“historic but very comfortable house in superb location” Have visited this 17th century yet very well equipped and comfortable house twice with extended family including teenagers and an aunt and grandmother in their eighties. The property felt like a home and all loved it and coped easily with the spiral staircase. The location in the main square in Richelieu is ideal. Restaurants bars and shops are a stone's throw away yet the thick walls mean that the secluded garden at the back of the property is totally tranquil and a perfect place to retreat with a good book , to sunbathe or simply for an afternoon snooze. The town is of great historic interest and also within easy reach of a number of chateaux - don' t miss the gardens at Villandry. The towns of Chinon and Saumur have some great shops and Tours is a fascinating city. Don't miss the Friday market in Richelieu - amazing fish, vegetables, cheeses and other local produce. Would definitely return.
“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.
After a long and sometimes fractious drive down, we were very pleased with what we found. Surrounded by farm land, the house is very large and spacious. All the rooms are pleasantly decorated in typical French country style.
Easy access to all the Loire valley sites of interest made it an ideal location. Richelieu, the local town is a very old walled town, full of character and interesting for a walk around. Some nice cafes and bakeries make it all the more interesting!
We even had the pleasure of watching deer (or so we thought) just yards away from us in the fields out front. We were later informed that they were in fact goats. The hares were definitely hares though.
The owner, Jean Jacques, was a very charming host. Very friendly, very helpful.
Highly recommended and definitely somewhere I would like to return to. …
appearances can be deceiving
Faces dropped a little when we first arrived -the street looks run down and a bit shoddy.However when the door opened on Les Fleurs it was smiles all round. Every room was beautifully furnished, the kitchen cupboards were full of all those little things that are usually so annoyingly absent (like oil ,spices,soap powder etc ) and the garden was far larger than we expected and very well presented. On closer inspection the street is actually in the process of being "gentrified" and will probably look great in a couple of years. The house is so well appointed and comfortable that we sometimes had difficulty getting everybody out to go places-they just wanted to relax in the garden. …
Spacious 4bed Holiday House In centre of Richelieu
Perfect for young children
We hired this house for our family holiday with our two children five and one. I was looking for a good value holiday so was planning on camping but the thought of taking the sterilizer and baby gear I decided to investigate the cost of hiring a house and stumbled across this house. I contacted the owner about suitability of taking my now walking baby, she was great and explained what was there and what to take (like my 5 year old's bike). The house is homely and well equipped, it has a wooden cot in one of the bedrooms and I borrowed their stairgates and highchair (the house does have a lot of hard floors and steps but no different to our wooden floors at home) and best of all it has Cbeebies on digital tv and a DVD player!
Richelieu is a small quiet town and the house is in the main square. We walked to the bakery each morning across the square. Took the bike to the park two minute walk where there are paths to cycle along, big open spaces to play in and a small lovely playground. A bit further along is the public swimming pool about 2 euros per person, men need speedo's! friendly even when our French speaking is lacking. In the evening went for drinks in the square and often ate in the restaurant in town all very child friendly. The tourist office is a few houses down they were helpful in suggesting places to visit and if you buy your ticket through them you can get a discount to some of the attractions.
Our favourite parts were using the park, walking around the market in Richelieu bought some large garlic and some antiques! Going to Chateau du Rivau a short drive away but for the children a magical garden to explore and the zoo best one I have been to.
All the family had a holiday to remember and already looking to book for next year!. …
Wow! Serenity unlike anywhere else!
We arrived to a friendly warm welcome from hosts Glynnis and Mike and were promptly shown to our accomodation. Upon entering the Gite we were taken aback at how clean, bright and elegant the place really is. Photo's online of the Gite really do not to this place justice! Once we were settled in the amenities were 5 star and the location fantastic. The views span out from rolling hills to the distant sight of a modest yet beautiful chateaux. The location is far enough away from the noise of literally anything and night time shows a beautiful carpet of stars above and the rare comodity of silence! The Gite is nestled beautifully away from the local townships but close enough that you can go for a nice easy drive to the local markets of Richelieu or the bigger town of Chateleraux for anything you may need from supermarkets to boutique fashion stores. Glynnis and Mike were there to answer any of our questions and were always great to sit and chat to over a nice cuppa. I would highly recommend the Gite not only for its beautiful and relaxing nature but also for the charm and hospitality of its hosts! Oh, and the absolute beauty that is the French country side! …