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= Welcome return
Reviewer: Carol And Keith from Lancashire, England
Our second Easter at La Fresnaie and it continues to delight. The accommodation was as good as ever and this year the bed was adjusted to our height requirements, so transfers were easily managed. That is why this accommodation is so good, if you need help, assistance or advice Pauline and Nigel are always there, they somehow manage to be attentive but not overpowering. A skill rare in holiday accommodation. The inclement weather meant we fired up the wood burner, this made the lounge pleasantly warm and cosy. It was easy to manage and Nigel was on hand to steer us through how to get the best out of it. Pauline's jam was a constant visitor at the dining table, we can thoroughly recommend the raspberry! We hope to return next year for some more restful time at this Normandy gem.
28th April 2012
= La Haut Fresnaie
Reviewer: Pamela & Peter Burden from West Midlands, England
This was our third stay at La Fresnaie. We stayed for a week at the end of April. La Fresnaie does not disappoint, the accommodation is ideal for my wife who is disabled while the children did their own things upstairs. The house is modern and comfortable; under cover parking on the level is a bonus. Conveniences include English satellite TV (and radio) and Wi Fi Internet connectivity. A mention must be made of the prepared meals available from Melanie and David, the Mayennaise team. These are available on arrival or as a special gourmet meal at La Fresnaie which we booked. We were encouraged to go out for the afternoon, when we got back the table was laid with fine linen, cutlery and glassware and we sat down to an aperitif, first course, main course, cheese and dessert with coffee to follow. It was excellent, the service as good as the best restaurants we've visited. And we didn't even have to think about washing up. La Fresnaie has several delights, the “brunette” squirrels chasing each other over the patio, the stars on a clear dark night, the birds and the peacefulness. The local village, Loré, is within walking/wheeling distance and has a small shop. Disabled access in rural France can be a bit of a lottery, Leclerc's large supermarket at La Ferté-Macé is fine for domestic shopping, Bagnoles-de-L'Orne is a spa town good for a pleasant afternoon. Domfront is accessible (including the ruined castle) and well worth a visit, park by the Mairie, admire the extraordinary concrete church. Further afield at Le Mans, the motor museum is fully accessible and well worth a visit but the wonderfully preserved and atmospheric medieval quarter is, alas, all steps and cobbles. But La Fresnaie's greatest asset is undoubtedly Pauline and Nigel who, were, as always helpful and considerate booking a wheelchair for us and arranging a doctor's appointment when my wife developed toothache. Peter Burden, Wolverhampton
6th June 2011
= An ideal holiday destination
Reviewer: Frances And Nick Durkin from Dorset, England
Review We have just returned from our third stay at La Fesnaie which we enjoyed more than ever as we were blessed with fantastic weather for the whole fortnight. I am a full time wheelchair user and it is reassuring to know that we will be able to cope very easily with my needs as the house has been so well designed with plenty of room to move around in as well as a spacious wet room and accessible kitchen. Nigel and Pauline are attentive and helpful hosts. Although rural France can be challenging to wheelchair users we were delighted to discover some new walks along disused railway lines as well as a towpath. We intend to return again and savour the delights of this beautiful corner of France.
