Luxury Gites in the Loire Valley, family & disabled friendly pets accepted - sleeps 8 people - Nestled in the heart of the Loire Valley with easy access to the major tourist attractions and towns
The property is entered via a split stable door directly into the centre piece kitchen with its handmade fitted shaker kitchen complete with integral twin oven, halogen hob, dishwasher and full size microwave. The dominating Tuffeau stone fireplace is inlaid with a large log burning stove creating a warm and comfortable heat when required outside of the summer season. A matching shaker style table and six chairs are provided for French style family meal times. The lounge and dining room are extremely spacious and are furnished with two luxurious three seater leather settees and a matching chair. The lounge contains a wide screen TV, DVD player and a Satellite receiver with English Free-to-Air channels included. From the lounge there are two full size double doors leading to the large West facing terrace which frame the large log burning fire which provides guests staying in the cooler months with a source of heat and ambiance. There is a separate dining area at the end of the lounge where guest will find a further Oak table and four dining chairs for a more formal dining experience. A music system is provided which has CD player, AM/FM stereo radio and taper recorder. A library of CD's and DVD's are provided for our guests’ entertainment together with a large selection of books and local information guides for use during our guests holiday. The hallway and office is accessed through the kitchen and gives access to the first floor accommodation and benefits from a second split stable door allowing the wonderful outdoors into the room, flooding the area with natural light. Here guests will find a comfortable desk and chair providing a quiet and peaceful area for writing, working or reading. The desk has both wireless and Ethernet cable access to our high speed internet service. The telephone for the property is also located here and guests are able to use the phone to make outgoing landline calls to most countries in the world and as well as calls to mobile telephones within the mainland France area. The internet and telephone service are provided free of charge to our guests. The handmade tulipwood stairs lead upto a mezzanine floor were a comfortable bed settee is located for those occasions when additional sleeping capacity may be required but also provides a light and airy area to sit quietly to read or listen to music. From the upper landing the master bedroom is located immediately in front of you. This master bedroom has windows on three sides (North, South and West) with a wonderful window seat in the bay of the south facing window. From here you can see the village of Meigne and its imposing church spire. There is a large ensuite bathroom which provides a full size bath and shower with a large old fashioned shower head together with a heated towel rail. The remaining two bedrooms are accessed by a quaint corridor with all the original beams exposed and provide one double bedded room and a twin bedded room. These two bedrooms share a fully equipped bathroom with separate shower cubicle and full size bath with a heated towel rail. The double room has a full size leather sleigh bed with a West facing window complete with window seat and a separate North facing window looking out over the fields to the rear of the property. The twin room contains two quality single beds with matching bedside cabinet and chest of draws. This room too has a view over the east garden with integral window seat. Downstairs the property benefits from a separate WC as well as a substantial utility room containing a washing machine with integral tumble drier and a large utility sink and coat rack. The exterior of the house is very private with a terrace on the south facing aspect complete with a table and six chairs, parasol and four fully reclining sun chairs. On the west aspect there is a sun terrace with a further table and chair set and a BBQ exclusively for guest of Le Bois. The large above ground pool (20’ x 12’) is shared with our other property and is heated by a solar cover and is fully filtered for guests use during daylight hours.
Top Traveller Review
About the Owner
Loire Valley Gites is owned by Andrew and Jayne Craggs.
Having had a love affair with the Loire Valley for more than 15 years we decided to purchase our own second home in the Loire Valley. After a year of searching we found Le Bois, a small hamlet on the outskirts of the pretty village of Meigne le Vicomte. Having spent two years renovating the main property we were finally able to create a stylish and luxurious second home for our family to enjoy. As with many renovations the project ran significantly over budget and to assist in the running costs of the property we decided to offer the property to rental guests.
Since 2009 we have welcomed more than 100 guests to our second home and it is now so popular that we have to book our own time in the diary a year in advance!
Guestbook comments from the owner
Very relaxing and idyllic - Jenny Holgate - East Yorkshire, UK
Loire Valley Gites owners were very helpful and made our holiday experience one to remember. Le Bois is a lovely gite with everything you could want. Two woodburners, in the lounge and kitchen for chilly evenings are a lovely touch. It is situated in very beautiful and peaceful surroundings which makes it the ideal base to relax. We must return.
