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Sylvie Reeves

Member since: 2007
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Speaks english, french, german, spanish

Tastefully furnished 'tuffeau' 4 star gîte in historical village of Fontevraud

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Fontevraud-l'Abbaye holiday cottage

Peaceful 4 star gîte less than 2 mn from the Royal Abbey with flowered garden

Sleeps 6 (can accommodate 2 extra people on cosy sofa in lounge)

Our gîte is the perfect setting in which to relax and share in the joy of life . Sylvie and Mark will welcome you to an extremely cosy residence to give you a maximum amount of comfort with many on-site facilities. The gîte is ideally located to tour the region, only 10 miles away from Saumur. The visit of the royal abbey is a must where you can discover the effigies of some of the Plantagenêt kings and queens. Although you are in the heart of the village, you will feel totally secluded as our garden is 2000m2. You will be sitting by the pond, listening to the frogs in the spring and summer or indulging in swimming in our heated sunken Sydney Sunbay 7 x 5m swimming pool. The pool is only shared with the owners respectul of your privacy.

On colder days, you can snuggle in front of the fireplace! We are fluent in English, French and German. Sylvie runs a language school teaching French to local residents and Francophiles from all over the world. Landscaped garden with enclosed privacy garden

Changeover day: Changeover is usually Saturday. Arrival time from 2pm and departure time no later than 10am.

However, this is negotiable depending upon availability

Touristic sites privileged discovery: Sylvie has provided you with a lot of brochures in the gîte describing all the nearby places of interest and extra ones further afield.

Sylvie can organise cookery courses with the local gastronomic restaurant and wine-tasting sessions with local partners. She can also take you to the local craftsmen who love disclosing the secrets of their savoir-faire.

Catering service, à la Carte French tuition, cooking classes:

The gastronomic restaurant opposite the gite offers a catering service. I run cookery workshops for our gite guests with the restaurant chef. You can combine an idle stay with an unforgettable activity!

You can also make the most of your stay to join a few French classes. It would be so much more interesting for you if you could communicate better with the people around you.

This is a unique opportunity of combining the learning of French with an exciting area of interest : gastronomy, wine, cultural heritage.

Treat yourself to an hour of French a day . Contact Sylvie for availability and prices

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sylvie Reeves (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks english, french, german, spanish

About Sylvie Reeves

My name's Sylvie, I'm a French native who lived with my English husband Mark in England for 6 years before we bought this property in Fontevraud in 1992 , part of which was renovated as the gîte in 2007. We have two grown-up children : Annabelle and Samuel who live in Saumur and Angers.

"After working for 18 years, as Head of the Language Center at the Saumur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, I wanted to become self-employed in the privileged setting of our exceptional village and developed a language and gîte business"

"With the renovation works carried out on the outbuildings in 2007, Mark and I wanted you to enjoy all the traditional architectural style of the region : wooden beams,, tufa stone thick walls ( keeping you cool in summer), a slate roof, whilst being able to enjoy all the modern amenities, including a wood pellet stove for extra cosiness, coming on top of the central heating. "

Of course we can only welcome one family at a time, so you have the privileged use of the property and the pool.

Sylvie Reeves purchased this cottage in 1992

Why Sylvie Reeves chose Maine-et-Loire

Fontevraud L'Abbaye is an exceptional historical village in the heart of the western part of the Loire Valley and the quality of life here is spectacular

What makes this cottage unique

Enjoying the peacefulness of our landscaped garden listening to the humming of the birds and watching the frogs and the waterlilies in our ponds, whilst having access to restaurants and services in the village, 200m down the road ,to an amazing history with lots of touristic sites within 10 miles, being able to indulge in the French Art de Vivre with tons of independent wine growers, the famous sparkling wine merchants in and around Saumur, and also being able to take part in local events throughout the year.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Comments from Sue (Finchley)

'We were delighted to find this cool, calm oasis located just behind the main street of Fontevraud so close to the Abbey. The gite is beautifully decorated, comfortable and equipped with everything you could need, and we enjoyed sitting under the trees or beside the pool in the lovely garden. There is plenty to do and see in the immediate area - apart from visiting the splendid Abbey, I hired a bike and explored the surrounding villages and countryside and the banks of the Loire, whilst my husband played golf at the nearby 18 hole course. Slightly further afield, there are vineyards, chateaux and troglodyte caves to visit.

Sylvie and Mark are charming hosts, helpful and informative. I would happily recommend La Samsonelle to a couple or a small family, and hope to return some day.'
Nov 2007
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based on 7 traveller reviews

Tastefully furnished 'tuffeau' 4 star gîte in historical village of Fontevraud
average rating of 4.857143 based on 8 reviews

Excellent holiday stay in the Loire valley

  • 5 of 5

We would like to say that we really enjoyed our stay at La Samsonelle in Fontevraud- l’Abbaye. Not only is it a lovely part of France but the property is a very good place to stay and it was one of the best equipped and beautifully clean houses that we have rented over our many years visiting France. The garden and the swimming pool were lovely and we spent quite a lot of our time there.

Mark and Sylvie were ideal hosts being very friendly and welcoming, and helpful when needed as well as being discreet. We would certainly recommend it as somewhere to visit and stay.

John and Sandra Roberts

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Very welcoming

  • 5 of 5

There was a roaring wood fire waiting for us when we arrived on a chilly day. The accommodation is well presented, quiet and very comfortable and Sylvie and Mark were welcoming and easy to get along with. We spent a week there on a cycling holiday and Fontevraud made an excellent base.

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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Beautiful, well equipped gite in pretty village

  • 5 of 5

A most relaxing and enjoyable holiday was had by the whole family at 'La Samsonelle'. The 4 of us (2 adults and 2 teenage children) enjoyed the great facilities at the gite and it felt a like real home from home. The well tended garden was particularly excellent and the children loved the pool and watching all the wildlife in the pond. The owners Sylvie and Mark were very helpful and were there if we needed them but not at all intrusive. The pretty but quiet village of Fontevraud had all the facilities needed such as a bakers, convenience store, bars, restaurants, pizzeria, children's playground etc.. The surrounding area is beautiful with a wide variety of things to do. We particularly enjoyed the Bioparc Zoo in Doue La Fontaine (25 min drive). The zoo is an old quarry and is designed in such a way that you feel extremely close to the animals. We also found a Chateau called Chateau L'Islette near Azay La Rideau (50 min drive). It is amazingly pretty and is privately owned so is not in most of the guidebooks and therefore much quieter. The children particularly enjoyed rowing on the lake at the Chateau. Another impressive Chateau is Breze (10 min drive) because of it's unusual underground living areas. We also enjoyed Chinon (25 min drive) which had several restaurants around a central square and was a good place to sit, relax and eat on a pleasant summers evening. We have been to several areas of France but the Loire has by far been the best and we have no hesitation in recommending the gite La Samsonelle.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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Perfect property for family holiday

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for two weeks at the beginning of July. The property was ideal for our family of five. The house is perfect as a home from home, lots to do in the surrounding area many places of interest within a short drive. If you choose to stay "at home" for the day the garden and pool are wonderful and peaceful and you are only a very short walk from the bakery, restaurants and ice creams!! A good selection of restaurants in the village - La Licorne was most enjoyable, excellent hospitality in a beautiful setting. We also ate at the Croix Blanche, Fontevraud Abbey and has a couple of takeouts from the pizza place, which we ate by the pool. This was our eighth trip to France and by far our most favourite destination, both for the property but also the Loire Valley which is so beautiful. Oh and the local wine is fab too!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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A home from home in a beautiful village

  • 5 of 5

A home from home in a beautiful village, La Samsonelle is a comfortable base from which to explore the Loire Valley.

The gite is very well appointed with tasteful and comfortable furnishings and decor and a beautiful sunny garden with pool. We stayed for a week in Fontevraud L'Abbaye and found plenty to do and visit in Fontevraud itself and the surrounding area.

Ours was a pilgrimage to visit the last resting place of the Plantagenet kings and the Abbey did not disappoint. An annual pass costing just 12 euros gave us unlimited access to the interesting and tranquil Abbey.

In the village there are lots of places to eat and all of the places we tried, we would visit again.

Sylvie, owner, was very welcoming and accommodating. I would heartily recommend La Samsonelle for your holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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  • 5 of 5

Our family had all same opinion from our holiday with Sylvie and Mark - absolutely great! Thanks to you one more time from your hospitality, it was great to be your quest during this time. Your apartement was much more than we dare to wish. With rented car was easy to visit in surroundings, there is lot to see.

After our vacation we show all the photos to our relatives from our trip. We also advertise this place to other finns. Thanks one more time.

Marko & family

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2011
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Tours airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Ferry
250 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
2 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
A 85
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
La Licorne
Nearest Beach
200 Kilometres
La Baule
Car: recommended

The nearest Centerparcs " Le Bois aux Daims" is only 15mn away if you'd like to enjoy their spa and sauna facilities for the day.

The beach is 1h45mn away and is directly accessible by motorway.There are 4 nearby airports (Tours, Angers ,Poitiers, Nantes).

We are only 1h 30mins away from Paris on the TGV.

The nearest villages are picturesque places like Montsoreau, Candes St Martin, Brézé are down the road. Saumur is 10 miles away. The famous attraction parks le Puy du Fou and 'le Futuroscope' are 1 hour away. Within 10 miles, there are many other places of interest such as the zoological park at Doué la Fontaine, the National Horse-riding School in Saumur, local vineyards and inhabited châteaux.

There are shops in the village (baker, butcher and grocer). There are also 5 gastronomic restaurants, a pizzeria, 2 tea rooms. There is a doctor, chemist, post-office, cash-dispenser and bikes for rent. The nearest supermarket is 2 miles away.

Sylvie runs French and cookery courses 'French on a dish' tailor-made for all those who love wine and food. You can explore the best of French gastronomy and win

Other Activities: Rowing, Cookery courses, wine-tasting,

Golf: There are 3 golf facilities nearby.

The first one is 2 miles away and is an 18 hole golf-course.

The second one is in Saumur which is 10 miles away. It is located next to the famous Ecole Nationale d'Equitation, our national horse riding school with the elite Cadre Noir horse-riders.

The third one is in Baugé which is 20 miles away , near Angers.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, France

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
18 Sep 2016 - 29 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
2 night minimum stay
30 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
2 night minimum stay
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Tax Rate 10.0%

At the time of booking a non-refundable 30% deposit of the total rental price is required. The remaining balance of 70% must be paid 30 days in advance. If the tenant has not credited it to the owner's account 30 days before arrival, he/she is considered to have cancelled the reservation and the owner has the right to find another client for the same period.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, France

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 140 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
  • The centrally heated spacious bathroom is located on the first floor. Like a feature of the Arabian nights, in white and blue ceramic Tunisian style tiles. It has two washbasins with mirrors set into ceramic Tunisian style tiles. There is a bath and an Italian shower enclosure . It overlooks the garden and the pond. Bath towels are provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • La Saumuroise - 1 large double bed , 1 cot
    La Fontevriste - 1 large double bed , 2 single bed
    Living Room - 1 large double bed
  • Located on the first floor, the two bedrooms offer you peaceful nights . Bedroom 1 'La Saumuroise' accommodates 2 people in a cosy double bed ( 160 x 200cm) and overlooks the garden. Bedroom 2 ' La Fontevriste' accommodates up to 4 people with a comfortable double bed and bunk beds and overlooks the garden. They both lead onto a well-lit corridor. You will no doubt enjoy the Poppy painting by a local artist which features in the corridor ! Oak parquet floors and doors , lambris sloping ceilings , double glazing , spot lighting , carefully chosen deco, bedside and table lamps , all create a warm cosy environment. There is plenty of storage space with wardrobes and chest of drawers in each room and big shelving space in the corridor. The 2 rooms are centrally heated. A comfortable settee offers sleeping for 2 extra people in the main lounge, in front of the fire place equipped with a wood stove to offer extra cosiness on top of the central heating
  • Books
  • books - kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console
  • deck chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • wooden decking
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
No smoking inside the gîte, outside only. Long term renters, negotiable in winter 5% discount for 2 week booking