Saumur en Blanc

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Sleeps: 6 - 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4
Oliver Approved

Overview

Wedding Venue Pool Ideal for Kids Walk to Village

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Some homes are utterly unique and always will be. Saumur en Blanc is one of those homes. From its location right in the centre of magical Saumur, to its soothing all-white interior and its rather glamourous owner; a talented and well-known interior designer from New York.

Saumur en Blanc is found through a private gate, set away from the road, in its own tranquil and private garden filled with jasmine, rosemary and lavender. The senses are immediately awoken and then surprised with the glimpse of a swimming pool in this private oasis.

The white décor and furnishings create a very calming ambience in this quirky and original stone townhouse full of surprises; staircases leading up to lofts, a baby-grand piano, a bathroom with claw-foot tub and fireplace and a little independent pool house on the terrace. The kitchen is worthy of its renowned eno-gastronomic location, with its professional ‘La Canche’ stove, two dishwashers, large fridge-freezer and American gadgets and appliances.

Guests can also relax and take advantage of many helpful services, such as a transfers, pre-arrival shopping, babysitting and even a private chef.

Saumur is of course famous for its delicious wine, but this small town is also known for its excellent restaurants, speciality shops, music festivals and a multitude of activities, including canoeing and kayaking, which keep it vibrant and exciting as well as beautiful. All of these delights are on the doorstep and just an easy stroll away. Not far from the town are also wineries, artisanal beer producers, châteaux, a national horse-riding school, bike and walking trails, museums and much more.

Saumur en Blanc combines so many unique and original qualities to create an out-of-the-ordinary home in a special location, both of which will leave guests enchanted.

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What you should know…

  • There are some low ceilings and stairs (some steep)
  • One bedroom is accessed via stairs from the master bedroom
  • There is air-conditioning in the bedrooms only and in the pool house
  • A car is not required, however if you chose to have one there is plenty of easy parking on the streets.
  • Please refer to to the 'Features' tab for full details of sleeping arrangements and layout

Property Features

Private Pool Heated Pool Internet Air-Con BBQ Cable TV Gym/Fitness Room Indoor Games DVD Working Fireplace Heating Ceiling Fans

Interior Grounds

Ground Floor

- Breakfast area
- Well equipped kitchen, with ‘La Canche’ professional stove, two dishwashers, two washing machines, two dryers, large fridge-freezer and further American appliances. Includes dining area with tables and chairs
- Reading area/library with fireplace
- Guest W.C.

First Floor

- Living room with two fireplaces, spacious seating, glass tiled floor and a Baby Grand Piano
- Open plan master bedroom (accessed via archway) with king-sized bed, spacious wardrobes, seating area, bathroom with bath claw foot tub bath, shower, sink and fireplace.  

Right-Wing (accessed via steep stairs from master bedroom)

- Open plan loft style master suite with double bed, plus single bed, flat screen TV and DVD, sitting area, games and toys plus bath and WC. Suitable for a family/couple/lots of children (note: low ceilings throughout).

Left-Wing (accessed via steep stairs from living room)

- Double bedroom with king-size bed, TV, computer, printer, fax
- Double bedroom with king-size bed
- Bathroom with WC
- Gym with TV (accessed via one of the bedrooms)
- Guest W.C.

Outside Grounds

- Private heated swimming pool (size:4m x 8m) with security cover
- Pool terrace with sun-loungers, al-fresco dining table, chairs and BBQ
- Gardens, fountains and flowered walk-way with statues and antique tools. Various steps throughout grounds
- Pool house (used as storage space)
- Outdoor shower
- Outdoor gym equipment
- Access to house via electronic gates

Facilities

- Air-conditioning (bedrooms only and pool house)
- 13 ceiling fans throughout house
- Heating
- Working fireplace
- 5 TVs
- DVD player
- CNN
- Computer
- Printer
- Fax
- Indoor and outdoor music system
- Cordless telephones
- Safe
- Alarm system
- Gym equipment

Location

About the surrounding area of Saumur en Blanc
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant Canoeing/Kayaking Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Romantic
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Saumur is a vibrant and exciting town as well as beautiful. Explore the medieval streets and admire the striking buildings in Place St Pierre, shop to your hearts content in one of the towns many boutiques and stock up on charcuterie, honey, flowers and other wonderful local produce in the weekly market on a Saturday. The town has also gained a reputation for its excellent restaurants as well as its delicious sparkling white wine, which you can sample and purchase at a number of spots in the area.

The fairytale Château Saumur has a stunning location and is worthy of a visit, then in the summer take a boat trip up the river for some rest and relaxation. There are plenty of other historical attractions in the area to impress you such as Fontevraud Abbey (16km), one of the largest in Europe, plus the fascinating Troglodyte caves that used to be inhabited until last century, such as those in the village of Rochemenier (26km).

Horse lovers must visit the town's famous national equestrian school, the Cadre Noir, where they can have a guided tour and you may be fortunate enough to see a performance of the magnificent horses led by the impressive instructors. Furthermore, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the beautiful Loire Valley on horseback.

