Self catering gite for couples in Pouancay

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Pouancay (28km from Saumur), Vienne, Poitou Charentes Reference: PV004973 Advertiser since: 16 September 2016
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The Barn, La Grange d'Henri Self Catering Saturday 1 2 1

About this property

Self Catering Gite for Couples. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

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.
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The Barn, La Grange d’Henri

La Grange d’Henri is a super self-catering gite for couples, equipped and beautifully presented to ensure home-from-home comfort. Electrically operated entrance gates into the grounds of La Bellevue ensure privacy and secure parking. Water and electricity are included.

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

Taxe de Séjour, 0,80cts per person, per night, payable upon departure.
Damage Deposit : £150 requested 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.
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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 Director 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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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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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.

Saumur

(25kms) twined with Warwick, England and Verden, Germany. Stretching along the banks of the Loire river, its famous château sitting high above the town, Saumur is a delight to discover. A weekly market, monthly brocante, activities, exhibitions and wine festivals held 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!

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Fully equipped with a kettle, toaster, 4-ring induction hob, oven, fridge-freezer, cooking utensils, pots, pans, crockery, cutlery, glassware, tea-pot and coffee filter. For your arrival ‘gite 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

French sliding doors open into the living room from the terrace and features a 2-seater sofa, large armchair, table and chairs. Freely available wi-fi access, interior/exterior, up-to-date dvds, dvd player, tv (French channels), reading books, boardgames/cards, walking routes, informative brochure, flyers for ideas of things to do and sights to see.

Bedrooms

Light and spacious the bedroom benefits from a separate loo and shower room, standard double bed, wall hanging mirror, chest of drawers, bedside drawers, bedside lamp and a curtain enclosed space for hanging clothes and hiding suitcases.

Bathrooms

Separate and set-off the bedroom. The shower room is supplied with a hairdryer and floor mat and the loo, with loo rolls.

Heating

Electrical wall-heaters.

Entertainment


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...

Garden and outside

A super space for outside living, a sunny spot throughout the day until sun-set, furnished with metalwork garden table and chairs (incl. cushions), a charcoal bbq (Weber), 2x teak steamer chairs and a parasol which can be set at an angle.

Parking and garages

Henri has his own secure parking space.

Visitor suitability

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

  • No smoking

  • 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 9km to 22km

Wine tasting

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

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Sarah-Jane Beaumont

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.

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.

2 Reviews
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  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 IER 20 September, 2017

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.

10 / 10 Alan Thornsby 9 August, 2017

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!