Simply lovely! The gite was beautiful and wonderfully relaxing. We loved the original decor, using local Mayenne textiles and recycled objects crafted by local artisans. It’s a perfect base to explore the charming village of Fontaine Daniel and it’s fascinating history. Ursula was an attentive and thoughtful host, easily contactable and full of great recommendations.
We hope to return soon.
Lisa – April 2018
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ArtSpace Gîtes,  Fontaine-daniel

Short video showing the beautiful village with its unique history.

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.


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.


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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