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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The Barn, La Grange d'Henri Self Catering Flexible 1 2 1

About this property

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

Air-conditioning (hot & cold air). Private garden terrace. Wine tasting with Gérald, a bilingual French wine professional in our troglo caves. Short stays min. 3 nights. Breakfast and supper available on request. 2 mins walk to the reputed Trésor Belge restaurant, enjoy their ‘happy hour’ from 5pm-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.

Latest news from our social media page... "Many of you will know how much Gérald and I like to keep things moving at La Bellevue and 2018/2019 will be no exception! Annie's under went a fabulous transformation inside and out this year which met a wonderful reception, and now it's the turn of Henri, which will see an air conditioning system installed for hot and cold air, alongside an exciting rennovation of his terrace... there will be of course other extras, but I will leave these for your arrival" :)
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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.

Kindly submitted reviews to date: TripAdvisor 49 x 5Star / OwnersDirect 20 x 5Star

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

Arrival on: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sun (not Saturday).

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.

What's included..? Bedroom and household linen, Egyptian cotton towels inc. 2x face cloths, 2x guest towels and 2x bath sheets. Tea, coffee, milk, sugar, bottled water + 'gite essentials': washing-up liquid, sponge, scratchy pad, coffee filter papers, bin liners, cling-film, aluminum foil, salt & pepper, loo rolls and liquid hand soap.

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.

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-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 : signature dish...

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 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? 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.

5 Reviews
9.9/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.2
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.8
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.

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.