One arrives at La Grange sweeping through a convenient system of automatic gates and then alongside the large enclosed park area that lies to the rear of the property. After parking in the bay provided next to a fenced garden that is exclusive to La Grange and which provides panoramic views to the west, guests make their way through french doors that lead from a large sun-drenched patio and on into the ground floor of La Grange. Before them, they will note the refreshing tiled interior of a large salon with seating for six and still sporting its original open fireplace. Here, in the salon, a discrete television unit supplies UK freesat TV. There is also a DVD player available. To the left, in another large, open-plan area, is the kitchen featuring a large circular table that comfortably seats eight. This lovely room displays all the charm of a traditional farmhouse kitchen while at the same time benefitting from the convenience of modern appliances: There is a dishwasher, a five-burner hob, a fridge/freezer, microwave and everything that could facilitate cooking for a family or group of friends interested in exploring French cuisine.
To the right of the salon, as you enter La Grange, is a small, wide corridor leading to a double bedroom featuring a king-sized bed that overlooks the sunny pool area and courtyard. Adjoining the bedroom is a spacious walk-in shower-room with washbasin and WC. This self-contained en-suite has been designed with wheelchair access in mind and has frequently enabled carers and their charges to enjoy a well-earned break.
To the left as you enter the Grange to the rear of the salon a flight of oak stairs leads up to the first floor of the building. Turning left at the top of the stairs brings one to the ‘Blue room’ – a twin room that has views over fields at the back and which boasts an en-suite shower/bathroom/WC.
To the right is the ‘Green room’, another twin room with, in this case, a shower room with WC. This room has wonderful views over the pool and courtyard and over nearby poplar woodland where the liquid cries of golden orioles can often be heard.
On returning downstairs and venturing out of the kitchen door that gives on to the side of La Grange that faces the pool, a sheltered, half-walled terrace can be found. This is the perfect place to acquire the mandatory tan while at the same time keeping an eye on those in the pool.
|Nearest boulangerie||Baker||1.5 km|
|Nearest river||Loire||12 km|
|Nearest supermarket||Allonnes||2 km|
The nearest town, Allonnes, lies one mile to the south of La Grange. In Allonnes there is a ‘Carrefour Market’ supermarket that boasts a fresh meat counter, two bakeries, a bar, a garage, numerous coiffeurs, as well as two cashpoints and a bank.
For those requiring a greater variety of foodstuffs, eleven miles away, there is the market town of Saumur. Importantly, there are several supermarkets in Saumur. There is, for example, a Leclerc on the far side of Saumur and an Intermarché on the nearside. Both have fresh fish and butchery counters. There is also a large selection of shops that can be visited in the center of the town.
The historic center of Saumur is well worth a visit. There are cobbled alleys, narrow ancient roads and all manner of interesting old buildings all within range of the jewel of the collection – the ancient chateau of Saumur that stands defensively over the whole town.
There are numerous bars, brasseries and good-quality restaurants in and around Saumur to satisfy the needs of even the most dedicated gourmet.
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