Loire Farmhouse to let with pool

6.8/10
Parcay-les-Pins (25km from Saumur), Maine et Loire, Western Loire Reference: LL002718_A Advertiser since: 27 May 2010

This location has multiple holiday properties

Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Farmhouse Self Catering Saturday 5 10 4

About this property

Farmhouse with Lovely Heated Swimming Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Set in tranquil countryside in the heart of the Loire Valley, Le Haut Gué offers holiday accommodation of a very high standard in 2 traditional stone-built farmhouses, complete with heated pool set in spacious grounds.
 
The farmhouse sleeps 10, but you can also rent out our other properties to accommodate larger groups, up to a maximum of 16/18.
In addition to the farmhouse, we have a separate converted barn/cottage which sleeps 4/6 and a self-contained 2 person apartment.
The Loire Valley is described as "an outstanding cultural landscape of great beauty", containing historic towns and villages and great architectural monuments and chateaux.
The surrounding countryside is ideal for walking or cycling, or you can simply relax next to the pool.
Golf, tennis, horse riding and canoeing (on the Loire or Vienne rivers) are all available within a short drive.

 

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Well equipped kitchen with fitted cupboards.
Large gas oven/hob, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge-freezer and microwave oven. Kitchen table seats 10

Living rooms

Lounge with various sofas and chairs to seat 10.
Large TV with English channels (Free-to-air).

Bedrooms

Ground floor - 2 double bedrooms (these bedrooms share a bath/shower room).
First floor - 1 double bedroom with en suite shower room, washbasin and w/c.
1 twin bedroom with en suite shower room, washbasin and w/c
1 double bedroom with bathroom with bath, shower attachment, washbasin and w/c.

Bathrooms

Bathroom on ground floor with bath, separate shower cubicle, washbasin and wc.
This bathroom is shared between the 2 bedrooms located on the ground floor at the rear of the farmhouse.
3 first floor bathrooms.
2 bedrooms have en-suite shower rooms.
Third bedroom has own bathroom, with a bath and shower attachment, for their sole use.

Heating

Gas central heating.

Entertainment

Satellite tv with English channels (Free-to air)

Garden and outside

Le Haut Gué is a set of former farm buildings set in large grounds.
There is a large (12m x 6m) shared heated pool to rear of farmhouse.
Grassed area with swings and slide, table tennis table, boules pitch.
Large field to rear is a great space for games, etc.

Parking and garages

Plenty of parking!

Visitor suitability

Suitable for all ages, fantastic for family holidays or large get togethers

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Chinon Antiques market - 3rd Sunday of each month
Distance: 30 km

Cycling

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Château Golf des Sept Tours, Le Vivier des Landes
Distance: 18 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Vernoil-le-Fourrier
Distance: 9 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Route des vins: Chinon/Bourgueil/Azay-le-Rideau

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Parçay-les-Pins - various - best is to lake Pincemaille

Watersports

Wine tasting

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

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Jean Thorne

Hi, I'm Jean and together with my husband Gordon we have welcomed guests to Le Haut Gué since 2002.<br/>Originally from Dorset in the UK, we bought Le Haut Gué back in 2000, when it was a rather run down set of farm buildings.<br/>We worked hard to renovate the buildings into the current holiday homes which we are proud to let out. <br/>We love living here in the peaceful countryside and enjoy the lifestyle it brings.<br/>We would love to meet you - we are in a great location to explore the beautiful Loire!

Year property purchased 2000
Why this location? We love the rural location, with the great little village of Parçay-les-Pins just a few minutes away, with its bakery, café, shop and the fantastic little museum dedicated to the sculptor Jules Desbois, who was born in the village.
We are in the heart of the Loire Valley, so Le Haut Gué is a great base from which to explore the chateaux, the vineyards or the amazing towns and village along the Loire river.
The chateaux at Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau and Langeais are among our favourites, and are just a short drive away.
Chinon is a great town to explore, as well as beautiful Saumur, with it's imposing castle dominating the skyline as you enter the town.
The markets are great - an attraction in themselves, and there are some fantastic restaurants to try out.
Come and find out for yourselves!
Unique benefits of property Le Haut Gué is perfectly situated to explore this beautiful part of the Loire valley.
The accommodation is of a high standard, with the ability to accommodate party sizes from 1 to 18.
Set in spacious grounds, with a fantastic pool, we think you'll have a great time!

