|La Belle Etoile||Self Catering||Saturday||2||6||2||Double sofabed in living room for 2 people|
La Belle Etoile is our gite in the Loire Valley region.
The Loire Valley is an area rich in history and culture, which has attracted people from before Romans to the present day.
Located in a regional park, the gite is an easy drive from a number of the stunning chateaux and estates which are located in the “Garden of France”.
A wide variety of local wines and produce make the area a gourmet’s delight, with a range of excellent restaurants to discover in nearby towns and villages.
The rural and tranquil nature of the area with its rivers and forests makes it an ideal spot for outdoor activities including swimming, walking, cycling and horse riding.
The house is situated on the side of a small valley in the village of Avon les Roches. It has beautiful views of the village and the surrounding countryside. Avon les Roches is a quiet village 4 km from the town of L’Ile Bouchard. L’Ile Bouchard has restaurants, banks, 2 supermarkets and local shops.
The larger towns of Chinon, Azay le Rideau, Richelieu and Ste Maure are all 15/20 mins by car from Avon les Roches and have weekly markets where local products can be bought.
A new kitchen was fitted in Spring 2018 and has:-
It will be fully equipped with cooking utensils, cutlery, crockery etc
There is an adjacent utility/cloakroom with washing machine, wc and sink.
The terraced area leads directly into the lounge/dining area, offering a large living and entertainment space. This is a very traditional room with exposed oak beams and stonework, large fireplace, and marble floor. There is a double sofa bed.
On the first floor there are 2 large bedrooms, one with a double bed (king size) and the other with twin beds. Both bedrooms have a wardrobe and chest of drawers.There are also bunk beds and wardrobe situated on the mezzanine landing.
There are two bathrooms. The larger one has a bath with shower and wash basin together with built in cupboards. The second smaller room has a walk in shower, wash basin and toilet.
There is an open fireplace. The house has central heating.
There is wi-fi. There is a large television in the living room with both French and English channels available. There are books and an assortment of games.
It is situated on the side of the valley in over an acre of land with its own oak wood, flower beds and large grassed areas.
The beautiful terrace in front of the house provides a unique view overlooking the village and the valley of the river Vienne, offering a perfect place to take a glass of wine and enjoy supper outdoors. It is equipped with bbq and garden furniture.
The 10m by 4m, 1.2m deep heated pool is located at the back of house. The area is fenced and overlooks the surrounding countryside.
There is a large field with goal posts and badminton net.
The house is accessed via its own driveway and has ample parking for several cars.
La Belle Etoile is part of a few buildings that used to form one farm and the owners, Bruno and Ritva, live next door in the old farm house. Ritva is from Finland and Bruno is bilingual in English and French. They have owned their house for 30 years and know the area very well. They will be happy to help you with advice about the area if you need it while you are staying, or of course leave you to enjoy the peace and tranquility if that is what you prefer.
|Year property purchased||2017|
|Why this location?||The house is situated on the side of a small valley. It has beautiful views of the village and the surrounding countryside.
The views, night skies, the soft evening light, the tranquility, the wines and food all combine to make this a magical house and location.
The land around the house makes it an ideal location for children to play and enjoy the countryside.
|Unique benefits of property||Rural and tranquil but within easy distance of many historic sites and activities. Gardens around the house means it is secluded and with room for children to play and explore.|
L'Auberge de L'Ile in L'Ile Bouchard-very inventive food with a lovely outside terrace in the summer
L'Aigle d'Or in Azay le Rideau. We have been eating here since we bought the house 30 years ago
-weekly markets, main one on Thurs and smaller one on Sunday morning
-restaurants-Les Annees 30, L'Oceanic, Les Entrepots
Domaine de Lally-Avon les Roches
Domaine de Noblaie-Ligre
Azay le Rideau
Beautiful gite in a beautiful setting.Amazing views from the terrace.It is a very peaceful area but with so many places to visit.Would highly recommend to families of all ages .
The pool is a big bonus.
There are many chateau to visit, which our 17yr old enjoyed photographing
Excellent value for money.
A little piece of heaven. The house is beautiful set on a hillside overlooking a small village. The house has been renovated very tastefully with marble floors and a sweeping staircase. The owners have put in a new kitchen and provided everything you could possibly need and the information they provide when you book is extensive and very useful. There are lots of places to go and chateaux, towns to visit nearby. But the real beauty is when you are sat on the terrace, glass in hand watching the sunset and all you can hear is birdsong and the occasional tractor. Red squirrels pop in and out of the wooded area too. If you are looking for a really restful, peaceful break in a lovely house in a beautiful location this is the place for you. We are returning next year.
Bruno and Ritva, the owners, were very welcoming, very helpful and also knowledgable about what to do and where to go. Their directions made the gite very easy to find and their information sheets were very useful.
La Belle Etoile has been tastefully converted, retaining much character and is very spacious, light and airy. The gite is both comfortable and well-equipped, everything was clean and tidy and worked well but the highlight has to be the lovely terrace with stunning views over nearby countryside. The swimming pool is well-maintained although we didn't use it very much opting instead to relax on the terrace.
There was a local bar/cafe in the village (5 minute walk) where we enjoyed a good meal which was very reasonably priced although the owner speaks very little english. A large Super U with petrol station and a Lidl are easily accessible in L'lle de Bouchard (about 10 minutes drive away). The gite is well located to visit numerous chateaux and other nearby attractions. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at La Belle Etoile and would certainly recommend it to others.
A fabulous setting for this beautiful gite - the view from the bedrooms was stunning. In the mornings you can hear the chickens and the odd farm machine across the valley but that's about all. The terrace has a huge table and is a wonderful place to take a glass of wine and a book. That, coupled with a large garden and lovely pool just up the hill, makes it a great place for a relaxing holiday. Chinon itself is only 15 minutes away and we loved the Thursday morning market there with lots of local vegetables and cheeses on sale. We also adored the 'choucettes' (pastries) that Bruno suggested that we buy which we ate with our coffee at a cafe overlooking the market square.
We also visited the Chaumont garden festival while we were there which was wonderful and there are lots of other places to visit within easy reach.
The gite itself has bags of room and lots of new appliances etc for everything you need. We ate all our meals on the terrace as the weather was so good but there is an enormous living/dining area if you need it. Meals out were of a very high standard and we loved the fact that the locals were friendly and the roads were quiet - we felt that we were visiting the 'real' France. The owners themselves were also very friendly and helpful and we were even visited by an inquisitive ginger cat! We would love to go back again soon to enjoy the stunning countryside and try a few more of the local Loire wines...