Another popular activity is renting a canoe either in the town or a little further out at one of the activity centres and discovering the stunning area from the Loire river. The town is also on the ‘Loire à Vélo’ route for keen cyclists who can experience why this area is called the ‘Garden of France’.

If you are bringing the kids then treat them to a visit to the Museé des Blindés (3km), the largest tank museum in Europe, ideal for vehicle lovers young and old. Just out of town you can seek shade in the Zoo de Doué Bio Parc (22km) where 600 animals live in natural surroundings amongst interesting flora and fauna in the old quarry.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Nantes

(165km)

Nearest Ferry port St Malo

(260km )

Nearest Train Station Gare de Saumur

(2.5km)

Nearest Restaurant Saumur

(500m)

Nearest Supermarket Saumur

(500m)

Region

A region doesn’t get to be called “The Garden of France” without being pretty special, and the Loire Valley is just as luscious and beautiful as its nickname would suggest. There’s countless acres of beautiful woods, vineyards and farmland that produce some of France’s revered ingredients and delicacies, and a wealth of history and beautiful architecture that demands and rewards exploration. Whether you’re heading off with the family, friends, or both, our fantastic portfolio of Loire Valley villas and chateaux means you’ll find fantastic, comfortable and quirky accommodation no matter your preferences.

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

A fold-up cot and antique high-chair are available.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Games
  • DVD
  • Fenced Grounds

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Extras included at this property:

- Welcome pack on arrival
- 3 hrs daily maid service (Monday to Friday only)

Extras available at this property:

- Private chef or catering delivered to your villa*
- Additional maid service
- Babysitting
- Pre-stocked fridge
- Shopping service
- Chauffeur service
- Transfers

*Please note that external caterers are only allowed with the owner's prior agreement.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Event information

Saumur en Blanc 

In the centre of magical Saumur, peacefully set back from the street within its own walled garden, this quirky stone town house is sure to delight your wedding guests. The whole interior is white, which will promote a feeling of calm and well-being for your preparations and possibly match the bride! A cherished group of family and friends will enjoy a reception in this intriguing home while the jasmine and lavender fragranced garden, with its flowered walkways and statues, is another romantic place for ceremony and feasting. With the river Loire running through the town, this area is well known for its cellars of sparkling wines, just right for your celebrations. 

Wedding Reception
A reception for up to 25 people could take place inside the house or up to 50 guests could be hosted beneath a hired marquee in the gardens. 

Dancing can take place inside the house or hired marquee. Music can play until midnight. 

Wedding Ceremony
A ceremony for up to 50 guests could take place in the gardens of the property or there is a range of churches, all within walking-distance. 

Where to Stay
8 people can sleep in the house and up to 50 more guests can be accommodated in hotels and B&Bs nearby. 

The owners are able to supply details of local transport firms. 

Wedding Planning
The owners can recommend an English-speaking wedding planner or the clients may arrange their own. 

The owner recommends suppliers for the clients to choose from and can help with the organisation. It is fine for the clients to use other suppliers, on request. 

Catering
The owners are able to recommend a range of local caterers or clients may arrange their own. 

Other information
Events can be held June-September 

Marquee is required for parties of more than 25 people or for outdoor dining. 

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees. All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit $USD1000 charged to clients' credit card prior to arrival and returned two weeks after departure.
Arrival time 4.00 - 7.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes, including pool towels and slippers.
Pets welcome? No.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or garbage disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Changeover day Saturday.
Minimum stay 7 nights.
Smoking Allowed? No.
Other Ts and Cs Stag / hen parties and other celebrations are not allowed. Weddings are permitted by prior arrangement.
Other Ts and Cs There is air-conditioning in the bedrooms only and in the pool house.
Other Ts and Cs Swimming pool is open May to end-September.
Other Ts and Cs A further 5 guests (ideally children) can be accommodated in the main house using beds and sofabeds. Supplements apply. Please enquire at the time of booking.
Pool heating charge? No. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Other Ts and Cs Please note that external caterers are only allowed with the owner's prior agreement.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Dec 14th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 £6,763
Jan 4th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 £7,514
Jan 2nd 2021 - Jun 16th 2021 £7,514

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Dec 14th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 £9,017
Jan 4th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 £9,124
Jan 2nd 2021 - Jun 16th 2021 £9,124

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Dec 14th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 €7,613
Jan 4th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 €8,459
Jan 2nd 2021 - Jun 16th 2021 €8,459

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Dec 14th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 €10,151
Jan 4th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 €10,272
Jan 2nd 2021 - Jun 16th 2021 €10,272

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Dec 14th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 $8,466
Jan 4th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 $9,407
Jan 2nd 2021 - Jun 16th 2021 $9,407

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Dec 14th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 $11,288
Jan 4th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 $11,422
Jan 2nd 2021 - Jun 16th 2021 $11,422

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
15 years

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The potential of making an open space environment with lots of sunlight and a garden like no other

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
It was the garden of Rambuteau

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...

