|La Touche||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||2||Travel cot is provided|
La Touche is a well equipped characterful stone farmhouse surrounded by its own outbuildings and gardens with a fenced pool and full sun terrace area, perfect for a secluded peaceful stay.
On the outskirts of the pretty village of Arçay with Loudun a 5 mins drive for restaurants, bars, weekly market, supermarkets and all shops. Your bread and croissants are delivered to order through the kitchen window by Lydie in her toot-toot van!
The farmhouse is very light, airy and spacious with two large main ground floor rooms and 2 staircases - The large kitchen diner is fully equipped with much more than just the basic rental equipment. The sitting room is a comfy area to relax and cool down with three large sofas, wi-fi and dvd player. Outside, next to the pool, there is a gamesroom in one of the barns for darts and table tennis, a hammock under the shady tree area and a boules gravel pitch.
The pool is 10m x 5m with a sloping depth from 1-2m end to end and a solar hot shower on the terrace with sunloungers and parasols.
La Touche is ideal for groups of friends or families of all ages for lively or quiet times around the pool, relaxing in the hammock, enjoying al fresco bbq dining or going out and about to visit the wide range of activities in the surrounding Loire Valley area.
Very large spacious kitchen with everything you would expect at home.
Dining table fits 8+ people
Child's small table and chairs
Stair gate for kitchen stairs
Good range of crockery/glassware and kitchen gadgets
Large spacious comfortable sitting room with 3 large sofas
Portable iPod docking/radio player
Bedroom 1 with super king size bed (+cot).
Bedroom 2 with double bed.
Bedroom 3 with twin beds.
Bedroom 4 with bunk beds and en suite shower on the ground floor.
Wardrobes, coat hangers and storage on all bedrooms.
Stairgates available to use.
Upstairs bathroom with bath, toilet, sink and walk-in shower
Ground floor toilet, sink
Ground floor en suite shower, sink in Bedroom 4.
Open fire- wood supplied
iPod dock portable radio player
Exclusive use of private pool
10 x 5m chlorine treated with gradient depth from 1m - 2m.
Sun loungers, parasols
Boule pitch and boules
Ample parking in the grounds and an open garage port
Perfect for families with children of all ages or groups of adults.
Low level step into the house and step up to ground floor bedroom
The gardener may visit during your stay and the pool will be tended several times a week.
We live in a village close to Bath, England and have had our house in Arçay for 18 years. We love spending time in Arçay and have had great fun over the years with local artisans who have helped us make it a great family holiday home and neighbours becoming friends. It is a house for gatherings and we enjoy it most when we have housefuls of grandparents, parents, growing children, cousins and friends joining us out there.
|Year property purchased||1999|
|Why this location?||I knew the Loire Valley from holidaying there as a child and so when we thought to look to buy something in France it was the first place we headed for. The ease of getting here, unspoilt by too many tourists, the beautiful magnificent chateaux and towns with great markets and restaurants were real positives, as well as the fact that the sun shines more south of the Loire river.|
|Unique benefits of property||Absolute privacy! The enclosed gardens and pool are surrounded by the house and all of our outbuildings with no overlooking neighbours. There are separate areas for either lounging by the pool, snoozing in the hammock or a game of table tennis in the gamesroom. The spacious rooms inside the house and outside eating areas are great for entertaining big families and barbecuing under shady trees, bright sunshine or big silent starry skies.|
Chinon & Saumur chateaux are beautiful with lovely views over the Loire and Cher rivers and only 20-30 minutes drive away. Many more to be explored - http://loire-chateaux.co.uk
Fontevraud Abbey 20 minutes drive away. Beautiful largest historic abbey in Europe-http://www.abbayedefontevraud.com
Our absolute favourite quirky art chateaux at Oiron just a 10 minute drive away -http://www.oiron.fr
Bike hire and cycle paths along the Loire river - http://www.cycling-loire.com
Bike hire direct can deliver your bikes to the house: http://www.bikehiredirect.com
Kayaking on the Loire and Cher rivers at Chinon and Saumur -http://www.loisirs-nature.fr
Spectacular horse displays in Saumur -http://www.cadrenoir.co.uk
Futuroscope Multimedia Theme Park 45 minutes drive away near Poitiers- http://en.futuroscope.com
Troglodyte conservation zoo in Doué la Fontaine, 30 minutes drive, is a fantastic day out in a beautiful tropical setting loved by children and adults alike - http://www.bioparc-zoo.fr
Centre Parcs Bois aux Daims, 20 minutes drive away, day visit passes available to use all the facilities - https://www.journee-centerparcs.fr/FR
Le Ricordeau in Loudun is highly recommended for superb food- need to book
6 Place de la Boeuffeterie, 86200 Loudun, France
05 49 22 67 27
Au Bon Accueil in Saint Généroux - worth driving to (24km south of Arcay)
Superb rural French set lunch weekday menu with wine for €13.50- need to book https://aubonaccueil79600.wixsite.com/monsite/restauration
Others in Chinon and surrounds with recommendations on the kitchen noticeboard in the house.
We had a fantastic week at La Touche and wished we had stayed for two weeks. The house is beautiful, very comfortable, spacious and well equipped. We were travelling with two toddlers and the house catered for them - stair gates, toys etc which was really nice. The outdoor space was perfect for the children as it is completely enclosed, and totally private. There is a wonderful pool which we used everyday and the kids loved.
Locally there is a supermarket down the road, a lake about 15 minutes away and the Loire river about half an hour away.
Booking process and instructions were very smooth and Lucy the owner is great to deal with. Bob, who maintains the property was really helpful and was also a great source of knowledge about the local area!
We would love to return one day.