Surrounded by vineyards and sunflower fields a warm welcome awaits you at our French-Anglo family home, La Bellevue, set in the pretty village of Pouançay, 10 mins from Montreuil-Bellay, mid-way between Saumur and Chinon. Discover the Plantagenets, the famous châteaux and Loire attractions. Walking and cycle paths are in abundance, a boat ride along the Loire river is a delight, savor local cuis
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Surrounded by vineyards and sunflower fields a warm welcome awaits you at our French-Anglo family home, La Bellevue, set in the pretty village of Pouançay, 10 mins from Montreuil-Bellay, mid-way between Saumur and Chinon. Discover the Plantagenets, the famous châteaux and Loire attractions. Walking and cycle paths are in abundance, a boat ride along the Loire river is a delight, savor local cuisine and the diverse regional wines, also finding time to simply relax and enjoy the calm and peace of our village setting.
Short stays start from 2 nights. Experience a wine tasting with Gérald in our troglodyte caves. Breakfast and supper are available on request, and a moments walk from La Bellevue, our reputed village restaurant/bar the Trésor Belge offers ‘happy hour’ from 5pm to 7pm.
The Cottage, Annie's House
Annie's House is a quaint self-catering cottage equipped and presented to a high standard to ensure home-from-home comfort. NEW for 2018, guests will delight in having their own independent entrance opening on to a beautiful wall enclosed terrace providing full privacy.
Electrically operated entrance gates ensure further privacy and secure parking.
Water and electricity are included.
Bedroom : light and airy the bedroom is furnished with a standard double sized bed, attractive chair, full length mirror, chest of drawers, clothes rail + wooden hangers, bedside tables and lamps.
Living Room : features a 2-seater sofa, armchair, coffee table and table lamps. Freely available WiFi access, interior/exterior, up-to-date dvd’s, dvd player, TV (French channels), reading books, board game, walking routes, informative brochure, flyers for ideas of things to do, places to visit and sights to see. **Please be aware the staircase is NOT suitable for those with impaired mobility or knee conditions (see advertised photos)**
Kitchen : fully equipped with a kettle, toaster, 4-ring induction hob, oven, fridge, microwave, cooking utensils, pots, pans, crockery, cutlery, glassware, tea-pot and coffee filter. For your arrival ‘cottage essentials' await you incl. washing-up liquid, sponge, scratchy pad, bin liners, cling-film, aluminium foil, salt, pepper, olive oil and coffee filter papers.
Loo and Shower Room : floor level, generous in size and decorated in blue and white tiling, a hairdryer, floor mat, shower curtain and loo rolls are supplied.
The Terrace : A lovely sunny space for outside living and birdsong, furnished with metalwork garden table and chairs (incl. cushions), a charcoal bbq (Weber), 2x teak steamer chairs and parasol which can be set at an angle. NEW for 2018, a gated entrance and wall enclosed terrace providing complete privacy!
Check in : 17h00 onwards
Check out : by 09h00
Taxe de Séjour, 0,80cts per person, per night, payable upon departure.
Damage Deposit : taken and held at booking and returned 7 days after departure.
Optional hire of quality bedroom/household linen and Egyptian cotton towels, 2x face clothes, 2x guest towels & 2x bath sheets, for 45€ is available and payable upon departure.
A car is necessary.
About Us, Sarah-Jane & Gérald
A visit in 2006 didn't see me return. Now, Mme Beaumont, wife to Gérald, a bilingual French wine professional and Mum to our two gorgeous children, Augustin (10yrs) and Constance (8yrs). Making our family '5' is Biscotte, our friendly rescue cat who you'll find sleeping amongst the flower beds.
We warmly welcome you to our family home where we hope you will enjoy the peace of our village setting, the regions rich history and attractions, local cuisine and diverse wines.
In July 2011, we opened our bar à vin/bistrot, Bistrot Les Tontons, in the heart of Saumur. Five wonderful years past before pastures new beckoned. Today Gérald is Directeur d’Exploitation for two wineries; Château de Beauregard in Le Puy Notre-Dame and Château des Noyers, close to Martigné-Briand.
Wine Tastings with Gérald
Discover the wines from the Loire Valley with Gérald during a fun and light-hearted wine tasting tutorial in our, once dwellings, troglodyte caves. Bilingual, a French wine professional and from an Angevin wine making family, Gérald will share inherent knowledge while introducing wines reflective of the regions diversity, explaining tasting techniques and more...
Our village Pouançay
Just a quick walk from La Bellevue is the reputed Trésor Belge restaurant open for lunch, dinner + ‘happy hour’ between 5pm & 7pm (closed Mon & Tue). A scenic walk of 9km & 12km is mapped and starts in front of the Mairie passing vines and troglodyte caves, while a leisurely potter to the Table d’Orientation, particularly spectacular at sun-set, gives an impressive 360° view of the surrounding region, highlighting châteaux and points of interest.
St Leger de Montbrillais
(2kms) neighbouring Pouançay is a great little village for pick-up’s, St Leger has a post office, hairdresser, boulangerie (closed Wed), and a highly reputed boucher much favored by ourselves, we highly recommend trying the rillettes d’oie, and be prepared to queue on a Sunday morning!
(8kms) boasts a magnificent château whose impressive walls circle the town. Host to a weekly market and monthly Brocante (flea-market) there are a variety of brasseries and restaurants to choose from. Hire a kayak/canoe and spend time on the river, Le Thouet. Visit the château, take a tour and sample their wines. Picnic on a lovely grassed area shaded by trees at the edge of the river.
(25kms) twined with Warwick, England and Verden, Germany. Stretching along the banks of the Loire river, its famous château sitting high above the town, Saumur is a delight to discover. A weekly market, monthly brocante, activities, exhibitions and wine festivals held throughout the year. Saumur is also home to the Cadre Noir, the National Equestrian School of the elite French Cavalry whose remarkable horsemanship can be seen at shows between April & October.
Things To Do
Discover fresh food markets, weekend brocantes (flea-markets), picture-postcard villages along the banks of the Loire river. Explore the gardens at Villandry, the exceptional Bioparc in Doué, take a boat ride along the Loire, sample local wines, discover The Plantagenets and visit the châteaux towns of Amboise, Angers, Azay le Rideau, Brézé, Brissac-Quincé, Candes St. Martin, Chenonceau, Chinon, Fontevraud l'Abbaye, Langeais, Loches, Montsoreau, Montreuil-Bellay, Saumur, Richelieu, Tours, Ussé, Villandry - all of which make a fabulous day out!