|Vine House at Le Bignon||Self Catering||Flexible||3||6||2||Cot|
Vine House is the self contained wing of an 18th century Loire manor house.
It is set approx 2 kms from the nearest village in open countryside at the end of a small lane with no through traffic . The property sits in 4 acres of grounds with lots of different areas for enjoying both sun and shade.
The lovely heated pool has a decked surround and is open from mid May to September inclusive. Vine House is ideal for a holiday whatever the season - the thick stone walls keep it warm in Winter and cool in Summer. Snuggle up with the wood burning stove for a winter get away from it all, or enjoy the shade of the interior as a break from lazing around the pool in the sunshine!
We have decorated, furnished and equipped the cottage as a home from home with generous squidgy sofas, plenty of cushions and throws, quality Egyptian cotton bed linens, towels and bathrobes.
There are 3 bedrooms and 2 bath/shower rooms and space and facilities for 6 in comfort.
An ideal base for a summer holiday with many chateaux, historical towns and vineyards in easy reach but also perfect for an out of season get away from it all, with lovely countryside, empty roads, log burner and peace and quiet.
We have been welcoming guests since 2003 and are delighted that many have returned over the years.
The ground floor with its original terra cotta floor-tiles and beamed ceiling, divides naturally into a cosy sitting area and a kitchen/ dining area. The kitchen end is fully equipped with cooker (3 gas rings and 1 electric hotplate plus a fan-assisted oven), microwave, fridge with freezing compartment, additional fridge/freezer & dishwasher. A butcher's block provides additional workspace and there is plenty of crockery, glasses etc. plus a range of kitchen implements and utensils. A dresser base, open shelf unit and wirework shelf tower provide ample storage.
The huge windows front and back flood the area with light and the large dining table comfortably seats six with ample space for a high chair (available on request).
For those evenings when you might enjoy being catered for, the baby/child monitor provided works between Vine House and the Manor Dining Room allowing you to relax over dinner. We serve dinner 4 evenings a week, normally Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday.
The sitting area is dominated by the original monumental stone fireplace with a fabulous Stovax wood-burning stove. Grouped around the fireplace are generous comfy sofas with squishy cushions, perfect for relaxing. Curl up with a drink, take your pick from the selection of games, books and magazines.
The tv is tuned for all the English freeview stations and there is also a dvd player and selection of dvds.
Complimentary wi-fi is available throughout the property.
The thick stone walls help to keep Vine House warm in winter and cool in summer and in a heat wave the wooden shutters provide welcome respite from the sun.
The rear door leads directly onto the terrace and gardens.
Upstairs (stair gate on request) are 3 pretty bedrooms & a bathroom.
Bedrooms have fabulous beamed ceilings, built in wardrobe, chest of drawers, side tables, dressing table & chair, mirror.
Primrose Room offers either a super king or twin beds (plus ample room for a cot). Painted an uplifting shade of primrose yellow with white painted furniture and primrose and blue soft furnishings, the window looks out over the front courtyard. At the far end of the landing, next to the bathroom.
Rose Room again offers either twin beds or a super king with pale green walls, white painted furniture, gingham covered headboards and rose sprigged fabrics. The half height window with balustrade has views over the lane & fields.
Peony Room has a king size bed. One wall is painted a gentle shade of mauvey grey and is offset by cream painted furniture, gingham covered headboard and cream and mauve peony fabric. The window looks out over the front courtyard. Natural floor covering throughout.
The pretty blue bathroom, with partially tiled walls and a tiled floor, has a full size bath with a shower attachment over, a wash basin and wc. A vanity unit has a large mirror and provides ample storage for toiletries. A pine chest of drawers provides additional storage. Egyptian cotton towels, bath mat and hairdryer (with bathroom use approved socket) plus shaver point. Complimentary Arran Aromatics shower gel and shampoo plus liquid hand wash.
Baby bath, potty, toddler steps on request.
Downstairs a spacious, partially tiled shower room has a large walk in shower, wash basin and wc. There is a large mirror with light and shaver point and a wicker chest of drawers. Egyptian cotton towels, bathmat, and hairdryer. Complimentary Arran Aromatics shower gel and shampoo plus liquid hand wash. Tiled floor.
Discreetly tucked at the far end is the utility area with washing machine, iron, ironing board, clothes airer, household equipment and supplies. Plus additional fridge/freezer.
