lovely Gite to let with pool in Western Loire - LL007133

Saint-Macaire-du-Bois, Maine et Loire, Western Loire Reference: LL007133 Advertiser since: 17 April 2019
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Cottages at Bumblebee Manor (Manoir Bourdon) Self Catering Flexible 1 3 1 Cot, roll away bed

About this property

Castles, wine, food... perfect!. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Basil, Sage and Thyme cottages are in the converted stables of Bumblebee Manor (Manoir Bourdon), a historic manor house in the Loire Valley Natural Park. It is surrounded by vineyards and fields that are filled with color during the summer. You enter the walled property through a gate, making the property safe and secure, and a haven from the bustle of other tourists and traffic. Our beautifully appointed gites have the original beams and stonework, beautifully complemented by modern windows and skylights for a cozy, yet light and airy feel.

Stay in our stylish cottages, relax by the lovely heated pool and enjoy the extensive gardens of the Manor House. With easy access to castles, markets, great restaurants and wineries, Bumblebee Manor is perfectly situated for a wonderful self-catering holiday in the Loire Valley, France. We look forward to hosting you and sharing "la belle vie francaise". To life!



Kitchen and dining

There is a modern kitchen with everything you need to whip up a French meal with our wonderful local ingredients, with a dining area and semi-private courtyard with outdoor furniture to enjoy alfresco dining or relaxing with a glass of renowned Loire Valley wine. Our extensive gardens have bbq's and areas for relaxing and socializing. Shop in the local markets and cook in your fully equipped kitchen, or eat out at the wonderful French bistros, cafes and restaurants.

Living rooms

This tastefully decorated cottage has an open plan lounge and dining area. Enjoy British satellite tv, or borrow a dvd, book or game from our kiosk for a quiet night in.


The bedroom is upstairs in the loft space with velux windows so it is light and airy, and has black out curtains to ensure a good sleep. Basil and Thyme cottages have a king sized bed that can be split into 2 singles and are super-comfy. Sage cottage has a queen bed. We make our beds with pure cotton linens and hypoallergenic bedding so that you can have the most relaxing holiday possible.


Your cottage has a clean and modern bathroom with shower, toilet, sink and heated towel rail. Thyme and Sage are bathrooms are ensuite,


Wall heaters are available but you are unlikely to need them in the warm Loire Valley summer time.


We have a dozen wineries within cycling distance, so grab a bumblebee cruiser bike and enjoy! There are 87 castles to visit in the Loire Valley, not just the one or two that most people have heard of, so you are in for a unique adventure. Our local zoo is incredible as it is set in ancient troglodyte caves. For a relaxing day in you can borrow a book from our kiosk and rest by the heated pool or in the manor house gardens.

Garden and outside

The cottage opens onto a delightful courtyard with outdoor furniture, perfect for the long lazy lunches as loved by the French or for enjoying a glass or two of the fabulous Loire Valley wines. External lighting also makes the courtyard a lovely setting in the evenings too. Flowers and herbs are grown in pots for you to enjoy.

Cook a bbq, play petanque, socialize and relax. Help yourself to a handful of herbs from our vege patch to add to your salad. The extensive manor house gardens are there for you to enjoy. Enjoy a cold drink and relax on a comfy lounger by the heated pool, perfect after a long day visiting castles and wineries.

Parking and garages

Enter the walled manor through a gate and a secure place to park your car.

Visitor suitability

Bumblebee Manor is perfect for couples wanting a romantic getaway or for groups of friends and family wanting a shared vacation. Groups renting 3 or more cottages have access to the manor house terrace with its alfresco dining and lounge areas, the best of both worlds as each couple have their own self-catering space but the group has a place to gather for dining and socializing.

Information about any additional facilities

Our lovely heated pool is the perfect place to relax with a cold drink at the end of a long day exploring castles and seeing the sights.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Saumur
Distance: 25 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Lake fish
Name of nearest fishing location: Etang de St Macaire
Distance: 4 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Anjou Saumur wine trail


Name/number of nearest marked trail: St Macaire du Bois

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: La Paleine, Le Puy Notre Dame
Distance: 4 km

Wine tasting and cookery

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Susan Alemann

We are lifelong travellers who have lived in 7 countries and speak 3 languages. We live at Bumblebee Manor in the Loire Valley, France and we will be here to welcome you. It gives us so much pleasure to host other travellers and offer them an authentic French experience in the incredible Loire Valley, land of castles, wine and food.

Year property purchased 2018
Why this location? Bumblebee Manor (Manoir Bourdon) is nestled in the Loire Valley Natural Park. The Loire Valley is famous for its castles, wine and food, perfect for a relaxing and fun filled holiday. Living in the tiny village of Saint Macaire du Bois gives our guests the opportunity to escape the tourist traffic and enjoy a unique and authentic French experience. We enjoy "la belle vie francaise" and we would love to share it with you. To life!
Unique benefits of property Stylish, self-catering cottage in the recently converted 19th century coach house of Bumblebee Manor. The original beams and stonework are beautifully complemented by modern windows and skylights for a cozy, yet light and airy feel. Fully equipped kitchen, dining and lounge, bedroom with king or twin beds and en suite. The cottage is comfortable, tastefully decorated and furnished to a high standard. Stay in our stylish cottage, relax by the lovely heated pool and enjoy the extensive gardens of the Manor House. With easy access to castles, markets, great restaurants and wineries, Bumblebee Manor is perfectly situated for a wonderful self-catering holiday in the Loire Valley.

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Fun things to do with kids

We are close to an incredible zoo, where the animals are in open spaces and underground caves! The cafe is on the giraffe terrace so you can sit any enjoy a beer while feeding the giraffes that come to your table. Across the road from Bumblebee Manor is a petting zoo, great to introduce kids to animals, and they have horse rides and buggy rides through local villages. The castles nearby are incredible, there is the tallest in France (Brissac), the castle with the largest underground cave system (Montreuil-Bellay), Tintin's castle (Cheverny) and Sleeping Beauty's castle (Usse) to name a few. Of course Bumblebee Manor has a heated pool, perfect to keep the kids entertained while you relax and enjoy a glass of wine after a hard day's touristing!

Calling all wine lovers

Bumblebee Manor is perfectly situated smack in the middle of 4 of the 5 main Loire Valley regions, the Pays Nantais, Anjou, Saumur and Touraine. If you like white, red or rose, sweet, dry or off dry, sparkling or still wine you can get all of these and in every combination! The wine is excellent and very affordable. Grab one of our bumblebee cruiser bikes and tootle along our country lanes to one of 10 local vineyards within easy biking distance. To life!

Put on your tiara, it's time to explore some castles

The Loire Valley is legendary for its castles, the biggest and most visited being Chambord and Chenonceau, a nice day trip from Bumblebee Manor. But did you know there are over 100 castles that you can visit? If you like medieval fortresses try Angers with its 100 metre long apocalypse tapestry, or Chinon imposing itself over the Loire river. Perhaps you love furnishings? Cheverny has been owned by the same family for 600 years and the furniture is incredible. Want an adventure? Try Breze with its incredible underground cave system, or Brissac, the tallest castle in France. Usse is renowned as Sleeping Beauty's castle, so visitors wind their way through the turrets and rooms that tell this fairy tale. Try Amboise and Clos Luce to see Leondardo DaVinci's inventions brought to life. How about Azay le Rideau in the middle of a lake? Talk about romance! Or a gardener's paradise of over 100,000 plants grown from seed every year at Villandry. Bumblebee Manor is in the middle of the Loire Valley, giving you easy access to the big castles that everyone goes to, but others that are less well known and equally incredible.