We spent our second week in France here at La Godefrere after a week in Paris, and the change was absolutely wonderful. Paris is obviously much more exciting, with lots of attractions and sights (and lots of tourists everywhere!), but here at La Godefrere we were able to relax and enjoy the holidays.
Being out in the countryside, it was completely quiet at night and quite dark. There is nothing that disturbs your sleep in this area!
The gite is very spacious, with a large downstairs room that includes space for a lounge, dining area, reading area and a kitchen. The main bathroom is on the same floor. The bedrooms are above this downstairs room, and a laundry / games room is located at ground floor below the gite. There was lots of space for our teenagers to curl up in a corner with their cell phones or books.
The gite was very well maintained - not a single thing was out of place. The bathroom and kitchen were spotless, the beds were comfortable. The TV was maybe a little outdated, but we hadn't come to France to watch TV anyway.
We made a number of day trips to places like Mont Saint Michel, Fougere, Mayenne, Ambrieres-les-Vallees, as well as some local farms and villages. There is a lot to see in the area, and we barely scratched the surface. We also visited many of the patisseries in the nearby towns to sample some of the local specialities.
Overall, we had a lovely, relaxing time at La Godefrere!
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We stayed at La Godefrere for 3 nights in August at the end of our holiday in France. The Gite is lovely, very comfortable and well equipped. The owners Graham and Kate were very friendly, helpful and welcoming. Their gardens and land are lovely giving a lovely setting and there were cows and sheep in the surrounding fields. My daughter enjoyed stroking the cats too! We enjoyed playing pool and darts in the games room. The area is lovely and there are loads of places to visit - we were spoilt for choice and wished we had longer to see some more! We went to Ambriere les Vallées which was lovely and also enjoyed a walk by the river and a game of Mini Golf at the Parc du Vaux. Mayenne was great too, we did the town trail on the map from the tourist office and a boat trip which was very interesting. We were given an English translation of the French commentary too which was great as this is often not the case! The only slight downsides I would say would be that the Gite is a little dark given the nature of the conversion of the barn and the bathroom had rather an aroma probably due to the septic tank and no opening windows. We would have liked a more private area just for the Gite as you are literally opposite the owners house but that might be us being picky! Overall a great holiday in a lovely area.
My sweetheart and I stayed here for a week and found it pleasant, peaceful, and full of charming quirks. I'd read Peter Mayle's "Encore Provence" and although La Godefrere is not set in southern France (Provence), it's still got the same odd character from the brocades selling interesting antiques that I'm tempted to envision in a vintage getaway of my own to the boulangerie that sold better mille feuilles (napoleons) than we had eaten in Paris.
We are a quiet couple that provide much of our own entertainment, but there were still many things to see and do outside the privacy of the Godefrere guest lodgings. Nearby were chateaux, lovely walks, even a cidre museum! Our hosts were the perfect balance of warm and welcoming with leaving us our privacy, too. We could see them and their sweet cats in the garden often and banter with them about our mishaps with French customs (we didn't read the signs IN ENGLISH in the grocery stores that said shoppers needed to weigh and label their produce before going to the cash register; I ordered hot tea on a cold & rainy day as an "aperitif" at a nice restaurant to the consternation of the waiter; our U.S. credit cards didn't have the microchip that's read by most credit card machines in France so we couldn't buy gas for our car after midnight).
When on vacation, we prefer to have a little place from where we can brew tea and eat simple meals then wander around the world at large. This is definitely an affordable and enjoy place to do just that.
(I've added photos to complement the ones on La Godefrere website so you can see some of the detailed charm of the place.)
Lovely comfortable rooms and friendly people! Rural but well located, mayenne and leval are nearby. Lots of lovely places to visit which are all detailed in a folder in the gite.
Great local cider available at several farms in the area.
A good place to relax or as a base to explore the local area.