Relax Relax Relax!! - The Cope Family, Felixstowe, UK
Thats what we wanted and thats what we got . . . such a lovely peaceful location. And to have a holiday home thats as comfortable and spacious as our own was just 1st class. Andy was more than helpful at the booking stage and was ready to answer any questions we had. And the property management team were very attentive. All in all a very enjoyable holiday and we would recommend it to anyone.
Everything that a romantic French farmhouse should be...! - Anna, New York
8 of our family members gathered here for an intimate, countryside vacation and we got just that! The house is beautifully renovated with modern appliances and country-chic decor. We rented the next door cottage (from the same owner) so we could have ample room for our whole group. Owner was incredibly helpful in answering all our questions before the trip and the house contained everything we needed! British TV was a plus. My family enjoyed it so much here, we're already talking about having another reunion here!
4.5 based on 4 holidaymaker reviews
Rural setting, peaceful, lovely swimming pool
Le Bois is a large barn conversion with plenty of space inside and out. It has 3 lovely bedrooms and the mattresses are so comfortable! I suffer from a bad back so this was really important and I wasn't disappointed.
Downstairs has a huge lounge and dining area and a great kitchen. All thoughtfully decorated, clean and tidy and well equipped.
Andrew and Jayne are great hosts who helped us with recommendations of where to visit and eat and even very kindly took our dogs for a walk one hot day when we had a long day out without them!
When we visited it was during the heatwave and temperatures got up as high as 38 degrees. The pool was well used that week but we did suffer at nights without any fans inside which I think could be supplied as the upstairs bedrooms did get very hot and humid. Simple mosquito netting at the windows would help too which wasn't supplied but thankfully we took our own so were able to have the windows open and some fresh air without insects coming in.
We loved our stay at Le Bois. We saw lots of wildlife and really felt immersed in nature, and the new heated swimming pool felt very luxurious. Lovely that we could take children and dogs and it all felt very informal and relaxed. It is very rural though so a car is essential to get anywhere. It was far too hot to contemplate walking 3 miles for a baguette and croissants!
I would recommend Le Bois to friends wanting a peaceful escape from busy lives and a very quiet holiday with their doggies and children.
What a beautiful property! The pool is so nice, lots of loungers and both shade and sun. This is a very convenient location to see the Loire. We had a nice meal at the mushroom cave restaurant near Saumur, and if you are there during a market day, Langeais is also a nice town to have lunch and visit the market. We also recommend La Boufftard in Hommes - this was one of our favourite little restaurants in the area. We would also recommend kayaking along the Loire - very easy to do from Saumur, good for old and young as the river is shallow and slow moving. Le Bois is a large, but private property nestled in the trees amidst the countryside. The restored farmhouse is beautful inside and out - we highly recommend it.
Once again, simply the best!
This was our second visit to Le Bois, and once again we had a lovely stay. The gite is wonderful - impeccably restored with amazing oak beams. It's very private, but yet reasonably close to all the Loire valley has to offer. This year the owners added an amazing swimming pool with deck and cabana - you could really go here and have a great holiday without leaving the premises. As with last year, the gite was sparkling clean upon arrival; everything worked well; and the owners provided all the information we needed. We used the grill frequently in this trip and had several fantastic meals al fresco on the veranda. I'm a bit hesitant to post such a good review as I want to be able to get a booking for next year - but I've really not found a nicer place to stay on holiday!
Relaxing, spacious, beautiful surroundings
If you are looking for a relaxing getaway in the county then this is perfect for you. We were after an escape from our busy lives and somewhere that was suitable for children. This was spot on. Lovely pool, views, lots of space, outdoor eating areas etc. Be prepared that amenities are all a short drive, but this suited us fine as dinners out in the evening were not really an option having small children. There aren't many bars/cafés/tavernas close by but there is a super supermarket and so we enjoyed many lovely bbq's. The house is large and it contains all of the usual items one could need as well as WiFi. The pool is just fab and very clean.
