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Arts and Festivals

Numerous festivals, concerts and other cultural events are organised, particularly in the summer months. Here are a few addresses:

Le Réveillon Jazz Café, Réveillon
Le Carnet de Route, Alençon (a friendly jazz-bar) 8 Rue Marcel Palmier 61000 - 02 33 27 06 23
• Du côté de Bellême (bookshop), Bellême tel 09.63.52.89.83
Le Carré du Perche, Mortagne (concerts)
Le Jardin François, Le Clos, Préaux-du-Perche
Le château de Blavou, St Denis sur Huisne
Le Château du Tertre, Serigny, Bellême tel. 02 33 73 18 30

The following festivals are annual events:
• Festival du Perche (août)
• Septembre musical de l’Orne
Abbaye de l’Epau, Le Mans

Markets and local produce

Markets

  • Monday : Mamers, La Ferté-Bernard
  • Thursday : Bellême, Alençon
  • Friday : La Ferté-Bernard (farmer’s market, all day)
  • Saturday : Nogent-Le Rotrou, Mortagne

Local produce

  • Cheese and dairy produce: La ferme du Val Primbert (GAEC Sylvain Durey et Jérôme Aubert), Saint-Jean-de-la-Forêt 06 88 36 73 21 - basprimbert@hotmail.fr
  • Bread and vegetables: GAEC du Champ Devant (Aurélien Asselin et Xavier Boullier). La Croix, 61130 Saint-Cyr la Rosière 02 33 73 76 17

Second-hand dealers (‘brocanteurs’) and antiques

  • Brocante de la Touche, La Ferme de la Touche, Nogent-le-Rotrou
  • La Brocante de Brigitte, Lieu-dit Petit Bellevue, 61260 Mâle 02 37 49 72 62 / 06 76 10 07 47
  • Village de Brocante du Val d’Huisne, RN 23 direction Le Mans 28400 Nogent Le Rotrou 02 37 52 08 94 - 06 86 93 10 15
  • Brocante RN23 Lieu dit Le Chêne Vert - 61260 MALE 06 15 68 26 84

Auctions

  • Orne Encheres; 33, rue Demées, 61000 Alençon
  • Galerie de Chartres, 10, rue Claude Bernard 28003 Chartres 02 37 88 28 28
  • Eckle & Associés, 4, rue Tochon 28400 Nogent-le-Rotrou Tél. : 02.37.52.01.85

Restaurants

Restaurants

Good value

  • Les Artistes, 8 Rue Cidrerie 61130 La Chapelle Souëf: 02 33 83 69 98
  • Le Relais St Germain, Préaux du Perche : 02 33 73 33 39
  • L’Angélus Gourmand, St Hilaire/Erre: 02 37 52 92 55 ...
  • Le Champ de Foire, 4 place Général Leclerc, Bellême 02 33 73 00 38
  • Le Café Saint-Pol, 22, Place Saint Pol, Nogent-le-Rotrou .
  • Auberge du Cheval blanc, Avezé 02 43 93 17 05

Specially recommended

  • Restaurant La Croix d’Or, 6 rue de la Herse, 61400 Le Pin la Garenne 02 33 83 80 33
  • Auberge des Trois J, 1 Place Doct Gireaux 61340 Nocé 02 33 73 41 03
  • Auberge des 7 Plats, 79 Grande Rue 72000 Le Mans 02 43 24 57 77
  • The amazing "Belle Epoque" Spa Resort of Bagnoles de l’Orne is known for its restaurants and gastronomic festival (September).

Sport

Horses:

Golf

Swimming pools and aquatic centres:

International Events

Things to do

Things to do at La Mouchère and nearby:
Historic villages & towns, the Parc Naturel du Perche,
Local markets, antiques and auctions,
Events, festivals, sport and good food.

At La Mouchère

A stay at La Mouchère provides a step back from the everpresent routines of modern life : it’s an ideal place to think, listen and contemplate… Walking is for us a special activity, satisfying whether alone or shared. Some guests come equipped with binoculars for birdwatching or a camera, or even, occasionally, a sketchbook.

In the grounds you can take a number of different paths and explore

  • the woods and the plateau
  • river, valley and hydraulic constructions of the industrial revolution
  • the kitchen garden with box hedges and greenhouse, the walled orchards and the fruitstore…

In the summer, croquet can be played on the lawn and pétanque on the terrace. For staying indoors, a games chest provides enough choice to occupy adults and children.

You can also, if you wish, join us in gardening or restoration work… In season, look in on an informal ‘from kitchen garden to table’ workshop as we prepare jams, compotes, preserves, chutneys or liqueurs…

Saint-Cyr and le Parc du Perche

From La Mouchère you can walk to Le manoir de L’Angenardière (a magnificent Percheron manoir, private), returning via the Chapel of Clémencé, the Manoir de la Rosière and the pretty village of Saint-Cyr.
See the site of the Communauté des communes for this and many other walks in the area.

