This location has multiple holiday properties
|Le Martinet||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1||There is space in the property to add an addition|
Le Martinet is part of La Richardière and has been tastefully renovated to a high standard and maintaining many of the original features of the building.
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.
Le Martinet has a completely self-contained kitchen with cooker, microwave, fridge-freezer and dishwasher.
There is a separate dining area.
There is a spacious living room with comfortable seating and tv.
There are 2 bedrooms in Le Martinet. One twin bedroom on the ground floor with en suite facilities and one upstairs, also with en suite facilities.
Shower rooms are en suite in both bedrooms
Central heating is available. There is an additional charge for this.
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.
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.
When our guests have visited somewhere they can recommend we make a note of this and add the details to our downloadable Visitors' Guide. Gusts can download a copy by visiting our website.
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 (with Clos Luce next door - the retirement home of Leonardo da Vinci) - 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.
Just 25 minutes North of La Richardière, this is a new adventure park - in the trees. Ropes courses of various degrees of difficulty make their way through the trees where you can climb, swing, surf and ride bikes. All supported by the latest advances in security equipment. Great for all ages.
I love la Richardiere - this is our second visit, and we have already re-booked next year.
A big thank you to our hosts for all their efforts to cater for our every need!