|Un Joyau Caché||Self Catering||Saturday||1||6||1|
This lovely gîte which has recently been renovated is located in the small hamlet of Port Martin, just 850m from the village of Langon on the edge of the beautiful Sologne region of France. Along with the owner's property, it is set in a 2 acre garden with beautiful views of the countryside and situated between the River Cher and the Berry Canal.
The guests have exclusive use of the large swimming pool (11m x 5m) for a few hours per day - the times can be flexible and can be arranged with the owners when you arrive. Guests can also use the ping-pong table or basketball net which are located in the barn or can enjoy a kick-about with a football in the large main garden.
Guest wishing to explore the area have many options whether it is visiting the 13th century medieval village of Mennetou sur Cher, kayaking on The Cher in Chabris or Chatres sur Cher or visiting one of the many chateaux in the region. Guests who prefer to get closer to nature could visit some of the many lakes and forests nearby or just go for a stroll along the River Cher or the Berry Canal.
We look forward to welcoming our guests and ensuring that they have a lovely relaxing holiday.
Traditional ebony kitchen/diner with fridge, cooker and microwave and farmhouse table with 6 chairs. An iron and table-top ironing board are provided and guests can use the washing machine is that is located in separate laundry room
The living room has a flat screen tv with British and French channels, wi-fi or LAN internet. There is a bed-settee in the living area in addition to comfy chairs
The property one large bedroom, approx 40 square metres, with a super king bed (which can be separated into two single beds if needed) and a bed-settee.
The room can be partitioned into two with the use of a dividing curtain.
There is a toilet, sink and newly fitted large shower cubicle.
Electric wall heaters and newly fitted electric towel rail.
Games, tv, boules.
There is a terrace area with patio table and 6 chairs at the front of the property which is underneath a semi-covered wooden pergola. The guests can spend their evenings here enjoying the sun setting over the French countryside.
Young guests can use the small swing and slide that is located in the main garden. There is also a grassed garden area to the side of the property for the use of the guests.
Between the owner's house and the gîte is a large driveway which is suitable for an additional 1 - 2 cars.
The property can accommodate 4 - 6 people if the bed-settee in the lounge is used as well as the bed and bed-settee upstairs
The ground floor is suitable for guests with limited mobility.
A cot and high chair can be provided if required.
The gite comes supplied with household items such as washing up liquid, toilet rolls, kitchen roll, foil, cling-film as well as items such as pepper, salt and vinegar. We also provide guests with a small welcome pack.
In addition to providing all bedding we supply guests towels for use in the kitchen in addition to hotel quality towels for the bathroom.
Booking charge payable immediately to Holiday France Direct, a deposit of 25% of the cost of the holiday to the Owner's PayPal within 14 days of the reservation and balance 8 weeks prior to the holiday. A £100 damage deposit will be required at the start of the holiday.
Optional Extras: Post Holiday clean at £20 - Pool towels can be hired for a cost of £10 per week (upto 6 towels)
If you'd like to make certain that our gite does exist we're always happy to Facetime or Skype potential guests.
I was a primary school secretary in my old life and the best part of my job was my relationship with the parents as I just love meeting people. We moved in the summer of 2015 due to a change in my husband's job and so our adventure begins. We have been very fortunate to buy a house that has a cottage in the grounds .... So now it's time to turn our gîte business dream into a reality.
|Year property purchased||2015|
|Why this location?||Close to Romorantin where my husband works and when we visited the house before buying it we could just see the potential that it had|
|Unique benefits of property||You can't help but feeling relaxed once you arrive - the area feels so open and tranquil. The pool is beautiful - at 11 metres long you can actually swim properly in it - especially lovely in the mornings when the sun is rising above you.|
Located just 40 minutes away from the gîte is ZooParc de Beauval. Classed as the No. 1 zoo in France and as one of the most beautiful zoological parks in the world, it is home to the largest diversity of animals in France with nearly 6,000 animals including two giant pandas, found nowhere else in France! If you are visiting between March to September you can enjoy their two shows that take place in amphitheaters - the bird show 'Les Maîtres des Airs' and the sea lion show 'L’Odyssée des lions de mer'.
As you can see from our last photograph on our profile we have many chateaux in our locality - we have indicated here the approx number of MINUTES that it would take to travel by car to the châteaux - Château Royale d'Amboise 70m - Château Royale de Blois 60m - Château de Bouges 45m - Château de Chaumont 70m - Château de Chemery 35m - Château de Chenonceau 60m - Château de Cheverny 50m - Château de Chambord 60m - Château de Loches 80m - Château de Montpoupon 60m - Château de Selles sur Cher 25m - Château de Valencay 35m - Château de Villesavin 55m
Located 6km from the gîte the medieval village of Mennnetou sur Cher is the village next to Langon. Lying partly in the Berry region, partly in the Sologne, Mennetou is a haven of peace for those who stop there. A rural district where agriculture is still a major factor, it has however a thriving network of craftsmen and tradesmen, industrialists and service professionals. As part of its on-going tourist activities, Mennetou sur Cher, is constantly re-inventing itself while retaining is original charm, regularly re-enacting fêtes related to the medieval festivals of the Middle Ages and providing torch-lit visits.
