La Vieille Boulangerie
House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
A self catering 2 bedroom 2 bathroom rental unit with WIFI close to Loire Castles and wineries and river walks. This beautifully restored cottage is set in the centre of the village of Francueil less than a mile from Chenonceau. This lovely villa is available all the year round. It suits two couples and has 2 beautifully decorated double bedrooms each with its own sitting area and open log fireplace. Bedroom one faces south with views across the village and beyond; it has a corner sitting area with view of the church; its bathroom is next door. Bedroom two is at the back of the house and is a lovely room with corner sitting area with view of the church and its own corner shower room. Furnished in new oak the living room has a three piece suite, dining table and chairs, and french window to the patio. The kitchen has everything you need; double oven, SMEG electric ceramic hob, dish washer and fridge. A utility room has a washer-drier, freezer and WC. Bicycles are available for your use.
Our lovely house in the village of Franceuil just 4 minutes drive from Chenonceau and 15 minutes from Amboise. We are within half an hour of the major attractions of the Loire Valley - chateaux, vineyards restaurants etc. The village has a great shop run by the local butcher with groceries and fresh fruit and veg as well as a good selection of wines. The cottage is well equipped with a well fitted kitchen, utility room and two double bedrooms both with a bath/shower room. There is a sunny patio for meals or enjoying watching village life. The cottage is situated sideways to the road which is quiet with local village traffic. The entrance has a small track with neighbouring houses near by.
Our cottages are situated in the heart of chateau country in the Loire Valley, France. The cottage is only 4 minutes drive from Chenonceau - the most visited chateau after Versailles. You will be central for visiting Amboise, Chaumont, Chambord and Cheverny, and west of Tours, Villandry, Ussé, Azay-le-Rideau and Chinon, and the famous vineyards (wineries) of Vouvray, Montlouis, Chinon and Bourgeuil. We are well placed for visiting these wonderful historic castles; favourites include Chenonceau (just a 4 min drive or cycle ride), Amboise (10miles), Blois and Chambord,
Wine tasting is available in all the local wine regions, a visit to Vouvray, Montlouis, Chinon, Saumur and now with motorway access Sancerre and Pouilly are a 2 hour drive. You will have a choice of excellent restaurants within an easy drive. The River Cher is only 5 minutes away and great for walking. You will have a choice of excellent restaurants within an easy drive. The River Cher is only 5 minutes away and great for walking.
We have other properties in the area: 5 more cottages in the vicinity - Maison Doiseau 2 bedrooms, Maison Grandmere 3 bedrooms, The Barn 1 bedroom, all in Vrigny just across the vineyard from La Vieille Boulangerie. Maison Requin (1 bed) and Maison la Grange (2 beds) in Bourre just outside Montrichard.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ile de Re and the local river 100 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Tours (30 km.) and Paris 150 km, Nearest railway: Tours - change for our local line then walk 30 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|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||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
The house has a large lounge / diner facing south with doors onto the patio, and connected with the kitchen. There is an open log fire as well as electric radiators to ensure you are warm if the weather turns chilly - and we are open all winter. The kitchen is well appointed with built in double oven and ceramic hob, a large fridge and built in dishwasher. There is as separate utility room with freezer, washer / direr and third (downstairs) WC.
Upstairs is reached via an easy staircase; the front bedroom has views across the village square and is next to the large bathroom with slipper bath, shower and bidet. The second bedroom with views over the church, has an en suite shower room. Bicycles are kept in the back room downstairs for your enjoyment; there are wonderful rides in the vineyards and along the river banks.
|Further details outdoors|
The cottage is situated in the heart of the village, with a sunny patio overlooking the square. The patio is furnished with table, chairs and parasol as well as plants and a BBQ. We have a cafe (which serves simple meals) and an excellent village shop run buy the butcher. There is a large park nearby. Parking at the cottage and across the road in the square. We are a stones throw from teh vineyards with wonderful walks, and down the road is the river Cher with good tow paths which extend to Montrichard and St Aignan in the east and to Chenonceaux and Blere in the west (you can actually walk past htte chateau on the other side of the river from the gardens so dont have to pay to see it). Swimming pools in nearby Montrichard and Blere.
