Loire - La Croix
Spacious 3 bedroom gite in the beautiful Loire Valley
+44 7834 466879 or
+44 7795 232586
La Croix is a beautiful, 3 bedroom gite situated in the Loire Valley completely renovated in 2012. It has been renovated in a contemporary manner providing all modern home comforts whilst retaining many original features. It is perfectly located to relax and explore the famous and not so famous sights of the Loire Valley. Situated in amongst rural farmland on the edge of the Loire-Anjou-Touraine National Park it is a perfect place to sit, relax and unwind whilst sampling a glass of wine from one of the many Loire Valley vineyards.
Our gite is ideal for those who enjoy active holidays, the area is perfect for cycling with empty roads and endless forest trails. You can hire out canoes on one of the many local lakes or rivers and with Saumur being famous for its ‘Ecole Nationale d’Equitation - Cadre Noir’ there are lots of local places to go horse riding as well as visiting the Cadre Noir itself in Saumur. Although not close to the coast there are plenty of choices for swimming too - the many natural lakes in the area have beaches and safe swimming areas which have lifeguards in the peak summer months. It is also well suited to those who prefer the slower pace of life with many Chateaux, gardens and historic towns within an easy drive. The layout of the accommodation makes it accessible for all ages and the less mobile.
Lounge with woodburner
An evening in front of the woodburner
Overlooking the fields
Lounge with woodburner
This is a great place to tell people more about your special day and get them excited to celebrate.
Tea & Coffee
A small supply of tea & coffee is provided for guests to enjoy a cuppa on arrival.*
Bluetooth Speaker & CD/Radio
We have a Radio/CD player as well as a separate Bluetooth speaker for you to enjoy your own choice of music
A BBQ is provided in the Summer.
English TV via Sky. Also with a Video player & Wii games console
Enables you to keep in touch with home and check opening times of activities/chateau.
Bedlinen is included in the price.* Please read the Covid info
Ground floor accommodation provides level and easy access between rooms with sufficient space in all the ground floor rooms to easily manoeuvre a wheelchair. All ground floor doors have a minimum clear opening of 780mm, however no specific handrails or grab rails are provided within the property.
* COVID 19 - a number of restrictions have been implemented by the French Government which affect some of the standard facilities we offer to our guests. Check out our new page which has all the details - Covid 19 info
We operate La Croix on a flexible change over basis depending on existing bookings so please check out our availability charts and contact us to discuss your requirements. We also offer short breaks with a minimum stay of 3 nights, please give us a ring to check availability and prices.
Prices for 7 nights+ include all bed linen, and an end of stay clean. Due to Covid 19 we encourage guests to bring their own bed linen and will reduce our weekly prices by £20 per week. Prices for short breaks of less than 7 nights have an additional compulsory charge of €70 to cover cleaning, and bed linen. This must be left in cash on the dining table on departure.
Off peak £550 / €650 per week (£85 / €100per night)
High £650 / €770 per week (£95 / €115 per night)
Peak £750 / €890 per week (£110 / €130per night)
** BOOKINGS NOW BEING TAKEN **
Please take a look at the information on the Covid 19 info page which sets out some changes to how we will be operating La Croix during 2022 to ensure the safety of our guests and our gite managers.
The links below shows the dates and prices when La Croix is available. We will try and keep them as up to date as possible.
AVAILABILITY & PRICES
Email us on: email@example.com or ring for more information and to confirm your booking
Louise +447834 466879
Peter +447795 232586
A deposit of £100 will be required to confirm your booking with the balance being payable 8 weeks before your holiday date. Payment can be made by online bank transfer. We can also accept direct bank payments in Euros based on the exchange rate at the time payment is due. Holidays from October to April inclusive will incur a £15 per person heating supplement.
Please read our full Terms & Conditions
THINGS TO DO
Visit the many fascinating Loire Valley Chateaux - Villandry, Usse, Azay-le -Rideau, Chinon, Langeais, Saumur and Chenoceau are all within easy driving distance. The Chateau de Gizeux in the local village is an easy cycle or walk away and the Chateau le Latham in Breil is also within reach by bicycle.
Cycle or walk the many marked trails locally through the forest and vineyards or head to the La Loire and cycle part of the Loire a Velo.
You can store your own bikes in our secure garage or hire locally.
Click on the image for places to hire.
Take a swim in the many local lakes.
Plan d'eau d'Hommes - only 10 minutes away and has a restaurant, bar and Aqua Parc in the Summer months. You can also have a go at Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) or take a peddeloe out.
Hire a canoe and paddle down La Vienne around Chinon or down La Loire near Langais or Saumur
Parc Adventure Le Baud Rille
Test your sense of adventure and fill up on thrills in the great outdoors, from the treetops. Accessible to all from 3 years old, come and enjoy the adventure courses with your family and friends.
OUR FAVOURITE PLACES
There are many places we have visited over the years since we started visiting the Loire Valley. Here are just a few of our favourite.
We hope you enjoy them!
Our favourite places to eat....
