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Spacious recently renovated Self Contained Gite In The Heart Of The Loire Valley

Overview

Property

Updated: 24-Nov-2016
Gite in Parcay-les-Pins, near Saumur, Pays de la Loire, France - Peaceful Rural Location Perfectly Situated To Explore The Many Attractions The Loire Has To Offer

La Croix is located between the villages of Courleon and Gizeux and is only a 25 minute drive to Saumur, with it's impressive chateau and many restaurants, shops and bars. A short drive or cycle south of La Croix through forest and you will reach 'La Loire' river and the Bougueil vineyards, here there are lots of opportunities to taste the local wines and visit the many picturesque villages along the river. It's a great place to relax and picnic whilst enjoying the views.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

La Croix is owned by Peter, Louise and of course our two children Ellen and Matthew. We had been talking about buying a holiday home for many years before finally taking the plunge and buying La Croix. Our plans, though, never included buying a falling down shack in the middle of rural France, with limited knowledge of the language! This is however, what we did and with the help of friends, family and an excellent builder we have managed to restore La Croix and turn it into a fantastic holiday home which we love visiting!

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We enjoyed some great evening BBQ's and star gazing into the night. Local cuisine in nearby Parcay-les-Pins was good value and friendly. We really enjoyed the peaceful, tranquil setting at La Croix. Thank you for a great time, loved staying here. Nic & Lou, July 2012





The house is perfect, peace and quiet with every home comfort and plenty of places to visit within easy reach. The shower is fantastic and the bedroom very spacious and comfortable but with all the authentic features still in place.

Julie & Russell, Sept 2012



The house has been renovated beautifully and to a very high standard - we are sure to return for another holiday. Zoe, Miles, Maya & Finn, Aug 2012



Thank you for a wonderful place to stay. We found everything we wanted and were lucky with hot, sunny weather. We spent a lot of time swimming in the local lakes. Kath & Ian, July 2012
Nov 2012
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7 Reviews

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based on 7 holidaymaker reviews

5

Amazing gite, perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay - the gite was beautiful- so much bigger than we expected. Really well equipped, great garden, we used the BBQ most nights.

Star gazing was amazing, Never seen stars like it!

Great location, so much to do & see within half hours drive.

Can't wait to return

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review 😄 We love to hear that guests find La Croix as relaxing and perfect as we do! We look forward to welcoming you back!
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5

Lovely!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful spacious gite with lovely surroundings. The gite had everything we needed and was extremely well kept. Great location from which to explore the Loire Valley. We plan to return again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We love to hear that guests enjoy La Croix as much as we do and it would be great to welcome you back sometime in the future. 😄
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5

Spacious, well presented cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Excellent, well presented, clean cottage. Home from home! Well located for the Loire in easy reach of Saumur and Chinon. Beautiful countryside ideal for cycling. Louise and Peter were a pleasure to deal with. Thoroughly recommend this cottage to stay in.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you ever so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review of La Croix. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and would love to welcome you back in the future sometime.
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Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a wonderful two weeks in this beautiful, spacious gite. We are a family of six, and the gite was well maintained, very clean, and had everything we needed to have a relaxing holiday. The owners answered any questions promptly and were very helpful and friendly. Nearby lakes were a big asset for the children to swim in most days, often on our way home from days out. Altogether a great place to stay!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to write this lovely review. We always love to hear how our guests enjoy their holiday and that La Croix provides a perfect and relaxing base from which to explore the Loire Valley. We would love to welcome you all back in the future.
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Fabulous holiday

  • 5 of 5

A fabulous place to stay in order to explore the loire valley. The property is in a very peaceful rural location however it's only about a fifteen minute drive to 2 really lovely restaurants one in Homme and the other at the Hotel Pelican Vernantes we had several good value meals at both restaurants where the food was excellent. We then returned to La Croix where we relaxed outside watching the sun go down with a glass of wine then stargazing listening to owls hooting it was heaven. The property was clean and well equipped the large downstairs bedroom and bathroom were ideal for our elderly parents as was the large bedrooms and bathroom upstairs for ourselves and our son. We had 6 days touring around the area and we were very sad to leave at the end. We will deffinately be returning.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Andrew, La Croix is certainly a perfect place to get away from it all and relax! We hope to see you again in the future 😄
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5

La Croix Review

  • 5 of 5

Just like to thank Louise and Peter for allowing us to stay in their gite. Its amazing to see what it was like 2 years ago and compare it to what it is today - a lot of love has gone into La Croix.

The property was exactly as described. Its really well equipped. There is lots of open space, not too fussy which is what we like. Its c. 2.5 kilometres to the nearest town (Gizeau) which has a nice bakery, butcher come general store and biscuit shop. There is also a very nice walk around the village.

The property was clean throughout and we had no problems using any of the kit. The patio around the back is fantastic - it was great to see the sun go down night after night after a hard days holidaying. We ate outside every day and made good use of the BBQ.

La Croix is well placed to travel east and west - there is plenty to do within a 30 min drive which was fine for us. The highlight for the boys was a visit to the tank museum in Saumur - if you are interested in WW2 or military vehicles this is a must see. The girls loved Villandry and also a visit to the Troglodyte settlement that we cycled through nr Saumur. Langeais, Chinon, Candes St Martin, Saumur, Fontevraud - all were great.

Booking the property was a doddle and it was a very easy transaction. I'd have no problem recommending La Croix to family and friends. You will need to drive or cycle to get around but as long as you are prepared to do that its a great place to stay.

