|La Belle Etoile-La Maison||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.
There are two completely separate and independent gites in the grounds-this one (La Maison) and a smaller 4 person gite (La Grange ref VI006661)
Both gites are registered "meuble de tourisme" and following an independent inspection have been awarded 4 stars (out of a maximum of 5 - for more information please go to the following website:- https://www.classement.atout-france.fr/meubles)
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 gite 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.
The house itself has a floor area of 135m2 (1,450ft2) over two floors with a large sweeping staircase.
A new kitchen (3.5m by 4.5m) 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. The room is approx 11m by 4.5m.
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 2 bathrooms. The larger one has a bath with shower and wash basin together with built in cupboards. The second smaller room, which was installed in spring 2018, 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. An outdoor table tennis table is also available for visitors use.
The gite is accessed via its own driveway and has ample parking for several cars.
The adjacent gîte which sleeps 4 is available for rent and the two properties would make an ideal place for a large/two family holiday. Please contact Bruno and Ritva to check availability of the two properties.
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'Aigle d'Or in Azay le Rideau. We have been eating here since we bought the house 30 years ago
L'Auberge de L'Ile in L'Ile Bouchard-very inventive food with a lovely outside terrace in the summer.
-weekly markets, main one on Thursday 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
This was our second year at La Belle Etoile and it was as wonderful as we remembered.
The house is set at the edge of a small village surrounded by farmland and vineyards therefore is very quiet - if two cars go past on the road below within five minutes of each other we shout - rush hour!.
The house itself is beautifully restored with brand new kitchen and bathrooms with every mod con you could possibly want. Bruno and Ritva provide all the equipment you could need in the kitchen - even an oyster shucking knife!
It is ideally located for visiting the many places of interest in the area and Bruno provides extensive information at the house of good places to visit, restaurant recommendations etc.
Bruno and Ritva are incredibly helpful and welcoming and you can ask them for advice etc at any time during your visit.
The large terrace is a beautiful place to just sit and watch the world go by very quietly and slowly and to also watch the wildlife. This year we loved watching the sparrowhawks fledge and Mum teaching the babies how to hover and hunt, in addition there were goldfinches, wrens, a sparrow nesting in the eaves, watching the red squirrels playing on the grass by the woodland, badgers and deer in the wood.
I recommend visiting Sylvain Champingy at Domaine Lallay - his Rose is exceptional and he is only 5 minutes away. Our favourite restaurant in Chinon is L'Ardoise on Rue de Rabelaise, we also ate at Auberge de L'Ille in L'ille Bouchard - fabulous and good value.
Couldn't fault it - a wonderful property in a very quite location.
The owner was really welcoming and made sure there was nothing we lacked.
Would certainly recommend for a couple or a family group.
What a beautiful place to have a holiday! An amazing house in a stunning location - it's exactly what you see in your mind's eye when you think of France. The house is very spacious, certainly for our family of 4 adults, and equipped to a very high standard - we really enjoyed the football table, too. Of course the best part is the huge terrace with glorious views across the valley. We spent most of our time and all of our meals there, glass in hand listening to the birds, enjoying the warmth and luxury of this truly lovely place. There is so much to see and do in this area, but you could easily relax here too. Don't hesitate - if it's available, book it!
Our first stay at La Belle Etoile was thoroughly enjoyable.
Bruno is excellent, a friendly and informative owner. He has provided accommodation of a very high standard. The gite is roomy, cool and comfortable. There is UK television to watch for rare wet evenings and wifi to keep in touch with friends and family, let them know what a wonderful time you are having and how unlucky they are not to be there.
The village is well placed to visit most of the famous chateaux of the Loire and some of our favourite places including Chinon, Richelieu, the zoo at Doue and wine co-operative of St Cyr en Bourg which has an underground car tour ending in wine tasting.
The local red squirrels are fascinating to watch as they somersault around the walnut tree and the local ginger cat calls in the evening to beg a morsel or two.
My advice is to book before it becomes as popular as it deserves to be and places become limited.
A lovely place for a holiday.