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15th Century Entrance Arch

Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Swimming Pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Car essential

La Lavande is situated within the famous wine growing area of Saumur Champigny and you can follow the touristic route of vines to find us. Being south of the river it is far enough to enjoy good sunny summer weather with its own mini micro climate.

This spacious gite with one double bedroom and a family bedroom make it ideal for families with flexible accommodation plenty of outdoor space in the gardens & prairie covering 2 acres. The Pool Garden has a 10 x 5 metre swimming pool with patio for alfresco dining, and shaded areas for quiet rest & reading.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Parking
Further details indoors

There is a heated towel rail in the shower room & all the other rooms have electric radiators.

In the lounge there is a sofabed which would sleep another 2 if needed.

Further details outdoors

A set of Boules is also available.

Weather and time of year permitting there is opportunity to visit our beehives and bees.

For safety we do ask that after unloading/loading cars that visitors then park their vehicles in the allocated parking area away from the courtyard.

Further details

Saturday to Saturday unless by prior arrangement..

Shared swimming pool.

English speaking owners on site.

WiFi access.

The Loire Valley region

Just the mention of the Loire Valley conjures up images of grand extravagant chateaux, castles, exquisite gardens & vast moats. It encapsulates the history and a romantic vision of France. From the 15th to the 18th centuries it was the playground for Kings, Princes, Dukes and Nobles, their vast family fortunes and the wealth of France turned it into a vast neighbourhood of lavish châteaux,. Rich and concentrated in architectural treasures UNESCO named the entire region a World Heritage Site in 2000.

The Renaissance architecture and earlier defensive fortresses at Angers, Chinon & Loches are stunning and numerous other châteaux small & large can be found throughout the Loire Valley.:-

• Fontevraud Abbey 20 minutes is the burial place of Richard the Lionheart son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine.

• Saumur, 30 minutes, tourist town (Saturday market) château and good shops and restaurants.

• Montreuil Bellay – 15 minutes, chateau town

• Loudun – 15 minutes, good market on Tuesdays, nice old town centre with shops and recent renovations.

• Thouars – 20 minutes excellent market on Fridays.

• Poitiers An hour away is the Futurescope amusement park and cinema complex, an excellent day out, and worth staying for the evening show.

• Doué-la-Fontaine, 30 minutes away is the Zoo, apparently the best zoo in Europe.

• Loches is a very pretty little historic town about 90 minutes away, with a market on Wednesday.

• Richelieu steeped in history about 1 hour away..

• The larger towns of Tours, and Angers, are about 1 hour drive.

• Vinyards:-Lots of local vineyards where you can go to see the caves and taste the wine, no obligation to buy, but can you resist.

• Close by Château du Ternay just a 2 minute drive, still the seat of the Count and Countess de Ternay and their family. The château is open for tours by arrangement and truffle hunts in the season.

• Château du Brézé a chateau under a chateau, about 15 minutes drive

• Within about 45 minutes is the famous château of Ussé, where Perault wrote Sleeping Beauty, a pretty fairytale castle

• Azay-le-Rideau an elegant Renaissance château. On the Unesco World Heritage list .

Chinon a ruined chateau, is 30 minutes away & famous for its connection with Jean D’Arc...

• A planned day trip is advised for those a bit further afield about 90 minutes away are the chateaux of Chenenceux, Blois, Amboise....


Twinned with Warwick England and Verdun Germany the historical town of Saumur is set along the banks of the Loire River. The château dominates the region with its lofty position above the river, and the historic town spread beneath its feet offering excellent restaurants, interesting shops, brocantes,quaint squares and sunny bars to sit and watch the world go by.

Saturday is market day with its wonderful array of fresh breads, fruits, vegetables, flowers, meat, fish, cheese and livestock, plus a great variety of interesting gadgets and treasures.

Saumur is also home to the famous Cadre Noir, the National Equestrian School of the elite French Cavalry, the remarkable horsemanship of the Cavalry can been seen between April & October at regularly held shows.

With many activities, exhibitions and wine festivals scheduled throughout the year Saumur is a worthy visit, if not only to see the Cadre Noir and the impressive Château, which has been lovingly restored, but to also enjoy the beauty of this stunning river side town in the heart of the Loire Valley, France.

Combier Liqueurs:- Daily tours of the distillery

Claims it is the “original” formula used for triple sec, first created in 1834.

The Mushroom Museum – Along the river at St-Hilaire-St-Florent, nr. Saumur.

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Review 1-5 of 5

22 Aug 2012


"Lovely setting, great location and a warm welcome"

My wife and two children stayed here for the first two weeks of August in "La Lavande" the larger of the two gites. The buildings were very attractive and well maintained and there was lots… More

18 Aug 2012


"Beautiful setting, fantastic base from which to explore - a lovely holiday."

This was our first time to the Loire and we loved the area. The house was in a lovely setting with plenty of space for the children to run about in. We enjoyed the pool, often twice a day! There were plenty of places to sit and relax or eat in around the house. The area was ideal for walking or going out biking with our two children (6 and 7 years old). We explored some of the many castles in the area. John made us very welcome and kept us up to date with the Olympic news and even opened up his own house so we could watch some events. Mum and Dad stayed in the other property 'La Boulangerie' which was perfect in every way for them.

13 Feb 2012


"a perfect holiday"

We loved every minute of our stay here. Beautiful, peaceful location and really helpful, friendly owners on site who were there if we needed them. The children loved the private pool and were not really fussed about leaving the house. The smell of lavender as we walked to and from the pool will always be a memory for them! A great family holiday, especially if you want a taste of the 'real' France.

23 Jan 2012


"the essence of rural france"

John and Margaret were warm and welcoming. Well appointed cottage with comfortable bed and bedding. Garden was being crammed with flowers – would love to see it in mid-summer. The swimming pool/bbq area is in a wonderful position with great views.
We particularly liked Montreuil Bellay which is one of the local towns and enjoyed cycling to the nearby village for our bread.
We walked to Chateau de Ternay nearby which is well worth a visit and do ask John to direct you to the local viticultrice – the wine is great and very reasonable

22 Jan 2012


"Great Family holiday"

Lots of safe space in large garden to keep kids occupied, they loved the of wild life not to mention the tour of the troglodite caves in the grounds , we adults were impressed with the restful setting and the exceptionally well appointed accommodation. We shall rerturn

Review 1-5 of 5

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