Le Puy a Vins Bistro in le Puy Notre Dame

Simon and I look forward to welcoming our cottage guests this summer and hope they will join us at our table at Le Puy a Vins on a Friday evening for fun, good food and excellent wines.

Le Puy a Vins Bistro Simon,Karin and cottage guests

Le Puy a Vins Bistro Simon,Karin and cottage guests

 

Le Puy a Vins is a quaint, traditional french bistro serving freshly cooked food prepared by Pascale, the New Proprietor.

The bistro is just 2 miles from Manoir de Gourin and located in the square opposite the lovely old collegiate church of Notre Dame. A magical setting on a warm summer evening.

 

Pascale prepares delicious food at Le Puy a Vins

Pascale prepares delicious food at Le Puy a Vins

 

Pascale opens the bistro on Friday evenings and at lunchtimes, Tuesday to Friday.

Last week our 8 cottage guests joined Simon and me and two of our friends for an evening of pure pleasure and delight.

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Saumur Saturday Market

The works in St Pierre Square are now complete and the Saumur Saturday Market stalls have returned, adding colour and life back to this charming historic square.

Saumur Saturday market

Saumur Saturday market brings colour and life to St Pierre Square

The square is dominated by the impressive Church of St Pierre which was renovated a year or so ago.

Just a glimpse of the tall white stone building in the background of my shot.

We’ve enjoyed a couple of trips to the Saumur Saturday morning market this month. A treat as we won’t be able to go once our rental season starts next week.

Saumur Saturday market

Saumur Saturday market

We met up with our French friends, Pierre and Brigitte and had lunch in the square at Keatings. I enjoyed myself so much I omitted to take a photo – but we enjoyed some black Angus Argentinian beef (not very french I know!). This was followed by a creme brulee, very french! They say it’s the ultimate steak experience and the reviews speak for themselves.

Another lovely, sunny and hot day today. Hope you are enjoying the weather as much as me.

Karin

 

 

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Manoir de Gourin Holiday Cottages 2017

Well, I’ve been rather silent since last summer but now I’m blogging to confirm that our 2017 Season kicks off next Saturday  03 June with our first guests arriving in our holiday cottages at Manoir de Gourin.

Holiday cottages Manoir de Gourin

Roses ramble in the Courtyard of the holiday cottages at Manoir de Gourin

Following a busy winter in the UK, Simon and I returned to Manoir de Gourin at the end of April and have spent the glorious month of May preparing for our 2017 guests.

Simon has the garden looking fantastic, what a show of roses!

The weather has been superb this week, sunny and in the high 20s. It should continue this way, just like last year.

Roses at Manoir de Gourin, flower throughout the summer

Roses at Manoir de Gourin, flower throughout the summer

The cottages have had their annual MOT -a spring clean and airing and are looking good to go.

Courtyard of our holiday cottages at Manoir de Gourin

Roses adorn the entrance to the Courtyard of our holiday cottages, Anjou Montlouis and Layon

Anjou Cottage and Garden Cottage are available to rent weekly from Saturday to Saturday

Montlouis Cottage and  Layon Cottage have flexible arrival dates and can be booked for a minimum of 4 nights.

The Studio has flexible arrival dates and can be booked for a minimum of 3 nights

We have some availability throughout this summer and look forward to hearing from you should you be interested in staying with us in one of our cottages.

If you fancy a week or two taking in the markets, the sights and relaxing by our heated pool, please check our availability calendars and rents with Chez Nous below.

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Please email me if you’d like to book or if you have any enquiries or for any special offers available.

Simon and I look forward to the season and welcoming all our guests to Manoir de Gourin in 2017

Karin

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Self Catering Studio near saumur

The joy of our Self catering Studio near Saumur for 2 with shared Swimming Pool at Manoir de Gourin

I’m so pleased to be able to show you, at last, some updated photos our self catering Studio near Saumur at the elegant Manoir de Gourin

Self Catering Studio near Saumur

Self Catering Studio near Saumur

 

The Studio has a door on to the south facing balcony and a window to the front, facing west. The Studio is a lovely and light room.

From the balcony are views of the Heated pool, the countryside and the gardens at Manoir de Gourin.

 

 

During the course of this coming week we will be adding some final flourishes to make the Studio truly comfortable. There will be shelves over the kitchen bases to store the crockery. Mirrors, books, hooks and other bits and pieces will add a cosy feel.

Shower room

Shower room

Self catering Studio at manoir de Gourin near saumur

Self catering Studio at manoir de Gourin near saumur

Please take a look at the larger photos of the Studio on our Cheznous advert 

However, they may take  a couple of days to appear on the advert.

There is some availability for The Studio during this summer. Please check our availability calendar on the Chez Nous website.

Self catering Studio near Saumur

Self catering Studio near Saumur

 

 

Rent is £400 per week between 16 July and 26 August otherwise it’s £350 per week for 2 adults.

