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L'Ombrière is a charming 200 year old cottage overlooking the Loire



Updated: 10-Oct-2016
3/4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, separate WC (2 WC's) sleeps 6-9

This enchanting self-catering cottage occupies an elevated position with views over the Loire 100 m away. Approached through automatic gates there is spacious parking to the rear. A small cliff behind with woods above (accessible) provide a totally secluded patio area with tables, chairs, parasol and gas BBQ. The cottage has been fitted out to a very high standard as a second home with new kitchen with full cooker & dishwasher, luxury tiled bathroom with shower over bath, separate WC, spacious living room with open fireplace, dining room, twin bedroom. Upstairs 2 double bedrooms, one with mezzanine over with miniature staircase to sleep a child, the other with luxury en-suite shower room & WC. The large landing provides a second living area with 2 sofas one of which converts to sleep 2. The downstairs facilities make it suitable for disabled or wheelchair users. Wireless Internet Access is available free. Just 12 Km from Saumur - ideal for exploring the Chateaux of the Loire

  • Sleeps 9
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

We live in Bromsgrove in Worcestershire in the centre of England. Our son and his French wife live in Paris and we are able to easily see them en route and collect grandchildren for holidays with us.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just to thank you for a wonderful and beautiful house and for a lovely weeks holiday. I could not recommend your house enough and look forward to returning someday. Fantastic.
Aug 2010
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11 Reviews

based on 11 holidaymaker reviews


Great stay at L'Ombriere!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely peaceful setting close to amenities.

The property is very well equipped and cared for. We had an enjoyable week visiting various chateaux, wine tasting and generally exploring the surrounding area.

The roads and routes for cyclists are superb! Highly recommended.

The cottage is close to Gennes but we benefitted significantly by having our own transport.

A great find. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Dream location in fantastic area

  • 5 of 5

Super location, charming cottage.

With four adults of which one person in an electric wheelchair we stayed for one week in this very charming cottage. To enter the cottage with a wheelchair you have to bring a small ramp, for the rest the ground floor is very good accessible.

The cottage is very well equipped and suitable to stay for longer periods. The nearby city of Saumur provides all facilities necessary to have a luxurious stay.

In the Centre of Cunault there are two bakeries and 2 butcher shops who provide perfect artisan products. Various public pubs “bar-tabac” make sure you can enjoy the French way of life every minute of the day. In the morning we used to go to buy fresh bread but not without first having a good cup of coffee on one of the “bar-tabac”.

We visited a few castles and did as well a few short city trips. The weather was fantastic, early September we had temperatures between 21° and 28°C which was more than satisfying.

The cleaning lady who we met on the day of our departure is a very charming and helpful woman.

We sincerely hope we can come back next year to explore the area a little bit more and enjoy the French “joie de vivre” at l’ombrière.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good Location, but a few shortcomings

  • 3 of 5

The property is ideally located for touring the Chateaux of the Loire. When we first used the dishwasher it failed; we immediately notified the owner on the 18th and he finally had an engineer visit (after an exchange of many emails) on the 28th. So we had no dishwasher. Despite the owners instructions to users, we found the gas BBQ was very dirty and had to be cleaned before we could use it. The clothes drier is situated in a workshop in one of the caves: access is round a huge pile of earth and through a door that has not been cleaned for years. The area around the drier is filthy. It needs cleaning up and then it would become quite useable.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Unfortunately it proved diificult to arrange for our cleaning lady to be available on a day that a service engineer could visit as the client was understandably unwilling to wait in all day (7 hour visit slot!). The dishwasher has now been replaced. The dryer is in a cave and I agree that the area could do with a spruce up - point noted. The pile of earth is left to discourage people from walking under the place where it occasionally drops from the cliff above - rural France! We are sorry that these issues detracted from Mr T's enjoyment of the prpoerty.
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A Fantastic Find!!

  • 5 of 5

Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed the use of this beautiful house. It's location is ideal, completely secluded but still near to shops, bars and restaurants (L'Aubergade Restaurant in Gennes is a must).

The house itself has all the modern facilities you'd expect whilst still retaining it's "old world" charm. A fabulous place to relax and enjoy the good food and wine of the area.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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No better base to explore the Loire

  • 5 of 5

We've just returned from this very charming cottage after a relaxing two-week break. There were seven of us staying, including Granny, Grandad, Mum, Dad, Son (17) and two Daughters (11 and 4).

The secluded patio with its intriguing caves - old Troglodyte dwellings? - makes a lovely place to have breakfast, brunch, lunch, or a barbie! The cottage itself is a great mixture of the original beams and modern convenience, with a fairly recent extension housing the well-equipped kitchen and bathroom at one end, and a much older extension at the other with dining room, bedrooms and another bathroom upstairs, en-suite to the master. The original part of the cottage is the central living room, and character is in abundance here with the inglenook fireplace and low ceiling. Above this is a central area with a sofa-bed and entertainment area for the kids - if at all bored at any time. Altogether ample space for seven or eight to sleep, eat and relax. There was even a games room in another outbuilding, although it appeared this hadn't been used for a while and the facilities were in disrepair. The only other thing that could have been improved were the mattresses on the double beds.

