Gite | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Anjou Cottage is a stylish one bedroom cottage in the charming grounds of an elegant 19th century Manor House. With easy access to all amenities, sights and excellent restaurants, 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 Fontevraud Abbey 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, Anjou 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, a former wine-making estate.
Anjou 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 an immaculately 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 the garden too.
For full information or to read Simon and Karin's blogs or for links to the sights 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 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, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|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 outdoors|
The pretty coach house within the grounds of Manoir de Gourin has been lovingly renovated by the owners into three adjoining one bedroom cottages. Each cottage sleeps 2 adults and is perfect for couples seeking a relaxing holiday without children.
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 middle of 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.
Laundry facilities are available for a small additional charge. 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.
FURTHER DETAILS INDOORS:
Anjou Cottage is full of character with painted wooden floorboards, exposed beams and a galleried first floor bedroom. Enter from the courtyard into the ground floor sitting room. Spacious with comfortable, contemporary furniture, 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 fully fitted kitchen, is well equipped with cupboards, sink and drainer, fridge, hob, extractor and oven. The kitchen can be screened off from the sitting room with attractive, floor to ceiling panels. From open plan to cosy at the pull of a cord!
The ground floor shower room is modern with a large shower, wc and wash hand basin with cupboard under and a heated towel rail.
The lovely bedroom on the first floor is well furnished with a comfortable, king-size bed - 180 cm with a sprung mattress. The bed will be made up with crisp white cotton linen, two single feather duvets, large pillows, cushions and throws. If desired twin beds can be arranged. Please advise if allergic to feathers.
The cottage has free Wi-fi internet access enabling you to keep up with your emails! Heating is included during the colder months.
Sorry no pets.
We regret the cottages are not suitable for babies or children.
Strictly no smoking inside the cottage, courtyard and pool areas.
An arrival pack can be provided to your order.
The British owners, Simon and Karin will be residing in the Manor house during your stay and will be pleased to provide assistance if required.
Simon also conducts the wine tasting and wine tours and will be delighted to arrange a wine tour for you. Please 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 Chateaux, 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 region.
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.