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Beautiful quiet retreat for those looking for simple peace and quiet

People4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Sitting amongst fields on the edge of a beautiful ancient forest

‘La Petite Maison de Sue’ at Les Hautes Guissinieres is a pretty little maison d’amis attached to our 18th century farmhouse near the Town of Parçay-les-Pins in the Mains et Loire region of France.

A cosy beamed living area on the ground floor includes a wood burning stove, large comfy sofa bed, dining table and kitchen including: Gas cooker with hob / microwave and fridge. Electric heaters efficiently ‘take the chill off’ if required, there is a TV with both French and English options. The spacious double En-Suite bedroom upstairs is equipped with a travel cot should it be required, and offers the most beautiful views across the surrounding fields. There is also a double sofa bed downstairs if needed. This could be used by extended family members or good friends (please be aware that it is in the main living area and would require sharing the en suite bathroom).

Fresh linen and towels, along with a welcome pack including: eggs/wine/biscuits etc. are provided for all our guests, and should you forget any essentials, we will be happy to help you out. The local shop in Parçay-les-Pins is run by a very friendly family who stock most of what you may need, and sell bread when the boulangerie is closed on a Monday. Slightly further afield (15-minute drive) there is a supermarket. For full information on other stores and markets, an information pack is provided in the cottage.

Sitting amongst fields on the edge of a beautiful ancient forest, the cottage offers an ideal base for those wishing to completely relax, surrounded by the peace and quiet of this beautiful part of France.

While there are lovely walks through the forest for many miles, the national and regional cycle route runs by, meaning you can explore beautiful countryside. From the lovely Lac de Rille, with its tranquil atmosphere, steam train, fishing and wildlife reserve (including observation posts for the wide variety of birds), to the nearby wine region of Bourgeil, which can be reached either by car or on bike, taking in the breathtaking scenery as you go.

Parçay-les-Pins is a small friendly town with a beautiful church, and family run general store and boulangerie. There is also a cafe bar beside the museum dedicated to the work of the famous sculptor, Jules Desbois.

As well as the nearby attractions, we are within 30 minutes of the Loire River, providing the opportunity to explore the famous chateaus and towns. You will never grow tired of enjoying the splendour and history of these castles, as well as the variety offered by their gardens.

The larger towns of Angers and Tours are within an hour, offering a large choice of shops, restaurants and markets, as well as their own interesting history.

The train station at Le Mans about an hour away so is in easy reach of Paris international Airport.

The Loire Valley exemplifies the good things in life; a leisurely pace of life, a mild climate, fine wines and a gentle people. The region is one of rolling countryside; the rich river valley and its vineyards, the fertile arable land, the orchards and the forests. Timeless villages hidden off the beaten track, or lively local towns. There are themed tours to follow, marked walks, wine discovery and ‘degustation’ routes and national park areas. Named after the river that runs through its heart, the Loire is one of the most famous places in western France. At 1020km in length from its source in the Massif Central to its destination in the Atlantic Ocean, the Loire is France’s longest river. Formerly the playground of kings, princes and the nobility, the Pays du Loire is still the wealthiest are of France. Entering it is like stepping back in time. Originally built as fortress in the Middle Ages, its castles, hunting lodges and manor houses were gradually converted into lavish pleasure palaces during the Renaissance period.

Saumur - An impressive town overlooked by the splendid 14th century château with its black slate turrets and white tuffeau walls. Narrow streets wind their way down from the château to the Place Saint Pierre where there are half-timbered houses and a medieval church. As well as the château, Saumur has several churches, a Decorative Arts Museum, Tank Museum, Mushroom Museum (deep down in limestone caves), a 5,000-year-old ‘dolmen’ – a Neolithic burial chamber. There is the famous Cadre Noir – the National Riding School and Cavalry, founded in 1814. There are also caves where local sparkling wines are made and can be tasted. At night the town is a beautiful sight, with lights and buildings reflected in the waters of the river. There are bars and pubs, cafes and a great choice of restaurants.

