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Refurbished 2017. Beautiful Private grounds.Free Bikes. Nr Leisure Lake. 5 Star

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,130 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Ideal for families or couples.

Situated in a peaceful hamlet less than 7km from Doue-la-Fontaine and Montreuil-Bellay, and just South of Saumur, this gite provides a perfect base for exploring the glorious Loire region. The gite is adjacent to the main farmhouse and comfortably sleeps 2 to 5 persons making it ideal for families or couples looking for a relaxing holiday.

This spacious gite is renovated to an extremely high standard whilst retaining many period features, and is equipped with a fully-fitted kitchen, dishwasher, washing machine, as well as Flat Screen TV with full range of English TV and Freeview channels, Full range of English Radio channels, I Pod Docking Station. Free WiFi internet access also installed. There is even a safe installed to ensure your valuables and documents are secure. The master bedroom is double aspect with vaulted ceiling and exposed beams and en-suite. The large spacious lounge is also double aspect with a vaulted ceiling. There is a twin bedded room downstairs which overlooks the rear grounds and our donkey paddock complete with out two donkeys; always a great attraction.

The property is set in a walled garden with areas at the front and back for exclusive use by guests staying in Le Grenier, including a children's play area. Gas BBQ, Charcoal BBQ. Table Tennis, Swing Ball, Garden Swing Set, Sand Pit, Golf Putting, Basket Ball, Table Football etc etc

For Peak Season, we offer our guests the use of a 10ft circular pool; ideal for children to have fun in and for adults to relax in. Just ask at the time of booking and it can be made available for you on your arrival at Le Grenier.

We have a range of cycles and even a child seat available for use around the local lanes, farmers tracks and for cycling through the vineyards or to the local boulangerie.

Bedding, linen and towels for use inside the gite are provided. Ample parking including covered barn area to keep the car cool on those hot days!

Rest assured, Le Grenier is the only gite assuring privacy and sole use of all the grounds and facilities. The owners live on site and are available if required but never invasive.

More Details

Andrew and Jackie Knight
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
19 July, 2018

About Andrew and Jackie Knight

We gave up our jobs in England to live the dream of moving to France and running a gite business before we were too old or too frightened to do it. We have 7 children between us and five grand children; never a dull moment.

Andrew and Jackie Knight purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Andrew and Jackie Knight chose Saint-Macaire-du-Bois

Le Grenier is perfectly placed for whatever you decide to do; visit the chateaux, cycling; even the best zoo in Europe is only ten minutes away.

We have a local Vigneron who offers free tastings of the products they produce; why get in the car when this is on your doorstep?

We especially selected this property because of the newly renovated wow factor gite. We saw so many properties with gites that we would have been embarrassed to rent out and that we would have refused to stay in ourselves. This gite is gorgeous.We also only wanted one gite so that we could personally clean and prepare the gite between every rental. The grounds are safe and private with a variety of sitting out options; sun or shade the choice is yours.

What makes this cottage unique

We only wanted one gite so that our guests had exclusive use of the grounds and total privacy. It was also important that the area was fairly level with quiet lanes and tracks so that our guests can cycle through the vineyards and make the most of their holiday and perhaps do something they couldn't do at home.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint-Macaire-du-Bois in Maine-et-Loire

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1130 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite attached to the Master Bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The second Shower Room is downstairs and also contains a washing machine.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • The very spacious Master Bedroom is double aspect, has a vaulted ceiling and exposed original beams. It has a king sized double bed and also a single bed. The en-suite has a shower cubicle, WC and wash hand basin and also has a vaulted ceiling and exposed beams. The twin bedded bedroom is downstairs and has views over the rear garden and donkey paddock.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 8 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
International Go Karting circuit nearby; for children and adults; brilliant!! Also, a leisure lake just 10 minutes away with fitness circuit, tennis, all weather ball activity centre, children's play area, crazy golf etc; a perfect place to go.


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Refurbished 2017. Beautiful Private grounds.Free Bikes. Nr Leisure Lake. 5 Star
average rating of 4.9772725 based on 44 reviews

A beautiful charming Gite in Loire

  • 5 of 5

A well maintained property in the heart of the French countryside, a quiet location with beautiful private gardens with an added addition of two friendly donkeys in their own paddock.

The property is very clean with modern fixtures and fittings, but the property still retains its original French charm.

The modern kitchen is well equipped with all you would need for your stay, cooker/hob, microwave, Washing machine and dishwasher plus all the crockery items that you would require.

Both bedrooms are light and airy with plenty of storage space. En-suite bathroom for the master double bedroom and separate bathroom for the twin bedroom downstairs.

There are bikes, table tennis room, dart board, badminton equipment and enough toys to keep any little ones well occupied, oh and there’s a swing.

The area is perfect for cycling and walking on the quiet roads amongst the vineyards and fields.

