This lovely 18th century farmhouse known as Le Petit St Jean sits on a sizeable acre of land in rural Mayenne, enjoying unfettered views across the valley to the Corniche de Pail. The property includes a fully self-contained gite and a building known as the Old Bakery that could be renovated for future use.
While the farmhouse and gite retain their original stone walls, solid oak beams and fireplaces, the properties have been beautifully modernised, with modern conveniences such as insulation, central heating and efficient wood burners.
The farmhouse and gite are built over 276 square metres, allowing plenty of space for families and lifestyle buyers, and there is great potential for anyone wishing to further develop the current owners’ established holiday rental business. A third residence, the Old Bakery, has great renovation potential for use as an extra holiday rental.
The main house
Entering the house through the front door takes you directly into the kitchen. Recently renovated, the kitchen’s original oak beams complement the new tiles and breakfast bar. The kitchen has a large refrigerator and double electric range, ideal for catering to large family groups.
From the kitchen, two internal doors lead to two large living rooms. The living room to the right hand side of the kitchen is cosy, with a new wood burner and plenty of room for a lounge suite. Windows overlook the front and back gardens. A bedroom with an en suite is connected to this living room. This bedroom also has its own external door, affording some extra privacy.
The second living room, to the left of the kitchen, has a dining area, a new wood burner and wooden stairs that lead to the upstairs bedrooms and bathroom.
At the top of the stairs to your left, a landing with a rail overlooking the dining area gives access to two small bedrooms which look out over the garden. Turning right at the top of the stairs takes you along the hallway, to the generous family bathroom – with a stand alone bath and separate shower – and the large master bedroom, which also overlooks the garden and the countryside.
The farmhouse is fully insulated, and with wood burners heating the interior, it’s a cosy and comfortable retreat during winter months. Inertia electric radiators are also found in each room. This cost-effective central heating system works on a timer, ensuring the house is toasty warm before your feet hit the bedroom floor on winter mornings.
The comfortable self-contained gite, part of the main building but separated from the main house by two dividing barns, is currently rented out as a holiday home, earning its owners £3500 each year. With a little marketing this lovely holiday let could become a lucrative business, earning future owners a minimum of £5000 each year.
As well as having rental potential, the gite is ideal for accommodating family and friends. Like the main house, this cosy two-bedroom property has been modernised, with a kitchen and a new power shower.
A new wood burner and quality insulation mean winter guests will be warm and comfortable during cooler months.
The gite is completely furnished and ready for use, kitted out with everything from cutlery to bedding too.
The garden’s generous proportions allow for plenty of space for outdoor pursuits: gardening, barbecuing, games or just lazing under a tree. The current owners are enthusiastic gardeners, and have dug a large vegetable patch, cultivated a wildflower meadow and cared for the many fruit trees including apple, plums and cherries. A stone barbecue, located beside the pretty pond, is a favourite spot for outdoor dining during the warmer months.
Two large barns allow for plenty of storage space and have great potential for future use. The picturesque Old Bakery has provisional planning permission from the local mayor and could be adapted for future use as a second gite, building on the existing rental business.
Le Petit St Jean is located on a bridleway, a well known rambling route that offers access to the pretty surrounding countryside and offers a walking route to the township of Javron les Chapelles. The path is signposted with a small statue of Le Petit St Jean, who gives the property its name. The old statue, nestled in the gite’s west wall, is a curiosity for the ramblers who pass the house, and is apparently the only statue of the little saint that depicts him with a lamb.
Le Petit St Jean is in the Mayenne area, region 53, near the N12. A five minute drive or pleasant 20-minute stroll through the woods takes you to the village of Javron les Chappelles, where you’ll find a post office, banks, a butcher, garages, small grocery shops and restaurants. There are a couple of big supermarkets a short drive out of the village.
Le Petit St Jean is an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding countryside, with a number of very pretty villages within easy reach. The gorgeous spa town of Bagnoles de l’Orne is just 25 minutes away and is certain to become a favourite spot with its scenic lake, ringed with restaurants and a pretty green.
Paris: three hours
Caen Ferry port: 1.5 hours
Dinard Airport: two hours
Le Mans: 1.25 hours