|La Gaulerie||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||1||Plus folding bed if requested|
Comfortable and tastefully furnished cottage sleeping 4 plus sofa-bed, wih solar heated pool in a picturesque 2 acre setting. It provides the perfect venue for an anti-stress holiday, close to local villages, good restaurants, cafes and shops, plus the not so far away vineyards of the region.
Flexible changeover day.
Accommodation is on the ground floor. One double and 1 twin bedroom, lounge/dining room, well equipped kitchen, bathroom with shower, washing machine, sofabed, tv/video/dvd, fridge-freezer.
Outside: Private garden and patio overlooking horses field, with table, chairs and bbq. Well off the road with plenty of parking. Solar heated pool with surrounding patio and on entering the property there is a small fishing pond.
For a dive into history, there is the Château of Angers with its Apocalypse tapestries, and within 35km more than 12 other châteaux open in summer.
The 'Mine Bleu' opens its doors and takes you down into the heart of the slate mining era, and on a small train you can discover how life was. Or visit 'La Petite Couere' which has an amazing collection of livestock tools, machinery and vintage cars. 'Le Petit Train' of Angers guides you around the town or another one will take you into the vineyards south of the Loire. Trips in the summer on the rivers are a nice alternative.
Recently (within 6kms) a 'Parcabout' has opened. This is where one can walk about in the tree canopy on suspended 'footpaths'.
For the golfer, there are several excellent golf courses. Walkers and cyclists can discover hundreds of kilometres of tracks and quiet roads. Local rivers offer opportunities for swimming, canoeing, windsurfing plus other watersports, and depending on the season, permits for still water and river fishing are available.
Electricity, heating and bed linen included.
Here has been our home since 1988 and I can't think we'll ever move from this beautiful setting. Paul has now taken retirement and busies himself with his animals and DIY projects which he loves. I have a few more years to go, & so as work presents itself I find myself happily occupied.
|Year property purchased||1995|
|Why this location?||We came to this area to farm sheep and pigs in 1988, all our friends are here and so this area became home. This property became available afterwards and so we decided to stay. Some of my work was in Angers which is lovely and only 30kms away.|
|Unique benefits of property||This property is perfect for those who wish to be at one with nature, but not far by car to towns & activities. It is very private, but with easy access to the surrounding villages. Our fish in the pond got quite a wakening up when in 2018 a fisherman came for 2 weeks - the first day he virtually spooned them into his keep net. They got wise!|
The gastronomic restaurant in our village has now changed hands and has become a lunchtime only restaurant. It offers a set menu every weekday and looks to be exceptional value for money.
At the other end of the scale at Loiré (about 14km from us) is the 'Auberge de la Diligence', which is a beautiful & high quality restaurant, star rated by Michelin for 10 years. It opens from Wednesday to Sunday lunch and must be booked in advance.
This attractive, rural restaurant is open at lunchtimes but closes for the August break. It’s a recent addition to a 'Foie Gras' company which sells their duck products. It offers a set menu or an ‘à la carte’ menu and one can choose whether to sit outside on the terrace or inside. Its reputation so far is quality and when I went the set menu was delicious & great value for money. Yum.
We've recently discovered this small and delicious restaurant in Le Lion d'Angers, and can thoroughly recommend it. Be warned, you must reserve beforehand.
One can find markets on every day of the week, but the ones I love are :
Sat am - Angers, absolutely enormous & it even has a 'brocanté' section.
Tues am - Chalonnes sur Loire,
Thurs am - Chateau Gontier, at the far end of this market you can buy chickens, ducks, rabbits etc ...
There is a new (2015) tiny farmers market in Vern on Thurs afternoon. I accidentally came across it coming home from work so I bought our evening meal !
Terra Botanica in Angers suits all members of the family. It’s a theme park based around plants, where one can ride around in nutshells, or canoe through vegetation, or whilst those botanically minded can appreciate the enormity of our botanical species without travelling too far.
La Gaulerie continues to be a lovely cottage to stay in. Paul and Ann are great hosts, always available for help and advice. the main house is only 30 metres away. It is really a marvellous place to chill out and enjoy the super setting. Their 9 metre pool is very well maintained and is of course for the guests exclusive use. The cottage is a converted barn with great thick exterior walls so, even in very hot weather it stays cool.
For those wishing for an escape from the stresses and turmoil of everyday life La Gaulerie is a must!
A super tranquil setting. The cottage with a small grass and shrub garden is on its own but close to the owner's home. The whole is surrounded by fields and beautiful French countryside. There is an excellent 9 meter swimming pool. The cottage has two bedrooms and a god sized living/dining room. The kitchen is very small with sink, gas oven and hob together with a good sized fridge/freezer. There is plenty of cupboard space. The bathroom is modern and we'll appointed. There is a satisfactory washing machine, with line drying facilities outside. There is a small patio area, with chairs, table and parasol. A few yards away is a permanent BBQ set up.
Pal an Ann Barthram are marvelous hosts. They have that rare talent of making all their guests feel that their relationship with them is special.
Thanks Nigel & Liz for your lovely commentsi. It came as a surprise that you were contacted but maybe now it's automatique.- do i repeat myself? There was a small plastic bag with important looking things in which I'll post nack to you
Ideal location if peace and quiet required...ideal for us but driving of several miles needed for usual facilities like supermarkets/restaurants.excellent pool area.Owners live in adjoining house and we're so nice and helpful.Very competitive rental as private pool included.Would definitely recommend it.
What a gem! We have had a lovely time at La Gaulerie - utter peace and tranquility. The owners were so kind and welcoming, yet so mindful of our privacy. Having horses and friendly dogs on the doorstep, 'our' own pool, patio and little garden was so lovely for us townies - as were the reliable Wifi and TV (the Olympics were on!!!) Plenty to do in the surrounding areas (kids loved the Parcabout) but we had great weather so mainly enjoyed lazy days around the pool with a few trips here and there. Merci beaucoup!