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'Le Clos St Vincent' is situated in a peaceful corner of the commune St Julien de Chédon. Close to the medieval town of Montrichard on the River Cher, it is ideally placed for visiting the beautiful chateaux of the Loire Valley. The fairy-tale castle of Chenonceaux is a mere 15 minutes away, while the historic cities of Blois and Tours, with their mix of ancient quarters and classy shops, are also within easy reach.
What sort of holiday are you looking for? You are almost sure to find it here, whether you want to relax and do no more than breathe fresh air, or fill your days with activity and sightseeing. There really is something for everyone!
We are right in the heart of Chateau country, with many of them under an hours drive away. Whether your interests lie in architecture, history, art, gardens, 'son et lumieres' or theatrical shows presented by local people within the grounds, there is a feast waiting here for you. There are also delightful, unspoilt towns and villages which have retained much of their old character, and which make a pleasant afternoons saunter as you discover their pretty little streets and hidden corners.
Amboise has a large market on Sunday mornings, and there is usually a 'Brocante' happening somewhere locally over the weekends, if you enjoy hunting through the stalls for a second-hand bargain. Old pictures, furniture, books, nick-nacks, china - you never know what is going to be on offer.
For those of you who enjoy French cusine and fine wines, there are restaurants nearby where you are sure to find something to your taste.
You will find plenty to amuse the children: our younger guests have enjoyed the zoo at Beauval, Sleeping Beautys castle, and a visit to the troglodyte houses or the mushroom caves. Visit all the chateaux in one day when you visit the 'Mini Chateaux’ near Amboise. Montrichard has a beach on the river where you can hire pedaloes and canoes, swim, or relax in the shade of the trees. There is also a brand new swimming pool with indoor and outdoor facilities. Tennis is available for the more energetic among you, and there are many safe places to cycle, both on and off road, which is a great way to explore the surrounding countryside. No need to bring your own bikes - you can hire them locally. Or you may prefer to walk; meander through the vines - the rhythm of the vine-growers year is fascinating at any time (and there are plenty of opportunities to sample their produce- the area is famous for its Touraine wines!), and there are delightful paths along the Cher which offer wonderful views of the river as it winds its way between tree-lined banks.
The accommodation comprises a cottage attached to the owners own home, a traditional, stone-built 'longere' farmhouse. It is set in a large enclosed garden which includes your own shady veranda and patio corner with table, and barbecue. There is safe parking for your car. Inside, on the ground floor there is a sunny living room with a well equipped open kitchen, and a shower room/toilet. Upstairs are 2 bedrooms which accommodate a maximum of 5 people. Towels and bed linen are included in the price. A washing machine and drying facilities are available.
To reach us, we are no more 4 hours from Ouistréham, travelling on good motorways to within 30 minutes of here.
We look forward to hearing from you, and to welcoming you to a part of the world that we love and hope to share with you.
Some comments from previous guests -
The gite is very comfortable and well-located to visit the main places around the Loire Valley. Good information inside the gite to guide us. Mercedes, Jesus from Spain.
The gite is so well-situated....a place to take a long, slow breathe out, stop and take time to admire what is around you. We enjoyed visits to Chenonceaux - amazing architecture, gardens + history; the zoo - huge, with happy looking animals with many babies; the pool, and Cheverny with the dog feeding at 5pm' Linda, Dave + family from New Zealand
There are some wonderful places to eat around here!
The long walks, our visits to Tours, Blois and Amboise were all enjoyable. Lynn and Steve, NY.
The silence each morning, only disturbed by the birds, was a joy to wake up (late) to. Shula and Eric, Israel.
Our third visit and I don't think it will be our last. Again, the gite was spotless and cosy. We are very loathe to leave. Sue and Norman, UK.
The open kitchen is well equipped with oven, hob, microwave, toaster and coffee and tea-making facilities, as well as all the crockery, glassware and cutlery you need.
The living/dining room is furnished with comfortable chairs as well as a table and chairs for dining. There is a tv (French channels) and a cd player.
The 2 bedrooms feature the original beams to give them character. The main room has a standard double bed and a full sized single. The smaller room has twin single beds. We have a cot available for a baby.
The shower and toilet are on the ground floor.
The gite is set in a large, attractive garden. You have your own patio area, with table, chairs and sunshade, and a verandah space outside your door where you can sit and soak up the sun. There is a barbecue available.
There is safe parking within the grounds.
Unfortunately, this gite is not suitable for wheelchair users.
