|The Cottage, Annie's House||Self Catering||Flexible||1||2||1|
Surrounded by vineyards and sunflower fields a warm welcome awaits you at our French-Anglo family home, La Bellevue, set in the pretty village of Pouançay, 10 mins from Montreuil-Bellay, ideally placed between Saumur and Chinon. Discover The Plantagenets, the famous châteaux and Loire attractions. Walking and cycle paths are in abundance, a boat ride along the Loire river is a delight, savor local cuisine and the diverse regional wines, also finding time to simply relax and enjoy the calm and peace of our village setting.
Short stays start from 2 nights. Experience a wine tasting with Gérald in our troglodyte caves. Breakfast and supper are available on request, and a moments walk from La Bellevue, our reputed village restaurant/bar the Trésor Belge offers ‘happy hour’ from 5pm to 7pm.
The Cottage, Annie's House
Annie's House is a quaint self-catering cottage equipped and presented to a high standard to ensure home-from-home comfort. NEW for 2018, guests will delight in having their own independent gated entrance opening on to a beautiful wall enclosed terrace providing full privacy.
Electrically operated entrance gates into the grounds of La Bellevue ensure privacy and secure parking. Water and electricity are included. *Kindly submitted reviews to date: TripAdvisor 40 x 5star / OwnersDirect 7 x 5star*
Check in : 17h00 onwards
Check out : by 09h00
Taxe de Séjour, 0,80cts per person, per night, payable upon departure.
Damage Deposit : £150 will be taken and held at booking and returned 7 days after departure.
Optional hire of quality bedroom/household linen and Egyptian cotton towels, 2x face clothes, 2x guest towels & 2x bath sheets, for 45€ is available and payable upon departure.
A car is necessary.
Wine Tastings with Gérald
Discover the wines from the Loire Valley with Gérald during a fun and light-hearted wine tasting tutorial in our, once dwellings, troglodyte caves. Bilingual, a French wine professional and from an Angevin wine making family, Gérald will share inherent knowledge while introducing wines reflective of the regions diversity, explaining tasting techniques and more...
About Us, Sarah-Jane & Gérald
A visit in 2006 didn't see me return. Now, Mme Beaumont, wife to Gérald, a bilingual French wine professional and Mum to our two gorgeous children, Augustin (10yrs) and Constance (8yrs). Making our family '5' is Biscotte, our friendly rescue cat who you'll find sleeping amongst the flower beds. We warmly welcome you to our family home where we hope you will enjoy the peace of our village setting, the regions rich history and attractions, local cuisine and diverse wines.
In July 2011, we opened our bar à vin/bistrot, Bistrot Les Tontons, in the heart of Saumur. Five wonderful years past before pastures new beckoned. Today Gérald is Director d’Exploitation for two wineries; Château de Beauregard in Le Puy Notre-Dame and Château des Noyers, close to Martigné-Briand.
Our village Pouançay
Just a quick walk from La Bellevue is the reputed restaurant Trésor Belge open for lunch, dinner and ‘happy hour’ between 5pm & 7pm (closed Mon & Tue). A scenic walk of 9km & 12km is mapped and starts in front of the Mairie passing vines and troglodyte caves, while a leisurely potter to the Table d’Orientation, particularly spectacular at sun-set, gives an impressive 360° view of the surrounding region, highlighting châteaux and points of interest.
St Leger de Montbrillais
(2kms) neighbouring Pouançay is a great little village for pick-up’s, St Leger has a post office, hairdresser, boulangerie (closed Wed), and a highly reputed boucher much favored by ourselves, we highly recommend trying the rillettes d’oie, and be prepared to queue on a Sunday morning!
(8kms) boasts a magnificent château whose impressive walls circle the town. Host to a weekly market and monthly Brocante (flea-market) there are a variety of brasseries and restaurants to choose from. Hire a kayak/canoe and spend time on the river, Le Thouet. Visit the château, take a tour and sample their wines. Picnic on a lovely grassed area shaded by trees at the edge of the river.
(25kms) stretching along the banks of the Loire river, its famous château appearing to sit above the town, Saumur is a delight to discover, hosting a fabulous Saturday market, activities, exhibitions and wine festivals throughout the year. Saumur is also home to the Cadre Noir, the National Equestrian School of the elite French Cavalry whose remarkable horsemanship can be seen at shows between April & October.
Things To Do
Discover fresh food markets, weekend brocantes (flea-markets), picture-postcard villages along the banks of the Loire river. Explore the gardens at Villandry, the exceptional Bioparc in Doué, take a boat ride along the Loire, sample local wines, discover The Plantagenets and visit the châteaux towns of Amboise, Angers, Azay le Rideau, Brézé, Brissac-Quincé, Candes St. Martin, Chenonceau, Chinon, Fontevraud l'Abbaye, Langeais, Loches, Montsoreau, Montreuil-Bellay, Saumur, Richelieu, Tours, Ussé, Villandry - all of which make a fabulous day out!
