La Grange - volets rouges
Gite | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Traditional tuffeau-stone farmhouse with 12 x 6 meter heated swimming pool & fenced garden with panoramic views to the west. All bedrooms en-suite. Only 7 miles from Saumur yet situated in a calm rural location. Good cycling and walking area with quiet country lanes and national forest only 500 metres away. Riverside water parks with beaches are within easy reach. Nearby town 1 mile away with small supermarket, bakers, butcher, bars, hairdressers, restaurant, garage etc. Set in the heart of the Loire valley wine appellations of Bourgeuil, Chinon, Champigny & Saumur. www.voletsrouges.com
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Riverside beach in Saumur 12 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Tours.Poitiers 87.94 km, Nearest railway: Saumur 12 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, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
La Grange is a 18th century cottage recently refurbished to a very high standard. It is completely separate and has its own private access. Downstairs: Fully equipped kitchen with lovely westerly views over its own exclusive enclosed private garden and patio area. Dining area overlooks the pool in the sheltered courtyard. Open plan salon with seating for 6, satellite TV & DVD player has French doors leading to the garden and terrace. There is WIFI throughout the gite. The ground floor bedroom & shower-room have been designed to be wheelchair friendly (please see our web-site for exact details). Upstairs: 2 en-suite twin bedrooms-one with bath, one with shower.
|Further details outdoors|
The sheltered 12 x 6 meter heated pool is situated in the walled courtyard and provides the perfect place to take a languid dip. It is the ideal spot to catch up with holiday reading, bask in the sun or nod off on the comfortable sunbeds provided.
There is fun for all the family in our games room which has table tennis & table football. The games room leads out to 2.5 hectares of grounds. Here we have a communal seating area where you can sit, glass of wine in hand, and watch the stunning sunsets. A large section of the land has been set aside for general recreation - Football, boules & croquet can all be played here. For the little ones there are swings, a seesaw and a slide they can play on. A selection of bikes is available for guests to borrow for small trips into town for a loaf, perhaps, or for longer trips around the quiet lanes in the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Please note that as well as providing all bed and table linen we also supply swimming towels.
Pool open from May to September.
The Loire Valley region
The Loire area derives much of its fame from the large number of historically interesting buildings and towns that exist in the area.
For hundreds of years it was the region where the French aristocracy would come to relax and replenish energy reserves depleted by constant warring with the English.
The Loire area has extensive forests that provided the nobility with excellent hunting. To guarantee their comfort while in the area, they constructed opulent chateaux many of which are still standing and can be visited today.
The river itself has now been designated a world heritage site - a testament to the importance placed on the conservation of the wetland habitat which borders the longest river in France.
Saumur is an ancient, bustling market town, full of historic and elegant townhouses. It straddles a strategic and beautiful stretch of the River Loire. The Chateau de Saumur, the local wines, the sandy banks of the river, the equestrian traditions and historical sites, all the threads that typify the Loire region seem to be gathered together in Saumur. For those that find the town centre a little too comfortable, there are many trogolodite caves and dwellings to contemplate nearby.
There are many activities which can be enjoyed in the area. For those who enjoy cycling there is a huge network of cycle paths. These lead you down leafy country tracks or small roads and provide another way to enjoy the magnifent local countryside. There are many marked walks that can be enjoyed in the local forests. Nearby is an equestrian centre where horse-riding can be enjoyed. For those who like golf there is a 12 hole golf course just the other side of Saumur in a pretty town called St Hilaire de Florent. This is also the site of the famous Gratien Meyer sparkling wine and a wine tasting here could replace the normal 25th hole! In both Saumur & Bourgeuil there are riverside water parks set alongside the Loire where you can swim or hire dingys or canoes.
La Grange & La Forge lie at the heart of the famous Chinon, Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Bourgueil and Saumur Champigny wine growing areas which are all within easy reach. Wine tastings are readily arranged on request.
