About the home
Annie's House is a quaint and independent cottage for couples set in the quiet and private grounds of La Bellevue, the French-Anglo family home of Sarah-Jane & Gérald Beaumont, situated mid-way between Saumur and Chinon in the picturesque village of Pouançay, un village de charme close to the Château dominated and market town of Montreuil-Bellay.
Beautifully presented, comfortable and equipped to a high standard Annie's House comprises of a light and airy double bedroom, throughout exposed tuffeau stone walls, terracotta floor tiles and wooden ceiling beams further add to her charm. From the bedroom a staircase leads into a well equipped sitting room, a seperate kitchen and bistro area, and a generous sized downstairs shower room and loo caters for all holiday needs.
For outside living Annie's House has much to offer. An open courtyard lined with roses and a private garden terrace with a spectacular view, both are furnished with table and chairs and offers prime spots for outside dining, sitting, reading and relaxing.
Whether your preference is walking, cycling, visiting the stunning Loire Châteaux and attractions, feasting on local cuisine, sampling local wines or unwinding, or ALL of the above mentioned and more?. There is much to do and explore .
Discover local fresh food markets. Weekend brocantes (flea-markets), and the stunning villages and towns set along the edge of the Loire river. Explore too, an exceptional Bioparc in Doué la Fontaine. Hire a kayak/canoe or take a river boat ride along the Loire river from Chinon and Saumur. Visit spectacular rose gardens en route to Cholet or potter around the historical Châteaux dominated towns of Angers, Azay le Rideau, Brézé, Brissac-Quincé, Candes St. Martin, Chenonceau, Chinon, Fontevraud l'Abbaye, Loches, Montsoreau, Montreuil-Bellay, Saumur, Richelieu, Tours, Ussé, Villandry - all of which make a fabulous day out.
Loire wine tours & tastings with Gérald, a bilingual French wine professional from the Loire Valley : (visit Loire Valley Uncorked on TripAdvisor for reviews).
Places to eat : enjoy excellent wines, alongside fresh local cuisine at Bistrot Les Tontons, Place Saint Pierre in Saumur : (visit Bistrot Les Tontons on TripAdvisor for reviews)
|Size:||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedroom|
|Nearest beach:||Riverside Beaches, 20km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 2km
|Family friendly?||Not suitable for children|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Internet access, DVD player|
|General:||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms:||1 Bedroom, 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Double beds (1), Dining seating for 2, Lounge seating for 2|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
* Wi-Fi access available inside & outside 'Annie's House'
Further details outdoors:
* Electrically operated entrance gates providing secure parking
* Troglodyte Caves: once dwellings and home our wine press & four au pain (bread oven)
* 'Annie's House' is supplied with quality bed and household linen and bathroom towels
* Available - fresh salad vegetables organically grown in le potager, (season dependent)
* Available - fresh chicken eggs (organic & free range)
* Available - laundry service upon resquest
* Arrival is from 17h00 onwards and departure is no later than 10h00
* To confirm a reservation a 50% non-refundable deposit is required.
* The remaining balance is payable 8 weeks prior to arrival
* As a cautionary measure against damage/breakages to cottage/cottage items a retainer of 150€ is required upon arrival
* The retainer is refundable after a cottage inspection and the cottage keys returned on the morning of departure
* The cottage and its inventoried equipment have been prepared to a high standard of cleanliness and presentation, should the cottage and its equipment not be left to an equivalent standard at departure we regret to inform you a cleaning charge of 50€ will be incurred
* The property is not suitable for babies or children
* We regret no pets are allowed
* Smoking is strictly not permitted
The Loire Valley / Maine-et-Loire region
THE LOIRE VALLEY
The word 'château' belongs to the Loire Valley, its very mention inspires images of grand extravagant castles, exquisite gardens and vast moats. It encapsulates the intrigue of French history and a romantic vision of France.
From the 15th to the 18th centuries the Loire was the playground of Kings, Princes, Dukes and Nobles their family fortunes and the wealth of France turned it into a vast neighbourhood of lavish châteaux. Rich and concentrated in architectural treasures Unesco named the entire region a World Heritage Site in 2000.
The Renaissance architecture and earlier defensive fortresses glimpsed at Angers, Chinon and Loche are stunning and numerous other châteaux big and small can be found throughout the Loire.
The Saumur area
Twined with Warwick, England and Verden, Germany the historical town of Saumur is set along the banks of the Loire river. Hosting a fabulous Satruday morning market Saumur is also home to the famous Cadre Noir, the National Equestrian School of the elite French Cavalry, the remarkable horsemanship of the Cavalry and their beautiful horses can been seen between April & October are regularly held shows.
With many activities, exhibitions and wine festivals scheduled throughout the year Saumur is a worthy visit, if not only to see the Cadre Noir and the impressive Château, which has been lovingly restored, but to also enjoy the beauty of this stunning river side town in the heart of the Loire Valley, France.
Restaurant Recommendation : Bistrot Les Tontons, Place Saint Pierre, 49400 Saumur - notable for its excellent selection of quality wines and cuisine served with a twist of 'je ne sais quoi' - a wine lovers haunt.
