Le Tay

Carelles, Mayenne

Rural bliss at the end of the lane: a cottage for 2 with wine and local biscuits in the hamper and farmers’ markets within a 5-mile drive


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2


Find peace on the edge of Carelles: one shop, and a baker that delivers daily. Your ivy-strewn cottage, resurrected from a barn, sits opposite the owners’ house on the other side of the lane surrounded by orchards and pastures. The owners, ex pats from Switzerland, friendly, down-to-earth and happily in France, moved in search of air and space, and usher you in. There’s a comfy sofa and a fireplace neatly repointed with a wood-burner; free WiFi, logs on the house, and a TV with satellite channels; the kitchen fits snugly into its corner; the French windows open to the garden; and the bedroom sports a deep mattress, a brass bed and a luxurious roll top tub with many splendored bubbles! All is warm, comfy and cosy, all is on one floor so you don’t need to be sprightly. On summery days, you have your own lovely, secluded, south-facing garden, with views, and a barbecue, and a gate in the picket fence opening into the orchard so you can laze in the hammock that’s strung from the trees. Borrow the bikes, book a horse, stroll to the local bar, visit medieval Fougères. Or spend the day on the Emerald Coast.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm , please get in touch for early or late check in
Check out
By 10am, please get in touch for late check out
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Restaurants 10km.


Nightly price
from €47
Weekly price
from €325
Damage deposit
1 Cottage for 2
From €471 bed1 bedroom


This was our second visit to Le Tay and it was just as enjoyable as the first visit in August 2016. We had planned our return for August but had to change our plans. Ceri assured that October was a great time to visit and she was right. There was plenty going on in all of the lovely towns around and the weather was just right for exploring. We enjoyed cosy evenings in with a good bottle of wine and a log fire. Everything in the the gite was just as good as last time and Ceri and Pete are great hosts. I would highly recommend this gite.

Helen, Skipton

The perfect place for two to get away from it all in a lovely peaceful setting. Amazing skies at night and a beautiful garden and orchard. Great for our dog with the fenced in garden and nice walks from the doorstep down the quiet lanes. The gite had everything we needed and shops only a short drive away. This was our 3rd stay at Le Tay and we're looking forward to going back again soon!

Tina, Cambridge

Very nice location, cosy and well furnished stylish gite, pretty secluded garden, good bed - slept really well.

Harnake, London

A cosy cottage just for two.Surrounded by fields.Super comfortable bed,Stunning bathroom.Ceri leaves you enough supplies for an evening meal and your breakfast next morning.We upgraded to a luxury hamper which can be adjusted to your needs.If you want stunning surroundings with a perfect cottage this is for you.Short stroll into village for one bar/shop/restaurant. Highly recommended.6 stars.

Marie, Chester

I would highly recommend this gite. It is absolutely charming and has earned its recommendation by Alistair Sawday. We have just enjoyed a fantastic two week stay here and had a brilliant holiday. It's location is perfect for those wanting to get away from it all; and yet there are so many interesting things to see in the locality. The gite is really well equipped but has those special attributes I would expect from an Alistair Sawday recommended property. I would definitely recommend it and this beautiful part of France. Very friendly and helpful owners on hand if you need them.

Helen, Skipton

Delightful secluded cottage and garden surrounded by farmland with everything you need on hand. The welcome pack supplied by Ceri was very comprehensive and the rhubarb crumbles a nice touch. She and Pete did everything possible to give us a relaxing and memorable holiday and even gave us a tour of the house and numerous barns. An ideal location to visit the wonderful Le Jardin de la Pellerine on the way to Fougeres.


One of the nicest self catering properties I've stayed in. We, and our dog, were made to feel very welcome. The gite is incredibly well equipped and each room has had care and attention lavished on it in terms of design and function. The whole place felt luxurious and homely and we really appreciated the welcome pack left by Ceri. The gite and its garden were very private and peaceful and I'd definitely recommend to other dog owners.


Lovely gite looking onto a delightful garden which is a real sun trap. Very generous welcome pack with a really well thought out selection of goodies. Ceri and Pete the owners are a delightful couple who go a long way to ensure your stay is everything it should be.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Ceri Busler

  • You're a quick cycle ride away from Les Jardins des Renaudies. Open from April to November, in addition to the gardens you can enjoy the honey fair, the maize maze and the pumpkin festival.
  • Fougères is rightly famous for its castle and the gardens, but you can also enjoy a day at the Forêt de Fougères and take a dip in the swimming lake. Perfect for cooling down in the height of summer.
  • The Fête de Carelles normally takes place on the first Sunday of July. There are floats, marching bands and refreshments until late into the evening.
  • The gite garden is south facing and very sheltered, so it is often warmer there than anywhere else. This allows for extended sunbathing and late al fresco dining.