La Belle Maison
Cottage | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12
The Belle Maison offers comfortable, flexible accommodation for couples, families with children or groups of up to 12. The option of taking the whole property or just the ground floor means that you can tailor your holiday to your needs.
*But rest assured , you will have sole occupancy of La Belle Maison, whether you are 2 or 12 people as we know that your own private space is an essential part of your holiday!*
The village has a boulangerie, a butcher's, a cafe and a restaurant, all within 2 minutes of your front door, and there is a large hypermarket on the road to Chateau du Loir just 4km drive away for more extensive provisioning.
The enclosed garden provides a secluded setting for those who simply want to chill out and enjoy sampling the local food and wine on the terrace, while the proximity of the lake just a few minutes down the road offers watersports, swimming, tennis, fishing, walks and an adventure playground on your doorstep. There are rambling trails signposted from the village which take you along the Loir; for forest lovers and mushroom hunters, the ancient oak forest of Berce is crisscrossed with cycle and hiking trails.
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Vineyards cover the softly undulating slopes of the valley of the Loir and from the house you can even walk to several! Jasnieres and Coteaux du Loir are favourite local wines which are not widely found in the UK - rumour has it that the locals drink it all before it gets to be marketed!
Only some 40 minutes drive away. Le Mans and Tours are cities well worth visiting for their specialist shops and ancient architecture, and the historic 24 hours Le Mans circuit is a must for motoring enthusiasts. The famous chateaux of the Loire are also within easy reach - it is less than an hour's drive to the Loire itself, but dotted about the area and much nearer are smaller chateaux which exude their own particular charm.
La Chartre sur le Loir is a pretty little town just 5 km to the east of Marcon. The main cobbled street has all kinds of shops - fishmongers, butchers, antiques, craft and bric a brac - and on Thursdays there is a market on the square in front of the supermarket. A smaller produce market is held on the Place St Nicolas on Sunday mornings.
The Hotel de France is renowned for its connections with the Le Mans 24 hour race and in the bar you can see signed photographs of famous racing drivers and other memorabilia, as the hotel was, and still is, a favourite destination for competitors and spectators. The Belle Maison is well situated for a stay if you wish to experience the thrill of the 24 Hours Race, without the crush and the inevitable noise and fumes from the race track.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lac des Varennes 1 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Tours 40 km, Nearest railway: Chateau du Loir 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||TV, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 3 En suites and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (5), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
The Belle Maison offers versatile accommodation for up to 12 people.
A crib and a push chair are available if required.
In addition to the wood burning stoves in the kitchen and in the lounge there are electric radiators in all the living and bedrooms to provide background heat when evenings start to get chilly.
On the ground floor there is a shower room with washbasin, and a separate WC also with a basin in the hall between the kitchen and dining room. There are two newly installed shower rooms with loos and basins for the end two bedrooms, so each of the three ground floor bedrooms has its own bathroom facilities. On the first floor there is the family bathroom with a bath and shower over it ,washbasin and WC.The largest bedroom has a shower room with washbasin and a separate WC and washbasin en suite. The other first floor bedroom has a super king size bed which can be made into two single beds. There is also an adjoining room which has a double futon and a single bed if you need extra beds.
The satellite TV receives UK and English speaking channels so you can keep up with the news. An Ipod dock is also provided in the lounge.
|Further details outdoors|
The garden of the Belle Maison is separated by the drive from the other little house, so each of the two houses has its own garden space. There is secure parking for the Belle Maison for 2 cars behind the gates which are usually kept locked, and further free parking is available on the church square.
There is a permanent barbecue and covered area which can be used by the occupants of both the Belle Maison and the little house ( La Grange). The terrace in front of the Belle Maison is perfect for outdoor living with the old well and the oak tree providing privacy for both houses. There is a wooden terraced area outside the French doors of La Grange which with its sunny southerly aspect is a pleasant place to sit and watch the house martins darting around the church steeple.
There is also room for a game of boules on the gravel area, or for a session of swing ball (provided) on the grass. A badminton set is also available.
At the lake which is only one kilometre away there are tennis courts, an archery club and a sailing club where you can hire canoes, windsurfers and sailing dinghies; as well, there is a beach with a lifeguard in high season, a water slide and also an adventure play park. The area adjacent to the beach has barbecue pits and picnic tables.
We are happy to be flexible about the dates of your stay. Please contact us by email or phone (01323482350) to discuss your requirements.
The Loire Valley region
Marcon enjoys a temperate climate with warm summers and crisp winters. Surrounded by the softly undulating hills of the valley of the Loir, the village benefits from the leisure facilities of the lake and the charm of a quintessential French village with its local shops. Agriculture is the main employment and the well tended fields of crops, the back yards full of chickens and ducks and pastures grazed by contented cattle illustrate the priority of home produced food, not to mention wine!
