|La Petite Maison de Sue||Self Catering||Saturday||1||2||1||Double sofabed for 2 in main living area|
'La Petite Maison de Sue’ at Les Hautes Guissinieres is a pretty little gite attached to our 18th century farmhouse near the village of Parçay-les-Pins in the Mains et Loire region.
A cosy beamed living area on the ground floor includes a wood burning stove, comfy sofabed, arm chair, dining table and kitchen. Electric heaters efficiently ‘take the chill off’ if required. During the warmer months, the gite stays beautifully cool.
The small kitchen includes a gas cooker, microwave, fridge with small freezer (use of part of a small freezer in the garage is available), and all necessary utensils.
There is a tv with both French and English options and radio, along with a dvd player.
The spacious double bedroom upstairs is equipped with a travelcot should it be required, and offers the most beautiful views across the surrounding fields. It also benefits from blackout blinds which have proved invaluable to guests who stay during the summer.
The bathroom, with an excellent power shower, is located at the top of the stairs within the upstairs bedroom.
Fresh linen and towels provided.
A welcome pack comprising wine, eggs, milk, butter, fruit and cake is provided for all our guests, and should you have forgotten any essentials, we will be happy to help you out. We have our own hens, so you can buy more eggs for a small contribution should you need more
The nearest supermarket is approx a 15 minute drive away. For full information on other stores and markets, an information pack is provided in the cottage.
Small kitchen withing main living area comprises gas cooker, fridge, utensils, some storage and sink.
Dining table and chairs beside the window.
Living room set around the log burner (one free basket of logs provided on arrival - thereafter £5 per basket) includes a sofa, armchair, coffee-table, games, dvds and books.
One large double bedroom with double bed, hanging rail, 2 chests of drawers, bedside tables and lamps and blackout blinds. Beautiful views from large window.
All bed linen provided along with duvet and pillows plus additional if required.
En suite to the bedroom, with shower, wc, sink and washstand. Towels provided. We use a septic tank here so respectfully ask for only natural waste and tissue in the wc please.
Two electric heaters in living area, one in bedroom and one in bathroom. Log burner in living area.
Books, games, tv and radio.
Small seating area directly outside gite with seating, plus front garden to the front of main house with seating. Area in front of garage for barbecuing and dining if required. Back garden to main house has a washing line and a stretch of lawn for croquet or relaxing if required.
Lovely views across surrounding countryside, and forest to walk to within one minute.
Parking in front of main house. Garage to side of gite includes recycling bins, barbecue, bicycles, boules, croquet, shared freezer.
Most suitable for couples of any age, though we have had a lot of guests with young children who have enjoyed their stay here. Because the one bathroom is within the main bedroom, and the sofabed within the main living area, if additional people or children stay, they should bear this in mind.
Suitable for those who enjoy peace and quiet, and the countryside. Cyclists and walkers love it. A great base to use to explore the attractions of the Loire Valley.
A car is necessary, even if only used for groceries.
Simple meals can be provided by prior arrangement for an additional fee (subject to availability).
We are Paul & Joanne Ladd, & having spent 3 years travelling through France in search of the perfect home, we finally found our idyll here at Les Hautes Guissinieres, moving in during August 2015. We have previously run a successful B&B in the UK, and are keen to provide the same high quality of hospitality for guests in our lovely little gite.<br/>We prioritise the needs of our guests at all times, ensuring that you enjoy every moment of your stay in this lovely part of the countryside.
|Year property purchased||2015|
|Why this location?||We love the peace and quiet offered here: being near no main roads, and on the edge of the forest, tranquility and calm are always guaranteed. Our small hamlet of 4 houses has a lovely atmosphere, and means that while it is quiet, it does not feel isolated.
Conversely, we are within 30 minutes of many of the attractions of the Loire Valley, including the Loire River itself, and the many beautiful towns that border it, including Saumur, Chinon, Montserau, Langeais and so on. Lovely visitor attractions are nearby, including the famous gardens of Villandry, the Vineyards of Bourgueil and the Zoo at Doue La Fontaine.
Our local village of Parcay Les Pins has a bustling community, with a busy and friendly bar, alongside a bakery, hairdressers, library, post office, village general store (reopening February 2018). Parcay is also the birth place of the sculptor Jules Debois, and has a museum next to the bar.
