|L'Ancienne Cure||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1|
A 16th century stone cottage tucked away in a small village complete with Boulangerie. 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, the wine towns of Bourgueil, Saumur and Chinon and only 50 minutes south of the Le Mans racetrack.
L’Ancienne Cure is a large detached holiday cottage with two 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 two couples or a family of four there are two large double bedrooms (king size bed in each, plus one 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 wood-burner. The kitchen area is equipped with an oven, hob, microwave, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. In addition, the gite is equipped with WIFI, English/French tv, a dvd player, dvds and a large selection of books. For young families we have a baby bath, cot, high chair, children’s toys and stair gates.
The large south facing garden is secluded and fully enclosed and has sun loungers, 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 five 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. Plenty of dvds, books and games provided.
Two huge bedrooms with king sized beds in each, plus one single bed in one of the rooms - and still enough space for a cot!
Modern ground-floor bathroom with large walk-in shower and heated towel rail.
Electric heating and also a woodburner in the living area - makes for cosy evenings in!
UK and French tv, books, 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) Saturday - Saumur (25km)
Pelican - 8km
Boufftard - 10km
Cafe du Musee - 5km
Great for local french menus, great value lunchtime menus from 12euros including wine!
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.