Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 5
La Bergerie, a 'shepherd's cottage' is a lovingly restored farm cottage nestled in a pretty valley in several hectares of grounds and gardens next to the Lac de Rille, a large lake famous for its bird life and a popular site for fishing. The River Lathan flows through the grounds of our garden before it flows on to the Loire and the Atlantic Ocean.
This is a small sheltered paradise for wildlife and the perfect get-away in a rural isolation.
The cottage comprises a large sitting/dining room on the ground floor with a log stove, brand new double bed settee, dining table and chairs, and an ancient 'petrain'. There is also a separate fully equipped modern kitchen with a second log stove, washing machine, microwave and cooker. Hot water in summer is supplied from solar panels to a 300 litre tank with an an immersion heater for winter or back up. in dull weather. A modern spiral staircase leads upstairs to a large bedroom with a double and a single bed, and a large attached bathroom with bath, loo and basin and a spacious tiled shower cubicle.
A video tour of the property and its surroundings can be seen on our own website.
There is a charming south facing patio with wooden chairs and table, a hammock, and a view over a shady waterway, the remains of the old mill race. There is a large private parking area to the front. You can stroll along a path to view the lake from the top of the landscaped earth dam which forms the lake, where there are stunning views.
The Lac de Rillé is a national bird reserve, and adjacent to mixed forest which stretches for miles to the Loire Valley. It is an ideal location for walking, birdwatching, fishing, cycling and canoeing on the lake. (A small rowing boat and bicycles are available to hire)
The property is part of 'Les Mousseaux', an old watermill where there is also a large wildlife pond and almost two hectares of organic gardens and woodland which guests are welcome to wander and enjoy.
Saumur and Tours are only 25 km away and the location is ideal for visiting the many chateaux of the Loire Valley. The nearest town is Noyant (6 km) for shopping and with a traditional French market on Friday mornings.
There is also a conservatory created from a ruined building close by in which passion fruit vines and other subtropical fruit are grown and a large organic vegetable garden (fresh vegetables and honey from our bees, are for sale in season), flower garden, wildlife lake, and riverside (where fishing is possible). There is a private picnic area at the end of the river bank. In spring and summer you may see kingfishers, the golden oriole and hoopoes near the river and green and spotted woodpeckers frequent n the woods near the house. Ospreys have been known to visit the Lac de Rillé in the past.
Be one of the first to enjoy this wonderful farm cottage location.
We also have 'La Moussette', a second gite on the same site if you want to make a group booking for up to eight people using both properties. (Also advertised on Holiday Lettings).
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lake beach at Chateau La Valiere 12 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Tours 30 km, Nearest railway: Saumur 25 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, Staffed property, Boat available|
|General||CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river|
The Loire Valley region
The Loire Valley around Saumur and Tours is the heart of France and the ancient dukedoms of Anjou and Touraine, famous throughout the 100 Years War in the conflict between the French and English. Home to some of the most beautiful and historic chateaux in France, such as Chenonceau, Amboise, and the Fortress of Chinon, where Joan of Arc met the Dauphin before leading her famous campaigns against the English, you can also find wonderful gardens at Villandry and Chambord, entire 'trogdolyte' villages built into the stone cliffs of the valley of the Loire, and many other attractions.
Take a wonderful trip on the river Loire, or visit numerous 'caves' and producers of the great local wines, such as Saumur Champigny, Chinon, or the sparkling wines produced in Saumur and Vouvray.
Or simply chill out walking in the numerous forests of the region, fishing in its lakes and rivers, or canoeing along some of the tranquil shady rivers such as the Loir at Le Lude or La Fleche. There is something for everyone in the Pays de la Loire, the garden of France, famous for its gastronomy and horticulture.
The area around Breil is mostly forest and farmland, with a splendid chateau in the village, the Chateau du Lathan, where there is a huge 'Fete de la Chasse' attended by 10,000 people every August 15th.
Worth a visit is the Museum of Jules des Bois at Parcay les Pins, a short cycle ride away. A famous 19th/20th century sculptor, the museum hosts examples of his work as well as putting on other exhibitions.
In the immediate area you will find several wonderful gastronomic restaurants such as Le Pelican, at Vernantes, or La Renaissance at Le Lude. But lunch time typically French meals of real quality and value can be found in almost all the local villages and towns in various restaurants, such as the Bouff'tard at Hommes, for around 11 or 12 euros for three courses including wine.
A splendid area for cycling, walking, enjoying the true French countryside or just chatting with the locals, you will find flourishing local markets almost every day of the week in various towns and villages.
Extensively forested, it is possible to follow forest tracks from Breil right down the banks of the Loire.
On the edge of the Lac de Rille you will find a fascinating 'petit train' , a small steam train open most weekends in the season and daily in August. New line has been laid for this year making it an even more delightful experience, especially for children of all ages.