Dominating the pretty medieval town of Montreuil-Bellay is its magnificent fairy tale Château whose impressive great wall still encloses the town centre to this day. An abundance of flower blooms throughout spring to the cooling months of winter Montreuil-Bellay is a pretty town to discover.
Host to a weekly market and a monthly Brocante (flea-market) there are a number of interesting restaurants to lunch & dine at, the Château to visit and a lovely picnic area, shaded by trees, set along the edge of the river Thouet which flows through the town, whilst eating your baguettes the resident ducks will pay you a visit hoping for some crumbs.
Restaurant Recommendation : Hostelliere Saint Jean, 432 rue Nationale, 49260 Montreuil-Bellay - notable for its excellent choice of cuisine and service - the ideal spot for 'les gourmandes'.
LOCAL ACTIVITIES - please contact me for more details regarding any local activities of interest.
~ Riverside beaches
~ Golf Course - (15kms)
~ Microlight flights
~ Hot Air Balloon rides
~ Loire river boat rides
~ Kayak & Caneoing
~ Visit the famous Troglodyte Zoo at Doué-la-Fontaine
~ The Historical Abbey at Fontevraud d'Abbaye
~ The Mushroom Museum - St-Hilaire-St-Florent, nr. Saumur
~ Futuroscope (Amusement Park) – Poitiers
For ideas and days out suggestions have been complied comprising of the most famous and well known Châteaux, towns, villages, vineyards, attractions and historical sites etc., to see during your stay.
How to get there
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Airports : Angers (55 mins), Tours & Poitiers (70 mins).
Airlines : British Airways flies from London City Airport to Angers 3 times per week, 2 flights per day. Ryanair flies from London Stansted to Tours and from Birmingham to Poitiers. Car hire is available from the above mentioned airports and we will happily provided details if this is required.
Ferry : Sea France & P&O sail from Dover to Calais. SpeedFerries sail from Dover to Boulogne. Brittany Ferries sail from Portsmouth to Caen & Cherbourg. CondorFerries sail from Portsmouth to Cherbourg.
Eurostar : travelling from London take Eurostar to Paris or Lille, next take a TGV train directly to Angers (70 mins). Changing at Angers will be required to continue to Saumur (30 mins). Car hire is available from Angers & Saumur train stations.
Eurotunnel : Folkestone to Calais takes a convenient 35 mins. Trains leave throughout the day and night.
Driving Route : Calais is 560 kms and approx 5.5 hours leisurely drive from our location. Leaving Calais head towards Rouen, once you have passed through Rouen contine towards the A13 - Le Harve/Caen/Le Mans. Continue towards the A28 - Rennes/Nantes/Le Mans-Université. Taking the A11 continue towards Saumur/Tours. Taking the A85 exit the autoroute at Exit 3 for Saumur and continue along the D767 and D347 direction Poitiers/Loudun. You will pass through Le Coudray-Macouard and by-pass Montreuil-Bellay - look out for the stunning château. Continue in the direction of Poitiers/Loudun you will pass through a village called La Motte Bourbon, 1 km outside of La Motte turn right into the D55, Pouançay is the pretty village directly in front of you. 'La Bellevue', 8 rue Jeanne Ogeron is located next to the pretty church, our gates will be open to welcome you.
Activities near Saumur
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
15 Oct 2012
This was our third visit to La Bellevue and it still remains one of my favourite places to visit. There are two gites at La Bellevue and both are truly immaculate. We have stayed in both and this... more
28 Jun 2012
Words cannot describe adequately how much we enjoyed our stay at Annie's House at La Bellvue. Sharah-Jane and Gerald were so welcoming. The accommodations exceeded my expectations. Very well equipped, spotlessly clean, tastefully appointed and lovely bedding! The setting is lovely , the gardens are beautiful and the view from our private patio breathtaking.
Both Sarah-Jane and Gerald are extremely knowledgeable about the area and are happy to share tips for day trips, restaurants etc. Gerald is particularly knowledgeable about wine and wine making. He has had years of personal experience in the vineyards of Loire and is happy to share his knowledge in a professional but totally unpretentious manner. I would highly recommend you book one of Gerald's wine experiences through their website www.loirevalleyuncorked.net , a thoroughly enjoyable way to learn about the wines of the Loire.
21 May 2012
Annie's House was the perfect home away from home for us. We were warmly welcomed immediately and felt very spoiled. The house is a beautiful setting, perfect location for the Loire Valley and our gracious hosts, Sarah Jane and Gerald, made sure all of our needs were met.
We highly recommend Gerald's wine tour as well. You will not be disappointed.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 2|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Mar - May||9 Mar 13||8 Jun 13||£ 350||£ 75||£ 75||4 Nights|
|Jun - Jul||8 Jun 13||13 Jul 13||£ 425||-||-||1 Week|
|Jul - Aug||13 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||£ 450||-||-||1 Week|
|Aug - Sep||31 Aug 13||14 Sep 13||£ 425||-||-||1 Week|
|Sep - Dec||14 Sep 13||21 Dec 13||£ 375||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
* Heating & electricity are included within the cottage tariffs
* During a 2 week reservation a cottage clean, change of bed & household linen, bathroom towels is included
* Additional Tariff : taxe de Séjour : 0,70 cts per person, per night
La Bellevue is a French registered company : SIRET No.: 752 876 342 00011Enquire now
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