|Large Farmhouse in Touraine||Self Catering||Saturday||5||9||2||+ small child (baby with your own cot)|
The property is a large farmhouse, full of rustic charm, built between 1886 and 1889, made out of the local creamy-coloured Chinon 'tuffeau' stone. It is a family home, regularly used by the owners, providing generous accommodation for an extended family, two families, or group of friends, sleeping up to 9 people. The property offers complete privacy and tranquility, set in 2½ acres of land and lying 3 kilometres outside a farming hamlet. There is a good-sized heated outdoor pool allowing for swimming for up to 4 months of the year (approx. late May to Sept).
Extremely spacious and comfortable, the house is equipped with everything you need for the perfect vacation - an ideal base for relaxing by the pool in summer as well as exploring historic Touraine and visiting the grand chateaux of the Loire, any time of the year.
Good-sized kitchen with large circular table and chairs for breakfast (if not eating outdoors). It is very well-equipped with dishwasher, microwave, electric oven, gas hob and a range of serving dishes to cater for all types of groups. There is a separate dining room, looking onto the lounge, which can seat up to nine people. There are sliding glass doors between the dining room and the lounge which can be fully opened back to create a very large space.
The lounge's main focal point is a large traditional open fireplace. If you're here in winter, have a log fire every day. There is plenty of firewood stored in one of the garages or in the open barn. Comfortable seating for up to nine with three settees around a large coffee-table. Tv with English satellite channels and 17 French tv channels, and a dvd player. A separate stereo system is in the bookcase. The extended room is dual aspect with French doors opening out onto a terrace near the garden, as well as onto the front courtyard.
Five bedrooms in total. The large master bedroom is on the ground floor and has an adjoining large en suite bathroom with bath-tub and stand-alone shower. There are four further bedrooms upstairs: a double, 2 twins and 1 single. All are furnished to a comfortable standard. Linen and bath towels provided. Bring own pool towels.
Large bathroom downstairs with toilet, bath and shower off the master bedroom. Separate guest toilet downstairs in hallway between kitchen and utility room. Upstairs a bathroom with large stand-alone shower and separate bath tub. Toilet on upstairs landing next door to bathroom.
Efficient gas-fired central heating throughout the whole house. In winter or the cooler months the large open fireplace in the lounge is a wonderful focal point and gives off a great heat. Separate water-heaters for each bathroom so there is plenty of hot water at all times.
Stereo system in bookcase in dining room with lots of books to read and cds to listen to during your holiday. English satellite tv and French channels available in the lounge, with Bose system cd and dvd player. Separate tv (with French channels) in master bedroom.
A wide range of family boardgames such as Monopoly, Cluedo etc and chess and cards available. Plenty of space to play frisbee, badminton or football in the garden. Even practise that golf swing!
The house benefits from all day sun and there are several outdoor seating areas.
There is a terrace outside the kitchen for breakfast and in summer you can then move round to the pool terrace for the rest of the day.
The pool is set near the house and looks out over the one hectare secluded garden surrounded by poplar and willow trees. Fruit trees by kitchen terrace. Pool service cleans pool weekly.
A lovely open barn also provides a sheltered area for dining or relaxing at any time.
Portable Weber BBQ for poolside grilling, or grilling in the open barn.
Ample space for cars in front courtyard and two can be garaged if required.
Property suitable for a large family, two families or group of friends.
Bakery van will call each day if tenants advise the bakery in Champigny-sur-Veude and let them know they are at the house.
There are 4 adult cycles available for tenants' use.
|Year property purchased||2007|
|Why this location?||Proximity to large number of glorious chateaux; excellent, little-known wines of Chinon (plus the wines of Saumur-Champigny too); good weather being south of the Loire; gentle countryside; complete tranquility; French and English medieval history intertwined; only 3 - 3 1/2 hours drive on quiet motorways from Normandy ports|
|Unique benefits of property||Complete privacy, peace and tranquility; plenty of space; farmland all around; a heated outdoor pool; a family house that is regularly in use: very comfortable, well-equipped, comfortable furniture, books, pictures on the walls, 4 outdoor eating areas|
This is a fantastic base for complete peace and relaxation, surrounded by fields growing sunflowers, corn, wheat and rapeseed and where gentle hills slope away to the north of the house. There is a lovely heated pool for swimming and to chill out by.
It is very close to the historic towns of Chinon and Richelieu. Chinon, with its wonderful medieval and Renaissance fortress castle, is where England's King Henry II died in 1189. Joan of Arc recognised the Dauphin here in 1429 in the midst of the 100 Years War. Richelieu, named after the Cardinal, is an architecturally wonderful town, built alongside the former chateau, with streets of large and elegant 17th century manor houses.
