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THINGS TO SEE AND DO 

Explore the markets, lakes and more 

Le Moulin is in the little village of Désertines, in the town of Gorron, the Mayenne department of the Pays de la Loire. For those who like to explore, it is an ideal base from which to travel to other places of interest. There are weekly markets in the surrounding towns; the one in Gorron is on a Wednesday morning - get there early! 
 
You will find plenty of public parks with floral displays, boating lakes, countryside walks, Centres de Loisirs, where you can hire bicycles, go hiking along adventure trails or, for the more intrepid, try kayaking or the high wire walks through the treetops! 

Discover French Nature 

For those with a penchant for all things nature based, the area has a plethora of flora and fauna, from the rollings fields of maize in the summer months to the banks of apple and pear trees, chestnut trees and wild flowers. 
 
The red squirrel - one of many protected mammals in France - is one creature that has sought refuge here and can sometimes be spotted going about its daily routine... 
There are plenty of activities to see and do in our area of France and its surrounding regions. Please click on the activity to be taken to the website for more information. (Mayenne Tourisme is also a good source of info - click here for their website) 

Activities 

Centre de Loisirs de la Colmont (en route to Gorron) - for bicycle hire, adventure trails, high wire 
Surrounding areas: Cider museum - a lovely family-run business where cider, poire (pear), pommeau and calvados is made 
Carp Fishing - lac clement, Moulin de Passais 
Ange Michel parc d’attractions - amusement park with water slides and an assortment of rides (open mid-April to September) 
Fosse Arthour - for climbing (based in Domfront en Poiraie) 
Jardins de Renaudines - floral park in Mayenne with a tea room and grand maze 
Jardin de la Perrine - located in Laval, a botanical garden with The Roserie, The Orangery, The Rousseau Tomb, The Basin, The Alley of Linden Trees and the Ginko Bilboa to name a few. Also a children's playground, duck pond, goats, an aviary of exotic birds and a pigeon aviary 
Velo Rail - this flowery village invites you for an unusual stroll, at the heart of a hedged farmland path on the old railway line connecting Laval to Caen, a draisine will take you for 6 kms (round trip) 

Eating Out 

Cafés 
There are great, cosy cafes within a short drive from where we are based in Desertines; a great crêperie, Le Petit Monde in Fontaine Daniel, right by a lovely lake. Explore the many cafes in Mayenne, Ernée, Fougères and surrounding areas 
 
Restaurants 
Locally, I would suggest Papillon in Gorron, a little further afield, La Forge in Fontaine Daniel; on one of its good days, Le Bretagne in Fougères; L'Eveil des Sens in Mayenne; lovely seafood at the Salty Dog Bar & Bistro in St Aubin; gorgeous eats at A l'Ardoise in St Hilaire du Harcouet and my latest find, L'Essentiel in Laval, excellent food and great service. By all means, check out the surrounding areas too. (Always contact your choice of eaterie before you head out!) 
 
With its abundance of roaming cattle, the restaurants (and, indeed, the supermarkets) in Pays de Loire are stocked with a stunning array of meat with which to create dishes – mouthwatering steaks, veal, local saucisse and the Normandy speciality, tripe, if you choose to do some experimenting in our wonderful kitchens. 
 
Vegetarians can also choose from a vast selection of creamy cheeses and risottos, omelettes and tarts, freshly picked mushrooms and wonderful seafood – oysters, coquilles St Jacques, lobster and langoustines. 
 
Vegans will delight in sampling seasonal produce cooked with the connoisseur in mind - mushroom bourguignon, crêpes, ratatouille... 

Swimming 

Over the years, I have travelled from our base at Le Moulin with my two children, checking out all the local pools and aquabulles. An aquabulle/aquatis is great fun, with indoor/outdoor pools, slides, jets and some with diving pools 
public swimming baths and/or aquabulle - Gorron, Mayenne, Bagnoles de l'Orne, Fougères, Laval 

Bowling, Go Karting 

Strike Club - bowling in Fougères 
Cap Form - multi activity space with bowling and karting in Laval 

Shopping 

Provisions 
Fougerolles du Plessis, Gorron, Ernée, Flers, Caen, surrounding areas  
 
Fashion and Clothing 
Mayenne, Laval, Alençon, Rennes 

Cinema 

Tennis 

There are several 'courts de tennis' in the surrounding areas 
Gorron, Saint Fraimbault, Levaré, Montaudin, Mayenne, Fougères, Mantilly, Lassay les Chateaux to name a few. 

Kayaking, Mini Golf, Horse Riding, Swin Golf, Casino, Spas 

A lot of our neighbouring areas: 
Centre de Loisirs de la Colmont (en route to Gorron) - kayaking, swin and mini golf 
Dinard - golf 
Fougères - bowling 
St Denis de Gastines, Juvigny sous Andaine - horse riding 
La Michaudiere - an equestrian spectacle with draft horses, Norman Cobs, Percherons and Bretons in Juvigny sous Andaine. A typical Bocage Normand farm located in themiddle of a very beautiful orchard of centry-old pear trees 

Museums, Castles, Churches 

Gorron 
Domfront (a local historical town) 
Fougères (home to the largest castle in Europe and once the home of the kings of Brittany) 
Avranches 
St Denis de Gastines 
Granville; and surroundings 
We would like to assure all our guests and visitors that we are continuing to do our part to help our guests stay safe by adhering to the government directives and following an enhanced cleaning protocol. 
With Christmas just around the corner, don't forget to treat your nearest and dearest to one of our fantastic VIP gift vouchers for a stay with us or attendance at one of our great events.  
If you're interested in registering your interest to attend our forthcoming Wedding Fayre, click here
We look forward to seeing you all very soon. 
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