Holiday let with pool in rural Western Loire - LL005072_A

Montreuil-sur-Maine (5km from Le Lion-d'Angers), Maine et Loire, Western Loire Reference: LL005072_A Advertiser since: 18 November 2016

This location has multiple holiday properties

Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Gite 1 - Le Hetre Self Catering Flexible 4 11 3

About this property

Rural Setting with Pool and Wi-fi. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

This converted 145 m² barn and has been sympathetically furnished and has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Le Hetre has been given a 3*** rating from Anjou Tourism. It is well equipped, home from home and can sleep a maximum of 11 people plus room for the additional baby cots. Le Hetre is ideal for families or to share with friends and is flexible with the set up in 1 of the bedrooms. There is 2 double entrance doors that lead out onto a large patio area and is wheelchair friendly. This property gets beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

The pool and surrounding area is managed and cleaned by the owners every morning, to ensure that you and your family can relax and enjoy the wonderful clear and chlorine free water.

There are environmentally friendly solar panels which provide hot water and underfloor heating for the cooler months. Fittings include, stair gate, ceiling fans, fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and English 3 pin as well as French electrical sockets.

A DISCOUNT is available for couples using only one bedroom or two bedrooms (excluding rental in July and August).

There is no set change over day, the gite is thoroughly cleaned between lets. Also in the grounds is another 3 gites (Le Noyer: 4 bedrooms/3 bathrooms, L'Erable: has 3 bedrooms/2 bathrooms and Le Saule: 2 bedrooms/1bathroom).

“Sejour tres agreeable. Endroit calme et tres accueillant – merci. Thank you to all".
LEMEE E & N – Août 2018

"Très beau gîte, bien restauré et décore avec gout. Bien founctionnel – ou est chez Nous, petites améliorations : Eau chaude du fois en quantite insuffiante – la tv captre pas tres bien et le wifi un peu faible. Sinon tout est bien". Merci.
BLANC Charles - Août 2018

“What a perfectly relaxing holiday destination. Lovely gite, fabulous pool. Attentive hots. Great cycling nearby. We don’t want to leave. Thank you for a superb holiday" !
H & B. July/August 2018

"Très beau site, très reposant.
Merci pour votre accueil.
Belle année 2018".
Families from France celebrating New year in 2 gites – December 2017

"Très joli domaine. Très bon accueil, gite très fonctionnelle.
Nous recommanderons l’adresse.
Nice stay. Thank you".
Family celebration from Noirt, France – October 2017

"Wonderful place, pool amazing, hosts always there to help. 10/10 for the Harry Potter DVD bonanza. Lovely bedrooms and well equipped. Thanks".
Broadley family, Matlock, Derbyshire, UK – August 2017

"Wonderful time relaxed with plenty to occupy the children. Brilliant hosts, nothing too much trouble. A holiday to be remembered in the years to come. Thank you".
Oates & Ashworth families, UK – August 2017

"Lovely stay, fabulous accommodation.
Welcoming and helpful hosts, great facilities, will come back and will recommend to friends".
friends gathering from France, UK & Jersey. – May 2017



Kitchen and dining

An open plan kitchen and dining area with ceiling fans that has two double doors which open out onto your own terrace, one aspect is north facing and the other is west facing, beautiful sunrise and sunsets from this gite.

The property comes well equipped and includes:
- Table, chairs & benches,
- An electric oven & hob,
- Microwave,
- Fridge-freezer,
- Dishwasher & tablets,
- Washing machine,
- Ample crockery, cutlery, glasses pots & pans etc.,
- BBQ with tools,
- Coffee-machine, kettle, toaster,
- Hairdryer,
- Clothes airer & pegs,
- Iron & ironing board,
- Mop & bucket,
- Dust pan & brushes,
- Vacuum cleaner.

Living rooms

The living area is open plan with the kitchen and dining area.

Comfortable seating and bean bag, TV and DVD player.
Various games and books.


Bedroom 1 is on the ground floor:
- a large west facing room with a large en suite wet room.
The bedroom can be set up to sleep 3 persons with either, a
- super king size (180 x 200 cm) bed for 2 and single bed (90 x 190 cm), plus cot, if required,
- 3 single beds 90 x 190 plus cot, if required.
- a portable fan is available upon request.

First Floor:
- Bedroom 2 - west facing room with a king size (160 x 200 cm) bed and en suite shower room, plus cot if required, this room has a ceiling fan.

- Bedroom 3 - west facing room with a double size (140 x 190 cm) bed, this room has a ceiling fan.

- Bedroom 4 - west and east facing large bedroom with 4 single beds.
- a portable fan is available upon request.

All mattresses and pillows have protectors.
All windows have blackout shutters, handy for keeping the rooms cool on those hot summer days.


On the ground floor: an en-suite shower room.

On the first floor:
- Bathroom with a bath and a shower cubicle.
- A separate toilet.
- A further 1 en suite shower room.


