Holiday gite, pretty riverside Loire village - LL006509

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Montsoreau (12km from Saumur), Maine et Loire, Western Loire Reference: LL006509 Advertiser since: 20 July 2018
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Le Seize Self Catering Saturday 2 4 2

About this property

Pretty Cottage in a Beautiful Village. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Newly restored, this lovely home is in the village of Montsoreau which is labelled 'one of the most beautiful villages in France'. The house is on 3 levels with a double en suite bedroom on the first floor and another double en suite bedroom on the 2nd floor.

There is a large salon with dining area, which leads onto the kitchen. The small walled courtyard is a lovely spot to take your morning breakfast with croissants from one of the best bakeries in the area, which is just a few minutes’ walk from Le Seize. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need to rustle up a gourmet meal with local ingredients found in the weekly Sunday market. Alternatively, you could try one of the may restaurants in the village minutes away from Le Seize.

The village is located on the Loire river where you can take a boat trip, go fishing, kayaking, there is even a beach close by for sunbathing. Plenty of places to visit too, you will be spoilt for choice! Saumur is a 15 minute drive with its restaurants, bars and boutiques for a little bit of window shopping. Many famous Chateaux to visit close by. And of course, if you like wine this is the best region to enjoy a day or two wine tasting at the many vineyards in the area and to visit the famous sparkling wine houses of Ackerman, Bouvet - Ladubay, Gratien Meyer, Veuve Amiot to name but a few. If you visit the wine cellars of Ackerman as well as wine tasting, don't forget to visit the caves and enjoy the art installations as you wind yourself around the interior of the caves. Close to the medieval town of Chinon, take the opportunity to visit the Thursday morning market and enjoy a glass of wine on the square and watch the world go by.

"La Loire à Vélo" has 800km cycle route in the Loire valley. A large stretch of the Loire is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will cycle along the paths, close to the Loire river and through the gardens of France, amongst the many Château, vineyards and pretty villages along the way.
We can organise bike hire for you. The bikes can be delivered to the property.

We have wi-fi and Netfix is available to watch too.

Rated 4 stars with the French Tourist board in 2018.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Fully equipped kitchen for you to be able to create your own gourmet dinners. Large glass doors lead onto the small courtyard. Perfect for breakfast or a glass of local wine in the evening.
Kitchen equipped with dishwasher, fridge, oven & induction hob .Coffee machine, toaster, microwave.

The washer/dryer is allocated in a small utility room with cleaning equipment, iron & ironing board.

The dining area is in the salon.

Living rooms

Large living room with comfy sofa and chair. Flat screened tv and dvd player. IPod docking station. Books and games available. Netflix available.

Dining table and seating for 4 people.

Beautifully decorated with travertine flooring, original beams and stone walls.

USB charger sockets, built in.

Bedrooms

There is a double bedroom on the first floor. Original beamed ceiling and fireplace. King sized bed. Parquet flooring and an en suite bathroom.

The second double bedroom on the 2nd floor is accessed from the mezzanine. It has a king sized bed which can be separated to make 2 single beds if required, (by prior arrangement when booking). It also has an en suite bathroom and parquet flooring.

USB charger sockets, built in.

Bathrooms

Each of the en suite bathrooms have underfloor heating. A large walk in shower (140cmsx80cms) handbasin, shaver socket, vanity mirror with integral lighting and anti mist. Wc.

Each bathroom has a hair dryer available.

Heating

Kitchen and bathrooms have under floor heating.
There is a wood burning stove in the salon (winter only).
Electric heating in bedrooms.

Entertainment

Netflix and wi-fi. dvd & cd player. Some games, plenty of books to read.

Garden and outside

Small walled courtyard with table and chairs.


Rattan sofa and 2 chairs.
Small bbq

Parking and garages

Parking is possible outside of the cottage but the street is narrow. You may prefer to park on the riverside.

Visitor suitability

Not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Children over the age of 10 welcome.

