2 large ensuite bedrooms, spacious sitting room, updated kitchen, sunny garden.
- english, french
About Liz Knowles
I am English born but have lived in The Bahamas since the early 1980's. My husband Ronnie was born in Nassau and we live in The Bahamas some of the time. We bought an old house in France almost 30 years ago as a holiday home..... we have both had a love affair with travel and especially France all our adult lives. Through the years, with lots of renovations and imaginative gardening by Ronnie, our house and large rambling garden has become our special place and has hosted many house guests and parties.
Liz Knowles purchased this House in 2015
Why Liz Knowles chose Passavant-sur-Layon
This area has so much to offer and having a comfortable home base from which to explore can really enhance the experience. Relax in comfort on those days when you don't feel like doing much and know that you are always within easy reach of many historic towns, famous sites and wonderful restaurants. The Summer months in Anjou are alive with music and theatre and each town on the Loire takes it in turn to host a Sunday Flea Market - well worth a visit and you never know what treasures you might come away with. In a region with so many wineries there is always the opportunity to have a tour and a wine tasting. Don’t leave without seeing the underground caves of the producers of the much loved sparkling Saumur wines and discover their history and secrets and, of course, have a degustation at the end of the visit! Also well worth a visit as is the ancient troglodyte village and underground workings of Rochemenier which was home to several families until as recently as the early 1900s. Step back in time with a visit to the famous pleasure palaces, gardens and fortresses of the Loire…Angers, Chenonceau, Brézé, Montreuil Bellay to name but a few, and some are still home to aristocratic French families. In Doué la Fontaine (15 minutes away from Nueil) you will find everything that a French country town has on offer (weekly market, banks, a full facility sports centre with indoor pool, amazing Patisseries, restaurants and several supermarkets etc.) as well as a Roman arena where every July they host the internationally famous Festival of the Roses ...Doué being the foremost rose growing and exporting area in France. The BioParc (not your ordinary zoo) housed in a former quarry in Doué la Fontaine is home to a great many rare animals all happily housed in a very naturalistic setting and tended by a family who have loving maintained it for 3 generations. Tourist information Offices in Doué la Fontaine or Saumur can guide you through the wealth of things to do and see.
What makes this House unique
La Marlière is situated only 5 minutes away from our own house in Passavant. We fell in love with this house whilst looking at property with friends who were looking to buy in the area. We had often driven through the commune and were always delighted by the abundance of roses and flowering trees and shrubs. The sitting room fireplace is quite unique and the beamed ceilings throughout really captured our imagination. The rooms are all very spacious and bright and the garden is a sunny and tranquil oasis. By the time that first viewing was over we had already mentally taken down walls, added bathrooms and decorated it. Renovating La Marlère has truly been a labour of love. Having spent 2 years renovating the house and garden it is now "guest ready" and we hope others will enjoy all that the area has to offer as much as we, and many of our friends, have over the years.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
this is a beautiful home, so very carefully decorated and organised for a fabulous vacation.
the owners could not be more pleasant and helpful and their attention to detail is beyond any expectations. all rooms are large, including the modern bathrooms.
the well tended gardens are pretty and relaxing.
it is situated in a wonderful location, perfect for vineyards, the village and visiting many interesting places and the long view from the house is beautiful and tranquil.
it is set in the quiet french countryside which makes for a serene vacation.
highly recommended - will return.
Above and Beyond
How do I begin a review of La Marlier? With superlatives aplenty! In planning our vacation we searched hundreds of homes in the region. The photographs and descriptions on HomeAway sold us on the choice of this house. However, the photographs could not capture the charm and beauty of the home, grounds and countryside. We chose this location as a base to explore the Loire Valley region but wanted the experience of a French country home as well. It fit our criteria perfectly. We could walk to the small village of Nueil-sur-Layon for groceries. From this home base we could visit the Château of Angers, Saumur, Chenonceau, d’Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry, Montreuil-Bellay and more. And the Abby at Fontavraud. The zoo (Parc Biologic) in Doue-la-Fontaine (20 minute drive) was beautiful and unique, and a giant supermarket was down the street. Our choice for winery visits was virtually unlimited.
This house was perfect for two couples. Two bedrooms with king beds and en-suite bathrooms. The kitchen is well equipped with modern appliances. The dining area and attached sitting area is large - a perfect place to relax and share the days experiences. The living room was great for after dinner relaxation. The art alone, throughout the house, will make you smile. It is a historic house on the outside, a total renovation created a modern luxury home on the inside.
Now the grounds. Private parking inside the gate or park in front to unload the groceries. Out- door seating at three different locations, choose sun or shade! No detail is left to chance either in the house or in the garden. I could go on and on, but enough. It was hard to leave after a week. I will be recommending this place to friends and business associates, without fear of disappointment.
If you want to experience the beauty and tranquility of the country, yet be close to explore the historic sites of the Loire, this is the place. We highly recommend it.
Tranquillity, and the best renovation I have ever seen.
This beautiful property was beyond our wildest expectations. It is located in the quiet French countryside yet not far from great vineyards which are open for tastings and the some excellent restaurants in the locality.
The property itself is a dream. Originally built we are told by the owners in 1720 it has been restored to the highest standard with a beautiful Kitchen/ breakfast area and modern bathrooms en suite. This has been done without loosing the “ beams and fire places” which characterize this property. Every detail has been meticulously attended to. There is even an under cover “outside bar” area along with a peaceful garden area. Everything possible has been done to make this property a wonderful place to stay. We will go back!! Soon!!