Short stays start from 2 nights. Wine tasting of Loire Valley wines with Gérald, a bilingual French wine professional. Breakfast and supper are available on request. A moment’s walk from La Bellevue, the reputed Trésor Belge restaurant which offers ‘happy hour’ from 5pm to 7pm.
Surrounded by vineyards and sunflower fields a warm welcome awaits you at our French-Anglo family home, La Bellevue, set in the pretty village of Pouançay, 10 mins from Montreuil-Bellay, ideally placed between Saumur and Chinon. Discover The Plantagenets, the famous châteaux and Loire attractions. Walking and cycle paths are in abundance, a boat ride along the Loire river is a delight, savor local cuisine and the diverse regional wines, also finding time to simply relax and enjoy the calm and peace of our village setting.
The Cottage, Annie's House :
Annie's House is a private, quaint self-catering cottage equipped and presented to a high standard to ensure home-from-home comfort. NEW for 2018 is Annie's House beautiful terrace constructed using Pierre de l'Yonne stone, bamboo has been used to give privacy without the sense of enclosure, providing a peaceful space and superb sun spot to relax in!
Electrically operated entrance gates ensure further privacy and secure parking.
Water and electricity are included.
Bedroom : light and airy the bedroom is furnished with a standard double sized bed, attractive chair, full length mirror, chest of drawers, clothes rail + wooden hangers, bedside tables and lamps.
Living Room : features a 2-seater sofa, armchair, coffee table and table lamps. Freely available WiFi access, interior/exterior, up-to-date dvd’s, dvd player, TV (French channels), reading books, board game, walking routes, informative brochure, flyers for ideas of things to do, places to visit and sights to see.
** Please consider the narrow staircase may not be suitable for those with impaired mobility and knee conditions - please see advertised photos**
Kitchen : fully equipped with a kettle, toaster, 4-ring induction hob, oven, fridge, microwave, cooking utensils, pots, pans, crockery, cutlery, glassware, tea-pot and coffee filter. For your arrival ‘cottage essentials' await you incl. washing-up liquid, sponge, scratchy pad, bin liners, cling-film, aluminium foil, salt, pepper, olive oil and coffee filter papers.
Loo and Shower Room : floor level, generous in size and decorated in blue and white tiling, a hairdryer, floor mat, shower curtain and loo rolls are supplied.
The Terrace : A lovely sunny space for outside living and birdsong, furnished with metalwork garden table and chairs (incl. cushions), a charcoal bbq (Weber), 2x teak steamer chairs and parasol which can be set at an angle.
Check in : 17h00 onwards
Check out : by 09h00
Taxe de Séjour, 0,80cts per person, per night, payable upon departure.
Damage Deposit : taken and held by OD when booking nightly or weekly stays and returned 7 days after departure.
Nightly tariff includes bedroom/household linen and Egyptian cotton towels (2x face clothes, 2x guest towels & 2x bath sheets), tea, coffee, milk, sugar, bottled water, liquid soap + 'cottage essentials'.
Weekly tariff includes 'cottage essentials' and offers optional hire of quality bedroom/household linen and Egyptian cotton towels (2x face clothes, 2x guest towels & 2x bath sheets), 45€ per week, payable upon departure.
A car is necessary.
Wine Tastings with Gérald
Discover the wines from the Loire Valley with Gérald during a fun and light-hearted wine tasting tutorial in our, once dwellings, troglodyte caves. Bilingual, a French wine professional and from an Angevin wine making family, Gérald will share inherent knowledge while introducing wines reflective of the regions diversity, explaining tasting techniques and more...
Our village Pouançay
Just a quick walk from La Bellevue is the reputed restaurant Trésor Belge open for lunch, dinner and ‘happy hour’ between 5pm & 7pm (closed Mon & Tue). A scenic walk of 9km & 12km is mapped and starts in front of the Mairie passing by vines and troglodyte caves, while a leisurely potter to the Table d’Orientation, particularly spectacular at sun-set, gives an impressive 360° view of the surrounding region, highlighting châteaux and points of interest.
St Leger de Montbrillais
(2kms) neighbouring Pouançay is a great little village for pick-up’s, St Leger has a post office, hairdresser, boulangerie (closed Wed), and a highly reputed boucher much favored by ourselves, we highly recommend trying the rillettes d’oie, and be prepared to queue on a Sunday morning!
(8kms) boasts a magnificent château whose impressive walls circle the town. Host to a weekly market and monthly Brocante (flea-market) there are a variety of brasseries and restaurants to choose from. Hire a kayak/canoe and spend time on the river, Le Thouet. Visit the château, take a tour and sample their wines. Picnic on a lovely grassed area shaded by trees at the edge of the river.
(25kms) twined with Warwick in England, Saumur is home to the Cadre Noir the National Equestrian School of the elite French Cavalry whose remarkable horsemanship can be seen at shows between April & October. Stretching along the banks of the Loire river the town is dominated by the impressive Château de Saumur originally constructed to protect the river crossing from Norman attack, later destroyed, the château was rebuilt by Henry II, King of England (1154) and first Plantagenet king.
Saumur is a delight to discover. Take a river boat ride and potter around the town enjoying the architecture. Visit Distillery Combier where the famous liqueur d’orange is made, created by Jean-Baptiste Combier in 1834. Saumur hosts a weekly market and monthly brocante (flea-market), the wonderful Anjou Vélo Vintage (June) and Festivini wine festival (September), alongside activities and exhibitions throughout the year.
(31kms) sitting on the banks of the Vienne river Chinon’s rich history dates from early man. The impressive Fortress de Chinon sits above the town and served both French and English Kings, also famously visited by Joan of Arc. Chinon warrants a full day of exploring, the town is a delight to discover, full of charming buildings, paved and narrow walk ways, hosting a market every Thursday and brocante (flea-market) every 3rd Sunday of the month.
A visit to the the Fortress is highly recommended not only for the outstanding views but rich history. Henry II King of England and first Plantagenet King (1154) extensively developed Chinon, married to Eleanor of Aquitaine they are buried in neighboring Fontrevraud l’Abbaye, alongside their son Richard I the Lionheart, King of England (1189). After Richard I’s death (1199) Chinon was passed on to his son, John. In 1205 King John lost the fortress to the French, Philip II Augustus, and became part of the royal duchy of Touraine.
Worthy of a visit is Chapelle Sainte-Radegonde, it’s a steep walk from the town and remarkably half constructed in the rock face. Once a pagan site of worship, Christianized in the 6th Century, it is the fresco of 5 riders, believed to be Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine with their son which is the attraction and remains in wonderful quality today.
Things To Do
Discover fresh food markets, weekend brocantes (flea-markets), picture-postcard villages along the banks of the Loire river. Explore the gardens at Villandry, the exceptional Bioparc in Doué, take a boat ride along the Loire, canoe or kayak, sample local wines, discover The Plantagenets and visit the châteaux towns of Amboise, Angers, Azay le Rideau, Brézé, Brissac-Quincé, Candes St. Martin, Chenonceau, Chinon, Fontevraud l'Abbaye, Langeais, Loches, Montsoreau, Montreuil-Bellay, Saumur, Richelieu, Tours, Ussé, Villandry - all of which make a fabulous day out!