22nd May 2011
= Easter 2011
Reviewer: Carol And Keith from Lancashire, England
This gem is a place to which we will return - hopefully more than once. We stayed for two weeks over the Easter period, the weather was a bonus being in the high 20s, and this gave us chance to savour the delights of the glorious setting for La Fresnaie, squirrels chasing across the lawn, incessant birdsong, sun beating down on the South/West facing patios, Normandy gastronomic delights on the table, cool cider and poiré assisting our unwinding - there is only one word PERFECT. Over the years we have tried various ‘accessible’ holiday destinations, both in the UK and Europe, this house is the best we have ever stayed at. The tiled floors give complete freedom of movement, the lowered kitchen worktop ensures a wheelchair user can make a cuppa or cook on the hob, a double car port means dry transfers in inclement weather. The bathroom is big and the shower is easy to use and spacious, the layout of the bedrooms means that most combinations can be catered for – so often it is presumed that wheelchair users don’t or can’t use double beds – this was super king and so comfy. The TV channels are all English, a bonus for those who can’t live without news or a dose of sport. The crown jewels of this Normandy haven are surely Pauline and Nigel, nothing is too much trouble but their presence is unobtrusive. We had a minor medical problem which necessitated dealing with pharmacists, Pauline offered to translate for us, a great help! She was a fount of information about places to visit and offered helpful advice - this was appreciated, as some of the local towns do have steep hills and cobbles. Local markets abound and we found the best to be at Fourgères and Saint Hilaire du Harcouet. Bagnoles de L’Orne, about 20 minutes away, is a beautiful town and certainly worth a look. La Ferté-Macé possesses a large Leclerc supermarket with huge disabled parking spaces and undercover parking. Le Mans and its race circuit are a good excursion, the museum is particularly accessible.
30th April 2011
= La Fresnaie - Wheelchair accessible accommodation at its best.
Reviewer: Tony And Beverley from Lancashire, England
From the moment we pulled up in the large carport with its covered access to the front door, and saw the sun trap of a patio extending along two sides of this impressive detached house, we knew we had made the right holiday choice. The ground floor is designed to be fully wheelchair accessible without it appearing to be so adapted. It is an added bonus that this spacious and comfortable property is in such a pretty area of France with so much to see and do. Nigel and Pauline are the perfect hosts. They are attentive and helpful without being intrusive. They are aware that that the needs of those of us with mobility problems vary greatly, and are prepared to 'go the extra mile' to meet these needs. We had a very enjoyable week, and our first job on returning home was to book again for next year - this time for a fortnight.
25th October 2009
= La Fresnaie
Reviewer: Lyn & Dave from Hampshire, England
We stayed for 3 weeks at La Fresnaie and found it to be a first class holiday let. Our hosts made us feel very welcome and were available whenever needed without being obtrusive. The property is well laid out for wheelchair users and other members of the party. The undercover garage is most useful on any rainy days as everyone can remain under cover from the car to inside. The property is in a tranquil surrounding and is great for lazy days, when you just want to sit and read under the porch. Most unusual to find a property with such disabled friendly facilities.
3rd August 2009
= Le Fresnaie
Reviewer: Midge from Northamptonshire, England
Tim and I stayed at this excellent accommodation for two weeks in June 2009. This was our first experience of a self catering cottage as we have had motor caravan holidays for nearly 40 years. We booked with much trepidation. However Le Fresnaie met all our requirements and surpassed our wildest expectations. Pauline and Nigel were welcoming from their first email and ensured we had everything we needed on arrival and throughout our stay. Tim is confined to a wheelchair but found the entire ground floor easily accessible. He did have difficulty tansferring from the easy chairs and settee as they were all too low. The bed was comfortable and accessible from either side. Pauline and Nigel had provided information about the area, commenting on the ease of access. We enjoyed the peace and quiet and found local roads suitable for walks and 'cycle' rides. We did not miss our van as we had feared but are now worried about finding future accommodation which will live up to this standard.
12th July 2009
= La Fresnaie for the Able or Disabled
Reviewer: Richard Castle from North Yorkshire, England
My wife and I recently returned from a week holiday at La Fresnaie having watched it being built during previous visits to Le Haut Fresnay. Although the house has been designed to meet the needs of those who are disabled, it nevertheless is also a superb base for the able bodied. Whilst the downstairs has been particularly designed with wheelchair users in mind, the bathroom and the kitchen have been especially designed for access by wheelchair users and the able bodied. The bathroom was suitable for general use and the low work surfaces in the kitchen failed to detract in any way from being well thought out and proved to be most useable. The weather was excellent during our visit and we were able to sit out under the front porch which extends the whole length of the front of the house and gives totally covered access to the car port which is well sized to take 2 large cars comfortably. During inclement weather this feature would be a real asset. All rooms are very well proportioned and give a real sense of space. They are light and airy and a pleasure to be in. The design of the whole house is, we believe, superb, be it for able bodied or disabled holiday makers. We have stayed at Le Haut Fresnay on many occasions and look forward to future visits.
