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Once the central path through fields has been crossed, the wooden gate has been opened, and the edges of the lawn and the orange groves have come into view, Du Bellay’s poetic words come to mind – “à l’air marin, la fameuse douceur angevine (to the sea air, the famous softness of Anjou)". It is not known whether he had the chance to breath the air in the forest of Milly which borders the Manor, or if he stopped when returning from a walk to warm himself near one of the large chimneys that still stand here today. We do know, however, that he never reached for the wooden shutters of these mullioned windows to shade himself from the evening light, nor did he enjoy the luxury of sleeping in one of these four-poster beds upholstered in Toile de Jouy. He would never have awoken to the taste of homemade jams served in the kitchen where the old enamelled stove still sits and a few copper saucepans still hang. Although attached to its history, the Manoir du Bois Noblet still shares countless small pleasures with its guests of today.
Firstly, because Anjou is a region that is both central and charming with a remarkable architectural heritage that attracts a lot of tourism. But equally because we found a home that embodied everything we were looking for.
Built with tufa stone, lined with mullioned windows and finished with slate rooves – the Manoir du Bois Noblet has everything you would expect from the seigniorial dwellings of Anjou. It was built in the 16th century around outbuildings from the previous century, fortunately no subsequent changes were made but the years did not always pass seamlessly for the manor.
After belonging to rich aristocratic families until the 18th century, the manor was ceded to the intendant of the estate and became the seat of a farm for nearly two hundred and fifty years. When we purchased it from the last famer, the manor was in quite a sorry state but had nonetheless kept all its original features and seventeen hectares of land. It has been our pleasure to spend the last ten years restoring it.
We guarantee an authentic stay in a peaceful environment surrounded by vineyards and forests. Three comfortable and nicely decorated rooms await our guests with period furniture and four-poster beds.
The region is full of attractions that range from picturesque villages, restaurants on the banks of the Loire, stunning castles, religious buildings of all shapes and sizes, troglodyte sites and vineyards as far as the eye can see. With local partners, we have selected several activities for our guests such as the chance to discover the Cadre Noir of Saumur, or a visit to the Château de Brissac after passing by a classic car rally – the perfect way to explore the region in style.
110 € - 140 € / night
On the first floor of the manor we have a suite of ninety square metres which can accommodate two to four people, and a room of sixty square metres with an en suite bathroom. The third bedroom, which is thirty-five square metres, also has an en suite bathroom and is located on the upper floor. All bathrooms have a bath, shower and separate toilet.