Self catering gite for couples in Pouancay - PV004973

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Pouancay (28km from Saumur), Vienne, Poitou Charentes Reference: PV004973 Advertiser since: 16 September 2016
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La Maison du Vigneron Self Catering Flexible 1 2 1

About this property

Wine Tastings & Tailored Stays.. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Interested in discovering wines from the Loire Valley? Consider a tailored stay at our French-Anglo family home, La Bellevue, in the AOC Saumur.

Independent and set within our private grounds, La Maison du Vigneron is a delightful barn conversion for two. Installed with reversible air-conditioning, beautifully presented and fully equipped for optional self-catering purposes. Enjoy the very best this special region has to offer: savour local cuisine, visit majestic Châteaux and join us in our pretty troglodyte cave, for a fun and informative wine tasting of the award-winning wines from the two Châteaux.

- Self-Catering. Breakfast and Supper.
- Wine Tasting of Award-Winning Loire Valley wines
- Village restaurant, a 2 minute walk to the reputed Trésor Belge
- Short stays from 2 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 the HFD reviews, we are visible on TripAdvisor (49 x 5*) & HomeAway (20 x 5*)
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Wine Tastings & Tailored Stays

Stays at La Bellevue start from 2 nights and can be tailored to suit your requirements. 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.
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Nightly Tariff - flexible day arrival - 2 nights min.

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 - teas, fresh coffee, milk, sugar, bottled water + 'the essentials' which include washing-up liquid, sponge, scratchy pad, coffee filter papers, bin liners, cling-film, aluminum foil, salt & pepper, loo rolls and hand soap.
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About Us

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).
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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

The kitchen is equipped with a Bosch kettle and toaster, a 4-ring induction hob, an electric oven, a fridge-freezer, cooking utensils, pots, pans, crockery, cutlery and glassware.

Living rooms

The living room is fitted with reversible air-conditioning. Entry is through French sliding windows. Furnishings include a two-seater sofa and armchair, a dining table and two chairs. Wi-fi 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.

Bedrooms

The bedroom is fitted with reversible air-conditioning and a standard sized double bed. Off-set is a separate loo and shower room. Bedroom furnishings include a large wall hanging mirror, a chest of drawers, bedside mini-chest of drawers and lamp, a boulangère and wooden clothes hangers.

Bathrooms

The loo and shower room are separate and set off the bedroom, there is a hairdryer and the loo is supplied with paper rolls.

Heating

Reversible air-conditioning

Garden and outside

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.

Parking and garages

Secure private parking.

Visitor suitability

* The property is not suitable for babies or children
* Smoking is not permitted
* Pets are not permitted.

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: 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.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • 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

Organic produce/dining

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 9km to 22km

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Wine Tasting with Gérald

Wine tasting and cookery

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Sarah-Jane Beaumont

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? Wine Tastings in the Loire Valley

Bilingual, French and from an Angevin wine making family (Brissac-Quincé) and the Directeur d'Exploitation to two Loire Valley wineries in AOC Saumur and AOC Anjou. Why not join us in our pretty troglodyte cave for a fun, informal and informative wine tasting of the châteaux award-winning wines?

Learn too about the different cépages. The annual work involved preparing the vines. The methods used to create the blanc, rosé, rouge and sparkly wines. And while perfecting the tasting technique... what to look for when reading a French wine label.
Unique benefits of property Flexible day arrival
Wine tasting of award-winning wines
Short and weekly stays
Self catering. Breakfast & supper on request
Two mins walk from the Trésor Belge restaurant (closed Mon & Tue)

The Owner Recommends

Wine Tasting - AOC Saumur & AOC Anjou

Bilingual, French and from an Angevin wine making family (Brissac-Quincé) and Directeur d'Exploitation to two Loire Valley wineries in the AOC Saumur and AOC Anjou. Why not join us in our pretty troglodyte cave for a fun, informal and informative wine tasting of the châteaux award-winning wines?
Learn too about the different cépages. The annual work involved preparing the vines. The methods used to create the blanc, rosé, rouge and sparkly wines. And while perfecting the tasting technique... what to look for when reading a French wine label.

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.

6 Reviews
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.3
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.8
10 / 10 AndrewR 12 September, 2019

Just returning from a fabulous week at La Bellevue. We stayed in La Maison du Vigneron which was perfect for two people. Everything to make our stay enjoyable (including the wine list) was very thoughtfully provided for and all so very clean. Location wise it was very conveniently situated to drive to many of the towns, villages and chateaus of the Loire valley most of which were within a 30 min drive from the gite. Our favourite town was Chinon with its quaint streets and great choice of restaurants. Another must try is Tresor Belge, a lovely restaurant two minutes walk away- great meal! What made our stay extra special however was the fabulous and very genuine welcome from Sarah-Jane, Gerald and their children. They were super hosts and we thoroughly enjoyed sharing their passion of wine as well as chickens and cats! We can’t recommend La Bellevue enough. You won’t be disappointed.

9.7 / 10 IER@31 31 August, 2018

The number of our stays at this lovely little property have now moved well into double figures and it is almost our second home during our annual visits to France. It is in a very small village so you need a car, and will have to use it to by your groceries etc, but the setting is wonderful with great views across the Loire Valley. One particular benefit is the opportunity to walk to a Michelin rated restaurant which is right on the door step. The property is alway immaculately presented and the owner is on hand to help or offer any advice on the local area.If you are touring the area it is a great spot for a couple to make their base for the duration of their trip.

10 / 10 Alan Thornsby 27 July, 2018

This is our fifth visit to Pouancay. La famille Beaumont are as ever most welcoming to their spotless and comfortable gite. After so many visits they feel part of our extended family. During our stay we were visited by the whole family, including Biscotte the cat who loves the shade on Henri's decking and the hens! Henri provides the opportunity look over the fields and relax and read. It is also a wonderful base to explore the region and despite having many previous visits, we continue to find new interesting places to visit. Fontevraud, Saumur and Chinon chateaux and old town are a must, and the riverside villages always have a good patisserie!
We would recommend Henri or Annie's House (we have stayed in both) to any couple!

10 / 10 Julie N 16 July, 2018

The Barn, La Grange d'Henri is a stunning gite located in a rural village with lovely views over the fields towards the Loire. We first visited 5 years ago and have returned each year since then. The gite itself is well equipped, spotlessly clean and comfortable. The terrace is perfect for an evening barbecue with a glass of Loire Valley wine (recommended by the host Gerald).
Pouancay is a quiet hamlet, the nearest boulangerie and boucherie being in the next village. Montreuil-Bellay is a 10 minute drive away and has a large supermarket, numerous restaurants, cafes, bars and a lovely chateau.
We travel with our bikes, and are still finding new places to cycle to each year. The roads are generally quiet and we find the French drivers to be courteous to cyclists. The closer you get to the Loire, the more cyclists and hikers you see.
What really sets this gite apart from other places is the welcome from the host family. Nothing is too much trouble for Sarah-Jane, and we have developed an interest in the wine business thanks to the time we have spent with Gerald. They both go out of their way to make sure that their guests get the most out of their stay in this beautiful region of France, and their passion for the Loire Valley is infectious. We could never have imagined that we would have made such good friends from the very first day we met the family back in 2013.
We could not recommend The Barn highly enough to anyone wanting to visit the Loire Valley.