Beautiful cottage in a picturesque village. Perfect for relaxing for a few nights with the dog. The village has every amenity you need and exceeded our expectations. Ursula was a great host and we would thoroughly recommend her Airbnb.

Greg – August 2019

Such a lovely space to stay - facilities are great and even better than the pictures depict. Ideally located in the small village, less than a minute’s walk to the boulangerie and amazingly stocked epicerie. For such a small village, there is plenty happening - during our week there was a music evening at the epicerie and a random jamming session with members of a local folk band!

Angie – August 2019

A hidden gem in a beautiful location, the Reflet Gite was very well equipped for all our needs. It is a lovely interesting and stylish home. What more could you want, l'epicerie next door, a Boulangerie opposite and two very good restaurants just a short stroll away. Perfect!

Ros – June 2019

This gite is fantastic. All these reviews are genuine as surely no one can fault this place for its location, high end finish, resto’s next door and Ursula’s attention to detail. I highly recommend you stay here. Loved it.

Colin – July 2019

A really stylish and cosy apartment in a cute and picturesque village. We didn’t see Ursula during our stay but she was a very helpful and thoughtful host. We highly recommend the creperie around the corner and enjoyed visiting the surrounding area.

Christoph - April 2019

A wonderful location, a quiet village with all the amenities you could need and a stylish space to relax!

Michael - March 2019

Ursula's place is laid out so well, she has considered everything and we would recommended any one to stay. The village is exceptional with so much to offer. Great bakery, village bio store and restaurants. It is also home to the Toiles de Mayenne weaving mills. It’s hard to find a better place and village that ticks all the boxes.

Colin - February 2019

The gîtes

The Gîtes are located in the centre of the beautiful village of Fontaine-Daniel, in the Mayenne region of France. Fontaine-Daniel was nominated as one of the most magical villages in the region.


There are two different types of accomodation, Maylis and Reflet are for couples or single travellers. These  are on the ground floor, and are very close to the village bio-epicerie and boulangerie.


ArtSpace8 is on the second floor and is  is suitable for families and can accommodate five people. It has two double bedrooms and is next to the lake. This quiet apartment overlooks the village square which has a friendly, family run creperie and michelin starred restaurant.

The extraordinary story of fontaine-daniel

Inhabited for 800 years, firstly by Cistercian monks, then it became home to the Toiles de Mayenne fabric manufacturer, whose ownsers developed the village as a social enterprise, it is a unique village with an extraordinary atmosphere.

location of the gîtes

In the heart of the village ArtSpace gites are at the centre of Fontaine-Daniel - next to organic epicerie and just a short stroll to the restaurants.


This video was made a guest on the first day of Fete de la Terre, 2019.

The village

Fontaine-Daniel is a friendly village with a tranquil atmosphere. 


It has a wonderful organic co-operative épicerie which has a bar, library and bookshop, food shop and bistro. You will regularly find music and cultural events there. Fontaine-Daniel also has a cozy cafe in the friendly village bakery which regularly holds art exhibitions. Take coffee in its secret garden around the back, or enjoy a galette in the friendly creperie or indulge yourself at the excellent restaurant.


After you can relax with a wander around through the allotments, see the cabanas or walk around the lake and see the chapel.


Alternatively, if you wish to visit the convent of Bois-Salaire which nestles in the woods within walking distance of the village, (whose nuns makes beautiful candles and tissanes), it can be visited by appointment.


No trip here is complete without a visit to the Toiles-de-Mayenne shop to touch the beautiful fabric which is made right here in Fontaine-Daniel.

The host

The ArtSpace Gîtes project is the brainchild of author Ursula Benjamin and are located at the heart of Fontaine-Daniel in the Pays-de-la-Loire, close to Mayenne. The Gîtes combine the best in design, location and local knowledge to ensure a unique experience for your stay. the two gites occupy the ground floor of a building at the heart of the village.


The Gîtes are designed for individuals or couples and it's unique village location is unparalleled. You will get a welcome hamper on arrival as well as a private guided tour of the village.


Why ArtSpace?


These spaces are available throughout the year for guests and also for Professional artists, film-makers, writers and creatives who wish to come to Fontaine-Daniel for inspiration. Your stay at the Gîte helps to fund the Artist residencies, which in turn enriches the cultural experience of the village.


More information on artist residencies can be found here.


Discounts on ArtSpace Gîtes are also available for members of The Society of Authors and The Federation of British Artists.

Art and craft - get quirky

If you are interested in art/craft workshops with local artists, you can email ursula for a full list of workshops.


If you would like a one-to-one day arranging, it can be arranged (subject to the artists availability).


With reasonable prices, amazing artists, you will have an experience which will stay with you forever.

Toiles de Mayenne

Fontaine-Daniel is home to Toiles de Mayenne, the historic fabric manufacturer and has been inhabited for around 800 years.


Initially home to a Cistercian Abbey, many of the buildings still in use around the village date from that period.

The village of Fontaine-Daniel itself was created by the founding family of Toiles de Mayenne as a social enterprise to house its workforce.
After the Revolution the buildings and land were bought by the founders of Toiles de Mayenne, and espousing a philosophy of social housing that was similar to that of  Saltaire and Bournville in the UK, subsequent generations of the founding family built homes, a church and a school for its workforce.

Toiles de Mayenne is a cultural heritage label and still a family business. You can discover the beautiful fabric here for yourself.

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