Countryside gîte between Le Mans & Tours, a tranquil location next to the vines
- english, french, spanish
About James Marchant
Jim's a Brit, Ophélie is French and their two daughters are Franglais. We have been living in France for 12 years and whilst Ophélie works in Le Mans, Jim works from home, next door to the gîte, so will always be available if any help is ever required.
James Marchant purchased this Cottage in 2006
Why James Marchant chose Lhomme
We bought this property shortly after we bought our house next door. We realised straight away that it would make the perfect little gîte. We fell in love with the area straight away. The location is great for travelling back to the UK and it has a nice mix of rurality whilst not being too far from the big towns of Tours and Le Mans. It is a peaceful part of France but within easy driving distance of the more popular tourist areas of Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley. And that's not to say there aren't plenty of things to see and do locally! The gîte is situated in a very small hamlet and our neighbours are very friendly yet suitably discreet!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
No smoking - Smoking possible in the gardenSmoking possible in the garden
Max guests: 4
Minimum age of primary renter: 18
This property could not be more highly recommended. So many delightful treats enriched our experience. Nearby villages and wineries make for a magical location.
Very thoughtful owners .
Left us some fresh eggs jam and milk and orange juice .
Also some walnuts off of their tree.
Lovely garden our little dog loved it ..
When we stayed the weather was raining but the gite was very cosy, log burner was just what we needed in the evenings ... loads of DVD's to watch .
Internet good and phone signal on my mobile .
Lovely walks , and wine caves to visit .
Thank you for a great stay hopefully will see you next year .. Nick and June x
PLEASE keep this to yourself! - Pat and Luci.
Let’s get a couple of things very clear from the start: we don’t want to write this review, and read to the end to find out why!
Never mind the welcoming bottle of the superb local Jasnieres wine. Never mind the cute little fresh eggs from our hosts’ own hens on the breakfast bar.
The fact is, we don’t want to mention the noise problems but here are the harsh facts.
Neighbour Claude (70 this year, couple of teeth left – we know this because he smiles all the time) has a rooster. OK, when you’re inside the house you never hear it because of the double glazing…but it crows. Maybe once an hour. Some days.
The 75-yr-old twin brothers who own The Other Farmhouse have hens and geese. The hens cluck when they’re laying eggs, the geese honk sometimes.
The hawks fly over in the middle of the day and call from about 300 feet up.
Robins and thrushes sing.
One morning a woodpecker landed in the back garden. It didn’t make any noise but we did! “Wow! A woodpecker!”
One day Claude replaced a pair of shutters before the winter. Hectic day that was in La Petite Grange!
With this amount of insane activity, thank God we had our cottage to escape to, when we weren’t touring chateaux and local vineyards. With every single appointment, furnishing, kitchen, cool design, technology (if you must), skylights and plants, (not to mention lunch under the spreading walnut tree) the cottage is a sanctuary from the pressures of living amongst five houses on a road that no one uses except…well…us…and Claude, and Jim and Ophelie, our fun, intelligent, caring host/neighbours.
See, this is why we don’t want to write this review: if you also think this sounds like Heaven, you’ll want to go there and, the next time WE want to go, YOU might have booked “our” La Petite Grange before us. We do have one criticism: the cover on the ironing-board is luxuriously thick and tends to bunch up a bit.
Why were we ironing on holiday? One does like to dress for dinner at historic L’Hotel de France in the local town, La Chartre sur Loir. You wouldn’t know who you’d meet.
We had a lovely time staying here. We had every thing we needed. Including peace and quiet.
This gite is a lovely mixture of looking olde world with beams and country cottage look but it is also modern where necessary. It is lovely and clean and has everything you need and a lovely private garden.
Special interest holidays:
If wine tasting is of interest to you we have lots of
vineyards right on our doorstep. And we're proud to say
we are affiliated with the Vignobles et Decouvertes
association which represents the local wines and vineyards.
Jasnieres is our local label, a reputable white made from
the chenin grape. It isn't too well known, but rather a well
kept secret. The vines are just a two minute walk away
and there are many friendly winegrowers happy to give you
a tasting just a short drive away.
The lake in Marçon, 10 minutes drive away, has a highly recommended beach, with water slide and lifeguard during summer period. All types of water-sports (non-motorized) are available including boating, yachting, canoeing, fishing. There is a large children's playground and BBQ area next to the beach and also a cafe/restaurant so it is an ideal way to spend a nice family day.
Tours Airport is approximately 40 minutes away and the Channel ports are 2.5 (Le Havre) to 4.5 (Calais) hours away. Car hire is available at Tours Airport.
The Gîte has been awarded 3 stars by Atout France.