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The Loire Valley was the playground of the Kings and nobles of France - with good reason - and their grand houses and châteaux adorn the beautiful countryside and make you marvel at the architectural expertise and the wealth of centuries past. Paris is only an hour's train ride away , so following in their ancestor's footsteps, Parisians still seek peace and relaxation here.
Today the region is still known as the garden of France, and a visit to Les Halles in Tours, or the covered market in Le Mans, will amaze you with the range and diversity of the meats, fruit and herbs on offer.
Chateau du Loir
Chateau du Loir 5 km to the west of Marcon is a pleasant small town with a beautiful town hall and a large square where a market is held on Saturdays. Independently owned shops offer interesting wares in the little streets near the station and on the outskirts you have an Aldi, a Lidl and a large Leclerc hypermarket.
La Chartre 5 km to the east has more style and elegance , with its quaint cobbled street and old mill on the Loir river.There are pavement cafes to frequent, antique and junk shops to browse and Bastille Day celebrations to enjoy at the lake.
The Rally of the Automobile club of Western France is not to be missed by motoring enthusiasts. On the middle weekend of August, the lake side at Marcon is transformed into a car lover's paradise with all sorts of cars, from 2CVs to old Bentleys and their owners, some in appropriate gear, congregating and camping for the weekend. They parade through the village blowing their horns - but happily not too early in the morning!!
STOP PRESS! The rally will take place in August 2012 over the weekend of 18-19th.
Walks along the Loir or in the hills, hikes through the Forest of Berce and cycle rides are all favoured pursuits. From the Belle maison you can walk or cycle to the village of chahaignes and sample the delicious cuisine of one of our favourite restaurants: " Chez Miton". Miton was a motorbike racer and took part in the Dakar rally - his helmets are on display, along with photos of him and his Japanese wife. She is the chef and the meals have a subtle and delightful delicacy of touch.
For children, the lake and the beach there are rich in activities, and picnic benches and barbecue pits mean that you can spend a happy day there. There is also a beach side restaurant that serves salads, hotdogs and other light meals, as well as 'frites' and ice cream, and a range of soft and alcoholic drinks.
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5 Sep 2013
"Prefect French getaway!"
I stayed with a group of friends over the Le Mans weekend. What Can I say La Belle Maison is perfect! Accommodation is comfortable and spacious. The kitchen its to die for. The courtyard garden is spa… More
Thank you for your review - much appreciated. We have already blocked your dates for your return trip.
We hope you have enjoyed some happy motoring this summer, and look forward to seeing you again.
15 Nov 2012
"Perfect relaxing week"
We wanted a place that could be reached in a day from the channel tunnel, being in a small village also appealed. The house is perfect, there were only 3 of us and using the ground floor worked very well, there is so much space, so a bigger group would be well catered for.
The owners deserve every credit for making the house so homely, the kitchen has pretty much everything you would need. The fittings are of a very high standard too, a real home from home. In summer the garden would be lovely to spend the evenings in.
There is a creperie offering great value lunches, a very nice looking restaurant, we did not think our 5 year old would appreciate the fine dining. And a bakery, all on your doorstep. Two slightly bigger towns within 10 minutes drive, with Le Mans less than an hour away and well worth a day out.
A pleasure dealing with Anne from the very first enquiry, nothing was too much trouble.
Very highly recommended!
it is great to know that you enjoyed your stay and that the house was comfortable - we have tried to make it as we would like it ourselves! Thank you!
1 May 2012
"Hidden gem, in a beautiful little village that was perfect for a short getaway"
The main house comfortably accompanied the eight of us on the trip and was tastefully decorated throughout. It is an authentic French cottage with a real rustic and friendly feel to it. The rooms we… More
We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay in the Belle Maison, thank you for your kind words..The house does lend itself to special moments with friends or families in a peaceful and secure location. Once behind closed gates you are completely secluded from the world outside, yet are still in the heart of the village with boulangerie, cafe and restaurant literally only a few steps away. As you found, the locals are friendly and ready to advise on anything, from the best vineyards to the most scenic walks. Glad you liked the kitchen and the newly installed bathrooms. Do come again!
11 Sep 2011
Words cannot do this fantastic house justice, We have just come back from the most fab week,. I really didn't want to leave this well maintained, thoughtfully put together gem of a Gite....From t… More
Dear Ruth and David,
We are delighted that your stay in the Belle Maison met your expectations and thank you for your kind words. We are so glad that you enjoyed the ambiance and the setting of the village and that you felt the accommodation was of a high standard. We have done our best to make it our home from home - for ourselves and for our guests. Brilliant!
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