La Goupillère Country House
Holiday Home to Rent
In La Mayenne

La Goupillère is a spacious, fully restored old farmhouse which stands in the grounds of what was once a large working farm. Today, it has retained its tranquility and picturesque setting but with a more manageable amount of land. It was the land we wanted and bought when the house was sold in early 2011 and we now offer La Goupillère as a holiday let, having finished off all the renovation work and fitted it out to a high and comfortable standard.

To our surprise, upon arrival, some guests have asked which part is their cottage - it is the whole lot! We can see now that the pictures can seem to show three separate houses but all the buildings you see on this website are included in the rental. The accommodation is contiguous. Please see the floor plans.

La Goupillère is surrounded by arable land. There are no smelly animal facilities or commercial installations anywhere in the vicinity. This is not to say there are no animals around, of course there are but only in the nice sense.


With living accommodation of 185 square metres (2,000 square feet) and with three double bedrooms and two bathrooms each with a proper shower cubicle, the property is designed to accommodate up to six people in comfort. It is not really a gîte in the traditional meaning of the term - it's a very well appointed detached country house, an old restored farmhouse and, although we live nearby and are therefore on hand should you need us, we are not on-site, so you can enjoy your privacy. La Goupillère is stand-alone and there are no other guests sharing any part of the property.

Please look through the pages of our website to get a comprehensive view of what La Goupillère has to offer you and see what we include in our prices, as our aim is to provide everything you are likely to need to make your stay enjoyable and hassle-free, with no extras to pay for. Should you have any questions about La Goupillère Country House or any comments about our website please do contact us. This home page is intended to give you an overview and we hope you will be tempted to delve deeper into the individual pages showing the property more fully. Our site has a lot of useful information about the locality and even if you decide not to book with us we hope you find this helpful.

Three double bedrooms (two as double or singles)
Big bright, airy and comfortable lounge
Spacious fully-fitted kitchen / dining room
Two bathrooms / shower-rooms.
Two toilets
Mezzanine (second lounge or play area)
Utility and storage room
All double-glazed and very well insulated
Cot for baby. Additional single beds for children *
Plenty of covered parking and a huge courtyard
Large private garden, mainly grass
Ample smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
Emergency lighting in case of power failure

* Upon request - not in bedrooms by default
Within Easy Reach
Le Mans ** (racetrack & medieval town)
Normandy beaches and Mont Saint-Michel
Loire Valley
Châteaux, medieval towns and charming villages
Alençon, Laval, Rennes, Angers, Tours, Caen
Paris (1 hour by TGV from Le Mans)
Disneyland (90 mins direct by TGV from Le Mans
Brittany coast. Fabulous fresh seafood
All Channel ports (even Calais is an easy drive) 
Forests, rivers, adventure parks and outdoor activities
Stunning local walks, cycle routes and fishing lakes
Swimming pools and bathing at a beautiful lake

La Mayenne is the best place you've never heard of!
Under-floor central heating & wood burning fire
Large, very comfortable beds & high quality bedding
Cooker, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave, etc
Coffee percolator, kettle, toaster, extractor hood, etc
Washing machine and tumble dryer in utility room
Satellite 32" LCD TV (UK channels). DVD/CD player
Dedicated Internet with wi-fi and cable connection
Bluetooth hi-fi in lounge (stream your own music)
iPod/Bluetooth docking station & charger in kitchen
Child and pet gate on request
Patio with big barbeque. Large teak table and 8 chairs
Patio and grass terrace fenced and secure for children
Other tables, chairs and parasols to move around
Outdoor games - tennis, badminton, boules, etc
Comprehensive picnic stuff for outings

This area of France has much to offer. It is farming country and most of the villages and towns hold events throughout the summer. There are lots of small medieval towns that retain their charm and history, amazing many visitors that they have never heard of them e.g. Sainte-Suzanne with its walled town, ancient fortress and château, Jublains with its extensive Gallo-Roman remains and Lassay-les-Châteaux with one of the best examples of a fortified medieval château in France, complete with a working drawbridge and barbican. Click here for a flavour of what's on your doorstep.