Louise, Peter - good luck for the future and thanks again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your great review, we are pleased you enjoyed your holiday and loved La Croix as much as we do!
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Location

From the Owner

We had enjoyed many holidays in the Loire before buying La Croix and loved the peace and tranquility of the area. The area is full of great places to visit and there is nothing better than star gazing late into the night enjoying a glass or two of wine.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Tours at 58 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Gizeux at 2 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen at 263 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Golf du Saumurois, 49400 Saumur, France at 32 Kilometres Nearest Train : Saumur at 31 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Vernantes at 9 Kilometres

Coast/Beach:

Although not close to the coast there are plenty of choices for swimming too - the many natural lakes in the area have beaches and safe swimming areas which have lifeguards in the peak summer months. Canoe hire and organised trips are available throughout the region and the Loire-a Velo cycle path criss crosses the area offering many safe and scenic cycle routes.

Travel:

Caen - 21/2 to 3 hour drive; Dieppe - 4 hour drive; Calais - 5 hour drive. Brittany Ferries, LD Lines and P&O ferries operate these routes as well as Eurotunnel to Calais. Nearest airport is at Tours, a 50 minute drive with Poitiers (90 min drive) and Nantes (2 hour drive. TGV rail routes from Paris to Tours is also a good route. A car is essential and car hire is available at the main airports and railway stations.

Distances:

The area surrounding La Croix has lots to offer. It is great for cyclists with empty roads and endless forest trails, canoes can be hired at various points on the Loire, there are lots of local walking trails, fishing on the local lakes, horse riding, as well as opportunities for swimming at many of the natural lakes. In addition, La Croix is perfectly situated for visiting the many Loire Valley chateaux as well as family orientated theme parks and zoos.

Further Details:

The local villages of Parcay les Pins, Gizeux and Vernoil have a range of amenities including boulangeries, bars and an excellent supermarket. The Musee Jules Desbois in Parcay les Pins is dedicated to the famous sculptor who was born in the village. The bar next door which takes his name is a typical French bar but serves good value food at lunch and dinner.

The local villages of Gizeux and Breil boast impressive chateaux with extensive gardens.

The nearest supermarket, petrol station and cash point are located in the village of Vernoil, a 10 minute drive away.

The area surrounding La Croix has lots to offer. It is great for cyclists with empty roads and endless forest trails, canoes can be hired at various points on the Loire, there are lots of local walking trails, fishing on the local lakes, horse riding, as well as opportunities for swimming at many of the natural lakes. In addition, La Croix is perfectly situated for visiting the many Loire Valley chateaux as well as family orientated theme parks and zoos.

The Loire Valley is a region famous for its many chateaux, vineyards, rolling landscape and historic towns. La Croix is located in the heart of this popular region. It is a UNESCO World Heritage area of outstanding beauty and it is situated on the edge of the Loire-Anjou-Touraine National Park. The picturesque and historic town of Saumur with its Chateaux and large selection of shops and excellent restaurants is a short drive away.

La Croix is also perfectly positioned to visit the historic cities of Angers, Tours and La Mans all of which are within an easy drive.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Off peak
17 Sep 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
£260
for 4 nights
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£65
£450
 
 
CHRISTMAS
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
£320
for 4 nights
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£80
£550
 
 
OFF PEAK 2017
7 Jan 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
£300
for 4 nights
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£75
£475
 
 
HIGH 2017
8 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
£340
for 4 nights
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£85
£575
 
 
PEAK 2017
22 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
5 night minimum stay
£500
for 5 nights
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£100
£675
 
 
HIGH 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
£340
for 4 nights
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£85
£575
 
 
OFF PEAK 2017
16 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
£300
for 4 nights
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£75
£475
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£300
for 4 nights
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£75
£475
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
Operated on a Saturday changeover basis during peak weeks, however we can be more flexible at other times of the year so please contact us. Outside of high season short breaks can be arranged, minimum stay is 4 nights and cleaning is charged as a compulsory extra (£65), linen and towels can be provided for an additional cost of £10 per person. Prices for stays of 7 nights or more include all bed linen, towels and an end of stay clean. A 25% deposit will be required to confirm your booking with the balance being payable 40 days before your holiday date. Holidays from October to April inclusive will incur an additional £15 per person heating supplement.

Changeover Day:
Saturday changeover in peak weeks during July & August flexible at other times of the year, please call us to discuss your requirements.

Notes on prices:
Nightly rate £65 (£80 High), minimum 4 nights. For short breaks of less than 7 days a £65 cleaning charge will be payable, and bed linen and towels can be supplied at an additional cost (£10 per person). Holidays from October to April inclusive will incur an additional per person heating supplement of £15.

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Facilities

From the Owner

La Croix has lots of character yet has all the modern facilities that you expect from a holiday gite. It is a perfect place to unwind and relax both in the Winter and Summer months - sat in front of the cosy log burner in Winter or sat on the patio looking over the wheat or sunflower fields in the summer! Perfect!

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic

General

  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • lake
  • rural

Attractions

  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • There are 2 shower rooms. The ground floor shower room has a fantastic walk in shower/wet room.

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: There are 3 bedrooms, a king size bed on the ground floor with a double and a twin room on the first floor. Both the king and double bedrooms have ample room to take a cot.

Outside

  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Outside: La Croix has a private and fully enclosed garden. We have provided garden furniture for 6 including an umbrella and 2 sun loungers for those hot days! The outside area is part grass part patio. The patio area is great to sit and watch the sunset over the fields as well as night time star gazing! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Prices for 7 nights or more include all bed linen, towels and an end of stay clean. For short breaks of less than 7 days a cleaning charge will be payable with the balance. Other: The layout of the ground floor accommodation is all on one level which makes it accessible for all ages and the less mobile.

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