On arrival gite was dirty and infested with ants crawling in the cupboards and drawers and other large insects were under the cooker. We had to clean the floor and vacuum before we unpacked. Requested ant spray but none available and had to go out on the Sunday to try to find a shop open where we could buy some along with hairdryer and tin opener. The garden areas were overgrown, unkempt and full of nettles and unusable. The patio was dirty and full of moss and slipppery. The freezer compartment was full of mould. No English instructions on how to use the washing machine. The online description is misleading as the gite is not on the vineyard but a good way down the street. All this was very disappointing.
This gite was absolutely perfect for us. In the tiny hamlet of Chaintre(s), right by vineyards, it offered perfect seclusion while being close enough to the villages of Chace, Verrains, and Damperre sur Loire (by bike) to offer everyday necessities. Saumur itself is around 20 minutes cycling. We did have trouble finding it at first but this was probably down to us!
The gite itself was beautiful. We spent many night sitting out on the patio drinking wine from local vineyards in the quiet. Inside, it is beautiful. Excellent kitchen - everything there that you would need to cook up a rustic French dinner. The bedroom is elegant with exposed beams and very comfortable bed, and the whole building is built from local tuffeau stone, the prevalence of which in the region I'm told aids the growing of vines and makes excellent cellars.
From the gite's vineyard, the Cremant de Loire and organic Champigny Saumur rouge are delicious! The staff there are very friendly and accommodating too.
I would not hesitate to recommend this property to anyone, unless you wanted to bring more wine home - in which case, definitely bring a car!
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