Le Haut Fresnay is in the village of Loré, near Céaucé

Céaucé lake

The towns listed below are all close to our cottages – if, however, you wish to venture further afield, you will find some of France’s most important tourist attractions within very easy reach. Further information is provided on the Activities page.

Céaucé (3kms away) is our nearest market town. It has a market every Thursday morning, a fishing lake with a children’s park, a fitness trail around the lake and a maze. Céaucé also has a small supermarket, bakeries, charcuteries, a butcher, a pharmacy, a post office, two banks (both with cash dispensers), a newsagent/tobacconist and a garage/filling station (Renault). Most of the shops are open on Sunday morning.

St-Fraimbault is a local village famous for its annual flower displays. From May to September, the whole village is a riot of colour, with flowers crammed into every available space in both communal and private gardens. St-Fraimbault has an attractive lake to walk around with pedalos for hire.

Lassay-les-Châteaux (12kms away) is a "petite cité de caractère" with a lively market on Wednesday mornings. The town boasts a beautiful 15th-century château set beside a lake. The château, with its pepper pot towers, is open to the public and has guided tours which prove very popular with our visitors. The tours are guided by someone who was born in the château and has lived there all his life. He amuses his French visitors by poking gentle fun at the English visitors, believing (normally correctly) that he will not be understood! Also in Lassay-les-Châteaux, you will find a delightful rose garden and a mediaeval garden. As you walk by the stream in the rose garden, you get tantalising glimpses of several private walled gardens. A visit to the mediaeval garden will give you insights into the medicinal uses of plants in the Middle Ages, as well as magnificent views across the lake to the château.

La Ferté-Macé beach

La-Ferté-Macé (15kms away) is a pretty town with a large Leclerc supermarket. The town has a leisure lake with a swimming beach, a climbing wall and a par-three golf course. Many of our visitors take their children to the lake before or after visiting Leclerc!

Domfront is a small mediaeval town historically linked with the Plantagenet family. Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine lived in the castle – the ruins of which can still be visited. Built on a craggy outcrop, Domfront dominates the surrounding countryside and its narrow streets entice you to go exploring them. Below the castle ruins is the church of Notre-Dame-sur-l’Eau, where Thomas Becket preached a sermon before returning to Canterbury where he was later murdered in the cathedral. Domfront has a Tourist Office, two supermarkets and a selection of interesting shops and restaurants.

Mayenne (20kms away) is a pretty 18th-century town. Head there for the Monday morning market, a stroll around the town and a relaxing lunch at one of the many charming restaurants. You can also visit the town’s large hypermarket to stock up for your holiday.

Bagnoles-de-l'Orne is a thriving spa resort built around a large lake. It is open all year round, every day of the week and is very popular with Parisians and weekenders. It has a casino, extensive sporting facilities and numerous smart shops and restaurants. There are tennis courts, equestrian centres, an outdoor swimming pool and a nine-hole golf course. We recommend lunch on a restaurant terrace overlooking the lake and fountains. Survey the passers-by as you tuck into moules-frites and a glass of wine. Follow this with a visit to one of the chocolatiers or pâtisseries to find something tasty to accompany a hot chocolate or a bottle of wine back at your cottage – just what you’ve come to France to do!

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