The attractions and countryside here provide interest all year round.
|Unique benefits of property||La Petite Maison de Sue is our only gite, so you will have privacy and total peace during your stay. We live in the main house just adjacent, so are nearby should you require any assistance or advice, but will always show respect for your privacy. You have use of your own small seating area just in front of the gite, along with the front garden with its spectacular views across open fields and lovely sunsets. Directly outside of the property is the lane leading to the forest which is part of the National Park network. There you can walk or cycle for as long or as little as you please: be it to the nearby Lac de Rille (45 minute bike ride through forest) or to the local village for lunch or a drink at the bar (30 minute walk or 10 minute bike ride part through forest).
The gite is an old building, and keeps beautifully cool in the summer, with a woodburner to provide a lovely welcome on chillier days or evenings.
Guests have loved how well they sleep here and enjoy the privacy.
Parcay Les Pins
Boulangerie for bread and cakes. Open early morning until 12.30 every day, and again in the afternoon from about 4.30pm until 7.30 pm. Closed all day Monday and Sunday afternoons.
Post office – within the Maire
The ‘Musee de Jules Desbois’, dedicated to the work of the famous sculptor who was born in Parcay Les Pins.
Le Café de Musee. Recently re opened (April 2016) by a friendly English family who have lived in the region for quite some time, so there is a good mix of clientele and great atmosphere. They are open 7.30 am until 10pm (dependent upon time of year – I can let you know) and serve lunchtime and evening meals. (tel 0033 (0)241821380)
Lac de Rille – a truly lovely place to visit. Enjoy a picnic by the lake, watch the wildlife from the hides dotted around, or enjoy a ride on the steam train in season. A gentle stroll around the lake shouldn’t be missed at any time of the year.
Lac d’hommes another nice lake nearby which also provides a lovely safe venue for swimming with its own small beach. In season, a small restaurant provides meals, and there is often evening entertainment.
(14km) is a very attractive market town in the heart of the Bourgueil vineyards. It has a range of small shops to browse in and streets to meander along. There is also an excellent 'Hyper U' where you can buy electrical goods, clothes, car accessories as well as basic requirements. The town holds a large street market each Tuesday morning and evening markets in the summer. This is the home of many ‘domaines’ for those interested in local wines.
Villandry provides garden lovers with a rewarding visit – it really is wonderful, and only about 40 minutes away. A fantastic place to visit any time of the year. They have a small restaurant just outside, which recent guests have recommended, though I have also been told there are some nice places to eat in the town. I can tell you that the ice creams served at the entrance to the gardens are delicious. A tip: if the weather is very hot and sunny, it may be best avoided, as there is not a lot of shade in the garden.
Azay le Rideau is a pretty town with small river flowing through it, some unique gift shops and picture galleries. A lovely little chateau and gardens to visit. Again, less than an hour away, and with another lovely ice cream shop!
Langeais is home to a very well presented and interesting chateau (a favourite and great for children) whose garden overlooks the river, and is home to a pretty spectacular tree house! Lovely Sunday morning market and chocolate shop.
Samaur is our nearest Loire town, with the chateau overlooking the Loire, some great restaurants and shops, as well as the world famous Cadre Noir riding school.
Chinon is a lovely Loire town, with a great fortress (fantastic views and great for children) and really nice street market on a Thursday. Occasional Sundays there is a brocante, which is held beside the river, providing a pleasant way to spend a morning.
Angers and Tours are around an hour away and offer a wide range of shops: chic clothes and shoe boutiques, lace products, picture galleries and interior furnishings.
Paris itself is under two hours away from Saumur by TGV.
Many local villages and towns have a weekly street market - those at Bourgueil on Tuesdays and Saumur on Saturdays are especially good and well worth a visit. Noyant has a good small street market on Fridays for everyday requirements.
Saumur holds a market on a Saturday morning, and a bit further down the river, the lovely town of Montsoreau holds a produce market every Sunday morning, as well as a very popular brocante on the 2nd Sunday of the month.
Chinon is a lovely place to visit anyway, but particularly on the third Sunday of each month when the vendors set their stalls alongside the Loire itself.