Vine House has an inglenook fireplace with a Stovax wood burning stove much enjoyed by winter guests. There is also oil fire central heating downstairs and thermostatically controlled electric heaters upstairs.
There is a large selection of books and magazines plus a range of board games and cards as well as basket of toys for smaller guests. The tv is tuned for UK Freeview channels, a dvd player and selection of dvds.There is of course complimentary wi-fi.
Le Bignon sits in approx 4 acres of private grounds which include a small wood, orchard, wildlife pond, flower garden, vegetable garden, open grassy areas plus the heated swimming pool which is open throughout Mid Season and High Season (approx May 7th to September 30th). We are blessed with an abundance of wildlife including a pair of little owls who raise their family here each year, barn owls, tawny owls, hares, deer, pheasants, partridges, red squirrels, occasionally wild boar and an astonishing variety of species of garden birds. Not forgetting the generations of frogs and the newts in the pond. The village is a 5 minute drive or a twenty minute walk.
The front courtyard provides private parking for approx 8 cars and bicycles can be stored in the stables.
Vine House is unsuitable for guests with limited mobility as all sleeping accommodation is on the first floor. The grounds offer ample space for children to play but we draw your attention to the presence of the pond and swimming pool (fully alarmed in accordance with current regulations) and request that small children are supervised at all times.
As we are resident owners, we can assist with day to day requirements, be they lovely things such as restaurant bookings and sporting activities or those not so lovely but quite important things such as doctors appointments or help at the pharmacy.
We moved here from London in Jan 2003 & opened to our first guests in May after 5 mths of non-stop renovations. We had been holidaying in this area for many years & decided to have a change of lifestyle whilst we were still young enough!! It is a lovely area with something for everyone. Peter is a passionate cook & we offer table d'hote 4 eves a week, much appreciated as guests have no need to drive! I love sewing & interiors & have made most of the furnishings for Vine House & Manor myself.
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||We are situated in quiet, peaceful countryside at the end of a lane with no through traffic. Surrounded by fields and our own grounds with plentiful wildlife including hares, deer, red squirrels and over 100 species of birds including resident Little Owls, Tawny Owls and Barn Owls. However, we are only 25 minutes drive from the vibrant, historic city of Angers and 50 minutes from Saumur. 20 minutes south is the majestic River Loire, the last reamaining 'sauvage' river in Europe.|
|Unique benefits of property||Vine House offers the best of both worlds - it is fully equipped for self catering but guests can opt for the Le Bignon breakfast buffet served every morning and/or our fabulous 3 course dinners, served 4 evenings a week, for those times when they feel like extra pampering. Parents can take advantage of the baby/child monitor that operated between the dining room of the Manor House and the adjacent Vine House. Vine House is equipped for 6 in comfort but an additional 6 guests can be accommodated in the Manor House B and B rooms allowing larger families or groups to holiday together.|
Chateau Montgeoffrey (15 mins) Plessis Bourre (20) Angers (20), Chateau with amazing Apocalypse tapestry Brissac (35) a super visit with enormous grounds suitable for picnics Saumur(45) Chinon(60) Villandry is not to be missed, both for the chateau and the famous gardens ( 60) Chenonceau (60) motorway or 90 mins scenic. Also has a fabulous restaurant
Recommended courses at Bauge (20), Anjou Country Club (20), Avrille (30), Sable Solesmes (35). 15% discount on green fees for our guests.
Vineyards include Anjou Rouge, Blanc & Brissac, Saumur Rouge,Champigny, Blanc & Sparkling, Chinon Rouge & Blanc, Saint Nicholas de Bourgueil, Bonnezeau, Chaumes, Coteau du Layon. .
Fantastic zoos well known for their conservation work and the number of births: Doue La Fontaine (60) La Fleche (25) Plus the must see Zooparc de Beauval (90) to see the amazing pandas and a zoo rated in the top 14 in the world
A beautiful, well equipped and comfortable cottage attached to historic manor house. Crisp white sheets and big fluffy towels; dressing gowns, pool towels - everything clean and tidy and flowers in every room. Peter and Wendy are great hosts, helpful and friendly with lots of ideas for days out. Recommend Le Bignon to all, lovely setting and the pool was great.