Riverside Cottage with Gardens
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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
The cottage is located in a small village which has a fabulous boulangerie within a short walk, where you can buy your morning bread and croissants. Situated 15 minutes from historic Saumur and 40 minutes from Angers. Charm and character have been retained in this delightful cottage having exposed beams and traditional décor.
This charming cottage borders the road which runs alongside the quite wonderful Loire River, (with astounding views). Situated at the heart of the Loire Anjou Touraine National Park and classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
INTERNET / WIFI ACCESS INCLUDED - speed may vary and be slow on occasions.
The accommodation comprises a very comfortable lounge with two sofas, UK and French digital television. Ipod / Iphone charger and player.
THE WELL EQUIPPED KITCHEN with dishwasher, microwave / grill, oven and hob plus washing machine and refrigerator. A wide range of cutlery and utensils are provided enabling you to take advantage of local delicacies such as Sea food, Oysters and Snails. Various glasses for wine degustation are in the dresser. Tea towels, oven gloves and apron are included.
BATHROOM with bath and shower over. Hand and bath towels are provided together with shower and bath mat.
TRADITIONAL IN DESIGN - the cottage has two comfortable double bedrooms, (one of the bedrooms has a cloakroom).
GARDENS - two gardens for dining and relaxing. The flower garden is ideal for breakfast with morning sun and shade in the afternoon, whilst the vegetable garden is in shade in the morning with afternoon sun.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||LA BAULE, (190km) - Numerous lakeside beaches 190 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: ANGERS, (37km) TOURS, (97km) POITIERS, (108km) 37 km, Nearest railway: SAUMUR, (12km) and ANGERS, (54km) 12 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
ALL BED LINEN, house towels and bath mats within the rental price. The bathroom has a bath with shower over, basin and separate WC. There is a WC and wash basin off bedroom 1.
A cot, high chair, changing mat and child stair gate are available on request.
|Further details outdoors|
The property is accessed by a flight of stone steps leading to a pretty lawned garden and fruit trees. There is a second flower garden to the rear of the property which has a small lawn with trees and BBQ, table and chairs for al fresco dining.
The flower garden is ideal for breakfast with morning sun and shade in the afternoon, whilst the vegetable garden is in shade in the morning with afternoon sun.
The Loire Valley region
Riverside Cottage / St Clément des Levées is situated at the heart of the Loire Anjou Touraine National Park and is classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
The fertile land north of the Loire River is used extensively for market gardening nurseries, fruit orchards and gardens and is referred to as 'The Garden of France'. South of the Loire River is predominantly vineyards with some 29 distinct appellations.
There is something for people of all ages :-
LE PUY DE FOU - http://www.puydufou.com - a day out for the whole family and evening spectacle / theatre.
FUTURSCOPE - http://www.futuroscope.com - which appeals to 'children' age 2 to 100 years old.
DOUE LA FONTAINE a world class zoo - http://www.zoodoue.fr (30min drive)
LA FLECHE - http://www.zoo-la-fleche.com (1 hour drive)
VILLANDRY- www.villandry.fr (1 hour drive)
CHAUMONT SUR LOIRE - http://www.domaine-chaumont.fr (1,5 hour drive and worth it!)
why not stop off en-route at Leonardo da Vinci's last residence at the CHATEAU CLOS LUCE - http://www.vinci-closluce.com
TERRABOTANICA - http://www.terrabotanica.fr (40 minute drive)
PARC ORIENTAL MALEVRIER - the Oriental Gardens at le Parc Oriental, Malévrier : http://www.parc-oriental.com (40 minutes drive)
The many Châteaux of the Loire, rose gardens, river trips, horse riding, golf, cycling and much more, which is why visitors to this region return year after year, finding something new on each visit.
The nearby town of Saumur has restaurants, bars and shops.
Being in the heart of the historic parc national the cottage is close to many sites of historic interest from Gallio Roman through to the magnificent and romantic châteaux for which this area is justly famous.
- LE CHATEAU - Saumur - http://www.visite-au-chateau.com/saumur.htm
The Loire Valley wine route is on the doorstep and guests are able to visit many of the local vinyards to sample and buy produce directly from the producer. History, culture, good wine and fabulous food can all be found in the area. The local people are remarkably friendly and you will be greeted courteously wherever you go.
INFORMATION on local attractions and restaurants is in the cottage as is the Michelin 'green guide' to Chateau de la Loire. There is a tourist information office in Saumur and in Les Rosiers sur Loire.