Tours - This cathedral city has a mixture of the new and old. At the heart of the city is the medieval town ‘Le Vieux Tours’ which shows evidence of Roman ancestors and Renaissance architecture. At its heart is the Place Plumereau, a lively square surrounded by tall, half-timbered buildings dating from the 15th century. A few minutes away by foot sees you on the main street of Tours. Here you’ll find chic fashion boutiques and large department stores, craft shops, bookshops, picture galleries and shops for stylish kitchen equipment. As well as all this, Tours hosts a multitude of other beautiful buildings and things to see. There is the Cathédrale St-Gatien, the Hôtel Goüin, home to the city’s archaeological museum, the Wine Museum of Touraine, and Place Pierre-le-Puellier, an evacuated Gallo-Roman and medieval cemetery which once formed part of a Renaissance cloister.

Angers, the capital of the Anjou region, is situated on the river Maine, a few kilometers before the Maine joins the Loire. It is a thriving university town with wide boulevards, modern shops, beautiful public gardens and narrow older streets evocative of its long history. It is a town of two faces, with a wealth of cultural and natural heritage. There are museums, the chateau (home to the Apocalypse Tapestries), cathedral and churches and more than 45 timber framed houses – there are modern hi-tech industries such as Bosch, Scania, Yves Saint-Laurent and the headquarters of the famous Remy-Cointreau Distillery – a nice end to the day perhaps!! Old and new combine perfectly in Angers – it is a thriving, alive town with something for everyone.

The Château of Chinon, a medieval fortress, was built high above the River Vienne to protect the valley. History tells that it was here, in the Great Hall, that Joan of Arc recognised the Dauphin. It was also here that Richard the Lion-heart came when fatally wounded. The château has three different forts or keeps, waterless moats, underground passages and dungeons. Chinon is a lovely old fortified town with cobbled streets and alleys which wind their way up and down and along the hillside. In the town are also the Musée du Vieux-Chinon (a local history museum), an Animated Wine Museum, Musée de la Deviniere, the Maison Rouge and the Église St-Maurice. There is a wealth of eating houses and small shops. The town and region are famous for the ‘Chinon’ vineyards where superb red wines are produced.

Fontevraud

The Abbey of Fontevraud is the ancient burial place of the Plantagenet’s who were the Counts of Anjou, Ducs of Normandie and Aquitaine and then for over three hundred years Kings of England. Robert d’ Arbrissel founded the Abbey at the end of the eleventh century. In 1150 at the rise of power of the Plantagenet’s the Abbey supervised nearly 5000 people in priories and convents in France, Spain and England. The French revolution put an end to the existence of the Fontevraud. In 1804 during the First Empire, Napoleon converted the Abbey into a prison for common criminals. It remained this way until 1963. Since then it has profited from extensive restoration and is now one of the most visited monuments in the Loire Valley.

The Lac de Rillé was created in 1976/77 by constructing an earth dam on the River Lathan at Gué Morin near Breil in Maine et Loire. The lake stretches from Rillé in Indre et Loire to Breil and is bisected by a ‘digue’ forming two ‘separate’ lakes. The top part is known as the Lac de PIncemaille (literally ‘pinched waist’) and has a leisure beach, camping site and holiday cabins at what is known as ‘Huttopia’; the lower part is preserved as a nature reserve (classified as one of Europe’s key sites for wild life in the ‘Natura 2000’ series) and a special site for birds by the LPO, (‘Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux). The main part of the lake is also a great attraction for fishermen and is well stocked with carp, ‘silure’ (huge catfish) and various other coarse fish. There are numerous species of birds, from herons to rare migratory birds, and ospreys have visited the lake in some summers. The main purpose of the lake is for irrigation and when the lake is full at the end of winter, the River Lathan feeds irrigation schemes in the Loire Valley for horticulture and agriculture.

Fishing

The Lake is also a well known spot for fishing, including night fishing. It offers real sport with carp up to 20kg, the renowned ‘silure’ or European catfish which can be enormous, as well as pike, zander, black bass, roach, perch, and tench. You can get more information from the local Federation de Peche and licences and permits can be obtained at the Gamme Vert in nearby Noyant.

There are more than 300 châteaux in the Loire Valley, more than you can visit in one holiday, so a little advance preparation and planning will pay dividends. Within one hour from Parçay-les-Pins you can visit 18 châteaux.

