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Charming Cottage with private pool set on 3/4,Acre directly opposite a chateau.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Passavant-sur-Layon, Loire Valley - Peaceful Location Set In A Pretty Village In The Heart Of The Anjou Wine Region Close To The Loire

This delightful cottage, set close to the château in a beautiful village amongst the vines of the Anjou wine region, is very close to a larger village with supermarket, boulangerie, restaurant and post office. There are 2 large, attractively furnished, bedrooms, one with a king-size (UK) bed and the other with two singles. The living room retains much character with the original exposed beam. The fully equipped kitchen/diner leads out to the sunny south facing terrace complete with BBQ and dining setting where you can relax whilst enjoying the views to the château walls and gateway. The pool area is fully wooden decked with views out to the beautiful local countryside. The 8m x 5m pool is for the private use of guests only. In the local area, there are many wineries and it is ideal for walking, cycling or sightseeing with châteaux and old towns to explore.

Phil and Janet Potter
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2017

About Phil and Janet Potter

After 30 years of living in Australia, we decided to have a complete change and, as we had always loved visiting France, this was the perfect place to come to.

We have travelled all over the world and love to meet new people, so we are really enjoying the mix of locals and visitors.

Phil and Janet Potter purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Phil and Janet Potter chose Passavant-sur-Layon

When we decided not to further develop the buildings at our home, we looked for a suitable cottage to renovate. When we found the cottage at Passavant, we both knew straight away it was perfect. Passavant-sur-Layon is a delightful village and the location of the cottage opposite the château, is brilliant. The large lake, just a 2 minute walk away is beautiful and the walks around the area are a rambler's delight.

The area is very popular with cyclists and the close proximity of the River Loire, gives access so numerous châteaux and historic attractions.

What makes this cottage unique

The property is private and located at the edge of the village facing the historic fortified walls and gateway of the château. It is a 3 minute drive (or 7 minutes by bicycle) to a very well served village with supermarket, bakery and excellent restaurant.

The cottage is set in what were the grounds of an 11th century priory and is in a village famed for it's dessert wines - which really adds to the 'taste' of a French holiday experience.

This is a very popular area for walkers and cyclists and just 20 minutes drive from the beautiful town of Saumur on the River Loire.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Passavant-sur-Layon in Maine-et-Loire

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • One family bathroom with large shower and wc.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , King size bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: All bedrooms have exposed beams and wooden floors. Both bedrooms have a view to the chateau walls and gateway. Bedroom 1 has a kingsize (UK) bed. Bedroom 2 has twin beds. Both have quality bedlinen and towels.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • caves
  • churches
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming
Outside: Set in ¾ acre of grounds with plenty of space for ball games, badminton etc. large pool in a secure private setting with loungers and umbrellas. The cottage also has a sunny south facing terrace with BBQ and dining setting. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: High quality towels and linen are included; changed weekly. Other: There is a large kitchen-diner plus another dining area on the south facing terrace.


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Charming Cottage with private pool set on 3/4,Acre directly opposite a chateau.
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

Two weeks of bliss in the Loire

  • 5 of 5

Wow wow wow! What a lovely place to stay! The property was everything we wanted and more. The pool was clean and enjoyed views across the countryside but remained private and not overlooked. The barn at the front of the house provided a nice shady place for our car and to hang our washing. Having access to UK channels on the TV meant my daughter and wife did not miss their beloved Bake Off on BBC1 and there were plenty of places to sit quietly and read inside and out. The stars at night were stunning with the milky way spread across the sky. The kitchen facilities in the cottage were great with lots of very handy tubs for sandwiches etc. plenty of cutlery, pots, pans and plates etc. Outside the BBQ was excellent (not a flimsy cheap version) with a full set of tongs and burger flippers. The bedrooms were clean and comfortable with fresh cotton sheets provided each week we stayed (we didn't miss our own beds!). The location was lovely and quiet and was well situated for the Loire valley. Owners Janet and Phil were so helpful and friendly during our stay and maintained the cottage to such a high standard that we wanted for nothing. They even provided extra towels for use at the as we had traveled light with hand luggage only. We would definitely recommend this property to anyone visiting the Loire.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect gîte for a perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