In the immediate vicinity of La Grange, on the outskirts of Allonnes, lies the renowned Parc de Maupassant which boasts fine walks and a fine selection of gardens including a magnificent rose garden and a world famous peony collection. In neighbouring Brain sur Allonnes there is a medieval botanical garden with borders that feature over 600 varieties of medicinal and gastronomic plants and herbs. Throughout history these have been used for a variety of purposes including poisoning, very occasional healing and fairly frequent forays into witchcraft. Also in Brain are located world-famous caves where aspiring artists daubed in paleolithic times.
Allonnes (only 1.5 kms away) has a range of small shops including bread shops, a butcher, traiteur and, most importantly, a supermarket that is even open on Sunday mornings! It also has a garage, banks, hairdressers, & bars.
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16 Jun 2014
"Perfect relaxation, ideal surroundings, and friendly hospitality."
We came upon the Volets Rouge by chance, whilst doing a motoring tour of the Loire.It turned out to be a very good find. Friendly and helpful owners, Mark, Judy and family, have created a delightfu… More
We are so glad you both enjoyed your holiday here so much. We are really fortunate to be located in such a tranquil and yet central location. While the countryside around us here is fairly flat it manages nonetheless to be very beautiful with lots of trees and clusters of ancient tuffeau-stone buildings. We much enjoyed meeting you and hope to see you again.
23 Nov 2013
"Great Place to stay"
We were a small group of friends on a weeks break - on motorcycles; after a long day riding to Les Volets Rouges from Roscoff (via a friend house) we arrived to a very warm welcome from Mark & Judy, w… More
21 Nov 2013
"The warmest of welcomes and hospitality that goes above and beyond"
This was my third stay at Les Volets Rouges and each time I have experienced the incredibly warm generosity provided by Mark and Judy. One stay was in La Forge with my partner, the second with my mum,… More
6 Oct 2013
"Best place we've stayed in so far"
We thought this accommodation was superb. It was fitted out well and fully equipped. The location is perfect as a base for Loire Valley exploring. Having English speaking, friendly but not imposing, h… More
1 Sep 2013
"Welcoming gite near Saumur"
We loved La Grange!There were four of us, two adults and two young children. My wife and I appreciated the space, well-appointed kitchen and showers (there is also a bath). The children loved the tabl… More
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday in La Grange. It was good to see you arrive with all your bikes on the roof, ready to check out our quiet tracks. We have been struggling with wifi expanders for years in an attempt to push internet through the very thick walls of La Grange. It is a little too late for you for which we apologise profoundly, but they have at last invented a system that passes a signal along the mains allowing a wifi hotspot to be created at the far end end within La Grange itself. This is a slightly technical way of explaining that we are at last able to solve the problem of intermittent wifi! Next time you come here we are sure you will be greatly pleased by the improvement.
7 Aug 2013
"Excellent holiday villa for family visiting the Loire Valley."
Excellent quality house with great rural views, and high quality furnishing and kitchen equipment. Friendly and welcoming owner, very good swimming pool with excellent quality water, perfect for child… More
17 Jul 2013
"Superb! A Benchmark for others to aim for"
A superb location with the culture and classic French delights of wine and cheeses readily available. Nice and quiet plus peaceful to rest and enjoy the immaculate accommodation including a large spotless swimming pool. This is family run and the care and attention to detail clearly shows ensuring your stay is perfect. You can be assured of a genuine friendly welcome from a really nice family with local knowledge. The garden is secure and the Gite private so you can relax and enjoy your surroundings.
This has to be the benchmark others aim to achieve.
Thank-you I really enjoyed my stay
17 Apr 2013
"A comfortable, warm gite to return to after several wet days sightseeing."
The owners of the gite were very friendly and helpful. The booking process and general information was prompt and efficient. The well-equipped gite itself was in a pleasant, calm setting and provide… More
25 Aug 2012
What a lovely place to stay and the accommodation first class. Judy and Mark were great hosts and very helpful. So relaxing and enjoyable, just what we all needed. Near to many interesting towns etc so good location too.
26 Apr 2012
"Beautiful home from home"
Although we didn't escape the British weather, our spring holidayu in the Loire valley was made more pleasurable by the quality of this gite. Although part of a small complex, we were totally sep… More
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