|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. Washing machine is available in separate laundry room but an iron and table-top ironing board are provided
The living room has a flat screen tv with British and French channels, wi-fi. 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 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 up to 6 people if the bed-settee in the lounge is used as well as the beds upstairs.
The ground floor is suitable for guests with limited mobility.
A cot and high chair can be provided if required.
The gite is being rented by the owners for the first time in 2016 and they would welcome feedback to improve their facilities.
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 providng 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 upon online booking and balance to be paid to Owner's PayPal account 8 weeks prior to the holiday. A £100 damage deposit will be required at the start of the holiday.
Optional Extras: Pool towels can be hired for a cost of £10 per week (upto 6 towels)
Post Holiday clean at £20
Our individual website should be available soon but in the meantime you can follow us on Facebook - just search for Un Joyau Caché
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.
The owners were very friendly and helpful. The cottage conversion was to a high standard and was very well equipped, even down to a picnic set.I can thoroughly recommend it.We very rarely,if ever, stay in the same cottage twice, but we will make an exception here.
Thank you very much - it was lovely to have you both here - as I mentioned we really do enjoy having the cottage as we get to meet such nice people. Looking forward to seeing you again on your return visit xxx
Very welcoming and nice location and pool. Nothing was too much trouble if requested.
The bed was a struggle at times as it was not possible to have the head end against a wall - so pillows kept falling off! Suggest that either re arrange room or get a headboard.
Thank you very much. It was lovely meeting you both and hopefully we may see you again sometime. As for the headboard I will look for something suitable over the next few weeks so future guests don't have the same issue.
The gite owners Leann and Andrew are very nice and welcoming and generous. The gite is spacious and has high quality fixtures and fittings. It is well situated with lovely garden and countryside views. A very good boulangerie within walking distance. English TV and WIFI,a great swimming pool too,what more could you want?
Fantastic value for money as well.
Chris and Cressida
Date of stay May 13th to May 20th
Oh thank you very much for your comments. Even though we'll never be millionaires from the gîte we take it very seriously and put in a lot of effort to make sure that people are happy with it. We also try to price it so it's rented out for most of the season rather than trying to get top prices and having it empty. It was lovely meeting you both and I feel hopeful that we'll see you again soon. Thanks again xx
The description of the property in the advert was accurate and being in a lovely tranquil setting with swimming pool was a bonus.
The property itself was extremely clean and very homely with the addition of pictures and ornaments.
The owner provided excellent service nothing being too much trouble and would have no hesitation in recommending the gite to friends.
The one disadvantage was having to travel some distance for activities or restaurants, although there was a boulangerie in the village five minutes away by car.
Thank you - it's been lovely having you both here and would love to see you again sometime. I must say that as younger people I only hope that we still have your energy and spirit of adventure when we're the same age - we take our hats off to you both xx