COMMENTS FROM GUESTS 2013
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The following comments, have been left by guests and are in the guest book present in the house.
GREAT HOUSE IN THE LOIR VALLEY. Lots of character and situated in a beautiful area with many chateaux close by. Very impressive gardens and we definitely recommend visiting while the cherries are in season. William - USA - juillet 2013.
WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME in the Loire Valley. The cottage is lovely and confortable, had everything we needed. Perfect hotspot to descover the region. Thanks to the owner for the outstanding hospitality. PAT - BRAZIL - June 2013.
NOUS AVONS PASSE UN EXCELLENT SEJOUR. L'emplacement de la maison était formidable... Situ? entre Angers et Saumur, nous avons découvert pleins de beaux paysages! La maison est bien équipée et elle est surtout s?curitaire pour les enfants. Notre filles de 20 mois a adoré explorer les jardins de la maison! Il y a un lit de béb? complet et chaise haute disponible dans la maison. Je recommande fortement la location de son cottage! François - QUEBEC - June 2013.
RETURNED AGAIN for another great stay! Mr and Mrs R and family - SCOTLAND - August 2013
WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME HERE, loved the house and gardes, loved the calm surroundings. Mr. A and group - SLOVENIA - August 2013
SUPERBE! Thanks for greeting us, had a great stay. An idyllic place, hope to come back. Mr. and Mme. M. - UNITED KINGDOM - July 2013
WE HAD A LOVELY TIME HERE, Thank you very much! R. and E. - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - June 2013
NOTRE FILLE A ETE ENCHANTEE de découvrir un poisson rouge dans un bassin de la cour! On a passé un excellent séjour dans votre demeure. Merci! Mr. et Mme. F - Montréal, CANADA - June 2013
CETTE MAISON EST ADORABLE, bravo pour le jardin, Tout est là pour passer un excellent moment, Merci pour votre accueil, Mr et Mme. B. - Paris, FRANCE - May 2013
WE HAD A WONDERFUL WEEK, thank you for your cottage, all went too quick, hope to see you again, R. and M. - Tazmania, AUSTRALIA - May 2013
A GREAT LOCATION for exploring the Loire, loved the house and gardens. A great few days. Mr et Mrs. E.- JERSEY- April 2013
We stayed in the Riverside cottage from 8th of Jan to 8th Feb 2013, it was a brilliant base to explore the surrounding countryside by taking lots of long walks and also just to totally relax as we are just recently retired and wanted somewhere to unwind, the central heating was great. The owner was very helpful, coming to see us when we arrived and explaining the house and area.
We didn't have a car until the last week but as the bus stop is only metres up the road were able to get both to Saumur and Angers easily. The cottage was exactly as depicted on the website and we couldn't have asked for more, unfortunately as it was mid winter we didn't get to see the garden at its best but could imagine utilising it during the summer months. The boulangerie past the church towards Saumur is lovely, the owner is extremely helpful and speaks a little english, just past her shop is a great little gift store, wonderful for browsing and a handbag store where they make the leather handbags on site. We would definitely return to riverside cottage and highly recommend it. M - AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 2013
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8 Oct 2012
"Perfect location to explore the Loire"
This is a real Fench cottage in every sense of the word, very comfortable nice gardens well equiped, in fact a lovely place to stay. A visit to the Toglodyte cave restaurant between Gennes and Samur is an absolute must only 15 minutes drive from the cottage. a perfect base to experience the magic of the Loire valley.
Thank you for your review - I'm pleased that your 2 weeks at the cottage enabled to explore the area and same the wine and restaurants.
28 May 2012
"Old style cottage in a great location - just what we wanted!"
Loved the cottage with its slightly unusual layout. Plenty of space for the two of us and gave us a bedroom to spare. Kitchen well equipped, beds and sofas comfortable. Pretty cottage gardens to both sides meant we could have breakfast and dinner in the fresh air and sunshine. Great footpath alongside the Loire accessible from just across the road. Bar/restaurant and baker short walk away.
Had a wonderful time and would recommend to friends. Liked the way the owner made contact during our 5 night stay to check everything was OK.
Thank you for your review. It's great to know that you enjoyed your stay at the cottage and the footpath along the Loire River. Often walking West at Sunset the river turns to liquid gold!
