Le Tay

Carelles, Mayenne
+33 (0)2 43 13 08 54
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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

Pets welcome

The Experience

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.


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • 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


If you are wanting to find a perfect sanctuary away from the stress of COVID-19 then Le Tay will not disappoint you. This feels like our spiritual home and it’s now our fifth summer visit to the gite. We have been so lucky to retreat here for a month despite everything and have felt very safe in this area of France. Ceri and Pete did everything they could possibly do to make our visit safe; not entering the gite for a few days prior to our arrival and providing an ample supply of disinfectant, cleaning stuff, hand sanitisers, soap, tissues, kitchen roll/paper towels etc.

Helen, Skipton

Beautiful gite, our hosts couldn't do enough. We arrived on Sunday when the shops were closed, only to find that Ceri had put together a wonderful welcome pack of food and arranged an appointment with the local vet for our dog for her return trip. Wonderful place and can highly recommend. We would certainly stay again.

Jackie, Peterborough

This is our fourth visit to LeTay and we are never disappointed it’s like coming home. I reviewed this property the first & second time we stayed here but just wanted to say that it’s still brilliant. This lovely gite is the perfect place to get away from it all and Ceri and Pete are wonderful hosts, so thoughtful in all they do. Our kitchen was stocked with enough food to keep us going for at least two days. There are many interesting places to visit and we keep finding more.

Helen, Skipton

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.