|The Cottage, Annie's House||Self Catering||Flexible||1||2||1|
Interested in discovering the wines and châteaux in the Loire Valley? Consider a short or weekly stay at our French-Anglo family home, La Bellevue, located half-way between Saumur and Chinon.
Exhibiting the charms characteristic of the region, Annie's House is an independent cottage, quaint and cosy, idyllic for two. Beautifully presented and fully equipped for self-catering purposes, the stunning outside terrace is attractively walled and planted with bamboo providing privacy. Enjoy the very best this special region of France has to offer; savour local cuisine, visit majestic Châteaux and join us in our troglodyte cave for a fun and informative Wine Tasting of Award-Winning wines from the two Châteaux.
- self-catering, breakfast and supper on request
- wine tasting of award-winning Loire Valley wines
- village restaurant, a 2 minute walk to the reputed Trésor Belge
- stays from min. 3 nights with flexible day arrival
- secure private parking, a car is necessary
Don't hesitate to contact us with questions and/or for further information.
In addition to HFD reviews, we are visible on TripAdvisor (45 x 5 star) & HomeAway (13 x 5 star)
Wine Tasting of Award-Winning Wines
Join us in our troglodyte cave for a fun and informative wine tasting. From an Angevin wine making family, bilingual and a French wine professional, Gérald will introduce you to the award-winning wines produced at the two Châteaux he manages: Château de Beauregard (AOC Saumur) and Château des Noyers (AOC Anjou).
Perfecting the tasting technique and how to read a French wine label. Learn about the regions different cépages, the annual work involved preparing the vines and the methods used to create the blanc, rosé, rouge and sparkly wines.
Stays from min. 3 nights with flexible day arrival
Check-in: from 17h00
Check-out: by 09h00
Taxe de Séjour: 0,80cts per person, per night - payable on departure
Included... bedroom and household linen, Egyptian cotton towels (2x face cloths, 2x guest towels and 2x bath sheets), 'The Essentials', washing-up liquid, sponge, scratchy pad, coffee filter papers, bin liners, cling-film, aluminum foil, salt & pepper, loo rolls and hand soap. In addition for nightly stays: teas, coffee, milk, sugar and bottled water.
Gérald & Sarah-Jane - we warmly welcome you to our family home to share, enjoy and experience with us all that we cherish about this beautiful and historic region of France.
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 (11yrs) and Constance (9yrs). Making our family '7' is Biscotte, our dear little rescue cat and our friendly girls, 'the French hens'.
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’Exploitations for two Loire Valley Châteaux; Château de Beauregard, Le Puy Notre-Dame (AOC Saumur) and Château des Noyers, Martigné-Briand (AOC Anjou).
Our village Pouançay
Just a 2 min 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.
(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.
(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!
The kitchen is equipped with a kettle and toaster, a 4-ring induction hob, an electric oven, fridge, a microwave, cooking utensils, a variety of sized pots and pans, crockery, cutlery and glassware. Alongside a bistrot style table and two chairs.
From the terrace, through double doors, entry is into the living room. Furnishings include a two-seater sofa and armchair, coffee table and table lamps. WiFi is freely available and for leisure there are current dvds, a dvd player, TV (French), reading books and games. Alongside flyers for ideas of things to do and sights to see. * Please consider the advertised images as the staircase may not be suitable for those with impaired mobility and knee conditions. *
Light and airy the bedroom is furnished with a standard sized double bed, attractive chair, full length mirror, chest of drawers, clothes rail with wooden hangers, bedside tables and lamps.
The loo and shower room are floor level, generous in size and decorated in blue and white tiling, there is a hairdryer and the loo is supplied with paper rolls.
The terrace is privately enclosed and a superb space for outside living. Furnishings include a metalwork table and two chairs, a Weber bbq (charcoal) and two teak steamer chairs with a parasol which can be set at an angle to create shade where required.
Secure private parking space.
* Please consider the advertised images as the staircase may not be suitable for those with impaired mobility and knee conditions.
* The property is not suitable for babies or children.
* Smoking is not permitted.
* Pets are not permitted
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: if you don't fancy cooking during your stay, you can enjoy supper (hot or cold + pudding), freshly prepared using local produce and served inside/outside your holiday home. A range of wines selected by Gérald, are available to accompany supper.
Gérald and I warmly welcome you to our family home to share, enjoy and experience with us all that we cherish about this beautiful and historic region of France. 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 (11yrs) and Constance (9yrs). Making our family '7' is Biscotte, our dear little rescue cat and our friendly girls, 'the French hens'.
|Year property purchased||2007|
|Why this location?||Idyllic for two, those seeking to discover Loire Valley wines, 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||- Self-catering holiday cottages for two
- Wine tastings of award-winning Loire Valley wines
- Air-conditioning and private garden terraces
- Breakfast and supper available on request
- Short and weekly stays with flexible day arrival
- 2 mins walk from the Trésor Belge restaurant
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.
We first stayed at Annie’s house during the summer of 2018, we were so impressed with all aspects of our stay, such as Cleanliness, facilities, local amenities to our property, the welcome from our hosts also along with its position and location in relations to the main towns in the Loire such as Saumur, Chinon and Tours was just perfect and that we made sure that we rebooked and stayed a second time in 2019.
Again we were not disappointed, our hosts excelled themselves, always makes you feel very welcome, could not do enough for us in all aspects of suggesting places to visit, where to eat out and of course wine tasting trips. Annie’s house was spotless and clean, it had all the amenities you wanted and what was advertised. As a result we did not hesitate to re book for 2019.
Annie’s house is situated in a perfect location, in the countryside where it so peaceful and yet well within easy reach of the main tourist areas such as Saumur, Chinon and Tours, there is also a lot of other local attractions nearby, such as beautiful Chateaux’s, Soap manufacturing business, beautiful little villages situated along the Loire River and you are so close to Fontevraud-l'Abbaye a must place to go and visit.
We plan to revisit again in 2020 and I can see clearly why our hosts have been awarded “2019 Certificate of Excellence” by TripAdvisor.
Sarah-Jane and Gerald greated us warmly as we arrived after a drive from La Rochelle. We stayed in Annie's house which was just the prettiest of gites. It was scrupulously clean and the linen and towels just lovely. We had eggs from the family chickens and had breakfast brought to our door two mornings. We had a lovely secluded patio which was ideal for eating and sunbathing. Gerald delivered the most amazing wine tasting where we sampled many local excellent wines. Many bottles found their way into our car boot in return for a modest payment. We cycled along the Loire and ate out a number of times. Food and wine was delicious. The culinary highlight was a visit to the local restaurant (40 metres away from our gite). Our Belgian hosts deserve a Michelin star for the food served up. A fabulous experience which demands a repeat visit.
Annie’s House is like a little home from home as it has everything you need. The gite is spotlessly clean and the bed is really comfy, outside is a lovely little terrace where you can sit outside in the evening with a nice glass of wine.
Wine tasting with Gèrald is not to be missed to sample the great tasting wines which he has produced.
Saumur is about 25 minutes away with lots to see and do in the surrounding area.
This was our fourth stay here but won’t be our last, We will be coming back again
We have visited this gité for over 10 years. The property is immaculately clean and extremely well maintained, well equipped, comfortable and cosy. La Bellevue is situated in a quiet location and is the perfect place to relax. The owners are always on hand to give information and tips about the local area, which is full of wonderful things to do. There are lovely villages and towns to visit which are steeped in history. You can visit châteaus, local markets, brocantes or just walk around the vines. A wine tasting with the owner, who is a professional wine producer is highly recommended.
I can't recommend La Bellevue highly enough.