|L'Ancienne Cure||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1|
A 16th century stone cottage tucked away in a small village complete with boulangerie and Chateau. Exposed beams, wood stove, period features and private south facing garden. A real haven to relax!
Ideal for cyclists, there are marked routes throughout the area, including the famous Loire a Velo cycle-way. We have quality bikes for hire, there is a large barn for cycle storage and marked cycle-routes pass through the village.
We are close to the famous Chateaux of Villandry, Usse and Azay le Rideau and the wine towns of Bourgueil, Saumur and Chinon. The cities of Angers, Tours and Le Mans are only 50 minutes away. This is the perfect base to explore the Loire Valley.
L’Ancienne Cure is a large detached holiday cottage with 2 king sized bedrooms and many period features. Tucked away in the village of Breil, the Cure was once a vicarage and is one of the oldest properties in the village. Ideal for 2 couples or a family of 4 there are 2 large double bedrooms (king size bed in each, plus 1 single bed), a bathroom (with large-walk in shower) and open plan living/kitchen/dining area.
The huge, living space downstairs offers kitchen, dining area and living area with stone fireplace and woodburner. The kitchen area is equipped with an oven, hob, microwave, large fridge-freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. In addition, the gite is equipped with wi-fi English/French tv, a dvd player and a large selection of dvds. For young families we have a babybath, cot, highchair, children’s toys and stairgates.
The large south facing garden is secluded and fully enclosed and has sunloungers, garden furniture and bbq. There is also a barn for secure storage of bicycles etc. The Cure does not have a swimming pool, but there is a large open air swimming pool at Noyant, a 5 minute drive away. The village of Breil has a fantastic bakery and a Chateau with gardens. The nearest supermarket is also at Noyant, just 5 mins drive away.
The Cure is operated on a Saturday to Saturday basis during June, July and August. Outside of these months we can be more flexible on changeover days.
The open plan kitchen and dining area includes electric oven, gas hob, fridge-freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster, dishwasher and washing machine. There is a dining table seating 6.
Large open plan living room with feature fireplace and wood burning stove. Two comfy sofas, UK & French tv and dvd player.
Two huge bedrooms with king sized beds in each, plus 1 single bed in 1 of the rooms - and still enough space for a cot!
Bed linen is included, towels are not, but can be provided on request at extra cost.
Modern ground-floor bathroom with large walk-in shower and heated towel rail.
Cost of electric heating is included and there is also a woodburner in the living area.
UK and French tv, dvds, games and broadband internet.
Large, south facing, private garden with stone bbq, picnic table, parasol and sun loungers.
Parking for 2 cars in the cottage grounds (off road). Large garage for bike storage.
Not suitable for wheelchair users or restricted mobility if staircases are a problem.
Quality adult bikes are available for hire, as are maps and information on the local cycle routes.
We fell in love with France after spending many holidays here and eventually moved permanently in 2006 - for more space, more sun and a great lifestyle!
|Year property purchased||2000|
|Why this location?||Originally the Cure was our holiday home, so we wanted somewhere we could get to for long weekends from the UK. Just 2.5 hours from Caen makes the Loire an ideal location. Add to that the wonderful countryside, abundance of chateaux, sprawling vineyards and many great local markets and towns and you can't go wrong for a holiday destination.|
|Unique benefits of property||The Cure is a very spacious property with all mod cons, but retains many period features. You get the whole place to yourselves! The garden is south facing and secluded. There's a lovely bakery in the villlage and an interesting, family owned chateau to visit. Cycle routes run right past the door and it's relaxed, easy cycling around here!|
Tuesday - Bougueil (16km)
Thursday - Chinon (25km)
Friday - Noyant (5km)
Saturday - Saumur (25km)
You’ll get by far the best value in the area by eating out at lunch taking what is called a ‘Menu Ouvrier’ (workers menu) which is a three course lunch for about 12.50€ and often includes wine.
Café le Musee, Parcay les Pins (5km)
Le Bouff’tard, Hommes (15km)
Le Pelican, Vernantes (10km) A gastronomique restaurant
Café de la Promenade, Bourgueil (20km)
L’Oree des Bois, La Breille les Pins (14km). A gastronomique restaurant
Café de la Gare, Linieres Bouton (5 kms). Great lunches!
Saumur (25km) - The large town of Saumur has many restaurants to choose from.
Terra Botanica – Angers
A theme park dedicated to the natural world with all sorts of experiences for everyone – easy to spend a full day enjoying everything on offer. Good fun for children if the weather is good as its all outdoors.
Puy de Fou – Cholet
Consistently voted France’s No 1 tourist attraction and you may not have even heard of it! It’s a theme park, but not with rides but with a series of outdoor shows set around a huge park. The scale is mind-blowing – Gladiators, Vikings, The Dance of the Birds…. hard to explain, except that it’s worth the journey. Just plan carefully as it’s a full day.
Futuroscope – Poitiers
A theme park dedicated to audio visual media, the cinema and the future.
Zoo La Fleche & Zoo Doue la Fontaine
We’re lucky to have two great zoos within 40 minutes – one north at La Fleche and one south of Saumur at Doue. Take your pick – between them you can cover pretty much all the major animals, apart from Pandas – for that you need to go to Beauval which is an hour and a half away.
There is a brand new outdoor swimming pool (kiddies and main pool) in Noyant (5 mins), which has picnic tables, a ping pong table and beach volleyball court. The water is heated to 28c.
