About the home
Le Croissant is a 200 yr old restored country cottage with exposed beams in all rooms and many original features. It is very spacious, having both a large living room and a completely separate dining room. There is a large wood burner in the living room and electric wall heaters in all others.
It sleeps 8 in 2 double beds and 4 singles but there are two folding beds which could be placed in bedroom or even dining room.
The garden is pleasant and spacious, with fruit trees and lawns, backing on to fields used for grazing by the neighbouring Stud farm. and a pleasant area for al fresco dining area. There is also a working well. Outdoor facilities include a barbecue,a practice golf net, fishing rods, boules.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Rille, 12km|
|Will consider:||House swaps|
Nearest amenities: 4km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General:||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (6), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seating for 12, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access:||Wheelchair friendly, Secure parking|
Further details indoors:
The kitchen is well equipped with a table seating at least 6. There is also a separate dining room with table also seating 6.
The living room has a new 'Villager' wood burning stove. (Logs are available at cost price). There is a selection of games and books for your use. The TV is digital receiving 3 main english Channels plus many others, and has DVD player and Video Cassette player. Children's games are available downstairs.We now have wireless access to the internet via a "neufbox" free with your own lap top.
Double bedroom, dining room living room, kitchen, bathroom, store. Upstairs has 2 large bedrooms and a shower- room Large landing. There are two folding beds which can be used where you wish.
There are many toys and games for younger children, and the garden is fenced and safe.
Further details outdoors:
Le Croissant has a very pleasant garden with pretty eating area, fruit trees and lawns. It backs on to the grazing fields of the neighbouring stud farm.
There is a large wooden barn. Outdoor facilities include a practice golf net, fishing rods, badminton and boules are available. An interesting feature is the working well.There is a fire pit/barbecue and a further conventional barbecue in the store
There are 5 bikes available. There is an inflatable splash pool (3 m diameter for 5 people) ready by June 08.
Horse riding at 1 k. Windsurfing and sailing at Rille 6 k away.
A 25% deposit is required before a booking can be confirmed, and is non-returnable.The remaining balance, together with a £150 refundable bond (against breakages and any damage )is due 4 weeks before the commencement of the rental period. We advise you to have adequate travel insurance with a cancellation clause. Lettings are from 4pm on the Saturday of arrival to 10am on the Saturday of departure. Towels and linen are provided. Price includes all electricity and gas. Logs for the wood burning stove and the fire pit outside are charged at five euros for a large container full, situated in the store, with further supplies in the barn.
The Loire Valley / Maine-et-Loire region
Of great historical interest .French/English at war, Joan of Arc etc. The vally is studded with magnificent chateaux palaces and castle.
The Loire is acknowledged as France's last truly wild river . No longer navigable by larger shipping, it is full of sandbanks and wildlife.
Fine wines are made along its banks and Saumur in particular is fmed for its spaarkling white wine. Many of the villages are made from tuffeau, this being local limestone, very pale and soft, which lends an attractive pale golden glow to many of the villages. of htis area.
The Vernantes / Mouliherne area
Linieres Bouton is a tiny hamlet with a very beautiful chateau now open as a B and B. The hamlet's residents include an artist , a wood sculptor ,and one of the (many presumably) great nieces of Napoleon. The butcher's van visits on Fridaysand the baker's on Tues and Fridays.
There is a wonderful restaurant, La Gare, only 500 metres away, open Monday to Friday lunchtimes,with a four course meal and wine for 11euros. Rille is 15 m drive away and has a water sports centre and nature reserve. Mouliherene is 5 m drive away and has river walks, lake with children's play area and fishing.
Good restaurants and shops here too.The Loire is known as the 'Garden of France' thanks to its temperate climate and abundant local produce. Saumur, approx 20 minutes away is a famous château town with spectacular river views, boutiques, restaurants, theatre, bars and historic buildings, as well as a superb market on Saturdays selling local cheeses and fresh vegetables.
Saumur is also home to the national French riding school and the French cavalry who put on spectacular dressage shows throughout the year, for nearly two centuries the cavaliers of the Cadre Noir have been the pride of this city. Major international competitions, of all equestrian pursuits, are regular occurrences in this wonderful place.
The Chateau of Saumur ,15th century home of the Anjou kings, dominates Saumur (from its hilltop setting it really is a fairytale Chateau) Begun by Louis XI in 1246, it is a rare example of 14th century architecture, a style that evolved at the end of the Middle Ages and ushered in the Renaissance. We also have in the region the zoo at Doué La Fontaine and La Fleche , there are also 140 boules clubs in the area for those who want to be with the locals.
