Our Visitors' Book

Here is what some of our guests have said about their stay with us.
We do hope that when you return home you will add your comments, too.
Christopher and Sarah Schenk
Christopher and Sarah Schenk
Oxfordshire
September 2020
We had a lovely week in La Fresnaie despite the variable weather: everything from warm and sunny late summer days to torrential rain and cool autumn mists. The house is very well adapted for wheelchair use and Nigel and Paula could not have been more welcoming and helpful. We had never visited the area before, so we enjoyed exploring the locality, visiting Bagnoles de L'Orne, Mayenne, Lassay les Chateaux, Fougères and Domfront. We made one longer trip to the sea-side at Granville. I particularly enjoyed early morning walks at Le Gué de Loré, round the lakes in Céaucé and Saint Frambault, and along the disused railway line between the two villages. We saw lots of wild life, including hares, herons, red squirrels and some unfamiliar aquatic mammals in the lake at Céaucé that we eventually identified as coypu. Altogether, we had a peaceful and relaxing time, despite the Covid restrictions and we hope to come again when life has returned to greater normality.
Jenny, Steve and Jess
Jenny, Steve and Jess
Derbyshire
Family with young children
August 2020
We have now stayed at all 3 properties at Le Haut Fresnay and we have enjoyed staying at every one. It is a lovely quiet area but there is also lots to do in the surrounding area. We were blessed with brilliant weather this year so spent a lot of time relaxing in the grounds around the property as well as going to the lake beach at la Ferte-Mace which our 5 year old daughter loved. Nigel and Paula have been so helpful to us and they have really made all our holidays very special, nothing is too much trouble and they are so knowledgeable about the local area. We really recommend coming to one of the properties if you want to relax and enjoy the beautiful French countryside.
Jeanne Wilkinson
Jeanne Wilkinson
Cirencester, Glos
Adult group
14 to 21 September 2019
Having never tried this type of holiday before, we didn't know what to expect. We have been very pleasantly surprised ! The house (La Fresnaie) has adequately met my needs (I have MS and have use of a walker and a wheelchair). I think it has been very cleverly designed to cater for a variety of didabilities. Well done !! We have enjoyed many short trips out, in all directions, including Domfront, Lassay-les-Chateaux, St Fraimbault (very pretty floral displays) and Mayenne (that has a disappearing Hyper U supermarket if you don't have a sat nav and miss the signs!) We also enjoyed a very tasty12 euro meal at the Auberge de la Corbonniere - very wheelchair friendly and excellent service. We return home with lovely memories of a peaceful stay. A big thank you to Nigel and Paula. Keep up the good work!
Chris. Rachel, Sandra, Michael and Ethan
Chris. Rachel, Sandra, Michael and Ethan
Preston, Lancs
Family with older children
24 to 31 August 2019
What can we say that has not been said by previous guests. Beautiful house (La Fresnaie), scenery and surrounding areas. Great place for us all to rest, relax and recharge. Thank you Nigel and Paula for the Poire; we could not leave without buying some to take home. You have been great hosts. Kind regards.
Jenny, Steve and Jessica
Jenny, Steve and Jessica
Two Dales Derbyshire
Family with young children
10 to 17 August 2019
This has been our second visit to Le Haut Fresnay. Last year, we stayed in La Fermette, but as a family of 3 it was quite big, and we have found Le Fournil to be a brilliant size for us. We especially like the bread oven with the light in it. Everything about this house is great, everything you need for a holiday, We have visited Chateaux at Carrouges, Mayenne and Falaise, and they have all been brilliant, especially if you are a history buff! The weather has not been kind to us this week so we have not enjoyed the beach at La Ferte Mace as much as we would have liked. Our 4-year old loves it, and if you have a good weather it is a great place to spend time. The cafe is pretty reasonable; we had 'moules et frites', which were lovely and 11 Euros. Other places we have enjoyed are St Frambault ( a brilliant fete on the bank holiday, but we got soaking wet!), Bagnoles is lovely, and the cider museum at Mellerai is well worth a visit for some gifts/drinks to take home. Thanks very much for such a brilliant property for us to enjoy a much needed holiday in!
Nicola and Tony
Nicola and Tony
Orpington Kent
Adult group
20 July to 3 August 2019
Well, what can we say - what a find. The setting of the cottage was perfect, never have we slept so well, the peace, the darkness, and the sky at night is magical. We had wonderful weather and enjoyed days in the garden, watching the wildlife, with a glass of something cold and fizzy in hand! Out and about we visited the nearby places. We found the town maps with points of interest really useful and made us aware of things we would otherwise have missed: places such as Domfront, Mayenne, Lassay-les-Chateaux and Bagnoles de l'Orne. One thing we found out quite early on was dinner was not an easy option and that lunch was the way to go -loads of excellent menus on offer , and so cheap and tasty. Swimming in the lake at La Ferte Mace was exhillarating to say the least, but worth it, and we couldn't believe we found a beach there! Bayeux was a long day out, but so worth it and interesting. Seeing the British war cemetery there was very emotional. We also went to Mont St Michel, to look at it -a sight to be seen, but so rammed inside, you were shuffling around and couldn't appreciate the place. All in all, we have had a wonderful time and can't thank Nigel and Paula (and Beattie) enough for a most fantastic holiday; their help and advice has been brilliant! We will be back ….
Margaret Kirby
Margaret Kirby
Chandlers Ford, Hampshire
Single traveller
29th June - 13th July 2019
I have just returned from what I believe to be my 8th stay at Le Haut Fresnay, having travelled there on my own this time, I was very comfortable in Le Fournil! I have now stayed in all three of Nigel and Paula's cottages, initially with my husband at La Fresnaie, which was adapted to cope with his disabilities. When I lost my husband, I continued to visit, having stayed with family or friends at La Fermette, which was the original farmhouse and has 3 bedrooms. Le Fournil is also a delightful cottage, but smaller and cosier for smaller families. So there is a property to suit everyone's needs!