The immediate area had a fairly 'well to do' feel about it. Very pleasant. There are some excellent restaurants and boulangeries to cater for your needs as well as a useful supermarket if you should want to cook.

The Loire is famous for it's chateaux - and we did visit a few, as well as an excellent zoo and a small lake with it's own little beach! It was nice to have such a relaxing place to come back to after all the adventures we had.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The matresses on the double beds are being replaced in May 2012. The games room will also get a spring-clean and check-up then. It does get a bit dusty being in an outbuilding but the ping pong table is only three years old.
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Top Marks!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week here at the beginning of June. The children loved the garden, with its caves, woodland and games room. They spent hours exploring! The house had real character too.

The cottage is in a central location for many attractions with good roads to get to places. There's a very convenient supermarket in Gennes.

We would totally recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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From the Owner

We bought a house in the Loire because we love the area. There is a fantastic amount to do - we are still discovering new things after 10 years. We can get there in one day from home (12 hors door to door via Calais). It is the first region going south that has a significantly better climate than England and is a great area to indulge our passion for hot-air ballooning. It is so good for this (friendly farmers, great scenery) that the British National Championships have twice been held in the area along with the European Championships. The house ticked all the boxes - full of character, great location in a small village with friendly locals but amenities - shops restaurants etc all within easy reach.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Tours at 90 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Cunault at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen at 170 Miles Nearest Golf : 9 hole Saumur at 12 Kilometres Nearest Train : Saumur at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A85 Beaufort-en-Vallée at 16 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Gennes at 1.5 Kilometres Car: necessary

The house is 15mins from Saumur on the banks of the Loire in an area designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is close to a bridge over the Loire giving easy access to villages both sides with excellent restaurants bars and shops. Ideally placed for exploring the Loire Chateaux there are numerous local attractions including visits to the producers of the famous Saumur and Loire sparkling wines, museums, abbeys, zoo, golf, canoeing. Hot air balloon rides are available from a company just 2 miles away. It is very easy to access being just 15mins from the motorway network and only 5 1/2 hrs from Calais. The Loire is the first region going South to enjoy a major improvement in the climate - hence the huge wine production of the region. Tours is about an hour to the east and Angers about 1/2 hr west putting Saumur in the heart of the Chateau country.

Other Activities: museums, wine producer visits, Calvary school, Loire Chateaux, hot air balloon rides,

Golf: There is a 9 hole golf course about 6-7 miles away and several others within a 1 hour drive


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Half Term
15 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
29 Oct 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas/New year
21 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Rental includes use of electric heating and logs as required seasonally. WiFi access is included.
Easter week-end, Christmas or New year rentals carry a minimum charge of £450
Bookings for full weeks made within 2 weeks of arrival date at 30% discount.
Week-end rentals need to vacate by 11.00 Sunday unless specifically agreed otherwise.

£150 on booking, balance 8 weeks before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The house is right by La Loire river. if you cross the road in front of the house the river bank is only 50m away. In the summer the river recedes so it is usually possible for several months to access the river bed here and often to walk across to the island opposite. Children love playing on 'the beach' and throwing driftwood into the river. It's a great spot for bird watchers with many species including Egrets to be seen. We have our own wood behind the house accessible via a small gate.

Property Type

  • house


  • Historic
  • Luxury


  • Activities Guide
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo

Onsite Services

  • Car Available


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing

Floor Area

  • 140 m²


  • Bathroom - Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Downstairs - electric bath seat available
  • Bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, En-suite master bedroom
  • Toilet - Toilet, Downstairs


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Double Bed, En-suite shower room
  • Upstairs double Bedroom - 1 Double Bed, 1 Child Bed, Child bed in 'mezzanine' over with own stairs
  • Downstairs twin Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
  • Mezzanine - 1 Cot, 1 Sofa bed/Futon, Spacious landing/sleeping area with double sofa bed
  • 3 doubles, 1 twin, 1 children's bed, Baby Cot and mattress (bring your own linen)


  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Terrace
  • 20 garden chairs


  • Self-catering


  • Ground floor facilities make L'Ombriere accessible to the infirm. It has a small step but is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance. Ground floor WC is not wide enough to be accessible in a wheelchair. The house is baby friendly being equipped with a cot and highchair An out-house has been equipped as a games room with table-tennis, darts and football game. It has the considerable benefit of being out of earshot of the house! There is also a boules set and a pair of badminton rackets and shuttles with a good playing area at the back of the house. and there are various board games cards etc in the house. A TV/DVD player is in the house for DVDs only. Wireless Internet Access is available free of charge - simply bring your WiFi-enabled computer or other device.

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