Gite | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Situated in a peaceful hamlet, this single level barn conversion set within a property of two and a half acres of land and completed in December 2009 is just 10km from the historic town of Richelieu. Sympathetically converted, the barn retains many of the original beams and has been tastefully furnished to ensure that you have a comfortable, peaceful stay and is ideal for families and couples holidaying together.
The property comprises of three large bedrooms, one with a king size bed and an en suite bathroom with bath/shower. The two twin rooms can be converted, on request, to 6 foot beds and they share a large bathroom with bath and separate shower. There is also an open plan, fully fitted kitchen, dining and sitting room with television, CD/DVD player with DVDs, CDs and a wide range of books plus a log burning stove, wonderful on a cold evening! The property has free Wi-Fi broadband internet access. All accommodation benefits from central heating. There is also a separate laundry room. Room dimensions are shown in the picture gallery and under Facilities.
Double french doors from the living area and two of the bedrooms lead on to two terraces, a patio and lawn which overlook the orchard and lovely views of the surrounding countryside. The garden is private to the property and is furnished with a table, chairs and barbecue. There is also a children's play area.
Parking is in the owners gated courtyard and there is undercover storage for bicycles, if required. English owners live on site. Locally produced and prize winning honey and goats cheese are for sale nearby the property.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Poitiers 40 km, Nearest railway: Chatellerault 24 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
The 4 Single beds can also be converted into two 6 foot wide beds and the Double bed is King-Size.
Room sizes are as follows:-
Bedroom 1. 17' x 15'10" (including en suite)
Bedroom 2. 15'6" x 12'6"
Bedroom 3. 13'6" x 12'
Living area. 31'6" x 17'
The house bathroom (13' x 8'6") has a wash basin, toilet, bath and separate shower. The en suite (7'10" x 5'3") has a wash basin, toilet and bath/shower.
Complimentary welcome pack.
Wi-Fi broadband internet connection.
Log burning stove.
Books, DVDs and CDs available.
Tumble drying available at extra charge.
Cot plus separate travel cot (up to 12 months / 15 kilos).
First size Toddler ReadyBed available.
Iron and ironing board.
|Further details outdoors|
Private grassed garden. Two terraces. Patio. Security lights. Play sand pit and paddling pool available on request. Outdoor swing and slide set (up to age 12). Outdoor games on request.
Parking inside electronically gated courtyard.
We regret no pets.
Strictly no smoking at this property.
The rental price excludes the final cost of cleaning (£50) which will only be charged if the property is not left in the same condition as upon arrival.
25% of the rental fee is required to secure the booking. The balance of the rental is required 8 weeks prior to the start date of the holiday.
A damage deposit of £200 is payable with the balance of the rental. The damage deposit is refundable within 14 working days of departure date less the costs of any significant damage and / or excessive cleaning costs.
Arrival time is from 17.00 local time and departure time is 10.00 local time.
Not suitable for guests with restricted mobility.
The Loire Valley region
Enjoying some of the highest average number of sunshine hours recorded annually, this area also enjoys less rainfall than north of the Loire. With wonderful clear night skies, it is ideal for stargazing.
There are many chateaux within easy reach including the Forteresse Royale de Chinon (Jean D'Arc), Saumur, Montreuil-Bellay, Azay Le Rideau, "Sleeping Beauty's" chateau at Usse, Villandry with it's magnificent gardens, Oiron with modern art exhibitions, and many more. There are also lovely churches including the Abbaye de Fontevraud of Richard the Lionheart fame.
There is plenty to do in the area for all ages and tastes. You can visit the cities of Poitiers, Tours and Angers, plus the smaller towns of Chatellerault, Loudun, Chinon and Saumur. There are museums, troglodyte dwellings, the zoo at Doue-la-Fontaine, Futuroscope, the water sports centres at Moncontour and Parc de St. Cyr as well as many lovely gardens.
The area is great for cycling and walking.
The region is famous for it's wine (Touraine, Chinon, Saumur, Saumur-Champigny, Bourgeuil, etc). There are numerous producers and introductions can be made to the producers of our own particular favourites!
The historic walled town of Richelieu has shops, bars and restaurants and also the famous 300 year old Les Halles covered market place where a twice weekly market is held. It is thought that the road system, set out as it is in a grid system, was the model for the construction of New York. Further details of fetes, brocantes and wine fairs etc. held in the town and surrounding villages can be obtained from the Tourist Information Office which is situated opposite Les Halles.
