Gite | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Montlouis Cottage is a stylish one bedroom cottage in the charming grounds of an elegant 19th century Manor House. With easy access to all amenities and the sights, the cottage is perfect for couples seeking a romantic, relaxing, sightseeing holiday in the wonderful Loire valley in France. .
In the rural village of St Macaire du Bois, surrounded by vineyards and crops, the cottage is close to the delightful towns of Puy Notre Dame, Montreuil Bellay, Doue la Fontaine and Saumur. Take a stroll around a different local market every day and eat in excellent bistros just 2 miles away in Puy Notre Dame.
The fairytale chateau of Montreuil Bellay and the chateaux of Breze, Saumur, Angers, Chinon, Villandry, Usse, Brissac (and more) and the Abbey at Fontevraud are all easily accessible.
The area around St Macaire du Bois is ideal for rambling, cycling and bird-watching. The roads are quiet and the terrain quite flat. Bring your bikes to tootle around the local villages or for longer rides along the Loire or river Thouet. Cycle hire available locally.
Situated in a fantastic wine making area, Montlouis cottage is an ideal base for touring the vineyards, wine tasting and purchasing local wines direct from the cellar doors. Have fun on a half or full day escorted wine tour with Simon, your jovial and informative host. Simon and Karin also host lively wine tasting Dinners and informal suppers with fellow guests in the recently renovated winery at Manoir de Gourin.
Montlouis cottage is light and attractive, tastefully decorated and furnished to a high standard. The sitting room opens onto an enchanting courtyard style terrace, perfect for the long lazy lunches so loved by the French. Arrive to a beautifully presented cottage with the king size bed made up for you with crisp white cotton bed-linen.
Relax as soon as you arrive, sit out on the terrace, and enjoy the complimentary bottle of wine chilling in your fridge. Let Karin book a table for you at one of the two great restaurants in Puy Notre Dame just a few minutes drive away. We'll even deliver your bread and croissants in the mornings - and in time for breakfast too!
The inviting heated pool awaits. Relax, swim and sunbathe in the secluded, swimming pool area. The shared pool has a sheltered, south-facing terrace, a stunning location for lounging around with a good book in a child free environment.
BBQ and sitting areas in garden too.
For full information and for links to the attractions or to read Simon and Karin's blogs please visit the owners' website manoirdegourin.co.uk via direct link from the Contact Section below.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Les Sables d'Alonne 150 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Angers, Tours, Poitiers, Nantes 55 km, Nearest railway: Angers, Saumur, Tours 45 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
Montlouis cottage is immaculately presented and tastefully decorated and furnished. The furniture is contemporary and comfortable with cushions and throws. The cottage is equipped with satellite flat screen TV. DVD and CD players. A selection of dvds, cds, books and magazines are provided for relaxation. Freesat TV box with all the standard UK channels, including regional channels.
The stylish open plan fully fitted kitchen area is well equipped with fridge, hob and oven and is being extended and upgraded for 2014 season.
The lovely bedroom on the first floor has a comfortable, king-size bed with crisp white cotton linen, duvets, large pillows, cushions and throws, wardrobe, dressing table and chair. Two single beds can be arranged. The en-suite shower room has a large shower, heated towel rail and is supplied with luxurious white cotton bathsheets and hand towels.
Montlouis Cottage retains the character of the former coach house with painted wooden floorboards and honey-oak exposed timbers and beams. The sitting room is charming with window and door to the front overlooking the terrace / courtyard.
The cottage has Wi-fi internet access enabling you to keep up with your emails!
Heating is included during the colder months.
|Further details outdoors|
The beautiful former coach house within the grounds of Manoir de Gourin has been lovingly renovated by the owners into three one bedroom terraced cottages. Each cottage sleeps 2 adults and is perfect for couples seeking a relaxing holiday in a child free environment.
Each cottage has a screened outdoor area furnished with table, parasol and chairs for al fresco dining, set within a delightful shared courtyard. Eat out, whilst listening to the relaxing sounds of water trickling from the charming fountain. Help yourselves to the many herbs growing outside your door. Lovely picnic and barbeque areas in the garden too.
The beautiful pool area is cleaned regularly and maintained by the owners. It is furnished with stylish wooden loungers, lounger cushions, umbrellas, tables and chairs. The swimming pool is for the use of all our cottage guests (up to 8). The pool is heated from end of May to mid September.
From the large rear garden, there are lovely views over the glorious French countryside. The historically important Collegialle church of Puy Notre Dame sits proud on the horizon. The garden is lawned and has tranquil sitting areas to read or chat, have a barbeque or a drink, alone or in the company of other guests. Lots of space for our guests with picnic / barbecue areas in the garden furnished with benches, chairs, tables and parasols. For our more energetic guests we can offer badminton or boules.
