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Le Vieil Atelier – Home 116042 Gite
- 1 bedroom
- 4 sleeps
- min stay varies
Le Vieil Atelier – Home 116042
- 1 bedroom
- 4 sleeps
- min stay varies
Gite / 1 bedroom / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 4
- Beach / lakeside relaxation
- Nearest beach 20 km
- Swimming pool
- Child friendly
- Car essential
- Air conditioning
- No pets allowed
- Private garden
Description from owner
Le Vieil Atelier has been created from an old workshop and attic granary within a traditional 'Longere' Farmhouse which is part of a Lieu-Dit noted in the French Government Patrimoine (Heritage) lists; parts of the property are recorded as being built originally during the early 1600's, quite possibly during the reign of Louis XIV (The Sun King). It is a very spacious cottage ideally suited for up to 4 persons, young or young at heart! With two double beds (one being a sofabed) in different rooms, if, as a platonic couple you prefer separate sleeping arrangements it is great for you too. We also have a Cot/Childs Bed, Stairgate, Highchair and accessories available for 1 small person (max height 115cm, approx. 5yrs). An ideal base for extensive sightseeing, walking or cycling, golf or 'wine-hunting'. For those needing to rejuvenate their batteries with peace and quiet it is absolutely perfect. Surrounded by fields, often the only sounds are that of wildlife - and the countryside.
Le Vieil Atelier has been created from an old workshop and attic granary within a traditional 'Longere' Farmhouse which is part of a Lieu-Dit noted in the French Government Patrimoine (Heritage) lists; parts of the property are recorded as being built originally during the early 1600's, quite possibly during the reign of Louis XIV (The Sun King). It is a very spacious cottage ideally suited for up to 4 persons, young or young at heart! With two double beds (one being a sofabed) in different rooms, if, as a platonic couple you prefer separate sleeping arrangements it is great for you too. We also have a Cot/Childs Bed, Stairgate, Highchair and accessories available for 1 small person (max height 115cm, approx. 5yrs). An ideal base for extensive sightseeing, walking or cycling, golf or 'wine-hunting'. For those needing to rejuvenate their batteries with peace and quiet it is absolutely perfect. Surrounded by fields, often the only sounds are that of wildlife - and the countryside. Virtually equidistant from three local towns, all boasting weekly markets, supermarkets and other modern amenities, the property is also ideally located for visiting the many and varied attractions of the Pays de la Loire including the cities of Le Mans, Angers, Nantes, Tours and Saumur with all they have to offer.The cottage has been fully renovated and equipped to a high standard including cooking and dining facilities, whilst retaining as many of the historical features as we could. Unlike many rental properties, our furniture and fittings were bought new for the gites. It has en exclusive semi-enclosed rear garden, for the sole use of the gite occupants, a dedicated southerly facing 'Front Garden' area within the Courtyard and access to most of the rest of the surrounding gardens.
Location description from owner
The Pays de la Loire region
The Loire Valley is a UNESCO World heritage site. In choosing this area (the French departments of Loiret, Loir-et-Cher, Indre-et-Loire, and Maine-et-Loire), the (UNESCO) committee said that the Loire Valley is: "an exceptional cultural landscape, of great beauty, comprised of historic cities and villages, great architectural monuments - the Châteaux - and lands that have been cultivated and shaped by centuries of interaction between local populations and their physical environment, in particular the Loire itself."
Benefiting from its own micro climate , the Loire Valley is generally mild in the Winter and pleasantly hot in the Summer, remaining more temperate than its close neighbours.
Angers - the capital city of the Maine et Loire Department is also the ancient capital of the region of Anjou. Its roots can be traced to early Roman times but is probably best known as the historical birthplace of the House of Plantagenet, who ruled England from the 12th to 15th Century. It has many great places of historical, religious or cultural interest and lies about 45 minutes drive west of the Gite. The Chateau (inc. Apocalyse tapestries) with (optional) audio tour can itself take a whole afternoon to explore.
