Exhibiting the charms characteristic of the region, Annie's House is an independent cottage, quaint and cosy, idyllic for two. Beautifully presented and fully equipped for self-catering purposes, the stunning outside terrace is attractively walled and planted with bamboo providing privacy. Enjoy the very best this special region of France has to offer; savour local cuisine, visit majestic Châteaux and join us in our troglodyte cave for a fun and informative Wine Tasting of Award-Winning wines from the two Châteaux.
- self-catering, breakfast and supper on request
- wine tasting of award-winning Loire Valley wines
- village restaurant, a 2 minute walk to the reputed Trésor Belge
- short min 3 nights and weekly stays with flexible day arrival
- secure private parking, a car is necessary
Don't hesitate to contact us with questions and/or for further information, alternatively visit us at domainedelabellevue, pouançay.
Light and airy the bedroom is furnished with a standard sized double bed, attractive chair, full length mirror, chest of drawers, clothes rail with wooden hangers, bedside tables and lamps.
From the terrace, through double doors, entry is into the living room. Furnishings include a two-seater sofa and armchair, coffee table and table lamps. WiFi is freely available and for leisure there are current dvds, a dvd player, TV (French), reading books and games. Alongside flyers for ideas of things to do and sights to see. * Please consider the advertised images as the staircase may not be suitable for those with impaired mobility and knee conditions. *
The kitchen is equipped with a kettle and toaster, a 4-ring induction hob, an electric oven, fridge, a microwave, cooking utensils, a variety of sized pots and pans, crockery, cutlery and glassware. Alongside a bistrot style table and two chairs.
The loo and shower room are floor level, generous in size and decorated in blue and white tiling, there is a hairdryer and the loo is supplied with paper rolls.
The terrace is privately enclosed and a superb space for outside living. Furnishings include a metalwork table and two chairs, a Weber bbq (charcoal) and two teak steamer chairs with a parasol which can be set at an angle to create shade where required.
Wine Tastings & Tailored Stays
Stays at La Bellevue start from 3 nights and can be tailored to suit your requirements. Join us in our troglodyte cave for a fun and informative wine tasting. From an Angevin wine making family, bilingual and a French wine professional, Gérald will introduce you to the award-winning wines produced at the two Châteaux he manages: Château de Beauregard (AOC Saumur) and Château des Noyers (AOC Anjou).
Perfecting the tasting technique and how to read a French wine label. Learn about the regions different cépages, the annual work involved preparing the vines and the methods used to create the blanc, rosé, rouge and sparkly wines.
Check-in: from 17h00
Check-out: by 09h00
Taxe de Séjour: 0,80cts per person, per night - payable on departure
Included... bedroom and household linen, Egyptian cotton towels (2x face cloths, 2x guest towels and 2x bath sheets), 'The Essentials', washing-up liquid, sponge, scratchy pad, coffee filter papers, bin liners, cling-film, aluminum foil, salt & pepper, loo rolls and hand soap. In addition for nightly stays: teas, coffee, milk, sugar and bottled water.
Gérald & Sarah-Jane - we warmly welcome you to our family home to share, enjoy and experience with us all that we cherish about this beautiful and historic region of France.
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 (11yrs) and Constance (9yrs). Making our family '7' is Biscotte, our dear little rescue cat and our friendly girls, 'the French hens'.
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’Exploitations for two Loire Valley Châteaux; Château de Beauregard, Le Puy Notre-Dame (AOC Saumur) and Château des Noyers, Martigné-Briand (AOC Anjou).
