Les Petites Cigognes
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Gite | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Le Pluvier has three bedrooms with two en-suites and one further bathroom (opposite the third bedroom) to accommodate up to six guests. It is a luxurious and comfortable conversion with all the character of the original stables.
On the ground floor is the living room and kitchen and one of the double bedrooms with en-suite. A pair of sofas and a tub-chair give ample seating for up to six guests. English TV and an ipod/iphone docking station and cd player are provided. The fully fitted kitchen has a dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, electric coffee machine, fridge/freezer, hob and oven. Upstairs are two further bedrooms. Each has its own bathroom, one with en-suite. The master bedroom has views across the courtyard..
Les Petites Cigognes is well placed for visiting the Loire Valley, its chateaux and the region's superb vineyards. The stables were built in the traditional Touraine style and have been converted into three tastefully furnished two-storey homes, retaining much of the original stone and wood work while offering all modern conveniences.
Le Pluvier has its own private garden with table and chairs and modern, large, Weber gas barbecue for outdoor dining, and shares the use of a two acre (one hectare) open garden area beyond. Free wi-fi internet access is available in the gite.
The 12x5.5 metre heated swimming pool (open from May to the end of September) is surrounded by terraces and fenced for safety, with Roman steps leading down into the water.
Fields, woods and farms dot the surrounding countryside. The courtyard in front of the gite has an area for playing the traditional sport of boules, with plenty of seating available.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Tours 50 km, Nearest railway: Tours 50 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
For 2015, more lounger chairs and cushions will added to the furniture around the pool.
|Further details outdoors|
The large heated swimming pool (12m x 5.5m) is surrounded by a spacious terrace and fully enclosed by fencing. Wooden sun-loungers and parasols are provided, ideal for relaxing and enjoying the peaceful ambiance of Les Petites Cigognes. The generous terracing allows you plenty of individual space where you'll enjoy uninterrupted views and sunshine. This area is easily accessed from the rear of the gites.
The striking courtyard to the front of the gite contains a large boules area, seating under the trees and plentiful off-road parking.
Swimming towels and heating are not included in the price
About this location
The Centre region
The Loire Valley is an outstanding cultural landscape of great beauty, containing historic towns and villages, great architectural monuments, and rolling green hills dotted with more than a thousand chateaux and fine vineyards. It is the charm of its gentle pace of life that has, for centuries, made it a sought-after location for royalty, poets and writers. Regional highlights are all within driving distance.
For those interested in wine, Vouvray, Chinon and Saumur are within easy reach. We can recommend vineyards to visit and even arrange a day’s tour for guests so that you can sample the wine without having to worry about doing any of the driving.
So many chateaux are within easy reach of Les Petites Cigognes, including Chambord, Chenonceau, Villandry, Azay le Rideau, Ussé, Blois, Montresor, Langais, Loches, Chinon and Amboise.
The markets at Chinon (Thursday) and Loches (Wednesday and Saturday) are excellent, their chateaux superb and restaurants well worth a visit.
Amboise was the home of Leonardo de Vinci for many years; Clos Lucé has an excellent exhibition of his work with many full size working models in the large gardens.
Tours is the principal city of the Department, Indre et Loire, in the original Touraine region and now the Centre region of France. The old city contains many mediaeval buildings, a cathedral and a chateau. It is situated at the confluence of the River Loire and River Cher, with excellent walks and boat trips available.
Poitiers is well worth a visit but it is too often only mentioned for Futuroscope.
For those looking for some more active elements to their holiday, Fantasy Forest is within easy reach whilst horse-riding, swimming, canoeing, golf and tennis are available nearby and golf is also available in the area. This area is superb for walking and cycling
There are a variety of Troglodyte caves to visit, both close to Descartes and further afield.
The Brenne Regional Park is superb for its wide variety birds and other wildlife but also has lakes where beaches water-sports are available.
Beauval Zoo is renowned world-wide. Like Edinburgh Zoo, it now features two Giant Pandas from China. The wildlife at Haute Touche is also noteworthy.
Cussay is a small village mid-way between Descartes and Ligueil. It has an excellent boulangerie (bread shop) and a fantastic restaurant.
Descartes is a 5 minute drive from Les Petites Cigognes. It is named after the famous philosopher René Descartes and there is a museum in the centre of town dedicated to his work, life story and extensive travels. Every Sunday morning there is an excellent market with a range of local produce available. Descartes lies on the River Creuse, along which there is a very pleasant walk through the pretty municipal gardens. The gardens are part of the local Parc des Loisirs in which there is an excellent outdoor swimming complex, crazy golf, canoeing on the river and children’s play area. Within the park there is an area containing llamas, donkeys, sheep, rabbits and various birds. This is a superb area for small children.
There are numerous excellent places to eat in Descartes and the local wine shop, Le Dit Vin, well worth a visit.
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9 Sep 2014
"Holiday gite with everything to make a perfect holiday"
We stayed here for one week at the start of September 2014 in 'Le Pluvier'. The gite had everything we needed for a great holiday with our young baby. High chair, baby bath, cot, washing mac… More
6 Sep 2013
"Lovely setting, lovely hosts, lovely holiday, vive Le France"
I'm afraid 1 week at this gite was certainly not enough........I could have stayed for a lot longer I can tell you. The accommodation was excellent value, plenty of space, very well equipped and … More
6 Jul 2013
"Excellent in every aspect."
Every thing you need is in the cottage TV to teaspoons. Quiet, peaceful. Heated swimming pool for relaxing days and BBQ for a relaxing evening. No complaints at all.
13 Jun 2013
"Peace and quiet in stylish surroundings."
Thank-you for the lovely week in your beautiful gite; we would be happy to recommend it to anyone and would definitely love to return. Not always easy to please 3 generations, but this accommodation f… More
9 Jun 2013
"One of the best holiday rentals we experienced."
We stayed here for a week in April and found it to be one of the best places of our 3 month trip. The owners, Ian and Sandra were very helpful with directions to the house and were willing to answer a… More
10 Apr 2013
"A very friendly welcome in the Loire"
Le Pluvier is a comfortable gite which is beautifully clean and well-presented. It is extremely peaceful with open countryside on all sides. It has a lovely pool for the warm weather. There are ple… More
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