Gite | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
***Please note that if the dates you require are not available for Le Vieil Atelier, do consider Le Petit Bosquet ( ID 114338). Le Petit Bosquet does not have as many reviews because 2013 is the first year we will have accepted bookings - but it is on the same site as Le Vieil Atelier with equivalent facilities. In fact it is bigger - with a more contemporary decor style! ***
Le Vieil Atelier has been created from an old workshop and attic granary within a traditional 'Longere' Farmhouse which is part of a Lieu-Dit noted in the French Government Patrimoine (Heritage) lists; parts of the property are recorded as being built originally during the early 1600's, quite possibly during the reign of Louis XIV (The Sun King).
It is a very spacious cottage ideally suited for up to 4 persons, young or young at heart! With two double beds (one being a sofabed) in different rooms, if, as a platonic couple you prefer separate sleeping arrangements it is great for you too. We also have a Cot/Childs Bed, Stairgate, Highchair and accessories available for 1 small person (max height 115cm, approx. 5yrs).
An ideal base for extensive sightseeing, walking or cycling, golf or 'wine-hunting'. For those needing to rejuvenate their batteries with peace and quiet it is absolutely perfect. Surrounded by fields, often the only sounds are that of wildlife - and the countryside.
Virtually equidistant from three local towns, all boasting weekly markets, supermarkets and other modern amenities, the property is also ideally located for visiting the many and varied attractions of the Pays de la Loire including the cities of Le Mans, Angers, Nantes, Tours and Saumur with all they have to offer.
The cottage has been fully renovated and equipped to a high standard including cooking and dining facilities, whilst retaining as many of the historical features as we could. Unlike many rental properties, our furniture and fittings were bought new for the gites. It has a private enclosed rear garden, for the sole use of the gite occupants, a dedicated southerly facing 'Front Garden' area within the Courtyard and access to most of the rest of the surrounding gardens.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||La Fleche (Lac de Monnerie) 20 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Tours 65 km, Nearest railway: Le Mans (TGV) 50 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
You enter the gite directly into the sympathetically renovated Salon with original exposed beams. Furnished with two large sofas, it has a large flat screen plasma TV with free-to-view UK satellite channels and French digital programmes. It also has a Blu-Ray DVD player and Hi-Fi with iPod/MP3 inputs. The larger of the two sofas converts into a double bed with sprung mattress so up to 4 adult guests may be accommodated - see rental details.For those with more traditional interests we also have a range of books, puzzles & games. Of course the dining table and 6 chairs are also in the salon.
The separate large kitchen is well equipped with plenty of crockery, cutlery and glasses and also with a food processor, scales, recipe books and various baking dishes for those who like to be creative when on holiday. There is a separate small kitchen table and 4 chairs in addition to those in the Salon. In addition to the facilities mentioned above there is also a slow cooker and deep fat fryer so you are not restricted to absolute basic cooking - unless you choose to be!
There is a downstairs WC - for convenient access from the garden or downstairs. Access to the private garden is through the sliding glass doors in the kitchen. Cleaning equipment and a clothes airer are also provided.
Upstairs, the spacious bedroom with exposed beams has plenty of storage and a desk. In front of the South facing full length (dormer) window with Juliette balcony, there are easy chairs and a coffee table, which overlook the Courtyard Rose garden and the countryside to the South of the property. The en-suite has a large walk-in shower. The cot is located in the bedroom.
|Further details outdoors|
The property is completely enclosed by fencing with gated access and extends to some 6500sq metres. It was an old Farmhouse with the surrounding outlying buildings resulting in a pleasing courtyard effect. There is plenty of 'off-road' parking and there are grassy areas to enjoy besides the areas allocated for the personal use of gite occupants.
Brand New for Summer 2013 - a small swimming pool, located in the courtyard, to the front of the house, available for your use.
There are two large areas of grass/meadow, one suitable for playing ball games etc.; the other has a number of young fruit trees which are developing into a mixed fruit orchard. The gite gardens (behind the house) have table and chairs, parasol and a BBQ provided. The property is surrounded on 3 sides by arable fields and a quiet local road passes by the front of the property, some 80 metres from the house.
Welcome gift on arrival. In addition, basic provisions such as tea, coffee, condiments, clingfilm, tin foil, toilet roll, washing fluid and dishwasher tablets to start you off are normally available.
Arriving late in the day? Let us get some shopping in for you so you can arrive relaxed and ready to holiday - please ask for details.
We are now able to offer internet access via MiFi (mobile 'hotspot' using Orange 2G/3G signal); this is not included in the rental cost. Example cost - 10 Euros PAYG buys 7 days usage/1GB download.
