This Villa is situated just a short walk from the centre of the elegant and lively town of Saumur, on the Loire River, famous for being the home of the French Cavalry Academy, as well as its imposing 13th century Chateau and of course its excellent wines. There is a very pretty short, flower and herb filled walkway that leads from the automatic entrance gates to the courtyard terraced garden, which features a 8 x 4m covered heated pool, waterfall, outdoor shower, and barbecue.
The house, recently completely and lovingly restored by a world renowned Interior Designer, is breathtakingly beautiful and very zen. For good reason is it called La Maison Blanche, as from the ornate wrought iron gates, on the quiet road, that serve as an entrance from the outside world, to the profusion of flowers that grow in the attractive courtyard garden, to the exterior limestone of the house, to the spacious and welcoming interiors... everything is white. The attention to detail throughout, is quite breathtaking.
All the bedrooms are air conditioned, there are thirteen ceiling fans throughout the house, an alarm system, a safe, an indoor/outdoor music system, satellite TV, 5 televisions, cordless phones, Internet access, garage parking, a crib and a high chair. In fact everything, to make the stay as enjoyable and indulgent an experience as possible. Other services that the owner provides include; cookery classes, reflexology, beauty treatments, masseuse, wine & chateau tours and French lessons. There is a full Concierge Service available.
On entering the main entrance on the ground floor, there is a welcoming breakfast and comfortable seating area, and further on, a large kitchen, with a central professional Lacanche oven, two dishwashers, two washing machines, two clothes dryers and a side-by-side fridge freezer. Beyond the kitchen there is a large dining area, and at the far end of the open-plan ground floor a delightful bibliotheque with working fireplace. Close to one of the two staircases, there is a separate WC.
On the first floor there is a very large, elegant salon, that is split into two areas, with four enormous and very comfortable sofas. The stunning features of the salon, include a glass tiled floor, two fireplaces and an Erard 1900 Baby Grand piano. The Master bedroom has a King size bed, walk in closets, seating area and flat screen television. The bathroom, features a beautiful claw foot bath, shower, WC and fireplace.
There are three further double bedrooms. One of which is a second Master bedroom with king-size bed, seating area, flat screen television and en-suite bathroom with shower and WC. There are two large guest bedrooms, both with king-size beds, that share a bathroom with bath, shower and WC.
On the second floor there is a fully equipped gym.
The Guest House, on two floors, comprises of a small kitchen, dining area, downstairs daybed and a loft with Queen size bed and bathroom, with bath, shower and WC. There is also a flat screen television, cordless phones, air-conditioning, music system and intercom to the main house.
Several of the sofas in the bedrooms can be used for additional sleeping accommodation. The prices quoted are for eight person occupancy, rates for additional guests on request.
The price includes a daily maid service. Chef on request.
Saumur town centre a few minutes walk
Saumur Chateau 3 minutes drive
Vineyards 5 minutes drive
Horse riding 7 minutes drive
Major chateaux of the Loire between 30 to 45 minutes drive
Paris by TGV 2 hours