Madly poured creativity into the conversion of the gîtes, using traditional materials and decorating them with her paintings and cleverly restored brocante finds. She leaves you a welcome basket and wants you to be comfortable and happy; the family manor house is just across the way, the door open if you need anything.
La Boulangerie, the old bakehouse, has views of the beautiful manor; Le Logis, part of a larger building, overlooks the orchard. Both have private gardens with hammocks and suntrap terraces with barbecues. Cook while you chat in big open-plan living areas; relax after days out – there’s TV, DVDs and WiFi; spot red squirrels, deer and wild boar – all regular visitors to the 12-acre grounds.
Visit the nearby restored and fully furnished Château le Rocher Portail – guests are given free entry; it has a tea room and brocante and plans are afoot to develop the gardens too. It’s easy to get onto the A84 and Madly is happy to advise on outings. Find bikes, boots and brollies; walk or cycle into the village for your morning bread and croissants; arrange wine tastings and art weekends. Fascinating Fougères is a ten-minute drive and Mont St Michel half an hour.