Information about any additional facilities

We do accept small well behaved dogs. But please do not leave dog unattended in the house.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

* Vet details: Small well behaved dogs welcome by prior arrangement. But please do not leave you pet unattended in the house. We use the vets in Loudun (25kms) Tel 05 49 98 00 55 There is a vet in Saumur (12kms) Tel 02 41 67 34 34

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Montsoreau
Distance: 0.5 km

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Cat Fish
Name of nearest fishing location: Montsoreau
Distance: 0.5 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Domaine de Roiffe
Distance: 7 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Saumur Champigny

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Loire river path

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Glyn Ward

Hi, we are John and Glyn, we have been in France now for 24 years. We previously had a bed and breakfast and a holiday rental cottage just south of our new property which we successfully run for 12 years. Which earned us high ratings on TripAdvisor and Booking.

Year property purchased 2017
Why this location? We wanted to move to a different area and find a smaller property, our previous one was huge! We were lucky to find the house in Montsoreau as it is a much sought-after village. It needed a lot of work as everything needed attention. We are very pleased with the result, as it is absolutely charming and in a great location. It works very well for holiday makers, everything is on your doorstep. Great eating places and bars plus all commerce for general everyday living. You really don't need a car, it's just perfect!
Unique benefits of property We live 5kms away in Fontevraud l'Abbaye which is another lovely village and tourist destination. So we are on hand should our guests need us. We know the area very well and can offer good advice on great location, house by the river in a stunning village with everything around you to have a great holiday. You can walk everywhere easily. We are also a few minutes’ walk to another 'Beau Village' Candes Saint Martin with its artisan shops, wine bar by the river and restaurant in front of the Collegiale which is a beautiful late Romanesque early gothic church. Places to visit, of which are many.

The Owner Recommends

Royal Abbey Fontevraud

UNESCO World heritage site. It is the largest monastic abbey in Europe and the final resting place of Alienor d'Aquitaine, Henri Plantagenet and Richard the Lionheart. The art installations are fabulous. Also has a Michelin star restaurant. The village of Fontevraud is pretty with bars and restaurants.

Château du Rivau

One of our favourites in this area and not to be missed
Beautiful 13th century fortified château with stunning award winning gardens. The gardens are particularly lovely in May and June when the roses are in bloom. A new sound installation brings the château to life and takes you back to medieval times.

Check for the many events organised in the summer season: concerts, Easter egg hunts, jousting and a rose festival.


Château de Villandry

Beautiful formal gardens. In July and August on some weekends the parc is lite with 2000 candles followed by a pyrotechnic show over the lake.

Cadre Noir in Saumur

Famous horse riding school (French military riding academy) Public performances for you to watch the elite and celebrated riding masters at work.

Les Puces de Montsoreau (flea market)

Every 2nd Sunday in the village, the monthly flea market is held on the quayside of the Loire river. Great for finding bargains perhaps and items so very French to take home. Combined with the morning market, it makes for a great atmosphere. Have a glass of wine with the locals and watch the world go by. It's our favourite flea market in the area.

The medieval town of Chinon.

Chinon, on the river Le Vienne, its chateau dominates the town. Winding your way around the narrow streets with boutiques, restaurants and bars. The beautiful 15th century buildings are full of history. You can almost imagine Joan of Arc wandering in front of you on her way to see the Dauphin of France (the future Charles VII) in 1429.
Also has a great flea market every 3rd Sunday of the month. Weekly market on Thursdays.

Take a trip by boat on the Loire river.

What a lovely way to discover the Loire river. We took a trip in the summer from Saumur in the direction of Montsoreau. An early evening trip which started with a drink in the hotel Mercure which is steps away from the boat. Sharing the experience with fellow tourists,we were offered a glass of fizz onboard, as we sailed low in the water and discovered the lovely scenery along the shores of the Loire. After an hour we disembarked and wandered back over the bridge to the town. By chance we were in Saumur when they had a lively festival going on. Live music, street food and entertainment. It was perfect. Some boats offer dinner onboard, sunset or sunrise trips.

