Lovely Manoir House to let in Loire Valley - LL006571

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Blaison (6km from Brissac), Maine et Loire, Western Loire Reference: LL006571 Advertiser since: 3 September 2018
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Manoir de Jouralem Self Catering Flexible 4 8 4 Childrens' room - sofabed, dbl bed & 2 singles.

About this property

A 16th Century Manor Amongst the Loire Valley Vines. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Manoir de Jouralem and its chapel are set in 8 hectares of gardens and oak woodland between Nantes and Tours. The chateau at the nearest town, Brissac-Quincé, is the tallest in France.

The house has been recently fully renovated to a very high standard of comfort and has 4 large, en suite bedrooms, spacious reception rooms and yet retains much character of its original features. The bedrooms have UK king-sized beds and spacious, luxury bathrooms. Four small beds and a travel cot are available for children, which can be put in any of the bedrooms.

The Manoir is constructed from local slate and tuffeau stone and the recent renovation work has kept true to these traditional materials. The main staircase winds up to the second floor inside the large tower on the front of the house.

The Manoir has a natural swimming pool surrounded by a lagoon filled with water plants. The pool area is fenced for safety. The pool is kept clean by an oxygenated filter, not chlorine. There is a decked area next to it with garden furniture - perfect for enjoying breakfast or sun-downers overlooking the vines!

The property is situated in peaceful countryside, surrounded by vines and woodland, yet close to village amenities. There is a great bakery and good bistro in the village (4km), several restaurants, deli, butchers, large supermarket and another fabulous bakery at the closest town (6km). The River Loire is in the valley, just 3km away. The manoir is 16km from Angers and 30km from Saumur. There are plenty of activities on the doorstep such as wine-tasting, cycling or kayaking. There are plenty of sights to catch, including chateaux, troglodyte villages and parks such as Terra Botanica (in Angers) and Puy de Fou (1 hour away).

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The large kitchen has a professional range cooker, double-door fridge and all the modern kitchen gadgets you could need.

The dining room is next door and can seat up to 8 people at the dining table and an additional 4 people or children at smaller tables, in front of an impressive working fireplace.

A washing machine and tumble drier are available to guests in the laundry room.

Living rooms

The double height upstairs salon has a large fireplace with a woodburner and comfortable sofas and armchairs. The bookcases are filled with a well-thumbed library and you are welcome to borrow books, or take one in exchange for the one you have finished. There is a tv with UK FreeSat channels.

Bedrooms

Each of the 4 spacious en suite bedrooms has a king sized bed with Egyptian cotton linen, goose-down duvet and Hypnos mattress. All are equipped with an LED television and FreeSat box. Hypoallergenic bedding available on request.

Le Roi is in the oldest part of the house. The original terracotta floor tiles have been retained and there are beams throughout. The bathroom is huge and features a large walk-in shower, elegant free-standing bath, and double basins.

La Reine is in the newer wing of the Manoir, dating back to the 17th century. The midnight blue velvet king sized bed has a Hypnos mattress. The spacious bathroom has a large walk-in shower and double basins.

Le Dauphin is on the top floor of the newer wing of the Manoir, dating back to the 17th century. This beamed room has an oak, linen-upholstered king sized bed. The bathroom has double basins and a roll-top bath.

Le Chevalier is on the ground floor and has a king-sized oak bed. The bathroom has a walk-in shower.

Bathrooms

In addition to the bathrooms en suite to the 4 bedrooms, there is a cloakroom with toilet and basin in the entrance hall and a toilet in the utility room off the kitchen.

Heating

The house is heated by oil-fired central heating and there is hot water on demand. There is a working fireplace in the dining room and a wood burning stove in the first floor salon. Logs, kindling and paper are provided for your stay.

Entertainment

All bedrooms and the salon have LED tv's with UK FreeSat channels. A selection of board games and outdoor games are available. There is a table tennis table in the chapel. wi-fi is available throughout most of the Manoir and the mobile phone reception is good (there are some blind spots due to the thickness of the walls).

Garden and outside

The property is set in a total of 8 hectares of garden and woodland. The garden around the Manoir is lawned and there are paths to explore in the oak and chestnut woods. The natural swimming pool is close to the house and is surrounded by a lagoon filled with water plants. The pool area is fenced for safety. The water is kept clean by an oxygenated filter, not chlorine. The pool is 3m x 7m and 1.3m deep and has straight sides. We ask that all guests use the pool shower before swimming.

Parking and garages

Parking for up to 5 cars is available on site.

The property is enclosed and has a gated entrance.

Visitor suitability

The bedrooms are located on the ground floor, first and second floors of the Manoir. Three of the bedrooms and the salon are accessed via a stone staircase in the tower. The top floor bedroom is accessed via a further wooden staircase from the salon and may therefore be unsuitable for anyone unable to comfortably manage 2 flights of stairs. The bedroom Le Chevalier is on the ground floor and has it's own entrance from the garden.

