"I've never felt so at ease and taken care of while on vacation. If you ever need to truly get away from it all, this is the place to be."
You'll find La Grande Maison set peacefully amidst the vines near Saumur, in the French Parc Naturel Regional Loire Anjou a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the perfect base from which to explore the local wine growing region, relax in the glorious gardens, picnic in the vines, take a bike ride and enjoy your wine tour. La Grande Maison is a very special place to stay in the Loire Valley, France, particularly if you are looking for character & charm.
Situated on a hill with spectacular views over the local countryside of vines, sunflowers and roses during the summer. A peaceful retreat surrounded by vineyard walks. There is a lake close by and the Le Puy Notre Dame and Montreuil Bellay- Villages of Charm only a few minutes away by car, the chateau town of Saumur and the Loire River easily accesible. You will find much more information and testimonals about our B&B near Saumur Le Puy Notre Dame on our sistersite http://www.lagrandemaison.net
A change in career from sport to wine really wasn't difficult, they are two subjects I really love. I embarked on the Wine Studies -Viticulture and Oenology course at Plumpton College (associated to the University of Brighton), passed with ''Distinction" became a Winery Teacher and Technician at Plumpton College and spent two years at Ridgeview Wine Estate. I always enjoy sharing knowledge and experiences with our well travelled and interesting guests.
As a lover of viticulture you'll often find Sue out in the vineyards pruning, de-leafing, harvesting and tending the vines.
Sue Hunt - BSc (Hons) Higher National Diploma Wine Studies, WSET AC, Cert Ed.
ABOUT OUR LOIRE WINE TOURS
From the moment you arrive at La Grande Maison you'll be indulged; great wines, comfy rooms, tasty home made food, great service, detailed personalised itinerary of your stay, lifts to restaurants, wi-fi, teas and coffees, a beautiful garden to sit in with stunning sunsets... no wonder our guests keep returning. Did I mention the wine tours ?
A degree in Hotel Management led to my first metier for Hilton International throughout Europe for fifteen years before setting up 'Wallchart International' a computer software company developing worldwide business with major corporate clients as a company director. I have had a lifelong interest in wine, hold the WSET Advanced Certificate and since 2004 have built up an excellent working knowledge of the Loire wines and their producers.
In her spare time you'll find Micaela out on the Loire river sailing their Toue Cabanée, an authentique Loire wooden boat.
Micaela Frow - BA Hotel Management, WSET AC, LHCIMA.
"Micaela and Sue explained so much to us about the region, the grapes, the wine-making process, and the terroir. Their general and local knowledge was incredible"