La Basse Cour: B&B near Alencon, Normandy

What to do in Alencon

Cycling, Walking, Fishing, Golf ....

Cycling and Walking


The Perseigne forest straddles Normandy and Pays de la Loire and is a magnet to walkers, riders and mountain bikers, yet due to its immense area you can go for miles and not meet another soul.

The forest of Perseigne has some of the best walking/hiking and mountain bike trails in France with many clearly marked routes, or if you prefer road cycling there are miles of quiet country lanes to explore in every direction.

We have storage space for bikes, which can also be left safely on your car in our courtyard, and we can provide routes and maps. Click here for some Walking and Cycling Routes.

Le Mans Race Events

For Le Mans Classic, 24 Hours, MotoGP dates click here

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Normandy fishing

There is a popular fishing lake (carp, tench, trout) within walking distance (1000m), surrounded by trees and with a picnic area, tables and benches.
No need to arrange for a fishing licence in advance - you can just turn up with your fishing rod, fees are collected on site (a couple of euros) if one of the keepers turns up while you are there.

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Golf courses

Normandy golf

Golf Arçonnay, Alençon, 10km.

South of Alençon, the golf club at Le Petit Maleffre, Rue des Fonderies, Arçonnay is 9 holes along the banks of the river. The wooded surroundings, water obstacles and doglegs make for an attractive golf course near Alençon.
18 holes weekdays 25 €; 18 holes weekends and public holidays 30 €.

Other Golf Courses

Golf de Bellême, 30km. Les Sablons, 61130 Saint-Martin-du Vieux-Bellême.

Le Mans Golfier, 45km. Rue du Golf, 72190 Sargé-les-le-Mans.

Golf de Bagnoles de l'Orne, 55km. 61140 Bagnoles-de-l'Orne

Golf des 24 Heures, 60km. Route de Tours, 72230 Mulsanne, Le Mans.

Golf du Perche, 65km. La Vallée des Aulnes, 28400 Souancé-au-Perche.

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Canoe or Kayak on the Sarthe

CanoeLocations : Alpes Mancelles Canoe Hire

Canoeing Sarthe Map

Why not try canoeing on the Sarthe, for a half or full day, paddling and drifting down a lovely river that flows through spectacularly beautiful countryside. "Alpes Mancelles Canoeing" at provide canoes from a variety of start and finish points. Their canoe-kayak stations at Moulins-le-Carbonnel and Fresnay-sur-Sarthe are both only 10 miles away (20 minutes). All safety equipment and a waterproof storage box for valuables, food and drink are supplied.

Book in advance by phone or email or in person at:
Tel : 02-33-32-95-53
Port. : 06-08-43-37-60
Email :

Base Municipale Canoe - Kayak

Alençon town Canoe Base offers a second option for canoeing:
Tel. +33 (0) 233 320 306

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Bird Watching

bird watching

Without even moving from the breakfast table you can spot a surprising number of birds - we have seen over 60 species in our garden :
Birds spotted at La Basse Cour

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Days Out and Sightseeing in General

GTV at Bagnoles 2003

We can suggest loads of places to go and visit for days out and there are dozens of local sites of interest - find out What to See here.

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Hunting Mushrooms

Mushrooming is very popular from late summer to mid-winter, with people coming from far afield to gather mushrooms from the forest of Perseigne - ceps, chanterelles, parasols and ink caps are common (and tasty!).

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Tree Top Walks and Zip Lines - Parc Aventures du Gasseau

Parc Aventures du Gasseau

St Léonard des Bois, 30 minutes from Ancinnes.
A great day out with the children, these tree-top walks, zip-line descents and climbs are graded to be suitable for all abilities age 5 upwards.
Tel. +33 6 08 43 37 60, St Léonard des Bois.

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10-pin Bowling

Arçonnay, 10 minutes from Ancinnes.

Alencéa Leisure Centre

Open 7 days a week the Alencéa aquatic centre at Alençon has a 25m sports pool for serious swimmers, plus a large leisure pool with water chutes, geysers, river currents and a wave machine. NB Men must wear Speedo type trunks - no "shorts". This rule applies to all swimming pools in France. Times and tariffs.

Alencea Alencon

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