Secure parking is provided within the grounds entered through remote controlled gates. We regret the cottages do not cater for children as we wish to provide a tranquil environment for all our guests.
Laundry facilities are available for a small additional charge.
Sorry no pets.
We regret the apartment is not suitable for babies or children.
Strictly no smoking inside the apartment.
An arrival pack can be provided to your order.
The British owners reside in the Manor house and will be pleased to offer assistance, if required, during your stay.
Simon would be delighted to arrange a private wine tour / wine tasting for you. Log on to our website via contact section below and click on half day or full day wine tours for further details.
The Loire Valley region
The Loire valley conjures up romantic images of grand majestic castles and enchanting gardens. The area is steeped in history, the Loire having been the playground of the Kings and Dukes of France. The many Chateau, Churches, Abbeys and ancient towns and cities such as Saumur, Angers, Chinon and Tours ensure some fantastic sightseeing.
Known as 'the Garden of France', the Loire valley's fertile land is used extensively for market gardening, nurseries and fruit orchards with obvious appeal for keen gardeners. With its gentle landscapes and temperate climate, warmer seasons and less rainfall than the UK, the region is perfect for walking, cycling, fishing, bird-watching and horse-riding.
Add to the mix the fact that the Loire valley is the third largest wine making region in France and you will have some idea of the wonderful diversity of the place.
This rich heritage and the natural beauty of the area have contributed to the Loire valley being declared a UNESCO world heritage site.
It is an area of diverse attractions and un-spoilt landscapes that make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in France. A great place for historians, sightseers and wine lovers too!
The following Chateaux are all within easy reach of Manoir de Gourin:
Saumur, Breze, Chinon, Villandry, Brissac, Angers, Usse, Azay le Rideau, Chateau d'Oiron, Langeais and Fontevraud Abbey.
Manoir de Gourin is surrounded by charming towns and villages:
Le Puy Notre Dame
Just 2 miles away is the charming village of Le Puy Notre Dame, on one of the pilgrimage routes from Canterbury to Santiago de Compostela . A recognised 'village of charm' noted for its beautiful, old limestone houses and its imposing 13th century church . In Puy you will find a bakery for your baguettes and croissants, supermarket, pharmacy, bar/tabac and two good bistros. It is traditionally a wine growing region and is the leading French commune for the production of AOC Saumur wines.
Doue la Fontaine
Five miles north is the bustling market town of Doue La Fontaine with good shops, cafes and restaurants. The town is famous for its splendidly unusual Zoo where animals are housed in a troglodyte environment. Doue is also the main centre of rose production in France and is known as "the City of Roses". It hosts a Rose Festival every summer when local caves are magically transformed by elaborate and exquisite displays. Monday is market day when the town comes alive with roadside stalls selling everything from local produce to French berets!
The charming medieval town of Montreuil Bellay, with its fairytale Chateau, monthly antiques market, pretty squares and fortified walls is 5 miles east. It is a picturesque place offering interesting walks and several places to eat. The river Thouet skirts the town with delightful picnic areas along the banks. Canoes/kayaks may be hired.
15 miles away is the beautiful town of Saumur. On the banks of the majestic Loire, Saumur and the surrounding area has a wealth of Chateaux, Museums, Art Galleries, chic shops and gastronomic restaurants - a tourist hot spot. It is the National Equestrian Centre of France and home to the Cadre Noir Regiment. During the season the Cadre Noir present regular shows of outstanding horsemanship and offer guided tours of the school.
Throughout the summer months annual events are held to celebrate local produce and customs including Art, Music and Wine Festivals. The superb Fete de Saumur Champigny, a wine and food evening in Saumur with music and dancing is normally held during the first week of August.
Locally, on the last weekend in July, is a quite unique, classic car "Grand Prix" race through the ancient streets and around the beautiful old church of Le Puy Notre Dame. A marvellous and enjoyable spectacle. Please look at our own websites for more details and dates of these and other events.
There is a Paragliding and Microlight Club close by for any enthusiasts out there.
The area is suitable for rambling and cycling.
Touring and visiting the vineyards for wine tasting is huge fun. Please log on to our own website via the contact section below for details of the current wine tours / tasting courses run by Simon and for links to the attractions.
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26 Sep 2013
"Great accomodation and location"
We had a very enjoyable week in Montlouis Cottage. The accomodation was excellent, well equipped, quiet and clean, and our hosts Karin and Simon were great fun. We really enjoyed the wine tour that S… More
2 Aug 2013
"Clean, well-organised gite in a beautiful secure setting"
The gite itself is of a high standard, very clean and well-equipped - all set in the context of a beautiful manor house. The surroundings were very secure, with a locked front gate. Excellent instructions were given for everything, including the local area (places to visit etc.). We loved the swimming pool which was extremely well-kept and clean. Rosie appreciated the washing machine too! The Loire valley is a great place to visit. The only minor downside was that the 3 gites were so close that you could hear your neighbours conversations when outside. Simon and Karin were consistently helpful throughout.