 

 

The shower room is contemporary in style yet with exposed stone walls adding character.

 

A honey coloured stone wall is also exposed in the Studio room and with original beams in the double height ceiling the room is tradional with a modern feel.

 

In addition to the balcony our guests at The Studio have full access to the lovely heated pool.

Our guests will also enjoy the garden at Manoir de Gourin. Here you will find a gazebo and barbecues.

The garden gets sun throughout the day and on into the evening. A lovely place to enjoy a sundowner or a barbecue.

The Studio at Manoir de Gourin

The Studio at Manoir de Gourin

The Studio at manoir de Gourin Bedroom area

The Studio at manoir de Gourin Bedroom area

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L’Auberge des Isles Montreuil Bellay

Karin’s Loire Holiday Cottages Blog – L’Auberge des Isles Montreuil Bellay

Wow, what a fabulous lunch we enjoyed last week  at the Auberge des Isles Montreuil Bellay.

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L’Auberge des Isles Montreuil Bellay

Simon and I met up with friends at the Monthly Antiques Market in Montreuil Bellay and decided to try the Auberge des Isles for a spot of Sunday lunch. It was the only restaurant with seating outside that day. Why this should be I really don’t know as the sun was shining – just look at the photo!

The food was excellent. Goats cheese wrap and herb salad first course followed by a vegetable penne for the girls and steaks for the boys. All declared the food to be outstanding.

The restaurant is mid priced and we thought, good value for money considering the quality of the food.

Of course no Sunday lunch taken on a warm picturesque terrace is complete without a glass of chilled wine. A carafe of Sauvignon and then a carafe of a lively pink was languidly imbibed while enjoying the riverside views.

I have no hesitation in recommending L’ Auberge des Isles, particularly if the weather is good as the setting would take some beating.

Beside the river, Beneath the Chateau, Laughing and drinking in the sun!

 

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Karins Loire Holiday Cottages Blog

Loire Valley Gite – The Studio – Karins Loire Holiday Cottages Blog

Loire Valley Gite – The Studio Manoir de Gourin near Saumur Update

Our newest Loire Valley Gite – The Studio apartment at Manoir de Gourin  is coming along nicely. Wooden floors have been laid and the walls painted. The kitchen base units and appliances are in and working!

Simon has turned his attention to the shower room. The large shower tray and the toilet are plumbed and also working I’m pleased to say.

I’ve sourced an old kitchen table, bedside table and loom chair from a local brocante. They

Loire valley Gite near saumur

The Studio Manoir de Gourin Brocante finds

will look much better when I’ve renovated them. It’s amazing what a good rub down and a lick of paint will do. Further pics to follow when they’ve had their makeover.

The Studio, our Loire Valley gite, is available for this season from the 11th June and can be booked from a Friday to Friday or from Saturday ti Saturday.

Let me reassure guests who have already booked The Studio Apartment for this season that we are ahead of schedule.

Simon and I look forward to welcoming guests to our Loire Valley Gite Studio Apartment this Summer. The Studio will be comfortable and beautifully presented for your arrival.

Please email Karin if you would like to book or should you have queries.

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Saumur market

Saumur market

The Saturday morning market in Saumur

Simon and I went to the Saumur market

Saumur market Patisserie

Saumur market Patisserie

this morning. Every Saturday morning the town comes alive especially when the sun is shining. Today people were sitting outside the bars and cafes enjoying the sunshine.

We bought our usual fresh salad produce and vegetables and cheese from the fromagerie. As it’s the weekend we treated ourselves to

The Studio Shower room

The Studio Shower room

a tarte from one of the splendidly cake-laden Patisseries.

Simon is happy with the progress he’s made in the Studio Apartment. The kitchen is coming together and he’s now concentrating on the shower room. plumbing is in and the wash hand basin installed. Toilet plumbed in too. It’s going to look good.

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Montreuil Bellay Antiques Market

Montreuil Bellay Antiques Market on the First Sunday in March

Simon and I enjoyed our rummage around the Montreuil Bellay antiques market this morning.

Montreuil Bellay Antiques market

Montreuil Bellay Antiques market in March

Montreuil Bellay hosts the market on the first Sunday of every month, come rain or shine.

Today was sunny and it was so lovely to be out in the fresh country air. It was great to see a few other bargain hunters strolling around too. In the summer months Montreuil Bellay antiques market is a lot busier with many more market stalls to tempt the extra visitors.

During the summer season Montreuil Bellay is the place to be on the first Sunday of every month. The pretty town with its fairytale chateau is a magnet for tourists and locals too. It takes on a wonderful vibe with people spilling from the bistros onto the terraces to soak up the warmth and the atmosphere.

