Sleeps 2, 1 bedroom, 1 shower room (ensuite)
- english, french
About Sarah-Jane Beaumont
Gérald & Sarah-Jane - we warmly welcome you to our family home to share, enjoy and experience with us all that we cherish about this beautiful and historic region of France. A visit in 2006 didn't see me return. Now, Mme Beaumont, wife to Gérald, a bilingual French wine professional and Mum to our two gorgeous children, Augustin (11yrs) and Constance (9yrs). Making our family '7' is Biscotte, our dear little rescue cat and our friendly girls, 'the French hens'. In July 2011, we opened our bar à vin/bistrot, Bistrot Les Tontons, in the heart of Saumur. Five wonderful years past before pastures new beckoned. Today Gérald is Directeur d’Exploitations for two Loire Valley Châteaux; Château de Beauregard, Le Puy Notre-Dame (AOC Saumur) and Château des Noyers, Martigné-Briand (AOC Anjou).
Sarah-Jane Beaumont purchased this Barn in 2007
What makes this Barn unique
- Wine tasting of award-winning wines - Independent and self-contained holiday home - Self-catering. Breakfast and supper - Short stays min. 2 nights with flexible day arrival - 2 mins walk from the Trésor Belge restaurant
Check-in: 5:00 pm
Check-out: 9:00 am
Children not allowed
** Respect for the property, furniture and the grounds are requested. ** Entry into the troglodyte caves is forbidden unless accompanied by Gérald or Sarah-Jane.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
THE AREA :
ST LEGER DE MONTBRILLAIS (2kms) : a country lane takes you though a sleepy hamlet, past troglodyte caves and through the vines and sunflower fields before arriving to St Leger de Montbrillais. The village has a post office, baker (closed Wednesday and ask for the baguette named 'la tradition'). A highly reputed butcher much favoured by ourselves (try the rillettes d’oie and be prepared to queue on a Sunday morning!), alongside a little tabac (bar).
MONTREUIL-BELLAY (8kms) : the pretty medieval town of Montreuil-Bellay boasts a magnificent fairy tale Château whose impressive wall encloses the town centre today. An abundance of flower blooms throughout spring to the early months of winter, Montreuil-Bellay is a pretty town to discover. Host to a weekly market and a monthly Brocante (flea-market) there are a number of interesting restaurants to discover, the Château to visit and a lovely picnic area, shaded by trees, set along the edge of the river Thouet which flows through the town… while eating your baguettes the ducks will pay you a visit hoping for some crumbs!
SAUMUR (25kms) : twined with Warwick, England and Verden, Germany. The historical town of Saumur is set along the banks of the Loire river. Host to a fabulous Saturday market Saumur is also home to the famous Cadre Noir, the National Equestrian School of the elite French Cavalry, whose remarkable horsemanship can been seen at shows between April & October. Activities, exhibitions and wine festivals are scheduled throughout the year in Saumur and in July 2016, the 4th day of the Tour de France will be departing from Saumur! Saumur’s a worthy visit, if not only to see the Cadre Noir and the impressive Château, which has been lovingly restored, but to also enjoy the beauty of this stunning river side town in the heart of the Loire Valley, France.
PLACES TO VISIT locally and around : discover local fresh food markets. Weekend brocantes (flea-markets), and the stunning villages and towns set along the edge of the Loire river. Explore too, an exceptional Bioparc in Doué la Fontaine. Hire a kayak/canoe or take a river boat ride along the Loire river from Chinon and Saumur. Visit spectacular rose gardens en route to Cholet or potter around the historical Châteaux dominated towns of Amboise, Angers, Azay le Rideau, Brézé, Brissac-Quincé, Candes St. Martin, Chenonceau, Chinon, Fontevraud l'Abbaye, Langeais, Loches, Montsoreau, Montreuil-Bellay, Saumur, Richelieu, Tours, Ussé, Villandry - all of which make a fabulous day out !
BISTROT LES TONTONS, Place Saint Pierre, Saumur :
Set in the heart of Saumur is our cosy bistrot, where we serve simple bistrot fare, freshly prepared on a daily basis, (think homecooked nosh), alongside quality organic wines sourced by Gerald from niche producers, locally and from across France.
For past client reviews please visit Bistrot Les Tontons, Saumur on TripAdvisor.