Les Escargots - Vauchrétien - Bed and Breakfast in the Loire Valley

David and Patsy Frost are ready to welcome you to their traditional French home in the beautiful Pays de la Loire. Our house is situated in the centre of the village of Vauchrétien, about 2 miles from the small town of Brissac-Quincé and 16 miles from the city of Angers, capital of the department of Maine-et-Loire (Anjou). Vauchrétien is in the centre of the wine-producing areas known as the Côteaux de l’Aubance, and Anjou Villages-Brissac, where a full range of fine Anjou wines (red, white, rosé, sweet and sparkling) is produced. Some of our neighbours are wine-producers who would be delighted to welcome you for a tasting in their caves.

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We are British, and therefore English-speaking, but we are fluent French speakers and can welcome Spanish- and Greek-speaking guests in their own languages too. We have owned our property in Vauchrétien since 2003, and since our retirement from teaching, we have spent much of our time here. Our house was the village café until the 1980’s. We converted a barn in our rear courtyard to accommodate guests in three large bedrooms, and a huge lounge/diner which is at the disposal of all our guests.

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Our Chambres d'Hôtes are approved by Anjou-tourisme.

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Each year at the end of July, Vauchrétien plays host to tens of thousands of people who come to the "Foire aux Lumas". This is the annual village festival dedicated to the preparation and eating of more than 100 000 snails, liberally accompanied by local wines. During the weekend there is a wide range of entertainments - local 'fanfare' bands, singers, dancers, ehxibition of local produce, bars, travelling fair, meals, boot sale. It is the annual festival that has inspired the choice of 'Les Escargots' as the name of our guest house.

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*snail logo by kind permission of Igor Rimbaud, creator of original weather vanes at Ane Art Chic, Route de Nantes, 56860 Séné, France (Near Vannes, South Brittany). www.girouette.fr