|The Stables||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||1||Double sofa bed (sleeping 2) or a single fold up|
Our 2 bedroom eighteenth century stable block is within a traditional walled courtyard and a stones throw from many of the Loire's wonderful Châteaux and other attractions.
Note: We ask guests to give us advance notice if the fold out single bed is required.
Large kitchen / dining room.
Cooking facilities consist of a gas hob and small fan assisted oven.
Dining table and dresser
Sitting room with:
Three seater sofa
Two easy chairs
Flame effect electric fire
Desk and chair.
A fully sprung fold out bed is available for this room
Chest of drawers
Desk and chair
Electric heating throughout
A dvd player but no television reception. A library of over 200 dvds are available for our guests to enjoy.
A selection of books and games.
A terrace with wooden bench, table and chairs.
Ample secure parking within enclosed courtyard
Sadly due to the nature of our ancient building we are not suitable for wheelchairs.
Originally from Oxford (UK) we moved to France 20 years ago to work and live, as we enjoyed the French way of life. Our passions are cooking, the arts and music composition.
|Year property purchased||1991|
|Why this location?||The area is a perfect base for exploring the wealth of Château and other attractions in The Loire and also, being in the centre of France, a perfect place to break a journey to the south.|
|Unique benefits of property||The only stone building shown on the 1790 Cartes de France de Cassini, our ancient farm retains its charm whilst providing the benefits of modern living. The Stables were converted by ourselves to provide self contained accommodation for family and friends. The fully enclosed courtyard is shared with the owners with a separate terrace for our guests.|
Highly recommend this troglodyte village, just 8k from La Guerche. They can arrange English speaking tours and our grandchildren love the special events that are secluded throughout the summer months. Not a huge place but perfect for a gentle insight into the history of this area. Please note that the access is restricted for those less mobile (shall be having words with Richard the Lionheart about this).
The cliff and the cave village of Ethni'Cité are the combined fruits of sediment accumulation formed 90 million years ago, from several successive occupations to various periods of history and erosion. This cliff consists of a friable limestone rock very well known in the region: the tuffeau.
It all began when, in the twelfth century, Richard the Lionheart, then the heir of the King of England, Henri II Plantagenet, had a guard tower built at Saint-Rémy-sur-Creuse to watch over his enemy, the King of France, which owns the territories on the opposite bank of La Creuse. At this time, the relations between French and English are very complex and the conflicts recurring. Following the construction of the tower, a "free" city developed in Saint-Rémy and to protect itself from the attacks of their enemies, the inhabitants created a real fortress in the cliff by setting up underground-refuges. During your visit, you can discover the remains of this fortress, its defense system and how life was organized during the sieges. If the monolithic facade fell in 1906, unveiling the heart of the cliff, today there are many testimonies of this history.
The last home of Leonardo da Vinci is a perfect way to spend a day. From the stunning architecture through to the reconstructions of his engineering designs (including some brilliantly thought out play equipment for children in the grounds) this is one of the must sees of the area.
We recommend arriving in the morning, having a picnic lunch on the lawns (lots of shady trees) and exploring Amboise and the fortified castle later in the day.
Futuroscope, or Parc du Futuroscope is a French theme park based upon multimedia, cinematographic futuroscope and audio-visual techniques. It has several 3D cinemas and a few 4D cinemas along with other attractions and shows, some of which are the only examples in the world.
Open air swimming pools, a mini farm, pretty gardens, crazy golf, tennis, canoeing, fishing and a cafeteria. Reasonably priced way to spend a day or afternoon of leisure.
The premier zoo in France, this is worth a visit. The giant pandas are adorable (sleepy but we are trying to find out feeding times for our guests - sleep and eat are the pandas reason for existence), the hippo enclosure a delight and the flying bird display is the best we have ever seen. There is too much to describe but we cannot recommend highly enough.
We do suggest arriving at opening time and making the most of what is not an inexpensive treat. Picnics can only be eaten in the car park so we suggest biting the bullet and having a light lunch at one of the on site eateries (12pm seems to be the best time - gets very busy) and treating yourselves to a nice supper on the way home.
The historic town of Chinon is on the banks of the Vienne. The feeling as you drive in from the south east is of River Pirates and Chocolat. Atmospheric and a taste of what is to come.
Although settlement in Chinon dates from prehistoric times those with an interest in the Plantagenents will be captivated. From the fort, occupied by Eleanor of Aquitaine (also her prison after colluding with her sons for the downfall of Henry II) has been recently restored, a climb up the hill will take you to the Chapel of St. Radegund (a troglodyte chapel of great interest with medieval murals) via the echo.
The town itself offers much to see and we have spent many a happy day wandering its streets.
There is a brocante on the banks of the river on Sundays and a market on Thursdays.