Le Puy Notre Dame Centre
This is a story about previous American guests, Lea Duffy and Andy Kosusko from Oregan, who enjoyed staying in our “Le Sauvignon” gite at Le Clos des Guyons in Le Puy Notre Dame, a wine producing village with its own appellation Saumur Puy Notre Dame, in the Saumurois, along with their Belgium friend Aurore.
Here is the picture of us altogether in the Loire sunshine sharing a few glasses of Saumur Rouge, along with our other regular gite guests, Geoffrey and Doreen, very sadly Doreen has since passed away since the photograph was taken but Geoffrey still returns and we are looking forward to seeing him in July this year for the fabulous Bastille celebrations!
Lea and Andy at Le Clos des Guyons
We did not know of Lea and Andy’s future plans after leaving France and so it came as quite a surprise when they told us about their adventures. This is a testimony from them, telling us they have built their own dream hostelry back in Oregon, USA, using the charming wine village of Le Puy for its name!
Their hostelry is so called “Le Puy – A Wine Valley Inn” built on a hill-top with 8-bedrooms, in the Willamette Valley.
The Story from Lea and Andy:-
“So many people ask us why the name Le Puy? I think most people look at it and think … why would you name your inn that? Well, thank goodness there is a good story behind it. First of all to put to rest the mystery of how to pronounce it… think “pwee”. Le Puy. Easy!
We toured the Loire Valley in France with our home base in Le Puy Notre Dame, a quaint French countryside village.
The land surrounding us was full of vineyards and where the soil was deemed unsuitable for grapes, there were rolling fields of sunflowers. Inspired by the beauty of the Loire region and the simple sweetness of the name Le Puy, we looked further into the origin and meaning. Basically, it is old French for “isolated hill” or “volcanic hill”. There are several Le Puys throughout France. They are most often ancient worship sites which contained a dolmen (sacred stone) and were usually replaced by Christian churches. Le Puy Notre Dame contains bones of Mary or a saint, I think. (Actually for the record, the Collegiale holds a relic of the belt of the Virgin Mary which was brought back from Palestine by William IX, Duke of Aquitaine, from the Crusades. Le Puy Notre Dame is hence on the traditional pilgrim route through to St Jacques de Compostelle and on many village houses you can see the symbol of the pilgrim which is the scallop shell embedded above the door).
Our own property, although located in wine country, is not really suitable for grapes, so that is why we infused the sunflower theme into our name. We sit on a hillside with spectacular views of the Chehalem Ridge and peeks at the Coastal range, Mt Hood and Mt Jefferson. We feel the mix of nature, spirituality and deep rooted history behind the name, fits into our dream for creating a holistic, sustainable Inn. Thus, “Le Puy, our Wine Valley Inn” was born”.
And voila! ……… Lea and Andy have recently added two new builds to their Inn, the Saumur Room, named for the city closest to the village of Le Puy Notre Dame, which they use as a wedding venue and the Loire Room used for wine tastings, meetings and parties.
We exchange Christmas cards reminding us of happy memories at Le Clos des Guyons and guess we will be friends for life now with our shared Le Puy connections!
One day they hope to return to France to visit their namesake village and you never know, perhaps we may pay a visit to Le Puy – A Wine Valley Inn that would be nice!
Anyway, it’s complimentary they took inspiration from the spirit and life of the village of Le Puy Notre Dame (but that’s not hard to do!) and the Loire Valley region of France, all the way to Oregon for their dream Inn!
A wonderful story.
Sheila and Brian
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We have two fully renovated and charming, well equipped, self-catering holiday gites to rent on the edge of the village within walking distance of the Collegiale, Boulangerie, Office of Tourism, , Wineries, Café and two Restaurants:- “Le Bouchon Ponot” and “Le Puys a Vin” plus the Mushroom Caves St Maur (albeit 2 kms).