Holiday gite set in Loire Valley countryside - LL002338_B

Mouliherne (22km from Saumur), Maine et Loire, Western Loire Reference: LL002338_B Advertiser since: 6 June 2007

This location has multiple holiday properties

Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Chardonneret Self Catering Saturday 1 2 1

About this property

Chardonneret, One of 3 Gites in Beautiful Surroundings. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Le Chant d'Oiseau is a collection of 3 beautifully renovated gîtes, Chardonneret is one of these gîtes and is set in stunning countryside in the sleepy northern reaches of the Loire Valley, close to Saumur. We cater specifically for families, and wheelchair disabled travellers.

Out of season short breaks are welcomed and the gîtes are open all year round. Le Chant d'Oiseau is unique in that we operate a very small campsite here too, just 10 pitches, arranged around the outside of our 2 acre gardens. The dynamic created by having both gîtes and camping guests makes for a wonderful 'community' atmosphere, which we encourage with twice-weekly table d'hôtes. There are also pizza evenings and fouée (a local delicacy not to be missed) afternoons cooked in our own bread oven! We have lots to do in the area as well as on-site. Chateaux, vineyards, wine trails, museums, canoe/kayaking, horse riding, fishing, walking, cycling - it's all here. On-site we have a pool table, splash pool, badminton, play area, boules, ping-pong plus lots more! There's free wi-fi connection if you need it, and plenty of books and dvd's in our library. Many of our guests tell us that they usually make a point of not visiting a holiday destination twice, but they make an exception for us!
We work hard at what we do to provide all of our guests with a relaxing and friendly environment, because we know how much your holiday means to you. A bientôt!



Kitchen and dining

Fully-fitted modern kitchen, including washing machine.

Living rooms

UK ftat screen tv, dvd player with usb (bring your favourite films on a memory stick). Comfortable sofas, disabled friendly.


Chardonneret, 1 bedroom sleeps 2.

Perfect for a couple or small family with a baby. A cot is available free of charge.


Modern bathroom with 'drive under' basin (for wheelchair disabled), bath with shower over.


Heat in the colder months is provided by our own woodburning stove. It's toasty!


Tv, games, boules, jigsaws, books, dvds.

Garden and outside

Patio with stone bbq and garden.

Parking and garages

Off road, secure parking right in front of gite.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for all. Especially couples with a baby (free travel cot provided) and those with a disabled relative.

Information about any additional facilities

Set in beautiful gardens that also double as a small campsite. Don't let this put you off as the atmosphere generated is simply superb. Many people re-book year on year to meet up with friends they've made here.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Shared pool

  • Splash pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Vernantes
Distance: 5 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Coarse
Name of nearest fishing location: Base de loisirs La Louisière, Mouliherne
Distance: 5 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Baugé
Distance: 18 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: L'Haras de Mouline, Vernoil
Distance: 6 km

Organic produce/dining

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Vignobles de la Loire


Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR 37

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Bourgueil
Distance: 15 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Stuart Bradley

Syb & I left the UK for our new home in France after falling in love with the blue shutters, the tranquil peace and the 'happy' tuffeau stone of the region. We brought over our three children aged 13, 16 & 19 at the time - plus Syb's disabled pensioner mum, Sheila.

Owner's website
Year property purchased 2005
Why this location? Because it's quiet and peaceful, and many of our guests search for somewhere that allows them to de-stress, far from the madding crowd. We wanted a place that we could transform into our own piece of French heaven, and offer it out to guests seeking the same. We're still here thirteen years later, so we hope we're doing something right!
Unique benefits of property Peace and quiet in a unique multi-generational setting. Combining camping and gites offers the chance for families to spend time together on the same site, and as we're only small, it offers the chance to meet new friends! We hold very popular meal nights and pizza evenings, giving parents and couples the chance to relax without the added chore of washing up - or driving on unfamiliar roads at night. For the 2018 season, we've added a bar selling beers, wines, ciders and soft drinks too - so there's even more reason to stay in! We're popular with families with children of all ages too. Parents of younger children can relax, knowing that their child is safe on such a small, friendly site - making friends here is so easy to do!

The Owner Recommends

Musée des Blindés, Saumur

The Tank Museum. A great day out for all the family!

Nearest cafés/restaurants

L'Entente Cordiale Bar, here on site. Serving beers, wines, ciders and soft drinks as well as snacks.
Bar Central, Mouliherne (5 kms)
La Gare, Linières Bouton (5 kms)
Sur Votre Route, Mouliherne (5 kms)
Hotel Pélican, Vernantes (5 kms)

There are also three very friendly bars in Vernantes serving hot and cold drinks.

Nearest markets

Saumur 22 km (Saturday) Simply the best market for miles. Great fresh produce and a friendly vibe.
Bourgueil 20 km (Tuesday) A close runner up to Saumur in the best market stakes!
Beaufort-En-Vallée 15km (Wednesday) A really friendly village with a great market.
Vernantes 5 km (Wednesday) Very small, but some really good fresh meats, fruit and veg.
Noyant 8 km (Friday) Good all-round market, not too far away.

There are plenty of others in the area, as well as special summer markets and vide greniers.

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