By far one of the loveliest local markets is on a Sunday morning in Langeais, where you can have a wonder round the pretty town, bustling with a wide variety of stalls and bars. The chateau is a really interesting one, and adds drama by being within the town itself. There is a lovely cake shop directly opposite its entrance! Further seasonal information is provided in the gite.
Eating out can be a pleasure. Fresh fish straight from the rivers, prawns and oysters from the mouth of the Loire and locally grown vegetables and fruit all combine to make a gourmet’s delight. The choice of restaurants in surrounding towns is good and can suit all tastes and pockets!
Lunch and dinner are equally important in France and a glass of locally produced wine washes either down very well. Bear in mind some restaurants only open at lunchtime, and quite a few are not open on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
Le Café Musee in Parcay offers tasty, good value lunchtime and evening meals most days (see me or call them) – plus takeaway or eat in fish and chips on a Thursday.
Pizza Fred (in a van) arrives in Parcay at around 5pm on a Sunday for a couple of hours. His pizzas are huge and tasty, and you are very welcome to take your pizza to the bar to eat and have a drink at the same time.
Le Bricard at Le Guedeniau (25 mins) offers very good lunchtime meals – good value set meals.
Le Bouff’Tard at Hommes(15 mins) is a nice little bar/restaurant with a little terrace for eating and a nice atmosphere. They are also open on a Sunday evening in season.
Le Chaudron D’avrille at Avrille les Ponceaux (20 mins)is a traditional little French bar/restaurant – great home made pate!
Le Myrienne at Vernoil Le Fourrier(15 mins) has been recommended by locals.
The Rose and Crown in Le Lude (30 mins) has recently opened (winter 2017), offering a variety of more English themed food in very pleasant surroundings. Really friendly service by Lulu, who is fluent in both English and French.
Keating in Saumur is an Argentine steakhouse with friendly staff, offering good value meals both lunchtime and evening. It is in the Place Saint-Pierre, a lovely little square in the town with a selection of restaurants.
For a treat, Le Moulin Bleu in the woods betbetween here and Bourgueil is very nice indeed, a real taste of France.
Despite all the nearby attractions, many of our guests come to stay and do not venture far at all! The peace and quiet here really gets into your bones, and there is nothing quite like a late breakfast after a lie in, followed by a gentle stroll or bike ride in the woods. Sitting amongst fields on the edge of a beautiful ancient forest, the cottage offers an ideal base for those wishing to completely relax, surrounded by the peace and quiet of this beautiful part of France.
A barbecue is provided (as well as cooker in the kitchen), so you can eat al fresco and enjoy the sunset, perhaps along with a glass of wine from the local vineyards.
While there are lovely walks through the forest for many miles, the national and regional cycle route runs alongside, meaning you can explore beautiful countryside in a variety of ways. Nearby is the lovely Lac de Rille, with its tranquil atmosphere, historic steam train, fishing and wildlife reserve (including observation posts for the wide variety of birds), and within 12km is the nearby wine region of Bourgueil, which can be reached either by car or on bike, taking in the breathtaking scenery as you cycle.
Lac de Rille – a truly lovely place to visit. Enjoy a picnic by the lake, watch the wildlife from the hides dotted around, or enjoy a ride on the steam train in season. A gentle stroll around the lake shouldn’t be missed at any time of the year. A 45 minute cycle ride through the woods from here, or a 10 minute drive.
Lac d’Hommes is another nice lake nearby (10 minute drive) which also provides a lovely safe venue for swimming during the summer months, with its own small beach. In season, a small restaurant provides meals, and there is often evening entertainment.
We enjoyed every moment of our stay. Jo and Paul were very friendly and informative and the gite was extremely well equipped, even the little things had been thought of.
The property was very clean, light and bright. There was plenty of outside space where we could sit and enjoy the lovely weather, and there was a barbecue provided that we made good use of.
We visited several of the chateaux in the area, all of which were in easy reach by Car.
There is a friendly cafe in the village that is open for lunch and dinner (cafe de la musee) and we travelled to Bourgueil to eat at the Moulin Bleu, which is in the Michelin guide.
All in all we had a great holiday and would highly recommend La Petite Maison de Sue.