The Plantagenet city of Le Mans is an absolute must, especially so in July and August when the "Nuit des chimères" is enacted. You have dinner at one of the many wonderful restaurants then just as it's getting dark be prepared to experience one of the most enchanting spectacles you have ever seen. There are similar, if not quite so spectacular, events in Mayenne and Laval.
There are plenty of activities and the area is particularly noted for walking and rambling, cycling, fishing, horse riding, exploring ancient woodland or just driving through the beautiful and traffic-free countryside and forests. The Alpes Mancelles are 30 km but; although stunning, there is no skiing! There's plenty of scope for picnics and indeed these are a regular local pastime.

For swimming, there is a wonderful lake with a sandy man-made beach at Sillé-le-Guillaume, just 18 km away, another at Gué de Selle, slightly nearer and quiter and excellent public pools at Villaines- la-Juhel (13 km) and Evron (16 km). The beach at Sillé-le-Guillaume also has horse and donkey rides, boat trips, pedalos and bars and restaurants. It's great for kids and adults alike.

Other activities a short drive away are golf, horse-racing and a casino at Bagnoles-de-l'Orne which also boasts many good restaurants.

Kitchen / Dining Room
Master Bedroom

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Our Rates
Peak seasons     £ 525 to £ 575 per week
Mid seasons       £ 435 to £ 515 per week
Low seasons      £ 370 to £ 450 per week

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Contact Us

Telephone : 02 43 37 23 35   (from outside France : 0033 2 43 37 23 35)
UK Mobile : 07771 833200   (from outside UK : 0044 7771 833200)

View Across Valley
Entrance and Courtyard

** Le Mans - the property is ideally suited for visitors wishing to attend events at the Le Mans racetrack. About 50 km away (31 miles), the route is trouble free and a very pleasant run.

Our ample covered parking, even for large vehicles and the safe environment are benefits we feel are not readily available with accommodation of this standard. La Goupillère is a perfect place to top and tail your Le Mans weekend and, even if you are not going there to see them, there are always many classic cars in the area for that event. Their owners just like driving around here.

Please see the separate "Le Mans Connection" page for full details.

Bedroom 3

Where are we?

La Goupillère is in the north-east of the department of La Mayenne, part of the region of Pays de la Loire and just south of Normandy and east of Brittany. It is easily accessed from any of the Channel ports; for example it is around four hours drive from Calais and the Eurotunnel terminal and two hours from Caen. Dieppe is three hours. Le Mans to Paris is only an hour by TGV. For visitors from Cornwall or Devon, Plymouth to Roscoff is a popular route.

Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport is just over an hour from Le Mans, direct by TGV, where you can pick up a hire car at the station (best to pre-book). There are a number of regional airports, all about two hours drive away.

Old Bread Oven
Downstairs Hallway

Ferry ports (red) and airports (blue) nearest to La Goupillère, also the Le Mans racetrack, Loire Valley, Normandy beaches, etc. Click on the map to enlarge it.


As the house is an old stone-built farmhouse with a long since fixed layout, it is unsuitable for people with mobility difficulties. People with small children should satisfy themselves that the terrain and upstairs bedroom layout are suitable.

Children and Babies

Are welcome. We can provide a nice cot and mattress, a high chair in the kitchen and a baby bath and changing mat but bring your own cot bedding and baby things. The patio and flat lawn at the back of the house are completely fenced so kids can play unattended in relative safety. A child gate is available.


Well behaved pets are accepted subject to the relevant provisions of our terms and conditions. A pet gate is available between the lounge and kitchen/diner.
Your Safety

Throughout rural France there is the possibility of power being cut during storms. The domestic electrical system is different from the UK and arguably much safer.

The most common scenario is that a circuit in the house trips and has to be reset, something that is very easy to do. Us "locals" are used to this but to ensure our guests do not have to stumble about in the dark we have provided emergency lighting in key areas (the lights come on if the power goes off) as well as battery powered bedside lamps in all bedrooms and an uninterruptable power supply (UPS) to provide lighting in the lounge and protect delicate AV and internet equipment. You won't know you need these until you need them, but when you do you will be glad of them!

La Goupillère also has plenty of carbon monoxide sensors/alarms and smoke alarms. There is no known danger - they are there purely for your peace of mind and "just in case".

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