The Priory of Sainte-Gauburge is a beautiful site to visit. The ecclesiastical buildings date from the 11th and 13th centuries and the new purpose-built Ecomusée du Perche (a museum of the arts and traditions of the Perche, puts on frequent exhibitions, traditional or contemporary. They also run practical workshops promoting traditional skills, relating to fruit trees, percheron horses, bees and honey... Refreshments are available.

The manoir de Courboyer, near Nocé, has become the headquarters of the Parc naturel du Perche. Exhibitions, workshops, a documentation centre, an attractive restaurant with good opening times, a gift shop. The Parc has reinstated many hiking paths, some reserved for walkers, others open to cyclists and horseriders. le Tourisme dans le Perche.

‘la voie verte drive to Rémalard or one of the other entry points of the new ‘green path’ along the disused railway line, a marvelous way of discovering all the old villages which had their own railway stations in the past. For more ambitious walkers, the path extends all the way from Condé-sur-Huisne to Alençon.

From Chartres to the Mont St Michel This longdistance footpath passes our gate and whether you’re a genuine pilgrim or not, the walk is deeply ‘nourishing’, even if you complete only a section of it. If you choose La Mouchère as your staging post, we can talk about Canterbury and Compostela…

Or be the first (our mole) to undertake a modern pilgrimage in the steps of Marcel Proust from Illiers-Combray to Balbec.
The route is the same as far as La Mouchère, but then you continue gradually northwards, reaching the coast at Cabourg. Or if you prefer Proust’s ‘ Guermantes Way’, why not visit the château de Villebon.

La Ferté-Vidame has the grandiose ruins of the Duc de Saint Simon’s château with its lakes and forests: as beautiful as Versailles but it will feel like you are the only visitor.

Three pretty towns in the Perche

Bellême attractive small town on a hill, medieval ramparts, cobbled streets, "in"shops; picturesque market on Thursdays.golf course.

Nogent-le-Rotrou. Chateau St Jean: lovely views from the tower and regular exhibitions; old district "quartier du Paty"; Aquatic centre; the ‘Percheval’ festival; and an impressive market every Saturday in the Place St Pol, also a good place for a sunny apéritif.

Mortagne-au-Perche. has a rich religious, legal and administrative past; there are numerous buildings dating from the 14th to the 18th centuries, including an exceptional cloister. Try a meal with a legal theme (menu titles like The Verdict, The Appeal, etc) at Le Tribunal, telephone: 02 33 25 04 77.

Three regional capitals

Chartres One of the finest cathedrals in Europe, beautiful old district with fun shopping good restaurants and priority to pedestrians; the banks of the river Eure; excellent ‘médiatheque’ in the old Art Deco post office; auction rooms in a chapel; impressive public spaces and festivals.

Le Mans : the capital of the Plantagenets; cathedral and frescos of musical angels; the old city, with its cobbled streets sets for many a historical drama; good restaurants, fashionable shops and a student atmosphere.
And of course the 24 hours: the official event and the classic and vintage versions.
At Parencé, there is a superb equestrian centre; at Papéa, an aquatic centre with giant slides and wavemaking machines.

Alençon:charming town whose centre has been well preserved; the famous lace museum, the corn exchange, an impressive collection of fruit trees in its walled orchard and an extensive market every Thursday.

Festivals

Many festivals, concerts and other cultural events are organised, particularly during the summer months (consult perche-web for upcoming events).

Here are a few examples:

  • Le Carnet de Route, Alençon (friendly jazz-bar) 8 Rue Marcel Palmier 61000 - 02 33 27 06 23
  • Du côté de Bellême (bookshop & events), Bellême tel 09.63.52.89.83

Various annual festivals include:

  • "Les Musicales de Mortagne" (2nd to 17th July 2011)

As well as events at the Abbaye de l’Epau, Le Mans

Sport

Horses:

Golf

Swimming pools and aquatic centres:

International Events

Markets and local produce

Markets

  • Monday : Mamers, La Ferté-Bernard
  • Thursday : Bellême, Alençon
  • Friday : La Ferté-Bernard (farmer’s market, all day)
  • Saturday : Nogent-Le Rotrou, Mortagne

Local produce

  • Cheese and dairy produce: La ferme du Val Primbert (GAEC Sylvain Durey et Jérôme Aubert), Saint-Jean-de-la-Forêt 06 88 36 73 21 - basprimbert@hotmail.fr
  • Bread and vegetables: GAEC du Champ Devant (Aurélien Asselin et Xavier Boullier). La Croix, 61130 Saint-Cyr la Rosière 02 33 73 76 17

Second-hand dealers (‘brocanteurs’) and antiques

  • Brocante de la Touche, La Ferme de la Touche, Nogent-le-Rotrou
  • La Brocante de Brigitte, Lieu-dit Petit Bellevue, 61260 Mâle 02 37 49 72 62 / 06 76 10 07 47
  • Village de Brocante du Val d’Huisne, RN 23 direction Le Mans 28400 Nogent Le Rotrou 02 37 52 08 94 - 06 86 93 10 15
  • Brocante RN23 Lieu dit Le Chêne Vert - 61260 MALE 06 15 68 26 84