We have been staying in this area for many years and this is by far the best Gite we have stayed in.

The owners made us very welcome and always on hand to advise or have a chat.

I would recommend this property to any of my friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: 25-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
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Peaceful, wonderful setting with great facilities

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic holiday staying at Le Grenier. Jackie and Andrew were very hospitable - on hand to welcome us and offer any advice when needed, and left us to our own devices to enjoy our family holiday.

We thoroughly enjoyed cycling amongst the local vineyards (with one or two tasting stops), and visiting nearby villages. We were lucky enough to stumble upon the annual Retro Grand Prix at Le Puy Notre Dame which is a fun day out if you happen to be there that weekend.

The grounds are lovely, with a huge garden with two donkeys in their own area at the foot. We made some use of the badminton, table tennis, table football, dart board and even the basketball hoop. Not to mention the outside chairs and loungers, gas bbq - and of course our toddler loved playing in the little kids house, sand pit and swings in the garden. If he wasn't busy with these, or feeding the donkeys, he would either be playing hide and seek or watching tractors from nearby farms drive past.

Overall, we had a very special holiday at Le Grenier and would be very happy to repeat the experience in future. I certainly do hope we have another opportunity to stay at this well equipped gite.

We were also very grateful to receive a parcel in the mail a week or two after arriving home with a few of our son's toys that we had failed to pack. Unexpected, but hugely appreciated by all of us and especially the youngest member of the family.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
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Back to a 'Gorgeous' Gite

  • 5 of 5

This was our third holiday in Le Grenier and what a great two weeks we have had. Andrew and Jackie are the perfect hosts and would do anything to help/organise etc and make sure that everything is as you would wish.

The icing on the cake for us, being a retired couple, were the morning cycle rides in the beautiful quiet French countryside and bringing our baguette back from the nearby village.

To sum up 'perfect'.

Mike and Anna

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
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Gite Heaven

  • 5 of 5

This was our 5th year at Le Grenier, our home from home, the most relaxing holiday environment you could wish for, spacious, quiet, easily the best gite we have ever stayed in, but we no longer sample any others! Many local attractions in easy reach and if you tire of lounging over leisurely meals in the sun there is table tennis, boules, even table football on hand, and Samson & Zeus, the donkeys, to recycle stale bread...

Thanks once more to our friendly & welcoming hosts, Andrew & Jackie, and long may they continue at Le G.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
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The perfect gite!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Le Grenier couldn't have been better. It was our first "proper" holiday with our 10 month old baby and we all had a truly relaxing, memorable time. The house is immaculate and has everything you could possibly need, but retains real charm. Fabulous gardens were ideal for baby to crawl, and for the adults to relax or play badminton. Icing on the cake... the donkeys at the bottom of the garden! I couldn't recommend this place highly enough, especially with such friendly, helpful owners.

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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Fabulous gite in peaceful rural setting

  • 5 of 5

This was our first stay in this wonderful gite. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside and fantastically equipped, both inside and out, spotlessly clean and very comfortable, a real home from home. Although rural it is within easy reach of places such as Samur, Chinon and Villandry and there are bikes to borrow to explore the local vineyards and villages. Plenty to entertain youngsters outside in the garden, including donkeys to feed! A nice restaurant (Le Bouchon Ponot) 5 minutes away serving good rustic food. A boulangerie within cycling distance.

Andrew and Jackie have made this a wonderful place to relax and do very little if you just want to sit and enjoy the local wines and cheeses........! Very welcoming hosts who are on hand if you wish to ask them anything about the local area. We look forward to returning in the near future.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Angers, Tours, Poitiers, Nantes
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Le Puy Notre Dame
Nearest Ferry
250 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Le Puy Notre Dame
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Lake Beach
Car: necessary

All the world-famous chateaux of the Loire and Anjou are within easy reach and the historic towns of Saumur and Angers are only 20 mins and 45 mins drive respectively. Other activities include local walking and cycle tours, trips to amusement parks, picnicking at one of the nearby lakes or day trips to towns and beaches on the Atlantic coast. Refer to our home page for more ideas. The area is renowned for its fine Anjou and Saumur wines. Wine tastings are a must for all visitors!

Other Activities: Chateaux, wine tasting, cycling, walking, zoo

Golf: Two superb golf courses on hand; Golf de Saumur and Golf Domaine Saint Hilaire both open to visitors to the area.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Saint-Macaire-du-Bois, Pays de la Loire

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
23 Jun 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
27 Oct 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Xmas/New Year
15 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Stay tax £0.50 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

The Rental Rates are for Le Grenier as a two bedroom gite.
A reduction is available for renting Le Grenier as a one bedroom gite outside of Peak Season.
During Mid and Low seasons, the cost of electricity is metered and charged extra.
A Local Tourist Tax of 0.40 Euros per adult

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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