The town is the Capital of the Sologne region with 18,000 inhabitants and was created as a result of the merger of Romorantin and Lathernay 1961. It is a typical French town with a wide selection of shops including chocolatiers, jewellers, florists and antique shops in addition to its Wednesday and Saturday morning markets. The town is famous for it's Journée Gastonomiques which takes place during the last weekend of October. The local restaurants and a huge variety of street stalls set out to create traditional and original recipes. At the bottom of the town centre is the Motte Island Park which has the River Sauldre running around it and includes mini-golf and café in the main season. Although Chateau Beauvais is privately owned and not open to the public you can visit it's gardens which offer 13 hectares of open space for you to discover on your bike or on foot.
Located 60 minutes from the gîte St Étienne Cathedral in Bourges is a magnificent Gothic Cathedral which is based on the Notre-Dame in Paris. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its architecture, impressive sculptures and beautiful 13th Century stained glass windows.
We have taken gite holidays for over 30 years.
Leann and Andrew are exceptional hosts. Nothing is too much trouble.
The gite is one of the best we have stayed in. It is well equiped and very comfortable.
The grounds are beautiful and the views amazing. The pool is a great size and very well maintained.
The weather during our stay was scorching.
So perfect we hope to return.
Thank you very very much .... We enjoyed having you both here and it was especially nice as you were here for the two weeks which gave us more freedom but also gave us more time to get to know you both. It would be fabulous to have you stay with us again so please please keep in touch.
Thanks once again
Leann and Andrew
We had a wonderful stay. The setting is peaceful and the Gite is comfortable and spacious.
The gardens are beautiful and the pool, which is well maintained, is an added bonus.
There are plenty of visitor attractions nearby.
The owners Leann and Andrew were very welcoming and ensured that we had a good stay with nothing being too much trouble.
We would definitely recommend staying here and will be coming back ourselves soon.
Thank you very much .... It was lovely meeting you both and glad that you enjoyed your stay even though we had short periods of crazy weather. It would be great to have you stay here again but if you didn't want to come back too soon then please pop in for a cuppa on your way to your family in Limoges.
Take care and we are looking forward to an France V England World Cup Final ??????
We have used lots of gites over the years, some good, some bad, one really awful and now a real cracker!
All communications with Leann were friendly and helpful. We had the best directions ever to help us find Un Joyau Cache, including googlemaps - none of that, "The sat-nav says......" business. On arrival we were greeted with a refreshing cuppa and a nice little chat - all most welcoming.
The gite is charming with really good equipment. There is even a choice of t.v.s which would be really useful with children to cater for. The shower is great - really easy to master the controls. If you like swimming the lovely pool is a great bonus.
The village bakery - literally ten minutes' walk away - is a very helpful amenity although sadly the restaurant is currently closed, so one has to go a bit further afield. There is a good choice of supermarkets in Romorantin.
Leann and Andrew couldn't have been more helpful with any queries we had and they were genuinely concerned when Jane developed a medical condition right at the end of our stay. Luckily Villefranche-sur-Cher has a really well-equipped pharmacy with most friendly and helpful people serving.
Oh, and we were well placed to drive and see round several of the beautiful Chateaux and also to visit old friends in Amboise.
For this price in this position and such charming hosts look no further!
Oh thank you both for your lovely review....even though it is a little business for us it is very personal, especially for me and we try our best to make sure that people have a good holiday here.
We try to make the place a place that we would like to visit ourselves and a place where people can relax and unwind as lives are so busy nowadays and holiday time is so precious.
Health issues allowing, we do hope that we get to see you here again. Take care both and thank you once again
We received very warm welcome from Liann and Andrew; very much enjoyed our week at the gite which was clean and well equipped. Amazing pool to enjoy another time!
Although our weather was mixed we enjoyed exploring new places - saw a great variety of wildlife up in the etang of Sologne - great recommendation from Andrew. Bourges is also very well worth visiting.
We are glad to hear you had a good time despite the weather not being the best .... it's a good excuse to come again to enjoy it all in the sunshine.
We were thinking of you both yesterday as we have a very young owl making use of the big tree between the gite and the pool - we watched him for hours - you both would have loved him.
Lovely to meet you both - merci beaucoup