|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
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.
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.
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!!!
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!
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.
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!
Mooie en stijlvol gerestaureerde hoeve, gelegen in een prachtig onderhouden grote tuin, met boomgaard, volleybalterrein, moestuin en omheind zwembad. Kinderen kunnen ongestoord ravotten en spelen.
De eigenaars Johan en Juul zijn zeer behulpzaam. Kunnen tal van tips geven over uitstapjes in de buurt.
Leuk initiatief is het pizzabakken in de houtoven in de schuur. Doet het ijs breken met de andere bewoners in de gites.
Vrij afgelegen. Dat betekent 2 dingen: heel rustig, maar 's morgens brood halen bij de bakker gebeurt best per fiets of auto.
Wie op zoek is naar de rust ver weg van het massatoerisme moet niet twijfelen.
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: http://ahamadache.chez-alice.fr/clubs/avrille1.htm
• Golf Club d’Angers: http://www.golfangers.com/
• Golf de Baugé: http://www.golf-bauge.fr/
• Golf d’Anjou: http://www.anjougolf.com/