Barn | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
This old stone barn was part of an abandoned farm that has been lovingly restored over the last four years. Sitting on seven acres, in a magical setting with stunning views of the Chateau Montpensier and the surrounding fields, this holiday rental is perfect for those wanting to explore the Loire Valley's sites. The barn has been renovated and equipped in the highest standards, and will provide a very comfortable home base for visitors to the region.
Many of the grand Chateaux of the Loire Valley: Villandry, Chenonceau, Usse, Azay-le-Rideau and Saumur are easy half-day trips. For cycling enthusiasts, we are less than a kilometre from the main bike route through the Loire Valley; and for food and wine enthusiasts, the Loire Valley, is known as the 'garden' of France. We are surrounded by the vineyards of Chinon, Bourgueil and Saumur which produce some of France's finest wines and best values. From its famous chèvre, the mushrooms of the troglodyte caves of Saumur, to the white asparagus grown in sandy Loire soil, the region offers a rich bounty. Your hosts, former restaurant owners from San Francisco, are available to cater meals and conduct local food and wine tours.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||La Baule 300 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Tours 45 km, Nearest railway: Chinon 10 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The open floor plan and over-sized bathroom are ideally suited to a couple. An American queen-size bed is larger than the French equivalents, and there is an iPod Bose docking system along with all other modern conveniences.
|Further details outdoors|
The property has seven acres, plenty of private spaces, a vegetable garden, fruit and walnut trees and an underground system of troglodyte caves.
Laundry services are available. Catered meals, culinary and wine tours and cookery classes are also available.
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The Loire Valley region
The Loire Valley, also known as the 'Garden of France” has been blessed by temperate weather and good soil. Here, France’s royalty built a thousand chateaux, some of the world's finest, and a short distance from Paris.
In 2000, UNESCO added the central part of the Loire River valley to its list of World Heritage Sites. In choosing this area that includes the French départements of Loiret, Loir-et-Cher, Indre-et-Loire, and Maine-et-Loire, the committee said that the Loire Valley is: 'an exceptional cultural landscape, of great beauty, comprised of historic cities and villages, great architectural monuments - the Châteaux - and lands that have been cultivated and shaped by centuries of interaction between local populations and their physical environment, in particular the Loire itself.'
A visitor to the Loire Valley will find a region of France still mostly unspoiled by over-population or current fad. Fortunately, Peter Mayle wrote 'A Year in Provence' not 'A Year in the Loire.'
The fortress city of Chinon is a must see for the first-time visitor. It was from here that Henry II Plantagenet ruled over a large portion of France and all of England in the 12th Century. Also close by and another must see is the Royale Abbey of Fontevraud, where Henry II, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine and their son Richard the Lion Heart were interred.
Some of the best wines in France come from the various AOC surrounding us, Chinon, Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil and St. Nicolas Bourgueil to name a few. Within an hour's drive to the east is the beautiful city of Tours, and the wine regions of Vouvray and Sancerre.
Saumur, "the pearl of Anjou," is just a twenty minute ride to the west, and it serves at the equestrian capital of France.