The Owner Recommends

Chateaux

One of the main reasons for coming to the Loire Valley is to visit a few of the amazing chateaux here.
Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry (gardens) and Langeais are probably our favourites.
Also worthy runners-up.. Ussé, Chinon, Saumur and our local one in Gizeux... too many to mention!
Everyone has their favourite!

Abbey at Fontevraud

Fontevraud Abbey is one of the best known abbey complexes in France.
It's big, but really interesting (in context - your kids would rather be on the PS4 - but there is an interactive App which gets them involved).

Especially well known because both French and English monarchs are buried here - including Richard the Lionheart (not the thumb-sucking Disney lion-one, the real-life dead one).
Established in 1099, somewhat unusually it had both a nunnery and a monastery, but no shrubbery, and was under the command of an abbess (which explains why you can see pictures of many of the abbesses in the abbey). The idea was apparently a great success and several other abbeys were established on the same basis.

By the time the French Revolution forced the closure of the abbeys and the locals were all singing that song from Les Misérables, Fontevraud was the most powerful abbey in France. It was transformed into a prison by Napoleon in 1804 and remained one until its closure in 1963 (although the last prisoner apparently didn’t leave until 1985).

Website here:http://www.fontevraud.fr/en/Visit-Fontevraud/Welcome

Saumur

Beautiful town on Loire river.
Amongst other things... an excellent Saturday morning market (but beware the cheese man, unless you want a €30 wedge of the stuff), an imposing chateau, a tank museum for nerds, a big Leclerc shopping mall and a great Decathlon superstore (good for the odd rainy day - there's loads to do in there!).
Loads of restaurants, too many to mention, but L'Auberge St Pierre offers a great menu in a beautiful building on the market square. Le Pot de Lapin is also one of our favourites, tucked under the castle walls a short stroll away from the centre.
The sparkling wine houses are situated here, with some really good tours (and tastings!).
The French National Riding School -the Cadre Noir - is based in Saumur.
(Its name comes from the black uniforms that are still in use today). It is considered one of the most prestigious horsemanship schools in the world.
Daily visits are possible - you can discover the history of the school, the main arena, the Prestige stable and tack room, and lasts about an hour (there is a picnic area too)
In June, there is a big summer gala that the equestrian display team star in - check it out here: http://www.ifce.fr/en/cadre-noir/visits-galas/

Lake at Hommes (Plan d'eau de Hommes)

The lake at Hommes now has a great set of inflatables - a bit like those ones on that dreadful TV program hosted by Richard Hammond. This was really popular with families staying with us in 2017.
(You wanted to see some of the world-famous chateaux of the Loire and fine dine in exquisite restaurants, but you know that your kids will make you take them to some random lake with a bunch of inflatables and you'll end up eating a hot dog. But deep down, you will enjoy it more).
The enterprising local French people have filled up the former quarries with water, so now it's ideal for relaxing and swimming in clear waters (except for when they go a bit murky in a heatwave).
There's lifeguards on duty in the summer, and a great funky bar with good (bar) food for a reasonable price.
It's open from June 15th to September 15th.
There's also a beach-volleyball court, fishing, diving lessons and paths around the lake for cycling and jogging and about a million sweaty French people on a sunny Bank Holiday - be warned!!

Theme park Puy du Fou

A bit further afield, but a great day out is the theme park called Puy du Fou.
This place is really popular - definitely worth a look!

Puy du Fou is a historical theme park (sounds boring, but it's fantastic) in Les Epesses (between Cholet and La Roche-sur-Yon) in the heart of the Vendée region, about 1.5 hours from Le Haut Gué.
The park brings more than 2 million visitors every year, making it the second most popular theme park in France after Disneyland Paris.
In 2017 it received the "Hall of Fame Award" at Orlando in Florida during the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo
Check it out here: https://www.puydufou.com/en

Theme park Futuroscope

A great theme park about an hours drive, check out the website...

https://en.futuroscope.com/

Le Mans

Le Mans is famous as the setting for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the grueling round-the-clock car race. But it's also an ancient town, with Roman walls, a beautiful cathedral and plenty of museums to see. Car aficionados will especially like the Musée Automobile de la Sarthe, where there's a great collection of vehicles.

