|Gîte La Bonnardière||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||2|
Our holiday cottage is located in the Loire Valley, a 15 minute drive from the city of Tours. It is a detached cottage built at the end of the 19th century and is located in a quiet quarter of the village of Nouzilly. The owner is English, living permanently in France.
With its own private walled garden, the house is full of character and charm with oak beams throughout. The house is fully modernised, with double glazing and central heating. It is ideal for families or couples.
Kitchen equipped with all modern appliances including washing machine and dishwasher.
The dining room seats 8 people.
French double doors give access to garden.
Separate sitting room with seating for 7. Tv, dvd and radio/cd system.
French double doors give access to garden.
Two bedrooms on the first floor, each with a double bed.
Ground floor: shower with wc.
First floor: spa bath and wc.
The house is fully centrally heated.
Sky tv available in the sitting room.
Dvd player. Radio/cd/cassette.
Local maps, guides, dictionaries, and tourist brochures.
A selection of books are available for use by guests.
Wi-fi internet access.
A walled private garden, with table and 6 chairs on the terrace, and a barbecue. Two additional reclining garden chairs.
Ladies and gents bicycles available.
A closed parking space is available on site.
Best suited to a small family or couples.
The owners speak both French and English and live 5 minutes away by car.
The city of Tours is 20 minutes away by car. Parts of the city were rebuilt after the war but a large medieval quarter remains and is a very popular destination with visitors. The city lies between the river Loire to the North and the river Cher to the South and has a fairly compact centre making a day in the city possible witout too much walking. The main street, rue Nationale, is the principal shopping street but there are many small side streets to be explored. There is a large Tourist office in the square opposite the Main Railway station. There is a Tourist Train giving city tours which will give you an incite as to what you might in the city. There are a huge amount of restaurants in Tours to suit all pockets and tastes. The St Gatien Cathedral is very close to the city centre.
There are plenty of attractions in the region about an hour away by car, meaning a day trip. These include Futuroscope at Poitiers; Vernise Vert at Coulon; Beauval Zoo; Troglodyte Village at Turquant and the Vannerie at Villaines.
You have a choice of several golf courses close by, with driving ranges available. Ardrée Golf Club is the nearset, just 15 minutes by car from Nouzilly, at St Antoine du Rocher. It is a very attractive 18 hole golf course set in the grounds of Chateau d'Ardrée. 9 holes are affected by water which makes it a challenging but not a long course. Expect to pay about 55 euros for a green fee. Talk to the gite owner if interested, he is a member there.
There are about 150 villages listed as the 'prettiest'. Five of them are close by; Candes St Martin, Crissay sur Cisse, Lavardin, Montrésor and Montsoreau. Each one is different.
Local restaurant with excellent regional reputation. 7km away. For the price, hard to beat.
Visiting one or two chateaux whilst in this region is a must and all are within an hour of Nouzilly. The chateaux vary enormously in style and size but each has its own character. The best known are Amboise, Azay le Rideau, Chenonceau, Chambord, Chinon, Clos Luce and Langeais. Hot air balloon trips are available from Amboise enabling you to see some chateaux from a different perspective.
Cycling has a massive following in France and the lanes around Nouzilly afford leisurely cycling through woodland and along countryside lanes, often completely devoid of traffic. Two adult bicycles are available on demand free of charge. For the more competent, enthusiastic cyclist, there is a cycle path alongside the river Loire that extends for hundreds of kilometers and is well documented. If cycling is too strenuous, then there are 3 walking trails around Nouzilly, well marked for the visitor starting from beside the village lake. In nearby woodland, there is a marked trail with various excercises for you to undertake!
For wine lovers, there are copious vineyards open to the public to visit and to wine taste (and purchase should you wish, but there is no obligation) in the Loire Valley. The pricipal areas are in Vouvray, Chinon and Bourgueil and a little further away but worth the trip, the Anjou and Saumur vineyards. Many are open every day but often by appointment.
We enjoyed 10 lovely days in Gite La Bonnardiere. Location was perfect with plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. The gite was very well equipped with everything you could think of, all you need is your food and wine! It was very clean, tidy and comfortable and Patrick made us very welcome and he gave us all the information that we needed.
The gite has a lovely garden perfect for relaxing in.
We would definately recommend and hopefully return to this gite.
When we arrived the Gite was spotlessly clean, the ground floor is spacious with slightly less headroom on the first floor as the rooms are in the roof. The fixtures, fittings and furniture is of high quality, basically it had everything we needed for the week of our stay. There is off road parking, decent Wi-Fi and a nice garden, we also had the use of the three bikes. The village is very quiet, the bakers is within easy walking distance and make the best bread and cakes, it is well situated for access to the chateaus of the Loire, we cycled a few different routes on the wonderfully quiet and well maintained roads, the area is relatively flat with just a few small rolling hills. We loved our week here and would return in a breath.
We spent 2 weeks at this well equipped and comfortable Gite. It is a good place to visit the surrounding Chateaux from and a delightful garden to rest and recuperate. We will definitely be reccomending it to our friends
Good rural location in traditional, quiet and friendly French Village with off street parking. Lovely cottage with historical features, nice garden with good garden furniture. Accommodation immaculately presented. Lots of useful tourist information, very helpful friendly owner who lives locally. Very homely and comfortable accommodation with good quality furnishings Comfortable beds. Butcher, Baker and Pub in village, all very friendly & helpful - learn a few words of French before you go! Easily accessible from Caen with good road networks - use the toll roads. English TV. Security Bond was returned at end of stay no problem. Good communication from owner. This is a nice place to stay!!
Would benefit from wi-fi. No hot-spot in village. **Traditional converted loft (with lovely beams) means low ceiling at one side of beds. **Flat screen digital TV would be nice; but not an essential. **Not really bad points; more just observations.