As well as the house being close to various celebrated chateaux such as Villandry, Usse and Azay-le-Rideau, there are many lesser-known gems within easy reach, such as Cande (where the Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII, married Wallis Simpson in 1937), Montsoreau, Rivau and Montreuil-Bellay. The Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, where Henry II, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine and their son Richard I (Lionheart) lie buried, is also a must-see.
The Loire Valley produces superb wines and Chinon is the relatively unknown jewel in its crown. You are not far from the regions of Bourgeuil, St Nicolas de Bourgeuil and Saumur-Champigny as well. The nearest vineyards and wine-makers are only 3 kilometres away from the house and a 15 minute drive will get you to a whole range of great Chinon vintages. A wine-tasting visit to any number of the local wine-makers is always a very pleasurable experience.
You can take a lovely boat trip on the Loire at Saumur or canoe or kayak down the Vienne from Chinon. For a different day out why not visit Tours, with its beautiful cathedral and wonderful food and flower markets, and Poitiers, to the south, with its Romanesque church and the battle-site of Edward the Black Prince's famous victory in 1356.
A wonderful holiday was had at la maison bleue. 6 weeks after our visit in late August we are still "reeling" from the amazing experience of the: swimming pool, scenery, tranquility and of course the rustic farmhouse. If your looking to get away from all and enjoy some family time inn idyllic surroundings, this is the place to be. The house is well proportioned and easily accommodated our family of 6 (4 grown up children) with plenty of room to spare. The house is situated, as others have said, virtually at the end of a road just past a working farm. The kitchen has every amenity you could wish for. We mostly ate in (alfresco dining was the norm as we were blessed by a heatwave) and went out to nearby Chinon to eat, below the castle in the old town. A huge supermarket - Super U - is 20 minutes away towards Chinon and we stocked up there. The chateau at Chinion is well worth a visit, with a recent refit from European funding, it is one of the best laid out and informative castle for the visitor. I have visited a few over the years!
This family farmhouse was well maintained and in particular the Bourne Trilogy kept the us entertained on "movie nights" I hasten to add that there are a number of DVDs and CDs for your entertainment an board games to suit every age. We woke to Beethoven and I introduced my 18 year old daughter to Fleetwood Mac. Well, if what I have written sounds appealing - go for it. A final exclaimer: I haven't been paid by the owners!
La Maison Bleue is a family home and was completely equipped with everything we could possibly need during our holiday. It was perfect in every way for us being a family of Grandparents, Daughter, Son-in-Law and two small girls aged 6 and 3.The grandparents could be separate downstairs in the master bedroom with ensuite bath/shower room. The rest of the family slept upstairs so did not disturb us. All linen was provided and beds made up ready for us. Although the area is quite flat we were surrounded by fields and sunflowers and empty roads except for the odd tractor. This was ideal and safe for cycling (four touring bikes were provided) and exploring the area. The owner had left plenty of information - for sightseeing, shops, super markets, restaurants and local markets together with a great library of books and maps. The three nearest towns Chinon, Richlieu and Saumur were delightful. We spent much of our time at the house as it was so spacious and of course the swimming pool was wonderful for all of us with plenty of garden furniture, outdoor games and barbecue. I wholeheartedly recommend this property for a family holiday and hope that we might one day return.
The property is a large "family" second home in the country - so the feel is "lived-in" rather than that of a 5 star hotel. The swimming pool is heated and very well kept, and this contributed a good deal to our holiday. There's lots of space - so you can choose to have your meals in one or more of at least 5 locations around the house, so you can have as much sun as you require, or as little - provided it's shining! Happily, it did for us. There is a choice of reading matter if you get bored (I found a really good book about the black death) and even a stack of CDs, catering for tastes other than mine.
A minor plumbing issue was dealt with very promptly, so other visitors can have confidence that everything will work.
This was just a great place to relax; it was the first time I've had a holiday in France without bothering to eat out, not even once. I'd go back, and would recommend it to anyone.
Really enjoyed the 'shabby chic' ambience - all felt very relaxed and great for children and adults alike. Very spacious living and sleeping space. Great collection of books/CDs for browsing. Children loved the swimming pool and the beautiful outdoor space. Garden games provided much amusement. Adults absolutely loved the bikes which were in good condition and immediately usable - great cycling country. Also enjoyed the wildlife - hedgehogs, frogs, a kingfisher on the river. Would thoroughly recommend for a relaxed family holiday- this is a very interesting bit of France which we did not know very well - we normally go further south. Will definitely return.