20th May 2009
= A family holiday during August 2008
Reviewer: Angela Gilmour from Hampshire, England
To say that we were impressed with La Fresnay would be a complete understatement. Well thought out adaptations incorporated into the design of this beautiful house meant that our holiday in August 2008 with our electric wheelchair 21 year old son and his two teenage sisters, was hassle free and easy. Without doubt this is the best 'accessible' house that we have ever stayed in. The tiled floors, wide doorways and the uncluttered rooms suited his needs perfectly and the inclusion of beds with legs (rather than divans) in the downstairs bedrooms meant that using a hoist was straightforward. A spacious, adapted bathroom with a large level access shower was wonderful and being able to make a choice beforehand about which bedrooms to use during our stay was a bonus. Attention has even been given to the dining area which allows a wheelchair user to sit at the table without the need to rearrange a single piece of furniture! Large patios and well landscaped gardens made the house even more special. Set in a tranquil area of the Normandy countryside we were little concerned before the start of our holiday that we would find enough to occupy our 3 ‘older’ children but our worries were unfounded. The many markets and chateaux in the local area, and day trips to Mt St Michel, the medieval bell foundry at Villedieu-les-Poêles, as well as Bayeux and Le Mans kept everybody happy. Nigel and Pauline were extremely attentive hosts during our stay. It can sometimes be a little daunting when you go on holiday to know that the owners live on site, but in this case, so warm was their welcome that we actually felt that we were staying with family. Nothing was too much trouble. Le Haut Fresnay is indeed a vey rare gem in the world of accessible holiday accommodation.w
3rd November 2008
= Le Fresnaie Gite
Reviewer: Andrew Peat from Glasgow, Scotland
My wife, daughter & I stayed at Le Haut Fresnay for two weeks in July of this year. After seeing it on the website while searching for accessible holiday accommodation our expectations were high. The reality on arriving at Le Haut Fresnay outweighed our greatest hopes. We were warmly welcomed by Nigel & Pauline who are fantastic hosts with nothing being too much trouble if assistance or advice on local activities is needed. A great deal of effort and planning in making Le Haut Fresnay accessible is apparent. It is spacious giving clear passage and wide turning circles for wheelchair users. The shower room/ toilet has been adapted with a large flat floor shower which includes a pull-down shower chair. The kitchen benefits from having a lowered worktop section and lowered cooking hob. We enjoyed dining al-fresco on the patio soaking up the tranquil surroundings.Overall Le Haut Fresnay is a very comfortable family holiday Gite finished to a high standard which beckons a return.
13th October 2008
= The owners are fantastically welcoming hosts
Reviewer: Barbara Boyle from Nottinghamshire , England
I have just returned from a week at La Fresnaie and am delighted to say that it is very accessible. Our party consisted of myself (wheelchair user), my husband and our one year old daughter and the access within the gite really took the pressure off my husband who only had to run around after our daughter instead of having to do everything for me as he usually does in many places that are 'accessible'. The shower room is spacious with a completely level access shower, although some people may require a shower chair. Floors are tiled throughout and light doors really are helpful. Even the kitchen has a lowered work surface and hob. This is the first place where I have been able to transfer on and off the bed by myself for 10 years!! The weather was not particularly great while we were there, but it was such a relief to know that we had somewhere comfortable to come back to. It's a fantastic place for getting away from it all and weather permitting, we spent a few nights sitting on the patio enjoying the peace and quiet and spotting red squirrels. The owners are fantastically welcoming hosts who take access serioulsy. We hope to return in a few years when our daughter is a little older...and we can have a real holiday!
22nd September 2008