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La Grande Maison is set within it's own walled grounds. Situated on a hill with spectacular views over the local countryside of sunflowers and roses during the summer. A peaceful retreat surrounded by vineyard walks. There is a lake close by and the Le Puy Notre Dame - Village of Charm is only a few minutes away by car.
Within the walls of the 17c fortified farm is the Manor House, an ancient bake house, the gate house and shepherd’s house, extensive wine caves and a partially hidden troglodyte chapel. An unusual and unique B&B, bed and breakfast holiday location near Saumur in the Loire Valley France for those with a sense of adventure and history. Wine tours available if pre-booked.
The Manor House was once owned by the family Dupetit-Thouars, whose son Aristide was Admiral to Napoleon and was involved in the American War of Independance. Now it is home to Micaela and Sue and their three springer spaniels.
In the grounds of the house you will find an unusual underground pigeon tower, that once housed 1600 pigeons representing a 800 hectare wine estate at La Grande Maison in the 17th Century. Today the vineyards supply grapes to one of the leading sparkling wine houses of Saumur - Bouvet-Ladubay . Some of our Wine Tours incorporate a visit to this winery with its magnificent caves.
La Grande Maison set peacefully amidst the vines, in the French Parc Naturel Regional Loire-Anjou a UNESCO World Heritage Site is the perfect base from which to explore the local wine growing region, relax in the glorious gardens, picnic in the vines, take a bike ride or enjoy a wine tour.
La Grande Maison is a very special place to stay in the Loire Valley, France, particularly if you are looking for character & charm. An island set admidst vines this is the perfect location to base yourself for your stay in the Loire Valley Vineyards.
"This is a magical place with fine dining, outstanding comfort and generous hosts."
A selection of images from the many gardens you can explore at La Grande Maison. Click on the image to scroll through the gallery.
The Fortified Gardens of La Grande Maison including :
The Vineyard Garden with views as far as the eye can see.
The Orchard and View from the Orchard Garden
The Pigeon Tower
Virginia's Hidden Hen Garden
View from top of the Pigeon Tower
La Grande Maison Entrance
The Fortified Gardens By Night
Gertrude & Gluck's Hen Garden
La Grande Maison d'Arthenay, rue de la Cerisaie, Arthenay, Les Verchers Sur Layon, SAUMUR 49700 FRANCE.
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