|Les Amis||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||3|
Les Amis is a carefully converted, former farmhouse with original features set in a small and peaceful village in the Loire Valley and surrounded by beautiful countryside. A very spacious house with a private swimming pool and with access for wheelchair users. All bedrooms are en suite with showers. It has almost 2 acres of land. A small orchard contains a well and a feature original water pump is at the front of the house. Les Amis is situated in the picturesque village of Menetou-sur-Nahon in the region of Indre and close to the River Cher. The village itself is quiet and friendly. There are many lovely walks from the house.
Free wi-fi and English tv is provided for you.
The American kitchen is fitted to supply your every need - fridge-freezer, gas hob, electric oven, microwave, washing machine and dishwasher. All equipment you will need is available.
The dining area seats 6 with comfortable chairs. A highchair is also available.
The living room is comfortably furnished with an English 3 piece suite. The large television provides you with English programmes. In the colder months there is a log burner and ample wood is available on-site.
Les Amis has 3 bedrooms.
Bedroom 1 - situated on the ground floor is a king size double with en suite. The en suite is suitable for wheelchair users as the doors are wider than usual and the walk in shower is easily accessible. There is ample wardrobe space. Hairdryer also available in this room.
Bedroom 2 - On first floor with double bed and en suite. The beams in these upstairs rooms provide original features. Lots of wardrobe space is provided. There is also a Lloyd Loom chair in this room if you want to relax on your own as well as another on the landing where there are ample books for you to read.
Bedroom 3- twin single beds with en suite. Again, there is ample wardrobe space.This room also has the emergency exit door for your safety.
All bedrooms are en suite and there is an additional downstairs toilet.
Heating is by electric heaters with th addition of a beautiful log burner in th lounge for those chilly evenings.
At Les Amis we encourage families and friends to enjoy each other's company and we provide plenty of boardgames for you to enjoy. There is also an extensive library of English books suitable to read while lazing by the pool!
The private pool has to be the highlight of the garden! It was fully refurbished in the 2017 season. Next to the pool is a large box containing various pool accessories and play things as well as outdoor games. The garden of approximately 2 acres is kept mainly to lawn with flower borders. The original feature of the pump in the front garden has been kept for interest. There is a small orchard and fruit is freely available to you if you come at the right time of year. This includes apples, pears, cherries and plums.
There is also a large barn which houses the wood for the log burner.
There is a large barbecue available for you to use.
There is ample parking on-site.
Les Amis is a place for friends and family. We cater for adults and children. We also cater for wheelchair users with the downstairs bedroom.
We love the quiet countryside here, the peace and very laid back lifestyle that seems to pervade the whole area. We love watching the wildlife – red squirrels, deer, green woodpeckers all make themselves at home either in our garden or in the surrounding fields.
Recently we have been able to buy a small cottage not far from Les Amis which is our retirement home. As we are nearby we can help with any problems, whether it's booking a restaurant or advising where the places to purchase wine are!
The river Nahon slowly meanders through the village and has a lovely green play area on its banks. There are lots of vineyards in the area which produce very fine wine. The motorway is only 20 minutes away making it very accessible. Les Amis for us is such a magical place- a place for family and friends.
We moved permanently to France in February 2017 after retiring from our hectic lives in England. We came here from Colchester where Graham had been the minister of a local Church and Pauline had been the Business Manager of a local school. Our grown family live in England but love to visit us in the wonderful area of France we have made home.
|Year property purchased||2004|
|Why this location?||We wanted to be close enough to the UK to be able to travel in one day and also be south enough to enjoy warmer weather. We longed to live in the country but within easy reach of all facilities. Les Amis easily filled all our desires and having been able to purchase a cottage near the farmhouse where we will spend our retirement!|
|Unique benefits of property||Our restored farmhouse is spacious, fitted to good UK standards and with free wi-fi and English tv. It is in a very peaceful area but close enough to local facilities. The private pool is a great advantage to our property. We are in a delightful part of France, surrounded by many chateaux and wine producers. During the summer there are regular events throughout the region which make it an interesting area to visit, including 'son et lumière' at various chateaux as well as the usual Sunday brocantes where you can still get a bargain! We live nearby and so are able to help in any time of need. One downstairs bedroom is suitable for wheelchair users.|
The ZooParc de Beauval, more commonly called Beauval zoo or, more simply, Beauval, is a French Zoo located in Saint -Aignan which is about a 35 minute drive from Les Amis. If you have children this zoo really is a must but even for adults it is an amazing experience. It features more than 3,000 animals on 35 hectares, which is one of the largest animal collections in France and in Europe. Created in 1980 by Françoise Delord, it is now run by her son, Rodolphe Delord, and managed by his family, which owns most of the capital.