Our favourite restaurant in Saumur. Perfect for fish, seafood, grills and summer salads. They also have a children's menu so the whole family can enjoy the great food. You will find it in the old town of Saumur and it has tables inside and outside during the Summer months. At busy times of the year it is advisable to ring ahead and book a table
Le Bouff'tard, Hommes
A local restaurant in the village of Hommes which is about a 10 minute drive from La Croix. The menu is traditionally French with a great value 'menu du jour' served at lunchtimes. It is popular with locals especially at lunchtimes and gives you a real feel of French life. In the Summer months, try combining a visit to Plan d'eau de Hommes with a visit to Le Bouff'tard.
Le Cafe Musee, Parcay
The nearest cafe/restaurant to La Croix in the village of Parcay les Pins. Run by Darren & Louise, an English couple who used to manage La Croix for us. They have regular themed nights and offer a good value meal. On a Thursday evening they hold a regular 'Fish & Chips' night, so if you are missing that English chippy tea head over to Le Cafe Musee on a Thursday.
Le Bistroglo, Turquant
Situated near to the village of Turquant this is.a perfect spot to stop if you are cycling on the Loire a Velo. The restaurant is built into the caves and is a great way to not only sample the local food and wine but to experience the troglodyte setting. In the Summer they set up seats outside and advertise that you can 'a boire, a voir, a manger'. As well as the perfect setting the food is excellent too!
Our favourite places to visit....
Maison Louis de Grenelle
One of many 'bubbly wine houses'. This one is found in the centre of Saumur and offers a tour of 'le caves' and tasting. The tour is fascinating and if you are lucky you can join one that is offered in English. The tasting session afterwards is relaxed and you are offered the opportunity to taste a variety of their bubbly wines.
A wander around the old town and up to see the views from the grounds around the chateau is perfectly rounded off with a relaxing drink in the square 'St Pierre' - great for a pre-dinner drink in the early evening.
Another lovely town for a wander, great places to stop to eat, drink and people watch. In the Summer months you can take a tour in a horse and cart or take a canoe out on the Vienne river. The stunning Chateau is also worth a visit, perched high up above the town you can walk up or take the outside lift! You are rewarded with stunning views when you reach the chateau entrance.
A pretty town on the Loire. The Chateau is impressive and worth a visit. The town is really pretty with lots of places to enjoy the local cuisine and wine. The have a weekly Sunday morning market.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Such a beautiful little cottage in such a beautiful little corner of France. I have been in my element with my camera - this is a great time of year to be here with the colours just perfect. It's a very special little corner of the World and we feel very lucky to be able to enjoy it. Even the horses turned up - its got everything! Thanks.
— Sarah & Sara, London UK - September 2019
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Another wonderful holiday in this fantastic gite - so many great things to do - swimming lakes at Hommes, wine festival, climbing centre in Tours…..Pete and Louise are wonderful hosts - nothing is too much trouble. Thank you - we will return
— Zoe, Miles, Maya, Finn & George, Bristol UK
- August 2019
La Croix is located in the Maine et Loire region of France. It is due south from Le Mans and sits almost central between the Loire Cities of Tours and Angers. It is less than a 20 minute drive to Saumur and the Loire river. La Croix is situated between the villages of Courleon and Gizeux on the edge of the Parc Naturel Regionale Loire-Anjou-Touraine.
HOW TO FIND US
There are many ways of getting to ‘La Croix’ using road, ferry, air and rail. The following lists some of the favoured routes used by ourselves but depending on where you are travelling from preferred options will differ.
P&O Ferries: Dover to Calais (1 1/2 hour crossing) & Hull to Zeebruggee (overnight 14 hour crossing). Driving time from Calais is approximately 5 hours and from Zeebruggee is 6 1/2 hours. The French toll roads tend to be empty and although tolls are charged the roads are clear and relatively stress free!
DFDS Ferries: Newhaven to Dieppe (4 hour crossing) &. Portsmouth to Le Harve (5 1/2 hour crossing or 8 hour overnight). Driving time from Dieppe is 3 1/2 to 4 hours mainly on motorways once through Rouen; driving time from Le Harve is 4 hours.
Brittany Ferries: Portsmouth to Caen (3 3/4 hours fast ferry or 6 hour crossing) & Portsmouth to Le Harve (overnight no frills service). Driving time from Caen is between 2 1/2 and 3 hours and is the closest Channel port to La Croix. The route is mainly motorway with sections that charge tolls.
Eurotunnel: Take the Eurotunnel to Calais and you will be in France in 35 minutes. The driving time from Calais is then 5 hours to La Croix.
Many of the budget airlines offer flights to the area. Their routes and timetables are always changing with new routes being added all the time. The closest airports to aim for are:
Tours: served by Ryanair with flights from London Stansted all year round and from Dublin from April to October. Tours airport is a 50 minute drive to La Croix and the all the major car hire firms are represented and car hire can be pre-booked prior to travel.
Poitiers: served by Ryanair with flights from London Stansted. Poitiers is a 90 minute drive to La Croix which takes you through some lovely French villages.
Nantes: served by Ryanair from Manchester, Edinburgh & London Stansted. Easyjet also fly to Nantes from Bristol twice a week from June to end of August. Nantes airport is approximately 2 hours by car from La Croix.
Paris: served by many of the budget airlines from most UK airports as well as Eurostar services from London and Ashford, Kent. Once in Paris it is a 3 hour drive to La Croix or you can take a high speed train to Tours or Saumur railway stations.