Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 2
|La Riaute||Self Catering||Flexible||1||2||1|
Sitting amongst open countryside “La Riaute” is 3 fields away from the village of Villiers with its bar/restaurant/shop. The former farm workers cottage is located just inside the Brenne National Park (land of a thousand lakes) and on the edge of the Loire Valley with its famous chateaux.
Lovingly restored in 2013 La Riaute is in a tranquil setting with views over open fields and farmsteads.
The well equipped kitchen comprises painted wooden units, with oak work surfaces, a gas hob/oven and extractor fan, built-in dishwasher and fridge with freezer compartment. There is a separate outside utility room with washing machine, iron and ironing board, next to the courtyard garden.
The living area comprises kitchen, lounge and dining area in one large room (30m²). The room has exposed wooden beams, feature stone wall, wooden parquet floor and is painted in Farrow and Ball paints.
The living area has a cream 3 seater settee and armchair, wood burning stove, tv with English channels, cd player, lots of books to read and games. The dining area has a wooden table and 4 chairs
The bedroom (15m²) has original terracotta floor, white wooden beams and is painted in Farrow and Ball paints and comprises double bed with wardrobe, dressing table, bedside tables and the 2 windows give views over open fields.
En suite shower room with large corner shower
Woodburner with free logs
Tv with English channels, dvd player with a selection of films to watch, cd player with various cds to play, lots of books to read and games.
There are 2 patio areas, one in the garden which has sun all day and affords views over the fields and a courtyard patio which offers more shade, both have seating and a table. There is a bbq.
There is a herb border near the kitchen door which provides most culinary needs and the garden has various fruit trees (peaches, cherries, pears, plums).
Off road parking
Suitable for people with limited mobility as the house is on one level but sadly not suitable for wheelchairs due to the age of the house.
My husband and I have lived in this beautiful area of France for 16 years. We have renovated 3 houses sympathetically in the region for guests to enjoy a typically French experience. We are able to offer advice on the various activities and wonderful places to visit in the area. We can also share our local knowledge about places to visit that may not be in any guide books and also recommend restaurants locally and further afield.
|Year property purchased||2012|
|Why this location?||The area has so much to offer. Within a short distance from your holiday home there are lakes and open countryside for bird watching, beautiful towns and villages and of course the wonderful chateaux of the Loire Valley.|
|Unique benefits of property||Rural and quiet with no immediate neighbours but close to all the attractions and only a short walk to the village where there is a restaurant/bar/shop.
Ideal for people with limited mobility as it is all on one level.
We offer frozen homemade meals, homemade pasta sauces from our own tomatoes, veg boxes and eggs.
Loches (and its Market!)
One of Les Plus Beaux Detours de France, a jewel in the Loire. Its walled citadel is by far the most impressive fortress in the area. A lovely town to wander around and take in its historic beauty. There are many restaurants to chose from and we can let you know our favourites!
Market days are Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Popular with locals and tourists alike. Here you will find local wines and cheeses, fresh fruit and veg and local farms selling their produce.
Beaulieu les Loches
Only 1km from the centre of Loches yet relatively undiscovered. Its impressive Parish Church is built into the ruins of the Abbaye de la Trinite a Benedictine Abbey Church. Well worth a stroll around.
Les Plus Beaux Villages de France
Angles sur Anglin - a delightful pretty medieval village to explore. Situated on a gorge of the river its unspoiled streets are lined with attractive medieval houses.
Montresor - a quaint village on the river where you will find a lovely nature walk with views of the Chateau.
Brenne Regional Park
Land of a thousand lakes. A superb place for birdwatching and getting back to nature. La Mer Rouge is the largest lake and is close to the excellent Visitors Centre which has a delightful Restaurant serving dishes made with local produce, there is also a shop selling the local produce.
Chateaux and Gardens of the Loire
There are many famous Chateaux to visit such as Chenonceau and Amboise but locally we have the lesser known Azay le Ferron and Bridore both worth a visit without having the masses of tourists.
Frances number 1 Zoo, it has the largest animal collection in Europe, including White Tigers and Pandas.
A unique leisure park, the only one of its kind in Europe. Renowned for its high-tech attractions and futuristic architecture.
Food and Wine
Sample the local Touraine wines and Sparkling Vouvray along with Sainte-Maure Chevre (goats cheese) rillettes and rillons.
It was a cottage, but did not say it was attached to a lot of derelict buildings. It was clean and well maintained with everything you need there. I cleaned the house completely and messaged the owner when we were leaving, got no response and three weeks later still no response, which was disappointing and disrespectful and soured our experience of staying at the property. Very isolated and absolutely nothing to do in local area, coffee shops in local area not open regularly.
Apologies if you did not receive my text after you left, I don’t know why as I had texted you before a few times as I sorted out your vets appointment.
I am sorry you thought there was nothing to do in the area as we have many repeat guests who love what the area has to offer, lakes, forests, beautiful villages, local markets, chateaux and plenty of walking and cycling routes.
I am happy that we could accommodate your 2 extra days you wanted and only charged you for 1 day.
Yes there is a small house and barn behind the property which no one lives in but it has no impact on your view or stay as the cottage overlooks open fields, it is just like having a barn attached to your cottage which is very common in rural France.
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Bedrooms 5, Sleeps 8, Ratings 3 9.2/10