Mayenne, France

Mayenne holiday rental cottages - Homes Mayenne

Mayenne is a department in northwest France named after the Mayenne River. Mayenne is part of the region of Pays de la Loire. Bordered by the rocks and wooded hills of Alpes Mancelles in the north and the huge Parc Naturel Regional de Normandie et Maine, there is an abundance of wildlife and outdoor pursuits close by. The Mayenne River offers an abundance of activities when you stay in a self catering holiday rental home in Mayenne, France. From Ambrieres-les-Vallee in the north to Daon in the south, the meandering Mayenne has 85km of towpaths ideal for hikers, mountain bikers and horse riders. Unsurprisingly Mayenne is a fisherman’s paradise with 4,500 kilometres of rivers for those who want to rent holiday cottages in the Mayenne, offering hundreds of first class fishing locations. Kayaking, rambling, cycling and bird-watching are all catered for when you holiday in Mayenne along the meandering river, woodlands and agricultural countryside renowned for its cheese and apples.

Stay in a Mayenne holiday rental cottage and be sure to visit Laval, the capital town of the Mayenne department in north-western France. It lies on the threshold of Brittany and on the border between Normandy and Anjou. Laval is located on the River Mayenne and the town has obtained the label Village of Art and History from the fact of its rich heritage.  

The town of Mayenne has much to offer. Visit the town’s impressive eleventh century Eglise de St Martin, Notre Dame Basilica with its statue of Joan of Arc, and historic Chateau. The feudal town of Mayenne grew up around the old castle which has lovely views of the river from its ramparts.

Travelling to your self catering holiday rental property in Mayenne, France

By Air: The nearest airport is Rennes which welcomes Flybe flights from Southampton, Manchester and Southampton. There are also Aer Lingus flights from Cork and Dublin. Further away is Tours which operates regular Ryanair flights to and from London Stansted. By Train: The Gare de Laval railway station offers connections with Le Mans, Rennes, Paris Bercy and several regional destinations. A TGV can be taken to Rennes and then a local service is available to reach the department. By Road: Mayenne is well positioned and easily accessed by France’s auto routes. The A11 runs to the department from Paris via the A81 which starts in nearby Le Mans. By Ferry: Mayenne is ideally situated for those wishing to arrive in the department via ferry. The nearest ports are Saint Malo, Cherbourg and then Le Havre. Several ferry companies operate regular services to all three ports from the UK.