Sunday, 20 September 2015

Bois Mort

We only travelled just an hour up the road for a break, but the countryside and architecture was quite different. Lots of beautiful hamlets dotted up and down the Thouet Valley which follows the River Thouet. You can cycle from Saumur down to Niort, or in reverse if you fancy it, but we based ourselves in little hamlet called Bois Mort and did some circular rides and walks nearby. Our gite, called The Old Goat Shed was perfect for 2 and has an open plan lounge/kitchen/diner, double bedroom and en-suite, lovely grounds with a pool, hot tub and an outside BBQ. A Bois Mort Gites is run by Richard Smith and he made our stay very special. Nothing was too much trouble and being a chef he will cook for you on request. This offer we took up and after a long journey, just 2 doors down, we were treated to a fantastic 4 course meal with a welcome drink, amuse bouche and a liqueur afterwards plus a little drop of Eau de Vie in between. Because the weather wasn’t too kind, there were lots of places we didn’t get to see so we’ve re-booked for another visit at Bois Mort next summer.

Bois Mort 1


Bois Mort 2

La Roche aux Enfants.

Bois Mort 3

View towards Thouars.

Bois Mort 4

Cascade de Pommiers.

Bois Mort 5

St Loup sur Thouet.

Bois Mort 6

Lavoir at Le Chillou.

Bois Mort 7

Part of the Château de Saint-Loup-sur-Thouet.


  1. Sounds like a good spot to take a short break, I like the sound of this. Take care Diane xx

    1. It was lovely, worth a visit to the area x


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