I cannot recommend this gem enough. It was a little piece of heaven and so thoroughly peaceful. The gite has a gorgeous farmhouse feel in the midst of a small but lively village. It’s the most charming community, and feels right out of a book. Would stay again in a heartbeat.
Gemma – August 2020
We had a wonderful week! The gîte has everything you need and is decorated beautifully. Ursula is very friendly and gave us an interesting tour through the unique village. St. Suzanne and St. Céneri le Gerei are both worth the trip. The baker is just across the street. We warmly recommend this to friends and family!
Dieke – July 2020
We totally enjoyed staying here. If you're looking for some peace and quiet with all the comfort you need this is the place to be. We enjoyed sitting on the bench in front of the house, eating our baguette in the sun and having our dinner outside while the cat came to keep us company. Ursula was very communicative and welcoming. Would love to come back again.
Solange – July 2020
Such an incredible gem! Amazing space, design and location. Loved the wood stove, bath tub and design. The village and community is so special and I can’t wait to return. Ursula is so lovely and her passion is expressed throughout the flats. I did not want to leave!
Mary – March 2020
We would highly recommend staying here after spending a fantastic week in Fontaine Daniel. It was spotlessly clean, and had everything you’d expect. It’s obviously a loved property which is well looked after and would be great for either individuals or couples looking to find inspiration in wonderful surroundings.
Lucy - March 2020
What a truly amazing place, we loved Ursula’s gite and the beautiful village of Fontaine-Daniel. Ursula provides everything needed to enhance your stay, the gite is well equipped and comfortable. Plenty of reading material and yes as most people have said ‘the bath’!!!! best bath ever!! The L’épicerie and the Boulangerie are excellent too. We don’t very often revisit places but we would love to stay here again.
Melanie - March 2020
A beautiful home in a charming village...a perfect getaway for the start of the year! Ursula has created a delightful place to stay...comfortable, stylish, cosy and well-equipped. The village shop next door is fantastic and the bakery across the street a real treat. Lovely surroundings with good walks for the dogs. We hope to return!
Julia - January 2020
As we are all well aware, the coronavirus crisis is affecting everyone.
It is especially affecting artists, of which there are many in the Mayenne region, and it one of the many things which make it so special to all of us who live here, have a home here, or just love to visit. There will be no Christmas markets, events which are very important to those who live by their art. Help us to support them.
The "Je soutiens nos artisans locaux, j'achète une boule de noël artisanale” project has been created in association with QUIRKY.STUDIO to help artists in the Pays de La Loire region to sell their handmade, unique Christmas baubles.
As Dorothée Bajeux, potter in Jublains and organiser of the project says, ‘What is more representative of celebrating the spirit of Christmas than a bauble. You can know you have supported a local artist each time you see it.”
The following artists are involved in the project: Judith Charpentier (LaCabanaJude), Aline Jugé, stonemason (Le Petit Menhir), - Emmanuelle Chappey, basket maker (The Yurt Workshop), Anaïs Bazin (L'escargot Tranquille), Géraldine Mézange, felt artist and- Dorothée Bajeux, artisan potter.
If you wish to support them go to www.quirky.studio, (this is a non-profit site) where you can buy one of their unique Christmas baubles. It can be delivered to your home, or there are collection points in the region if you prefer.
Thank you, and stay safe.
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 accommodation, 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.