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The Hidden Gem

Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

It is a beautiful old property (up to 400 years),only a few steps away from Montreuil-Bellay Chateau, in the historic part of Montreuil-Bellay, Loire... Done up in a slightly modern way, with an open plan feel in the main living area, though exposing the characterful old stone wall on one side by the fire - a modern wood-burning stove which warms the whole place very well. There are two bedrooms upstairs, a landing overlooking the living-room (which has a double sofa-bed), a bathroom with a bath and hand shower, toilet downstairs and large cave. There is a sweet fully equipped kitchen which has a table and benches. There is a large garden, the garden of which is shared with guests who may be staying at 'The Secret Gem' (536809),see also photo attached, but there is plenty of space for each to have privacy. The Hidden Gem has it's own private outside dining terrace with BBQ near the kitchen. You may also rent The Secret Gem if you wish, which would enable access through the two houses, terraces and sole use of garden.

The Hidden Gem and The Secret Gem are both strictly NON-smoking inside please!!

'The Secret Gem' is a very pretty 17th Century house attached at one end to The Hidden Gem, with three good size bedrooms, sitting-room/dining room, kitchen, bathroom, terrace with outside seating for 8. A lovely feel downstairs retaining the old cobbled stone walls, beams and original tiled floors, whilst the bedrooms are decorated and carpeted to comfort. There is a renowned restaurant next door (La Grange a Dime) and other good restaurants just within a few feet, a lovely patisserie, old fashioned cafe, huge supermarket with everything you could need to the other side of the house, so no need to drive. Free parking all around the property. The neighbours are all very friendly and welcoming. There is an open-air swimming pool just down from the Chateau, along near the beautiful river. Here you can hire a little boat and relax along the quiet river. There are gorgeous walks around the little historic town, down near the river and along it's surrounding meadows. The chateau is very spectacular and open for visitors and tours and they have their own vineyard where you can taste and choose wines for your dinner. There are many lovely trips you can take around the Loire, visiting other chateaux and other nice places for children. Linen is provided, which will be cleaned for you at the end of your stay, or changed for you during a two week stay. There is a washing-machine in case you like to wash any clothes. There is wifi, TV with english and french channels and DVD.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Poitiers, Angers or Tours (40 mins, 35 mins or 70 , Nearest railway: Montreuil-Bellay
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, Internet access, DVD player
Pool Children's pool
General TV, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Swing set
Access Parking

The Loire Valley region

Loire Valley


Montreuil-Bellay. Beautiful historic town in the Loire

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Review 1-4 of 4

11 Aug 2014


"Lovely stay at a beautiful, comfortable and charismatic house"

A great place to base a visit to the Loire, and the cost is more than reasonable. Beautiful location, this typically French village is ever so charming. The wonderful old house is very pretty and nice… More

8 Jul 2013


"The Hidden Gem"

My family and I stayed at the Secret Jem and the Hidden Jem in June and we had the most magical week. From the moment we arrived until the moment we left we were blown away by the beauty and tranquility of the place. We found the accommodation spacious and comfortable but teeming with character and history and it was great to be in Mountrail-Bellaiy and yet have such privacy. The town itself is great. It's a friendly but quiet old medieval town with the most amazing chateaux with a lovely vineyard. We just had to step out of the back door and round the corner there was this castle beaming down on us! It's like something from a fairytale! Whats more, there's a patisserie just round the corner. On our final night we dined in the adjoining restaurant. All the staff were in medieval costume to serve us an amazing meal. There's something for everyone in the town, from romantic moonlight wanders to great French cuisine. I thoroughly recommend anyone looking for a good holiday to go for this! My family and I will definitely make a regular habit of this. Just had to share the experience we had because more people should have it.

8 Jul 2013


"Fantastic place, will be back next year!!!"

We booked both the Secret Gem and the Hidden Gem as a last minute holiday at the end of June. Having not been to this part of France before we were not sure what to expect but we were definitely not disappointed! It is a beautiful area with lots of local vineyards and Chateaux to explore. The fact that it is so close to Poitiers airport to which there are regular ryanair flights from london makes it a very convenient location for a short break.

It is a stunning old house that has been very nicely decorated inside and comes with everything that we could possibly have needed. We really enjoyed having our meals outside in the sun on the patio area.

Overall we thought it was fantastic value and Louise the owner was so helpful in helping us arrange our stay. Thanks again Louise, and look forward to hopefully staying again next year!

2 Jul 2013



What a wonderful stay we had in this amazing house, oozing French charm and taste. We stayed in the contemporary part of the house, whilst still being enjoying all the glorious beauty of its 400 year… More

Oh, I am so glad my guests enjoyed their stay. Thank you and I appreciate the review very much. Louise.

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