St Macaire du Bois holiday gite letting with internet access, balcony/terrace and walking and TV

Garden Cottage a ground floor spacious gite & pool

from £65 /night help Price for guests, Nights

Excellent 5/5

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Lovely sunny terrace for alfresco dining

Gite / 1 bedrooms / sleeps 2 Home 70549

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Key Info
  • Nearest beach 150 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

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 fields, the cottage is near 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 Dinners with fellow guests.

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
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites
Nearest beach Les Sables d'Alonne 150 km
Will consider Corporate bookings
Access Car advised
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
Pool Shared outdoor pool (heated)
General TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Furniture King Beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Shared outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
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 heated swimming pool is for the use of our 4 cottages (up to 8 adults).

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.

Further details

The British owners, Simon and Karin will be residing in the Manor house during your stay and will be on hand to provide assistance if required.

Wine Tours and WineTastings with loirewinetours Details on our website

Simon will be delighted to arrange a wine tour for you.

Please view our tripadvisor reviews loire wine tours - day tours - St Macaire du Bois

The Pays de la Loire 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!

St Macaire du Bois

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:


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.


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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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.

19 May 2013


"Highly recommended"

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


"Excellent location, warm welcome, lovely property."

This is a lovely property in the Loire, set in a tiny village you can really get away from it all and relax. The hosts provide a warm welcome and arrange evenings for you to dine with fellow guests if you so wish with great home cooking and local wine. The pool is beautifully set and you often find you have sole use. For a quiet relaxing break this place is fantastic with plenty of local attractions to visit. We have stayed here three times and have enjoyed every minute. Local towns offer shopping and restaurants within a 10-15 minute drive and the local wines are fantastic.

3 Aug 2012


"Beautiful location to spend a relaxing holiday in the lovely wine area of Saumur."

Take advantage of the great wine tours offered by Simon. Montreuil Bellay lovely local town to visit. Lots to do but we spent a lot of time enjoying the apartment and garden and relaxing. Lovely pool area too.

29 Jul 2012


"Beautiful apartment in a relaxing location with wonderful hosts"

We spent a wonderfully relaxing week in this superb garden apartment. The accommodation is very comfortable with everything you could possibly need and we enjoyed having the privacy of the pretty garden and shared use of the heated pool. Karin and Simon are delightful, attentive hosts with a wealth of local knowledge and are always on hand if they're needed. There are plenty of places to visit and explore, all within easy reach. Don't miss the opportunity to book a half or full-day wine tour with Simon (really interesting - we learned a lot) or to sample one of the evening meals shared with other guests - fabulous! The local wines are all wonderful (and inexpensive) - we came home with enough to last months! We love this region of France and we'll definitely be returning to stay in this lovely apartment.

4 Jul 2012


"A Beautiful Gite in an Ideal Location with Outstanding Hosts"

My wife and I had a wonderful week in this excellent Garden Flat which is ideally located to explore the Loire Valley and the Saumur district in particular. The accommodation is excellent, beautifully clean and with a private garden to enjoy. An extra joy is the that the owners are kind and friendly hosts who offer to provide an inexpensive welcome meal on the first evening and to host two additional evening meals with other guests during the week. Do not miss any of these. Also not to be missed, the alternative full day or half day wine tours offered by the owners. We took the full day tour, thoroughly enjoyed it, learned a lot from our experienced guide, and filled our car with excellent but inexpensive bottles of wine, enough to last at least 2-3 months!

12 Jun 2012


"Beautiful Accommodation and Great Location"

Karin & Simon the owners were excellent in that they had lots of local knowledge and were there if needed. The accommodation was immaculate and is an ideal place to get away and relax. There was all the technology you needed WIFI/TV/CD etc and the garden areas was very private to relax and unwind. If you wanted a swim the pool area is beautiful. We also had our own private entrance with secure gating and parking. The location was great in that you could get to many places to visit plus great walking or cycling. Simon the owner runs local wine tours and although on this occasion did not get the time to book a tour through conversations his expanse of knowledge was impressive so a must do next time. Definitely a great place to chill out, eat great food, visit lovely places and drink lovely wine plus the great accommodation.

10 Jun 2012


"Beautiful Garden Apartment in a quiet relaxing location within easy access to many lovely places of interest."

Spent a wonderful week in the beautiful private Garden Apartment with use of a lovely, well maintained shared pool area. Easy access to many places of interest, highlighted in the information booklet provided. So useful if you don't have great knowledge of the area. Thoughtful, attentive hosts without being intrusive. We enjoyed the arrival supper platter and took advantage of the daily bread delivery! Thoroughly enjoyed this first visit to the Loire Region and hope to return.

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      Calendar last updated:21 Nov 2015

      Based in France

      Languages spoken
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