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Loire Valley Gite Accommodation & Wine Tours
Highly commended ‘Three Star’ Gites de France holiday accommodation here in Le Puy Notre Dame in the Loire Valley complete with ‘Heated Swimming Pool’ (mid May-September), free Wi-Fi, free use of our Bikes, private parking in secure courtyard and everything that you could wish for to relax! Le Clos des Guyons is also the base for our Wine Tours of the Loire Valley. A tour of discovery of the world of Loire Wine which you will not forget. We speak English and French and are committed to helping you enjoy your stay here in the Loire.
Gites in the Loire Valley
Here at “Le Clos des Guyons” we offer Gites in the Loire Valley and Loire Valley Wine Tours and have done so for over ten years. Both our Gites and Wine Tours are based in our property, Le Clos des Guyons. Dating back to before the French Revolution, it was a fully operative winery until recently and we still use our extensive tanks for storage from time to time. It still has its caves and equipped wine chai still full of oak barrels and where we continue to host atmospheric meals and wine tastings. The property is protected by its huge XVIII century gates and inside is a pretty, flower bedecked courtyard with the pleasant sound of trickling water coming from the ornamental fountain. Entry through a little gate is a terraced garden area which surrounds our attractive, wooden decked pool, (above ground because of the caves underneath)! Like the courtyard the pool area and garden is a riot of flowers, vines and herbs, again your ambiance is enhanced by the tinkling sound of water coming from the fish pond fountain. In addition our small but productive vegetable garden is much appreciated by our guests!
Le Puy Notre Dame.
Having lived in France for the last fifteen years, we have come to the conclusion that our village of Le Puy Notre Dame is amongst the best destinations both to live or for holiday makers to truly get to know one of the most attractive communes in the Loire Valley. Le Puy Notre Dame is unique and acclaimed as both a “Petit Cité de Caractère” and a “Village de Charme”. With it’s famous XVIII century Gothic church, its narrow streets flanked by stone built houses protected with huge wooden gates, it bring back a bygone age. Sitting above the 1500 hectare of wines which makes a huge range of award-winning wines, including the villages own appellation of Saumur Puy Notre Dame, it’s a delight to visit and spend a pleasant time just walking around the charming little rues. We have many village fêtes (festivals) both large and small:- Fête de la Music, Fete Gourmand of local produce and wines, plus the largest which is the famous Grand Prix Retro Weekend held on the last Sunday of July and featuring around 200 pre- 1935 cars and motorbikes which race in and around the village. Le Puy Notre Dame is the largest producer of wine within the greater Saumur appellation and its position on the “Anjou Route du Vin” and on the medieval pilgrim route to Saint Jacques de Compestelle, mean that the wildflower bedecked sunken lanes twisting between vineyards gleaming in the sun and passing through tranquil pretty, stone-built hamlets, are a delight to explore either on foot or with our bikes. Our position is in the centre of the UNESCO acclaimed national park of Anjou-Touraine and makes Le Clos des Guyons not just excellent base from which to enjoy our Loire Gites and Wine Tours but also to explore the history, the wine and the architectural delights of this historic region. We are not far from Angers, Tours and Saumur and within easy access to several of France’s major theme parks. There is something for everyone!….More Information and Photos about Le Puy Notre Dame.