Le Mans - home of the world renowned 24hour Classic car race and rally is about 45 minutes drive North of Genneteil. Le Mans is reputed to have one of the most beautiful old quarters of any city in France, overlooked by the stunning cathedral. Le Mans offers plenty of sites of historic interest and also of local crafts such as Malicorne ceramics. It is probably fair to say that Le Mans is on the northernmost edge of the Pays de la Loire.
Tours - is famous as the centre for Touraine Wines and the nearby world famous Vouvray sparkling wines. Tours is famous for its original medieval district, called 'le Vieux Tours'. Unique to the Old City are its preserved half-timbered buildings which surround la Place Plumereau, a square with busy pubs and restaurants, whose open-air tables fill the centre of the square. We also found the Town Hall and Tours Central Railway Station rather magnificent - all under an hour south east of the house.
Saumur - Approximately 45 minutes due South of the house by car, Saumur is the home of the Cadre Noir (National Riding School) and the Tank Museum, as a result of it's long association with the French Military. High above the town a wonderful Chateau overlooks the Loire River, housing dungeons, a watchtower and former royal apartments, and a particularly interesting 'Museum of the Horse', all open to the public. Saumur claims to have been the place where sparkling wine was invented. Whilst it doesn't have the global 'kudos' of Champagne, in our opinion the local 'Methode Traditionelle' wines compare very well to their more expensive cousins. This includes a Red sparkling wine, recommended to be eaten with Dark Chocolate; an acquired taste but worth trying! Also to be found along the river nearby are Museums dedicated to the Mushroom and to the (edible) Snail - a French delicacy.
Le Loir Valley - the less well known of the river valleys; it has been commented upon by our guests that exploring the villages, sights and surroundings up and down the Loir valley has proven to be an unexpected delight. The towns of La Fleche and Le Lude (a mere 10-15 minutes N of the house) straddle Le Loir.
Genneteil is well placed - if it were a mountain, it would be the peak! Major Cities, autoroutes and good transport links (including rail and air) surround Genneteil on all sides - essentially less than 1 hour in any direction. Genneteil has at its heart a Norman Church, only now used for special occasions such as Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals, although it does have some beautiful ancient frescoes which were found a few years ago and restored recently. The church acts as a roundabout of sorts connecting the roads coming from all directions. Essentially a rural community, Genneteil has no particular claim to fame (except its history) but the locals are very friendly - especially if you take the opportunity to practice your French!
Genneteil has a dairy from which you can purchase fresh milk, cream, yogurts and other dairy products.
There is so much to see and do that it is difficult to know where to start! There are around 1000 Chateaux and many other sites of historical interest but also extensive orchards, world famous Zoos, Rose gardens, Geological sites and last but not least the Loire valley vineyards and wines.
Our house manual details some of the more local, quirky and lesser known places of interest, including a tour of the local lavoirs (ancient clothes washing sites), ancient stone megaliths, twisted spires (Clocher Tors) and details of many local restaurants, chateaux, walking and cycling routes and locations for fishing, riding etc.. We have also provided a selection of tourist brochures and leaflets across a wide spectrum of interests. You need to come & stay to get a real feel for what is available - and we are sure you won't be disappointed!.
- Great for children of all ages
- No pets allowed
- Cot available
- High chair available
Bed & bathroom
- Bedroom 1: King Bed
Beds in other rooms: Sofa Bed
- 1 En suite, 1 Toilet Only
- Wi-Fi available
- Air conditioning
- Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
- Shared garden
- Private garden
- Balcony or terrace
- Internet access
- Central heating
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- High chair available
- Satellite TV
- DVD player
- CD player
- Hair dryer
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- Not suitable for wheelchair users
- Check in time:16:00, Check out time:10:00
- If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
- This owner does not use online booking. Please contact them and they will be able to offer you a secure way to pay for your stay. Never pay for your holiday rental by wire transfer (such as Western Union or Moneygram) as this type of payment is untraceable.
- No smoking at this property
- Cancellation policy
About the owner
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- Calendar updated:
- 23 Oct 2016
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Languages spoken: English, French
This Gite has 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 4. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 01 Feb 2010. Located in Maine et Loire, it has 20 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £275 to £465.
The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 23 Oct 2016.