The rivers, lakes and forests accommodate those with outdoor interests. There are a wide range of watersports such as fishing, sailing, canoeing and swimming. There are also plenty of paths for cycling, walking and horse riding.
We have at least six first class golf courses in our area. There are public swimming pools at Longué and Saumur where there is also a beach. There are plenty of local lakes for fishing (easy to get a permit in the local tabac) also for swimming, many of which have sandy beaches.
How to get there
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Fly to Stansted -Tours (Ryanair) Then 40 mins by car to house.
Fly Liverpool- Nantes (Ryanair) 1hour 40 mins by car to house
Car hire available at both airports.
Train. Paris to Angers or Tours, 40 mins by car to house in both cases.
Paris - Saumur (with one change), then 25 mins to house. Car hire available all towns.
Ferry Portsmouth to Le Havre or Caen, or Dover Calais. ChannelTunnel to Calais.
By car from Calais 6 hrs, from Le Havre 4.00 hrs , Caen 3.00hrs
Activities near Vernantes
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
29 Jun 2012
The house had everything we needed and was robust enough for our young kids (3 and 7) . They had more rooms than we needed, which meant that we could play table tennis indoors during the occasional rain shower. There's a lovely old large stone fireplace, which we used occasionally at the end of some cooler evenings. The garden has a large enough lawn area for games with the kids, and also has an area with apple trees to provide dappled shade when it gets hot, which it certainly can do. We also used the small inflatable splash pool - big enough for all of us to sit in, but not enough for the kids to really swim. The house is in a very small hamlet, although we never saw anybody else. The only downside was the occasional car on the small D road nearby, but that was only because it was so quiet otherwise. There's a restaurant 10mins walk away that looks very basic, but does a fantastic fixed price buffet and menu du jour. Other than that everything else is a short drive or cycle away (shops/restaurants/etc...). There are plenty of small towns within 30mins but the main places to explore are on the Loire itself, with the large town of Saumur about 20mins away. There was enough variety to keep us all happy for 2 weeks without having to try too hard to find things to do. Relaxing without being boring. We would go again.
15 Jun 2012
We really enjoyed our stay at Le Croissant. The house is lovely with lots of character, plenty of space, and everything we needed during our stay. We spent most of our time in the garden. The owner is obviously a sports fan as there is a full-size table tennis table, boules, badminton equipment, etc. After we tired ourselves out it was a pleasure just to lounge around in the sun or dine al fresco. The area is really quiet and a car is needed to get to the nearest towns, but 10 minutes walk up the road is a restaurant serving fantastic rustic french food at bargain prices - a real find! All in all I can highly recommend it.
04 Apr 2012
If you are looking for a quiet and relaxing holiday close to a major town in the Loire Valley - Saumur - then Le Criossant is the perfect choice. Spacious house with large, well-tended gardens, a little off the beaten track but close enough to typical unspoilt French villages.
Peaceful local lanes perfect for cycling or an evening stroll. Owner could not have been more helpful.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 2|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|April/May/June||1 Apr 13||1 Jul 13||£ 375||-||-||1 Week|
|July/August||1 Jul 13||1 Sep 13||£ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|September||1 Sep 13||1 Oct 13||£ 375||-||-||1 Week|
|Prices for group size 4|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|April/May/June||1 Apr 13||1 Jul 13||£ 400||-||-||1 Week|
|July/August||1 Jul 13||1 Sep 13||£ 525||-||-||1 Week|
|september||1 Sep 13||1 Oct 13||£ 400||-||-||1 Week|
|Oct/March||1 Oct 13||1 Apr 14||£ 325||-||-||1 Week|
|Prices for group size 8|
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|September||1 Sep 12||1 Oct 12||£ 475||-||-||1 Week|
|October/March||1 Oct 12||1 Apr 13||£ 400||-||-||1 Week|
|April/May/June||1 Apr 13||1 Jul 13||£ 475||-||-||1 Week|
|July/August||1 Jul 13||1 Sep 13||£ 600||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Refundable £150 security deposit required with final balance payment. Cleaning costs £30 per booking.
We can accept payment by cheque or bank transfer in GBP or Euros.
Special rates for long term lets. £500 per month over winter period ie Oct to March inclusive.Enquire now
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