When I first saw La Grande Maison's website I was attracted to the vast vineyard by the property that brought back fond memories of a recent visit to Tuscany. Saumur was the last destination in my week-long trip so I wanted a place that would provide a beautiful scenary, relaxation, good wine and good food. I got exactly that and more from this endearing B&B.
Owned and run by British expats Micaela and Sue, the B&B is full of character and an easy drive to Saumur, Angers and many chateaux in the area. The property has only four rooms, all are spacious and overlooking the lovely garden.
I love the decor of this place. It's French to the bone yet modern and stylish. I especially adored the gigantic fireplace in my room even though it wasn't a functioning one. I got the room next to the kitchen, and since I was the only guest during my stay I basically had the main buildilng to myself. The room and bathroom were both spacious and cozily illuminated. However the stone walls were a bit difficult to keep warm on a chilly night, so an extra heater was placed next to my bed to ensure my comfort. Internet is available on site although I was too busy sightseeing or relaxing to bother with it.
I chose to have dinner at the property on my second night and it was unforgettable. Sue and Micaela presented me a personalized menu with the traditional "cave" dishes, such as baked mushroom, stewed beans and pocket bread. They also picked nice wines to go with the dishes and ended the meal with a delicious tart with ice cream. Because the location of the B&B is very remote, it was nice to stay "home" for a nice meal and not having to worry about driving under influence!
Every one of my friends asked about La Grande when they saw photos from my trip, and they all want to visit! I'd certainly recommend this place to anyone who wants to visit the Saumur region. It's probably one of the best places you'll find for under 100 euros per night!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay on this beautiful rustic chic 17th Century Former Wine Estate surrounded by vineyards. Experience the peace and tranquility of the gardens, walk or take a bike ride in the local vineyards. 4 unique rooms all with their own character and charm. Close to Saumur, Angers, Chinon, Bourgeuil, Savennieres and many of the Loire Chateaux. Local wineries available for tastings and vineyard tours. A special wine tasting supper is available at La Grande Maison. Wine and Boat Tours can also be arranged if booked in advance of your stay. ... more less