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The Secret Gem

Gite | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8

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

Pretty 17th Century house, nestled within the walls of it's own large shared garden with The Hidden Gem, just feet away from the beautiful Chateau of Montreuil-Bellay, in the the centre of the historic part of the small town..excellent restaurants (reasonably priced), a lovely patisserie, old-fashioned cafe, large supermarket, all within easy walking. Large outdoor table and chairs in it's own private terrace and lovely garden to relax, with fresh herbs for your cuisine! The table -tennis and a 3 metre splash-pool are shared with The Hidden Gem, which you may also book should you prefer sole use of everything, (see paragraph below). Downstairs has maintained the characterful cobbledy stone walls, beams and original tiled floors, whilst the three bedrooms upstairs are decorated and carpeted to comfort. There is central heating and hot water and also a wood-burner downstairs which heats the dining-room/sitting room area beautifully. There is wood outside in the wood lean-to and also in the baskets by the fire. There is wifi, Tv with english and french channels and DVD.

Linked to this house is another gite 'The Hidden Gem' (300391) at an additional cost (though you can hire them both and you would have through- access). It has a more modern layout, two double bedrooms, cot, a bathroom with bath and hand-shower (in the Secret Gem it is a shower, no bath, but a good powerful modern one), it's own equipped kitchen with table and benches,,it's own private terrace for outside dining with table and chairs, sofabed downstairs where there is a modern wood-burner which heats the whole place beautifully through the night too on cold nights, and a large cave. (see 'The Hidden Gem', Montreuil-Bellay 300391). The garden is a shared garden for The Secret and Hidden Gems, though each have the privacy of separate outside dining areas at opposite ends of the garden. It is however ideal as a complete rental for a large family, 2 families, or several friends.

It is a strictly NON-SMOKING property, though outside is of course fine!

Size Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach One hour
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Poitiers or Angers for cheapest flights, about 40 , Nearest railway: Montreuil-Bellay. Change at Lisle, then Angers or
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, DVD player
Pool Children's pool
General Central heating, TV, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 7
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Swing set
Access Parking

The Loire Valley region

Please see 'The Hidden Gem' 300391 for description


Please see 'The Hidden Gem' for details

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30 Jan 2014



Une demeure magnifique et meublée avec gout !! Louise est une femme d'une finesse et gentillesse comme on n'en rencontre peu !! elle a la manière de recevoir ses hôtes !! Nous avons fait … More

3 Jan 2014


"Une maison très agréable où il fait bon vivre"

Nous avons passé deux nuits dans the secret gem et nous serions bien restés plus longtemps.Cette maison est très chaleureuse, confortable, décorée avec goût. Rien ne manque et les petites atten… More

14 Oct 2013


"Great accommodation, great location, great hostess"

We stayed in the Secret Gem / Hidden Gem with friends in September / October. We had such a wonderful holiday. The location of the 'Gems' couldn't have been better - in the heart of a… More

23 Aug 2013


"Charming properties full of character in a beautiful French town"

Stayed in both the hidden gem and the secret gem in June with my family. Both are absolutely lovely: the secret gem is full of historic character, with beautiful interior stone walls, and the hidden g… More

8 Jul 2013


"The Secret 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.

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Calendar last updated:03 Sep 2014

Based in United Kingdom

Languages spoken
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