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- Loire Valley glamping in the grounds of a 17th-century farmhouse
- A 15-minute drive from Saumur and 50 minutes from Angers
- Fishing, canoeing, boating and kayaking from the Loire 200 metres away
Keen on peaceful stays in a traditional setting in one of the most spectacularly scenic parts of France? Make your way to Ecolodge la Maison Joulin, a family-friendly and family-run site 15 minutes’ drive from Maine-et-Loire's Saumur, on the banks of the Loire.
The safari tent here is in the grounds of a pretty 17th-century farmhouse surrounded by two hectares of green French countryside, so it should come as no surprise that stays will be particularly serene. All the comfy kit is provided, including a kingsize bed, solar lamps, heating and a bathroom with hot shower. They can come a taste of rural France too: on request, the site team can sort a lunch of rillettes and a homemade mason jar meal.
If prompted to venture off site, there’s plenty round here to choose from: start in Saumur, a well-known wine-producing town, to explore its cellars, pour a dram at its distillery, see into the past at its museum and wander around its château.
Prefer to get out on the water? The site’s less than 200 metres from the banks of the Loire, so fishing, canoeing, kayaking and boating are within easy reach, and excursions under someone else’s steam can be had on a boat tour departing from Saumur.
Open from 16/04/2020 to 17/10/2020
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Arrive: Thursday 17 September 2020
Depart: Sunday 20 September 2020
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Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
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Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Gas cylinders available
No hot water
No potable water point
No running water
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Cycle hire nearby
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The Loire Valley is known among other things for its spectacular châteaux, and they’re in no short supply around here. The nearest is the 12th-century fortified chateau in Saumur, 15 minutes’ drive away, and the châteaux of Brézé, Montreuil-Bellay, Montgeoffroy and Brissac are all within about half an hour.
Pignerolle, Baugé, Serrant, Plessis-Bourré and Plessis-Macé chateaux are within an hour, but if stately mansions no longer entertain, there’s plenty more to do. Stick with history for a while with a visit to Rochemenier troglodyte village (25 minutes) to explore cave dwellings, wander the cloisters at Fontevraud Abbey (30 minutes), or make the hour-and-20-minute journey to the historical Puy du Fou theme park (France’s second-largest after Disneyland).
Of course, there’s more to the Loire valley than castles and history – there are also incredibly pretty villages that are absolute must-visits. Follow the river south to walk the narrow streets of Candes-Saint-Martin and Montsoreau, each half an hour from the site.
When less rural days are needed, it’s a 50-minute jaunt to the city of Angers, where there’s a ninth-century fortress, a cathedral, gardens, and plenty of museums and galleries.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Arrive:||5:30 p.m. –||7:30 p.m.|
|Depart by:||11 a.m.|
Ecolodge la Maison Joulin cancellation policy
No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Ecolodge la Maison Joulin will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.Deposit transferable during COVID-19. During COVID-19 you can transfer your deposit to a future stay booked within 3 months of your arrival date. Read more.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted on the parkAmerican Express
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
- Does Ecolodge la Maison Joulin have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Ecolodge la Maison Joulin dog friendly? No View all features
- What attractions are near Ecolodge la Maison Joulin? The Loire Valley is known among other things for its spectacular châteaux, and they’re in no short supply around here. The nearest is the 12th-century fortified chateau in Saumur, 15 minutes’ drive … Read more
When can I check in and check out of Ecolodge la Maison Joulin?
On-site accommodation Arrive: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Depart by: 11 a.m.