I have to say that I felt very comfortable travelling alone to Normandy. I was quite at ease visiting the local towns and villages, and having lunch in my favourite restaurants. I would be very happy to do it again. There are a variety of places to visit in the area, delightful historic towns and chateaux, many good local markets, displays or "spectacles" like Le Haras du Pin, the national stud, which I enjoyed this time. A little further away, but very easy to reach, there are the popular attractions of Mont St Michel, St Malo, Fougères, also the D-Day sites on the coast and at Bayeux. You can also enjoy more informal pursuits locally, like walking and cycling in this quiet part of Normandy. or just relax in the lovely garden at Le Haut Fresnay! You might just spot a red squirrel!

Nigel and Paula are really excellent hosts, welcoming you to the cottage and are always on hand to advise if needed. Thank you both very much once again, see you next year!
Alison and Pete
Alison and Pete
York
11-18 August 2018
La Fresnaie is a lovely cottage especially if you are a wheelchair user or have limited mobility as the ground floor is level throughout and the bathroom is wetroom-style with grabrails. It is really peaceful and Paula and Nigel are great hosts - on hand if you need them but not intrusive. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and the local towns and villages picturesque but with plenty of amenities. We thoroughly recommend La Fresnaie.
The Rolfes and the Kwoks
The Rolfes and the Kwoks
Kent and Bristol
Adult group
11-18 August 2018
We found La Fermette ideal accommodation for 2 couples, and what a lovely setting! Le Haut Fresnay is so peaceful, and the properties are close enough to meet the neighbours yet spaced apart enough to give privacy. Nigel and Paula were very welcoming hosts, provided helpful advice and reflected the relaxed atmosphere of the place.
We spent the week driving through the quiet countryside, visiting the surrounding towns and villages, and enjoying the fresh produce of the region. We had an excellent day at St Fraimbault at the annual fete - such a lot happening in such a small village - a classic car exhibition, farm animals, ancient farm equipment, sausage sandwiches and galettes, traditional children's games and music. The jolliness of the villagers dressed as labourers, washerwomen, priests etc was infectious. We also had an interesting visit to the chateau at Lassay les Chateaux, where they have English translations of the guided tour. Bagnoles de l'Orne was a lovely place for a stroll and a coffee. We filled the car with as much wine, cheese and pear juice, poire and aperitif as we could and wished we had brought a bigger car.
Follow the recommendations from Nigel and Paula, the visitors book, and the newsletter containing local events for an interesting stay without having to travel too far.
Anne & Alan Lloyd
Anne & Alan Lloyd
Bexhill on Sea
19th-26th May 2018
Earlier this year we decided that we would like a quiet break in a Normandy gite, not too far to travel from where we live in the South East. We searched the internet back in the spring and by mid May we found ourselves in a small complex of gites after a 4 hour ferry crossing from Newhaven to Dieppe, then a drive onto our destination in the Mayenne area via Caen. 'Our' gite Le Fournil, was one of the complexes sleeping up to 4 adults The building had originally been the Bake house. With everything supplied to make our stay comfortable, we enjoyed our relaxing week. The peacefulness of the site and all the surroundings made our stay a positive experience. We couldn't wait to explore! Upon waking the following morning we were delighted to look out of the bedroom windows at the garden and to listen to the birds singing. There was plenty of wildlife to see; as well as the birds busily nesting there were glimpses of red squirrels scampering in the garden and plenty of butterflies and bees. We were pleased to find the little shops and markets in the nearby towns and villages; these were convenient for our morning provisions, especially the fresh baguettes and croissants. We had already visited part of this area in the past, it was interesting to re-visit some of our previous discoveries as well find some new ones. We were very lucky to have had sunny, warm weather for most of our visit. The house and garden lived up to our expectations and thanks to Paula and Nigel, we did have a very relaxed and pleasant stay. Perhaps we will visit again in the future.
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