Really do? Must go hot air ballooning. It was started here. Also go to the Savonnerie. The only one in France that is named "artisanal" by the French Government. Not only is it the best soap in the world, the aroma will knock your socks off
Really eat? You must eat white asparagus in May & June. You must eat the seafood of Olivier at the Sat. Market. He brings oysters-coquille St Jacques & other shell fish that I never knew existed
Really see? see Chateau de Villandry. The most beautiful gardens in France. The house of Leonardo de Vinci.  You will see many of his experiments

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
There is a wine here that won the blind taste with 1990 Petrus. The La Canche stove is the only one made with a double hood.

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Reviews

  • Amazing time!

    Posted by Noel M. on 01/10/2018

    We stayed at Saumur en Blanc for an idyllic week this past June. We were seeking accommodation that had a pool and a chef's kitchen that would allow us a moderate journey each day to visit one of the fabulous Loire Chateaux. When we researched the town of Saumur and found it had lots of recommended restaurants, we bypassed the chef at home option, Big Mistake. When fully explained by the owner, we found that the chef that would have cooked for us, would be the same chef who cooked for us at the fine restaurants in town. The restaurants were really good, so imagine having them cook in house. The homeowner gave us wonderful advice on restaurants and wine tastings, also recommended which and how many of the chateaux to visit...everything exactly as suggested. The kitchen in the villa is beyond anything we've ever had in a rental. It is beautifully equipped with every conceivable appliance and gadget...you needn't bring anything from home. Fabulous pool in a very private oasis - right in the middle of town. A fantastic villa, we highly recommend.

  • Amazing Holiday!

    Posted by Lucy M. on 22/09/2018

    We stayed in Saumur en Blanc in early August this year with another family. We had a wonderful stay. The house is beautifully appointed, and equipped with everything you could possibly need. The setting, back from the street is very peaceful, and the pool is lovely. The location is very convenient, walking distance to shops, restaurants, etc. Finally, the owner, Deena, was amazing. She contacted us before our stay and made restaurant and babysitting arrangements for us. She met us on arrival with a wonderful platter of snacks and drinks. Throughout our stay she could not have been more helpful. We would certainly recommend Saumur en Blanc to others, and hope to visit again in the future.

  • Amazing property!

    Posted by Jen R. on 25/08/2018

    From the moment we arrived at this beautifully appointed house I knew we were in for a very special stay. The memory of entering through the gates into the calm oasis of beautiful garden and the sparking pool is still one that make me sigh with happiness!

    Saumur en Blanc is immaculately presented and (much to my husband’s delight) every conceivable culinary whim catered for. It is very rare to find such a well equipped house in our experience. The accommodation is spacious and the beds incredibly comfortable. While it did feel like a home from home, it was more like a dream home from home - such attention to detail and wonderfully serene interior.

    Saumur is a super town to visit with much to keep you busy - the Chateau is worth a visit but we also just loved strolling around the medieval streets soaking up the atmosphere, ice cream in hand. We were only in the region for a week but visited Puy de Foy (about 90 minutes drive away) which, for us, is a must if in the area - just fantastic (get there early and aim to stay as late as possible in order to make the most of your day). Closer to ‘home’ the horses of the Cadre Noir were also well worth a visit. We spent time visiting local markets and purchased wonderful local fresh produce to take home - making much use of the super gas barbecue.

    While the home and surrounding environment were spot on, we felt that the key to the success of our holiday was our host - Deena. From the moment we arrived we were made very welcome and throughout our stay no question, restaurant recommendation, or idea for what to, do was too much for her. Deena’s recommendations were fantastic - do ensure you write them all down as there are so many super ideas in order to enhance your Saumur experience. Thank you Deena. Your beautiful home and guidance was just what our family needed.”

  • Great holiday with exceptional service!

    Posted by Chantal B. on 18/08/2018

    Thanks for making our week one to remember! We loved every minute. Will send you some photos!

    Thanks again for all the advice and walking around town! And the dinners, the sitter, my wrinkle-free skin .... you are the ultimate host!

  • Amazing time at this property!

    Posted by Sareeta and Edward S. on 31/07/2018

    A very pleasing week at Saumur en Blanc – thank you again Oliver’s Travels!

  • Just perfect!

    Posted by Joan on 22/12/2017

    A very pleasant time spent at Saumur en Blanc! There are so many interesting spaces in this house that even when the house is full you can always find a quiet space to rest read or write. We very much appreciated the walk to the local market which offers such high quality local produce. The enclosed garden and swimming pool are perfect for time-out with the family. We organised drinks parties and barbecues by the pool on many a summer evenings. Just perfect!

  • Like a Five Star Hotel

    Posted by Vincent R. on 05/09/2017

    I did not think it possible to find a lovely house in Saumur that was like a five-star hotel. I had my own personal chef, driver, and the use of a Mercedes. The food was fantastic and the wine selections were excellent. The staff were unfailingly courteous and helpful, and requests were carried out with ease and efficiency. I never once had to repeat a request. The overall white décor, I felt, created an impression of calm and well-being. All in all, the arrangements I made for a two-week rental were entirely satisfactory, and I hope to repeat the arrangement next summer.

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