These reviews relate to our previous gite, Blanc Bonnet which was recently bought by our good friends Marc & Els Taeymans          [ ]  who are still running the cottage as a gite and would love to hear from people wishing to stay at a smaller one-bedroom house.   We welcomed our first guests to Courfontaine Gite in april 2021. 



What people say about us ....


We are having an Absolutely Delicious time!!! Absolutely lovely experience.  M & FT 


We have thoroughly enjoyed staying at Blanc Bonnet on more than one occasion and couldn’t wish for a more peaceful and pleasant place to stay.  The cottage is comfortable and well equipped.  There is nothing more relaxing in the summer than enjoying a glass or two of wine in the back garden and listening to nothing but the sound of birdsong or in the cooler months in front of the wood burner – bliss.  Peter was a brilliant host, making sure that we were comfortable in the cottage and keeping us well informed of what was going on in the surrounding areas.  We wouldn’t hesitate to return”.  DP & RP 


The gite itself is very spacious and comfortable.  It is well-equipped with all reasonable needs for two people on holiday. Bed linen and towels provided were all of good quality. We had no need to use the fire, but there is a plentiful supply of wood should you need to do so.
This is a lovely area in which to stay, if you want to be off the tourist trail and just in rural France - the bonus is that it so close to the channel ports and does not require hours of driving or overnight stops.  The countryside around is very attractive, and the roads are never busy, the walk around the local lake is very pleasant.  There are several beautiful villages and towns not too far away, great to just wander around and enjoy lunch or a drink at a pavement cafe.   PB & SB July 2017
Our stay at Peter's cottage was a wonderful experience and a glimpse into beautiful rural France. Peter was a great host and did his best to cater to all our needs. The house is amazing, I was impressed by its thick stone walls and all the traces of its former inhabitants during its 200 years history. This is a place I would gladly return to anytime. RC August 2017
The area of La Mayenne truly is rural France within easy reach of the coastal ports, giving a very manageable journey from the UK. Blanc Bonnet is an authentic, cosy French cottage with everything we needed for a comfortable stay and provided the peace and quiet we were seeking after a busy summer. Although the weather was cooler than expected for September, we did have a couple of barbeques in the garden and Peter kept us well stocked with plenty of dry logs for the wood burner in the evenings – lovely.
The surrounding countryside is ideal for walking. There are way-marked trails directly from the cottage, taking in the rolling collines and woodland. A short drive away, there is excellent walking through the Fôret de Sillé and Sillé Plage. There is also plenty to see and visit in the small towns and villages nearby. We went to historic Jublain, St Suzanne and also St Céneri in the Alpes Mancelles where we were delighted to be part of a medieval re-enactment taking place over the weekend.
Peter was a very considerate and attentive host and gave us useful information on the area, particularly on the beautiful Basilica in Evron. We will definitely consider returning to Blanc Bonnet for a future holiday.
C & DW 

Wow, what a gite


Our experience at Blanc Bonnet was like an oasis of perfection.   Spotless, peaceful, unspoilt and beautifully appointed with the most amazing private garden just for us.  We wanted to have a complete and utter rest following a hectic of year and this was achieved immediately. Thanks to the owners, so helpful and kind when we wanted advice but always respecting our own privacy.


There does not seem a large number of gites just for two people but Blanc Bonnet is by far the best we have ever stayed in.  Last year, we stayed in one near Tours which cost well over double charged at Blanc Bonnet for far inferior accomodation. 


I could go on forever extolling the virtues of Blanc Bonnet and our hosts, so to avoid this and to sum it up - the only downside to our holiday was that it came to an end!


Can't wait for our next visit.

J and K T, Brighton


"The Perfect French Getaway"

5 out of 5
Blanc Bonnet is the perfect place for a peaceful retreat. The accomodation is in excellent condition, is spacious and is full of character. My partner and I really felt that we were staying in a home away from home which meant that as soon as we arrived we instantly relaxed.

Its location is just superb, with stuning scenery on your doorstep and great access to some of the most delightful places in this region of France. We enjoyed going for walks, biking, relaxing in the garden and at the beach down at the lake and visiting some really beautiful french villages and towns - all within really close proximity to Blanc Bonnet.

The owners are extremely welcoming, helpful and provided some really great recommendations of what to see and do. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a that charming french getaway.

R & E M, London


"Comfortable, peaceful and relaxing.
5 out of 5
Just returned from a week at Blanc Bonnet.   It was a last minute booking for a get away from it all vacation. The area is beautiful with walks on the doorstep, picturesque villages and a village restaurant a must to experience.
The cottage was spacious and very comfortable with a pretty secluded garden to enjoy the sunshine and a wood burning stove to relax by.  The owners were helpful and informative. We felt so comfortable.
Definately recommend to friends,
A & M M, Surrey
"What a really special place"
After several years of lovely holidays in France, we thought we had seen it all it has to offer but this area is delight - absolutely unspoilt.     There are wonderful, peaceful walks through the National Forest - the whole area seems alive with nature.

We have stayed in many lovely properties but none compare to Blanc Bonnet.    A fairytale cottage with the most secluded, peaceful garden.  Inside, the spacious cottage is beautifully and comfortably furnished.   The photos on the web site certainly don't do it justice.
We spent a wonderful few days there and will definately be telling our family and friends about Blanc Bonnet.   In fact, we're returning, next year !! 
Mr and Mrs J T, Salisbury
"Lovely rural retreat"
Blanc Bonnet is the perfect rural peaceful retreat, which is full of character. Located just outside a small village with lovely scenery on the doorstep and great access to other local places of interest, including beautiful villages and towns. We enjoyed days out sightseeing, walking and relaxing evenings in front of the log burning fire. The garden is secluded and enclosed with lovely countryside views.

The owners are helpful, attentive and extremely welcoming, however not invasive. We stayed with our small dog who was also made very welcome. I would have no hesitation in recommending this property to anyone who is looking for a rural french
Mr and Mrs G, Newcastle 
"What can we say ?"
Our stay at Blanc Bonnet has surpassed all expectations.   All your efforts have not been in vain and you have created a beautiful gite to be proud of.   We wish you every success and look forward to our next visit [ which can't be soon enough ].  Many thanks.
J S and D B, Norfolk

"Rural French Idyll"


If your idea of a French getaway is peaceful, green countryside with a smattering of medieval towns & villages, then look no further !

The cottage does not disappoint, it's tastefully decorated and furnished. Own transport is essential, but lots to interest within 30 mile radius.  From Forests & Lakes on the doorstep to quintessential picturesque villages & towns.

It never fails to surprise that the beautiful French countryside appears virtually deserted !  though it was September ! (still hot in the day, though we did enjoy a log fire in the evening)

This part of the countryside does not cater for Non-stop tourist style refreshments, restaurants usually have set opening times, though the larger towns are well catered.  There are good local Supermarkets & street markets however in nearby towns so no shortage of local 'goodies'.

There in much information within the cottage to plan excursions out, and walks from the cottage door.  The owner is the perfect host, with the right combination of useful information, and welcoming attitude.
The restaurant in the village offers fabulous fayre, cooked in a Wood burning oven, no choice but all the better for that !

Le Mans was extremely interesting with it's Medieval & modern centers, something for everyone here. Other nearby towns & villages, Sille/ Leval/St Suzanne/ Evron/ Fresnay - all a delight.

Bon  voyage !


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