Underfloor heating on the ground and first floor rooms generated from environmentally friendly solar panels available in the cooler months.


As well as the wi-fi, we also have TV, DVD player, various games, books. a selection of DVD's are available to hire (a list is available to browse).

Table tennis table
Football table
Football goal
Boules area

Garden and outside

As well as your own garden and terrace with furniture, parasol, bbq & tools and beautiful evening sunsets, there is also shared access to:

- Heated outdoor seasonal 10 x 5m salted pool (1.2 m deep the whole length)
- Table tennis table
- Football table
- Football goal
- Boules area
- Children's play area

Parking and garages

There is plenty of parking right outside the gite.

Visitor suitability

In accordance with the new laws, this gite is wheelchair friendly.
This gite would suit a large family/ies or friends and families sharing.

Information about any additional facilities

There is a choice of hiring hot tubs:
4 persons and
6 persons
to have on your terrace, further details can be obtained from the owners.

For any other dates not listed on the price list, please contact us to discuss your requirements.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Angers - every Saturday morning & first Sunday in the month.
Distance: 30 km


Family activities


Name and address of nearest golf course: Anjou Golf & Country Club
Distance: 20 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: tow paths by the rivers Mayenne and l'Oudon


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Karen Anderson

I am originally from the UK but have lived in Jersey for over 36 years and frequently travel between France and Jersey. I am married to Jersey born Andrew and we have 2 grown up children.We bought this property in 2004. In 2017 we completed renovating 4 barns which was let for the first time. We have enjoyed every minute of meeting and greeting some lovely people.

Owner's website
Year property purchased 2004
Why this location? We fell in love with the countryside and the views that came with this property, nothing is too far away. Our property is less than 2 hours away from St Malo, 1 hour from Rennes, 1 hour from Nantes, 1 hour from Tours, 1 hour from Le Mans, 30 minutes from Angers and 5 minutes from Le Lion D'Angers.

The Anjou region of France is such a wonderful area, lots of vineyards, chateaux, tow path along the rivers to walk or cycle by pretty villages and magnificent towns to explore.
Unique benefits of property Our gites may be in a rural location in a tranquil setting, but all amenities are close by and travelling here from the UK is easy, either by plane or boat. Airports nearby, Nantes, Rennes, Tours and Angers and travelling by car via St. Malo, Caen, Calais or Roscoff across the channel.

Our guests tell us that they can't believe how beautiful and tranquil it is and that the photographs do not do it justice (something for us to work on).

The pool area is fenced in with enough sunloungers to go round, it is south facing so you can enjoy hours of sunshine with just the sounds of nature as soon as you arrive.

Last year we installed a boules area for our guests to enjoy, it has proved to be very popular.

The Owner Recommends

Anjou Sport - Nature, La Jaile Yvon - 10km (15min drive)

- Treetop adventures, 9 courses, (a mini course suitable from the age of 3).
- Archery
- Paint ball (from age 9)
- Canoe/kayak/pedalo/stand up & paddle
- Mini barge, hire a boat for the day up to 10 people.
- Fun archery (a new activity combing paintball & archery)
- Bike hire

La Mine Bleue, Noyant-la-Gravoyere - 27km (30 mins drive)

A guided tour to 126 metres underground of slate mine.

La Petite Couere, Chatelais - 27km (25 mins drive)

We highly recommend here for a day out, there is something for everyone from ages 1 to 101.
- A train with a guided commentary tour of 15 minutes through the park.
- A 1950’s carousel and children’s playground.
- See 400 animals in semi-freedom.
- Footpaths that allow to enter most enclosures (Blue or Green 1 km 3 km).
- A village set in the year 1900 (with 29 life size exhibits).
- A children village.
- Museums (old and miniature cars, cycles, horse-drawn, pedal cars, tractors and agricultural equipment).
- The vegetation and nature.
- Various shaded picnic areas with shelter.
- Cafe for a light lunch, drinks, ice creams.

Terra Botanica, Angers - 29km (25 mins drive)

Extraordinary gardens, Angers – a great day out for all the family to enjoy a plant themed amusement park. Terra Botanica reveals the secrets of six centuries of history, beginning with King René and his famous floral gardens. Gaze upon the riches of Anjou, the plant capital and the ancestral homeland of multiple cultures, and discover the world through the 275,000 plant species and exceptional collections of orchids, roses, palm tree. From giant greenhouses to lush gardens, paddy fields to marshes, generous kitchen gardens to dark primary forests, Mediterranean scenery to Oriental lands, set off for an unusual and colourful adventure. Terra Botanica is also a fabulous playground full of games and entertainment: the Elves’ Island with its hanging towers, dynamic 4D film screenings, rides in a tethered balloon or up in the treetops, scenic boat ride. Between fun adventures and botanical discoveries, with family or friends, children and grownups alike will find plenty to enjoy at the first theme park in Europe devoted to plant life. Fun day out for all ages.