19 May 2013
"Modern, clean and comfortable cottage."
The property was as described on the website.It was in a peaceful location,with easy
access to lots of interesting places in this part of the Loire Valley.
The cottage was modern, clean, well maintained and well equipped for a comfortable stay.
Although the weather was not warm enough for us to use the pool, it did look clean and inviting.
Karin and Simon were always on hand to answer questions and give advice. They made us feel very welcome.
The property was accessed through electronic gates which made us feel safe and secure.
1 Oct 2012
"Wonderful location, excellent host and all you could want from a rental accomodation"
We had a wonderful time staying at Montlouis Cottage. The cottage is set in the beautiful grounds of a manor house. The surrounding area is stunning with lots to do, from relaxing walks or cycles th… More
24 Sep 2012
"Very enjoyable stay, in a lovely part of France"
We stayed in Montlouis cottage for a week in September. The owners are very friendly and accommodating and nothing is too much trouble.
The cottage was very comfortable in a lovely setting surrounded by vineyards and charming local towns and villages. Would reccomnend the wine tour organised by the owners and definately the suppers in the house! All in all a very enjoyable and relaxing week with many things to see and do in the local area
18 Sep 2012
"What a Great place"
What can one say? Simon and Karin were the best of hosts and they were always available if you wanted any help. The cottage we stayed in was immaculate, with everything needed for the two us. If you do go and stay in one of the cottages, take advantage of Karin's cooking and Simon's knowledge of wine night. First you have a wine tasting of three wines, then an aperatif and followed by a four course meal, which is cooked superbly by Karin. If you have been doing the tourist thing and you feel a little tired after your journey, go and relax by the pool and have a sunbathe.
All in all it is highly recommended and we can't wait to go back.
27 Aug 2012
"Beautiful accommodation and charming hosts"
We have stayed in gites over many years of travelling to France and we were both very impressed with the standard of Montlouis cottage. Everything from linen to decoration was of a high quality, and the powerful shower was better than ours at home! It felt like a real home from the beginning. Karin and Simon made us feel very welcome and were always available for a chat, or to advise where to visit. We loved our first night supper platter - this is such a good idea, and would advise anyone arriving after a long journey to order one up. We also thoroughly enjoyed the half day wine tour. Simon is a real expert on the subject and this was so interesting. Our bbq where we ate with all the other guests was also a really enjoyable evening, and a lovely way to get to know the others. Karin is a great cook. There are many places to visit in this area, and we particularly liked Montreuil Bellay and the brilliant zoo at Doue la Fontaine. This is a little village in the countryside, and we loved hearing the typical country sounds of sheep, horses and the odd owl. A little less keen on the cockerel perhaps! We will definitely be back; this was a lovely relaxing break.
24 Aug 2012
"Best holiday we have ever had!"
We arrived at Montlouis Cottage late on Saturday afternoon and Simon and Karin were there to greet us. We immediately felt very relaxed and extremely welcome. We were given a guided tour of the grou… More
6 Aug 2012
"A little gem in the Loire"
Booking self-catering, especially at the last minute, can be risky as we know. However, as soon as we arrived at Le Manoir from Nantes airport, we knew we had hit on a winner. Karin and Simon left their dinner table to introduce us to our fellow guests and settle us in.
Due to our late arrival, a supper plate with wine had been arranged and left in the cottage for us. It was delicious and there was plenty left over for lunch the next day. Also, the daily delivery of bread and crosissants was a real plus.
Our little cottage (one of three) was very well equipped, so much so that we got in to holiday mode right away. Open plan downstairs with a sweet little private terrace for breakfast and upstairs (steepish steps) a comfortable bedroom and a bathroom with decent shower.
The pool area is delightful and private and some days we had it to ourselves.
This is the land of chateaux and wine and there is plenty to see within reasonable driving distance - also some great restaurants.
Our hosts, Karin and Simon, were very helpful but also very relaxed. No doubt we will be back.
28 Jul 2012
"Luxurious romantic break in stunning surroundings"
Stylish one bed cottage in the grounds of an elegant manoir in the heart of the Loire. The pool area is quiet, clean and relaxing (child free!). The hosts go the extra mile to make sure you have a comfortable stay recommending local restaurants and the most idyllic chateaux close by - they even booked a local tennis court for my tennis fanatic husband. They also offer a fabulous wine list, all of which can be purchased at very reasonable prices throughout your stay and can arrange exclusive tours to local vineyards for wine lovers (and novices like us!). We enjoyed a delicious meal at the manoir during our stay - recommend the blackcurrant tart! We are already planning to return with another couple next year. Surprised the Mr & Mrs Smith website haven't discovered this yet...
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