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Charming village gîtes, surrounded by vineyards and near Loire Valley chateaux - La Maison d'Amis*** Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom)



Updated: 28-Aug-2016
Houses in Le Puy Notre Dame, near Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France

The gîtes are perfectly situated for a relaxing holiday, enjoying wine-tasting in the local vineyards or exploring the famous Loire Valley châteaux. Le Clos de la Rose is situated in the historic medieval village of Le Puy Notre Dame. It is a charming wine-making village set in a conservation area in the beautiful countryside of the Regional Loire-Anjou-Touraine Natural Park which is great for walking and cycling. Le Puy Notre Dame is designated a “Village de Charme” and a “Petite Cité de Caractère” and is dominated by a massive collegiate church which dates back to the 12th century. The village bakery, where you can get your fresh breakfast croissants and baguettes and other delights, is only a minute's walk away from Le Clos de la Rose. The village also has a restaurant and a bar as well as a pharmacy, a hairdresser’s a garage and a tourist office which is open in the summer. It also has a grocery shop with a fresh meat counter. A much larger selection of supermarkets, shops, bars and restaurants is available only 10 minutes’ drive away in both nearby Doué la Fontaine and Montreuil Bellay. The gîtes are well placed for you to visit the beautiful chateaux of the Loire Valley and numerous other historical places of interest in the area.

Le Clos de la Rose is a traditional “Corps de Ferme” (farmstead) with honey coloured limestone buildings surrounding a large courtyard. Many of our outbuildings (some of which date back to the 18th century) were used for wine-making. We have two well equipped gîtes (La Maison du Vigneron and La Maison d’Amis) and an additional large suite (Le Grenier) which can be booked in conjunction with either gîte to accommodate more people. They are all completely non-smoking and give flexibility for comfortably accommodating from one person to a party of nine. The gîtes have been lovingly restored to provide you with comfort and style whilst maintaining their original charm and character. Our gîtes look out onto the large courtyard which also offers our guests secure, covered parking (ideal for visitors with classic cars). Each gîte has its own patio where you can sit and enjoy al fresco dining.

The courtyard is spacious with a sun terrace, lawn area and trees. We have recently created a new rose garden with a fountain in the courtyard for our guests to enjoy. In addition there is plenty of other outside space where you can laze about and read, either in the sun or in the shade whichever you prefer. There are sun loungers and other chairs for our guests to use. At the end of the courtyard, there is a gate leading to the large secret garden and orchard which is perfect for having fun or relaxing in. It is an ideal place to enjoy a glass or two of your favourite drink as you watch the sun set over the vineyards beyond.

On your arrival, you will be invited to have an aperitif with the owners when you can discuss different places to visit and things to do. You will also receive a complimentary Welcome Pack in the gîte with a few basic food/cleaning essentials. If required, we are happy to also provide guests with specially selected food and drink starter packs (at additional cost) but these need to be ordered in advance.

For more information please see our website: www.leclosdelarose.com

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Details for holiday cottage La Maison d'Amis*** Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom), 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

Bedrooms: The Bedroom is cosy with a double bed and built in wardrobe

Bathrooms: There is a modern bathroom with power shower, basin and toilet.

Kitchen: There is an open plan country kitchen and lounge/dining area with beams. The kitchen is fully fitted and well equipped including an electric ceramic hob and oven, fridge/freezer, microwave, electric kettle and dishwasher. The kitchen opens out onto the terrace which also has a table and chairs, for al fresco dining.

Living Room: The lounge area has a comfy sofa, television and DVD/CD player and a decorative fireplace. There is also a dining table and 4 chairs. There is central heating throughout for cooler seasons. Books, DVDs and games are also available. Bed linen, towels and tea towels are provided and these will be changed on a weekly basis.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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About the Owner

We have been Francophiles ever since we started touring France over 20 years ago, during which time we have made frequent visits here, often in a classic car enjoying the quiet country roads at a more leisurely pace. As a result of this, we have also developed a great love of the country and many strong friendships across France.

After working hard for many years in England (Bill in construction and Letsie in the NHS), we finally decided to take the plunge and do what we had talked about doing for years. In 2010, we began our search for a special place- to start a new chapter in our lives so that we could follow a healthier and more harmonious lifestyle.

We look forward to welcoming you here soon.

A bientôt!

Bill and Letsie

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Speaks English, French

4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


Simply lovely

  • 5 of 5

The gite was equipped and decorated to a high standard, and the location was fantastic for exploring the Loire Valley, lots of chateaus and vineyards literally on the doorstep.

But that wasn't the best bit, Letsie and Bill made us feel incredibly welcome from the moment we arrived until the moment we left. They greeted us with a chilled glass of local wine and even accompanied us to local vineyards to help with the translation. They helped with advice about local restaurants and shops etc when needed.

They were there when we needed them and discreet and out of the way when we just wanted to relax or sunbathe on the patio.

Behind the gates, we were in our own little haven, and it felt peaceful and tranquil the whole time we were there.

Le Puy Notre Dame is a lovely village with plenty of amenities (although some of the shops were shut when we were there in late august as is common in France). 2 restaurants which were both good, nice in different ways, but very easily walkable from the gite.

