Set in Vezieres, a small village amidst farmland and sunflower fields just 18km from the centre of medieval Chinon. The rustic farmhouse is enclosed in a delightful walled courtyard with a dining patio, barbecue and vines.
Adjoining is the garden with vines and pear trees. There are several outbuildings on the property including the workers cottage, an old building in the garden which housed the staff for the farm, external hanger with hamocks to chill, a wine cellar and bike store.
The house itself is spacious and comfortable with many original & rustic features - fireplace, stone walls, oak beams, floorboards and tiles - and a mixture of traditional French furniture and modern pieces. There is a large living room with chesterfield settee's and study area, a well equipped modern kitchen / dining room with sliding-folding doors onto the patio, 3 huge bedrooms (30m2) with double beds, one with en suite shower room, family bathroom with large power shower and bath. The views from the upstairs bedrooms across the courtyard garden are long reaching across fields.
Each morning the bread lady passes the road and beeps her horn, fresh bread, and the best croisants at your doorstep, or you can cycle down the small country lane to Bounand (1.5kms) to the patisserie. In Bounand there is a local restaurant, general shop (food, wine and tabacco) and a great boucher selling local produce (try the faux-fillet, you wont be dissapointed).
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Tours/ poitier 60 km, Nearest railway: Chinon 18 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||CD player, Pool or snooker table|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
A large open plan kitchen diner with sliding folding doors onto the patio provides the perfect space for those BBQ or relaxing with a glass of wine. If that is too stressful then try a hamock .. but be warned. you may drift off.....
Next to the dining room there is a slate bed pool table if you think you can hustle.
|Further details outdoors|
Through the large gates is the gravelled courtyard which has enough space for 4 cars. A set of boules are available or badminton rackets.If you fancy you can cycle through some of the local forests where you may find some wild mushrooms (be careful which ones you eat!!)
Wood is available for the log burners or BBQ. One set of linnen and towels are provided per stay at the property and a cleaner service or laundry service can be provided at addition costs should you request this in advance.
The house stays cool in the peak summer due to its thick stone walls which i find helpfull for sleeping.
The local area is known as the “Garden of France” and is famed for its fine wines and immaculately groomed vineyards, charming villages and romantic chateaux.
Val-de-Loire boasts twenty-two world-class wines - Loire wines are known, near and far, for their light, fruity flavour and bouquet - some of the more noted include: Sancerre, Chinon, Valencay, Montlouis, Pouilly Fouisse and Vouvray.
Vezieres is a sleepy hamlet amidst farmland and sunflower fields just 18km from the centre of medieval Chinon. Each morning the bread lady passes the road and beeps her horn, fresh bread, and the best croisants at your doorstep. On a Friday the butcher does the same!
Bounand is a little larger and only 1.5kms down a little country lane where you can cycle to the patisserie and get your own croissants. In Bounand there is also a local restaurant, general shop (food, wine and tabacco) and a great boucher selling local produce (try the faux-fillet, you wont be dissapointed).
The Chateau at Chinon is a huge medieval fortress that looms high above the River Vienne and the town of Chinon. There are many areas of the fortress that are crumbling, yet there is plenty to see and experience.
Historically, it was once owned by Richard the Lionheart and it is where Joan of Arc came to plead with Charles VII for an army.
Definitely worth seeing. Make sure to take a walk through the town below - it's beautiful.There is always something going on in Chinon - a weekly market selling fresh local vegetables, fruit, cheeses (try the speciality goat's cheese) and bread, a monthly outdoor antiques market held along the banks of the Vienne which is a delight to browse through, concerts, open air jazz and an amazing medieval festival in August which is not to be missed.
Local food specialities include river fish in beure blanc, rillettes, charcuterie, tarte tatin, goats cheese and poire tapee in wine. Nothing is more pleasant than sitting at a cafe on the square for lunch or dinner or with just a glass of Chinon rose as you watch the world go by.
The historic town of Saumur is situated in the central Loire valley between Angers and Tours.
Of all the Loire's comfortable towns, Saumur is perhaps the most elegant, with its graceful Chateau towering over the handsome townhouses spread out below on both banks of the river and on the large island mid-stream.
Both the local Saumur Champigny and sparkling wines are renowned for their charm and are relatively inexpensive. Further afield, Bourgeil, St Nicholas de Bourgeil, Vouvray and Chinon also offer very good and affordable wines to the serious wine connoisseur.
There are also many inexpensive restaurants around La Place St-Pierre, Rue de St Jean and Rue de St Nicholas in addition to a multitude of cafes and bars. For a special treat, head up to the Chateau, where La Orangerie serves the most haute cuisine in town.
Saumur's cavalry traditions are displayed most proudly at the Ecole Nationale d'Equitation in St-Hilaire-St-Florent. The Riding School provides guided tours in which you can watch training sessions and view the stables. Displays of dressage and battle manoeuvres by the Cadre Noir, the former cavalry trainers, are regular events.
The stretch of the Loire from Chinon to Angers, which passes through Saumur, is particularly lovely, with the bizarre troglodyte dwellings carved out of the 'tuffeau' cliffs. The Zoo de Doue, located at Doue La Fontane, only a few miles from Saumur is a fabulous day out and is sited in an old quarry with much evidence of troglodyte dwellings.
Built in the 12th century, Fontevraud Abbey is thought to be the site of the graves of King Henry II of England, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, their son King Richard I, however it is not known exactly where their bodies are interred. The effigies are still there, and are a popular sight for tourists. The abbey has housed a monastery, nunnery, prison, and church over the centuries, and various sections have been rebuilt in Gothic, Classical and Romanesque styles.
Richelieu's chateau is long gone (the stone from which it was constructed had been stolen from another chateau by Cardinal Richelieu and, following his death, someone paid him the same compliment!). However, the chateau gardens, owned by Paris University, are a delight, containing unusual plants and trees from across the world.
The ancient vaulted Market Hall (Les Halles) is still used for its original purpose every Monday and Friday morning and also serves as a venue for a variety of exhibitions throughout the year. There is a monthly "flea market".
The cafes surrounding the central square are ideal for "watching the world go by" after an exhausting morning's shopping at the market.
Le Ricordeau, my favourite restaurant serving fine food and wine at excellent value, a must on any visit.