|Gite Marsolie||Self Catering||Saturday||3||8||3|
Welcome to Gite Marsolie, a newly-refurbished, architect-designed luxury self-catering gite for 6 to 8 people in 3 en-suite bedrooms near to the busy rural village of Ecueille in the Loire Valley.
The gite is in a peaceful hamlet of five houses and enjoys its own outdoor spaces with tables and chairs to suit your first coffee of the day from the gite's Nespresso machine or a full meal prepared in the gite kitchen, fully equipped with Bosch fan-oven, Bosch induction hob, full-size Bosch dishwasher and Samsung microwave. A large American-style fridge-freezer provides space for everything from food, wine and beer to ice creams on those long hot sunny afternoons.
All 3 large en suite bedrooms (2 on the ground floor) are furnished with king size Hypnos mattresses and toppers. An additional single bed can be provided in 2 of the bedrooms, if required.
The open plan kitchen, dining and living area is very convivial to family life. The underfloor heating throughout the ground floor ensures the gite is always warm and welcoming.
Activities nearby range from horse riding, walking and cycling to wine-tasting, historical exploration and enjoying the hugely varied scenery in this area. Visits to Chateaux, Beauval Park Zoo and the Brenne National Park provide further entertainment.
An open plan kitchen/dining/living area. The kitchen is well appointed with Bosch induction hob, eye level Bosch fan oven, full size Bosch dishwasher and an American-style fridge-freezer. There is a Nespresso machine in the gite as well as a cafetiere. The oval oak dining table seats 8 people. Crockery and glasses are stored in the dresser in the dining area.
The living room has a 3-piece leather suite, coffee-table and occasional tables. There is wi-fi throughout the gite.
There are 3 bedrooms; 2 at ground floor and one on the first floor. All bedrooms have king size beds fitted with Hypnos mattresses and toppers. Single beds can be added to the 2 downstairs bedrooms if required. The bedrooms all have a hanging rail and chest of drawers. Bed linen and towels are provided.
There are 3 en suite bathrooms. Downstairs there is one bathroom and one shower room. The bathroom has a full size (180 x 80cm) bath. The shower room is a wet-room style. The shower and toilet are separate. The upstairs en suite shower room is down 2 steps from the bedroom and has a large shower. All shower fittings are Grohe and thermostatically controlled.
Heating is provided by underfloor water heating, serviced from an oil fired boiler which is located outside the gite. There are heated towel rails in each en suite bathroom which are individually controlled. There is a wood burner in the living room.
Wi-fi is provided throughout the gite. Boardgames and playing cards are provided.
There is a garden adjacent to the gite with a shaded seating area, grass and flower beds. The garden is not secure.
Parking for numerous cars and bikes is provided outside the front of the gite.
The gite has been created so it is suitable for someone with limited mobility, but it is not wheelchair accessible. There are two steps into the gite. There is also one step down into one of the bedrooms (with the bathroom) at the ground floor. The doors into the downstairs bedroom (with the shower) are extra-wide but it is not possible to get a wheelchair into the shower room.
Sophie was fortunate enough to live and work in Central & Eastern Europe and Sweden and enjoyed a career in Human Resources. Mark ran a company providing IT support to small companies and worked throughout the UK and Europe. We had the opportunity to follow our dream in 2015. We searched for a home in France and were lucky enough to find the old farm.
|Year property purchased||2016|
|Why this location?||One of the barns had already been converted in the 1970s and whilst it needed updating, it was habitable. We were able to move into the barn and concentrate on restoring the original farmhouse to create the gite.
There is a lot to do in the area and this attracted us to the property. The large, famous chateaux of the Loire are less than an hours drive away. But we prefer the smaller chateaux which are closer to us, such as Montresor and Valencay which are about 10-15 minutes drive away. There is also a steam train based in the village, and Beauval ZooParc is just a short drive away. The Brenne National Park is south of us and the bird watching is superb. The village is very well serviced with two boulangeries, a butcher, small supermarket, cash point, petrol station, pharmacy and a few restaurants.
|Unique benefits of property||The double height ceiling in the main salon shows off the original structure of the barn. We also love the oak staircase which was made for us by a local artisan. There is also lots of insulation in the property and underfloor heating throughout the ground floor. The en suite bathrooms are also well appointed with a large bath in one, a rainshower in the wetroom and a massive shower cubicle in the upstairs en suite.|
Located just a 15 minute drive away, this is regarded as one of the top 10 zoos in the world. August 2017 saw the safe arrival of the first panda cub to be born in France and it is hoped to be on public viewing in October 2017.
The main depot for the Bas Berry Tourist Train is located in the village. They run regular steam and electric trains throughout the year.
Classified as a beautiful village with a delightful chateau at its heart. Lovely village with 2 restaurants, bar, shops and only 20 minutes drive away.
Beautiful chateau and gardens to visit. They regularly have events and exhibitions taking place. Also in the town is the monument to the Special Operations Executive members who served in World War II. The first British agent was dropped by parachute just outside the town.
A bustling town on the banks of the Loire river and just north of Beauval ZooParc. Beautiful chateau and chapel which is apparently the final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci. Just down the road, and reputedly linked to the main chateau by a tunnel, is Leonardo's home, Clos Luce, and well worth a visit.
The gite is located just south of the Vouvray wine area. Nearby is Chateauvieux with numerous vineyards, and also the location of the artisan who made the staircase. Delicious wine tastings available throughout the village.
Coarse fishing, crazy golf, walking, lake swimming and a delicious restaurant are just 10 minutes drive away.
Very good stables are located at Favourelles and it is possible to go on half hour hacks in the countryside, or longer.