|La Vieille Maison||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||2|
Located just outside Mouliherne in the Pays de la Loire, about 25 min from Saumur, we are completely surrounded by woodland and “Forêt domaniale”, offering comfortable, spacious, well-equipped, secluded and relaxing accommodation for your holiday. The property is full of wildlife, including deer, elusive pine martens, dormice, hares, wild boar (in the area), lizards and bats. Over 50 species of birds have been seen or heard around the property, including golden orioles, hoopoes, kestrels and buzzards. We also have a pair of barn owls who regularly nest in the roof of the main house!
We are within easy reach of the superb Châteaux and wonderful vineyards of the Loire valley, as well as 2 magnificent zoos and the world famous French National Riding School and the Cadre Noir of Saumur. Golf, water sports, fishing, hiking, walking/rambling and cycling are all close by. The larger towns of Tours and Angers are an easy 45 minute drive away, and we are also ideally situated for all the events at Le Mans, as well as the equestrian competitions at Saumur.
In November 2017 we were very proud to be awarded 4 stars in the category of Meublé de Tourisme (furnished holiday accommodation) by the Anjou Tourist Board, for the quality and comfort of the accommodation, the quality of the amenities and the range of services and facilities we provide.
The gîte is the oldest part of the property and is thought to have been built around 1700. It features exposed beams throughout, many of which are original. Please note that although the ceilings on the ground floor are 3m high, some of the beams on the first floor are quite low. Taller guests may need to mind their heads!
The property is very eco-friendly, having double-glazed windows and doors to keep the place warm in winter, plus 80cm thick walls to help keep it cool in summer. All the rooms have low energy LED lighting.
Ground floor: kitchen/dining room, spacious living room, double bedroom with king size bed, en suite shower, wc and washbasin. The whole ground floor features wide, wheelchair-friendly doorways.
First floor: Large double bedroom with super-king bed; twin bedroom; family shower room with wc and washbasin, large landing.
All beds are 2m long, and all can be configured as doubles or twins. Please indicate your requirement on the booking form. A cot and high chair are available at no extra charge.
Sorry, but the property is strictly non-smoking.
Dogs (max 2) and horses (max 2) are welcome.
Large, fully fitted, well-equipped kitchen, with 7kg washing machine, 13-place dishwasher, 70 litre electric oven with gas hob and extractor hood over, large fridge-freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, electric filter coffee-maker, iron (plus ironing board) and vacuum cleaner. All cooking utensils, glasses, crockery, cutlery and tableware are provided.
The kitchen is approximately 4.3m x 5.5m, with a 6-place dining table and chairs at one side.
The lounge measures about 5.6m x 5.5m and features comfortable leather seating, flat screen full HD tv with UK Freesat and French terrestrial channels, Blu-ray dvd player and cd player. There is direct access from this room to the garden via a pair of frenchdoors.
On the ground floor is a double bedroom with a 160cm wide bed. This is 2m long, and can be set up as two 80cm wide singles. This bedroom has direct access to the kitchen via a sloping floor, and has wide doorways, making it suitable for wheelchair access. There is also direct access to the private drive outside. This bedroom has an en suite shower room.
On the first floor there is a large double bedroom with a 180cm wide super-king bed, and a twin bedroom with 80cm wide beds All beds are 2m long and can be set up as doubles or singles.
On the ground floor there is an en suite shower room for the bedroom, that features an 80x100cm shower enclosure, a washbasin and a toilet.
On the first floor there is a family shower room that is shared between the 2 bedrooms.It also features an 80x100cm shower, a washbasin and a toilet.
Heating is provided by electric convector heaters on the first floor and in the ground floor bedroom + en suite shower room. Heating for the kitchen and lounge is provided by electric night storage heaters. The heaters are only enabled during colder months.
There is also a wood burning stove in the lounge, and the basic rental price includes the first basket of logs for it. Additional baskets of logs are available on demand for a small charge.
In addition to the tv, Blu-ray player and cd radio, there are games, jigsaw puzzles and books in the lounge.
