3 bedroom Loire Valley cottage with huge pool & carp fishing lake
Jude & Julian Baskcomb
- english, french
About Jude & Julian Baskcomb
We moved to France with our then 6-year-old daughter Saskia in 2005 after falling in love with Le Moulin de Boutineau a year earlier, a wreck of a watermill and overgrown grounds left abandoned for 10 years. It was a huge step and massive change to permanently leave rural Leicestershire in England for a French countryside lifestyle near the medieval market town of Loches in the beautiful Loire Valley, but we have never regretted it for a moment (well possibly for one or two moments during the lengthy restoration work when some thought we were completely mad!). However, we had a vision of what it all could be and thankfully our guests - many of whom keep returning - seem to love it too.
Jude & Julian Baskcomb purchased this Cottage in 2005
Why Jude & Julian Baskcomb chose Perrusson
"It's just all so much better than in the photos - they can never quite convey the lovely atmosphere of the place" is probably the comment we have heard from our guests most often over the years. Our aim was always to offer a really good quality holiday cottages where the men had an option to carp fish - and catch big ones - close-by on a picturesque lake, but it would still be a great holiday for their wives/partners/family & friends who would enjoy the sunshine, large pool, BBQ's, lovely grounds and nearby town and chateau's equally as much.
What makes this Cottage unique
Beautiful grounds - a wonderful proper specimen carp-fishing lake with 15 acres of accessible, peaceful woodland, mature trees, orchards and streams shared with kingfishers, buzzards, red squirrels and deer. The clear air and warm, starry night skies with owls but no light pollution. We added the superb 12x6 metre heated swimming pool and can provide that special bottle of much-underrated Loire wine that makes an evening meal in the courtyard a perfect memory for so many of our visitors.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Our perfect family holiday
Le Cottage du Jardinier was just right for the 4 of us....clean, and offering a brilliant shower! Our 17 year old fisherman son was extremely happy ..606lbs of fish caught and a personal best of 34lbs. All fish were in excellent condition & the wildlife around the lake & grounds was abundant giving us great enjoyment, especially the red squirrels! The Mill House gardens and courtyard were a picture with beautiful flowers and plants.
We sat on our terrace under the apple tree, reading, or cycled in to the lovely tiny city of Loches. Each evening we barbecued or sampled Jude's delicious cooking, and Julian's superb wine. Then we stargazed into a clear sky unaffected by light pollution.
We loved the well kept pool which was ten steps from our cottage, and very welcome in temperatures up to 34 C.
Julian & Jude warmly welcomed us, and gave us helpful information whenever we asked.
We came away completely relaxed, and feeling we'd had exactly the holiday we'd hoped for. Thankyou!
Wonderful Week of Fishing
This is situated in a fantastic location. This cottage was perfect for the two of us but is possibly a little on the small side for a family. Cottage was clean and well equipped and ideal for anybody looking for a relaxing fishing holiday. We were provided with a fantastic meal cooked by Jude on the evening of our arrival supplemented with a lovely wine recommended and supplied by Julien.
Was delighted to find that we had the lake to ourselves and using the bait recommended and supplied had a very productive week with the largest carp coming out at 29lb 12oz.
Local town is only a 5 minute drive for local produce particularly from the many patisseries.........went home quite a few pounds heavier.
Jude and Julien are very nice hosts, leaving you to your own agenda but always available if needed.
Really enjoyed it and hope to definitely return
A week fishing
We stayed in this gite for a week, two couples who had never been to this part of France before. Richard & Lee caught 50 fish between them with the largest being a 15lb Carp. BBQ every night, good food and wine. The supermarkets are only 5 minutes drive away and the town of Loches has a good selection of restaurants and bars. The Wednesday market was great for fresh produce. The owners were always available to talk to and they did show us the other gites available. They are all good. The pool was clean and the area was relaxing and quiet. We would recommend this holiday to friends and family.
First time in the Loire
This was our first time to Le Moulin de Boutineau, Jules and Julian were great hosts and we felt very much at home during our stay in this relaxed Gite complex and lovely grounds.
The jardinière was nice but we felt it was slightly too small for our family and disappointed there was no TV only DVD player.
The ground and lake were fantastic, well looked after and large enough to go exploring. The fishing turned out to be the highlight of our trip with 22 Carp caught between the 2 fishermen in the family up to 34lb.
Overall we had a great time, great area and local towns, lots to sight see and the local Zoo is well worth a visit.
Overall we had a great holiday and this will be some were we will definitely return to.
The Thompson Family Four
Fabulous retreat with warm and welcoming hosts
We spent an idyllic week here in June and it was everything we hoped for. It's a tranquil place with a spotless heated pool, gorgeous local walks and close proximity to a stunning medieval town. Hosts Julian and Jude made our stay so special. They accommodated our needs (with a baby) and were helpful, warm and friendly. Jude's four course meals are something to be revered and my husband and I were happy to discover Julian's wine cave!
I never normally plan to go back to somewhere I have been, but we are already looking at next year.
This place is very special...I would highly recommend a visit :-)
A PERFECT LOCATION FOR RELAXING OR EXPLORING.
On arrival we could see we had made the right choice for our holiday. As we arrived we had a very warm welcome from the owners Julian and Jude, and throughout our stay they were very friendly and helpful.
There is literally something for everyone whether it be relaxing in the hot tub, bathing in the pool or as I did spending a few hours a day beside the picturesque lake which is home to some stunning fish.
It is also a perfect location for exploring the beautiful French countryside with stunning chateau's close by which are definitely worth a visit.
Since being back we cant stop talking about our holiday and we would highly recommend this to any of our family and friends and we cannot wait for a returned visit here.
All the famous Loire Valley chateau's are within easy reach and we can advise which ones best suit your group or family as we have visited them all! Do not miss the Zoo at Beauval - it is simply the best in France and one of the best in the world - you get so close to the animals and the giant panda's are now legendary!