|La Varenne||Self Catering||Saturday||7||14||3||Cot bed available|
This large gîte is a modern style property set in its own grounds of 1 acre, surrounded by wonderful countryside and woodlands but still close to main centres of interest. This is the perfect location for all ages to enjoy a relaxing break, swim in the heated pool, go for walks, cycle (Loire a vélo cycle trail nearby), visit the many châteaux, or the many other attractions in the area.
Located 11 miles from the famous wine growing town of Bourgueil, with its many vineyards, restaurants, shops and bars. A hypermarket is available together with a filling station on the edge of the town.
The world famous Loire châteaux of Chinon, Saumur and Villandry are all within an hours drive and the Abbey of Fontevraud which is a world heritage site is but a mere 30 minutes drive away.
Fully-fitted well equipped kitchen plus separate breakfast room with seating for 6 people
Separate dining room with seating for 8 people. Hostess trolley and sideboard together with upright cabinet and sideboard.
Large lounge with open fireplace. Comfortable seating for 10 people, 51 inch flat screen tv + dvd and video.
Separate breakfast room, internet access with wi-fi, books and boardgames, selection of dvds and video.
Separate dining area with dining table seats 8.
Bedroom 1: kingsize bed
Bedroom 2: kingsize bed
Bedroom 3: double bed
Bedroom 4: 3 x single: beds
Bedroom 5: double bed
Bedroom 6: double bed
Bedroom 7: double bed
Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, twin washbasins, toilet, store cupboards.Separate toilet.
Bathroom with bath and shower over, toilet, bidet and washbasin.
Shower room with wash basin. Separate toilet.
Electric heaters in all rooms: At supplement of £250/300€ per week (October - April) Any additional electricity supplied at cost and deducted from security deposit)
Tv, dvd player, video player, heated swimming pool, badminton, tennis, bikes available (helmets supplied) boardgames, playing cards, reading books, dvds and videos.
Three patio areas with garden furniture supplied, barbecue, heated swimming pool, lawned area for ball games.
First covered open dining area/balcony adjacent to kitchen, with garden table and chairs, seats 4.
Second patio area with bbq seats 11 with sun brolly.
Third patio area at front (east facing) with solid wood table and 8 chairs with seat covers and large sun brolly.
Fully lockable gates and fencing for security and safety of children and animals.
Large lawned areas with mature trees approximately 1 acre in total.
Swimming pool (heated from May to September) with lockable gated area.
Ample off-road parking for up to 6 cars, additional covered car port.
Suitable for all age groups and suitable on the ground floor for people with reduced mobility. Suitable for large families with young children, animals welcome.
Basement laundry room with washing machine, and drying facilities.
Games area in basement with table tennis table.
5 adult bikes available for use of guests at no extra charge.
I decided to move to France 7 years ago with my wife, a retired school teacher. I am a former Sales & Marketing Manager. Both my wife and I speak French and have very good French neighbours at both of our properties. We decided to make an investment in 2013 in the Loire area which we have visited many times in the past. We are extremely well placed to offer a large family home to people who appreciate the Loire area as we do.
|Year property purchased||2013|
|Why this location?||The Loire valley is one of the most beautiful areas of France, with its many châteaux, wine growing areas and places of historica linterest. The area offers many opportunities to walk, cycle, horse riding and other activities such as golf, fishing and hunting. In the nearest large town, Bourgueil, there is also an ice rink, sports facilities and shops, bars and restaurants. There is also a weekly market, along with many vineyards where local wines can be sampled and purchased. On the outskirts of the town there is also a Hypermarket. The cities of Tours, Saumur and Angers are all within an hours drive away.|
|Unique benefits of property||The main benefits of our gîte are the number of bedrooms (seven) to comfortably accomodate adults and children. Animals are also welcome. Our property is ideal for large families to enjoy. A spacious lounge and separate dining room and separate breakfast room provide plenty of space for all the family to enjoy. A heated swimming pool with gated access and a security cover offer safety for children. A large gated and fenced garden of around an acre offer security for children. There is a table tennis table in the basement along with 6 adult bikes for guests to use. Ample on-site parking for up to 6 cars is available (Vehicles are parked at their owners risk). Our property is located in the heart of the French countryside, however close at hand in the village of Gizeux, 1 mile distant, there is a bakery, general store, chemists and hairdressers, along with a café-bar. There is also a château in the village open for visitors during the season. A warm welcome awaits you.|
The châteaux of Chinon, Saumur and Villandry are close by, all within 1 hours drive. The Abbey of Fontevraud is within 30 minutes drive and well worth a visit. The vineyards of Bourgueil and Saumur are close at hand, along with their many shops and bars with a selection of good restaurants. Futuroscope is 1 hour 30 minutes drive away, and the famous city of Tours with its cathedral and all modern facilities is only 45 minutes drive away. Families are well catered for in this area.
La Varenne is a fairly remote, quiet gite with local village facilities but no supermarket or restaurants close by. The kitchen is far too small for catering for the large family the house can accommodate and the decor everywhere is shabby. It could do with some toys or games for indoor and outdoor play.
Having said all that it was very good for a family which included quite young children and made us feel comfortable.
We had a fair amount of very hot weather and the house stayed quite cool and the family sized pool was very welcome. The owner showed is round and explained all the necessary details. He left us a contact number.
I would recommend the property to friends who want peace and quiet and have a number of young grandchildren. It's quite a long drive for children if you want a day out to the Chateaux of the Loire.
The bath rooms are rather dated but functional and the cooker/sink area. in the kitchen is rather cramped. Some modernization would enhance the property. Our party of 7 enjoyed the spaciousness of the gite and its garden, and consider it's location great for exploring the Loire area. I would recommend it.
Thank you for your visit to our gîte. Some modernisation of the kitchen area is planned, however most guests enjoy cooking and eating outside during the summer months where we have a concrete barbeque (charcoal) and three terraces with chairs (24) and tables (3) provided. Thank you for your comments and your recommendation.
If you head to La Varenne hoping to be able to post photos on Social Media of your ultra moderne/chic Gite in the Loire back to your audience then you will miss out. Twice. The main reason is that this area is about sitting back and soaking up the lack of pollution; noise (first thing I noticed when I got home), light (the stars envelope you here) and air.
I have written a few reviews on Trip Advisor and the common theme throughout all is that it is people that make a holiday or location. Mr and Mrs Ayton who own La Varenne are simply lovely, proud people that allow others to use a home that they themselves also use from time to time.
The house is enormous and located in a lovely spot with views of wheat, sunflower fields, trees and blue skies (10 out of 13 days) as far as the eye can see.
This is not a criticism but the decor is dated. It reminded me of my grandparents house in the 1970's hence my comment about La Varenne not being about image. It would benefit from an overhaul soon but it will in no way diminish your stay and in my case it made me feel somewhat nostalgic and at home.It is clean, fully functional, well equipped and comfortable. We were a family of 5 an that afforded lots of space and privacy when needed and things to do when not. The pool is lovely, always the right temperature. We took 2 dogs who now hate me for bringing them home as the garden is a) immense and b) secure so they could run around all day without any worries.
I love La Varenne.
Thank you very much for your comments. We accept that our project is still ongoing, but we have already come a long way! It was a pleasure for us to have such a lovely family staying in our home, and we were grateful that our property was respected and left clean and tidy. We also love La Varenne and the delightful people round about.