Outside is a large private garden (about 900 sq m), with covered patio, garden furniture, sunbeds, a fire bowl and a Weber kettle charcoal bbq. The garden is surrounded by wire mesh fencing for the security of young children and/or animals. We also provide a number of outside games.
There is plenty of private parking space, including a covered barn if required.
The property is ideal for families, or groups of friends wanting to stay together. The ground floor and outside are suitable for wheelchair users.
Clean, fresh, hand towels, bath towels and bed linen appropriate to the number of guests are included in the price, and all beds are fully prepared. Please note that we do not supply swimming towels.
A full-size cot and highchair are available on request (no extra charge). Please indicate on the booking form whether you require these. Please note that we do not supply bed linen for the cot, which has a 60cm x 120cm mattress.
We provide all household cleaning products and toilet paper for your holiday.
We have holidayed in France for more than 35 years, and love the Loire. We eventually decided to take early retirement and move here and have not regretted a single minute.
|Year property purchased||2016|
|Why this location?||The property has all you could want, beautiful countryside, loads of trees and animal life, plenty of space, peace and tranquility. Did we mention the wonderful vineyards, châteaux, food and drink (and Le Mans!!).|
|Unique benefits of property||Surrounded by woodland and wildlife, with plenty of space. Exceptionally quiet but local to all the châteaux, vineyards and attractions of the Loire Valley.|
A Logis de France with an excellent restaurant serving local cuisine at lunchtime and evenings. Dogs are welcome.
A relais routier about 10 minutes' away, offering an exceptionally good 4-course "menu ouvrier" (workman's lunch) at 12.90 Euros, including wine and cider.
The nearest large town, but bustling with restaurants, cafés and shops. There are several markets in different parts of the city, and you can take boat trips along the Loire.
If you are looking for a home from home location in the peace and quiet - then look no further.
This beautiful gite is set in large grounds, with its own large garden where you can relax and rest in comfort. Perfectly located for exploring the vineyards and chateaux of the Loire Valley. We would love to go back.
The only noise to disturb you are the owls, deer and wild boar on an evening and night. If you like stargazing then you will benefit from the dark skies and swathe of stars visible form the garden.
The beds are comfortable and meant we all slept well and the bedrooms spacious and well furnished, the same can be said of the bathroom and en suite, in fact the whole property.
The hosts Simon and Jackie have paid exceptional attention to detail to ensure you have everything you need to enjoy your holiday. They supply a welcome pack of a few things to get you started - tea, coffee etc. We made use of the opportunity to have some shopping done for us prior to arrival, meaning that our first two days were sorted from a food point of view. As intended by our hosts this meant we could arrive and relax, so would recommend others take advantage of this service too. Completely unobtrusive, they are also available to help with queries and directions.
We enjoyed the table tennis, badminton and barbecue and other games (indoor and out) are also provided as is television and wifi.
Excellent all round.
A great review, thank you so much. We're always pleased when our guests can relax, have fun and just generally enjoy things, rather than feeling like you need another holiday to get over this one! We try really hard to ensure that everyone has the same experience, and always look forward to seeing them again.
Excellent well thought out and equipped gate. Simon and Jackie were fantastic and provided the most wonderful welcome basket with a good mixture of useful essentials and local treats. The information that was provided in the site on the surrounding actives, places to visit - including maps and routes to the nearest supermarket was all invaluable.
i would definitely recommend the gite to friends and family. Even though we were not able to use them, the table tennis table, badminton set, swing ball etc. were in pristine condition and would have been fun for more able people.
The site itself was very comfortably and thoughtfully furnished and able to support people with restricted mobility in the downstairs bedroom with ensuite shower room. The lounge was excellent and easily sat six adults with a cosy log burner.
The local village was interesting with a friendly small supermarket and locals who were welcoming and stopped to chat.
Overall an excellent venue and really good value.
Thank you for such a great review. We have tried to think of everything our guests would need, based on our own experiences of holidaying in France for over 35 years. We're also very pleased that you found the gite worked for people with restricted mobility, as this was one of the main things we set out to do. We look forward to meeting you all (plus friends and family) again in the future.