La Grange des Prés: L'Hibou
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Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
L'Hibou, a tastefully decorated 18th.century gite is situated in Coulangé, a peaceful hamlet of old stone farmhouses, barns and fruit trees set in a gentle landscape of cornfields and woodland in southern Touraine. Five km from the village of Montrésor and its château and 19 km from the ancient citadel town of Loches with its market, restaurants and shops. It's within easy driving distance of the major attractions and châteaux of the Loire Valley and with a multitude of activities for all age groups in the area it's an ideal base for a holiday.
We welcome children. As their security and comfort are a priority the shower room has non-slip floor tiles and a thermostatically controlled shower while the the kitchen has an induction hot-plate with security lock. A cot, high chair and stair gate can be supplied on request.
Our prices are inclusive of all linen, cleaning and heating – including oak logs in the cooler months - and to leave you more time to enjoy your holiday all paper and food wrapping products, basic cleaning, washing machine and dishwasher products and an initial supply of everything for the barbeque (except food!) are supplied as standard. On arrival you will find your Welcome Pack and the means of making a much needed cup of tea or real coffee!
Free Internet access by Wi-Fi is available for all our guests.
At times of unseasonable weather or in the cooler months of the year a tumble dryer can be made available.
We also provide a First Shop Service at no cost to our guests.
No matter your age or interests you will be sure to find much to enjoy in the Loire region. Peppered with châteaux, beautiful parks and gardens, historic towns and villages and famous vinyards ... and with a huge selection of sporting and outdoor activities ... so much to do and see. While for those looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday ... look no further than a book, a glass of lightly chilled local wine and the pool!
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lac de Chemillé 7 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Tours 65 km, Nearest railway: St. Aignan Noyers 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Although recently renovated l'Hibou retains the character of the old alongside the practicality of the new. It boasts a range of character features - original Tuffeau stone fireplace and antique hardwood beams throughout, lime-mortared stone walls, Loire curved window and door frames - but we have also retained its original 250 year old terra cotta tiled floor on the ground floor and it has a beautiful antique cast-iron log burning stove. Decorated with primary colours, it has a rustic feel.
It has been decorated throughout to a high standard and has a fully equipped modern kitchen, shower room and heating.
This gîte can sleep up to five – two adults and three children. If necessary a cot can be installed in place of the third bed.
It has a open-plan living/dining area downstairs with a built-in corner kitchen. The ground floor is tiled throughout.
The kitchen, with modern fitted units, is fully equipped with a combination oven/grill/microwave, induction hob, dishwasher, fridge, washing machine. An iron, folding airer/dryer and board are also supplied.
The dining area has a large table and six antique Thonet chairs.
The adjoining sitting area has a comfortable sofa, two chairs and coffee and side tables. A small flat television screen incorporates a slot-in DVD player with a USB interface. A small choice of DVDs is provided as are a small selection of board games and reading materials.
The open wooden staircase leads to a landing with a built-in wardrobe and cupboard with shelves and doors leading to bedrooms and shower room.
Bedroom 1 has a double bed with built-in side tables and a very large fully fitted wardrobe. Its double window enjoys a beautiful view across the courtyard, swimming pool and fields beyond.
Bedroom 2 has full size, 3ft bunk beds with an additional drawer bed, a chest of drawers and a velux window.
The fully tiled shower room/WC has a modern large headed shower with a thermostatic control for safety, wash-hand basin with hardwood storage shelves underneath, a heated towel rail and a low-level WC. The floor is tiled with non-slip tiles.
The shaded private garden with fruit trees, a barbeque and oak garden furniture is situated across the courtyard facing the heated swimming pool.
Boules and a selection of ball games are provided for outdoor use.
|Further details outdoors|
Private garden area with oak dining table, chairs and a barbeque.
The pool, with shallow end for children and security cover conforming to European norms, has comfortable hardwood loungers while the adjoining garden area - which contains a shaded sand-pit for our youngest visitors - may be used for games of badminton or boules.
A car parking space is provided in the courtyard right beside your door!
Our garden is surrounded by fields and our guests enjoy privacy.
Welcome pack provided on arrival.
Swimming pool available from May to October (weather permitting).