For our disabled, elderly or infirm guests: The house has not been especially adapted for wheelchair users, however, as both floors are flat and spacious, allowing room to manoeuvre it may suit those who have some mobility restriction. Please ask for further details.
We have mobile air conditioning units and fans for use when the temperatures are extremely high - however, with 80 cm thick old stone walls combined with modern insulation the interior of the house generally remains comfortable without the use of additional cooling aids.
The owners (and their house-pets) live in the main part of the building and will normally be here to welcome you and assist during your stay if required. Gardens (besides the private ones) may be shared with the owners. There are a number of outbuildings - old barns, pigsties, milking parlours etc . which have not yet been renovated.
The Loire Valley region
The Loire Valley is a UNESCO World heritage site. In choosing this area (the French departments of Loiret, Loir-et-Cher, Indre-et-Loire, and Maine-et-Loire), the (UNESCO) 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."
Benefiting from its own micro climate , the Loire Valley is generally mild in the Winter and pleasantly hot in the Summer, remaining more temperate than its close neighbours.
Angers - the capital city of the Maine et Loire Department is also the ancient capital of the region of Anjou. Its roots can be traced to early Roman times but is probably best known as the historical birthplace of the House of Plantagenet, who ruled England from the 12th to 15th Century. It has many great places of historical, religious or cultural interest and lies about 45 minutes drive west of the Gite. The Chateau (inc. Apocalyse tapestries) with (optional) audio tour can itself take a whole afternoon to explore.
Le Mans - home of the world renowned 24hour Classic car race and rally is about 45 minutes drive North of Genneteil. Le Mans is reputed to have one of the most beautiful old quarters of any city in France, overlooked by the stunning cathedral. Le Mans offers plenty of sites of historic interest and also of local crafts such as Malicorne ceramics. It is probably fair to say that Le Mans is on the northernmost edge of the Pays de la Loire.
Tours - is famous as the centre for Touraine Wines and the nearby world famous Vouvray sparkling wines. Tours is famous for its original medieval district, called 'le Vieux Tours'. Unique to the Old City are its preserved half-timbered buildings which surround la Place Plumereau, a square with busy pubs and restaurants, whose open-air tables fill the centre of the square. We also found the Town Hall and Tours Central Railway Station rather magnificent - all under an hour south east of the house.
Saumur - Approximately 45 minutes due South of the house by car, Saumur is the home of the Cadre Noir (National Riding School) and the Tank Museum, as a result of it's long association with the French Military. High above the town a wonderful Chateau overlooks the Loire River, housing dungeons, a watchtower and former royal apartments, and a particularly interesting 'Museum of the Horse', all open to the public. Saumur claims to have been the place where sparkling wine was invented. Whilst it doesn't have the global 'kudos' of Champagne, in our opinion the local 'Methode Traditionelle' wines compare very well to their more expensive cousins. This includes a Red sparkling wine, recommended to be eaten with Dark Chocolate; an acquired taste but worth trying! Also to be found along the river nearby are Museums dedicated to the Mushroom and to the (edible) Snail - a French delicacy.
Le Loir Valley - the less well known of the river valleys; it has been commented upon by our guests that exploring the villages, sights and surroundings up and down the Loir valley has proven to be an unexpected delight. The towns of La Fleche and Le Lude (a mere 10-15 minutes N of the house) straddle Le Loir.
Genneteil is well placed - if it were a mountain, it would be the peak! Major Cities, autoroutes and good transport links (including rail and air) surround Genneteil on all sides - essentially less than 1 hour in any direction. Genneteil has at its heart a Norman Church, only now used for special occasions such as Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals, although it does have some beautiful ancient frescoes which were found a few years ago and restored recently. The church acts as a roundabout of sorts connecting the roads coming from all directions. Essentially a rural community, Genneteil has no particular claim to fame (except its history) but the locals are very friendly - especially if you take the opportunity to practice your French!
Genneteil has a dairy from which you can purchase fresh milk, cream, yogurts and other dairy products.
There is so much to see and do that it is difficult to know where to start! There are around 1000 Chateaux and many other sites of historical interest but also extensive orchards, world famous Zoos, Rose gardens, Geological sites and last but not least the Loire valley vineyards and wines.
Our house manual details some of the more local, quirky and lesser known places of interest, including a tour of the local lavoirs (ancient clothes washing sites), ancient stone megaliths, twisted spires (Clocher Tors) and details of many local restaurants, chateaux, walking and cycling routes and locations for fishing, riding etc.. We have also provided a selection of tourist brochures and leaflets across a wide spectrum of interests. You need to come & stay to get a real feel for what is available - and we are sure you won't be disappointed!.