$98 / night
Price for guests, Nights

The sheepfold – Home 491510 Cottage

  • 1 bedroom
  • 4 sleeps
  • 3 nights min stay

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
  • Stereo system
  • 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: ($180.58) €150.00
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 2 weeks before check-in.

2 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 2 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

Sorry but no stag night or hen night parties.


About the owner

Adrian F.

Tourist License

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Calendar last updated:
25 Feb 2021
Years listed:
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Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish


Map and how to get there


Guest reviews

Very Good
8 reviews

Very Good

“Location, Location, Location”

Reviewed 15 Oct 2019

A lovely tranquil gite to relax and enjoy the surrounding area; great for walking and cycling but not too far from the beautiful towns of Samur, Angers and Tours to name a few. Numerous chateaux to visit, wine tasting and conveniently located restaurants to indulge in.Definitely recommend this gite ;we have never slept so well in such a comfy bed. Sally and Adrian were very generous sending over fruit and veg regularly. We had an amazing 2 week stay and hope to be back one day.

“Heerlijke plek om te verblijven”

Reviewed 11 Aug 2019

Een romantisch huisje in een oase van landelijke rust. Het huisje heeft alles wat je nodig hebt voor een ontspannen vakantie. Een schaduwrijke tuin met een fijne hangmat om in te lezen. Goed viswater … More

Response from the owner Thank you for your very kind review. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay and caught so many fish in the river here! :)

“Beautiful and peaceful”

Reviewed 4 Jan 2015

We found this house on your site and did not really know quite what to expect from the photos. We followed Adrian's directions and found an idyllic little cottage at the end of a long drive. NB d… More

“Lovely Location”

Reviewed 13 Apr 2014

This little gite is tucked away in a quiet, pretty location. Within walking distance is a small town with a bakery and walks around the lake. The gite is basic but has everything needed and the own… More

Response from the owner While we are happy with the overall review, we are disappointed about a couple of the ratings. These guests rate 'bedding' as only 3 out of 5, but they brought their own bedding and the beds and mattresses are brand new and not cheap ones. Consequently we cannot understand why they should give this rating and what is being rated. The 'cleanliness of the bathroom' is also rated as 3 out of 5 but it was spotless. The room was only completed last year with a new bath and shower, both of which are regularly cleaned thoroughly between visits. There did prove to be a loose toilet seat which we offered to fix but they declined our offer at the time. We always welcome guests bringing problems to us during the stay, so we were disappointed that if they were unhappy with these things they were not mentioned during the visit. We are of course glad that they enjoyed the other aspects of the accommodation and location.

“Tranquil getaway”

Reviewed 27 Aug 2013

We had a lovely time staying at 'La Bergerie'. We were quite tired so enjoyed a lot of lounging in the back garden in the sun and reading - nice to have this private spot. The cottage was l… More

“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.

“Peace & Quiet in the countryside”

Reviewed 25 Jun 2013

despite the difficult start - don't follow the google maps directions, get to Breil & phone! Adrian & Sally couldn't be more helpful - even drove out to us so we could follow to the … More


Reviewed 22 Jun 2013

This was a perfect place to celebrate my husband's 60th birthday. It was so peaceful and tranquil and our family were very comfortably accommodated in the spotlessly clean newly renovated cottage… More

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If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your holiday booking to view Adrian the owner's contact details or send them a message.

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If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your holiday booking.

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Why can't I call Adrian (the owner) before booking?

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If you have any questions before booking, you can send the property owner/manager a message via the contact form on their listing. Once you’ve booked, you can discuss the rental and make arrangements for your trip by logging into Manage my booking.

How do damage deposits work?

In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

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How can I retract my booking request?

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How do I edit my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your holiday booking page. To change your holiday dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Adrian (the owner) a message.

If Adrian (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your holiday booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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