La Forge - volets rouges
Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
La Forge is located only 7 miles from the heart of Saumur yet situated in tranquil rural location. This makes it an ideal location for those interested in exploring the many historic and even prehistoric sites that are found throughout the Loire. It also lies at the centre of the fabulous Loire wine area with delicious sparkling whites; delicate rosés and spicey reds.
The area is good for cycling and walking with quiet country lanes and the national forest only 500 metres away. Riverside water parks with beaches are within easy reach. The nearby town 1 mile away has a small supermarket, bakers, butcher, bars, hairdressers, garage etc. www.voletsrouges.com
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Riverside beach in Saumur 12 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|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|
|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|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
The restored forge is comfortably furnished. Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, cooker, microwave, fridge-freezer. The dining area gives onto mature south-facing garden accessed through French doors. An open-plan kitchen-diner/salon with informal seating has views over the 12 x 6 m heated pool. There is a TV that receives English channels. Upstairs there are 2 twin bedrooms with washbasins, a wet room with shower and a separate WC. The forge has it’s own garage and a terrace overlooking the garden.
|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
"EXCELLENT!! Highly Recommended"
We stayed here in June. It is in the heart of the Loire Valley about a km from the nearest town and only a few minutes further by car you have an abundance of cities, vineyards, châteaus and activit… More
We are really very glad to see how much you enjoyed your holiday here. We were sorry the air-con unit couldn't be repaired but are happy you found somewhere nice to go while it was being looked at. You brought wonderful weather with you which still continues now. We are so pleased you liked the area - it is so very beautiful around here and no one ever seems short of things to do. It is always a great pleasure to meet new people, particularly when they enjoy life so much. Lastly, many thanks for the gift of an artichoke you found in Bourgeuil market. It's the first one we have had for ages and we had honestly forgotten how delicious they are!! All the best, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
13 Aug 2013
"Great place to go back to after a day of sightseeing!"
My husband, daughter and I spent a week in La Forge. Judy and Mark made us feel right at home immediately. The cottage was clean and cozy - great kitchen - and there is also a cool shower room. We … More
24 Oct 2012
"An excellent relaxing break in fantastic accommodation"
Judy and Mark were there to greet us on arrival after a long journey and made us feel very welcome. Everything you could possibly need in the accommodation including a bottle of wine on arrival. Beaut… More
10 Oct 2012
"A TRULY WONDERFUL RELAXING WEEK WITH SUCH BEAUTY"
A very beautiful, clean and pleasing accommodation. Judy and Mark were on hand and made us most welcome with their friendly attitude. There was everything you wanted in the Jite to make for a relaxing… More
5 Oct 2012
"An ideal base for exploring the Saumur area"
We were impressed both by the first class accommodation at La Forge and by the warm welcome we received from Judy and Mark. We had a great time exploring the area and wish we could have stayed longer. If you are searching for a really comfortable place to stay in the area with a high standard of amenities you need look no further than La Forge.
23 Jul 2012
"A wonderful relaxing holiday in fantastic accommodation"
La forge was very clean, spacious and well equipped to meet the needs and expectations of our family. Judy, Mark and their family went out of their way to be welcoming and friendly and gave lots of good advice on what to see and do in the area. The swimming pool was especially welcome after a hot day sightseeing. We enjoyed the wine tasting that Mark kindly arranged and took us to and we also found the troglodite caves and chateaus very interesting. If you are looking for a relaxing holiday, with good accommodation in an area that offers plenty of things to entertain you then La Forge should tick all your boxes. We would recommend it to anyone. One word of warning the local bread shop sells absolutely fantastic cakes so if you are on a diet please avoid at all costs - we couldn't resist.
9 Jun 2012
"Peaceful, relaxing and friendly retreat in a beautiful location"
We had a two hour delay on our journey due to a RTA at Rouen and were hot, tired and hungry when we arrived; Judy and Mark were there to greet us with a lovely warm welcome and a (more importantly) a good bottle of red. Just what the doctor ordered! they had also introduced us to their local caterer, by e-mailing a menu, and the food was waiting when we arrived, absolutely delicious and very good value for money. Later in the week we met one of their friends, a local wine producer, Jerome; he was absolutely charming and his wine was good too. The week went too quickly, despite the poor weather. The zoo at Doue is not to be missed and suits all ages, we took our 12 year old and my 79yr old mother, and the day was enjoyed by all. Le Panorama cafe overlooking the Chateau at Saumur provides hearty snacks, good service and fabulous views of the Loire. There are so many stunning Chateau to visit we will need to go back to see them all; thats my excuse! The weekly market in Bourgeuil is worth a visit as is the Pizzeria/Creperie. The pool and games room were a bonus and much appreciated by our son Adam as was the companionship of the Porter family crew.
1 Oct 2011
"Great autumn break"
The location and standard of the accommodation was great. Judy and Mark are on site, and are great hosts.
There is so much to do around the property, with the forest within walking distance, and the Loire vineyards a short drive. I would not hesitate to return, either on our own, or taking the additional property with family.
The only downside was the local vet, who charged an extortionate price for the pet passport. But we know for next time!
22 Aug 2011
"Lovely relaxed place in great location"
We had a great week here thanks to our friendly hosts Mark and Judy! The gite was very well designed and there is a lovely feeling of space, with the pool, games room, and two play areas for our daugh… More
11 Jul 2011
"A great Gite in the Loire Valley and one not to be missed....!!!"
We traveled to Allonnes [just a few miles north of Saumur] on a Saturday in early July 2011 and arrived at probably the neatest and cleanest Gite we could have asked for - two bedrooms, a beautiful an… More
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