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We have stayed in many gites over the years and this is definitely one of the best. We arrived after a long hot journey and were warmly greeted by Miriam and Daniel who had provided cold water and a fan. They showed us their lovely gite which has been beautifully renovated. They also had many ideas and information about the area. The gite is very well eqipped, including two soft real settees (NOT bed settees!!), a large freezer compartment, more kitchen equipment than I've ever found, a really comfortable bed, and a large shower room. Outside there is lots of seating, a huge garden, and best of all, a seating area by the river; a wonderful place to relax. Avoine is an easy drive for a supermarket and other shops. There's also a swimming pool there but we didn't go. It was VERY hot during our visit but the many trees, the window shutters, and the thoughtfully provided room fan helped to keep it cooler. As only two of us stayed we only used the ground floor but there was another shower room and two further bedrooms upstairs. Miriam provided all the information needed for an excellent stay and she and Daniel were always very helpful and lovely hosts. For the first time in a gite we couldn't find anything we didn't like! We would definitely like to stay again.
Our stay at Annie's House in Pouancay was absolutely fabulous, I cannot speak more highly of the hosts Gerald and Sarah-Jane Beaumont, not only did they really welcome you with enthusiasm and great warmth, but really made you feel at home and ease, just what you need at the start of any holiday.
They both could not do enough for you, Annie’s House was exceptionally tidy and clean throughout, fully kitted out for all your needs, set in a fantastic peaceful and beautiful area of France, it was a very quiet place to relax, had its own little private patio where you could sit out on an evening with a glass of wine to relax, and at the same time Pouancay is located just 6 miles down the road from Montreuil-Bellay which is a stunning little town in itself, with all the amenities at hand.
Other areas of interest located nearby was Saumur, Chinon and Tours, all of which are in easy driving distance. We brought our bicycles and the area of countryside with it stunning views and cycle paths and quiet roads made Annie’s House an excellent location to be based from.
Now that we have discovered this gem of a place within the Loire Valley, we will certainly be looking to return to Annie’s House in the future and will be certainly recommending both the house and our host’s to family and friends.
I would also like to express our thanks to Sarah-Jane and Gerald for making our break such a wonderful holiday, not to be forgotten for years to come.