1 Apr 2012
"Well equipped gite in Central Loire Valley"
We had a very enjoyable time at this cottage and it was an excellent base to explore the Loire region. The owner was helpful in getting the heat going our first night and making sure we had everything we needed. Even though the gite was on a medium size road, the traffic was very thin after 9 pm. The wifi worked very well, as did the satellite TV. The stairs down to the cottage would be diificult for someone with limited mobility, not that there were many stairs. The owner also took good care of the jardin and the numerous plantings were just starting to bloom by mid-March.
Great to hear that you both enjoyed your stay at the cottage. The garden was a little slow to get going this year due to an exceptionally cold winter. Traffic on the road is even less frequent during the summer holidays, (July to end September).
24 Feb 2012
"Apartamento precioso en una ubicacion inmejorable"
Estuve con mi mujer a principios de febrero en este apartamento y nos encanto su ubicacion, el pequeño jardin que hay y la casa. La casa estaba muy limpia y completamente amueblada.
9 Jan 2012
"Great Christmas Holiday - Good value for money"
great accomodation, comfortable and clean. Well situated for day visits with the children and Christmas shopping. I recommend Angers for shopping, the Christmas lights were very beautiful. For the price, a very well equipt cottage, especially the kitchen.
23 Dec 2011
"A blissful end to our tour of Europe"
We had brilliant autumnal weather during our stay at the cottage which we found to be very comfortable, clean and nicely furnished. We liked the decoration too, it felt very French. It was a real tre… More
24 Nov 2011
"We left early"
My husband and I were wrapping up our third week in France, which had been so lovely until we got to the cottage. It felt like no one had been to the house in years. There were spider webs and spiders… More
Thank you for your review. I had understood that you and your husband had left early to be closer to the airport, (see attached email). The majority of guest reviews, both before and following your stay are in the majority extremely positive. The cottage has been let continuously from mid-April and is thoroughly cleaned between guests. I will look into the suitability of the new sea-grass flooring on the first floor as you are now the second guest to have mentioned this. It would have been constructive to have discussed your concerns prior to your departure. Email : On Sun, 22 May 2011 03:39 -0700, < > wrote: Hi Collin, We have been driving so much this whole trip that we decided to stay closer to Chartres and Versailles for our last few nights and then we will be closer to the airport for our departure. We are going to leave this afternoon from the cottage. Should we just leave the keys under the same pot? Thanks, R K
15 Sep 2011
"Relaxing on the Loire"
Riverside Cottage is a traditionally furnished, comfortable, homely property offering a peaceful retreat from modern life, whilst offering "all mod cons". The owner was helpful and pleasant, and encouraged us to take full advantage of the facilities, with two gardens well equiped kitchen and satelite TV / WiFi. There is a supermarket a short drive away, local boulangerie and resturant, with the delightful Samur a few miles along the river. The Chateau is worth a visit, as is Angers where we took a tourist train around the old town. Locals are friendly, some good wine at good prices, and we included a trip to Paris - but this is nearly 3 hours drive, so be prepared to stop over to make the best of that. Great views of the river (and wildlife) which is literally on the other side of the road, and don't be put off by the weather beaten exterior as you arrive!
13 Sep 2011
"Great Cottage, Lovely Location"
We stayed at Riverside for a week with our 5 month old daughter and would thoroughly recommend the cottage. The cottage is easy to find and within a short drive of Saumur and a short walk of two boulangeries (the artisan one offers more choice and is open longer). The cottage is furnished to a good standard with everything you need for your stay including a very well equipped kitchen and is both cosy and comfortable. The owner kindly provided a cot and changing mat for us too. The two bedrooms are linked, which means walking through one to get to the other, this was great for us but may not suit everyone. Overall, a great place to stay.
12 Sep 2011
"Well worth the price"
Myself and my wife stayed here the last week in August / first week in September 2011. The house is around a 3 to 4 hour drive from the ferry port at Cherbourg. The Sat Nav co-ordiantes given when b… More
Thank you for your comments following your stay at the cottage. I thought it would be worth clarifying the bed sizes for future guests. Both bedrooms have sprung mattresses. The bed that was made up during your stay, (STANDARD DOUBLE, 54 x 75 inches (137 x 190 cm)) was the smaller of the two as it is in the bedroom with the en-suite. The bed in the second room is larger, (KING SIZE, 76 x 80 inches (198 x 203 cm)). The bed linen provided fit both beds, so feel free to change bedrooms if you are more comfortable.
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