This location has multiple holiday properties
|Le Pigeonnier||Self Catering||Saturday||1||2||1|
Le Pigeonnier is our smallest Gite and is suitable for 2 persons. It is part of the old farm development of La Richardière and has been tastefully renovated to a high standard and maintains 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, and its associated cottages, 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.
There is a combined kitchen diner with suitable space for social cooking and quiet meals for 2. The kitchen has cooker, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and access to washing machines just across the courtyard.
There are two seating areas: One downstairs in the kitchen diner and one upstairs in the bedroom looking out through the balcony windows over extensive countryside.
There is one bedroom, with double bed. In this room there is a sitting area with views from the balcony over the countryside. There is a television in this room as well.
There is a shower room and toilet on the ground floor.
There is no heating in this property, but if needs be, a portable heater can be provided at a small daily charge.
The gardens and grounds are extensive and provide ample opportunity for secluded sitting, reading, sun-bathing, sports activities 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.
We've just returned from a fantastic stay at Le Pigeonnier. The property is set in a beautiful location (almost oasis-like!), surrounded by fields. It's beautifully done and is the perfect place for a quiet retreat and some R&R. The hosts were great and so helpful - they provided a very relaxed environment and struck the balance perfectly between being available if needed and completely avoiding that awkwardness that can happen when the owners live on site.
Le Pigeonnier is slightly apart from the other 2 gites and provides a nice quiet spot with great views from both inside and out. It's clean and well-maintained and the facilities on site, including the lovely pool, are great and well thought out. Even with the 2 other gites and owners all on the same site, there are plenty of distinct and quiet areas to go so you never feel on top of each other.
In terms of the surrounding area, there aren't a lot of amenities in the immediate area so most are a car (or at least a reasonable cycle) journey away, but then this is rural France and you can't get the peacefulness if you want the convenience of a town. The local boulangerie delivers 6 days a week however (very useful if you're feeling lazy!) and there's a Michelin starred restaurant (La Promenade) in the nearby Le Petit-Pressigny which is definitely worth a visit. There are plenty of chateaux and villages in the area to visit.
We would thoroughly recommend Le Pigeonnier and hope to return one day.
We had a wonderful week with Dave and Patience at La Richardiere. They are great hosts, and gave us lots of information about places to go and things to do. They arranged a wine tasting evening for the guests of all three gites, which was an excellent social event as well as being interesting and useful.
The swimming pool is lovely and was well used by our teenage daughter and her friend throughout the week.
If you are wondering whether to book, just do it!