Auctions

Restaurants

Good value

  • Les Artistes, 8 Rue Cidrerie 61130 La Chapelle Souëf: 02 33 83 69 98
  • Le Relais St Germain, Préaux du Perche : 02 33 73 33 39
  • L’Angélus Gourmand, St Hilaire/Erre: 02 37 52 92 55 ...
  • Le Champ de Foire, 4 place Général Leclerc, Bellême 02 33 73 00 38
  • Le Café Saint-Pol, 22, Place Saint Pol, Nogent-le-Rotrou .
  • Auberge du Cheval blanc, Avezé 02 43 93 17 05

Specially recommended

  • Restaurant La Croix d’Or, 6 rue de la Herse, 61400 Le Pin la Garenne 02 33 83 80 33
  • Auberge des Trois J, 1 Place Doct Gireaux 61340 Nocé 02 33 73 41 03
  • Auberge des 7 Plats, 79 Grande Rue 72000 Le Mans 02 43 24 57 77
  • The amazing "Belle Epoque" Spa Resort of Bagnoles de l’Orne is known for its restaurants and gastronomic festival (September).

What we offer

Roger & Marie-Monique Huss
La Mouchère,
61130 Saint-Cyr-la-Rosière
France

Tel: 0(033) 2 33 83 02 99

Email: lamouchere@gmail.com

Our prices for 2013

BEDROOMS

Our rates vary according to the season, length of stay and the number of rooms booked. To book, please telephone or email us.

One night from 2nd night
Chambre des Pasquier 120€-140€ 90€-100€
Chambre des Forsyte 120€-140€ 90€-100€
Chambre des Guermantes 110€-130€ 85€-95€
Thibault Suite 160€-180€ 130€-150€
Bloomsbury Suite 160€-180€ 130€-150€
half suite (own bathroom) 110€-130€ 85€-95€
half suite (sharing bathroom) 80€-90€ 65€-75€
3rd adult sharing (Pasquier and Forsyte only) 30€
Baby’s Cot 20€ for the stay
Dogs 10€ for the stay

MEALS

Breakfast is included.
For other meals you may reserve with us in advance :

  • Packed lunch (or light lunch at La Mouchère) 10€ per person
  • Dinner 30€ including apéritif and wine
  • Light dinner taken in the room 10€ per person

We will also give you a list of local restaurants we have tried ourselves.

GROUPS & EVENTS

You can book La Mouchère with a group of friends (up to 15 guests), to relax together or to celebrate a special event. For example, a group of 12 recently spent a walking weekend at La Mouchère. The cost per person for 2 nights, including breakfast, pack-lunch and dinner (drinks included) on each day was between 140€ and 200€, according to the room occupied.

You can also have a large reception ( up to 165 sitting guests) at La Mouchère: a large 18th-19th century barn has been refurbished to provide a beautiful single space. We can give you advice on local caterers and additional accommodation nearby, and are available to discuss your requirements and give you a personalised quote.

WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT LA MOUCHERE

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HOW TO REACH LA MOUCHERE

BY CAR

From the North/ North West : (Caen, Alençon, Rouen).

  • Leave Bellême by the D955 in the direction of Nogent-le-Rotrou.
  • After about 7km turn right onto the D626 (signposted St Aubin des Grois);
  • small crossroads: carry on straight
  • 1km further, turn left into a poplar lined avenue (signposted La Mouchère, L’Arpent). After 100m, metal gates on your right: you are at La Mouchère. Follow the forest avenue for 1km: you’ll see the house. Turn left to park.

From Paris

  • A10, A11 and D955 to Nogent-le-Rotrou, from the ring road, take the D955, signposted Alençon/Bellême
  • after about 14km turn left onto the D626, signposted St Aubin des Grois;
  • small crossroads: carry on straight
  • After 1km, turn left into a poplar lined avenue (signposted La Mouchère, L’Arpent). After 100m, metal gates on your right: you are at La Mouchère. Follow the forest avenue for 1km: you’ll see the house. Turn left to park.

From the South West (Nantes, Tours, Rennes, Le Mans)

  • Leave the A11 for La Ferté-Bernard; then take D7 (towards Bellême).
  • At La Chapelle-Souëf turn right onto the D277 for St-Cyr-la-Rosière.
  • At St-Cyr pass the church on your right and take the D626 towards St Aubin des Grois.
  • After 1.5km, turn right into a poplar lined avenue (signposted La Mouchère, L’Arpent). After 100m, metal gates on your right: you are at La Mouchère. Follow the forest avenue for 1km: you’ll see the house. Turn left to park.

BY TRAIN

From Paris (Gare Montparnasse) to Nogent-le-Rotrou. Regular trains taking 1hr 35 minutes (avoid the slow train which takes 2hrs).

TAXIS between the station and La Mouchère can be booked ahead :
Charles : 02 37 52 63 63 ; Taxis Malnuit : 02 37 52 06 80 ; Taxis Percheron : 02 37 52 07 87