Garden House Place du Marche
About the home
This large property, retaining many original features, is entered through the oak doors facing onto the historical Place du Marche. It is divided into two houses connected by a central corridor. The Front Town House is not rented out and is kept locked.
The renovated 4 bedroom, 3 bathrooms) Garden House (pictured above), with all rooms overlooking the secluded south facing back garden is the house offered for holiday rentals. This is entered from the wisteria, shaded, open air, central courtyard and has a large patio with built in paddling pool and outdoor seating. The courtyard also has outdoor furniture and BBQ. The house is suitable for families, child and toddler friendly, with the the owners baby/children equipment all available if required. ( free of charge and full list of equipment on request). The south facing walled garden is completely enclosed and a great place to relax with your children, or pets (which are allowed on request.)
There is no need to drive anywhere! All the facilities of a small town are just a short walk. No problems with parking either! This is free outside the house and all around the Square.
The 1000 acre Park, just two minutes walk, has outdoor swimming pool and children's paddling play area(summer only), tennis, play areas, mini zoo and it is great for walking and cycling. There are many exciting things to do and visit for day trips. Futuroscope, leisure parks with watersports, lakebeaches and golf courses are all within a short drive. Many of the famous Chateaux and Historical towns of Chinon, Saumur, Tours and Poitiers are just a short drive from Richelieu(itself a famous historical town)and these outings can be combined with tours of local vineyards including the Champagne(method). There are weekly local markets, fetes and outdoor activities in the area and full details of these can be found on the Richelieu town website or in the tourist office adjacent to our house.
Free WIFI is also available for those who need to keep in touch with work or home!
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||La Rochelle, 135km|
|Will consider:||House swaps|
Nearest amenities: 50m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General:||CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||4 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 family bathrooms and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
The house is arranged over three floors connected by the original wooden staircase. On the ground floor there is a modern pine kitchen/dining area.This has spacious storage, new ceramic hob and fan oven, microwave, two fridge freezers, large oak dining table and fully equipped for 6 and baby.
The entrance hallway leads to the living room with two sofas, large flat screen TV+DVD, CD player and MP3/ipod players. We have also added a Humax SAT recorder box for guests who have programmes, like us, they want to record and watch later! For cooler evenings there is a wood burning stove and a library of books, films, CD's and games. The living room has double doors(with safety gate if required) opening onto the patio and garden.
The ground floor also has a large bathroom and shower, with utility area(washing machine/dryer/iron and board) and a separate toilet.
The first floor has two huge wood floored bedrooms both with newly refurbished adjacent bathrooms - The yellow room (with double bed and an extra single bed) has the large bathroom, shower and a separate toilet and the Blue Room (with double bed and full size cot )has a fully tiled shower room and toilet.
The second floor has a further two large double bedrooms. The Pink has twin single beds and a travel cot and the green a double bed and a single bed.
Although the house has 4 large bedrooms and can sleep 10 it is only offered for rental for a maximum of 6+baby.
Pets are allowed,on request, but must be kept in ground floor areas.
The house is child/toddler friendly with an inventory of all our baby/child equipment ( free to borrow.)
Further details outdoors:
The walled back garden is mainly laid to lawn with established fruit trees and Rose bushes. It is completely private and due to Cardinal Richelieu's town plan enjoys the sun from sunrise to sunset. The patio area has sun loungers and a large table and chairs seating 8. The built in paddling pool (converted from a garden pond!) is great for cooling off in or for children to play in.
The central courtyard is also a great area for children to safely play in as completely enclosed from the square outside by large original oak doors. It is also a cool, safe shady area to leave a dog. We also use this area for eating outside and there is a BBQ and table and chairs for 6. The Oak doors lead directly to the Market Square, with cafe life, restaurants and Boulangerie, Charcuterie, Supermarket, Bank and Post office all a few minutes walk. Parking is available in the Square outside the front doors. Local Farmers Markets are held in Les Halles on Mondays and Fridays.