A beautiful town on the banks of the River Loire, Amboise is definitely worth a visit. Visit the chateau, or Leonardo da Vinci's final home, Le Clos Lucé. There is a big Sunday market here. You can hire bikes to cycle the dedicated cycle track along the river, or take a trip in a traditional river boat.
Having seen balloons up near us in the early mornings and evenings, we took a flight over Chenonceaux. What a wonderful experience! The quiet, the patterns of the fields and the woods, the light and shadows as the sun went down - magic!
Highly recommended by guests, this world-class zoo has a pair of pandas among its many attractions, a raptor display (amazing!) and some very happy-looking performing seals. The zoo is large and open, the animals all look well-cared for and content, and this is an opportunity not to be missed.
The green-fingered among you will enjoy the gardens at Villandry or Chaumont-sur Loire, which are always very popular with visitors.
Loches is another favourite town of ours. It has narrow streets where the Saturday market is colourful and lively. The historic 'cité' perched high on the hill, with its donjon, a church with an unusual roof and the Logis Royal, is worth the climb up, and there are superb views over the countryside. This is a real medieval fortified castle which children interested in knights and dungeons will love!
A delightfully unspoilt medieval village, complete with chateau, market hall and lavoir, and a pretty walk along the banks of the Indre which offers superb views of the chateau. On summer evenings the local people hang lights in their gardens to turn this walk into a bit of fairy-tale magic.
Several of the chateaux offer light and sound displays on summer evenings. Some are time-tabled performances focused on the chateau itself, while others allow you to explore the gardens and grounds in romantic, mysterious light and music.
This is a chateau which never fails to impress our guests. Its history, the fairytale architecture, with its arches spanning the River Cher, the interior rooms, (don't miss the kitchen!), the formal gardens and vegetable garden ensure everyone has a memorable visit. You can also hire rowing boats and take a trip under the arches.
Young visitors will love 'Sleeping Beauty's Castle' and its tableaux, set in atmospheric rooms at the top of a tower, which tell the story.
This chateau has a very different character from the Renaissance chateaux of the area. Built on a grand scale to impress (weren't they all!) this was where Talleyrand, minister under Napoleon, entertained many important visitors, because Napoleon himself was not keen on that aspect of his role.
Two very different cities, each with a mixture of ancient and modern. We love the colourful flower market in Tours, and wandering around the old quarter in Blois is to take a step back in time.
Our beautiful river has plenty to offer in the way of entertainment. The beach at Montrichard has a safe swimming area which is supervised in summer. There are pedaloes and canoes for hire, a playground for the children and a restaurant/bar. From Chissay-en-Touraine, you can take a trip along the river, under the arches of Chenonceaux.
You can visit these ancient caves carved out of the hillsides to see where and how the stone was cut for our famous white chateaux, and how the many miles of tunnel have been used since by mushroom growers and wine producers, who all have interesting tales to tell.
Comfortable cottage in nice location. Very friendly hosts especially when one of our party was taken ill. This area is great for seeing the Loire Valley and its chateaux. Plenty of shops and restaurants a short drive away in Montrichard. Would recommend it.
This was a very comfortable, clean gite in a quiet village setting with a lovely garden.
The double bed was very comfortable, unlike some French gites! Onsite owners were delightful and very welcoming and well informed regarding local attractions and restaurants etc. They were generous with their help when needed.
We are keen gardeners so the Chateau gardens at Villandry and the annual International Garden Festival at Chaumont were just amazing. We enjoyed visiting the silkworm 'farm' in the troglodyte setting at Bourre. There are some lovely walks along the River Cher.
This gite is spotlessly clean, well maintained and equipped with everything you could possibly think of. The accommodation is perfect for a family or a couple as its location is excellent for exploring so many attractions of the Loire Valley. Our two boys thoroughly enjoyed the local zoo, watching the dragons at Blois and visiting the chateaux at Chinon and Langeais. Le Clos St.Vincent is very close to Chenonceaux with its beautiful gardens and walks along the river and historic Amboise is a must with its excellent market on Sundays. We enjoyed meals in both cafes and restaurants in the many towns we visited, our favourite being in Tours old town where on a warm day you can sit out and soak up the atmosphere of a typical French cafe. There is definitely something for everyone here whether it's exploring the many interesting towns, sampling the local wines or just relaxing in this tranquil spot. The owners were on hand and were very accommodating and extremely knowledgeable. We will certainly be returning to this fantastic gite as there are so many more place to explore.