|La Carrière||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||2||Double futon in upstairs salon makes capacity 6|
La Carrière is a recently renovated independent two storey house set in its own grounds. The ground floor has a square entrance hall, large dining kitchen opening on to the lounge and twin bedroom with en suite shower room. Stairs lead out of the hall to an upstairs salon which runs the full width of the house and has a large window looking out across the garden into the forest. There is a double bedroom and large family bathroom. The upstairs salon also has a double futon. The house is set on the edge of the forest (part of the grounds of the local chateau), with direct access from the minor road running into the tiny hamlet of Linières-Bouton.
There is free wi-fi available in the house.
We provide a welcome pack on arrival (which has proved particularly popular with our guests!). Either we, or our English friends that live nearby, are happy to deal with queries during our guests' stay. A weekly change of linen is provided. If you prefer to bring your own bedlinen we reduce the rental by £25 per booking. Towels are available on request (£25 per booking). The property is cleaned for each letting..
There is a large grassed area surrounding the house, with a swing, full size table tennis table and plenty of room for outdoor games - and sunbathing!. A shady patio provides an outside eating area and there is a gravelled area with a firepit and barbecue.
The house has lots of information about things to do and see - you can find some of these in our recommendations in the following pages.
Fully equipped kitchen with wide range of utensils, tools, crockery etc.
Gas cooker, large fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, iron with ironing board, microwave.
Large dining table with bench and chairs, electric wall heater.
Downstairs lounge with sofas, coffee table, cd/tuner/cassette player and video/dvd player, wood burning stove.
Large entrance hall with open staircase, chest of drawers, mirror, book-case, coat and shoe rack, electric heater.
Upstairs salon across width of house (views over forest) with sofa, easy chairs, table and chairs, coffee tables, electric heaters and double futon.
Ground floor twin bedroom with wardrobe, bedside cabinets and electric heater and en suite shower room.
Upstairs bedroom with double bed, large wardrobe with full length mirror, bedside cabinets and electric heater.
Large upstairs bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, wc, wash basin and electric heated towel rail.
Downstairs, en suite shower room to bedroom with shower, wc and wash basin.
All rooms have electric heaters. There is a wood burning stove in the salon (logs provided).
Electricity cost included in rental.
Board games, jigsaws, books.
Outside the house, there are flowering trees and shrubs surrounding a gravelled area which is ideal for boules and other outdoor games. There is also a large grassed area with a swing and other play equipment; there is plenty of room for cricket, football, badminton (racquets provided) etc. There is a full size table tennis table. Beyond the garden the forest stretches into the distance, freely accessible from the house. The forest, which children (and grown-ups!) will enjoy exploring, is the home of deer, wild boar and lots of birds. There is a shaded patio with garden furniture and a barbecue..
There is a cellar housing 4 bikes plus a child's bike, a buggy, other outdoor toys and sunloungers..
There is ample space for parking.
Very child friendly with lots to do in and around the house. Not suitable for wheelchair uses.
High chair, cot and buggy available.
There is a pretty route through the typical countryside of our area going north-west. Five minutes takes you to Mouliherne (one of several local towns with a twisted church spire), then through one of the great forests of France (the Forêt de Chandelais) to Baugé - this is one of our favourite towns in the area, with a very interesting chateau and a good town trail. Then north via Les Rairies, famed for its manufacture of beautiful baked earth (“terre cuite”) tiles, to Durtal on Le Loir. On Wednesday and Saturday mornings you could go from Baugé to the excellent regional market at La Flêche.
Some 20 km from the house: here you can enjoy a “dégustation” at one of the many vineyards; but make sure not to miss the best market in the region (every Tuesday). There is also a bathing lake near the HyperU on the road out to Chinon. This road crosses the Loire and there are lots of drives meandering along its banks.
Several of the most famous châteaux are within an hour or so’s drive - Chinon (which, with its great battlements, is a child's delight); the romantic jewel of Azay-le-Rideau; Ussé, of Sleeping Beauty fame; Villandry, renowned for its formal flower and vegetable gardens. We particularly like Langeais - a good tour round the château, more battlements and a drawbridge as well (and a very good Sunday morning market). You’re also close here to the château of Montsoreau, recently designated as one of the most beautiful villages in France. From here it is a short distance to Candes St Martin at the confluence of the Vienne and the Loire, with a magnificent church, and the Château de Brézé, with unusual moats and a troglodyte cave. If you are still on the châteaux trail, you could try following the Loire through Vouvray to Blois, taking in Amboise and Chaumont on the way. To make a day of it, return by crossing the Loire Valley to the river Cher and calling in on the magical Chenonceaux.
Near La Carrière is the Gare restaurant, which has a really good value lunch-time menu, extremely popular with our guests. The Pelican in Vernantes (6 km) serves excellent French cuisine. For something more special, we recommend either the L’Orée des Bois in La Breille (10 km) or Le Moulin Bleu, set above the vineyards of Bourgueil (20 km).