There is a 1000 acre park ideal for bike rides, jogging and walking. Bikes can also be hired. The park originally surrounded the chateau built by Cardinal Richelieu in the 17th century. It was pulled down at the end of the 19th century but it is still possible to visit the Orangery and Stables.
Golf is within a 40-minute drive and you can go swimming in Richelieu and St. Gervais Les Trois Clochers (11km.). There are also marked walks through forest and open countryside.
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13 Aug 2014
"Lovely gite in a lovely location"
We had a great 2 weeks in this lovely gite near Richelieu. Mike & Glynis are great hosts and the location is lovely. Nothing negative to say at all - only positive memories of the place, people and garden fresh herbs and vegetables! We have no hesitation in recommending this accomodation to anyone.
We've got 3 teenage girls and they had a great time; we probably didn't visit as many chateau as most visitors would - spent too much time relaxing - but the area has plenty of diversity. Some of the highlights were:
Futuroscope - a very French take on a theme park
Dinner at Fosse Saint Ange in Richelieu - exactly how I want a bistro to be - make sure you book
Local markets - Lencloitre is massive but only on first Monday of each month
Velo Rail at Chauvigny - Brilliant fun 'cycling' along a disused railway track
the zoo at Doue la Fontaine - a Troglodyte zoo
Parc St Cyr - Lake and beach with cheap kayak and pedalo hire
12 May 2014
"A dream gîte"
Everything was exactly as it should be. The proprietors were very helpful and friendly without being visible when not needed. The welcome package of food and drink was exceptionally well chosen and, w… More
22 Apr 2014
"Perfect for our young children and perfect for us"
I read the tripadvisor reviews for the Richelieu house rental before we booked and they collectively provide an accurate view - Mike and Glynis are the perfect hosts and the house is lovely. The following is to provide a little more insight for families considering whether to rent the property.
The accommodation is immaculately presented and all on one floor (which is great thinking a two-year old in our party). At no point did we worry that our children were going to come to harm. It also has a great sense of space and we didn't feel on top of each other at all.
The property includes an equally well-looked after large garden including two swings and a sand box as well as cherry trees that were full of blossom and gorgeous irises. The garden is effectively enclosed and allowed our two children to race around before and after we went out on day trips. However, in no sense does it feel like a playground as the garden is well tended and the swings tucked away.
Mike and Glynis are themselves young grandparents and had some super suggestions of places to go including Doue la Fontaine for the wonderful bioparc (half zoo, half safari park but well managed and you get close to the predominantly well-looked after animals) and Chateau de Riveau which has a fairytale subtext in the landscaped gardens. Nearby Richelieu is a lovely small town with a good selection of local shops for main provisions, a small Carrefour and an Intermarche supermarket on the outskirts. The town is low key beautiful with water fountains in the main square and a huge park for the children to run around in. It is not part of the Loire main tourist drag partly due to location and partly as it doesn't have a core chateau still standing or "important" historical site. It does provide a clear impression of its opulent past with all the buildings built at the start of the 1700s and is perfect for meandering around. Very manageable with our children and no sense that we would lose them in a crowd or sense of insecurity at all.
If there is a downside it isn't so close to the larger "headline" chateau, most of which are a good 45 minutes drive away or more but then you hopefully knew that before reading this review. To be fair, if staying in the heart of the Loire, there is still a fair amount of travelling between chteaux but if your ambition is to spend long days every day in one of the BIG chateaux you probably don't have young children and this place isn't perhaps for you. What we wanted was a relaxing, enjoyable and happy family break with places to go and see - both for us and for the children and we got this and more. (We did also venture to Azay as we hadn't seen it
Mike and Glynis had been responsive from first contact and managing the booking and details to get there were all incredibly straight forward, while the house was perfectly laid out for our arrival, including a robust cot in perfect condition for our two-year old.
A magical holiday with perfect accommodation and garden and unobtrusive and welcoming hosts. Highly recommended.
We loved having this family stay with us and look forward to welcoming them back again. Our only comment would be about the time taken to visit the various chateaux which they put at around 45 minutes. All the chateaux are spread out so wherever you choose to stay there would be some travelling involved but being France that would be on quiet roads and through beautiful countryside which is all part of the holiday.
6 Oct 2013
"Our first gite - and a standard that others will find almost impossible to match."
