Beautiful holiday cottage in Western Loire - LL007254

Breil, Maine et Loire, Western Loire Reference: LL007254 Advertiser since: 3 September 2019
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L'Ancienne Cure Self Catering Saturday 2 4 1 Single bed in Bedroom 1. Room for Cot in the other

About this property

A spacious 16th Century Cottage in the Loire Valley.. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

L’Ancienne Cure is a quaint and charming, 16th century Presbytery, located in the heart of the Loire Valley.

The 2 bedroom cottage maintains the character of a former era, one of the oldest properties in the village, while providing all the modern amenities for a comfortable stay, including wi-fi, UK and French tv.

The main floor boasts a large, open-plan, living and dining area with exposed beams and stone walls. A lime stone fireplace, with working woodburner, is situated at one end opposite a fully equipped kitchen.

The kitchen contains a fridge/freezer, oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and a Nespresso coffee machine.

The main floor bathroom is spacious with a large, walk-in shower and heated towel rail.

Upstairs, there are 2 large bedrooms each with a king size bed plus a single bed in one of the bedrooms. The cottage can comfortably accommodate 5 people, perfect for families or couples. Baby and toddler equipment can be provided upon request.

Outside there is a large, south-facing, private and secluded garden. Within the garden there is a stone barbeque, table and chairs and sun loungers perfect for relaxing with a glass of local wine.

There are 2 off road parking spaces and secure storage for bicycles available.

L’Ancienne Cure is situated in the heart of the Loire Valley in the rural village of Breil. The village is small and charming with a local bakery (some say it’s one of the best in the area) and a Chateau within a 5 minute walk.

The cottage is the ideal base for exploring the Loire Valley with close proximity to the famous Chateaux of Villandry, Usse (Sleeping Beauty’s Castle) and Azay le Rideau. The region is home to hundreds of vineyards and less than an hour to the cities of Angers, Tours and Le Mans.

The region is ideal for cycling with marked routes throughout. We can offer recommendations for bike hires and cycling tours upon request.

L’Ancienne Cure is close to everything but miles from anywhere and we hope you enjoy our peaceful retreat.



Kitchen and dining

The open plan kitchen and dining area includes electric oven, gas hob, fridge-freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster, dishwasher and washing machine. There is a dining table seating 6.

Living rooms

Large open plan living room with feature fireplace and wood burning stove. Two comfy sofas, UK & French tv and dvd player.


Two huge bedrooms with king sized beds in each, plus 1 single bed in one of the rooms - and still enough space for a cot!

Bed linen is included, towels are not, but can be provided on request at extra cost.


Modern ground-floor bathroom with large walk-in shower and heated towel rail.


Cost of electric heating is included and there is also a woodburner in the living area.


UK and French tv, dvds, games and broadband internet.

Garden and outside

Large, south facing, private garden with stone bbq, picnic table, parasol and sun loungers.

Parking and garages

Parking for 2 cars in the cottage grounds (off road). Large garage for bike storage.

Visitor suitability

Not suitable for wheelchair users or restricted mobility if staircases are a problem.

Information about any additional facilities

Quality adult bikes are available for hire locally, as are maps and information on the local cycle routes.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Brocante
Distance: 8 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Lake Fish
Name of nearest fishing location: Rille Lake
Distance: 5 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Bauge
Distance: 20 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 15 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Bourgueil



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Gizeux


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Bourgueil
Distance: 16 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Jennifer Downes

We are a Canadian family, living abroad. While looking for a holiday home for ourselves, we fell in love with the Loire Valley and L’Ancienne Cure. We hope that you enjoy our holiday home as much as we do.

Year property purchased 2019
Why this location? L’Ancienne Cure is our holiday home that we escape to as much as we can for rest and relaxation. The history and abundance of activities attracted us to the Loire Valley, and of course the sprawling vineyards. A reasonable drive or train ride from Paris, and just 2.5 hours from Caen makes the Loire an ideal
Unique benefits of property Enjoy the character and charm of a by gone era without giving up modern conveniences. Relaxing and peaceful location within a quiet rural village but within a short drive to a multitude of activities for everyone. Within the village there is a lovely bakery and a family owned chateau to visit. The garden is south facing and secluded, providing a great place to just relax with a glass of local wine. If you enjoy cycling there are routes that run right through the village.

The Owner Recommends

Local Farmers Markets

Tuesday - Bougueil (16km)
Thursday - Chinon (25km)
Friday - Noyant (5km)
Saturday - Saumur (25km)

Local Restaurants

You’ll get by far the best value in the area by eating out at lunch taking what is called a ‘Menu Ouvrier’ (workers menu) which is a three course lunch for about 12.50€ and often includes wine.

Café le Musee, Parcay les Pins (5km)
Le Bouff’tard, Hommes (15km)
Le Pelican, Vernantes (10km) A gastronomique restaurant
Café de la Promenade, Bourgueil (20km)
L’Oree des Bois, La Breille les Pins (14km). A gastronomique restaurant
Café de la Gare, Linieres Bouton (5 kms). Great lunches!
Saumur (25km) - The large town of Saumur has many restaurants to choose from.

Theme Parks

Terra Botanica – Angers

A theme park dedicated to the natural world with all sorts of experiences for everyone – easy to spend a full day enjoying everything on offer. Good fun for children if the weather is good as its all outdoors.

Puy de Fou – Cholet

Consistently voted France’s No 1 tourist attraction and you may not have even heard of it! It’s a theme park, but not with rides but with a series of outdoor shows set around a huge park. The scale is mind-blowing – Gladiators, Vikings, The Dance of the Birds…. hard to explain, except that it’s worth the journey. Just plan carefully as it’s a full day.

