Location / directions

Our 2 Gîtes at la Martinière are located in Mayenne on the border of Pays de Loire / Normandy / Brittany. 


Gîtes de La Martinière

2 La Martinière


St. Aubin Fosse Louvain





French landline +33 (0)243 033062

French Mobile +33 (0)780 333738

How to Find La Martinière Gîtes

We highly recommend that guests have a car or motorbike to visit the area when staying at our gitês. Listed are approx. driving times to La Martinière from a variety of locations. These are the quickest routes (Taken from Google Maps) and on some routes toll fees are payable when using the Autoroute ( Péage )

There is no local Public transport and taxis are extremely expensive.


By air

Our local airports are: (Car hire available) 

Rennes - 1 hour 40mins (no tolls) 

Nantes - 2 hours 20mins (no tolls)

Paris/Beauvais - 4 hours 30mins (tolls)

Paris Orly / Charles de Gaulle - 3h30 driving. 


By train
Paris CdeG or Montparnasse to Laval (TGV) Train times range from 1hr 20/2hrs 20. Laval 40mins drive to La Martinière.

(Car hire available from Laval Railway Station)


Ferries/Channel Tunnel 

Caen/Ouistreham - 1 hour 50 mins (no tolls)

Cherbourg - 2 hours 30 mins (no tolls)

Dieppe - 3 hours (tolls)

St. Malo - 1 hour 10 mins (no tolls)

Calais - 4 hours 30 mins (tolls)

Channel Tunnel - 4 hours 20 mins (tolls)


Driving distances

Bordeaux 475km

Caen 110km

Calais 450km

Cherbourg 170km

Dieppe 270km

Le Mans 102km

Nantes 170km

Orleans 250km

Paris 265km

Rennes 75km

Rouen 205km

St. Malo 105km

Tours 190km




To find La Martiniére please set your Sat Nav with the following -


Town: Saint Aubin Fosse Louvain

Street Name: Le Buron




Go via the village of St. Aubin Fosse Louvain your SatNav will direct you to the hamlet of Le Buron. When in the village of St. Aubin Fosse Louvain look out for our small white La Martinière logo signs at junctions which direct you towards Le Buron. Having reached Le Buron there is only one possible turning, this left turn is between a house and farm buildings. From Le Buron our signs will direct you along a single track tarmac road for about 1km until you reach us. On arrival Parking is on the gravelled area to your left beside the barn. 

If coming from the South/Gorron Direction, you will reach Le Buron before arriving in the village. Our logo sign will direct you right then continue for 1 km until you reach us. 


IMPORTANT - That you set your SatNav as above and DO NOT enter into it our address. There is a farm near by with the same name, for some unknown reason entering our address in your SatNav may direct you to this farm which is in Normandy and we are in Mayenne.

Also Google maps sometimes directs guests here by a very rough farm track in which the bridge is now closed, as dangerous. If you follow the instructions above, you will find us without any problems.


We ask that once you have set your Sat Nav and it gives you an estimated arrival time, that you text us this, so we can plan our day and be here to welcome you. Especially in winter, as we can have the wood burner lit, so your gîte will be nice and cozy for your arrival.

Text to: +(33) 7803 333738


Any problems, please telephone us on our mobile or our landline +(33) 0243 03 30 62



We post this here, as from our experience "some rules of the road" are something which British, American. Australian etc. drivers may be unaware of when driving in rural France. 



In many towns and villages the French system of PRIORITY FROM THE RIGHT still exists. You can be driving on the main route through a town or village and even sometimes on main roads and unexpectedly and without even looking, a vehicle can pull out from the right as they have the right of way. We believe it is highly dangerous, but it is the law of the road here. You are expected to drive slowly in these areas in anticipation of a vehicle emerging from the right and you are expected to stop to allow them entry on to the route.

See photos below. 


PLEASE VIEW PICTURES BELOW, TO SEE ROAD SIGNS GIVING PRIORITY RIGHT. Also in many places a road sign ( yellow and red ) below or near the village sign, informs you that Priorité à Droite is in operation.



France has become very strict on speeding - Speed signs will be visible then disappear leaving you to guess the speed limit. Basically unless a sign informs you of the limit then it is the National speed limit of 80 kmh. In towns and villages the speed limit is 50kph unless signs showing 30kph Zone near schools.

Speed cameras, mobile cameras and un-marked speed camera cars are common. Speed cameras are NOT yellow as in the UK, but grey and designed to blend into backgrounds. Generally if you see a sign - Speed Radars ahead, keep to the speed limit as a camera will be hidden somewhere. See Photos below. 

We believe speeding fines can be passed to the UK to enforce payment, though you do not receive points on your licence. If stopped for speeding by a mobile check the Gendarme may well expect payment of the fine on the spot in cash and if you do not have the cash will take you to an ATM. So be aware !