Would recommend this gite, and find it hard to say anything negative about it - it was a 5 to 6 hour drive from Calais, but we didn't mind that at all.

If you want something small, quiet and relaxing, you will be very happy here.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

Arrived after a long journey on Saturday evening to be greeted by Bill with a very warm welcome and a glass of wine on the patio. The gite was lovely and had everything you could possibly need for a relaxing holiday. It is well located for visiting the local area, and the village itself is beautiful. Unfortunately we did not meet Letsie who was back in England packing up for their final move to France. Bill was a wonderful host and really put himself out by recommending places to visit and arranging wine tastings at some of the local vineyards (there are over 50 in the surrounding areas). The properties have been tastefully renovated, and are beautiful whilst retaining their original character. The enclosed courtyard is really pleasant and relaxing, just what the doctor ordered. Bill was working on the garden area at the rear of the property while we were there - can't wait to see the finished product!! Really enjoyed your company Bill. Looking forward to seeing you again and meeting Letsie. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
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Fab 2nd Visit

  • 5 of 5

We had previously stayed as a party of 4 in the larger gite, this time there was just the two of us so we chose the smaller property What We really love about La Clos de la Rose is that you can really feel that Bill & Letsie love the place they have chosen to make their home.

The gite is very well equipped - fully fitted kitchen with dishwasher, large shower, TV etc Lovely gardens which are a continuing work in progress and secure parking.

Bill and Letsie are a mine of information on the area and can offer suggestions for trips varying from 10 minutes to several hours away. Their love of classic cars is a real winner for us and we have booked our 3rd visit for July in the larger gite - we are introducing two new guests to this fabulous place.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 12, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A very friendly welcome

  • 5 of 5

We received a very warm friendly welcome and after being shown around our very clean and tidy traditional French Gite with all mod/cons.

We then sat outside on the patio in the shade for a welcoming drink and a chat about things to do and where to go in the area.

Bill and Letsie proved to be very helpful and friendly during our stay and organised outings for us Wine tasting,Aircraft museum etc.

We left as friends and will be back

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
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From the Owner

The Loire Valley is a very special area of France and one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with a rich culture, famous for its enchanting châteaux, imposing river, great wildlife, and gastronomic food and wine. Our search for somewhere special repeatedly brought us back to this area and to this historic village in particular. After many months searching, we were eventually fortunate in finding our new home (Le Clos de la Rose), in the village of Le Puy Notre Dame, not far from Saumur. The climate is a relatively mild, temperate climate with no extremes in temperatures, usually with long warm summers, mellow autumns and shorter, milder winters. We continue to appreciate the things that drew us to France originally: the food and wine, the countryside, the people and the climate.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Angers at 60 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : La Variete, Le Puy Notre Dame at 500 Metres Nearest Ferry : Ouistreham at 308 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Golf du Thouarsais, Thouars at 18 Kilometres Nearest Train : Montreuil Bellay at 9 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A85 north of Saumur at 30 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Bouchon Ponot, Le Puy Notre Dame at 500 Metres Nearest Beach : Les Sables d'Olonne at 163 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Wine Tasting: The Loire Valley as a whole is France’s third largest region in terms of wine production. There is a great range of red, white and rose wines (both still and sparking) produced in and around Le Puy Notre Dame by the 50 or so vineyards. We can arrange local wine tasting visits covering different types and styles of wine from an excellent selection of local producers. This is a most enjoyable way to learn more about the region and its produce.

Classic car adventures: We are enthusiastic about classic cars and France is a classic car driver’s dream where uncongested, long and winding roads take you through some of the most beautiful countryside. Le Clos de la Rose is an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding area. We can recommend several local scenic routes with classic motoring in mind, with interesting places to visit and great restaurants. We have limited workshop facilities which may prove invaluable for any running repairs to your car during your stay.


Les Sables-d'Olonne is one of the nearest seaside resorts (1hr 45 mins away by car) with golden sands stretching along the Atlantic coastline and has plenty to offer for a full day out.

Much nearer by there are a number of beautiful rivers and lakes (including some with beaches) where fishing and various water sports can also be enjoyed. There is also is a large Aquatic Centre closeby in Doue la Fontaine for swimmers and diving enthusiasts.


Both Angers (45 minutes’ drive away) and Saumur (30 minutes’ drive away), have rail links to Paris (about 2-2.5 hours away) and beyond. It is just over a 1 hour drive from Tours and Poitiers airport and almost a 2 hour drive from Nantes airport all of which have budget flights to the UK. It is about a 3 hour drive from the nearest Channel ports of St Malo and Caen/Ouistreham and less than a 6 hour drive from the Eurotunnel and Calais.


Our village has lots of amenities described above which are only a few minutes’ walk away. The main supermarkets and other shops, bars and restaurants are only 10 minutes’ drive away in nearby Doué la Fontaine (9 Km) and Montreuil Bellay (8 Km).

