No. 1 rue du Comte de Castellane is a self-catering holiday gite in the historic, peaceful village of Chenehutte on the banks of the Loire. It's a spacious house that easily accomodates a one or two family holiday.
The village, with its 11th century church, has a restaurant and a boulangerie. Excellent fishing, walking and cycling are available close by.
The house is ten minutes riverbank drive from elegant Saumur with all the amenities anyone could wish.
There are marvellous opportunities for bird-watching along the river. Wine-tasting is a must. The world famous Saumur-Champigny, Chinon and Bourgueil appellations are all local and Saumur is now gaining a deserved reputation for its sparkling 'Cremant de Loire' wines.
Golf and horse riding are only a five minute drive away. Our English-speaking manager, living in the village, will be on hand during your stay.
Accommodation and facilities:
Large kitchen/dining room opening onto sun terrace and garden.
Large oak-beamed lounge with wood burning stove.
One king-sized bedroom with balcony, two double bedrooms, one twin bedroom.
Travelcot, highchair and stairgate available.
Bathroom with shower and bidet.
Shower room with toilet
Separate wc and washing machine.
Secluded rear garden with furniture and barbecue.
Parking for two cars.
Tv/dvd, games and books. Wi-fi Internet access.
Full central heating.
All services included.
Cleaning service available.
Bedding, towels and tea towels included.
Guests have a choice of two rooms for dining. For more informal occasions there is the large Kitchen/Dining area. It has an electric cooker, double refrigerator and separate beer fridge, microwave, wine rack and dishwasher. The dining area accesses the terrace via french windows for al fresco eating. For really warm days just press the switch and roll out the electric sun blind. A substantial barbecue is handily placed on the sun terrace.
The pine buffet and well-equipped storage areas provide all the equipment necessary for cooking, wining and dining.
Decor includes useful local archive images and maps.
For more formal occasions our large oak table in the oak-beamed 'sejour' can easily accommodate 8 diners.
Enjoy relaxing in the oak-beamed lounge with sofas and easy chairs. Extensive book and games are available. For more formal dining away from the kitchen/dining area the oak table can seat 8. Tv and dvd player available.
For cooler evenings the integrated wood burning stove provides a cosy focus.
There are two bedrooms on the first floor. At the rear of the house, with a balcony overlooking the garden, is the Master bedroom with a king-sized bed.
On the same level, at the front of the house is another double bedroom. This is known as the Tapestry Room.
The bathroom on this level provdes bath/shower, toilet, washbasin and bidet.
On the next floor are two further bedrooms. One, with a lilac theme, is a double. The other provides twin beds suitable for children or adults.
On this level there is a shower room with toilet and wash basin.
For the very youngest in the party we have available a travel cot. (To complement this we also have a high chair and a safety gate for stairs.)
We have a bathroom with bath/shower, toilet, washbasin and bidet on the lower sleeping level and a shower room with toilet and washbasin on the upper level. In addition there is a toilet and hand basin within the laundry on the kitchen/dining level.
The house has oil-fired, radiator-based central heating. This is provided at no additional cost. The top level of the house uses wall-mounted electric heating. Again, this is provided within the overall rental. The lounge has an integrated wood-burning stove and wooden logs are available in the garden outhouse at appropriate times of year.
FreeSat UK tv channels and dvd player are available. Wi-fi Internet access is included at no extra cost.
Board games and an excellent selection of books are provided.
The house has a tiered garden to the rear. It's accessed from the sun terrace. It's backed by the trees of the 'coteaux' which border the Loire. Sit quietly for a while and deer, red squirrels and a great variety of birds may soon appear.
There is parking space for two cars on site. There's also ample space for safe storage of bicycles.
The house is suitable for most visitors. However, wheelchair access is limited.
The house is situated on the 'Loire a Velo' Cycle Path. Visitors who bring their bikes will appreciate the secure but easily-accessed storage at the rear.
In 2017 cycling enthusiasts will enjoy the Vintage Velo Rally on the 24th and 25th June in and around Saumur and actually passing the house itself.
On the 4th and 5th of August the winemakers of Saumur-Champigny stage the amazing Grande Tablée in the centre of Saumur. Sample different vintages and take away a souvenir wine glass for a nominal charge.
On the 6th August Chênehutte stages its annual 'vide-grenier' - lots of bargains, food and drink to be had.
Cunault Abbey Church, The Abbey of Fontevraud, Saumur Chateau and many other historic attractions are within easy reach. There are visitor guides, maps and brochures available in the house.
Angus and Janet Byrne
|Year property purchased||2002|
|Why this location?||We love the area - and it's our second home for some of the year.|
|Unique benefits of property||Superbly located for the Loire, its history, cuisine, wine and culture - and for 2016 the 4th stage of the Tour de France!|
Le Futreau - Riverside Bar/Cafe/Guingette 3 minutes walk away
Find it at 30 rue du Marechal Leclerc. Run by Fanny and Romuald a charming - and yes, snails are a speciality!
Large, bustling and excellent quality market on Saturday morning - spreads through the town. Food, wine and produce section in Place St Pierre is especially recommended.
Visit l’Hélice - a unique troglodyte sculptural work nearby that you walk into, climb over and marvel at. Check it out at http://heliceterrestre.canalblog.com/
Visit one of the famous underground sparkling wine houses nearby. We recommend Langlois-Chateau - excellent range of wines, tour around the vast underground caves where they make it, free tastings. Mention our name for a discount!
1 Rue du Comte de Castellane 49350 Chênehutte-Trèves-Cunault.. A beautiful traditional French village house on the banks of the Loire which looked better than the advert!. The garden is idyllic and very tranquil. A patisserie 2 minutes away and several wine caves 20-30 minute walk away. This is a great base to get around to nearby towns. The owner is vey friendly and gives excellent information about how to get there, the best restaurants etc.We would recommend this property wholeheartedly.