La Grange d'Henri
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) --
La Grange d'Henri is an independent gite set within the private and peaceful 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.
Comfortable, stylish and beautifully presented La Grange d'Henri is perfect for couples seeking a tranquil setting surrounded by vineyards and un-spoilt countryside, yet wish to remain within easy reach of local amenities, restaurants, the many famous Loire Valley Châteaux and attractions.
La Grange d'Henri comprises of a spacious double bedroom and ensuite, for added convenience the adjoining loo and shower room are separate. From the bedroom a wide staircase leads to the combined and well equipped kitchen, bistro area and sitting room which opens on to the private terrace, a fabulous sun trap with an impressive view furnished with table and chairs. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, an aperitif to the serenade of birdsong while subtle outside lighting sets a romantic mood for evening dining.
WINE TOURS & TASTINGS : Loire Valley Uncorked - awarded a Certificate of Excellence 2011, 2012 & 2013 by TripAdvisor
"How is wine made"? "How can I learn to taste wine"? "Why do I like this wine but not that wine"? "Is it possible to meet a vigneron"? "What does a French wine label tell me"? "How do I recognise a wine for laying down"? Questions you may have asked yourself?
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.
WebSite : www.loirevalleyuncorked.net
TripAdvisor Reviews : http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g1080868-d1651144-Reviews-Loire_Valley_Uncorked-Le_Puy_Notre_Dame_Maine_et_Loire_Anjou_Loire_Valley_Pays_d.html
THINGS TO DO, SIGHTS TO SEE & PLACES TO VISIT : locally & 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, 49400 Saumur : serves simple, but not simplistic, bistrot fare, think homecooked nosh, freshly prepared on a daily basis. The menu changes daily and the cuisine is served alongside niche quality wines sourced from local Val de Loire producers and from across France.
For TripAdvisor testimonials please visit : http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187199-d2199993-Reviews-Bistrot_Les_Tontons-Saumur_Maine_et_Loire_Anjou_Loire_Valley_Pays_de_la_Loire.html
|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 Poitiers & Tours) 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, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
* Wi-Fi access available inside & outside 'La Grange dèHenri'
|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
* 'La Grange d'Henri' is supplied with quality bed and household linen, bathroom towels and other essentials
* 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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5 Oct 2013
"A home away from home, in the middle of the Loire"
A week's getaway at La Grange D'Henri was a last minute booking that ended up being the perfect week. Sarah-Jane was a fantastic host and it felt more like staying with friends. The cottage … More
6 Sep 2013
We just love this place, so much so we return year after year to stay at La Grange d'Henri with the owners Gerald and Sarah-Jane; they are such excellent hosts and will do all they can to ensure … More
14 Aug 2013
"Beautiful location, fabulous hosts"
We have just spent a week at this property and would wholeheartedly recommend it.It's a perfect gite for two, well equipped inside with a private terrace outside. Locally there's lots to do … More
6 Aug 2013
"Everything you could wish for"
We have recently returned from an extremely enjoyable stay at La Grange D'Henri. Sarah Jane the (English) co owner was a terrific host, on hand if needed but never intrusive. La Grange D'He… More
29 Jul 2013
We slipped through the electric gates to the smile and welcome of Sarah-Jane and a perfectly presented gite in the gardens of their house and in a small and wonderfully quiet village, larger towns are… More
21 Jun 2013
"An unforgettable week in the Loire Valley"
It's always a gamble as to whether accommodation booked online from thousands of kilometres away will live up to your expectations. No problem with La Grange d'Henri: set in a small village … More
18 Apr 2013
"Best welcome and cleanest place we have stayed in!"
A beautiful apartment in a lovely location.We had a very warm welcome from Sarah-Jane who seemed very genuine in wanting to make our stay as comfortable as possible.The place was so spotless that you might have thought it had never been used before.My husband developed a serious eye problem on the first morning and both Sarah-Jane and Gerald did everything they could to help us.They even rang around on the Monday to get us an emergency appointment with an opthamologist and Gerald offered to drive us there himself. We had lunch at his fabulous bistro in Saumur which is well worth a visit.This apartment would be enjoyable all year round as it has a very lovely view from the sofas and dinning area, so even on a cold day you can enjoy the Loire valley.
27 Oct 2012
"Escape from the rat race - a little piece of heaven in the Loire valley"
We chose this gite on the basis of previous reviews and it really lived up to its reputation. What a wonderful welcome! Sarah-Jane and her lovely children were there as we arrived to greet us and make… More
28 Sep 2012
"So pleased we found La Grange d'Henri...!"
We found this Gite via TripAdvisor and after reading the reviews decided to give it a go, having never stayed in a Gite before. I am really glad we did as we loved it. Sarah-Jane is the perfect host… More
13 Aug 2012
"Perfect in Every Way"
Sarah-Jane was the perfect host and we liked her immediately. Her friendly manner and helpful advice made us feel instantly comfortable - from her smiling welcome at the security gate, her genuine insistence to call on her at any time, right through to waving us off at the end of our week. So, enjoying our holiday was made easy. The gite was spotlessly clean, beautifully styled, in a secure home setting and well provisioned with a refreshing attention to detail. We thoroughly enjoyed driving through the beautiful rolling plains of sunflowers, fields dotted with giant wheels of hay, rows of lush green vines and pretty wildflowers - the magnificent Loire River winding through it all. Marvelous chateaus, grand fortresses, medieval villages and charming stone villages are abundant in the area. Nearby towns and villages are large and small with plenty of restaurants, cafes and shopping centres to choose from. Don't forget to visit Gerald's (Sarah-Jane's husband) bistro Les Tontons in Saumur – but don't make our mistake and not make yourself known to him, Sarah-Jane was mortified when we told her as Gerald likes to spoil the guests of La Bellevue. Regardless we had one of the very best meals of our entire holiday and probably the best steak and frites we have ever had – unique in its flavour it was perfectly cooked and perfectly rested – even accompanied with the perfect generous proportion of perfect bread. That's enough perfects from me – make sure you visit both if the Loire Valley is on your holiday itiniery.
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