|Farmhouse Cottage||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||2|
This superb cottage has its own private heated pool which is exclusively for your use and is kept at a temperature that ensures you will all want to enjoy a dip. The character property has been newly renovated, retaining its charm yet providing all modern facilities. It has a beautiful garden with mature trees and lawns and its rural location means it is an ideal place to unwind and relax. It is within easy travelling distance of many of the major Loire Valley chateaux.
With french doors opening onto patio and barbecue area, the new fully-fitted kitchen has an integral dishwasher and fridge (with small freezer unit), built-in oven and microwave. Washing machine. Island unit with gas hob and overhead extractor fan.
This light and airy room which has its own french windows onto the garden, features an 18th century fireplace, ideal for log fires on cooler evenings. The suite in burgundy leather is complimented by the oak refectory table and 8 dining chairs. The tv (English channels) comes with dvd player and a wide selection of films and music cds for all the family.
There are 3 large bedrooms, 2 doubles and one with 2 single beds. One is situated downstairs, conveniently located adjacent to the bathroom. This room with its large window comprises a king size bed with fitted wardrobe and chest of drawers. Upstairs, the double room, with its king size bed, retains a rustic French feel with its exposed beams and long distance views both across the Claise Valley and the swimming pool. The other upstairs room is a twin bedded room. It features a magnificent gilded wall mounted mirror which together with the pine floor, 2 windows and high ceiling gives a feeling of space and freshness
There are 2 spacious shower rooms with the main one featuring an all glass, walk in shower, roomy basin and wc. The other shower room has a feature basin and spacious, efficient corner shower. Both shower rooms are on the ground floor. There is also a separate wc and hand basin located adjacent to the staircase. This room also houses the central heating boiler which provides constant hot water and central heating throughout the cottage. Within the main shower room there is a built in cupboard containing cleaning and ironing equipment.
The cottage has full efficient central heating system with a central thermostat to enable guests to set their own preferred temperature.
The cottage has a selection of books, puzzles, games, boules, sports equipment. Tennis rackets are available and the local courts are free. There are plenty of quiet country lanes and forest tracks to cycle along using the 2 bikes provided.(please note that we do not provide bike safety equipment or lights). The large lounge tv comes with dvd player, playstation 2 and games all enhanced by the surround sound facility.
Within the garden there is a full size table tennis table
The cottage is set in a wonderful mature south facing garden with lawns and a variety of unusual trees. There are 2 sets of french windows from the kitchen and dining areas which lead out to the outdoor eating area with your own bbq together with teak garden furniture and a range of parasols providing all you need to enjoy al fresco dining on summer nights. The garden is fully fenced with a grapevine, flowerbeds, and herbs available to add to your bbq.
The large swimming pool is 4 x 8m with the water temperature controlled by an efficient heating system. It has gradual ‘Roman’ arched steps to enable easy access and ‘sitting’ area. The spacious surrounding tiled terrace has a variety of sunbeds and parasols to enable you to relax and enjoy the sunshine. To ensure your safety the pool can be securely covered, with the turn of a switch, when not in use. The pool has a soft ‘salt’ water system which does not smell of chlorine and is not salty to taste and is constantly maintained.
There is ample off-road parking adjacent to the cottage.
The farmhouse cottage is ideal for families or couples looking to explore the real France and experience a hidden gem in the countryside. After days lazing beside the pool the cottage is ideally located to explore the local and wider countryside including many of the major Loire chateaux. Apart from being a good walking, cycling area there is fishing, tennis, golf, horse riding and watersports nearby.
Rental includes all fuel, electricity, linen and towels. There is no additional charge for cleaning but visitors are asked to respect the property and leave it as they would wish to find it. The owners live adjacent to the site in a separate dwelling and will generally be available to help you enjoy your stay.
A typical entry in our guestbook:
"At the end of our 2 week stay in Farmhouse Cottage, it is difficult to find enough superlatives to use in praise of this idyllic house, its glorious peaceful garden, the fantastic swimming pool and, of course, its generous, welcoming owners - Peter and Jane! And whoever has been in charge of the weather .... could not have done a better job either!"
I have a wonderful life stretched between family in the UK and living here in France enjoying summer sunshine and trying not too buy too many treasures from the local brocantes. I have one full time member of staff, (at least that's what he calls himself) my husband Peter who fixes everything, sometimes when it's not even broken. We love to welcome guests to our cottage and hope to ensure they have a really special holiday by being available in the most inobtrusive way possible.
|Year property purchased||2002|
|Why this location?||A wonderful unspoilt, uncrowned area of France full of charming villages, old chateaus and good restaurants. Close enough to the Channel to be easily accessible yet far enough south to benefit from long sunny days and higher temperatures.|
|Unique benefits of property||The picturesque cottage has character features and high quality furniture throughout. The swimming pool is heated and exclusively for your use only as there are no other gites on site. The surrounding terrace is a sun trap for those wanting to relax either in the shade of the parasols or full sun. The extensive garden includes many variety of trees including cherry, walnut, fig and apple fruit trees as well as more unusual types such as the catalpa. There are clear lawn areas for games as well as table tennis and boule.
The surrounding area has a wealth of small hidden chateaus that are off the normal tourist trail as well as many beautiful walking and biking routes. It is a real gem of an area that is just waiting for you to explore.
