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Beautifully restored Farmhouse overlooking a fabulous heated 12 by 6 Metre Pool - La Forge Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms)



Updated: 14-Nov-2016
Cottage in Allonnes, Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France - Wonderful, Peaceful Countryside Property Within Walking Distance of a Town With All Amenities

Les Volets Rouges comprises two beautifully restored gites located near the historic town of Saumur. They are set in the heart of an area famous for its beautiful historic buildings and for its wine. It is an ideal place for young families who like a holiday which mixes lolling around the pool with bike rides across the gentle undulating terrain that typifies this picturesque valley. The gites are located in a stunningly beautiful area only 3 kms from the Loire itself - now a Word Heritage site. While boasting a wonderful tranquil setting they are located within walking distance of a nearby town with breadshops & supermarket they are also only 13 km from Saumur itself.

Details for holiday cottage La Forge Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms), 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate WC

La Forge, as its name suggests, is a beautifully converted forge. While retaining old-world charm, emphasis has been placed on providing all the modern conveniences expected today. Care has been taken to combine comfort and practicality.

Upstairs are two twin rooms each with a hand basins. There is also a large walk-in shower room and separate WC.

This gite offers a large open-plan downstairs area which includes a lounge with UK television, a dining area, with table and chairs and a large modern kitchen with a full oven with 4 hobs. There is a dishwasher, fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster, a full range of utensils, cutlery, glass-wear and crockery. Please note that all kitchen linen as well as bed-linen is provided. There is wifi available throughout this gite.

The south side or front of the gite gives on to a mature fenced garden and next to the gite is a dedicated garage.

The other side of the gite gives onto a courtyard where the 6 by 12 metre heated pool is located.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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Guestbook comments from the owner

~ Our second visit to Les Volets Rouges was every bit as enjoyable as the first. Lots of fun and relaxation in the pool. Looking forward to our 3rd visit. Great hospitality from Mark, Judy, Emma, Matthew & Caillou the yorkie.

PS: We enjoyed playing football with the other family.

~ It was lovely to have both the gîtes and have the whole family together in such lovely surroundings. Thanks Mark for putting the extra tables on the terrace so we could all BBQ together. There was so much room for the kids to run around and the fact that it was all fenced meant that we could relax and watch the children.
Apr 2014
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9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


A little gem right in the heart of of the wine making Loire region

  • 5 of 5

The gite was very well presented, and the hosts Judy and Mark welcoming. We've stayed in a number of gites over the years and this one would be high on our list to return to in the future. Everything you need for an enjoyable and comfortable stay with the added bonus of a pool. In the countryside but within 5 minutes of Allonnes with its facilities including a very good supermarket. Plenty of opportunity for cycling and walking in the beautiful countryside.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellant pace for a very relaxing hoiday

  • 5 of 5

We went along wih son, daughter-in-law and two young grandsons. The accomodation was fantastic and very comfortable. The pool was excellant and we had close on sole use of it, much to the boys' delight. Mark and Judy are ideal hosts; ensuring we had everything we needed without being over intrusive. Mark's wine tasting was well chsen and displayed grea local knowledge. A anrtastic holiday which we look to repeat.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Enjoyable holiday in a lovely area

  • 5 of 5

Mark and Judy were very helpful and friendly owners that made you feel comfortable and welcome in their property. We visited "out of season" in October, but there was still plenty to do in the area. We enjoyed cycling the path along the Loire river, and visiting the many chateaux and charming towns in the area. It was also fascinating to visit the vineyards, and taste the wine they produced.Quite perfect!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are both really glad to hear how much you enjoyed your autumn break. It is really the most beautiful time of year here with all the trees beginning to change colour. It is a calm period after the storm of the summer and the pace of life returns to normal. All the main attractions remain open only there are many less tourists at this time making visits a more comfortable proposition. We are very fortunate to have such kind and appreciative guests.
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Five Stars For La Forge

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic gite in a wonderful edge of village location. Handy for local amenities and for all major attractions around and about. It is little wonder that a lot of Mark & Judy's business comes from repeat custom- highly recommended !

