La Locherie

La LocherieLa Locherie is our own hamlet in rural France, situated in the Mayenne region, just over the borders of both Normandy & Brittany. Click here to see a map. It is an ancient farm in a pastoral landscape so tranquil and unspoiled by progress that it seems to be part of a previous century. The original stone house, which dates from around 200 years ago, has been extended over the years with the addition of first one stone barn and then another to form an L-shaped building around a South-facing courtyard. These barns have been converted to form our gites. A third, freestanding, stone barn completes the cluster of buildings, which are surrounded by seven acres of their own grounds.

When we first saw La Locherie, in the autumn of 1999, it was empty and rather forlorn. But we fell in love with it - and the area - straight away and were determined to restore it to its full potential. We have tried to make the best of the old features, such as the stone work and wooden beams, while bringing the facilities up to date with all modern comforts. We had to evict the last tenants - the owls that were nesting in the chimney - but they moved on to the old haybarn. At twilight you might see them swooping low over the fields in search of prey. Buzzards and kestrels are also a frequent sight and if you are lucky you might see deer, foxes or even a red squirrel.

Owl Bar

Sepulture MegalithiqueLa Locherie is on the outskirts of a commune with fewer than 700 inhabitants. Parts of the village church date from the 11th Century. Beside it is a hawthorn reputed to be the oldest tree in France and said to date from the 3rd Century. Sometimes it flowers with pink blossom and at other times, white. Just outside the village is a Sepulture Megalithique. This fascinating prehistoric curiosity is a covered stone chamber, discovered in 1887. It has been subject to archaeological investigation and what you see today is partly a reconstruction. There are explanatory boards (in French) around the site.

Other features of the village include a Plan D'Eau, or lake, which is a meeting point for local anglers, and is pleasant to stroll around, and a general grocers/bar which is also a depot du pain, or bread depot. (If you want to buy freshly baked bread and croissants straight from the bakers, the nearest are in Fougerolles, about three miles away). Several planned walking routes centre on the village.

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page last updated: March 18 2011