We've just returned from a fantastic week of relaxation at Priory Cottage with our 2 teenage sons who loved the cottage as much as we did (especially with the free Wi-Fi available!). We've loved the spacious, clean, well-equipped accommodation to the full and had a very happy time at the pool, which provided an invaluable source of entertainment for us all. The decked area at the front was perfect for BBQs with the scenic backdrop of the Château across the road. We especially enjoyed star-gazing at the BIG skies at night - and seeing some shooting stars. At €3 per head a tour of the local vineyard was excellent value, with the opportunity to taste all the varieties of wine at the end. (The desert wine was particularly delicious!). Nearby Saumur and its Château with breathtaking views over the Loire were well worth a visit too. Phil and Janet were extremely welcoming and helpful and we'd like to thank them both for the high quality accommodation which made for a perfect holiday. We can't recommend the gite highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful relaxing holiday!

  • 5 of 5

Many thanks to our wonderful hosts Janet and Phil for making us feel so very welcome at Priory cottage. From the outset we knew we had made the right decision to stay at the cottage- the thoughtful touch of the welcome card; sunflowers on the table and fresh bread, cheese and a bottle of local wine were so very much appreciated. The cottage has been lovingly restored and is well equipped for your stay. The free wi-fi is "essential " with 2 teenagers in tow and much appreciated!

The surrounding countryside is stunning and it really is a truly unique experience to laze by the pool and listen to the cows mooing, the cockerels cook-a-doodle dooing and the church bells chiming- you really would think that you are a million miles away from everything, yet amenities and charming places of interest are just on the doorstep.

Many thanks again Janet and Phil- we enjoyed the most relaxing holiday which is just what we needed after a very difficult few weeks prior to this. The only negative thing that we can say is that the holiday was over far too quickly! We have no hesitation in recommending Priory cottage and would love to return again one day soon. With love Debbie Pete Matthew and Jessica Hanson x x x x

  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The best.

  • 5 of 5

Our best holiday by far, the cottage is a real gem. Set in a quiet village but within easy reach of all amenities. The cottage has everything in that you will need, the pool and surrounding decking is superb. Phil and Janet are the best of hosts, always around if you need them. We will be back for sure. Alan and Sue Hayles

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
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  • 5 of 5

Our best holiday by far, the cottage is a real gem, set in a quiet village opposite

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
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Charming and well appointed French country cottage

  • 5 of 5

Great facilities- free Wifi worked well and was v useful, great shower and bathroom, comfy large bedrooms, fab views front and back of house, good parking in the barn, pool lovely when hot. Sitting out areas strong point of this cottage. Well equipped kitchen.We went with active but elderly relative, and she managed the stairs no problem and walk in shower useful, enjoyed the English TV when it was a wet evening. Good situation for visiting chateaux and plenty to do and see within reasonable distance.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
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Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
310 Kilometres
Nearest Train
24 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
Chemille A87
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
150 Kilometres
La Tranche sur Mer
Car: necessary


The nearest beaches are in the Vendee about 1.75 hrs by car.


From Calais, Dunkerque, Boulogne, Dieppe or Le Havre, use the A28. From Calais it is 562 kms (350 mls), takes a little over 5 hrs. From Cherbourg it is 408 kms (255 mls); from Caen it is 303 kms (189 mls), about 3 hours drive. Poitiers and Tours are the nearest airports about 1 hr. Nantes is about 1.5 hrs away. La Rochelle is about 2hrs, even Paris is only 3.5 hrs on the toll road. TGV rail stops at Saumur, Angers and Tours. Use of a car is essential.


The cottage is in the historical village of Passavant, which is just 1800 metres from the large village of Nueil-sur-Layon. It is 20 mins drive from the historical Loire town of Saumur. It is between 10-15 mins drive from Doue La Fontaine (which has an excellent zoo and world famous rose festival), Montreuil-Bellay (beautiful château) and Thouars which is an historic market town. The Puy de Fou, a medievel theme park, is about an hour away, as is Futuroscope, the science fiction park.

Further Details:

In nearby Nueil-sur-Layon there is a supermarket (with butcher and fish sections), a bakery, a restaurant and a bar plus other commerce. Banks, restaurants and larger supermarkets are all available in Doue-la-Fontaine, which is 10 mins by car. There is an English speaking doctor in Cersay, less than 10 minutes drive away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Passavant-sur-Layon, Pays de la Loire

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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
There is also a £150 damage deposit which is refundable after a satisfactory inspection at the end of your stay.

Changeover Day:
The changeover day is Saturday.
All year round the check-in is from 4pm, check-out is by 10am.

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