The Loire Valley was the centre of power in France until the 16th century and after that continued to be the area favoured by the French kings and nobility for hunting and leisure. Their presence in the lush, fertile valley attracted the very best builders, skilled in the use of the natural tuffeau stone to build the châteaux.

Whichever château you visit you can be sure the setting will be beautiful.

More Details

Owner
Daniel Baker
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, French, Some German
Calendar last updated:
16 December, 2017

About Daniel Baker

We are Paul & Joanne Ladd & having spent three years travelling through France in search of the perfect home, we finally found our idyll here at Les Hautes Guissinieres, moving in during August 2015. We have previously run a successful B & B in the UK, and are keen to provide the same high quality of hospitality for guests in our lovely little Gite.

While we are busy updating the farmhouse and garden, we have tweaked a few aspects of the Gite in order to ensure it offers guests the best possible experience during their stay. Our priority for you is that you are able to enjoy the peace and tranquillity that the area naturally provides, along with all necessary comforts. Because of our situation near the end of a quiet lane within a tiny hamlet of three houses, you will find that your peace and privacy is not interrupted.

Daniel Baker purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Daniel Baker chose Parçay-les-Pins

Initially attracted by the potential of the house and its garden, and the lovely accommodation offered by the gite, the location was a big factor in our decision to move here. The beautiful countryside is on our doorstep to be enjoyed, offering the freedom to walk and cycle for miles. The other appeal is that while we have a rural idyll here, attractions such as the local vineyards are a short drive (15 minutes) away, or even a scenic bike ride across the hill to the south. Within half an hour is the lovely Loire River, with its host of attractions including beautiful towns, chateaus and gardens.

What makes this cottage unique

With my experience in hospitality I can offer an instinctive approach to the needs of guests. My priority is to ensure your comfort and enjoyment during your time here, not only because it means you may return or recommend us to friends, but also because it is a pleasure to be able to take pride in what we can offer you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Such a delightful find – this gorgeous little gite tucked away in the French countryside. The house itself is very special – spacious rooms decked out most tastefully and stocked with all home comforts. The outside space was just perfect and caught the sun most of the day and gave us a wonderful viewpoint to watch the sunsets. We visited quite a number of chateaux and ‘met up with’ Catherine de Medici, Joan of Arc, Mary Queen of Scots and Richard the Lionheart. We browsed the markets, sampled as many of the varieties of great French food as we could justify (especially the cheeses, oh, and the cakes and….).

Jo was so helpful and friendly, not only in supplying lots of info and tips, but even the makings of a hot toddy when my husband developed the cold of all colds! A very special lady who seemed a close friend within two weeks. We will certainly be spreading the word to friends!

A thousand thanks, Jo – and Kargo!

Tom and Sheena

Kinross, Scotland

June 18th – July 2nd 2016
Jun 2016
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Location

Nearest Airport
42 Kilometres
Tours / Nantes
Nearest Ferry
243 Kilometres
Caen / Le havre
Nearest Train
42 Kilometres
Tours
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Hommes (manmade)
Car: necessary

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Parçay-les-Pins in Maine-et-Loire

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bathroom, with an excellent power shower, is located at the top of the stairs in the upstairs bedroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • The spacious double bedroom upstairs is equipped with a travel cot should it be required, and offers the most beautiful views across the surrounding fields.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 4 bicycles
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • museums
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
Notes:
La Petite Maison de Sue’ at Les Hautes Guissinieres is a pretty little gite attached to our 18th century farmhouse near the village of Parçay-les-Pins in the Mains et Loire region. A cosy beamed living area on the ground floor includes a wood burning stove, comfy sofa bed, dining table and kitchen. Electric heaters efficiently ‘take the chill off’ if required, and we have now installed a TV with both French and English options. Fresh linen and towels, along with a welcome pack, are provided for all our guests, and should you have forgotten any essentials, we will be happy to help you out.The local shop in Parçay-les-Pins is run by a very friendly family who stock most of what you may need, and sell bread when the boulangerie.

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average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
5

A lovely little cottage in a quiet rural setting - the nicest place we have found yet.

