Two large bedrooms
- english, french
We are an English family, living in France. We have worked very hard renovating our property and are now delighted it is finished.
Jackie purchased this Cottage in 2003
Why Jackie chose Gesnes-le-Gandelin
We have had our Gite now for three years and have successfully rented it out via another holiday site and have had one family return for the past three years. We are a very nice family and have been married for 25 years now and have three children, although two have flown the nest.
What makes this Cottage unique
We have a very modern Gite with some original features, It has all the amenities that is required for a holiday, and I am sure you will have a very memorable time with us.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Family friendly accommodation
The property was lovely and clean , fantastic shower and bath just beautiful.
Could not ask more from Jackie and Tony , made us part of the family , and could not do enough for us . Jackie thank you for all the time and help you gave us . You should be proud of your property it was fantastic, and all the work you both have put in stands out .Also your knowledge of the area helped us enjoy the holiday even more. Thank you for being such fantastic hosts. We already miss your two donkeys , and your beautiful dog Buddy. Once again thank you for everything . Nobby and Sharon . Xx
Thank you Nobby and Sharon for your review, It was our pleasure to have you stay here and help you. You were wonderful guests and thank you once again, for my evening glass of wine when I returned home... We wish you lots of luck in finding your dream home, please don`t hesitate to let me know if I can help in any way.. Hope to see you again.
A perfect, relaxing get-away.
A very comfortable and impressively appointed gite (although a shower would have been the icing on the cake!). Jackie & Tony are fantastic hosts.
Ideal French Countryside Getaway
We stayed at Jackie & Tony's Gite for 9 nights in July and overall we had a great time and were very impressed with the facilities and definitely the hosts.
We arrived as a family of 6 after a long journey from Scotland. The property was difficult to find with just the postcode provided so we did have to call Jackie after a 20 minute drive around the neighbouring countryside. Perhaps better directions could be provided to guests before the stay.
Our initial impressions were very positive. The Gite offered all the facilities we could have hoped for. The kitchen was very well equipped and even things like dishwasher tablets, salt and pepper, coffee capsules were provided.
In terms of space, there was plenty for our party of 2 adults and 4 children. The upstairs of the property was more modern and very clean. There is no shower in the property although we were able to make do with a bath for our time there. Downstairs there is a large living area with a dining table and a large kitchen next door.
Outside there is a decent sized decking area with a built in BBQ, table and chairs, parasol and some seating. It was a lovely area with welcome shade later in the evening but it is not the outside living space shown in the images on the website.
The main garden area is around the front of the main house which is occupied by Jackie & Tony. This is a lovely grassed area with loads for the children to do. There is a swimming pool, trampoline, swings, football goal, donkeys and chickens.
The surrounding area is fairly remote which was fine with us. The village basically has a pub with a shop next door selling bread. The lunches in the pub are excellent and really good value. The nearest town is Alencon which has supermarkets and everything you could ever need.
The real highlight of this property, however, is the hosts. Tony & Jackie really want you to be happy and enjoy your holiday. They know the local area really well and gave us some great recommendations of places to visit. If there are any issues during the holiday they will do everything they can to rectify them. The highlight of our holiday had to be Tony & Jackie's wedding anniversary party that they kindly invited us to. Thank you so much for this. We met lots of genuinely nice people and were made to feel very welcome. The food was excellent and the party games are still a daily talking point with our 3 boys.
Overall we had a great time and much credit for that goes the hosts
Hi Andrew, Thanks for your great review... we are so happy that you all have some good memories.. Sometimes the traditional games are the best !!!!The shower comment has been duly noted and we are going to change that this winter. I am sorry that you experienced some difficulty finding us.. I will send some instructions to future guests at the time of booking to avoid future problems, Thanks again for being such wonderful guests.. we wish you all much luck in the future and hope to see you again sometime.. Kind regards Jackie
Loved staying here.
Jackie and Tony was so incredibly friendly and helpful.
The home was absolutely perfect, very clean and neat, very nice
Also, a great location.
très bien située!
la maison est parfaitement située pour les visites dans Alpes Mancelles (St Céneri, St Leonard, etc :) Les chemins de randos accessibles à pieds depuis le gîte.
Alencon town centre (10 mins drive) which is famous for 'Lace making' and its stunning 'Notre Dame'cathderal is a pretty market town with lots of good eating places,shops,brocantes and museums.There is an indoor/outdoor swimming pool and a lovely park which has animals and a play area it also hosts weekly events throughout the summer.
The Alpes Mancelles is only 10 min drive and has the most incredible views of the countryside together with some of the most prettiest villages in france.
Bangnoles de l'orne has a beautiful chateau and casino.
The Harras du Pin is the national stud farm and is only 40min drive where you will see spectacular dancing horse events on throughout the summer.
If you prefer a bit more excitement Le Mans which is famous for its 24hr motor racing, is nearby and very accessible by train or car with the added attraction of an adventure park Pappea (with a very good water park)
Eurodisney is only 1 hr 30min away by the fast TGV train, and 21/2 hrs by car
Cocco Plage (a man made beach) is situated in Sille de Guilliume which is about 25 mins drive and is a very good alternative to a real beach with watersport activities, a bar and restaurant, play area and unlimited FREE parking, boat hire, pedalos, crazy golf and fishing. There is a train ride available to take you around the lake if you prefer a change from walking, and the forest is ideal for walking and cycling.
Fresnay sur Sarthe(10 mins) has a traditional weekly market and medieval ruins offering an excellent view of the town . A swimming pool and tennis courts are also available at Fresnay sur Sarthe.
The village of Gesnes Le Gandelin itself, is within easy walking distance, it offers a bar/restaurant (open daily serving coffees, alcoholic beverages and good local food), a boulangerie, a post office, hairdressers, a play park, a new area for ball games and a grass area for playing and picnicing along with an area especially made for playing the famous french game of Boule.
One of Frances' top zoos at Parc Zoologique de La Fleche, is definitely worth a visit. The park is ideal for a family day out with cafes and attractive riverside setting. Over 1,200 animals from all over the world can be observed in their natural surroundings from polar bears underwater to elephants in the African savannah.
See tigers, Chinese pandas and more. The zoo is known for its amazing shows with sea-lions, parrots, and falconry displays on horseback. Open daily all year and only approximately 45 mins drive just outside Le Mans.
St Leonard des Bois is only 10 mins drive away, and offers lots of outdoor activities, including horse riding, water sports, for the adventurous- an 'in the trees ' zip wire adventure park, along with a very pretty trail walk to see some of the most prettiest views and animals. You can also find a selction of bars and restaurants.
St-Ceneri-le-Gerei (6km) is found in the Orne department of Normandy to the south-west of Alencon.
A very pretty village in a lovely wooded setting on a bend in the River Sarthe in the heart of southern Normandy, Saint Ceneri is classified as a 'most beautiful village of France'.
The village is very popular with artists, drawn by the unspoiled character of the village and several artists have established galleries and workshops here.
There are some pretty houses along the river banks - the two banks are joined by an old bridge.
The village has an attractive 11th century romanesque style church, with some notable frescoes, and pretty views down the river valley. There is also a very little 15th century chapel.
Nearby the Gardens at La Mansoniere are also recommended, with several different 'garden rooms' to be explored.