Beauval was the first zoo to home some animals in France, which contributed to its reputation and to its development. It has been the first zoo in France to present big cats, such as their white tiger and white lion, in the 1990s. Still today, many species are rare in France, such as the okapi and the tree kangaroo, or the even more unique koala and the giant panda (who recently gave birth to a beautiful cub.)
The zoo has some wonderful displays and if you visit you MUST make every effort to see the bird show, it’s amazing.
The region is littered with some amazing chateau the nearest being Valancay. The château, sited at the edge of a plateau that overlooks the Nahon river, was built on a royal scale by the d’Estampes family of financiers over a period of some 200 years. Construction started in 1540 at the behest of Jacques d’Estampes in place of the demolished 12th-century castle and was not completed until the 18th century, when the south tower was added.
It boasts wonderful architecture and traditional manicured french gardens. There are also ample activities for children. It is a ten minute drive from Les Amis.
Also within easy reach are the chateaux of Chenonceau, Chambord, Blois, Bourges, Villandry, And many more .....
There's lots of local vineyards in the area and most of them welcome visitors to taste the wine. Lots of varieties and ranging in cost but all well worth trying. We have a list of those we consider worth a visit, many if them speak English too which is often a bonus!
A former monastery and listed historical monument, the Prieuré d’Orsan was established in 1107 by Robert d’Arbrissel as an off-shoot of the Abbey of Fontevraud. The Orsan Gardens are a true architectural gem inspired by medieval tapestries and illuminations. It enjoys an idyllic location in the Berry region, Central France. It is brainchild of two architects, Sonia Lesot & Patrice Taravella, these remarkable gardens combine symbolic landscape creation and organic crop production. If you are a keen horticulturalist you will love the variety of plants and the peace and tranquility the gardens offer.
It is about an hours drive from Les Amis and there is a wonderful restaurant at Lignieres where you can stop for wonderful fish and chips! (Les Trois Perdrix)
Even Monty Don loves this garden!
On 10 June 1944, the village of Oradour-sur-Glane in Haute-Vienne in Nazi-occupied France was destroyed, when 642 of its inhabitants, including women and children, were massacred by a Nazi Waffen-SS company. A new village was built nearby after the war, but French president Charles de Gaulle ordered the original maintained as a permanent memorial and museum. The remains of the village have been left as they were on the day of the massacre. If you are a keen historian or have children studying WWII this is a haunting and unique glimpse in to the life of the french people during the second world war. There is a fantastic museum with english audio provided which gives an overview of the events that took place that fateful day, after this you are free to explore the remains of the village. Although it is a two hour drive, there are plenty of pretty villages along the way to stop and enjoy.
We had a lovely stay at Les Amis - the cottage is clean, comfortable, spacious and well equipped. It is great having sole use of the pool which is well maintained and a good size. The cottage is perfectly situated for walking/biking round the local area and for visiting some of the key visitor attractions of the Loire/Cher valleys. It was lovely to be able to see red squirrels from the window and deer, kingfishers and herons etc when we went out exploring.
Our hosts were welcoming and informative - but unobtrusive - with good recommendations on the local area. There is easy access to the train at Gievres for trips to Orleans, Tours and Bourges if you want a day off driving - as we did. It was possible to cycle to the bakery in nearby Varennes and the tourist information in Chabris was helpful. It was also convenient to have the new SuperU just down the road in Chabris, with a only a relatively short drive to Valencay, Selles sur Cher or Romorantin for more touristy type places.
We had a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday; thank you very much to our hosts Pauline and Graham!