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Charming French farmhouse in Loire Valley, beautifully restored & well equipped - La Rose

Bedrooms 2
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights



La Rose

We have two gîtes accommodating four people: La Rose and Tournesol. On the ground floor, the gîte has a charming living room, a well equipped kitchen, French windows opening onto the patio and a toilet. On the upper floor are two bedrooms and a bathroom with a second toilet. Both bedrooms have comfortable twin beds which can be fixed together to make a double if required. The gîtes are equipped with a tv-dvd player and WiFi.

The gîtes are individually decorated in traditional style. La Rose is slightly bigger than Tournesol with a lovely sitting area both inside and outside.

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About the property


The estate of L'Isle covers 2 hectares which is bordered by a small river. The grounds are home to countless fruit trees and rose bushes, a vegetable garden, two large grassed areas, a pond, a heated swimming pool, a boules pitch and an impressive beach volleyball court. You can choose whether to just laze about, swim, walk, play badminton, football, boules or of course volleyball. You will find peace and quiet, sun and shade, lounger and hammock, plus plenty of space for parking and activities. With a bit of luck you’ll also see deer around the grounds.

The buildings themselves are a very old farm, built in the traditional style and renovated and modernised without sacrificing any of the original character and charm. The walls are half a meter thick, constructed of tufa, with oak-beamed ceilings. Central heating throughout and the renovated and insulated slate roof means the house is pleasantly cool in the summer and warm in the winter, whilst the convenience of the modern features ensures your comfort.

Loire River: The Loire River is the longest river of France, rising in the southern Massif Central and flowing north and west for 1,020 km to the Atlantic Ocean. The most famous part of the Loire river valley is the château region— the 150 km section of the valley, between Angers and Blois—once home to France's kings, and now a striking reminder of the spacious, courtly lifestyles of the 15th and early 16th century aristocracy. In addition to Châteaux, this part of the Loire also contains attractive cities and towns, some charming countryside, art treasures, and delicious cuisine.

Ranked one of the top 10 places to go cycling in France, the Loire River area is a must do. Most of the Loire River runs through flat plains, rolling meadows, and in very low populated country side. Thanks to this simple terrain, cycling the Loire River in France can be achieved by even the most novice of bike riders. If you would like to try it, just for one day, we can provide you with bikes and maps.

Castles and Gardens: Everybody knows that the Loire Valley is home to some of the most beautiful French castles and gardens. The most famous castles, like Amboise, Blois, Chambord, and Chenonceaux are maybe too long a drive from our estate, but that still leaves plenty of others to discover. Within one hour drive you can find the castles of Montgeoffroy, Baugé, Angers, Brissac, Saumur, Le Plessis-Bourré, Montsoreau, Fontevraud, Ussé, Langeais, Chinon, Azay-le-Rideau, and Villandry. Villandry is one of our favorites. Best known for its gardens, a French archetypal potager, a kitchen garden, elevated to a regal plain and Frenchified to the maximum, with its seemingly endless geometric parterres edged in immaculately clipped boxwood. But the potager forms only part of what in fact is a painstaking and loving restoration of the gardens of a Renaissance château, fraught with romantic symbolism and amenities, features designed for pure pleasure and an absolute joy to take a stroll.

Wine: The Loire Valley is also home to some fifty wine regions including Anjou, Azay-le-Rideau, Chinon, Coteaux de l'Aubance, Coteaux du Layon, Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil, Saumur-Champigny, Savennières, Touraine and Vouvray. All of these are within an hour’s drive of our house and we’ll be happy to take you a local grower if you would like to sample the range available. White, rosé and red, sparkling or still, and a couple of very famous dessert wines are all produced locally and with great care. We can take you to small, family businesses or bigger and more famous enterprises. Every week we organise a wine tour at Domaine de la Tuffière or one of the other vineyards nearby. We can also provide you with a map so you can discover the wine regions yourself.

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Julia Mulder & Johan Paardekooper
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, german, dutch
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2018

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Our prices include bedding, water, electricity and tourist tax, but do not include gas or any other services required. During the high season our rental periods run per full week, from Saturday afternoon to Saturday morning. For the remainder of the year, other arrangements are possible. Please contact us if you wish to make special arrangements.


Sermaise Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (terraced)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Sand Box
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Since August 2012 we have a heated swimming pool in our garden. Our garden is also home to a fine beach volleyball court with a professional net and markings. The court is surrounded by a hedge which catches most of the balls. Of course it can be used to play badminton too. A music installation & seats for spectators completes the atmosphere. As well as our swimming pool and our volleyball court we have installed a boules pitch so that our guests can enjoy the French national sport; jeu de boules or pétanque. Situated between the fruit trees, it is the perfect place to pitch a ball, and for the beginners amongst you we have sets of balls you can borrow. It is an especially good spot to be a spectator; for naturally the best shots are the ones called by the bystanders with a glass in their hand! For cyclists or hikers we have plenty routes available starting at or near the house. And if you want a nice rest in the shade, after all these activities, we have several hammocks available.