Other distances:

Saumur: 22 Km

Angers: 54 Km

Poitiers : 86 Km

Tours : 100 Km

Nantes: 116 Km

Le Mans : 146 Km

St Malo : 257 Km

Paris: 342 Km

Calais: 555 km

Further Details:

The Loire Valley is steeped in history and famous for its ancient towns with enchanting châteaux such as Angers, Chinon and Tours and which are great for sightseeing. There are lots of other chateaux (many with formal gardens), to visit both nearby (eg Saumur, Montreuil Bellay, Breze and Villandry) and a bit farther afield (eg Amboise, Chambord, Chenonceau, and Usse).

Nearby Doue-la-Fontaine, is famous for its amazing troglodyte cave and has the ruins of one of the oldest castle in Europe, constructed in 900 AD. Its old stone quarries have been transformed into a large zoo, which takes part in programmes for the conservation of endangered species and is one of the best in the world. Doue-la-Fontaine is also called the Rose Capital of France, because of its beautiful rose gardens with more than 10,000 rose bushes and it also holds a large annual rose festival.

In Saumur there are lots of things to see and do, with its beautiful 10th century chateau and the impressive domed church of Notre Dame des Ardilliers overlooking the river. It is also home of the prestigious Cadre Noir National Riding School with its 400 horses and extensive stables and where they stage some amazing equestrian shows. You can also visit the Musee des Blindes (Tank museum) which has 800 military vehicles (tanks, armoured cars and artillery pieces), 200 of which are still operational. Nearby, the charming villages of Montsoreau and Candes St Martin and the famous Abbey of Fontevraud are also worth a visit.

For a great day out there are three excellent theme parks within easy reach, popular with adults and children. The incredible historical Le Puy de Fou theme park is action packed with lots of different shows and attractions including gladiators fighting and a brilliant display of birds of prey. Futuroscope is a fun theme park based on multimedia, cinematographic and audio-visual techniques of cinema and film with 4-D simulator rides and 3-D film shows.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low 3
1 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Mid 5
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £134

Booking Notes:
A 25% (non-returnable) deposit is payable on booking. The balance is payable 8 weeks prior to your arrival.

A security deposit of 150€ per gîte is payable against any damage/breakages and is normally refunded within 7-days of departure.

Generally, our gîtes are available for rent on a weekly basis, but they may be available for shorter mid-week and long weekend breaks in low season. If you would like to book a shorter stay break with us, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Changeover Day:
The normal changeover day is Saturday and check in time is usually after 16h00 and check out time is 10h00. We may be able to offer more flexibility around the changeover day and/or check in and departure times for shorter stay breaks in low season.

Notes on prices:
Le Grenier which is a separate, spacious suite above La Maison d’Amis, is available for accommodating larger parties and can be booked with either La Maison du Vigneron or La Maison d'Amis. Please contact us for prices for Le Grenier.

Please also contact us to confirm prices for stays which are less than a week or special offers for stays of longer than two weeks.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

Our gîtes are situated in the charming village of Le Puy Notre Dame, which is a wine-producing village near Saumur. It has ancient, narrow streets and a richness of history and outstanding architecture with beautiful mansions and imposing gateways dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries and a huge 12th century collegiate church. We offer you respite from your busy lives in our comfortable, fully restored gîtes, with gardens overlooking vineyards as far as the eye can see. If you have any special requirements during your stay, we will do our best to meet them. We are happy to suggest interesting places to visit or exciting things to do; but if you prefer to be independent we respect your privacy. We are enthusiastic about classic cars and warmly welcome other car enthusiasts.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


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

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool


  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • There is a separate shower room with wc, washbasin and shower adjacent to the bedroom.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • The cosy, double bedroom has a built-in wardrobe, bedside tables, mirror and hairdryer.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 2 bicycles


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Le Grenier suite with bathroom is available for accommodating larger parties and can be booked with either La Maison du Vigneron or La Maison d'Amis. It is a separate, spacious upstairs suite above La Maison d’Amis and it is accessed by an ancient restored stone staircase on the outside of the building. It has a cathedral ceiling with old, exposed roof timbers and limestone features and sleeps up to two people in twin beds. There is also a comfortable sitting area and a large ensuite bathroom with bath and shower, wash basin and wc. (Please check the link to our website for prices) Shared Utility Room (next to the gites) with washing machine, tumble dryer, ironing board, iron, basin and toilet. Strictly no smoking and no pets. Outside: The courtyard offers our guests secure, covered parking, which is ideal for guests with cherished cars or bikes. It has lots of colourful, fragrant flowerbeds with roses and herbs as well as water features and a lawn. Through the gate at the end of the courtyard, you can discover the large secret garden and orchard with apple, cherry, plum and peach trees. The garden is perfect for relaxing in and the ideal place to enjoy a glass or two of your favourite drink as you watch the sun set over the vineyards beyond. There are lots of sunny and shady areas in the grounds, with sun loungers, parasols, garden tables and chairs. There is also a large BBQ available for the use of all our guests. We also have a small pool where you can cool off as the temperature rises. There is a shared Utility Room with washing machine, tumble dryer, ironing board, iron, basin and toilet adjacent to the gîtes in the courtyard. Free WiFi

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