We (between us!) speak English, French and rusty Hungarian and German. Should you need any help with arrangements when here we would be happy to be of assistance.
The Loire Valley region
The Loire region, with its medieval towns and villages and its Renaissance châteaux, is not only steeped in history but is also famous as the "Garden of France". Its renowned vineyards mark the "Wine Trail while the variety of its fresh food seen at every local market never ceases to amaze. In addition it boasts more than 100 parks and gardens, many of national and international repute - including the Chaumont Garden festival.
The towns to visit include Montrichard, a gem of a small town on the Cher. The historic Loire towns of Blois, Amboise, Tours, Chinon and Saumur, all with their châteaux, markets, shopping and restaurants, although slightly further away are still within easy driving distance as is Bourges, a mediavel town and the ancient capital of the Capatien kings.
For those who like seeing the odd historic building ... well, apart from our 12th. century village churches, the royal château in the citadel of Loches and the châteux of Valençay and Bouges ... the château of Montpoupon is within half an hour's drive while that of Montrésor a mere five minutes. In addition several other 12th. century religious buildings with direct links to Henry II Plantagenet are close at hand and, although we do have our very own mediaeval abbey in our village whose 15th. century gate straddles the village street, it is ... unfortunately ... not open to visitors.
For ramblers, marked footpaths follow our river valleys, link old villages, and crisscross the huge oak forests of Loches and of St. Aignan with their deer and wild boar; you can ‘get on your bike’ and expore the local villages or ‘saddle up’ for a ride along the bridle paths; there is golf, coarse fishing, canoeing and watersports, quad bike and microlight hire, hot air ballooning and even regional cookery workshops given by a talented local chef. There are two important areas nearby for birdwatchers - La Brenne and Louroux - and numerous activities for children of all ages one of the most popular of which is to visit the internationally acclaimed Zoo de Beauval only fifteen minutes from our door.
In addition to our local food markets (our nearest is Loches, 19km away) summer brings a glut of village fetes, food festivals and brocantes - mainly on Sundays and public holidays.
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30 Jun 2014
The property has a rustic charm and is exceptionally well managed and with one of the cleanest pools I've ever seen.The hosts gave us all the information we wanted on the local area so we could m… More
11 Aug 2013
"great accommodation in a quiet corner of a fab region"
Had a great stay here as a family. Brenda was really welcoming and the accommodation was really comfortable and well equipped. Kids had a great time and the pool was perfect . Good location if you wan… More
30 Oct 2012
"Great Place Great Location Great Hosts!"
We wanted to comment on the fantastic time that we had while staying here! Our accommodations exceeded our expectations! They were tastefully decorated, well equipped and clean. Since we were there in October when the weather had started to cool down, it was great to stay somewhere where the heating worked, the hot water worked (and great water pressure in the shower too) and one could curl up in front of a cosy wood-burning fireplace (lots of firewood was made available to us for free) after a busy day of sightseeing. We also had internet access for free, which I found particularly helpful as I had to stay connected with the office throughout. A special note also about the very well equipped kitchen...I had everything that I needed to whip up gourmet meals.
The purpose of our trip to the Loire Valley was to explore some of the castles during a less busy time, and the Gite was exceptionally well situated for this. The furthest we had to drive to see a castle was an hour - for the most part they were 30 to 45 minutes away.
Finally a special mention about the wonderful owners...they were a great source of information about the area and were extremely friendly and helpful but also very unobtrusive. We were also pleasantly surprised by the starter basket of local goodies that they had waiting for us, a nice touch after a long day of travelling!
Since there are over 60 castles available to explore, we are already making plans to book another stay so that we can see a few more of them!
12 May 2012
"Fabulous place to stay"
We had a family holiday at the gite it was a lovely peaceful location fab gite lovey decor well equipped our son age 14 and daughter age 9 at the time. Loads to see and do in the area. One the best pa… More
27 Feb 2012
"Wonderful and relaxing in a perfect setting"
We spent a great holiday in Coulange last May, as guests of Brenda and Zoli renting their gite for 8 nights. The accomodation was perfect, the gite was recently renovated and very well equipped. Up… More
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