Refuge de l'Arche, Chateau Gontier - 18km (15 mins drive)

This is a pet-friendly local wildlife of sick or wounded, animals and after being treated, are released into the wild, only the animals that are too dependent on humans are kept. It also hosts domestic and exotic animals that have become too big for their owners to keep.

Angers 30km (approx 30 minute drive)

The department of Maine et Loire (49) covers a territory to the north and south of the Loire. This is the heart of the region known as Anjou and its capital Angers is one of the great historic cities in the Loire valley.

Anjou was the fief of the Angevins better known as the Plantagenets, who, starting with Henry II, ruled England for three centuries. Henry II, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their son Richard the Lionheart are buried at the Abbey of Fonevraud which is situated between Saumur and Chinon.

The great chateau in Angers is one of the biggest medieval fortresses in Europe and is situated on a rocky ridge overhanging the River Maine. Originally the site of ninth century fortress, the enormous chateau dates from the early part of the thirteenth century. With 17 towers, the chateau spreads across nearly 7 acres of ground. At the end of the eighteenth century, it was used as a military garrison and a military academy was established to train young officers. Arthur Wellesley, First Duke of Wellington, best known for his defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo, was trained here. The Chateau now houses a museum with the oldest and largest collection of medieval tapestries in the world, including the 104m long fourteenth century Apocalypse Tapesry.

Angers also has one of the greatest liqueurs, the famous orange liqueur, Cointreau, this has been produced in Angers since the middle of the nineteenth century. The cointreau recipe is still a closely guarded secret.

There are also different markets to visit every day except for Mondays.

CHATEAUX – dans le département de Maine et Loire:

Château d’Angers, 2 Promenade du Bout du Monde, 49100 Angers.
Château de Brissac, Rue Louis Moron, 49320 Brissac-Quincé.
Chateau de Challain, 49440 Challain-la-Potherie.
Château de Durtal, 15 Place des Terrasses, 49430 Durtal.
Château de la Lorie, 49500 La Chapelle-sur-Oudon.
Château de Montreuil-Bellay, Place des Ormeaux, 49260 Montreuil-Bellay.
Château du Plessis-Bourré, 49460 Écuillé.
Château du Plessis-Macé, 2 Rue de Bretagne, 49770 Le Plessis-Macé.
Château médiéval de Pouancé. 49420 Pouancé.
Château de Saumur 49400 Saumur.
Château de Serrant, RD 723, 49170 Angers.

Hippodrome du Lion d’Angers - 3km (5 minute drive)

Le Lion d’Angers hosts regular horse racing throughout the summer and is fun day out for all the family. When racing isn’t taking place, the park is a popular place with a children's play area, also a path to either run, walk or cycle around and even venture off into the wooded area. The Parc Départemental de l’Isle Briand has a chateau which also houses a large equestrian centre. Every October there is a four day event ‘Mondial du Lion’ which is a display of dressage, cross country and show jumping. Competitors come from all over the world to take part in this spectacular event.

NATUR’O LOISIRS, Pouancé – 45km (30 minute drive)

An inflatable park on the Lake Saint-Aubin by a man made beach, near the Medival Fortress of Pouancé. The inflatable park offers a circuit/course of friendly duels and jousts, races. Jump, climb, swing, run, slide, dive or be catapulted. Also on site is a swimming pool, stand up paddle, Canoe-Kayak. Food truck, ice-cream and drinks. A pathway around the lake for a leisurely stroll.

Lac de Malague, 49140 Jarzé, - 43km (40 minutes drive)

Located near Angers Mace Airport, 30 minutes drive. Lake de Malague, swim in the lake, relax on the man made beach, bring a picnic or eat and drink on the terrace of the guingette style restaurant, plays sports or just relax.

The Coast of Nantes - 1hour 30 minutes

If its a day by the sea you're after, Nantes has this along with rivers, a pretty town with great shopping. Lots of things to do in the city too.

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.3 / 10 Marq 26 August, 2019

Great place to stay, all the amenities needed, great outside area and pool. Accommodating friendly non-intrusive hosts. Thoroughly enjoyable stay.
About 10 minute drive to the nearest big supermarket and lion d'angers has all the usual shops a French town offers plus a decent park and a tow path.

10 / 10 BS 3 September, 2017

We were a large family gathering including children ranging from one year old twins a two and four year old as well as a teenager. La Hetre fully met our expectations, it is a comfortable clean and roomy gite. Karen and Andy the owners were helpful and friendly and kept the pool in perfect condition. They thoughtfully provided lots to do for children and teenagers, it wasn't a problem at all sharing the space with other families.
The surrounding area was very good for activities, cycling, canoeing, chateaux, vinyards. I was only a bit disappointed about the French propensity for closing their shops and cafes and having an August summer holiday themselves . (How dare other people have holidays too!)
In terms of the ratings , I rarely give a 10, therefore highly recommend this as a good place for a holiday.

Owner response

Thank you Brenda for your kind words, it was a pleasure accommodating you, your family and friends hope we get to see you again in the future. Best wishes Karen.

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