|Address: 8 Rue Jeanne Ogeron, 86120 Pouançay, France|
|Zip/Postal Code: 86120|
| Latitude/Longitude: 47.08064381682723 / -0.07186448574066162|
|Nearest airport||Angers-Marcé||77 km|
|Nearest bar / pub||Trésor Belge (restaurant)||150 meters|
|Nearest beach||Riverside beach||16 km|
|Nearest boulangerie||Rivière Fabrice||2 km|
|Nearest canal||La Dive||1 km|
|Nearest doctor||Les Trois Moutiers||7 km|
|Nearest ferry port||Saint-Malo||272 km|
|Nearest market||Montreuil-Bellay||8 km|
|Nearest restaurant||Trésor Belge||150 meters|
|Nearest river||Le Thouet||8 km|
|Nearest supermarket||Super U, Montreuil-Bellay||8 km|
|Nearest train station||Montreuil-Bellay||8 km|
BY AIR : airports: Angers, Tours & Poitiers. Airlines : British Airways flys from London City Airport into Angers 3 times per week, 2 flights per day. Ryanair flies from London Stansted to Tours and from Birmingham to Poitiers. Car hire is available from the mentioned airports and we will happily provide details if this is required.
BY SEA : Sea France & P&O sail from Dover to Calais. SpeedFerries sail from Dover to Boulogne. Brittany Ferries sail from Portsmouth to Caen & Cherbourg. CondorFerries sail from Portsmouth to Cherbourg.
BY TRAIN : Eurostar from London tto Paris or Lille, jump on a TGV directly to Angers, a change at Angers will be required to continue to Saumur. Car hire is available from Angers & Saumur train stations. Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais takes a convenient 35 mins. Trains leave throughout the day and night.
BY ROAD : from Calais (560 kms, approx 5.5 hours), head towards Rouen, driving through Rouen continue along the A13 (Le Harve/Caen/Le Mans). Continue along the A28 (Rennes/Nantes/Le Mans-Université), taking the A11 continue towards Saumur/Tours. On the A85 leave the autoroute at Exit 3 (Saumur), continue along the D767 and D347 direction Poitiers/Loudun. Pass through Le Coudray-Macouard, by-pass Montreuil-Bellay - look out for the stunning château. Continue in the direction of Poitiers/Loudun through a village called La Motte Bourbon, exactly 1 km outside of La Motte turn right on to the D55, Pouançay/Berrie. Pouançay is the pretty village directly in front of you. 'La Bellevue', 8 rue Jeanne Ogeron is located next to the pretty church, our gates will be open to welcome you!
Our village Pouançay
Just a quick walk from La Bellevue is the reputed restaurant Trésor Belge open for lunch, dinner and ‘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.
(31kms) sitting on the banks of the Vienne river Chinon’s rich history dates from early man. The impressive Fortress de Chinon sits above the town and served both French and English Kings, also famously visited by Joan of Arc. Chinon warrants a full day of exploring, the town is a delight to discover, full of charming buildings, paved and narrow walk ways, hosting a market every Thursday and brocante (flea-market) every 3rd Sunday of the month.
A visit to the the Fortress is highly recommended not only for the outstanding views but rich history. Henry II King of England and first Plantagenet King (1154) extensively developed Chinon, married to Eleanor of Aquitaine they are buried in neighboring Fontrevraud l’Abbaye, alongside their son Richard I the Lionheart, King of England (1189). After Richard I’s death (1199) Chinon was passed on to his son, John. In 1205 King John lost the fortress to the French, Philip II Augustus, and became part of the royal duchy of Touraine.
Worthy of a visit is Chapelle Sainte-Radegonde, it’s a steep walk from the town and remarkably half constructed in the rock face. Once a pagan site of worship, Christianized in the 6th Century, it is the fresco of 5 riders, believed to be Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine with their son which is the attraction and remains in wonderful quality today.
(25kms) twined with Warwick in England, Saumur is 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. Stretching along the banks of the Loire river the town is dominated by the impressive Château de Saumur originally constructed to protect the river crossing from Norman attack, later destroyed, the château was rebuilt by Henry II, King of England (1154) and first Plantagenet king.
Saumur is a delight to discover. Take a river boat ride and potter around the town enjoying the architecture. Visit Distillery Combier where the famous liqueur d’orange is made, created by Jean-Baptiste Combier in 1834. Saumur hosts a weekly market and monthly brocante (flea-market), the wonderful Anjou Vélo Vintage (June) and Festivini wine festival (September), alongside activities and exhibitions throughout the year.
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, canoe or kayak, 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!