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The sheepfold – Home 491510 Cottage

  • 1 bedroom
  • 4 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

The sheepfold – Home 491510

  • Cottage
  • 1 bedroom
  • sleeps 4
  •  min stay varies

Very Good Very Good – based on 6 reviews

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Cottage / 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

Key Info

  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 mi
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner


La Bergerie, the 'shepherd's cottage' is a lovingly restored farm cottage nestled in a pretty valley in several hectares of grounds and gardens next to the Lac de Rillé, a large lake famous for its bird life and a popular site for fishing. The River Lathan flows through the grounds of our garden before it flows on to the Loire and the Atlantic Ocean.

A sheltered wooded paradise for wildlife and the perfect get-away in a rural isolation.

The cottage comprises a large sitting/dining room with traditional tiled floor on the ground floor with a log stove, comfortable double bed settee, dining table and chairs, and an ancient 'petrain' used for mixing bread dough. A contemporary stylish spiral staircase leads upstairs to a double bedroom with exquisite exposed beams, with a double bed and a single bed, with en suite bathroom with shower, bath and loo.

There is a fully equipped modern kitchen with a second log stove, washing machine, microwave, fridge freezer and cooker. Hot water in summer is supplied from solar panels to a 300 litre tank with an an immersion heater for winter or back up. in dull summer weather.

There is a charming south facing patio with wooden chairs and table, a hammock, and a view over a shady waterway, the remains of the old mill race. There is a large private gravelled parking area to the front. You can stroll along a path to view the lake from the landscaped earth dam which forms the lake, where there are stunning views.

The Lac de Rillé is a national bird reserve, and adjacent to mixed forest which stretches for miles to the Loire Valley. It is an ideal location for walking, birdwatching, fishing, cycling and canoeing on the lake. (A small rowing boat, canoe and bicycles are available to hire)

The property is part of 'Les Mousseaux', an old watermill where there is also a large wildlife pond and two hectares of organic gardens and woodland which guests are encouraged to wander through and enjoy.


Saumur and Tours are only 30 km away and the location is ideal for visiting the many chateaux of the Loire Valley. The nearest town is Noyant (6 km) for shopping and with a traditional French market on Friday mornings.

There is an orangery created from a ruined building close by in which passion fruit, lemons and oranges and other subtropical fruit are grown and a large permaculture vegetable garden (fresh vegetables and honey from our bees, are for sale in season), flower garden, wildlife lake, and riverside walk. There is a private picnic area on the river bank. In spring and summer you may see kingfishers, the golden oriole and hoopoes near the river and green and spotted woodpeckers frequent the woods near the house. Nightingales are frequent spring visitors singing all night long.

'La Moussette', a second gite nearby is also available if you need a booking for more people.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • High chair

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Full bed Twin bed
    Beds in other rooms: Sofa beds
  • 1 En suite


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Shared garden
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Patio
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Private fishing lake or river
  • Boat available
  • Bicycles available
  • Internet access
  • Fireplace
  • Stove
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

Rail stations at Tours, Saumur, Langeais, Paris is one hour by fast train. Ideal for cycling as very few hills and numerous cycleways and small roads with little traffic. Forest tracks also suitable for cycling. Numerous walks and walking routes with maps available from local Mairies and the Internet. 'Randonnee' or rambling routes are very popular and well documented in France and most villages and towns have several well posted routes, both long and short. Visiting major towns like Tours, Le Mans, Angers, you are recommended to park outside and use the modern, fast and frequent light rail/tram services, which give all day travel around the towns for a couple of euros (including parking).

Interaction with guest

We live on site but respect the privacy of our guests. We are always available for help, advice and sorting out minor problems. We will do everything we can to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable and will always endeavour to put right any problem if it is within our power to do so. Never hesitate to let us know if you have any problem or complaint as our aim to ensure you have a happy and relaxing holiday.


Check in time:16:00, Check out time:10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: ($171.00) €150.00
No smoking at this property
Cancellation policy
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House rules

Sorry but no stag night or hen night parties.


About the owner

Adrian F.
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24 Nov 2018
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Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish


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Guest reviews

Very Good – based on 6 reviews Very Good
6 reviews

Very Good

“Charming and helpful hosts made our stay special.”

Reviewed 26 Aug 2013

This cottage is very rural, yet only a 30 or 40 minute drive from the Loire river and some of its main tourist attractions. For us this this worked very well. Adrian and Sally made us feel very welcome, going out of their way to make our stay pleasant and special. The property was clean and well maintained, small, but perfectly adequate for our family of five. The location was charming, including an outdoor terrace and a lake nearby. There is a bakery (open 6 days a week) 2 km away, a short bike ride on the bikes which were made available to us.

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