Château de Montsoreau.

Minutes away from Le 16 is the beautiful château which dominates the river. It was the setting of the Alexandre Dumas novel Le Dame de Montsoreau. There is also a contemporary art installation in the château.

Musee des Blindes - The Saumur Armored Museum

We have never been, but have had quests that stayed with us when we had our bnb who really enjoyed the visit. A collection of tanks and vehicles from around the world. Retracing the history of armoured vehicles and their technical evolution throughout the world. One for the boys, maybe?

Restaurant Le Plantagenet

One of our favourite restaurants to eat in the village of Fontevraud. As part of the hotel the restaurant is a popular place to eat. We love its contemporary design and the situation overlooking the village square and the grand entrance doors of the Abbey. Eat inside the stylish interior or on the terrace. The food is always so good and the staff friendly. Combine a visit to the abbey and lunch perhaps. Perfect fine dining experience.

4 Reviews
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Tim F-M 19 August, 2019

We had a really relaxing week staying at Le Seize. The townhouse has been beautifully renovated, and has a lovely secluded courtyard that was great for dinner outdoors on the warm evenings. The venue also had a great kitchen for cooking the foods we bought at the local market, and the Netflix and wifi comforts our kids find essential. The town of Montsoreau is really picturesque and has some great restaurants in walking distance. Plus of course the ability to visit so many Chateaux or do activities like canoe on the Loire in the vicinity, we were never bored!

Owner response

Thank you for the great review.
So pleased you all had a good time in Montsoreau & enjoyed staying in the house.
Would be delighted if you could come back for another visit.

10 / 10 Stephen,jaquie &millie 5 August, 2019

Le seize is a lovely place to stay , excellent facilities with everything provided for your holiday . Location is in a beautiful little village close to the Loire , We had a lovely stay and thoroughly enjoyed our stay .

Owner response

Thank you for your review.
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay.
Hopefully we will see you here again one day.

10 / 10 Claire J 29 July, 2019

Le Seize is a beautiful cottage, tastefully restored and decorated to a high standard and more than lived up to our expectations. The helpful owners live in a nearby village so are on hand if you need anything The interior is light, airy and spacious with plenty of room for two couples. The internal courtyard is small but the honey coloured stone walls and plants made it a very pleasant place to sit comfortably. We had breakfast there every morning.

We were only a short distance from the river and the village of Montsoreau is delightful to explore.
We had bikes with us and enjoyed a circular ride to Saumur. We would like to have cycled more as there are cycle routes from the door but the weather was too hot! There are many interesting places to visit close by plus several good restaurants, a boulangerie and small supermarket within walking distance.

We have no hesitation in recommending Le Seize for a relaxing holiday in lovely surroundings.

Owner response

Thank you for your lovely review of Le Seize.
We are so pleased you all enjoyed the house and the beautiful village of Montsoreau.
The weather was a challenge for everyone but hopefully you can come back and enjoy cooler conditions to appreciate the Loire valley.
Hope to see you all again one day. Sorry that I did not get the chance to chat to everyone!
Enjoy the rest of the summer.

10 / 10 Peter L 8 April, 2019

A charming sensitively and recently modernised and updated ancient house in a beautiful village. Everything was as expected from the description. Typical of historical villages the road outside is quite narrow but it is practical to park for unloading and longer term so long as your car is not too large and you tuck in well or free parking is available in a number of places within easy walking distance. Mobile phone coverage is limited as you would expect in a small village and a property with thick stone walls but the WiFi is fine throughout the property. We did not eat out but can attest to the fine bakery, the PMU bar café on the square and the wine shop on the road down from the town hall. Beyond the attractions of the town itself there are of course plenty of good places to visit within a radius of half an hour's driving distance. The owners were courteous and most helpful and the house clean and well provisioned with basic household items.

Owner response

Dear Peter & Anna
Thank you for your review, it is very much appreciated.
Glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again.

Glyn & John