Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
La Maison Rouge is set in magnificent woodland and offers an immaculately presented house that sleeps up to six/seven people. Ideal for couples and families alike this beautiful house is the perfect holiday retreat.
Having been lovingly restored and renovated, La Maison Rouge retains many of its original features and is beautifully furnished to provide comfortable and spacious accommodation. Located in a peaceful setting on the edge of the Forest de Monnaie, 20 minutes from the Chateau Town of Saumur, La Maison Rouge is situated in the heart of the picturesque Loire Valley. Maison Rouge can be booked separately, or can be taken together as one booking with L'Ecurie, making it ideal for two families or groups of 12/14 wishing to enjoy a holiday together yet with the privacy of individual holiday homes.
From the entrance of Maison Rouge you enter the spacious open plan hallway and kitchen/dining area. The well equipped kitchen has an electric oven and gas hob, as well as a microwave, washing machine and dishwasher and two fridges and freezer. The table in the dining area can seat up to ten people and a stable door leads out to the garden.
In the garden which is surrounded by lovely woodland, there is a swimming pool with a private terraced area and large lawns. The swimming pool is equipped with a safety alarm and decorative fencing provides extra peace of mind.
Back in the house the large sitting room has a wood burning stove, making La Maison Rouge as welcoming in the winter months as it is in the summer. In the sitting room is a TV with DVD and UK satellite and also a CD player and a selection of books and games. Patio doors lead out onto a private rear terrace where there is a very large table which can comfortably seat 6-12 people. A BBQ is available for guests' use.
Bikes are available for use by guests at both La Maison Rouge and L'Ecurie, as are outdoor games including boules, table tennis and a 13' trampoline.
Also downstairs, off the sitting room, is a beautifully beamed room that features bunk beds providing a sleeping arrangement for two singles and an en-suite shower room and WC.
In the hallway a feature stair case takes you upstairs where there are two further bedrooms each with en-suite shower rooms and WCs.
The master bedroom has a king size bed and dressing area with ample wardrobe space. A door from the master bedroom leads out onto a balcony area with table and chairs. A second internal door leads to the en-suite facilities.
Completing the layout, is the second upstairs bedroom featuring two single beds and with ample floor space where a single futon chair provides bedding for an additional guest and/or cot. An internal door leads to the en-suite facilities.
La Maison Rouge is very child friendly, and a stair gate, high chair, and travel cot are available, and a baby bath and potty can be provided on request.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Tours and Angers 40 km, Nearest railway: Tours central mainline from Paris|
|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||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Trampoline|
|Further details outdoors|
Maison Rouge is located in a wonderful peaceful, natural, woodland setting. It has a large lawned garden area which is bordered by the Foret de Monnaie.
Outside there is a private terrace area with a large al fresco dining table with BBQ and shaded areas.
There is a trampoline and a large games barn which includes table tennis, table football, darts and there are bikes available for guests use.
The Loire Valley region
The Loire Valley is known as the Garden of France and the Cradle of the French Language. It is also noteworthy for the quality of it's architectural heritage, in it's historic towns such as Amboise, Angers, Blois, Chinon, Orleans, Saumur and Tours, but in particular for it's world famous castles, such as the Chateaux d'Amboise, Chateaux de Villandry and Chenonceau.
The rich and cultural landscape of the Loire Valley is an outstanding area of great beauty, containing historic towns and villages and more than 300 chateaux and castles dating back to the early 1100's - the most glorious of which were homes to the Kings, Queens and nobility of France. Many of the smaller chateaux are now hotels or private houses, while others have become international tourist attractions. Among the most notable are Chenonceaux, the famous Chateau straddling the River Cher about 1 hour from Tours; Amboise, the beautiful chateau built by Charles VIII in the 15th Century which has magnificent views over the River Loire; Chinon, which dominates the town, is now ruined but provides a fascinating history back to the days of Jeanne D'Arc; Azay-le-Rideau has a pretty chateau that straddles the river Indre just south of Tours; and Usse, the fairy-tale chateau west of Tours, which is said to be the home of Sleeping Beauty! Nearer to our properties in the region of Maine et Loire are the chateaux of Saumur and Le Lude which provide a great insight into life during these periods.
As well as the magnificent chateaux, the Loire Valley boasts some of the finest landscaped gardens in Europe. In fact, so lush is the Loire that this rural part of France provides a feast for the eyes - whether the manicured gardens of its famous chateaux or the vast expanse of vineyards, forests and open countryside that make the region a joy for drivers, cyclists and walkers.
The Loire Valley enjoys long hot summers (often reaching over 30 degrees c.). Yet with cooler days and a fair rain fall, it has an enviable climate which enables the region to adorn vineyards that stretch from Sancerre to the Atlantic. The Tours region, Anjou, the Saumur region and the Nantes region are the main grape growing areas. The tourist route around the vineyards of the Loire valley leads wine lovers and beginners alike from cellars to vineyards, and from visits to imposing castles and abbeys to cave dwellings. Close to our properties are the St. Nicholas de Bourgueil and Bourgueil appellations and a little further to Chinon and Saumur - all of which are well worth a visit. But be advised - you are expected to buy at least a couple of bottles of wine!
In 2000, UNESCO added the central part of the Loire River valley, between Maine and Sully-sur-Loire, to its prestigious list of World Heritage Sites. In choosing this area that includes the French departments of Loiret, Loir-et-Cher, Indre-et-Loire, and Maine-et-Loire, the 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."
The area of France known as The Loire is itself split in two - being Central Loire, and the Loire Valley of Pays de la Loire. The properties offered by French Holiday Gites are located in Maine et Loire, a region that is situated almost in the middle of Central and Pays de la Loire - making it accessible to much of the Loire's world renowned attractions and heavenly beauty spots.
Maison Rouge and L'Ecurie are about 20 minutes from the historic chateaux town of Saumur which sits on the banks of the River Loire.
Angers and Tours are also close by, as our lots of traditional French villages which line the River Loire.
Dining, shopping, Kayaking, and some of France's most highly acclaimed golf courses are all within easy reach.