Fully equipped with a kettle, toaster, 4-ring induction hob, oven, fridge, microwave, cooking utensils, pots, pans, crockery, cutlery, glassware, tea-pot and coffee filter. For your arrival ‘cottage essentials' await you incl. washing-up liquid, sponge, scratchy pad, bin liners, cling-film, aluminium foil, salt, pepper, olive oil and coffee filter papers.
Features a 2-seater sofa, armchair, coffee table and table lamps. Freely available wi-fi access, interior/exterior, up-to-date dvd’s, dvd player, tv (French channels), reading books, boardgames, walking routes, informative brochure, flyers for ideas of things to do, places to visit and sights to see.
**Please be aware the staircase is NOT suitable for those with impaired mobility or knee conditions (see advertised photos)**
Light and airy the bedroom is furnished with a standard double sized bed, attractive chair, full length mirror, chest of drawers, clothes rail + wooden hangers, bedside tables and lamps.
Floor level, generous in size and decorated in blue and white tiling, a hairdryer, floor mat, shower curtain and loo rolls are supplied.
Wine Tastings with Gérald, (a bilingual wine professional) : discover the wines from the Loire Valley with Gérald during a fun and light-hearted wine tasting tutorial in our, once dwellings, troglodyte caves. Bilingual, French and a wine professional from an Angevin wine making family, Gérald will share inherent knowledge while introducing wines reflective of the regions diversity, explaining the tasting technique and the secrets hidden within a French wine label, and more...
A lovely sunny space for outside living and birdsong, furnished with metalwork garden table and chairs (incl. cushions), a charcoal bbq (Weber), 2x teak steamer chairs and parasol which can be set at an angle. NEW for 2018, a gated entrance and wall enclosed terrace providing complete privacy!
Annie's house has her own parking space.
Annie's House is not suitable for those with impaired mobility and knee conditions.
Smoking is not permitted;
The property is not suitable for babies or children (due to our caves)
Breakfast : delivered to your front door at an hour to suit you! Start your day with a basket full of breakfast goodies - freshly baked baguette, croissants and pain au chocolat. Butter & selection of jams, natural yoghurt, fresh fruit, and organic fruit juice, including morning breakfast tea, coffee and milk.
Supper : an example... l'Assiette de Bellevue (concombre à la crème à l'ancienne, selection of charcuterie and local cheeses). Basket of fresh baguette & butter, followed by tartelettes.
A visit to the Loire in 2006 didn't see me return. Today I'm Mme Beaumont, wife to Gérald, a bilingual French wine professional, and Mum to our two gorgeous children, Augustin (9yrs) and Constance (7yrs). Making our family '5' is our friendly rescue cat, Biscotte who you'll find sleeping amongst the flower beds. We warmly welcome you to our family home where we hope you will enjoy the peace of our village setting, the regions rich history and attractions, local cuisine and diverse wines.
|Year property purchased||2007|
|Why this location?||Set in the pretty village of Pouançay, close to the market town of Montreuil-Bellay, half-way between Saumur and Chinon. Amenities, fresh food markets, restaurants serving regional cuisine are easily accessible. Whilst discovery of the Val de Loire's rich history and majestic châteaux are around each corner.|
|Unique benefits of property||We warmly welcome you to our French-Anglo family home, La Bellevue, where we hope you will enjoy the peace of our village setting. Relaxing at La Bellvue take advantage of breakfast, supper, a wine tasting with Gérald and a tour of our, once dwellings, troglodyte caves.|
How to read a French wine label. Tasting techniques, and how wine is made... while staying at La Bellevue take the opportunity to discover the regions diverse wines during a wine tasting tutorial with Gérald, held in our, once dwellings, troglodyte caves. Bilingual, a French wine professional and from an Angevin (Brissac-Quincé) wine making family, sharing inherent knowledge, Gérald will introduce six wines reflecting the regions diversity, explain the tasting technique, and secrets hidden within a French wine label. Alongside the methods used to create the blanc, rosé, rouge and sparkly wines, the different cépages and annual work involved preparing the vines.
Situated in our village and a moments walk from La Bellevue, is the reputed Belgique seafood restaurant, the Trésor Belge. In addition to the restaurant, there is a bar which hosts 'happy hour' and where belgium beers can be sat and enjoyed in their pretty garden.
A popular venue and highly rated this lovely restaurant is located in Montreuil-Bellay (8km). Run by a friendly, hardworking French couple, who spent 10 years in the UK, they pride themselves using fresh produce and serving traditional cusine. Depending upon your appetit, one can choose from the Menu du Jour or Menu Gourments.
This was our third stay In Annie's House. As per usual it was spotless and welcoming.
Sarah-Jane and her family once again made us feel so welcome and found extra lighting for me so that I could sew. This little cottage is in such a peaceful location with lovely grounds and a small town nearby which has some lovely restaurants and a little supermarket and beautiful chateau. It makes an ideal base for exploring the Loire Valley and feels like a home from home.
Thank you so much once again for another wonderful stay.
Very clean compact accommodation that was let down by a number of minor issues, namely the treacherous staircase, limited number of glasses and mugs and the breakfast bar style table and chairs. Otherwise very comfortable, chairs bed etc.
Owners very friendly and eager to please.