Pretty cottage for couples near Pouancay - PV004969

9.3/10
Pouancay (28km from Saumur), Vienne, Poitou Charentes Reference: PV004969 Advertiser since: 16 September 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
The Cottage, Annie's House Self Catering Flexible 1 2 1

About this property

Pretty Self Catering Cottage for Couples. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Short stays start from 2 nights. Wine tasting of Loire Valley wines with Gérald, a bilingual French wine professional. Breakfast and supper are available on request. A moment’s walk from La Bellevue, the reputed Trésor Belge restaurant which offers ‘happy hour’ from 5pm to 7pm.

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.
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The Cottage, Annie's House

Annie's House is a private, quaint self-catering cottage equipped and presented to a high standard to ensure home-from-home comfort. NEW for 2018 is Annie's House beautiful terrace constructed using Pierre de l'Yonne stone, bamboo has been used to give privacy without the sense of enclosure, providing a peaceful space and superb sun spot to relax in!

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 43 x 5Star / OwnersDirect 9 x 5Star

Check in : 17h00 onwards
Check out : by 09h00

Taxe de Séjour, 0,80cts per person, per night, payable upon departure.
Damage Deposit : taken and held when booking nightly or weekly stays and returned 7 days after departure.

Nightly tariff includes bedroom/household linen and Egyptian cotton towels (2x face clothes, 2x guest towels & 2x bath sheets), tea, coffee, milk, sugar, bottled water, liquid soap + 'cottage essentials'.

Weekly tariff includes 'cottage essentials' and offers optional hire of quality bedroom/household linen and Egyptian cotton towels (2x face clothes, 2x guest towels & 2x bath sheets), 45€ per week, payable upon departure.

A car is necessary.
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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...
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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 Directeur d’Exploitation for two wineries; Château de Beauregard in Le Puy Notre-Dame and Château des Noyers, close to Martigné-Briand.
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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!

Montreuil-Bellay

(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.

Chinon

(31kms) sitting on the banks of the Vienne river Chinon’s rich history dates from early man. The impressive Fortress de Chinon sits above the town and served both French and English Kings, also famously visited by Joan of Arc. Chinon warrants a full day of exploring, the town is a delight to discover, full of charming buildings, paved and narrow walk ways, hosting a market every Thursday and brocante (flea-market) every 3rd Sunday of the month.

A visit to the the Fortress is highly recommended not only for the outstanding views but rich history. Henry II King of England and first Plantagenet King (1154) extensively developed Chinon, married to Eleanor of Aquitaine they are buried in neighboring Fontrevraud l’Abbaye, alongside their son Richard I the Lionheart, King of England (1189). After Richard I’s death (1199) Chinon was passed on to his son, John. In 1205 King John lost the fortress to the French, Philip II Augustus, and became part of the royal duchy of Touraine.

Worthy of a visit is Chapelle Sainte-Radegonde, it’s a steep walk from the town and remarkably half constructed in the rock face. Once a pagan site of worship, Christianized in the 6th Century, it is the fresco of 5 riders, believed to be Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine with their son which is the attraction and remains in wonderful quality today.

Saumur

(25kms) twined with Warwick in England, Saumur is 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. Stretching along the banks of the Loire river the town is dominated by the impressive Château de Saumur originally constructed to protect the river crossing from Norman attack, later destroyed, the château was rebuilt by Henry II, King of England (1154) and first Plantagenet king.

Saumur is a delight to discover. Take a river boat ride and potter around the town enjoying the architecture. Visit Distillery Combier where the famous liqueur d’orange is made, created by Jean-Baptiste Combier in 1834. Saumur hosts a weekly market and monthly brocante (flea-market), the wonderful Anjou Vélo Vintage (June) and Festivini wine festival (September), alongside activities and exhibitions throughout the year.

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, canoe or kayak, 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!

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

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.

Living rooms

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 consider the narrow staircase may not be suitable for those with impaired mobility and knee conditions - please see advertised photos**

Bedrooms

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.

Bathrooms

Floor level, generous in size and decorated in blue and white tiling, a hairdryer, floor mat, shower curtain and loo rolls are supplied.

Heating

Electrical wall-heaters.

Entertainment

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...

Garden and outside

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!

Parking and garages

Annie's house has her own parking space.

Visitor suitability

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)
No pets

Information about any additional facilities

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.

Facilities

  • Internet

  • Meals

  • Couples only

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Montreuil-Bellay/Montsoreau/Chinon/Saumur - details provided
Distance: 8 km

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, pike, eel, sandre
Name of nearest fishing location: Various rivers in our local area. Permits can be purchased with ease.
Distance: 1 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Domaine de Roiffé
Distance: 14 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Centre Equestre Le Petit Mans, Saint Martin de Sanzay
Distance: 11 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Route de Vignoble de Pouançay

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Local walk maps provided, starting from 9kms to 22kms

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Wine Tasting Tutorial with Gérald, a bilingual French wine professional

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Sarah-Jane Beaumont

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.

Year property purchased 2007
Why this location? Idyllic for couples, ramblers and cyclists seeking a peaceful village location. 10mins from Montreuil-Bellay and half-way between Saumur and Chinon, discover the Plantagenets, the famous Loire châteaux and attractions. Numerous activities, amenities, fresh food markets and restaurants are close by and easily accessible.
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.

The Owner Recommends

Wine Tasting : Wine Tasting Tutorial with Gérald

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.

Restaurant : Trésor Belge (Pouançay)

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.

Restaurant : Hostellerie Saint Jean (Montreuil-Bellay)

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.

3 Reviews
9.3/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9
  • Condition: 9.7
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 8.3
  • Setting: 9.3
  • Value for Money: 9
9.7 / 10 Mike and Gill 18 July, 2018

Lovely quiet relaxing location. Pretty property in delightful setting. Very welcoming, friendly and helpful owner.
Facilities - more mug/glasses would have been nice.
Comfort - more cushions for outside furniture.
Local amenities - no shopping within walking distance, and only one restaurant, which was superb, but pricey.

10 / 10 Pell 22 September, 2017

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.

8.3 / 10 The Loire visitors 2017 31 July, 2017

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.