|The Barn, La Grange d'Henri||Self Catering||Saturday||1||2||1|
Welcome to our French-Anglo family home, La Bellevue, where we, Sarah-Jane and Gérald Beaumont, invite you to share in our way of life and passion for the local produce and wines of this diverse region. Set in the pretty village of Pouançay, half-way between Saumur and Chinon, our cosy holiday gite, La Grange d'Henri is equipped and presented to a high standard, ensuring home-away-comfort for couples in the peaceful surround of vineyards and sunflower fields.
We provide breakfast and evening supper options, and our village has a reputed sea-food restaurant, the Trésor Belge’, a moments walk away. Easily accessible by car are local amenities, fresh food markets, restaurants, the majestic châteaux and attractions of the Loire Valley.
If you are keen ramblers and/or cyclists there is much to explore locally and around (we have storage space for bikes), and for those wishing to sample the wines from the Loire Valley, you might like to experience a Wine Tasting Tutorial with Gérald, a bilingual French wine professional, hosted in our once dwellings, troglodyte caves.
(kindly submitted past guest reviews to date : TripAdvisor: 41 x 5star / OwnersDirect: 14 x 5star)
Water and electricity are included.
Electrically operated entrance gates ensure privacy and secure parking.
Check in : 17h00 onwards
Check out : by 09h00
Taxe de Séjour: 0,80cts per person, per night, payable upon departure.
Damage Deposit : 150€ requested upon arrival and returned on the morning of departure.
Optional hire of quality bedroom/household linen and Egyptian cotton towels (2x face clothes, 2x guest towels & 2x bath sheets) for 40€ is available and payable upon departure.
A car is necessary.
Fully equipped with a kettle, toaster, 4-ring induction hob, oven, fridge-freezer, cooking utensils, pots and pans, crockery, cutlery and glassware. 'Henri' is supplied with: washing up liquid, sponge and scratchy pad, bin liners, cling-film, aluminium foil, salt and pepper, olive oil. The kitchen looks out on to the decked terrace.
From the terrace, French sliding doors open into Henri’s living room, which is furnished with a comfy two-seater sofa, armchair, dining table and chairs. Wi-fi access is freely available, and for leisure there are current dvds, a dvd player, tv (French), reading books, board games, walking and cycle routes, a brochure and flyers for ideas of things to do, places to visit and sights to see.
Set off the bedroom is a separate loo and shower room. Light and spacious the bedroom is furnished with a large wall hanging mirror, a chest of drawers, bedside mini chest of drawers and bedside lamp, and a boulangère with wooden clothes hangers. The standard double size bed has a mattress protector, 4x pillows/pillowcase covers, and a duvet. Optional hire of bedroom/household linen is available.
Separate and set off the bedroom. The shower room is supplied with a hairdryer and floor mat. The loo, with loo rolls. Optional hire of Egyptian cotton towels is available.
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...
The decked terrace is a sun-trap and lovely space for outside living whilst being serenaded by birdsong. Furnished with garden chairs and table, a charcoal Weber bbq, and for relaxing in, 2 x teak steamer chairs and parasol which can be set at an angle to create shade where required.
Henri has his own secure parking space.
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.
Our love affair with La Grange d’Henri continues. This great little Gite is in a very quiet location, which is a perfect retreat for us as a couple to forget daily life, to relax and to recharge our batteries. Nonetheless if you feel the urge a short drive will take you to many of the best attractions the Loire has to offer. If this is what you like then it’ll be perfect for you too.
We have stayed in both Annie’s house and La Grange d’Henri in the last four years.
We love the tranquillity of La Bellevue and the wonderful welcome of La famille Beaumont who now are dear friends, not just the owners of two wonderful properties.
Both are well equipped, comfortable and immaculately kept by Sarah-Jane. Although the weather this year was mixed, there were only two occasions we could not eat out on the patio and enjoy the view across the fields. We also feel that now we are part of the local community with friendly welcomes from the local boucherie and boulangerie, both of whom provide high quality products. Melons from the yellow van in the nearby car park on the main road are excellent.
Sarah-Jane and Gerald continue to share suggestions for places to visit –Fontevraud, Chinon and Angers are as ever a must, as is the Retro Grande Prix at Le Puy Notre Dame. We also thoroughly enjoyed a visit to one of their favourite places to eat at L’auberge du Ferme du Montrivet. The welcome and food were excellent and again we left with a determination to visit again.
After four visits there are still places to visit, as well as the certain knowledge that the welcome and attention from La famille Beaumont make a perfectly relaxing and stressless holiday. We will return next year!