Within 5 miles there is a restaurant to suit everyones pocket from the Michelin Star restaurant at Little Pressigny to the local Auberge at Abilly.
The local village has a variety of shops and cafes grouped round the village square and medieval church. There is a weekly market that caters for all your needs. Supermarkets range from the local grocers to the larger supermarkets that are 15 minutes by car. The medieval town of Loche, just 30 minutes away, holds twice weekly markets in the cobbled streets below the impressive Chateau and its medieval ramparts. For the more serious shoppers there is Tours and Poitiers, both of which are about an hour away.
Le Grand Pressigny 2km
'Chez Grand' Ma 2.5km
The local village, Le Grand Pressigny, is just a over a mile away. It has its own chateau and a new exhibition building (opened Sept 2009) to focus on the region’s importance in the Neolithic period. Tennis court hire, horse riding sessions and fishing permits can be bought locally. Approx one hour away are the Chateaux of Chenonceau, Langeais, Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry, Usse, Chinon, Valancy and the medieval towns of Richelieu and Montresor. Just 35 minutes away is the bustling, medieval town of Loche with its twice weekly markets and fine chateau on the hill overlooking the town. To the south there is Futuroscope at Poitiers. A futuristic, interactive media centre with fun for the whole family. Scattered within the small local villages are the more intimate family chateaux that characterise the local area, where time has stood still and the beauty and grandeur of the buildings is there for all to see. There are two golf courses within easy driving distance catering for both the amateur and champion golfers.
After a week at Eurocamp with the kids (which was good fun!), we headed up to the Southern Loire for the second part of our holiday at Peter and Jane's wonderful holiday house which is located halfway between the villages of Abilly and Le Grand Pressigny. Before we left the UK, the information pack they send you in the post before you go is excellent and gives you a great feel for what lies in wait when you arrive.
Peter and Jane were the most charming hosts; they showed us everything we needed to do when we arrived and left excellent instructions for anything we needed to know for the week.
The beds were very comfortable and there were fans in case the nights were too hot. The bathrooms were downstairs which was fine for us, as one of the toilets was at the bottom of the stairs; the showers were both excellent. One bedroom downstairs and 2 up was perfect for us. The kitchen is brilliantly kitted out and very easy to use, though watch banging your head on the centre extractor unit as I am 6"4" and this was the perfect height to bang my head.
TV/DVD/UK TV easy to use. BBQ is charcoal and again easy to use The pool was a great size and well presented; having a heated pool is a luxury, but definitely worth it as the weather was a little changeable the week we were there.
The local boulangerie in Le Grand Pressigny was excellent and used most mornings while the nearest decent supermarket was Intermarche in Descartes which was about a 15 minute drive.
All in all, excellent!
We have had many villa hiring experiences but the exactness of the care and thought that has been put into Farm cottage is exemplary and comes from the very genuine love of the place and surroundings of its owners , Jane and Peter, and their enjoyment of sharing this with others.
We were a little concerned with the proximity of the owners , but this was unfounded and both Jane and Peter are completely respectful of the need for them not be seen or heard. However they are such helpful and genuine people that we were glad and welcoming of their knowledge and input.
The cottage is immaculate in presentation , has just the right amount of personalisation to lend itself to a homely feel and had absolutely everything provided and beyond to ensure we were comfortable from the moment we arrived . Everything is cared for from bedding to entertainment and Jane makes for one of the best tourist information sources and Peter for anything to do with wine and local geology.
The setting of the cottage is very rural and very quiet but if you are looking for time way from a hectic and full on life as we were then this the absolute place to go. There are two supermarkets within a 15 minute drive away and the local village is five minutes a way with two bars two resturants; a bakery; a butcher and a pharmacy . Everything you need in fact is close and even walkable. There are lovely local walks and lots to see and do within an hour if you feel the need to move.
We had such a lovely, relaxing holiday at the Farmhouse. Jane and Peter could not have been more welcoming. The house is ideally situated about 2km from the town, among beautiful golden wheat fields. You can cycle into town, pick up your fresh croissants in the morning, have a drink in the main square or go to the fabulous local run restaurant (traditional, good value and delicious). In the town there is a wonderful old castle and you are within perfect striking distance of all the history and culture the Loire region has to offer. On the road into town there is a place where you can go and take a pottery lesson and try your hand at making pottery on a pottery wheel. We did and have fabulous souvenirs of our holiday.
Alternatively you can hang out at the house, in the large garden or by the pool (safely covered with a hard cover so less stress for parents of young children).
We went with our 4 year and 6 year old and had a magical time. The house is in an idyllic location, everything you could think of has been provided and Jane and Peter give you all the privacy you want.
We could not recommend it highly enough
Thank you Fiona for your lovely comments, it is much appreciated. Jane and Peter
A beautiful, stylish cottage full of charm and character, perfectly fitted with everything you could imagine to make your holiday comfortable and care-free. The generous owners are full of information about the local area and the best places to go - making you feel incredibly welcome.
The lovely cottage has all you would need in it for children of all ages. The rooms are comfortable and extremely stylish, it has very safe and secure garden, and the warm pool (with lots of goodies) enables swimming and playing whatever the weather... plus the immaculate garden is perfect for relaxing (outdoor furniture and bbq to hand). A really perfect and wonderful setting for a family holiday.
Thank you Hannah for your lovely comments.