The name Chantepierre translates to 'Singing Stones', and it is here where peace and tranquility reigns within this glorious region of France. A traditional French longere (a long house), this idyllic retreat is located within walking distance of a village shop and bar.
The local market town of Noyant is just 7km away, and the historic châteaux town of Saumur, on the banks of the River Loire, is within a 40 minute drive. The many châteaux and vineyards for which the region is famed are all within easy reach, as are the regions most highly acclaimed golf courses and kayaking centres.
Back at 'home', Chantepierre's magnificent garden with its own private pool, as well as the house itself, has plenty to offer for both a relaxing and entertaining holiday. Beautifully furnished and equipped to an extremely high standard, Chantepierre offers spacious and flexible accommodation, comfortably accommodating eight people. A sofa bed provides sleeping for a further two guests. Due to its layout, Chantepierre is equally as welcoming for smaller groups, and during off-peak periods, discounts may apply for smaller groups/couples.
Entering Chantepierre is from either the kitchen or the entrance hall. The entrance hall provides a warm welcome with sofa(bed). Here there is interconnect connection (wi-fi) making this a useful work/study area too. Internet is wireless, and is free of charge to our guests.*. From the entrance hall is a fantastic wet room with walk-in shower, WC and basin. The entrance hall also leads into the garage/games room and to the kitchen.
The large, new, kitchen is extremely well equipped and features a large range cooker (gas and electric), built-in microwave, toaster, kettle, and large fridge. There are plenty of cooking utensils and the kitchen is well stocked with both adult and child-friendly cutlery, crockery, and glasses. The kitchen has a lovely pine table, and also features a traditional log burner, making Chantepierre as welcoming in the cooler months as it is in the summer. Off the kitchen is the utility room with washing machine, second fridge, freezer, and cleaning products and storage.
From the kitchen is the fabulous living room with lounge and dining area. The heart of this lovely spacious home, it features a small 'quiet' reading area by a second fireplace with woodburning stove, a dining area with a table capable of seating up to ten people; and a comfortable lounge area with deep sofas and chairs. There is a CD hi-fi system, UK satellite television with a 38” Plasma TV, and DVD player. There is a good collection of CDs, films, board games and books which are available for your enjoyment.
Off the living room is the family/guest suite, which has doors opening onto the garden. The suite is extremely well furnished with a king size bed, lounge/dressing area, and a separate en-suite shower room/toilet. From this room, a staircase takes you up to a private mezzanine floor which features a twin bedroom (the twin beds can be joined to make a super-king-size bed). There is also an extendable child's bed in the master suite.
Back in the main part of the house, stairs from the living room lead up to the first floor where a galleried landing provides an additional lounge area with sofa. There are toys, a Plasma/TV and a Playstation available for guests' use.
Off the landing is a charming twin/triple bedroom. This has a ¾ door access due to the low beams, and features a 4' double bed and a matching single bed.
A corridor from the landing leads to the large master bedroom, featuring a king size bed, and to the lovely country-style bathroom with feature claw-bath, French shower, wash basin and WC.
Chantepierre is very child-friendly, and stair gates, a high chair, and two travel cots are available. A baby changing facility is available in the downstairs bathroom.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Tours 40 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (3), Single beds (4), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Access||Secure parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Wheelchair users|
All bookings are subject to owners terms and conditions.
Change over days are Saturday. However, alternative arrival/departure days can be considered during off-peak periods.
Please note that this property does get booked up quickly from 1 May to 31 October.
The Loire Valley is known as the Garden of France and the Cradle of the French Language. It is also noteworthy for the quality of it's architectural heritage, in it's historic towns such as Amboise, Angers, Blois, Chinon, Orleans, Saumur and Tours, but in particular for it's world famous castles, such as the Chateaux d'Amboise, Chateaux de Villandry and Chenonceau.
The rich and cultural landscape of the Loire Valley is an outstanding area of great beauty, containing historic towns and villages and more than 300 chateaux and castles dating back to the early 1100's - the most glorious of which were homes to the Kings, Queens and nobility of France. Many of the smaller chateaux are now hotels or private houses, while others have become international tourist attractions. Among the most notable are Chenonceaux, the famous Chateau straddling the River Cher about 1 hour from Tours; Amboise, the beautiful chateau built by Charles VIII in the 15th Century which has magnificent views over the River Loire; Chinon, which dominates the town, is now ruined but provides a fascinating history back to the days of Jeanne D'Arc; Azay-le-Rideau has a pretty chateau that straddles the river Indre just south of Tours; and Usse, the fairy-tale chateau west of Tours, which is said to be the home of Sleeping Beauty! Nearer to our properties in the region of Maine et Loire are the chateaux of Saumur and Le Lude which provide a great insight into life during these periods.
As well as the magnificent chateaux, the Loire Valley boasts some of the finest landscaped gardens in Europe. In fact, so lush is the Loire that this rural part of France provides a feast for the eyes - whether the manicured gardens of its famous chateaux or the vast expanse of vineyards, forests and open countryside that make the region a joy for drivers, cyclists and walkers.
The Loire Valley enjoys long hot summers (usually reaching over 30 degrees c.). Yet with cooler days and a fair rain fall, it has an enviable climate which enables the region to adorn vineyards that stretch from Sancerre to the Atlantic. The Tours region, Anjou, the Saumur region and the Nantes region are the main grape growing areas. The tourist route around the vineyards of the Loire valley leads wine lovers and beginners alike from cellars to vineyards, and from visits to imposing castles and abbeys to cave dwellings. Close to our properties are the St. Nicholas de Bourgueil and Bourgueil appellations and a little further to Chinon and Saumur - all of which are well worth a visit. But be advised - you are expected to buy at least a couple of bottles of wine!
The Loire region is vast, with the the Loire river, the longest in France, spanning over 1010 km, and crossing the beautiful regions of Touraine and Anjou, in which these harmonious landscapes invite the "douceur de vivre", meaning the "sweetness of life".
In 2000, UNESCO added the central part of the Loire River valley, between Maine and Sully-sur-Loire, to its prestigious list of World Heritage Sites. In choosing this area that includes the French departments of Loiret, Loir-et-Cher, Indre-et-Loire, and Maine-et-Loire, the committee said that the Loire Valley is: "… an exceptional cultural landscape, of great beauty, comprised of historic cities and villages, great architectural monuments - the Châteaux - and lands that have been cultivated and shaped by centuries of interaction between local populations and their physical environment, in particular the Loire itself."
The area of France known as The Loire is itself split in two - being Central Loire, and the Loire Valley of Pays de la Loire. The properties offered by French Holiday Gites are located in Maine et Loire, a region that is situated almost in the middle of Central and Pays de la Loire - making it accessible to much of the Loire's world renowned attractions and heavenly beauty spots.
Meigne le Vicomte is a charming, traditional French village that is 7km from the bustling market town of Noyant, and about 40km from Saumur.
The village itself is just 1km from Chantepierre, and has a church, and a small shop and bar.
Cycling is superb, as the terrain is relatively flat and bikes are available for guests' use. Nearby are some of France's most highly acclaimed golf courses and châteaux.