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are really pleased to see from your review how much you enjoyed yourselves here. It was a real pleasure to meet you both, as well as, of course, your fine, well-behaved dogs. It is always a pleasure to have such a positive response from dog-owners. The separate fenced and enclosed gardens with their automatic gates make having dogs here a practical proposition and we are pleased to see you take good advantage of the huge range of wonderful walks that surround the property. Our Yorkie – Caillou – still spends much of his day playing with the toy you kindly gave him!! We are grateful you appreciated the high standard we have aimed for in the gîtes. Our own experience in years past of staying in substandard accommodation furnished with musty caste-offs convinced us that a different mentality was required – one which placed the emphasis on providing the best possible experience for guests – hence also the large heated pool. We are very fortunate to have gîtes in an area that provides so much in the way of attractions. It is good to know how much you enjoyed Saumur with its quirky architecture and we hope to have the pleasure of you visiting us again in the future.
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Lovely stay in a beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

Judy and Mark really do provide an excellent service. They are friendly but not intrusive. The pool was the highlight for our children as was the vast amount of space for them to play. The gites included everything we needed (although a sofa in la forge would have been ideal rather than individual chairs). The location of the gites was perfect for us to explore the area and see various sites. Thank you both for a fantastic week. We hope to come back in the future! Regards Laura and family

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Ideal location and perfect accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Great tips from the owners as to where to visit and to eat, not to mention the wine recommends. Local knowledge even extended to organising emergency dental treatment for one of our number through their network of contacts.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : at 2 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : at 4 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : at 4 Kilometres Car: recommended


There are riverside beaches at Bourgeuil & Saumur - each about 20mins drive from Les Volets Rouges.


A car is essential for complete enjoyment of the area.The nearest airport is Angers Marce which has flights into London City airport. Tours airport has flights to London Stanstead. Other airports within 2 hours range are Poitiers which also serves Stanstead and Nantes which has flights to several UK destinations.

Caen is the easiest channel route - Les Volets Rouges is approximately 2.5 hours from Caen. Otherwise there is St Malo 3 hrs, Cherbourg 3.5 hrs, Le Havre 4 hrs & Calais 6 hrs.


Allonnes is 1 km from Les Volets Rouges. Bourgeuil & Saumur are about 20 minutes away.

Further Details:

Allonnes has 2 bread shops a newspaper/tobacconist shop, 2 bars, a supermarket which is open all days of the week numerous hairdressers, a butcher, traiteur, post-office, bank & garage. There are also 2 doctors and a vets practice in Allonnes.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
10 Sep 2016 - 2 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
22 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

o direct fee £20
Pet Fee £0
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
Guests first email us to enquire about availability. Once availability has been confirmed by us a second email will be required to confirm booking. We then confirm the accommodation is held for the guests, ask them to complete and return a booking form and we provide bank details which enable a £150 deposit to be paid by way of bank transfer. Or pay by credit card via Owners Direct a charge of 2 % will be added to the cost of the booking. Balances, including a £200 damage deposit, we require, once again by transfer, 6 weeks prior to rental date.

Changeover Day:
Our normal changeover day is Saturday arriving after 1600 hrs and departing at 1000 hrs. Outside the main season we can be more flexible.

Notes on prices:
Extra week discount

2 person occupancy discount £20
£40 off 2nd & 3rd weeks
Weekend (2 nights) = weekly price divided by 2
Extra night = weekly price divided by 7

Cleaning service available payable locally.

Group Booking Offer

Book both gîtes for a £20 reduction.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities


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


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure, Walk in wet room


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed


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


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Les Volets Rouges which is to say La Forge and La Grange are situated in one of the most scenic areas of the western part of the Loire valley within an area defined as a World Heritage Site. There are masses of interesting visits that can be made using either of these beautifully restored gites as a base. Apart from the surrounding countryside there are many historic buildings and towns to visit. There are many activities available in the area including kayaking. tree-top walks, horse-riding and bicycling. It is also worth mentioning that they are situated in the centre of one of the best wine producing areas of France. Both gites are finished to a very high standard. No expense has been spared to provide the most luxurious experience possible. Each gite has UK television and WIFI. Table linen including swimming towels is always provided. Outside: The two gites share use of a magnificent 12 by 6 metre heated & fenced swimming pool which is opened approximately at the beginning of May through to mid-October. They also have use of a games room with ping-pong table and 'baby foot' table - an excellent place for teenagers to unwind. Les Volets Rouges is set within a hectare of securely fenced land. La Forge has use of a well-fenced mature garden with swings to one side while La Grange has its own private fenced garden. To the west of the two gites is a parkland area where there are wisteria-shaded pergolas with picnic benches where guests sit sipping drinks as the sun sets and where they often enjoy night-time barbecues. For children there is a wild willow Wendy house with is own smaller version of a picnic table and where they can safely hide from the adults. There are swings, climbing ladder, rope, see-saw and slide for them to enjoy. There is also a croquet set.

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