The Garden House is available with the House, Garden and Courtyard for the sole use for your holiday. We have an English (french speaking) caretaker who lives close by who can arrange to get in shopping for your arrival and she can usually arrange local people for babysitting if required.
Although sleeping 10 the garden house is rented out for a maximum of 6 + baby unless agreed with the owner on the rental agreement.
A 20% of rental fee is required on booking. The balance is payable 8 weeks before departure.
A 200euro or £200 cash deposit is payable to caretaker on hand over of keys and will be refunded at end of a stay subject to satisfactory property inspection.
Strickly no smoking in the house (many original wooden floors, staircases etc) but is permitted in all exterior areas.
Changeover day is Saturday and the house is available between 15.00 and 19.00 on day of arrival (accurate times must be confirmed on arrival day with caretaker) Other times can be arranged to suit travel arrangements but out of hours charges might apply. The house must be vacated by 10am on day of departure.
Bookings are for a minimum of 7 days. A reduction for fewer nights can be negotiated with owner in low season dates.
Early and late season alternative start dates can be arranged if house is available.
The Loire Valley / Indre-et-Loire region
The South Loire area offers a temperate climate between April and October. Richelieu ia a quiet town not overrun by tourists at any time. It is on the border of Poitou Charentes and Indre loire. It is a great location for visiting the many famous medieval towns of Chinon, Tours, Poitiers and Saumur,Fontevraud, Villandry and Azay la Rideau are all within an hours drive. Walking and Cycling are both popular activities in this area and the Richelieu tourist office two doors from our house can provide up to date infomation on the many varied day trip outings.
Futuroscope is also a great place to visit and is suitable for all ages.1 or 2 day passes are available and Richelieu is just a 45 minute drive.The zoo at Douay and Monkey world also prove popular for families.
Close to Saumur are interesting troglydyte attractions, mushroom farms and at Gratien and Meyer demonstration and tastings of Champagne(method!) production. Chinon vinyards are based along the Vienne and well worth a visit for both the Chinon reds and local Rose wines
The Richelieu area
Richelieu is an ideal location for a quiet, relaxing holiday in a typical French market town. It is called the garden of France and the twice weekly market in les Halles reflects this with local farmers selling their produce. There are also fetes, concerts, wine fairs and broquante days held in the Place du Marche and in surrounding villages. Details can always be obtained from the Tourist office or Richelieu website.
The town itself is steeped in history and the newly opened Espace Richelieu in the Grand Rue and interactive visit at Chinon Castle are worth visiting soon after arrival to learn about the history of the area.
The Parc Richelieu is a huge, peaceful area to cycle and walk at any time of year. It is rarely busy and also great for children and dogs to play and run about in safety.
There are numerous local vineyards( our house book lists many of these that we have tried.) Restaurants in small villages with amazing value all inclusive menus. There are many Michelin starred ones too. There are several local cafes and restaurants in town with good value meals and Vins du Maison! It is great to be able to use these amenities in the Place du Marche, letting children, especially young teenagers, if they wish (as ours do), return to the safety of the house where we have satellite TV, a DVD library and free WIFI available for your own internet access.
How to get there
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By Air: Tours or Poitiers Airports (car hire at both) 50 minute drive to house.
By train: TGV to Chatellerault, Tours or Poitiers. (30 minute drive from Chatellerault)
By Ferry: Newhaven Dieppe 4 hour drive to house, Portsmouth Caen 3 hours drive, Dover Calais 6 hours.
Eurotunnell Folkstone Bologne 6 hours drive
Activities near Richelieu
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
23 Sep 2012
On the market square of Richileu so in the centre of things in this quiet and friendly town. A boulangerie and supermarket within yards. A large house with a number of floors reached by an ancient staircase. We travelled with young adult daughters who found space enough to get along. Crossing a courtyard to reach 'your' part of the house and therefore very quiet. A small garden which is not overlooked. No problem with parking even during the vintage car fete our first weekend. In a good position to reach Loire chateaux. Ate the best meal we've had in France for years and so of the holiday at Fosse St Ange, just off the square and worth the trip just for that!
