Thanks Littlefish, I have just looked, don`t think DH wants to go into Le Mans, they say its a nightmare, would prefer something between Alencon and Le Mansm have just mailed a hotel in Beaumont Sur Sarthe, misterbed are great, stayed in one in Tours, shame they are booked.
a few years ago I went to Le Mans (for the 24 hour race) and the accommodation we'd booked there was a hovel so we drove to Tours which was lovely and only about a 30 min drive. We stayed in the Best Western there which was very nice.
Are you putting 5 people in when you are doing your search? I think in France the max number of people per room is 4 which might be why you are having problems if you are trying to book just one room. I know a motel just south of Rouen which turns a blind eye to an extra child in a family room but might not be far enough south for you?