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Under the protection of a majestic fifteenth-century tower that stands nearly fifty meters high, this former presbytery seems to attract all the light of the Loire Valley. Like a mineral block, typical of this region where tufa stone reigns supreme, it radiates an almost blinding whiteness. Yet life here is noticeably gentle. The softness trickles from the closed and beautifully maintained garden, through to the warm colours of the interior that wrap themselves around each room. It suffices to allow your thoughts to be carried away by the rushing river nearby to feel completely at ease here.
I am originally from Anjou. Having been away for a number of years, I came back and I fell in love with this environment: the Loire, the tufa stone, the hillsides, the greenery, and the unique light that gives the region its defining softness. We spent five years renovating the house and taking care of every little detail from construction to layout, it was always our plan to open it up to guests.
The house was built in tufa stone which is an important part of the Loire Valley's cultural identity - it can be found in its innumerable castles, abbeys, towns and villages. The tufa is a fine-grained limestone, consisting of the remains of organisms and fragments of rock carried to the sea by rivers in the form of alluvium. The roof of the house is slate which is equally omnipresent in the region. It comes from clay silts that turn into schist slate by a phenomenon known as "metamorphism". The contrast of the two materials contributes to the colouring of the Loire Valley's light. The house is located at the foot of a 15th century tower and a 12th century church (classified as a historical monument since 1944), not far from the Loire. It is surrounded by a stone walled garden with a surface area of 4,400 m2.
I do not know much about the history of the house, only that it was a presbytery in the 18th and 19th centuries.
La Maison d’Anjou is a three story family house that allows everyone to find a place to rest. We encourage guests to ask questions and take the time to really enjoy life. With family or friends, it is a haven of peace that is perfect for moments of sharing, exchange, tenderness and relaxation. It is the result of two cultures coming together, the region of Anjou and the Belgian decor which is known for playing with contrasting features and mixing styles. The garden is a lovely spot for reading, meditation or relaxation. There is a wide variety of plants including oaks, linden trees, redwoods, red maples, umbrella pines, roses, fig trees, fruit trees, vines, palm trees, bamboo and kiwi trees. Several spots have been designed for guests to find a moment of peace or escape (depending on their desires) surrounded by nature. A beautiful vegetable garden allows you to cook with fruits and vegetables. Out of sight, across the garden and over a small wooden bridge is a heated pool where one can enjoy a swim with a view of the Trèves tower.
'La route du sel' is an excellent restaurant with a magnificent view of the Loire. It is run by our friend Marie and is located in the heart of the beautiful village of Thoureil. Artist Richard Rak's cabinets of curiosity in Coutures are worth a visit. The royal abbey of Fontevraud, as splendid as the original, was founded in 1101 by the preacher Robert d'Arbrissel. It was a very rare mixed community where the monks vowed obedience to the nuns, thirty-six abbesses ran it for nearly seven hundred years.
2300 € - 2700 € per week
1050 € - 1200 € per week-end
The house is spread over three levels with a total area of 390 m2. The 130 m2 of the ground floor consists of a kitchen, a dining room, a living room with a fireplace, a toilet and a laundry area with a washing machine and a dryer. The two bedrooms on the first floor and the other two on the third are all equipped with a king-size bed and have en-suite bathrooms with a bath, shower, sink and toilet. In the garden, a heated swimming pool allows guests to enjoy a swim with a view of the Trèves tower.