La Maison Neuve is a carefully restored 19th century cottage nestled on 3 hectares. Enjoy privacy and tranquility, yet be close to shopping, restaurants,a championship golf course, wine tasting and sight seeing. This lovely farmhouse accommodates 2 couples or a family of 5 comfortably, but also makes a magical getaway for two!
Two bedrooms, one furnished with an extra large double, and the other with a double and a single bed, provide privacy for either families or couples. Both bedrooms also have sitting alcoves.
One of the bedrooms also has a desk / computer area. The modern bath suite includes a spacious shower, double sinks, deep soaking tub and toilet.
The property boasts its own large, private pond, and a lovely patio for relaxation and dining al fresco. A few steps away is a sizeable, fenced-in pool, which is next to a building with a changing room including toilet and shower.
The spacious kitchen has every modern convenience. Plus, WiFi throughout!
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nantes (summer only) 150 km, Nearest railway: Saumur 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
• Flat screen TV with English channels
• Private sitting areas in each bedroom & comfortable office cove
• Separate, second WC
• Modern, well-equipped kitchen
• Antique furnishings amid first-rate modern conveniences
• Accommodation all on one level
• Separate laundry room with washer/dryer
• Wood-burning fireplace insert
• High-speed WiFi access throughout
• Complimentary phone service to UK, western Europe, Canada and USA
|Further details outdoors|
• Fenced-in pool area
• Fenced-in garden with flower beds and fruit trees (in season, help yourself!)
• Patio table seats 6. Barbecue.
• Private pond for bird-watching (sometimes 3 seasons)
• Gated property with parking space for several cars
• Welcome basket on arrival
• Information book provided
• English-speaking local manager on call
As the Loire River runs west towards the Atlantic, enter this serene region of lush countryside, vineyards and sandy riverside beaches.
The climate is quite temperate all year 'round. There are an average of 270 sunny days annually, with spring and summer claiming the majority. Winter temperatures seldom fall below 5C (40F). Spring days tend to be 11C-16C on average (60s-70s F). Summers are lovely, sunny, warm and breezy, with lows averaging 18C (70F) and seldom above 25C (85F).
The region boasts a wealth of chateaux, cultural highlights, traditional markets and boutique shopping, fine dining, wine tasting and enough sporting activities to satisfy just about any visitor! Or, just relax into the gentle rhythm of the laid-back Loire Valley.
Your hosts' favourites:
Le Mans (40 minutes)
Well-known for its famous 24 hour auto race, Le Mans has something for everone to enjoy. Techno is king on the Bugatti track, but Le Mans maintains its ancient cultural traditions, too. Enveloped within high Gallo-Roman walls is the 13th century Abbaye de L'Epau and its vast Gothic Cathedral. Do not miss the medieval fortress/chateau de Lude, the only chateau in France uniting three architectural styles: medieval fortress, Italian Renaissance and French Classicism. Auto buffs - a must-see is the Musee de L'Automobile.
Saumur (20 minutes)
Since we are mad about horses, we can't help but love Saumur! This charming medieval city, situated on a beautiful stretch of the Loire, is the heart of ancient French military equestrian traditions. It is the home of the imposing Chateau de Saumur, intruiging local wines, memorable restaurants, chic boutiques and unique historical sites such as troglodyte cliff dwellings.
At École Nationale d'Équitation, the home of the National Riding School, you'll see the centuries-old pride of Saumur, the Cadre Noir, the crack-shot cavalry trainers of an earlier time. In addition to tours and performances by the Cadre Noir, international equestrian competitions are regular occurrences. Those who follow dressage, eventing and jumping can sit ringside while their favourite stars compete!
The Chateau, 15th century home of the Anjou kings, dominates Saumur from its hilltop setting. Begun in 1246, it is a rare example of 14th century architecture, which evolved at the end of the Middle Ages and foreshadowed the Renaissance style. The Chateau houses The Musée des Arts Décoratifs, (period tapestries and china), and the Musée du Cheval, which features bridles and saddles in an impressive collection that spans time and space.
The popular Musee des Blindes (Tank Museum) is a must-see favourite for many who visit Saumur.
Angers (30 minutes)
Romance abounds. This is our favourite browsing and dining city! The imposing Chateau d'Angers, which, together with the towering Cathedral, is the centre of the Old Town and its half-timbered houses. There are lovely walking streets filled with bistros and boutiques. The world most popular liqueur, Cointreau, is produced here. Moreover, Anjou boasts a great number of wine producers, all offering tasting of the delightfully diverse local production.
La Maison Neuve is 5 minutes to the local boulangerie and Tabac, 10 minutes to a huge supermarket, and no more than 10-15 minutes to great restaurants and shopping in every direction.
The property is located within 30 minutes of just about any sporting activity you might want to enjoy. The championship golf course in Baugé. Lakes for angling; forests for picnics; swimming pools; sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, hang gliding and even parachuting! If this is not enough to amuse you, there are also a zoo near La Fleche and Futuroscope near Poitiers.
However, just outside our gates, lie plenty of pleasures, too. Wander forest paths for the perfect picnic spot. Bike the quiet lanes of La Lande Chasles, or ride the trails through our seemingly endless forest.
Back at La Maison Neuve, scout the pond waterfowl, see if you can spot our resident marmot family, or just kick back on the patio and listen to the birdsong, punctuated by an occasional "cuckoo." Take a refreshing splash in the pool. After dark, take your port on the patio and marvel at the Milky Way!
Don't miss the Saumur Saturday market! You'll find everything from local cheeses, fruits, vegetables, oysters and other local delicacies, to Parisian shoes and handbags, while you mingle with residents from Saumur and the surrounding towns. Stop for lunch at The Brussels Cafe or Cafe 7. Also, stop into the Saumur Information Centre. The friendly staff can provide loads of advice and information on our region.
Nearby Baugé hosts my other favourite market (Monday afternoons) and has other interesting shopping and sightseeing opportunities, as well as a championship golf course. In the 15th century, Baugé was the residence of Yolande of Aragon, mother of the future King René. The Château, with its elegant spiral staircase, now houses a museum (featuring china, weapons and old coins). Also on display is the famous Cross of Anjou, a precious relic brought from Constantinople in the 13th century. The beautiful park in front of the castle is home to many festivals throughout the year. A lovely spot for people-watching!