This is the largest abbey in Europe with the tomb of Richard the Lionheart and Eleanor of Aquitaine, set in a very pretty village.
The nearest town is 6 km away at Noyant, with bars, shops and a supermarket - and a good Friday morning market. There are similar facilities a few km further away at the ‘twin’ villages of Vernantes and Vernoil, where there is also a fishing lake
A 15 minute drive takes you to Rillé, where you can spend a very pleasant day, with lots of walks around the lake and nature reserve; there is also a miniature steam train. Ten minutes beyond Rillé is another lake-centred recreational area at Hommes, with life-guard surveilled swimming and diving
30 km away and with a well justified reputation as one of the prettiest Loire towns, with lots of tourist attractions - amongst them the military academy with its world-famous Cadre Noir horse school, the extraordinary mushroom caves, and visits to the producers of the best sparkling wine outside Champagne. The grand chateau has good childrens’activities.
If you fancy the bright lights, then our two major towns are Angers and Tours - both less than an hour’s drive from the house - or go by train from Saumur. Theatres, clubs, restaurants and, of course, shops galore. Perhaps the star attraction of Angers is the magnificent 14thC ‘Apocalypse’ tapestry, one of the largest and oldest tapestries in the world
Lots of these in the local limestone cliffs above the rivers, but the grandest is at Rochmenier, south of Saumur.
Going south and crossing the Loire at Saumur, an hour’s drive takes you to Doué-la-Fontaine, which has a fine zoo.
The owners were very nice when we met them. They also responded quickly to our emails beforehand. The house was spacious and clean (but there were cobwebs in each room which we had to clear away and the windows were dirty in the kitchen). The beds were comfy and bedding clean and fresh.We did have an issue with the double bed in that it broke, but the owner fixed it that day whilst we were out. The house was well equipped with crockery, cutlery etc and all the utilities were in working order. We found the sofa in the downstairs lounge uncomfortable. The outside is very big and in the woods. The owners provided badminton and table tennis equipment which was fun, plus bicycles, BBQ, tables, chairs and sun loungers. Nearest supermarket is 6km away which offers all you need. The house is in a rural area so very quiet. There is one restaurant near the house open only in the afternoons but we never visited it as we were always out. There are lots of brochures in the house and we visited many chateaus, the zoo, aquarium, and the Houdini Museum. Loches, Blois, Ambois, Langeas all very pretty. Cities we liked were Tours and Saumur. We visited Le Mans race track, too.
All in all a good holiday. The single beds are on the ground floor which should be noted if you have small children, a cot is on the first floor next to the double bedroom. Only quibble was the downstairs sofa - could feel the wood underneath the cushions.
A great house. We have just returned from la Carriere and we are already missing the peaceful garden and terrace. Jack and Steph were extremely friendly and helpful, giving advice on the best of the local markets and chateaux. We could have visited a market everyday there were so many. We. Visited Saumur tank museum and fireworks, langeois, Azay le rideau,, d'Usee, Breeze chateaux. All very accessible in less than an hour. The kids favourite day was at Homme on the lake paddle boarding. We also played all the available sports in the large garden- volleyball, pétanque, table tennis and badminton being our favourites. We wish we had more time to go on a bike ride and explore the woods but with so many places to visit iand only one week it was hard to find the time. The house itself was great and the bathroom was huge with a great shower. The beds were all good quality and very comfy. The pictures online do not do the house justice it deserves as it is much smarter and seems larger in the flesh. The kitchen was very spacious too and well equipped although a bigger barbecue and some more oven trays or dishes would have been helpful but I am saying that only as we cooked most nights and I am fussy. We had a fantastic holiday!
We had a lovely stay, greeted with a bottle of wine for which we thank our hosts. We had a little trouble getting WIFI but once we had it (and our hosts were ready to send someone in) it was there for the week. Another light or two would have been helpful, especially in the downstairs living room but all in all we had a lovely week in lovely surroundings.
We had a fantastic time in Western Loire. The hosts were excellent with clear arrival and departure instructions.
The house is set in its own grounds and has full facilities, fitted Kitchen washing machine etc. The bedrooms and living rooms are spacious and the modern bathroom had a bath and shower with roof windows giving a bright airy feel. The large gardens are excellent for nature lovers and you my find a deer nibbling at the edge of the forest if you are lucky and secluded enough for sunbathing (St Tropez style if that is your thing). Loads of outdoor games are available as well as patio and and BBQ perfect for outdoor eating. The restaurant opposite only opens lunchtime with a buffet starter and choice of mains. Several medium towns within a 5 min drive and more stuff to do than you can do in a week. Great place highly recommended.
Thanks Graham - glad you enjoyed your stay. Steph and Jack