Brand new cottage with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms
Hugues et Auriane de Vauplane
- english, french
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
perfect setting, wonderful property
Another wonderful stay at the property, which is as perfect as I remember it from the previous stay. Our thanks as always to the owners who kindly welcome our group back and make us feel so welcome.
Very happy and enjoy to stay here. Large area, with full facilities.
A sympathetic renovation in the grounds of a chateau
This is a recent renovation in the grounds of a small chateau, and has been beautifully done.
There are four double bedrooms, each with its own shower room (in one, the shower is over a bath). Two bedrooms have superking sized beds, two have twin singles. All beds are comfortable, with good quality bedlinen provided. The bathrooms are good, with large bathsheets and hand towels provided.
The kitchen accommodation is medium sized and has plenty of all the pots, pans, crockery and glassware you would expect, together with a few basic cooking and cleaning items such as oil, salt, dishwasher tablets and bin liners. The dishwasher is small but has a half-hour programme which we found did the job (we existed mainly on salads and barbecues so we didn't create any really dirty pans). There is a small laundry room with a washing machine which we thought was inadequate as it left our clothes dripping even after a spin.
The lovely large living room has a dining table, and there's also a table and chairs outside, next to the gas barbecue (gas provided).
The grounds of the chateau are attractive and well kept. The swimming pool is not directly behind the property, as it might appear to be from the photograph. It is correctly fenced off and locked. The pool is shared with the owners, who have exclusive access to it after 7pm. This was not an issue for us as we had small children heading for bed at that time, but it might cramp the style of those wanting an evening pool party.
The house is in a very rural setting, and a disadvantage is that you wouldn't particularly want to walk to either of the local villages for your croissants in the morning, although bicycles are provided for guests (given the 1 km drive of stone chippings, it's still a half-hour round trip by bike). It's 5 minutes by car. The nearest decent supermarket is La Ferte Bernard, a 20-min drive away. But it's an easy drive to Le Mans for a day out, and we found it very convenient for the motorway.
The owners were living in the chateau during our stay, and were very helpful. They are justifiably proud of their property and were a little anxious about our small children, which initially made us a bit paranoid. However, we moved all ornaments on to high shelves and felt better! We were also expected to park our vehicles a short distance from the property, except when loading and unloading. These small niggles apart, we found this to be an excellent property for a family stay.
Thank you very much for your appreciation.
We were very happy to welcome and hope to see you again.
Kind regards to all the family.
Hugues de Vauplane
Exquisite setting, delightful owners, first class facilities
We have just returned from a wonderful week, with extended family ranging in age from 1 to 83! The property was a delight to stay in with everything provided of the highest quality and everyone was able to relax and enjoy the extensive grounds, activities provided and, of course, the pool. The ground floor bedroom was a Godsend too for my mother who cannot do the stairs.
David looked after us so well, nothing was too much trouble and it was a pleasure to meet the owner, Hugues, on the day we left. The local towns and villages have everything you need if you don't want to go far (which we didn't, given the temperature and our elderly relatives) but we enjoyed the market on Wednesday in Connerré and the delights of the boulangeries in Tuffé!
The only downside was that the week flew by and we hadn't booked for longer. We will be back, though..
Mille mercis, monsieur et madame de Vauplane, et à la prochaine!
immaculate property in a unique and beautiful setting
This property has retained original features but has every modern convenience from high specification en-suite bathrooms to 4G wifi.
The setting is utterly beautiful, the owners of the estate hospitable and friendly.
Having stayed in many French properties from small gites to large Chateau this is the best stay I have had and look forward to returning. A truly beautiful setting and property.
Thanks a lot for your warm appreciation concerning "le Gîte de Launay".
It will be very useful for the future customers.
I hope we can receive you again and it will be a great pleasure.
Beautiful house in the French country
We were a family of 6 adults including my mother 81 years old.The house was perfect for us, lots of space, private facilities for each room, great large and quality towels and bedding. There are very nice collectibles from all over the world, and beautiful furniture. WiFi works great.
David the gardener gave us a warm welcome and we did get along well with his sparse English and our poor French. We didn't cook warm meals just breakfast, there are cooking facilities and an electric cattle which I recommend replacing (it was full of fur and took a long time to boil the water).
The surroundings are magical, forest, flowers, cows... real country feel. Didn't use the pool, was too cold.
We communicated with the owners through email and phone messages and all was smooth.
Sorry we did not meet them personally.
The pictures are true to the real house.
The cottage Launay is 3.5 km from the aquatic leisure base Tuffé (swimming, water sports)