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– based on 20 reviews
- Very Good
“Don't delay book NOW”
We had very high expectations for this Gite after looking at the photos and reviews, all I can say is that without doubtour expectations were surpassed. This gite has been thought through through to the ultimate degree, there is NOTHING you could want for, all the media (TV, blu ray & Hifi) are panasonic, the sat TV is better than I recieve at home. The kitchen has more appliances/facilities than you could wish for oh the owners are ab fab. Just ask them about places to visit/places to eat there recommendations are first rate. The location is rural and peaceful but central to 5 great towns within 15 mins drive. This is the second gite we have stayed in in France and 1000% better than the other we WILL return to stay again.
It is really lovely to have such fabulous reviews (personal ones too). Please do as suggested and book now!
“Peaceful retreat with everything you need, and more!...”
We've just spent our second holiday at Le Vieil Atelier near Genneteil and think it was even better than last time round! What makes this gite so appealing is the fact that it has all the facilities you need, great location with wonderful views, peace and quiet, close to historical towns and cities, fabulous local wines, and really lovely owners who live on site and can't do enough to ensure you have a truly enjoyable holiday. The gite is very modern inside and has really excellent facilities and is spotlessly clean. The private garden has a great view over to the local village of Genneteil and the pretty church. The addition this year of a above-ground pool was a god-send as the weather was scorchingly hot but regular dips in the pool cooled us down. The peace and quiet was wonderful and walks into the village and surrounding countryside was just beautiful. We really can't recommend this holiday enough, you will quickly forget about your work life and switch off completely and relax - I'm sure it won't be long before we're back again!
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are very glad that the new pool was appreciated. We are considering upgrading it to a bigger one for next year! We look forward to seeing M & M again one day.
“Great relaxing break”
We stayed at Le Vieil Atelier at the very end of June 2013. We had a lovely relaxing break -just what we needed. We didn't travel too far mostly just enjoying the peace and quiet at the gite. The gite must be the best equipped and well furnished that we have stayed in. If we were to return to this area of France we would have no hesitation in booking here again - and have brought several of Lis and Mike's postcards home to supply to any friends looking for somewhere similar. Lis welcomed us with home made jam and cake and a lovely bottle of sparkling wine - just the way to start the holiday - and we enjoyed some of the homegrown raspberries while we were there. Many thanks Lis and Mike for your hospitality.
We are so glad these guests enjoyed their stay. I can't promise cake every time, but there is usually a little treat awaiting our guests arrival!
“Le Vieil Atelier was perfect - one of the best equipped gites we have stayed in”
Le Vieil Atelier was spacious, well modernised with a very well equipped kitchen and a pleasant enclosed garden to the rear. The village of Genneteil, where there is bar and small shop, was within easy walking distance. Also a dairy on the outskirts of the village. The owners, Lis and Mike, could not have been more welcoming and helpful and did everything to make our stay truly enjoyable.
Thank you for the kind comments, we do try to ensure that all our guests remember us for the right reasons!
“A wonderful, spacious, fully equipped gite in the Loire Valley”
We had a very enjoyable time at Le Vieil Atelier in September, 2012. The accommodations, with the living room, dining area and kitchen on the first floor and the lovely bedroom and shower on the second floor were spacious and modern.The fully equipped, eat in kitchen, with access to the fenced in private garden, allowed us to cook wonderful meals while quaffing the Loire Valley wines from the many wineries (including biologiques) that were within easy travel distances. Because we needed quiet and privacy to finish a book for publication, we found Le Vieil Atelier to be perfect. The owners, Lis & Mike, were always friendly, helpful and never intrusive. We are delighted to recommend this gite!
Thank you J & G for your wonderful comments. Just one point to future potential clients - wifi access is only available under exceptional circumstances and at our absolute discretion. The reason is that we are in the middle of the countryside, some distance from the exchange so we do not have a very good bandwidth and we require what there is for work. This is why our advert says that we do not offer wifi.
“What a find!”
