Garden Cottage a ground floor & spacious gite
Gite | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Recently renovated, the lovely Garden Cottage with private entrance and garden 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 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. Borrow our bikes to tootle around the local villages or bring your own bikes for more serious riding.
Situated in a fantastic wine making region, Garden cottage is an ideal base for touring the vineyards, wine tasting and buying 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.
The one bedroom cottage is light and attractive, tastefully decorated and furnished to a high standard. The large, spacious sitting room (6m x 4m) has French doors opening onto an enchanting private, sunny terrace and garden; perfect for barbeques, long lazy lunches and enjoying a glass or two of the local wines. Garden Cottage is immaculately presented for your arrival and the large double 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.
For full information and for links to the attractions or to read Simon and Karin's blogs please visit the owners' website 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 45 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
Having been sympathetically and extensively renovated, the garden cottage provides spacious, comfortable and immaculate accommodation, all on ground floor level, with private entrance, parking space and sunny secluded garden.
The cottage interior is finished to exacting standards and contemporary in style whilst retaining the character of the adjoining Manor house with hardwood oak floors, high ceilings and exposed timbers.
The living room is stylish, spacious and comfortable with an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary furniture, cushions and throws, flat screen tv, dvd and cd players. A selection of dvds, cds, books and magazines are provided for relaxation. Sky Freesat TV box with all the standard UK channels including regional channels.
The chic, modern fully fitted kitchen area with fridge, hob and oven, is open plan and well equipped .
The lovely bedroom, off the living room has a window overlooking the garden. The comfortable large-double bed has individual duvets, quality white cotton bedlinen, large pillows, cushions and throws. The en-suite shower room has large shower, wc, wash hand basin, mirror and heated towel rail. White fluffy Egyptian cotton bath sheets and hand towels are provided.
The cottage has free Wi-fi internet access enabling you to keep up with your emails!
Heating is included during the colder months.
For further details please visit the owners website - See Contact details below.
|Further details outdoors|
The private garden is enclosed and secluded with a large sunny terrace perfect for eating or relaxing outside. Garden table, chairs and parasol, loungers, cushions and a barbeque are provided for your enjoyment. Help yourselves to the many herbs grown for your enjoyment.
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 adults). The pool is heated from 24th of May to 19th September.
The cottage is one of four one-bedroom cottages in the grounds of Manoir de Gourin. It is set apart from the other 3 cottages and has a private entrance and secure parking within its own private garden. Laundry facilities are available for a small additional charge.
Sorry no pets.
We regret the cottages are not suitable for babies or children.
Strictly no smoking inside the cottage, 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
One of the most popular holiday destinations in France, 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 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. It has something for everyone - little wonder it's so popular. A great place for lovers of history, sightseers and wine enthusiasts 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 Cantebury to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. A recognised 'village of charm' noted for its beautiful, old limestone houses and 13th century church. Here 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. There are links on our website below.
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 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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3 Jul 2014
"Good gite and good area"
Garden Cottage is a very private ground floor apartment, to the side of a beautiful Manoir next to the rural D77, used mainly by farm tractors. The garden gets the sun until 8:00 in the evening and i… More
17 Sep 2013
"Great cottage for a couple of foodies touring the Loire vineyards"
This is a great, clean, spacious & very comfortable cottage for a couple. A very well equipped kitchen and lots of local food markets with excellent quality ingredients meant we ate very well indeed. … More
1 Sep 2013
"Charming apartment, hosts and location"
From start to finish, our whole stay at the manoir was fantastic. We received a warm and friendly welcome from Simon and Karin the moment we arrived and throughout the week they were always there whe… More
29 Aug 2013
"Even better the second time!"
This was our second stay at The Garden Apartment and so pleased we did choose to come again. It followed a week further south in the Bordeaux area and is a perfect distance from the UK being an easy j… More
4 Aug 2013
"The perfect place to stay"
The lovely Garden Apartment is a very comfortable, well-equipped home-from-home. We loved the pretty private garden which is a sun-trap and enjoyed being able to eat al-fresco every day; the daily bread delivery to our door was great! Shared use of the lovely swimming pool was a bonus, especially when it was so hot!
Karin and Simon made us feel very welcome - nothing was too much trouble. We'd highly recommend booking one of Simon's wine tours and the dinners they host (very good value) where it's nice to meet fellow guests - the home-cooked food is delicious and the wine just fabulous!
There's plenty to see and do in the area with several chateaux, markets, excellent restaurants and pretty towns and villages all within easy reach.
We've stayed here five times and always find something new and interesting to do; this two-week break was a peaceful and wonderfully relaxing getaway.
10 Jun 2013
Of the many holidays we have enjoyed in France this one was outstanding. Garden Cottage is a delight and exceeded all expectations. The cottage is very clean, tastefully furnished, extremely comfort… More
19 May 2013
A fantastic stay from start to finish. We received a warm welcome & our every need was catered for during our stay.
The garden cottage was spotlessly clean & a pleasure to spend time in.The towels really were fluffy & the linen crisp. The private garden was secure & well maintained with very comfortable garden furniture. The pool area was comparable to that of a 5 star hotel.
We asked about using the bikes & in no time 2 bikes were delivered to us freshly washed & serviced. The roads around the village were perfect for gentle country bike rides.
The wine tour was incredibly interesting. The wines that we bought there have been a big hit now that we are back home. We only wish we'd bought double the quantity.
Thank you Karin & Simon.
21 Sep 2012
"Quiet, restful and a convenient base for visiting Anjou and Western Touraine number of two eeks of"
We were delighted with the Garden apartment it was just as described on the owners website. It was secluded with its own courtyard and facilities of for eating outdoors. The pool was clean and very well maintained. We shared a meal with Karin and Simon and other guests on two occasions both of which were a great experience, the food, the wine and the company. It is well located for Saumur, Angers and some of the charteaux.We would have no hesitation in recommending the Garden apartment to our family and friends
15 Sep 2012
"Ideal Position in a peaceful setting"
The Garden Apartment is the best on offer at Manoir Gourain. The garden (with parking for your vehicle) is very private affording a peaceful outside space day and evening.
The hosts were very welcoming, providing excellent accommodation along with a set of "house rules" which required the standards on arrival to be maintained. Which we thoroughly agreed with.
The hosts also provided wine tours, evening buffets/barbeque of which you could involve yourself as much as you wished, or you could do your own thing. A nice touch was the delivery of fresh bread and croissant to your door each morning.
There was also a booklet provided with maps showing places of interest, grocery shops and local restaurants etc.
Although located in a hamlet, the position of Manoir Gourain is perfect for visiting surrounding chateaux and towns in the Loire region
24 Aug 2012
"The ideal apartment to escape to"
We stayed at the Garden apartment for seven days this August in Oder to relax and explore some of the beautiful Loire Region.Firstly, the greeting by Simon and Karin is warm and friendly. The apartmen… More
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