From the Owner
“The Loire Valley offers something for everyone and it is this diversity that attracted us to the region in the first place. The pace of life is so much more relaxed than in the UK and the abundance of fresh produce and the huge range of local wines make this area a gastronomic pleasure to visit and live. Loire Valley Gites have all the benefits of a quite rural farmstead but is within easy reach of all the main tourist attractions as well as both convenient rail, road and air connections.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
There are many walking and cycleways in the Loire Valley together with many water sports activities. Details of the specific facilities available are provided in the gites but the owner is always happy to discuss this with you prior to booking or afterwards.
We are in the middle of the wine producing regions of Touraine and Anjou with many niche vineyards being within a short drive and we can arrange specialist tours if required.
Ryanair flies from Stansted to Tours on a regular basis, Manchester and Dublin to Tours for part of the year, and there are flights to Angers and Nantes from a variety of regional airports in the UK.
Tours to Le Bois: 50 minutes.
Angers to Le Bois: 45 minutes
Calais to Le Bois 5 1/2 hours
Le Havre to Le Bois 3 1/2 hours
The complex is just one kilometre from the commune of Meigne le Vicomte, in the department of Maine et Loire, with a beautiful historic church, bar Tabac, village store and post office.
Within approx 1 hour of Le Bois you can visit 18 chateaux.
The larger towns of Saumur, Angers, Le Mans and Tours are within easy reach and make an enjoyable day out.
Markets and generally on everyday the nearest being Noyant on a Friday am.
Noyant being just six kilometres from the house where you will find a well-stocked supermarket, several banks, a boucherie, two Boulangeries , a number of bars as well as an array of other amenities you would expect to find in this typical French town. There is also a street market each Friday morning which has proved popular with our guests over the past few years.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest|
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£295|
Le Bois is one of two properties on site which combined offer accommodation of upto 12 people for larger groups. Please contact owner for more information of visit our main website at www.loirevalleygites.eu for more details.
Changeover day can be flexible.
Arrival time 4.00 pm Departure time 10.00 am.
Notes on prices:
Please refer to our main website at www.loirevalleygites.eu for special offers that may be available.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“We have furnished the property to an exceptionally high standard which make the property stand out from similar gites in the Loire Valley Region. Our guests are greeted by a fantastic Shaker Style Kitchen with large feature fireplace with a log burning fire. With the complements of the owners you are presented with a welcome basket with some essentials to get your holiday stated. We have high speed Wi-Fi internet throughout the house and provide a landline telephone (which also receives incoming calls) with free landline calls to many part of the world. To provide you with even more relaxation guests have the option of choosing a home cooked meal from a range of menu options which are delivered directly to your gite on the day of your choosing. All you have to do is relax!!”
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Satellite / Cable ...
- Television ...
Pool / Spa
- Heated Pool
- Private Pool ...
- Private Chef
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- pets considered
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair accessible ...
- autumn foliage
- botanical garden
- winery tours
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- freshwater fishing
- golf pass optional
- mountain biking
- 3500 sq. ft.
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Toilet 1 - Toilet
- Ensuite to bedroom 1 with bath and shower/over,wc and heated towel rail Family bathroom with bath,shower,wc and heated towel rail. Ground floor wc and wash hand basin.
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a king size bed with ensuite bathroom. Bedroom 2 has a double leather sleigh bed. Bedroom 3 has twin beds Mezzanine floor has a fully sprung double bed settee Cot available on request (free of charge)
- Golf ...
- Kayak / Canoe ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Outside: The exterior of the house is very private with a terrace on the south facing aspect complete with a table and six chairs, parasol and four fully reclining sun chairs. On the west aspect there is a sun terrace with a further table and chair set and a BBQ exclusively for guest of Le Bois. The large 9m x 4m pool is new for 2016 and is fully automatic and heated. There is an electric pool cover and a range of luxury loungers and pool house furniture. Utility Room: The utility houses a washer/dryer and large butler sink. There is an access door to the rear garden. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All sheets, Towels, Linen and Pillows. Pool towels to be brought with you. A complimentary Welcome Pack is provided on your arrival. The property is cleaned on arrival and the grass cut Weekly throughout the season. The pool is maintained weekly. Other: The dining area has an extended solid oak table and 4 chairs for more formal dining. The property when combined with the adjoining ground floor cottage is disabled friendly to M3 standard. We provide a wheelchair free of charge for guests on request