This location has multiple holiday properties
L'Hirondelle is part of La Richardiere and has been tastefully renovated to a high standard and maintaining many of the original features of the building.
On the ground floor is a well equipped kitchen diner which seats up to 6 people. Equipment includes full oven and hob, microwave, fridge and dishwasher. In the comfortable lounge there is English free to view tv and a dvd/cd player. A wooden staircase in the dining room leads up to the large landing on the first floor.
The first of the 2 bedrooms is a spacious double bedroom with a pretty window looking out onto the courtyard. The second is a well-sized twin bedroom. We can supply additional folding beds for larger families. The shower room is light and modern and also accessed from the landing.
Outside, there is a graveled patio area with table and chairs for 6 people and your own charcoal bbq for outside dining.
La Richardière is a peaceful and beautiful countryside retreat. It is over 200 years old and was once a fermette bustling with cattle, sheep, goats, ducks and chickens.
The property is situated in rolling countryside to the south of the lovely Loire Valley. Over the years it has been carefully restored and transformed into the tranquil haven it is today.
Situated at the end of its own private drive, La Richardière is encircled by approximately 4 acres of lawn and orchards with extensive open views of the peaceful surrounding farmland.
For those who wish to explore, La Richardière is well situated for visiting the many chateaux, vineyards and interesting towns and villages of the Loire and is a "stone's throw" from the Brenne National Park.
All of our gite cottages have kitchens, shower rooms, bedrooms and living areas and are provided with dedicated wi-fi, satellite English television, media players and outdoor barbecue areas.
A fully equipped kitchen is part of the property with fridge, freezer, microwave and dishwasher.
Comfortable living rooms with tv and internet.
The property has 1 double bedroom and 1 twin room.
There is a shared shower room with toilet and wash basin accessible from the landing.
Heating is available on request. There is an additional charge per day.
Gardens are extensive and provide ample opportunity for secluded sitting or picnics.
Open air free parking is available.
Patience was a stay-at-home mum when we lived in England. She has really enjoyed making La Richardière comfortable, stylish and welcoming for guests. Dave retired from his professional role as a Primary School Headteacher in December 2014. He is a practising musician and accomplished at playing traditional Fiddle music. Now he looks after the grounds, buildings and swimming pool.<br/>
|Year property purchased||2014|
|Why this location?||The Southern Loire is one of the most beautiful rural parts of France. It is uncluttered, neatly kept and almost traffic free which makes driving a delight and cycling possible in a wide variety of directions from La Richardière.|
|Unique benefits of property||La Richardière is set on a small hill between La Celle-Guenand and Le Petit Pressigny. There are wide skies with open views of the countryside. The gardens afford tranquillity and relaxation and our pool is a gem in the centre of the property. In the surrounding countryside there are so many things to do: Chateaux to visit, wildlife parks, fishing, bird watching, cycling, walking, wine tasting and fine dining.<br/>We send out a Monthly Newsletter to all our guests, and to those who contact us, to keep everyone up to date with news and developments at La Richardière.|
Beauval zoo is situated 45 minutes to the north east of La Richardière. It is an expansive natural setting where animals are, where possible, housed in open enclosures. The zoo has pandas from China and white tigers. Both are highly endangered species and can only be seen in a small number of zoos around the world. Beauval is one of those zoos. Spend the day, eat in the restaurants, and enjoy the magnificent bird of prey show which takes place every afternoon.
There are many old houses/castles called Chateaux within easy reach of La Richardière. These include: Azay le Rideau; Chenonceau; Chinon; Riveau; Villandry, Charnizay and ambroise - to name but a few.
There are many local villages and towns to explore. Many have weekly markets. Le Petit Pressigny; Le Grand Pressigny; La Celle-Geunand; Paulmy; Loches (Market on Wednesday); Descartes (Market on Sunday), La Roche Possay (Market on Tuesday). For those who are interested , there is a pottery in Ferriere Larçon which runs practical pottery sessions for visitors.
From Descartes (home of the eminent philosopher of the same name) and from La Roche Possay it is possible to hire canoes and explore the local rivers.
The Brenne Regional Park is situated just 20 minutes to the south east of La Richardière and is a superb regional park with thousands of lakes and is teaming with bird life. Excellent for those who wish to spend their time bird-watching. The whole area is well-supported with hides and viewing platforms. On our last visit we saw flocks of Cranes.
We were delighted with our holiday. What a treasure trove! Beautiful accommodation in exquisite grounds. Fantastic warm and inviting hosts who could not do enough to make us feel contented. Plenty to do for all the family on site - swimming, badminton, ping pong, boules, not to mention organised wine tasting. This felt like experiencing old France - how we remember it to be - very quiet rural surroundings, chateaux galore and markets for the cheese, wine and fruit lovers!
Couldn't recommend this enough to families or couples who want a peaceful retreat.