Peaceful 4 star gîte less than 2 mn from the Royal Abbey of with flowered garden
- english, french, german, spanish
About Sylvie Reeves
My name's Sylvie, I'm a French native who lived with my English husband Mark in England for 6 years before we bought this property in Fontevraud in 1992 , part of which was renovated as the gîte in 2007. We have two grown-up children : Annabelle and Samuel who live in Saumur and Angers. "After working for 18 years, as Head of the Language Center at the Saumur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, I wanted to become self-employed in the privileged setting of our exceptional village and developed a language and gîte business" "With the renovation works carried out on the outbuildings in 2007, Mark and I wanted you to enjoy all the traditional architectural style of the region : wooden beams,, tufa stone thick walls ( keeping you cool in summer), a slate roof, whilst being able to enjoy all the modern amenities, including a wood pellet stove for extra cosiness, coming on top of the central heating. " Of course we can only welcome one family at a time, so you have the privileged use of the property and the pool.
Sylvie Reeves purchased this Cottage in 1992
Why Sylvie Reeves chose Fontevraud-l'Abbaye
Fontevraud L'Abbaye is an exceptional historical village in the heart of the western part of the Loire Valley and the quality of life here is spectacular A wealth of services are available in the village just 200m from the gite : restaurants, grocery, bakery, chemist, doctor, ATM....
What makes this Cottage unique
Enjoying the peacefulness of our landscaped garden listening to the humming of the birds and watching the frogs and the waterlilies in our ponds, whilst having access to restaurants and services in the village, 200m down the road ,to an amazing history with lots of touristic sites within 10 miles, being able to indulge in the French Art de Vivre with tons of independent wine growers, the famous sparkling wine merchants in and around Saumur, and also being able to take part in local events throughout the year.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Very convenient gite for the Abbey and local restaurants
We were 4 adults travelling in a family holiday. The gite was very comfortable and the pool was great at the end of each day! Sylvie gave excellent advice about places to go. We were a little disappointed with the Abbey itself, mainly its tourist information and the presentation, but really enjoyed exploring the area, especially Montsoreau and Candes St Martin., and chateaus at Usee and Montreuil-bellay. Beware Monday shops closed and lunchtime closures of some tourist facilities!
We stayed for a week in the last week of August. We benefitted from Sylvie’s recommendations for vineyards, wine tasting and local chateaux to visit which we followed to the letter and enjoyed.
The gite was very clean and well supplied with towels (both pool and bathroom) and we used the pool everyday (Mark and Sylvie are discreet and leave the pool and bottom half of the garden to you).
Only note of caution is that whilst there are 3 or 4 restaurants, they are ‘average’ for France rather than exceptional. (We didn’t try the top end Fontevraud Abbaye restaurant). We cooked 3 or 4 times and had nice meals outside in the private ‘bower’ by the gite.
Lots of things to see 10-15 mins drive away and good LeClercs etc The Abbey is on the doorstep is worth a visit - it’s best to get an annual pass if you plan on going more than once. Montserau and Saumur are also highly recommended.
Thank you to Sylvie and Mark for letting us stay at your beautiful gite. The house, garden and pool were all perfect. It really is a hidden oasis in the middle of the village. It's so quiet and peaceful by the pool you would never know that just seconds away is the centre of the village with shops and restaurants. Our only regret is not staying for longer.
Beautiful place, fantastic holiday.
We came to stay for a week in July with our three small children and could not have had a better time. The gite is lovely (great sitting room and a very well stocked kitchen) but we spent most of our time in the pretty garden - either eating at one of the three outdoor tables or in the pool. The location is excellent, a pleasant hundred yard stroll to the central square and the boulangerie, a couple of places for a meal or drink, and the abbey. Lots to do near by (the Cadre Noir, Saumur, Chinon, Breze, good local markets, and we even managed some wine tasting). Slyvie and Mark were charming, helpful, and bilingual. Highly recommended spot. We'll be back!
Waouh ! We are absolutely delighted you had a smashing stay ... the feeling is mutual .. we loved having you staying with us ! Come back anytime !
Sylvie and Mark
Gîte très bien situé et agréable
Gîte très confortable dans un très joli village au calme.Proprietaire très arrangeant.
Belles visites à proximité
Excellent holiday stay in the Loire valley
We would like to say that we really enjoyed our stay at La Samsonelle in Fontevraud- l’Abbaye. Not only is it a lovely part of France but the property is a very good place to stay and it was one of the best equipped and beautifully clean houses that we have rented over our many years visiting France. The garden and the swimming pool were lovely and we spent quite a lot of our time there.
Mark and Sylvie were ideal hosts being very friendly and welcoming, and helpful when needed as well as being discreet. We would certainly recommend it as somewhere to visit and stay.
John and Sandra Roberts
The nearest Centerparcs " Le Bois aux Daims" is only 15mn away if you'd like to enjoy their spa and sauna facilities for the day.
The beach is 1h45mn away and is directly accessible by motorway.There are 4 nearby airports (Tours, Angers ,Poitiers, Nantes).
We are only 1h 30mins away from Paris on the TGV.
The nearest villages are picturesque places like Montsoreau, Candes St Martin, Brézé are down the road. Saumur is 10 miles away. The famous attraction parks le Puy du Fou and 'le Futuroscope' are 1 hour away. Within 10 miles, there are many other places of interest such as the zoological park at Doué la Fontaine, the National Horse-riding School in Saumur, local vineyards and inhabited châteaux.
There are shops in the village (baker, butcher and grocer). There are also 5 gastronomic restaurants, a pizzeria, 2 tea rooms. There is a doctor, chemist, post-office, cash-dispenser and bikes for rent. The nearest supermarket is 2 miles away.
Sylvie runs French and cookery courses 'French on a dish' tailor-made for all those who love wine and food. You can explore the best of French gastronomy and win
Other Activities: Rowing, Cookery courses, wine-tasting,
Golf: There are 3 golf facilities nearby.
The first one is 2 miles away and is an 18 hole golf-course.
The second one is in Saumur which is 10 miles away. It is located next to the famous Ecole Nationale d'Equitation, our national horse riding school with the elite Cadre Noir horse-riders.
The third one is in Baugé which is 20 miles away , near Angers.