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We stayed Gite La Pinstrie for 3 weeks in August. I cannot recommend this Gite highly enough. Nadia and Jerome were perfect hosts, unobtrusive but more than helpful if we ever needed them. The accommodation is very large and fitted out to an incredibly high standard. From the heated pool, satellite tv to the high speed internet (the kids were happy) every need is looked after. The little village is quiet, perfect for a getaway and a total break from work and the city but supermarkets are less than 15/20 min away and the beautiful city of Angers only 40 min drive. 5km away in Daon there is a lovely cycle track along the river, bikes were provided with the gite which saved a lot of hassle transporting them to France. Thank you Nadia and Jerome for your hospitality, we will be back!
We rented just the Manoir building and enjoyed the use of a large living room and kitchen and 4 of the 5 bedrooms (we didn't use the dormitory 8 bedded room). The swimming pool was lovely and warm and in a good setting with a lockable access so it was secure from our children. The bathrooms had good showers and plenty of hot water. The kitchen had plenty of equipment. Outside we used the table tennis and BBQ and the 2 swings in the garden. There were plenty of sun loungers by the pool and we found 2 noodles and a ball to play with in the swimming pool. The pool had a cover to keep it warm. There were pretty flowers around the Manoir and a vine. We picked lots of blackberries around the edge of the large green space.
We enjoyed looking at the activity on the neighbouring farm where there was a herd of cows and 2 tractors. We watched the cattle being fed and moved and the adjacent field being ploughed. The driveway and garden were not fully fenced or gated from the farm and road.
The house was not far from many pretty villages and towns. There were no shops or restaurants in the village. We drove out each day to markets, shops and riverside views. We got roast chicken pre ordered from a campsite cafe/shop just a few km along the river.
Our outings to the Robert Tatin museum, the Refuge de l'arche (like a zoo) and river beach on the Loire were enjoyed by the whole family.