Wine, wine, wine and some more wine...

Some fantastic vineyards within a short drive from us at Le Haut Gué.
Bourgueil, Chinon reds and the fantastic sparkling wines of Saumur.
During the summer months Gratien & Meyer put on a great Jazz evening on the terrace of their Art Deco building high above the Loire - good fun and good value!

Markets of the region

There are some fantastic markets within a short drive.
Saturday morning in Saumur, Sunday in Langeais, Bourgueil on Tuesday, Loches on Wednesday, Noyant Thursday... take Friday off.
Some great sights, sounds and smells!

Loches

Beautiful medieval cobbled city, all overlooked by its imposing castle. Arrive before 10am and get a free parking place just beyond the train station, then you can wander over the River Indre and take in the castle en route
Loches has a great morning market every Wednesday and Saturday. Stalls displaying everything from freshly roasted chickens and immaculately presented goat’s cheese to handmade jewellery, household items and, of course, some tat.
There are plenty of restaurants and cafés dotted around for a post-market pick-me-up.

Candes-Saint-Martin

Officially one of the most beautiful villages in France (Les plus beaux villages de France), Candes-Saint-Martin is picture perfect: on the north bank of the Loire River, the village’s white tuffeau stone lies between the bright blue sky and deep blue Loire. Add sandy banks and gabare boats and you’ve got the perfect photo!
I couldn't have written that better myself!

La Piautre brewery - great organic artisan beers

Great little brewery producing some fantastic beers at La Ménitré on the banks of the Loire, about a 30 minute drive from us.
They are friendly, speak English and you can sample a few beers, before hopefully bringing a case or two back with you.
La Piautre Blanche is great on a hot summer's day and there are some great winter beers to take home.
They even do a lemonade for the kids.
Check out the opening times: http://www.lapiautre.fr/nous-trouver/

CBG Mignot - Manufacturer of lead soldiers

A great little curiosity, tucked away in the forest at Les Loges, CBG Mignot have been manufacturing lead soldiers (and loads of other figures, too) since 1825.
You can pop in to see the workshop, but the best bit is upstairs, where there are some fantastic dioramas to see - it's like a French history lesson, but they do do modern stuff too - it's not all Napoleon!
Also make great unique gifts.

http://www.cbgmignot.com/

1 Review
6.8/10
  • Cleanliness: 7
  • Comfort: 7
  • Condition: 6
  • Facilities: 6
  • Local Amenities: 6
  • Setting: 8
  • Value for Money: 7
6.8 / 10 Teulu KenPaMo 31 August, 2016

During the excellent sunny weather experienced during our stay at the property,the swimming pool proved to be an invaluable asset to both the older and younger members of the group.The exterior eating areas were well used and much appreciated as were the large grassy play area and the Boules
Court.The dish washer in one of the properties was not functioning correctly and the owner was unable to rectify this which was an inconvenience for the two families in that property.The gites were clean and were adequately equipped for cooking.For a large family group such as ours ,the property was accurately described and met our expectations.The rural setting was a peaceful backdrop to our holiday yet within easy reach of the Loire and its Chateaus etc.

Owner response

Hi - thanks for your review - we are glad that your group had a good time Le Haut Gué and that the weather was so good during your vacation.
With regards to the dishwasher: yes - the dishwasher stopped functioning in the farmhouse during your stay.
If you recall, we did offer to replace the dishwasher immediately, but you declined this offer, saying that it was not an issue for you/your group - this was on the Wednesday of your stay, when you were leaving on the following Saturday morning.
Of course there would have been some disruption to your stay whilst we replaced it, but that would be expected.
For you to mention in the Review that we were unable to rectify is somewhat unfair.
Of course it was an an inconvenience that the machine was not working, but that should not really be used against us, as we were more than willing to rectify the issue immediately.
As to whether this affected the rest of your 'Score' for Le Haut Gué is not to be known, but we do not think that your scores were very fair - they do not really reflect what you wrote, nor the vast majority of reviews and comments of the many guests that we have welcomed here since 2002.
Leaving low scores does have a direct affect on holiday property owners like us, whose aim is to provide a high quality experience to our guests.
This small matter aside, it was a pleasure to host you.
With regards,
Jean & Gordon

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