Information about any additional facilities

The Manoir can accommodate one baby and up to 4 children. One travel cot can be provided to use in a bedroom. Four pull-out beds are available for children and can be used in any of the bedrooms on the ground floor and first floor. A changing table, high chairs and booster seats are available on request.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Meals

  • Private pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Brissac-Quincé
Distance: 6.7 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Zander
Name of nearest fishing location: La Loire
Distance: 4 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Angers Golf Course
Distance: 6.5 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Trois Rivières Equitation
Distance: 16 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Anjou, Loire Valley

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Grande Randonnée 3

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Chateau de Bois Brinçon

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Melanie Lewis

We moved to France from England in 2017 to find an idyllic way of life for our twin children and our dog. We are passionate about local, seasonal cooking and great wine. It is our pleasure to offer our hospitality to guests at Manoir de Jouralem.

Year property purchased 2017
Why this location? We spent three years searching for our dream property in France. We came to the Loire Valley after having viewed several ideal properties further south in France. We found that the Loire Valley offered a good balance of interesting towns and villages, beautiful scenery, a diverse wine industry and a rich cultural scene.
Unique benefits of property Manoir de Jouralem is a unique, luxury property located in a peaceful vineyard setting within striking distance of plenty of things to do and see. It is located within a short drive of several good quality restaurants and is just 16km from the vibrant university city of Angers. There are impressive chateaux on the doorstep - the castle at Brissac-Quincé, our closest town, is the tallest in France. The Manoir overlooks an excellent biodynamic vineyard and there are many more good quality wines to try at local growers and wine bars.

The Owner Recommends

Château de Brissac

France's tallest château is at Brissac-Quincé, our closest town (6km). The château and extensive grounds are open to the public.

L'Étang Parc de Loisirs

This is a lovely water and activity park for all ages of kids! There are swimming lakes, waterslides, inflatables, pony and donkey rides, picnic areas, café.... and lots more! The park is under 6km from the Manoir.

Saumur

Take the scenic, river-side drive to Saumur (approx 30km, 35 minutes by car). It's a lovely town with a very impressive château. The area is famous for it's excellent wines (Crémant de Loire, Saumur-Champigny to name but a few), and is the home of France's cavalry school, Le Cadre Noir. The town is full of tempting restaurants and interesting shops.

Le Petit Blaison

This is a lovely bistrot restaurant serving freshly cooked local dishes; our closest at just 2.5km.

Bistrot de Sat

There is a lovely terrace at this village bistrot and they serve typically french dishes and local beers.

L'Ardoise

A deli, wine bar and café in one! This is a very friendly place in Brissac selling lovely local foods and excellent quality wines. Nicholas makes a mean hot chocolate! He also speaks great english.

Terra Botanica

You could easily spend the whole day at this botanically themed park! There is plenty for all ages. The gardens are vast, planted according to themes and provide lots of interactive information. The cafés and restaurant serve good quality snacks and meals. Approx 30km, 25 mins by car. http://www.terrabotanica.fr/en/

2 Reviews
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10 / 10 Kate McKinnon 10 August, 2019

We had the pleasure of spending two weeks at Manoir de Jouralem at the beginning of July. The house was everything we thought it would be from the details on the website. The property has been beautifully and sympathetically renovated by the owners to an exceptionally high standard retaining the original character of the property with a modern interior. The bedrooms, all with beautifully fitted en-suites were spacious with luxurious bed linen and towels. The kitchen was well equipped with a range style cooker. The owners, who live in the grounds were very discreet to give us our privacy but were always on hand to answer any questions and advising us on places to visit, nothing was too much trouble. The large Mulberry tree in the garden provided welcome shade to sit and read. The fresh water pool is a very attractive and natural area to enjoy alfresco dining with views over the neighbouring vineyard. We also had the pleasure of enjoying a fabulous meal cooked by Hywel. Absolutely delicious including the wine selected from the local area, a selection of which we bought to enjoy at home. All in all we had a wonderful two week stay and can’t recommend Manoir de Jouralem highly enough.

Owner response

Kate,
Thank you so much for your kind words. It really was a pleasure to meet you and to host you in the Manoir.
Mel and Hywel Lewis

10 / 10 matthewsbmth 3 June, 2019

We enjoyed a fantastic week's stay at Manoir de Jouralem which was everything we had hoped for. An amazing building, full of character and steeped in history. The setting is tranquil and beautiful, surrounded by vineyards, but local ameneties as just a short distance away.
The lovely owners Mel & Hywel were on hand to help if needed - and I did need some advice on how to pay at the automated petrol pumps!
We enjoyed trips to historic Samur and Puy du Fou, but equally enjoyed time just relaxing in the sun at the Manoir. Not sure if we lucked out with the weather for May in the Loire - but it was great for the whole week.
Definately a place I would like to visit again.

Owner response

Chris,
Thank you very much for your kind words! We are delighted that you and your family had a lovely stay.
Mel Lewis