Annies House (La Bellevue)
Gite | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
-- Short Stays (min. 3 nights) -- Long-Lets (1+ months) -- Loire Valley Wine Tours -- French Lessons (from beginner to advanced levels) --
Annie's House is a quaint and independent cottage set in 'un village de charme' close to the Château dominated market town of Montreuil-Bellay. Beautifully presented and equipped to a high standard, exposed tuffeau stone walls, terracotta floor tiles and wooden ceiling beams throughout the cottage further add to her charm.
The first floor comprises of a light and airy double bedroom from which a wooden staircase** leads to the ground floor. Leading off the living room is the kitchen and bistrot area, which are adjoined by a generous sized shower room.
Outside living comprises of an open courtyard lined with the regions stunning Pierre de Ronsard roses and a terraced private garden which looks out across la-belle-vue. Both areas are furnished with table and chairs and offer fabulous spots for outside living and the serenade of birdsong. Annie's House has her own bbq for your use during your stay.
**Please note Annie's House staircase is not suitable for those with impaired mobility and knee conditions.
WINE TOURS & TASTINGS : Loire Valley Uncorked - awarded a Certificate of Excellence 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 by TripAdvisor
From a Loire Valley wine-making family a private Loire wine tour & tasting with Gérald, a bilingual French wine professional, answers questions and takes you on a unique journey into a wine-makers world. Revealing local history and family tradition Gérald's inherent knowledge and passion for his lifetime's work ensures an unparallelled insight and introduction to the Loire Valley's diverse range of elegant wines.
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THINGS TO DO, SIGHTS TO SEE & PLACES TO VISIT : locally and around
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 Amboise, Angers, Azay le Rideau, Brézé, Brissac-Quincé, Candes St. Martin, Chenonceau, Chinon, Fontevraud l'Abbaye, Langeais, Loches, Montsoreau, Montreuil-Bellay, Saumur, Richelieu, Tours, Ussé, Villandry - all of which make a fabulous day out.
PLACES TO EAT : Bistrot Les Tontons, Place Saint Pierre, Saumur
Set in the heart of Saumur : serves freshly prepared uncomplicated bistrot fare, think homecooked nosh. The menu changes daily and cuisine is served alongside niche quality wines sourced from local Val de Loire producers and from across France.
Visit Bistrot Les Tontons, Saumur on TripAdvisor for past client reviews
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Riverside Beaches 20 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Angers (also Tours & Poitiers) 75 km, Nearest railway: Saumur 25 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|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 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
* Wi-Fi access available inside & outside 'Annie's House'
|Further details outdoors|
* Electrically operated entrance gates ensuring privacy and secure parking
* Troglodyte Caves: once dwellings and home our wine press & four au pain (bread oven)
* Storage is available for bikes
* '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 & pressing service upon resquest
The Loire Valley 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.
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.
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.
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9 Oct 2014
This was our fifth year staying in this beautiful gîte. Set in a quiet village location it is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. Located next to the owners house it makes an id… More
15 Sep 2014
Annies House has everything you need for a romantic and comfortable holiday. We like to cook in the evening and the kitchen is well equipped with a full size cooker and oven. The hosts are extremely w… More
7 Aug 2014
"Arrive as guests and leave as friends"
We were impressed with the descriptions and photos of Annie's House and were not disappointed on arrival. Set in the grounds of the owner's house with well tended gardens and fascinating cav… More
5 Jul 2014
We have just returned from Annies House and have had a fantastic time, made possible by a lovely ( English ) hostess.We was made to feel very welcome by Sarah-Jane and given the keys to a beautiful g… More
29 Jun 2014
"Charming facilties in peaceful surroundings"
Sarah and Gerald are welcoming and helpful hosts but do not intrude. They provide a top quality house in their courtyard. Its furnishings and the gardens around it are beautiful. There's no comme… More
22 Jun 2014
"Beautiful property in idyllic small french village setting"
Annie's House is a beautiful and well appointed 'tuffeau' stone property in a small french village in a perfect location for visiting many places in the region. The house is very well d… More
16 Jun 2014
"Fantastic Gite - you need to go!"
My wife and I have just returned from a week at Annie's House in this stunning part of France and what a great week it was. If you want a nice, quiet, relaxing week you can't go too far wro… More
11 Jun 2014
"Brilliant, would love to stay there again."
Right from our first contact with queries about the accommodation and the directions through to the greeting and helpfulness of the lovely Hostess, everything was better than we had hoped. The modern … More
14 Jan 2014
"Beautiful, cosy cottage in a great location, and what wonderful hosts!"
We couldn't have been made to feel more welcome by Sarah-Jane and Gerald. They got the balance just right between offering us tips and advice, and giving us space to explore and get on with our h… More
2 Nov 2013
"A true experience of rural French living"
Our 4th year at La Bellevue and we are still enchanted by the rural nature of the setting, tranquility, peace and quiet. Sarah-Jane is a gracious and generous host and welcomes you on arrival so you … More
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