Montreuil Bellay Antiques market

Montreuil Bellay Our early 20c wheelbarrow

Simon spotted today’s star purchase, an antique, early 20c wheelbarrow. We took it off the dealer’s hands for just 15 euro. He’d asked for 20 and Simon bargained hard!! It will look adorable in our garden overflowing with pots of herbs or flowers.

No trip to Montreuil Bellay antiques market is complete without a visit to le Boulangerie. No cakes for us today sadly, but we picked up our usual baguette for our simple wine and cheese lunch on our return to Manoir de Gourin. We drank a local Saumur Blanc with some French compte. Delicious!

The Barbacane Montreuil Bellay

With our friends at the Barbacane Montreuil Bellay

Montreuil bellay is no more than a 15 minute drive from Manoir de Gourin. There are two Boulangeries offering fabulous fresh bread and eyewatering cakes. You have a choice of eateries:

Two bistros – La Barbacane and L’Auberge des Iles, a creperie and a pub!

A restaurant specialising in Fouees -local delicacies, filled flat breads cooked in clay ovens in front of you La Grange a Dime,

Please email me if you are interested in renting one of our cottages this summer.

 

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Loire Holiday cottages Studio Update

Loire Holiday Cottages Studio at Manoir de Gourin Loire valley Self catering Update

Loire holday cottages Studio Apartment is quickly taking shape. The last few days have been cold but lovely and sunny.

Loire holiday cottages Studio kitchen update

Loire holiday cottages Studio kitchen update

I couldn’t resist popping out to take pics of our new holiday Studio balcony and to mark the progress of the kitchen.

The floor cupboards, solid oak worktop, sink and hob have been installed. Well done SIman!

I’m now considering putting shelves above the units rather  than wall cupboards as am wanting a French cottagey look. Needless to say SIman’s not happy as we have the wall units already but a woman’s entitled to whim’s of fancy surely…

Loire Holiday Cottages Studio Balcony at Manoir de Gourin

Loire Holiday Cottages Studio Balcony at Manoir de Gourin

I’m doing my bit, supplying cups of tea and many words of encouragement. I do believe he’s doing a good job. The Studio will look fantastic.

We are off to Saumur tomorrow to visit the weekly market, the best in the area. We’ll have lunch in Le Pot de Lapin and head off to Emauss to look for some antiquey bits and pieces for the Studio.

I’ll take my camera to take some photos

Studio Balcony Manoir de Gourin

Studio Balcony Manoir de Gourin

for my next blog.

I hope you will be encouraged to book the Studio. Whilst small it will be comfortable with a large double bed and views from the balcony. We offer wine tours too. loirewinetours.com

For 2016 The Studio can be rented for:

£350 per week 11 June to 15 July

£425 per week 16 July to 26 August

£375 per week 27 August to 23 September

Rental rates for the Studio include full use of the swimming pool and garden area.

The Studio is a one room first floor apartment with an ensuite shower room.

 

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Studio Apartment Manoir de Gourin New for 2016

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Studio Apartment Update

Work is continuing apace to the Studio despite out frequent returns to the UK. Electrics and plumbing have been installed. We will be ready for our first guests by 11th June 2016.

Studio Balcony in preparation

Studio Balcony in preparation

Paint finishes

Paint Finishes

Simon has completed the plastering and painting of the walls. Well done SIman!! The original stone walls are exposed in places and having been cleaned and regrouted, look amazing. The room is taking on a French cottagy vibe. It should look very pretty when finished.

The wooden floorboards are already laid, although covered for protection and not visible in the photos. I’m looking forward to seeing the floorboards exposed as they should add a further rustic feel.

Simon hard at work

Simon hard at work

Simon is beginning the kitchen assembly today, hurrah!

I’ll keep you up to date with progress and post more pics of The Apartment soon. Now that the renovation has reached a more interesting phase there will be lots to see.

For 2016 The Studio can be rented for:

£350 per week 11 June to 15 July

£425 per week 16 July to 26 August

£375 per week 27 August to 23 September

Rental rates for the Studio include full use of the swimming pool and garden area.

The Studio is a one room first floor apartment with an ensuite shower room. An external staircase leads up to a quaint

Studio Balcony view on a wintry day

Studio Balcony view on a wintry day

balcony overlooking the gardens and countryside.

The garden area is great for bbqs or relaxing in the peace and tranquility of the countryside.

The swimming pool is heated and is protected and sheltered by high walls.

Chateau of Montreuil Bellay

A glimpse of the beautiful Chateau of Montreuil Bellay

There are comfortable loungers for everyone and parasols for sun protection.

A lovely area for taking a dip or relaxing with a good book. We’ve even had a guest knitting at the poolside!

Close to the Chateaux of the Loire. The lovely Chateau at Montreuil Bellay is just 8 miles away.

The lively outdoor antiques market at Montreuil bellay is held on the first Sunday of every month.

Visit our advert for The Studio on the Chez Nous Website for fuller particulars.

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