Farmhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Be one of the first! Les Jumeaux comprises both our gites (Le Petit Bosquet & Le Vieil Atelier) as a joint let. They have been created from what was previously an old ground floor apartment, a carpenters work shop and attic granary at one end of a traditional 400 year old '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 extremely spacious accommodation comprising our two adjoining gites, ideally suited for couples both young and mature, or a family of up to 9. With two double beds and two sofa beds, each in different rooms and three separate bathrooms; if , as a platonic group of 3 or 4 you prefer separate facilities it is great for you too.
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, Saumur, Tours and Nantes with all they have to offer.
The cottages were fully renovated (from an uninhabitable state!) in 2009/10 and equipped to a high standard including cooking and dining facilities. Unlike many rental properties, our furniture and fittings were bought new for the gites.
Each has a semi - enclosed rear garden for the exclusive use of the gite occupants, a dedicated area within the Courtyard and access to most of the rest of the surrounding gardens.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||La Fleche (Lac de Monnerie) 20 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Tours 65 km, Nearest railway: Le Mans (TGV) 50 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, 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||2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 20, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The two gites are 'semi-detached' with a door connecting the two at the top of the staircases. Each gite is entered via its own front door, with separate access to each garden; which also have a connecting gate. This means that separate families holidaying together do have the option to stay in their 'own space' or share, as they wish.
Both gites are recently renovated and are effectively 'none identical twins' - one is a little larger than the other and is decorated in a slightly more 'contemporary' style than it's 'chintzy' twin but all equipment and facilities are duplicated so there is the facility to cook and eat separately or watch different TV programmes (and listen to different music!) if you so choose!
The kitchens are well equipped with plenty of crockery, cutlery and glasses and also with scales, recipe books and various baking dishes for those who don't have the opportunity to be creative except when on holiday. There are separate small kitchen tables and chairs in each kitchen in addition to those in the Salons. In addition to the facilities listed above there are also slow cookers, food processors and deep fat fryers, so you are not restricted to absolute basic cooking - unless you choose to be!
The larger gite also has a separate utility room and downstairs wet room (shower + loo) whilst the smaller has a separate WC downstairs.
Cleaning equipment and clothes airers are provided.
Each Salon is furnished with two large sofas, and large flat screen plasma TVs with free-to-view UK satellite channels and French digital programmes. They also have Blu-Ray DVD players and Hi-Fi with iPod/MP3 inputs. In each, the larger of the two sofas converts into a double bed with sprung mattress so up to 8 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, each salon also has its own dining table and 6 chairs.
Upstairs, the spacious bedrooms each have exposed beams and plenty of storage. In front each of the South facing full length (dormer) windows with Juliette balconies, there are easy chairs and a coffee table, which overlook the Courtyard Rose garden and the countryside to the South of the property. Each en-suite has a large walk-in shower. With the adjoining door at the top of the stairs open, the two bedrooms are just a couple of steps away from each other
Guests who have already stayed here have frequently said that our photos do not do the property justice when trying to illustrate the spaciousness the cottages have. Unlike some gite offerings this combination is very spacious indeed, larger than most 4/5 bedroom homes in the UK in terms of overall area.
|Further details outdoors|
An old Farmhouse with surrounding outlying buildings result in a pleasing courtyard effect; the whole property is completely enclosed by fencing and a gated entry and extends to some 6500sq metres. There is plenty of 'off-road' parking (inside remotely controlled gates) and there are grassy areas to enjoy besides the areas allocated for the personal use of gite occupants.
We have a small swimming pool, located in the courtyard in front of the house, available for your use; with a few sun loungers, swing seat etc.. If this is not for you, you can still relax in the relative peace of your own private garden, the other side of the building.
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 private gardens (behind the house) have tables and chairs and BBQs 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.
All 'furnishing' facilities are duplicated.
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.
To date, the majority of our clients have been couples, occasionally with a baby. Whilst we welcome all types of families, we do not specifically cater for children (toys, outdoor games, climbing frames etc.) We have one cot (+all bedding/linen) and 1 highchair (+ plastic dishes, cutlery & tray) between our two cottages. This enables a 9th person, either a baby or a small child under 115cm tall to be able to stay. Also a stair gate. Please ask for further details. We may be able to provide additional cots, high chairs etc.- please ask. Alternatively there is space for your own additional temporary beds if your group size is a tiny bit bigger than we can accommodate - with a small additional charge.
For our disabled, elderly or infirm guests: The house has not been especially adapted for wheelchair users, however, it may prove acceptable for guests who have restricted mobility. 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 other half of the building; and will normally be here to welcome you and assist during your stay if required. There are a number of outbuildings - old barns, pigsties, milking parlours etc . which have not yet been renovated. Gardens (besides the semi- private ones) are shared with the owners.
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 has at its heart a Norman Church which 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! Despite this, 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.
There is a dairy from which you can purchase fresh milk, cream, yoghurts 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!.