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Last updated: 07/01/2015
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:Chateau / Country House
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Country House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

'HARDANGE' is a charming and comfortable French country property. Some of the construction dates back to the 15th Century. The name means 'House on the Butte' in Celtic. Nicely renovated in the mid 1990's, it combines modern convenience with old world charm.

Located 220 kilometers (140 miles) southwest of Paris, about halfway between Sablé sur Sarthe and Loué in the department of the SARTHE (72) and two miles from the small village of Chevillé. For a precise geographic location, one can consult a detailed map by going to the website: via Michelin (road map) or Google.

The area is quaint and charming, agricultural, and rural farmland dotted with old and charming small villages. The city of Le Mans is located 30 kilometers (18 miles) to the East. Easy access by highway from Le Mans or Paris (five miles from the A 81 highway exit) and by the TGV (high-speed train) to Sablé: One hour from Paris. The SNCF train station of Sablé is nine miles away from the house.

The property (three hectares or seven and a half acres) includes four buildings (the main house, a smaller, older house not renovated, a barn, and a stable) and stands in the center of many acres of rural farmland, surrounded by lawn and hedges at the end of a 300-yard private access road. The environment is charming, very quiet and safe for children (no ponds and nearby roads). The local people are very welcoming and hospitable.

Nicely and completely furnished and includes:
· Large living-room with fireplace
· Spacious kitchen fully-equipped. (dishwasher, microwave, gas range, oven, fridge, etc.) Two side kitchen pantry rooms.
· Laundry room with washer.
· Linen, complete with sheets, towels.
. Kitchenware, cooking utensils.
· Satellite TV, barbecue, garden furniture.
· Cleaning services and baby-sitter help available

Close to:
- The Abbaye de Solesmes, next to Sablé (Gregorian chant); Has a well done English website.
- Beautiful 18-hole golf course in Sablé.
Olympic swimming pool
- Horseback riding, biking, extensive fishing, kayaking and swimming (nearby lake in Brûlon)
- The Medieval village of Asnières sur Vègre (three miles) - check website
- Loué, boasts a top-class restaurant, nice outdoor swimming pool
- River boating and rentals on the Sarthe River
- The Anjou and Loire valley, its castles and vineyards, one hour away to the South (Angers, Nantes...)
- The Medieval Cathedral of Chartres (60 miles east), and the Cathedral of Le Mans, 20 minutes away
- 'Les 24 Heures Du Mans,' International sports car race, each year in mid-June in Le Mans
- Many excellent restaurants
- Many cultural activities: Music Concerts, Festivals, antique fairs (Sablé, Le Mans, Sainte Suzanne)
- Excursions to the Mont Saint Michel and the sea, Nantes, Saint Malo
- Excursions to the Normandy WW2 Allied Landing Beaches
- Supermarkets, open air markets, medical facilities, pharmacies, car rentals, and other conveniences nearby

Keywords: Country House


Member since: 2004

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 07/01/2015

Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House
  • 2500 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • FM Radio & CD Player, Gas Stove and Oven, Microwave Oven, Washing Machine, Refrigerator/Freezer, Linen, Sheets, Towels are Provided, Charcoal Grill & utensils(BBQ), Garden Furniture...moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    There is a large disc for 100 plus channels via cable....moreless

  • Stereo


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    For those who love nature , animals and want to recapture their peace of mind in a quiet setting. " Off the grid"....moreless

  • Village:

    This region has many visitors from Paris. The environs boast of being a top destination of day trips . Among them are : The Abbaye des Solesmes and Asnieres. Cathedrals of Le Mans and Chartres....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Dining on a solid Oak Table that was made by hand....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Additional cost upon request....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street:

    Property is located 200 feet from the main driving street/road....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Towels and Sheets Provided...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Washing Machine located in separate room next to Kitchen area....moreless


  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker:

    New Coffee Maker. New Hot Water Appliance...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Numerous cooking utensils....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Complete sets of dishes and serving pieces. All of the utensils one can imagine!...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Selection of Serving Dishes and Storage....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Gas top Stove and one electric plate located inside kitchen and barbeque (brick) is located outside in the 'bistro' area....moreless

  • Toaster:

    New Toaster....moreless


  • Boat:

    several rivers ...Sarthe, Vegre...moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    one very nice in Sable sur Sarthe...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Located in the Bistro area outside. Medium brick outdoor grill....moreless

  • Tennis:

    several locations from 2 to 12 miles away...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Located nearby. Operational during the summer hours....moreless



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Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $100
  • Taxes Not included


Small cash security deposit (US $100) is given to our caretaker upon arrival and is given back upon departure. We have never had to withold any security deposit.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 07/01/2015
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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Angers, Le Mans, Tours, Nantes, Charles de Gaulle
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Cheville, Chantenay
138 Miles
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
Sable sur Sarthe
10 Miles
Nearest Train
Sable sur Sarthe / SNCF
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
A11, A81
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Cheville, Chantenay, Loue
120 Miles
Nearest Beach
Mont Saint Michel, Pornic, Saint-Malo

Car: Necessary

Live Theater Plays, Music Concerts, Movie Theaters (Sable), Cathedrals (Le Mans, Chartres, Angers), Weekly Open Air Food Markets, Regional Antique Fairs, Gregorian Chant (Abbaye de Solesmes), Hot Air Balloon Rides, Day trips to Mont Saint Michel, Saint Malo, Loire River Valley, Chateaux & Vineyards, Normandy WW2 Allied Landing Beaches, Paris (by TGV/High-Speed Train, 40 minutes from Le Mans), Also see Weblinks to Solesmes and local historical villages on this page


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1988

About the owner: We used to live and work in Paris. Strong urges to get out on week ends and short holidays. We found the property through a friend who already had one in that area. Spent a fortune fixing it up. And then we got relocated to California in 1998. We have done all we could to keep the house and go there as often as possible. Renting it certainly helped!

Why the Owner Chose Chevillé, France:
It has lots of charm, very quiet and peaceful. Sleeping is a delight. The locals are kind and welcoming. We have good friends there that we could not have the same relationship with if we only got together in Paris. Access from Paris is fast and easy. Tours to the sea are convenient.

The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
Every visitor will have a different perspective on the benefits of the visit. Be it the house, the area, the weather, people they meet, restaurants, museums, walking in the rain, watching birds, floating down the river, doing nothing... As they say over there: 'Il y en a pour tous les gouts'.

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Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 07/01/2015

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  • View from South

    View from South

  • one of three bedrooms

    one of three bedrooms

  • Bathroom


  • Barn and small un-inhabited house

    Barn and small un-inhabited house

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Part of the living room

    Part of the living room

  • main house, stable

    main house, stable

VRBO #42832

This listing was first published here in 2004.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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