Part of the Pays de la Loire region, Lassay-les-Chateaux is a town located in the Mayenne departement which accounts for a population of 2,500 inhabitants. It is a small picturesque town, above all known for its castles as attest its name (“château” means “castle”). This lovely town lies in the Natural Regional Park of Normandie-Maine. Indeed, it lies in a wonderful nature which is punctuated by Petites Cités de Caractère, a label which encompasses small towns of character. The area is a real haven of peace. It offers tranquillity, beautiful and various landscapes, many castles and manors… It is a trip in the past which is proposed in Lassay-les-Chateaux: it is one of the only towns which managed to keep intact the original architecture of its stronghold. Two other castles lied in the area, the château de Bois Thibault and the château de Bois Frou, but today they are not perfectly intact anymore.
Lassay-les-Chateaux is located in the Pays de la Loire region, which has the specificity to have disparate prices depending on the departements. Thus, the departements standing on the coast have a higher average of property prices than the others. Mayenne, where Lassay-les-chateaux is situated, does not lie at the Atlantic Ocean and thus offers very attractive prices. At the beginning of 2009, the average price to buy a property there was around €1,200 /sq m while the national average was almost the triple! Investing in Lassay-le-Chateaux seems to be a good idea. For the moment, 11% of the total properties are second homes. As well, it is to know that 93% of the whole properties are detached houses. They are often large, as 40% of them comprises at least three bedrooms.
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Hiking: located in a Natural Regional Park, Lassay-les-Chateaux is a perfect place for those who like hiking. Indeed, it offers a great choice of different hiking and walking tracks, which enable to discover the preserved nature and the multitude of various landscapes it offers. Some of them also enable to discover the historical patrimony with tracks going through villages.
Historical heritage: the old castle dating from the 12th century was destroyed during the Hundred Year War. It was rebuilt in one year only in the years 1456-1458. Its massive battlements and its eight cylinder-shaped towers made it hard to attack. Only the original drawbridge was replaced in 1749 by a bridge in stones. The beautiful stronghold is surrounded by a park and a pond and is still inhabited.
Cider and apple alcohol: located only a few kilometres away from Normandy, the area of Lassay-les-Chateaux produces many apples and thus tends to have the same speciality as Normandy: cider! Indeed, different kind of ciders are produced – sweet, dry, brut soft, authentic – but also spirits as calvados (apple brandy), poiré (pear brandy) and pommeau (apple juice mixed with calvados drank as aperitif).
Stone houses: in Lassay-les-Chateaux, a large majority of houses made of stones can be seen. The quarries of schist and granite of the surroundings offer the base materials for the construction of houses in the area. Thus, a big part of the houses are built with granite. They comprise square or either vaulted openings, framed with light stones or either orange stones. The wooden part of the windows and the doors are sometimes painted with one unique colour to contrast with the light colour of the stones.
Their two-slope roof is usually made of slates and comprises a chimney. It is not rare to see beautiful shed dormers on the roof, which definitely add charm to the house. As previously said, those houses are generally large, except for the town houses (also built in stones) which are commonly smaller.
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