Further north there is another in Le Lude, which has the added attraction of water slides. Remember – you must wear swimming trunks – no swim shorts!
(Open June – August)
Our nearest large town – a beautiful Loire riverside town with an imposing Chateaux perched high above. The town is famous for horses, the cavalry, tanks, sparkling wine, mushrooms & Troglodytes (caves).
Cadre Noir stables – Saumur is home to France’s national riding school, the Olympic horse eventing teams and the Cadre Noir – a troop of horses trained to perform complicated manoeuvres.
Bubbly Houses – All along the road from Saumur to Gennes are the Saumur wineries that make the Crement de Loire – the white, rose and red bubbly that Saumur is famous for.
Fontevraud Abbey – The largest renovated Abbey in Europe – burial place to Henry II and Richard the Lionheart of England. The kings of England for over three hundred years originated from here in Anjou in the Loire Valley.
Musee du Champignon - Saumur is France’s third biggest producer of mushrooms and so there is a museum dedicated to the mushroom. Head into the caves to find out – especially good if it’s a rainy day!
Parc Miniature – Pierre et Lumiere - Next door to the mushroom museum, Pierre et Lumiere is a set of caverns within which are miniature stone sculptures of the region’s most famous landmarks.
Cavalry Museum – Saumur’s horse riding heritage stems from the Cavalry School that existed here before the French Revolution.
Tank Museum – Le Museum des Blindes reflects the modern cavalry and has over three hundred tanks of which over one hundred are on display – one of the largest collections in the world.
Pretty Villages – Around Saumur there are pretty riverside villages that are worth seeing – the best are Montsoreau, Candes St Martin, Turquant and Le Thoureil
We are able to hire bikes and there are cycle hire shops in Saumur and Bourgueil.
• Lac du Rille – Loire Nature Velo – 06 03 89 23 14
• Saumur – VeloSpot – 51 Quai Mayaud, Saumur, Tel 02 41 38 94 06
• Saumur - Detours de Loire, 10 route de Rouen, Saumur, Tel 02 41 53 01 01
• Bourgueil – 6-8 Rue Pasteur, Bourgueil, 02 47 97 70 10
There are many bikes routes in the area with the tourist offices in Bourgueil, Saumur and Langeais having overview maps and individual maps for each route that can be purchased. The signs are all over the place, each one numbered and clearly marked.
There are hundreds of vineyards to choose from, these are some we enjoy:
Chateau de Petit Thouars – Head away from Candes St Martin towards Chinon along the Vienne – it’s on your right about 5kms out of Candes St Martin. Whites, Reds, Rose, still and sparkling.
Cave de Vins de Bourgueil – On the main road out of Bourgueil heading towards Ingrandes-de-Tourraine.
All the styles of Saumur of whites, red, roses and bubbly at Robert & Marcel at St Cyr-en-Bourg just to the south of Saumur. This is a great place to try wines and not feel under any obligation to buy.
For the famous Saumur bubbly, we recommend Louis de Grenelle near the centre of Saumur
For something different try Bouvet Ladubay, the most visited vineyard in the area, and book in for the cycle tour through the caves!
Vino Valley is a wine warehouse that lets you try wines from throughout the length of the Loire, rather than just those produced in this area. There is also a restaurant next door serving the local delicacy – Fouee.
You are right in the heart of Chateaux country – and this is a selection of the best, closest and most interesting.
Breil - Parc du Chateau de Lathan – Right on your doorstep, very cheap to get in and a lovely way to spend a few hours wandering around the grounds.
Gizeux – Ten minutes from the gite, once a 16th century art school and they are busy restoring the frescos painted onto the walls by the students.
Langeais – A medieval fortress guarding the Loire – so battlements, drawbridge, turrets and the oldest castle keep in France. Children will enjoy the tree house in the grounds.
Chateau de Breze - South west of Saumur, the Chateau is famous because all of the really interesting stuff is underground, with a complex of underground caverns and rooms where the present occupants’ ancestors first lived – before they built the Chateau on top. (35 mins)
Villandry – The last of the Renaissance Chateau built in the Loire Valley and now home to world famous gardens, so quite a busy place in peak season. If gardening is your thing – this is a must! (35 mins)
Azay le Rideau – Famous for its idyllic position on a lake and probably one of the most recognisable. (45 mins)
Usse – The inspiration for the author of Sleeping Beauty – dreamy turrets and terraced gardens, with a distant view of the River Loire. (45 mins)
Chenonceau – Probably the most magnificent, with an arched gallery built across the River Cher and the busiest. So arrive early and then picnic in the grounds before the busses start arriving later in the day! (1 Hour 10mins via Autoroute)
Angers – A medieval fortress overlooking the Maine river and surrounded by winding old streets. Inside is the tapestry of the Apocalypse a large medieval set of tapestries and the oldest medieval tapestry to have survived intact. (1 Hour)
Chinon – A castle overlooking pretty medieval Chinon
Chateau de Riveau – If you have younger children then this is great. A fairytale castle!
Lovely cttage all good.
The property was just as we had expected (and advertised) and the pre-holiday information provided was extremely useful. The cottage was easily located in a very peaceful village and was the rural retreat we were seeking. It was well equipped with everything we required and the welcoming bottle of wine was the icing on the cake!
The owners had provided an excellent guide to local places of interest; markets etc and we took their advice and were not disappointed. The mobile 'Pizza Fred' van was particularly convenient and highly recommended.
Overall the cottage exceeded our expectations and was excellent value for money.