From the welcome of the most hospitable owners to the time we left two weeks later, this was the most relaxing and peaceful holiday we have ever had - as my wife said at the end, this was the one holiday at the end of which we were not anxiously looking forward to going home. The gite is tastefully well-appointed, comfortable and well placed for a variety of attractions. My birthday dinner at Le Ricordeau (recommended and organised by Glynnis & Mike to save our miserable French) was memorable for the right reasons. We would heartily recommend La Grange to any larger group of travellers. There was even an early music festival at Richelieu that attracts the likes of Jordi Savall.
20 Sep 2013
"Beautiful gite in peaceful surroundings"
The gite was everything we hoped for - beautifully appointed, well equipped and all on one level. The terrace was the ideal place for sitting with a glass of wine watching the sun go down over the rolling countryside. Richelieu, the closest town, has a small supermarket and a very good bread shop. There are some lovely lanes close by to wander down, with only the odd tractor on.
5 Aug 2013
"Lovely place to stay"
La Grange occupies a lovely spot in a beautiful part of France. Entered via a courtyard shared with the owners, it has a completely private outlook over its own garden and onto the countryside beyond. The gite is a wonderfully quiet and relaxing place, spotlessly clean and with all the comforts of home. We wanted for nothing during our stay. The owners, Glynis & Mike, are perfect hosts - very welcoming and always available with help and advice but never intrusive. The welcome pack on arrival was a godsend as we arrived later than expected and an extra box of toys for the children was great for enticing them into the garden minus the ipods. We had a fantastic holiday at La Grange and wouldn't hesitate to stay there again or recommend it to others.
16 Jul 2013
"Country Retreat with Benefits"
From first sight on the internet we liked La Grange. We were a group of 4 ladies and 2 men, middle aged with some disabilities. From our first contact with Mike & Glynis everything went like clockwork. Then we arrived... La Grange, the property, surpassed our expectations and then we checked the frig... Glynis had supplied enough of the local produce to ensure our shopping could wait untill the morning. As a group we found the size of the house was more than adequate, we had our own private areas and the kitchen was large enough for all of us to be in there helping and preparing meals. The house was beautifully appointed and very clean with excellent linen and towels. The lawns and gardens were a sight to behold... almost manicured. We would recommend this property and the hosts, Mike and Glynis, without hesitation. The only recommendation we could make would be a rubber tyred hand truck to help carry the heavy luggage along the gravel pathway.
Many thanks for a lovely 5-star review.This is much appreciated.We always ask guests on arrival if they would like help with their luggage but in this instance help was refused.We do have a small truck for our benefit as much as the visitors which would have been available if required.
9 Jun 2013
"Second Visit - just as good as first"
This was our second visit to the gite, returning this time with our eldest daughter.
Again we were not disappointed, Glynis and Mike have done a wonderful job and will go out of their way to help with any queries, bookings, directions, local wine recommendations, etc. They are always on hand when needed but seem to "disappear" for the rest of the time. This is one of the best gites we have stayed at in France.
The gite itself is very spacious, well laid out and full of everything you might need (just like being at home). This gite is at the luxury end of the scale and anyone visiting should not be disappointed. Everything provided is of high quality and in top class condition.
There is a BBQ and private garden with direct access to a much larger area for children to play football, etc.
The area is ideal for sight seeing, with the Loire valley chateaux within an hours drive, Le Riveau, Chinon, Azay le Rideau, Usse, etc are well worth a visit. Richelieu has a large park, fishing and plenty of shopping facilities. Larger hypermarkets are available at Chatellarault and Chinon.
Well done Glynis and Mike - keep it up we will be back!
18 Nov 2012
"Thank you Glynis & Mike for sharing your beautiful gite. We will be back!"
There are two things that make this accommodation extra special.
First, the gite really is excellent. Not only is it in an idyllic setting, it is spacious and well-stocked. It has been beautifully decorated throughout and beyond the immediate garden is a tree-lined orchard and green fields. Our young children loved playing outside (one is four, the other is eighteen months).
Second, Glynis & Mike helped to ensure our family holiday was perfect. They were on hand when we needed them but seemed to disappear when we were enjoying family time. The balance was perfect. They gave us honest recommendations and advice on planning trips, which was extremely useful. They were really friendly, bringing toys for the children, making bookings at nearby restaurants and generally going out of their way for us.
While a car is needed, there are many attractions within a short drive.
We have already suggested the gite to family and friends, but we would also like to go back ourselves.
19 Sep 2012
"A beautiful gite: stylishly furnished and very well equipped"
My wife, 19 year-old son and I enjoyed a very relaxing and comfortable week's holiday using this property as our base. Glynis and Mike were excellent hosts, being available and ready to help if n… More
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