house-hunting.
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