La Cassine

Moulins le Carbonnel, Sarthe
+33 (0)6 08 83 62 12

Fall in love with this riverside village, lost in a valley in lower Normandy, and this sunny house for couples or families


2 beds


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Bask by the pool in the sun-trap garden. In winter, roast chestnuts by the fire. Two doors down from the medieval bridge, in a village that inspired Corot and Courbet, this little house sits tucked into a historic row.

Up under the eaves the bedroom is tiny, though the bathroom is large, as are the living rooms below. You could sleep four children in the sitting room (with a sofabed, a pull-out bed, and a curtain dividing the stairwell). Cook as you chat: the kitchen is light and lovely.

Walking paths abound; little shops, galleries and restaurants are a short stroll. Don’t miss the Romanesque church and its frescoes, or the minute chapel with its ‘miracle spring’. Saint Ceneri-Le-Gerei is filled with history and legend.

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We think you'll love

  • Exploring the beautiful riverside village
  • The little garden and its wonderful big pool
  • Tracking down the sites of myth and legend
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You should know

  • The bedroom is tiny
  • You could feel cramped with more than two guests
  • Not great for little ones: the pool is unfenced


  • 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
  • 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 3pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Sofabed in living room.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from €120
Weekly price
from €800
1 House for 2
From €1202 beds1 bedroom


A wonderful little bolthole for two adults for discovering a relatively hidden gem in Sarthe. The back courtyard and pool would be very hard to pull yourself away from in summer. A wonderful place to unwind, with an incredibly picturesque village just a few steps away. I would like to set up an easel along the river bank and try to paint the view that Corot did.

Nicky, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

The picturesque bridge marks the Sarthe/Orne border, and the area, steeped in mythology, is unusual for France. Nestling in a loop of the river, the old village houses cluster round an 11th-century church. The lovely city of Alencon (15km), lace-making capital of France, is a must-visit, as is the charming 14th-century Chateau de Carrouges, a half hour drive. Back in Saint Ceneri-Le-Gerei are the stunning garden ‘rooms’ of Les Jardins de la Mansonière.


Alexis Zajac

Alexis is a Le Mans native whose work takes him around the world. He now lives in Le Mans with his young family, is helpful, friendly and speaks excellent English. If he cannot be around to greet guests, he leaves keys with a keyholder. You can call him at any time for help.