House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
A self catering 2 bedroom 2 bathroom rental unit 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 fire. 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. Bikes are available for your use. Wifi.
other properties in the area: we have 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.