We all really enjoyed our stay at Le Vieil Atelier. A spacious, recently renovated gite, surrounded by fields, beautiful! Lis and Mike were welcoming hosts, on hand to offer their advice on excursions out, local knowledge and ensure that we were comfortable during our stay. They have taken time and trouble to put together their own guide to the local area, which we found really useful. There is so much to see and do nearby a second trip is certainly on the cards! Holidaying with a small child (10 months) for the first time was a daunting prospect but they really had thought of everything, from an abundance of cot linen to a selection of plastic bowls / plates, highchair and a stair gate! Elsewhere in the gite we were also impressed that they really had thought of it all, a decent corkscrew, sharp knives for cooking and a store of kitchen basics, homemade jam, we really felt looked after! 5 stars in our opinion, you won't be disappointed!
Dear C , M and of course H. Thank you for the wonderful review. We welcome children to our home, especially having recently become grandparents ourselves. However,families travelling with children should note our policy on children now that both our gites are available. It is the case that not everyone wants to be in the proximity of children on holiday so we have a policy of 'first come first served' on the individual bookings. Of course combined bookings for both gites by the same party do not have any restriction on the ages of our visitors. Hopefully this means that our prospective clients know what to expect before they book and have the choice where it is relevant.
“Fantastic gite in a wonderful location”
We have just returned from a wonderful 10 days in the Loire Valley, staying in Le Vieil Atelier. From the moment we arrived, we felt completely relaxed and were made to feel so welcome by Lis and Mike, who have done everything possible to ensure the gite and the holiday experience is first class. Lis had welcomed us with some home-grown lettuce and new potatoes, as well as some home-made plum jam and a lovely cold bottle of fizz to get the holiday off to a great start. Lis and Mike were available to answer any questions throughout our holiday, but were not at all intrusive and made some great suggestions for food and places to visit. The location was just perfect, in the middle of the remote countryside, but near enough to walk the ten minutes into the Genneteil to pick up fresh bread or basic provisions. The gite is also perfectly located to visit lots of interesting towns and cities, all within less than an hour's journey. The gite itself was so well appointed with everything you could want available in terms of equipment and comfort. We have stayed in several gites throughout northern and mid-France over the years and Le Vieil Atelier surpasses all the others by far, both in terms of quality and price - we will be returning next year!
M & M really meant it when they say they are returning next year - they have already booked! We are very grateful for the lovely comments, we do our best to make people feel welcome.
“Very well-equipped gite in a lovely location”
We stayed at La Petite Touche for 7 nights. We rented Le Vieil Atelier which comprises the middle of three sections of this converted farmhouse. Really well-equipped: fully-fitted kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine; very spacious lounge with large plasma TV, Freesat and Blu-Ray player; bedroom with en-suite bathroom (including walk-in shower) and view over the courtyard; on-site parking. Located less than a mile from the picturesque and sleepy town of Genneteil in the Loire Valley, La Petite Touche is certainly off the beaten track but has easy road access to several larger towns, including Angers and Bauge. Lis and Mike Eastham (the owners) live on-site in one of the other sections of the building. They're friendly, approachable and helpful; they keep their distance to give you privacy during your stay but they are more than willing to answer any questions you might have. Thoroughly recommended.
We are delighted that C & S enjoyed their stay and would welcome them back again in the future. As mentioned before, we do advertise that our decision not to have Wifi in the gites is deliberate. In emergencies, access to the internet can be accommodated from our part of the property.
“The gite is the best we have used for comfort &equipment.”
The owners who live on site are vry friendly & helpful. Lovely views from the house both front & back. The area around is very peaceful &while we were there the wayside flowers were a delight..There are many places of interest nearby. We will certainly be back.
These guests were a delight to have here and we look forward to seeing them again. Since their comment that directions to the house were not entirely clear I've tried to clarify the last two directions, so hopefully this little problem has no been eliminated. We'd hate to lose someone before they even got here!
“Heaven in France”
We have travelled many times to France in our 45 years together, but can honestly say this is the best accommodation we have ever had. The owners have put so much thought and effort into making guests feel welcome and comfortable. The property is spacious and provided with everything you can possibly need to make your holiday enjoyable. It is within easy reach of large towns ( we visited Tours and Saumur), but at the same time it is in a peaceful, rural area. We will definitely be returning for another holiday next year.
All we can say is Thank you! We are delighted that our guests seem to unanimously enjoy their stay with us. We look forward to meeting past clients again and welcoming many more....
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