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La Rose
average rating of 4.714286 based on 7 reviews

Rustic luxury in the French countryside

  • 5 of 5

The 3 of us stayed at L'Isle (mum, dad and 10-year-old daughter) the last week of August. We were warmly welcomed by Juul and Johan and felt straight away at home. The evening of our arrival, Juul and Johan had cooked a lovely dinner for all the guests, which was a great way to getting to know everyone. On Sunday we also joined in with the pizza making evening, which was a wonderful and tasty experience and again we sat around the table with all the other guest which was lovely. We spend a lot of time in the wonderful huge garden and at the swimming pool. We had our dog Lola with us, who loved having the space to move around. The gite was very luxurious, without losing it's rustic character and had absolutely everything we needed and the beds where extremely comfortable, so we all slept very well. We had relaxing days as a family and a few evenings we had BBQ's with another family staying there, which was a lot of fun. Juul and Johan are always there to help and show you things to do in the area. It felt very private where every gite had their own separate area to sit outside. All in all a great place to stay if you're after a relaxing holiday away in the French countryside, with still all the comforts of home. I highly recommend and we will definitely come back again.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Dé ideale gîte

  • 5 of 5

Mocht jullie gastenverblijf en gastvrijheid verplaatsbaar zijn, we zouden jaarlijks bij jullie komen, écht. Nooit meer op zoek naar een gîte, want we hebben de ideale gevonden. Dat zou fantastisch zijn. Jullie tuin en het zwembad betekenden voor onze dochtertjes pure vrijheid, nieuwsgierig rondstruinen in de weide natuur met toch een geborgen gevoel, het is immers de tuin van Juul en Johan! Zalig om dat als ouder te zien. Nogmaals bedankt en tot ziens!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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A piece of paradise in France!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in La Tournasel. The setting, deep in the Loire countryside, is exceptional offering on one hand peace and quiet but being easily accessible to many of the places of interest in the locality. The surrounding villages are beautiful with attractions such as Anger and Samaur being a short drive away. The gites have been lovingly restored and maintain many of the original features and lots of homely touches. The kitchen was well equipped making cooking an evening meal a pleasure. However the real treasure is outside - extensive ground provide ample space of activities. The pool is beautifully kept and well secured with a surrounding fence. There is also a large beach-volleyball court and a boules pitch with the shed containing all sorts of equipment for outdoor games. Juules and Johan are perfect hosts, very attentive but never intrusive. One highlight of the week was their pizza night where you can make your own pizza and cook in the pizza oven - delicious! They have an extensive knowledge of the local area and I would highly recommend the tour of the local vineyard they conduct. If your looking for a taste of the "real" France in a fantastic setting this is the place to go!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
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Relaxed and welcoming - a perfect stay!

  • 5 of 5

Myself, my husband and our 14 month old daughter travelled to the Loire Valley for our first family holiday. We received a fantastically warm welcome from Johan, and were shown to our gite for the week. Inside the gite was beautifully restored and well-maintained. We had everything we needed for the week, and additional facilities such as a washing machine were just a few steps away from the gite. Johan and Juul had also kindly provided baby equipment such as a highchair and buggy. While the gite was everything we hoped for, it was the outside space that really made our holiday for us. Our daughter had just started to walk, and the grounds provided a safe space for her to explore, and we enjoyed making use of the heated outdoor pool. The rural setting, the fruit trees and hammocks all contributed to a lovely sense of calm that helped us relax and get into the holiday spirit as soon as we arrived. Johan was always on hand to help or advise should we need it, and one of the highlights of the trip was his pizza night, making and baking our own pizzas in his restored bread oven. All in all, a great stay and one that we would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
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holiday at L'Isle

  • 5 of 5

We had a really good time at L'Isle and loved the whole place. It was very peaceful (we stayed after the schools have started!) and we were very lucky with the weather as well. The location of the cottage makes is a perfect base to explore the Loire Valley, you can drive for 20 min, stop somewhere along the river, have a lovely lunch and continue exploring at your leisure. We went as far as Chinon in one day trip and it was still easy and very manageable. Driving around that area as well as the rest of the country is almost relaxing – roads are quiet and in perfect condition. Easy!

The owner, Johan, who lives on site, was very helpful and happy to offer tips, answer questions, etc. When we arrived at the cottage quite late on our first day and the shops were already shut he sorted us out with some snacks and a bottle of wine, all you need after a long drive from London! He also took us to a local vineyard (not on the same day!) where we sampled some beautiful wines and bought some to take back home. Thank you, Johan!

There is also a heated swimming pool which we made a good use of on the second day of our stay. The cottage itself was very clean, equipped with all the things you might need, we struggled a bit with the beds which were a bit too soft for our liking but the rest was perfect.

All in all a lovely stay in the Loire Valley and L’Isle and we hope to be back in spring 2013!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2012
  • Stayed: September 2012
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Séjour calme et agréable

  • 4 of 5

Le gite "la rose" est très agréable situé dans une campagne tranquille. De nombreuses randonnée sont à proximité du gite. Un très bon séjour.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
125 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
125 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
175 Kilometres
Car: necessary

L’Isle is part of the village of Fontaine-Milon, which is to be found in the western part of the Loire valley, the bountiful region of France between Le Loir and La Loire. We are 25 km east of Angers, 70 km south of Le Mans and 40 km north west of Saumur.

The Loire valley is justly named La Douce France (sweet France). The rich and noble have been coming here for centuries to enjoy the gentle climate and the fertile land. Neither too hot nor too cold, not too wet or too dry. The glorious landscape is full of châteaux and stately homes, fortified manor houses, monasteries and cathedrals among the vineyards, orchards, woods full of game, meadows and pasture land, sunflowers and maize. There are beautiful gardens and kilometers of twisting caves. The local lime stone, tufffeau, has been quarried here for centuries and the caverns this has left behind are ideal for growing mushrooms or storing great wine. We'll be happy to take you a local grower if you would like to sample the local wines.

Other Activities: Beach volleyball, boules, canoeing, gliding, wine tasting, theme parks (Terra Botanica and Puy du Fou).

Golf: There are four golf courses very close to L’Isle and plenty a bit further away. All golf courses have 18 holes:

• Golf d’Avrillé:

• Golf Club d’Angers:

• Golf de Baugé:

• Golf d’Anjou: