La Croix

Le Guédeniau near Baugé, Pays de Loire

About La Croix

Traditional cottage sleeps 4-6 with pool and half acre of garden

La Croix has been a holiday home since just after the first world war.  As one of the older properties in the village, it is even named on the local map (see below).  The wooden cross which stood outside the house has been gone for some years, but the name remains.

We bought the house in 2002 after several very happy vacations in the region and still use it as our family home in France.  However, the house is expensive to run and we have decided to let it for a limited number of weeks each year to help cover our costs.

La Croix is on the outskirts of the village of Le Guédeniau, five miles south-east of Baugé, on the edge of the royal hunting forest of Chandelais.  Saumur is about 25 minutes drive, while Tours, Angers and Le Mans are all less than an hour away. 

La Croix has two main bedrooms which sleep four people in comfort but there is plenty of room for a family of six.  There are two spacious shower rooms, both on the ground floor.

The house is generously equipped with both UK and French TV, a fully fitted kitchen, sitting room with open fireplace and both indoor and outdoor dining facilities.

A major attraction is the swimming pool installed in 2004.  We cannot guarantee your weather, but the Loire is approximately as far south of London as Edinburgh is north - so you should generally expect it to be a few degrees warmer than the UK.  Even when it is not quite hot enough to venture into the water, we love to sit by the pool and relax.

La Croix is by the D58 which runs from Baugé to Le Guédeniau.  Although it is possible to drive into the fully-fenced garden, we prefer to park at the front of the house on the side road leading to Vauchaveau where there is parking for two cars on the grass after the end of the house.

France is served by a fantastic network of autoroutes and the recently built A28 means that we can get to La Croix from Calais or Boulogne in under five hours although it is often nice to break the journey and take a little longer.  We normally leave the A11 at Durtal which is a very pretty town on the Loir (not a misprint, the Loir is just north of the Loire and has its own chateaux, notably at Durtal and Le Lude).