  • 5 of 5

A property created with real love and care, and it shows. Clean and comfortable with a good bed, private parking for our vintage car, surrounded by a lovely garden with a private bit for the gite and looking out over woods and farmland. Lots of extras provided (bikes, loungers, barbicue etc) and the most delightful host (and dogs) who made us really welcome. We didn't want to leave and can't wait to come back again. It would make an ideal base throughout the year for walkers and cyclists. Friendly British-run cafe in the local village used by a good mixture of locals and incomers.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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perfect peace!

  • 5 of 5

We were made to feel very welcome by our hosts Jo And Paul. Lovely Gite in a tranquil location. Ideal for Chateau lovers and the evening walks in the woodlands nearby proved to be the ideal way to end a perfect day. Recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Set in a quiet hamlet but close to a village with a shop and a bar/restaurant. Couple's retreat!

  • 5 of 5

The owners, Jo and Paul, live adjoined to this quaint gite. They manage to strike that balance, between being attentive, helpful and available to meet all reasonable needs, and yet never intrusive. They will offer advice on local amenities and attractions, let you know details of local events and direct you to the best vineyards to visit! Kargo, the rescue dog also knows exactly how to behave with visitors and in our case, he always gave us a very waggy tail when we arrived 'home'!

As a keen angler, Paul advised me on several good spots to spend a day in beautiful surroundings with a typical French picnic but he also managed to enter me into a local fishing competition!

Local to the gite, you can walk or cycle through shady lanes and through forest. Fruit and vegetables are farmed and sold locally, the restaurant in Parcay-Les-Pins is good value and a must-see for me was the museum to sculptor, Jules Desbois:

"De tous, la sculpture est l'art le plus accessible" - Jules Desbois (1851 - 1935)

A lovely space to exhibit the work of one France's best 'Rodinesque' artists.

In addition, for culture-vultures, within a short drive in any direction, you will find a beautiful chateau around every bend- or so it seems. We became habitual chateau-visitors!

Francophile couples looking for a rural retreat will love this little haven for relaxation!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Don and Sarah, Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope we see you again. All the best, Jo
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A Fairytale Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent a phenomenal 10 days at this venue, and it is out of this world - literally. right in the heart of rural France; the loudest noise is the birds, and the sound a lizard makes, scurrying across the chippings! And yet, it seems, the gite is only about half an hour away from everything: Chateaux, Wine 'caves', Troglodyte dwellings, Abbey, gardens, and the odd Zoo, not to mention, some really good places to eat (and drink!), and on roads which only see about half a dozen cars an hour. The Gite was very well equipped, and we found it spotless. Coupled with all this is the charming hospitality of its owner, Jo, for whom it seems, nothing is too much trouble, be it for information about the gite or the locality. All in all, a prize package, and well worth the money!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review, and I am so glad you enjoyed your time here; it was a pleasure to have you both, and I look forward to seeing you again. All the very best Jo
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Perfect, relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at Le Petite Maison de Sue to a very warm welcome from Jo and Paul and some complimentary groceries. The gite had everything that we needed and more for a perfect relaxed holiday. A real home from home.The bed was very comfortable with high quality bed linen which made for a very restful nights sleep.There were views across the fields and countryside that we found very relaxing too. The gite is within a short drive on very quiet roads (in May) to all of the lovely attractions of the Loire Valley. Fontevraud and Villandry being two of our favourites. We borrowed bikes and explored the local lake through quiet forest and countryside paths. I would thoroughly recommend a stay at this lovely property.

  • Review Submitted: 25-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A siperb gite in beautiful countryside....perfect

  • 5 of 5

Amazing setting, very well-equipped with comfortable beds with lovely bed linen. Both French and UK TV and radio is available, with lots of information on local attractions and very helpful hosts. Would recommend without hesitation!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Parçay-les-Pins, Pays de la Loire

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Winter
8 Dec 2017 - 2 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£147
for 3 nights
From
£49
£345
 
 
Rate 1
3 Mar 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£395
for 7 nights
£395
 
 
Rate 2
2 Jun 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
 
Rate 3
29 Sep 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
£147
for 3 nights
From
£49
£345
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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