The Loire Valley region
The Loire Valley is described as the Valley of the Kings - it is famous for the wonderful châteaux (castles) built from a white stone called Tuffe. We are close to Chenonceau - the most visited of all the châteaux. The Valley is also known as Le Jardin de France and has a perfect climate for growing salads and fruit, and especially grapes, the local wines are drunk the world over and include Sauvignon, Gamay, Cabernet France, and Chenin as well as the famous sparkling wines or 'Methode Champenoise'. The weather is very pleasant, it can be hot and sunny in mid summer and crisp and clear in mid winter. Come in September to see the grapes being harvested. You will spend your holiday with dayds out to the lovely white castles built by the french kings; wonderful meals to remember, wine tastings and interesting mediaeval towns; visit Chinon where the first French parliament took place, Fontevraud Abbey where Henry II and Richard Coeur de Lion are buried.
All the year round visit the castles and vineyards and excellent restaurants. Many Châteaux do a son et lumiere in the summer.
The third weekend in November is Touraine Primeur - the new release of the Gamay wine.
July 25 is the foire au Basilic et de l'Ail - Basil and Garlic fair in the centre of Tours - great fun.
There is a Jazz Festival in September. Wine fairs throughout the year. Special son et lumiere events at the local chateaux.
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22 Aug 2014
"Nice apartment but isolated"
The property was as advertised, but the village of Francueil feels very isolated. No shops (except the requisit boulangerie and small grocery.) Even the poste was on very limited hours (August) - 2-… More
So sorry you felt the cottage was isolated, but many people will like this. There are good country walks, the vineyards are only a short walk across towards St Georges and the village has a nice lake. A short walk towards the river takes you down alongside Chateau de Chenonceau, there is a good restaurant on this route. The bar opposite the cottage is open most lunchtimes and evenings and is very friendly.
10 Oct 2013
"Loved walking to the boulangerie for croissants each morning!"
We were 2 couples traveling together. Plenty of room, plenty of privacy, extremely well equipped with thoughtful extras as paper towels, 2 hair dryers, dish and dishwasher and washing machine soaps p… More
Thank you for your lovely comments! We think this is a really nice 2 bedroom cottage with a great village centre location. We enjoyed meeting you and are so pleased to hear how much you have enjoyed your holiday. We are sorry there isn't more car space next to the cottage, it is possible to park one vehicle (our Ford Galaxy is OK) and there is plenty of free parking immediately opposite in the village square.
21 Sep 2011
"Lovely cottage, location may not suit some"
This cottage has been beautifully restored and renovated and is well equipped with up-to-date equipment. Previous guest reviews indicated that the bikes provided were much appreciated (we didn't use these). The feather bed offered as an additional extra was a revelation! I'd never tried a feather/down mattress topper before and am now getting one immediately for the bed at home. The location is at the centre of a small village, directly on the roadside - this is clear from the photo on the website. It is also at a near 90 degree bend at the bottom of a hill so the traffic can be disconcerting if one if sitting out on the patio and it hurtles towards you. Quite a few trucks and buses early morning and later afternoon (there is a school nearby) which are noisy. No problem at night though as the road is quiet, apart from garbage collection night.
There is a cafe across the square and a supermarket less than 100m away. However both seem to be closed on Mondays - possibly Sunday as well, but we arrived early evening on Sunday so not sure. In fact due to the long lunchtime closures that seem to be the norm in France we never actually had the opportunity to use the local supermarket at all. Worth bearing in mind as these opening hours also apply to some of the larger supermarkets in nearby towns. Given that the proximity to these facilities was my reason for preferring this cottage to the ones in a more rural location, it turned out to be the wrong decision.
Glad you enjoyed the feather bed - we have three of these and thinking of buying more as they are clearly very popular. Comfortable beds are our priority - see reviews from other of our cottages. I appreciate our guests may find the traffic a bit close but actually its not that busy and the terrace is south facing and secluded by a good fence, and only the side of the cottage is next to the roadway. The terrace leads off the sitting room and kitchen so ideal for meals outside. The little supermarket is one of the best - it belongs to a local butcher and provides best quality meat, veg, bakery etc. A new bakery is being built next door to the shop. Worth coming to try it out - it is a really lovely cottage and well equipped. Ann
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