13 Sep 2012
We spent 2 weeks over the May half term with our 2 young children and friends with their children (thanks for letting us all go for just a small extra charge!!). We had an excellent time, the house is great and the enclosed courtyard and garden meant we didn't need to worry about the children - even in May the back garden is a real sun trap and we had b-b-q's every night. The children loved the park with the playground, deer to feed and plenty of space to ride their bikes. We want to go back in the summer and try out the local pool just next to the park. As well as cycling around the park we went off for lots of day trips cycling in Chinon, along the Loire and the Vienne. Thanks for the info in the book - the children (and the adults) really enjoyed the day out canoeing at Chinon- it was great to be dropped off upstream and just gently paddle back. The zoo (approx 45mins away) was also a massive hit.
I would highly recommend this house to families/ friends, there's loads of outdoor activities in the region and plenty of vineyards to visit when the weather isn't so good! The balance of access to all the amenities in the town in a spacious and quiet house suited us perfectly. We have already booked again for next summer.
I hope you all enjoy the house again this summer -it's looking good! Many areas of the house and courtyard have been renovated and redecorated in the past three months ready for our Spring reopening!
12 Sep 2012
We had a really enjoyable stay at this townhouse right in the centre of Richelieu. The house was very comfortable, with a lovely secluded garden close to all amenities. We had our two dogs with us and they particularly loved the walks in the beautiful local park (as did we) which was just a few minutes walk from the house. It was also great to walk out to the markets and local shops during the daytime and to the lovely restaurants in the evenings. We also travelled to the many lovely towns which are all within easy reach. When we felt tired after our travels, it was also lovely to have a meal either in the kitchen/dining room or within the very quite back garden. We fell in love with Richelieu during our stay and definitely hope to return.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 2|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Early||6 Apr 13||25 May 13||£ 450||-||-||1 Week|
|Low Season||25 May 13||15 Jun 13||£ 575||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid Season||15 Jun 13||13 Jul 13||£ 725||-||-||1 Week|
|High Season||13 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||£ 795||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid Season||31 Aug 13||21 Sep 13||£ 550||-||-||1 Week|
|Low Season||21 Sep 13||26 Oct 13||£ 425||-||-||1 Week|
|Prices for group size 4|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Early||6 Apr 13||25 May 13||£ 495||-||-||1 Week|
|Low Season||25 May 13||15 Jun 13||£ 650||-||-||1 Week|
|15 Jun 13||13 Jul 13||£ 750||-||-||1 Week|
|High Season||13 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||£ 825||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid Season||31 Aug 13||21 Sep 13||£ 650||-||-||1 Week|
|Low Season||21 Sep 13||26 Oct 13||£ 550||-||-||1 Week|
|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Early Seaon||23 Mar 13||25 May 13||£ 595||-||-||1 Week|
|Low Season||25 May 13||15 Jun 13||£ 695||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid Season||15 Jun 13||13 Jul 13||£ 795||-||-||1 Week|
|High Season||13 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||£ 850||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid Season||31 Aug 13||21 Sep 13||£ 695||-||-||1 Week|
|Low Season||21 Sep 13||26 Oct 13||£ 595||-||-||1 Week|
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
THE RATES ARE ALL INCLUSIVE.
Weekly tariff is in pounds. Payable by Bank Transfer in GBP or Euros.(conversion rate at time of booking) or by cheque.
Rental Rates given for 2,4 and 6 persons (babies in cot do not count as an occupant)
Reductions for 2 / 4 person rates only valid if using 1 / 2 double rooms. If 3/4 bedrooms are occupied full tariff will apply.
Included in Tariff: WiFi, bedlinen, towels, electricity and water.
Logs available for wood stove if required.
70 euro surcharge per week if supplement heating required payable to caretaker.
Equipment for children and babies available free on request.
End of cleaning charge is included if property is left in the same clean and tidy condition that it was accepted in at start of rental. If not a minimum 50 euro charge will be payable to the caretaker.
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