|La Thuilée||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||2|
La Thuilée is located 6 minutes from the town of la Fléche, and is reached from J10 of the A11, joining the D306, in the direction of la Fléche, passing, & keeping the town on the left, cross the river and take a right turn D37 for Fougeré & Cré, stay left, and continue for 3.5 miles (6k) and turn left for St Quentin C4. We are a few hundred yards along on the right. Normal travel time from Ouistreham is 2 hrs 30 minutes. We are happy to provide a map, because the house is not actually in the village of Cré but closer to St Quentin les Beaurepaire.
The house is detached and set within a large garden overlooking ancient woodland, and is very very quiet, perfect to wind down and relax. There is plenty of parking for your cars and bikes available within our grounds, and if you are tired from the journey, we will happily pop to the local artisan boulangerie on your first morning, whilst you get your bearings, they make delicious bread and pain aux raisins
Just outside the main door is a private sunny terrace, perfect for breakfast, and later for dinner.
The Sarthe and the Loire valley, has beautiful countryside with quiet roads, but with vibrant cities and towns, culturally rich, historic chateaux, riverside walks, champagne houses, fishing, canoeing. music festivals, most of which are free.
In La Fléche it is possible to visit The Prytanée Military Academy during the summer, with its wealth of Napoleonic and Military History, and the Zoo now famous throughout France due to a tv programme featuring the keepers and animals. The Lac de La Monnerie in La Fléche has a large beach, and in the summer offers paddle boarding and sailing, it is worth checking the la Fléche website. Wednesdays is the traditional market day here, and when you have done your browsing and shopping, there are numerous cafés to sit and watch the world go by. If you want to go further afield, there is a market somewhere everyday of the week. Of course the usual french supermarkets are here too.
For the music lover, we have Baugé English Opera, set in the grounds of a Chateau, and you take your picnic "A La Glyndbourne" or make a reservation at the restaurant exclusive to the Opera. Again it is possible to see the current programme on the Opera Baugé website. Opera is also live from the Met by cine link in Saumur.
Golfers are able to play at the 18 hole Golf de Baugé, and we are assured by our son-in-law, that it is indeed excellent! - and now there is "foot golf" at MontJoie Golf, Clefs,
The Cadre Noir in Saumur, with its displays of horsemanship is a wonderful spectacle, and also on a military note, the Tank museum has a large collection of machines from both conflicts. Saumur with its fairy tale castle hosts numerous events. In the long summer evenings, Gratien & Meyer, have Nuits Bulles, with live music and sparkling wine overlooking the Loire, (best to book, and check dates) it is also possible to visit the caves where they create their "methode champenoise" If you continue along the Loire ,perhaps visit the antiques market at Montsoreau on the 2nd Sunday of every month.
Car enthusiasts will want to visit Le Mans famous track, for the Motor, Truck and Moto GP's and maybe the 24hrs car museum near the track. There is so much more to Le Mans than racing however. Explore the ancient walled city of Le Mans, rich in Plantagenet history, & during July and August, the Nuits de Chimére, laser light show is played onto the Cathedral and Roman walls at nightfall, free to all, it is a wonderful spectacle. There are some very good restaurants in Le Mans, always wise to book ahead for the Nuits de Chimére.
If you would like to do a little touring in an easterly direction, we would love to share our fondness for the pretty town of la Chartré sur Loir, a visit to the Hotel de France is always on our wish list, known for its celebrity racing clientele, popular with 24hr fans and has a great restaurant too. An art and Antiques fair takes place here annually
Angers Chateau with its tapestry of the Apocalypse, antiques markets, cafes, bars, great shopping. There are Michelin star restaurants in Tours and La Fléche, so much to see, taste and enjoy.
There is a bus link in La Fléche to the rail station in Le Mans, so if you have time its quite easy to visit Paris by train. Access into Le Mans is also possible from the tram park in Allones and Arnage.
Currently there are flights via Ryanair from Tours to Stansted and Dublin.
Nantes to East Midlands & Birmingham and Manchester.
The kitchen is fully fitted, with a gas range oven, microwave and dishwasher, with an antique terrecuite tiled floor. There is a large fridge-freezer, very spacious, with lots of cupboard space, and is fully equipped, including a tapenyaki grill. Outside is gas bbq. Off the kitchen is a utility room with an automatic washing machine and a toilet and handbasin.
The kitchen leads into the dining room, which has wooden flooring, dining table and seating for 4, this room overlooks the courtyard and the rear garden.
The ipod dock and radio are also kept in here.