Futuroscope – Poitiers

A theme park dedicated to audio visual media, the cinema and the future.

Zoo Parks

Zoo La Fleche & Zoo Doue la Fontaine

We’re lucky to have two great zoos within 40 minutes – one north at La Fleche and one south of Saumur at Doue. Take your pick – between them you can cover pretty much all the major animals, apart from Pandas – for that you need to go to Beauval which is an hour and a half away.

Swimming Pool

There is a brand new outdoor swimming pool (kiddies and main pool) in Noyant (5 mins), which has picnic tables, a ping pong table and beach volleyball court. The water is heated to 28c.

Further north there is another in Le Lude, which has the added attraction of water slides. Remember – you must wear swimming trunks – no swim shorts!
(Open June – August)


Our nearest large town – a beautiful Loire riverside town with an imposing Chateaux perched high above. The town is famous for horses, the cavalry, tanks, sparkling wine, mushrooms & Troglodytes (caves).

Cadre Noir stables – Saumur is home to France’s national riding school, the Olympic horse eventing teams and the Cadre Noir – a troop of horses trained to perform complicated manoeuvres.

Bubbly Houses – All along the road from Saumur to Gennes are the Saumur wineries that make the Crement de Loire – the white, rose and red bubbly that Saumur is famous for.

Fontevraud Abbey – The largest renovated Abbey in Europe – burial place to Henry II and Richard the Lionheart of England. The kings of England for over three hundred years originated from here in Anjou in the Loire Valley.

Musee du Champignon - Saumur is France’s third biggest producer of mushrooms and so there is a museum dedicated to the mushroom. Head into the caves to find out – especially good if it’s a rainy day!

Parc Miniature – Pierre et Lumiere - Next door to the mushroom museum, Pierre et Lumiere is a set of caverns within which are miniature stone sculptures of the region’s most famous landmarks.

Cavalry Museum – Saumur’s horse riding heritage stems from the Cavalry School that existed here before the French Revolution.

Tank Museum – Le Museum des Blindes reflects the modern cavalry and has over three hundred tanks of which over one hundred are on display – one of the largest collections in the world.

Pretty Villages – Around Saumur there are pretty riverside villages that are worth seeing – the best are Montsoreau, Candes St Martin, Turquant and Le Thoureil

Bike Hire and Routes

There are cycle hire shops locally and also in Saumur and Bourgueil.

• Lac du Rille – Loire Nature Velo – 06 03 89 23 14
• Saumur – VeloSpot – 51 Quai Mayaud, Saumur, Tel 02 41 38 94 06
• Saumur - Detours de Loire, 10 route de Rouen, Saumur, Tel 02 41 53 01 01
• Bourgueil – 6-8 Rue Pasteur, Bourgueil, 02 47 97 70 10

There are many bikes routes in the area with the tourist offices in Bourgueil, Saumur and Langeais having overview maps and individual maps for each route that can be purchased. The signs are all over the place, each one numbered and clearly marked.


There are hundreds of vineyards to choose from, these are some we enjoy:

Chateau de Petit Thouars – Head away from Candes St Martin towards Chinon along the Vienne – it’s on your right about 5kms out of Candes St Martin. Whites, Reds, Rose, still and sparkling.

Cave de Vins de Bourgueil – On the main road out of Bourgueil heading towards Ingrandes-de-Tourraine.

All the styles of Saumur of whites, red, roses and bubbly at Robert & Marcel at St Cyr-en-Bourg just to the south of Saumur. This is a great place to try wines and not feel under any obligation to buy.

For the famous Saumur bubbly, we recommend Louis de Grenelle near the centre of Saumur

For something different try Bouvet Ladubay, the most visited vineyard in the area, and book in for the cycle tour through the caves!

Vino Valley is a wine warehouse that lets you try wines from throughout the length of the Loire, rather than just those produced in this area. There is also a restaurant next door serving the local delicacy – Fouee.


You are right in the heart of Chateaux country – and this is a selection of the best, closest and most interesting.

Breil - Parc du Chateau de Lathan – Right on your doorstep, very cheap to get in and a lovely way to spend a few hours wandering around the grounds.

Gizeux – Ten minutes from the gite, once a 16th century art school and they are busy restoring the frescos painted onto the walls by the students.

Langeais – A medieval fortress guarding the Loire – so battlements, drawbridge, turrets and the oldest castle keep in France. Children will enjoy the tree house in the grounds.

Chateau de Breze - South west of Saumur, the Chateau is famous because all of the really interesting stuff is underground, with a complex of underground caverns and rooms where the present occupants’ ancestors first lived – before they built the Chateau on top. (35 mins)

Villandry – The last of the Renaissance Chateau built in the Loire Valley and now home to world famous gardens, so quite a busy place in peak season. If gardening is your thing – this is a must! (35 mins)

Azay le Rideau – Famous for its idyllic position on a lake and probably one of the most recognisable. (45 mins)

Usse – The inspiration for the author of Sleeping Beauty – dreamy turrets and terraced gardens, with a distant view of the River Loire. (45 mins)

Chenonceau – Probably the most magnificent, with an arched gallery built across the River Cher and the busiest. So arrive early and then picnic in the grounds before the busses start arriving later in the day! (1 Hour 10mins via Autoroute)

Angers – A medieval fortress overlooking the Maine river and surrounded by winding old streets. Inside is the tapestry of the Apocalypse a large medieval set of tapestries and the oldest medieval tapestry to have survived intact. (1 Hour)

Chinon – A castle overlooking pretty medieval Chinon

Chateau de Riveau – If you have younger children then this is great. A fairytale castle!