Crossing the hall way from the dining room, the sitting room has a large feather cushioned sofa, foot stools and a leather wing chair. There is a flat screen tv, which has freesat tv, plus French tv and a dvd player. Lots of dvds, books and a few well remembered games. Soft lighting all geared to help you relax.
Both bedrooms are reached via an open plan staircase, which is not suitable for young children or anyone with mobility issues. Each room has either a king size, or twin beds. The windows have blackout blinds, and each room has a hairdryer, electric fan and a small wardrobe, with bedside tables and lamps.
We have used very high thread count bedlinen, and the duvets are feather and down. If you wish to have a synthetic quilt we can provide them for you.
The en suite shower rooms have "Italian" style open showers, and we provide good quality branded shower gels and shampoos, for your use.
There are large soft bath sheets and towels in both rooms, as well as small towels for hand washing and make up towels too.
All the floors upstairs are wooden.
Heating is provided by electric heaters
Tv, dvd, radio, games, magazines, holiday reading books to take away if you don't finish them.
Wi-fi is available and free for your normal usage, email, facebook, skype, browsing etc, but we are subject to download limits as we are on a satellite connection, we are told this is not likely to improve in the near future, such is the price of living in the country.
The garden is private for your use, and it not accessed by anyone other than a couple of occasional escapee chickens, or our cats, regarding whom, we do ask, that you please do not allow them into the house. They know they are not allowed in, but they will try it on.
There is a gas bbq in the garden, and there are boules as well if you feel energetic.
There is plenty of parking, on site, within the grounds, we also have a rear hardstanding if you wish to use it.
If you are on a motorcycle, we can offer a covered space for your bike.
We cannot accomodate very young children due to the open plan staircase, therefore, we do not provide cots or highchairs for this reason.
If your mobility is limited then this property would not be suitable for you, please take a look at the photograph of the staircase to be sure.
We were early retirees, and decided to have an "adventure" after years of running a European transport company. However 2 years of relaxing became tedious, so we decided to convert an unused stable to a gite. We love food and wine, so cooking is on our list of passions, along with moto gp, cycling, walking and gardening.
|Year property purchased||2008|
|Why this location?||We wanted tranquility and peace, and we have it in abundance, with the bonus of large town amenities reachable in 6 minutes. There is an artisan bakery in the nearby village, gorgeous breads and pastries (of course). We can get to Le Mans in 45 minutes, with no traffic problems to deal with. Angers is 40 minutes away, Saumur and Tours a few minutes further. There is also beach at la Fleche, masses of cycle tracks and walks, woodland and forests nearby, it's quiet but not remote and we are able to enjoy the varied wildlife that visit the woodland that the gite overlooks.|
|Unique benefits of property||Peace, quiet, calm, totally relaxing, great sleep (so we are told). Parking is within our grounds. The house is extremely spacious, simple and elegant, the kitchen has a dishwasher, gas range oven, large family size fridge-freezer, microwave, filter coffee-machine, plus instant. Utility room with washing machine and wc.
We will be here to meet you when you arrive, and there is a welcome pack waiting for you too. The sitting room has a flat screen tv French & English, dvd player, wi-fi via satellite link, I pod dock & radio, comfortable feather cushioned sofa. Both bedrooms are reached by stairs which are open plan and not suitable for small children or anyone with mobility issues. We provide very high thread count bed linen, big soft towels, quality shower gel and shampoo is provided in the en suite shower, the beds can be twin or king, to suit your preference, hairdryers are provided in each room as are fans, & black out blinds for that restful nights sleep.
The Prytanée, Military Academy
La Manoir Quatre Vents, Michelin star
Lac de la Monnerie. beach, fishing, paddle boarding & sailing (seasonal) walking
Office de Tourisme, electric bike hire
La Table de Laurene Market square, family restaurant
l'Anti Pasta, family, beside marche de ble, restaurant
Henri Quatre gourmande, route Le Mans, restaurant
La Gargantua, place Henri 1V, restaurant
La Fléche Zoo, subject of a French tv series
Au gardeManger French Bistro Bazouges
Chateau du Lude. Renaissance, Gardens
Rose & Crown, English Pub
Chateau Roi Réne, Royal Hunting Lodge
Baugé Market Monday
Bauge Golf 18
Manoir de Clairfontaine, art antiques gardens
Clefs Footgolf & Golf
Vielle Mans, Ancient Roman city, location for many films, not to be missed
Nuit de Chimere, laser light show through July August
Home to many celebrated wine producers, start of the wine trail along the Loire