|La Vrilletterie||Self Catering||Saturday||4||9||4||2 further rooms available sleep 5 price negotiable|
La Vrilletterie is a lovely old winegrower's property in a peaceful and private rural landscape.
Built of the local tuffeau limestone the exterior has been lovingly restored to its former beauty and blends into the magnificent scenery. The stone walls are more than 2 feet thick which keeps the interior warm in winter and cool in summer.
The original house, which is now the holiday home, forms one side of the courtyard and with more than 200 square metres of floor space is spacious.
We have decorated and furnished the property with a pleasing blend of traditional French furniture and modern amenities.
Some 20 metres across the courtyard is our house, formerly a barn and stables.
The top of the courtyard is formed by a wall and is entered through the original stone pillars and wooden gates. The bottom of the courtyard has a charming stone, rose covered arch, leading to the swimming pool lawn and terrace. The courtyard with its raised flower beds and gravel surface can be securely enclosed and makes an ideal area for very young children to play with minimal supervision.
The main kitchen is at the northern end of the house with exterior doors to both the courtyard and top garden bbq area and a staircase to the first floor bedrooms.
It is fully fitted with all modern appliances, the large dinning table comfortably seats 10 adults and is fully equipped with crockery, cooking utensils etc.
Teas, coffees and a wide range of herbs and spices plus some dry goods are provided.
The rear door leads directly to the paved and roofed bbq area furnished with a large table which comfortably seats 12 and a charcoal bbq.
At the opposite end of the house is a kitchenette with a 4 seater table, small fridge and tea and coffee making facilities situated below the mezzanine deck.
The salon, adjoining the kitchen, is a spacious timber ceiling and tiled floored room furnished with settees and easy chairs. It also has a lovely, big wood burning stove.
The salon also hosts a large tv with both English and French reception plus dvd and docking facilities.
The cupboards are stocked with a wide range of toys and games for young and old alike.
The first floor mezzanine deck above the kitchenette equipped with an easy chair and reading desk provides a quiet area for relaxation.
The kitchen staircase leads to the "Rose bedroom", equipped with a king size double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and a wooden cot. The en suite bathroom has a wc, twin washbasins and large bath with shower taps.
The adjoining "Oak" bedroom is equipped with a king size French bed, small single bed, wooden cot, wardrobe and chest of drawers. Its en suite bathroom has a wc, twin washbasins and a large walk-in shower.
Across the mezzanine deck quite area (which could be used as an open small bedroom) is the "Gable" room with a super king double bed or twin single beds. A private toilet, washbasin and walk in shower provide en suite facilities.
Adjoining the salon on the ground floor is the "Courtyard" bedroom, once again equipped with either a super king bed or twin beds. The en suite bathroom comprises wc, washbasin and walk-in shower.
All bedrooms are furnished with luxury, white linens and towels and dressed to the highest
Described with bedrooms.
Central heating when required.
The salon is equipped with a wood burning stove and firewood is supplied.
A large gamesroom is equipped for table tennis and darts.
The cycle store contains a large range of bicycles suitable for all ages.
Guests have access to all areas of the large garden which is securely enclosed, private and accessed through electric gates.
The large lawn and grassed areas, part of which is shared by our pair of miniature horses Jasmine and Etoilé are suitable for ball games and we have a range of ride on toys for young children.
The swimming pool terrace is surrounded by rose beds and its adjoining lawn has a dining veranda with large table and chairs (illuminated at night), shady hammocks, and stone built pizza oven which Stephen will be happy to demonstrate.
Ample parking is available within the premises
The holiday home is suitable for all visitors
Diana and Stephen moved to the Loire Valley after a lifetime of dairy farming in Shropshire, England.<br/><br/>Our new lifestyle has proved to be an enormous success. <br/><br/>We are in our fifth year of a hugely successful holiday home business and with more than 50, 5 star reviews on various sites, delight in providing luxurious hospitality with some very special personal touches. <br/><br/>We like to think that our guests arrive as clients and leave as friends.
|Year property purchased||2013|
|Why this location?||We chose the Loire Valley because we felt it would provide an ideal climate, was within easy reach of the major ferry ports (Caen is an easy 3 hour road journey) and both Tours and Poitiers airports are less than 50 minutes away. Paris is 1 hour by TGV. We sought and found a property that was capable of being transformed into a beautiful haven of rural tranquility and yet was within easy reach of all the facilities that holiday makers would require.|
|Unique benefits of property||La Vrilletterie nestles in a fabulous landscape and its warm white stone exterior has been lovingly restored to its former beauty. The large lawn and gardens provide a secure and peaceful retreat where guests can relax, whether it be lazing in a hammock under a shady tree or catching the rays on the fabulous swimming pool terrace surrounded by a wealth of roses and their perfume. Inside the house we have created a luxurious French atmosphere with all original features and a homogeneous mix of antique and modern furniture.|
Diana's home cooking!
We are happy to provide either a simple 2 course meal on your arrival day or an elegant 5 course all inclusive dinner for up to 12 people in our amazing salon. We promise you won't retire hungry or thirsty.
Chez Andree, Pouzay. Good food at sensible prices. 5 minutes by car.
Le Milcent, Braslou. Traditional bar/restaurant for an inexpensive lunch. 10 minutes away.
Relais de Deux Provinces, Pouant. Good food at sensible prices. 20 minutes away.
Auberge du Val de Vienne, Sazilly. Our favourite!! Fabulous food in great surroundings. Priced accordingly. 25 minutes away.
Les Annes 30, Chinon. Another very good restaurant. 25 minutes away.
L'Auberge de Crissay, Crissay sur Manse. Perfect for a light summer lunch, situated in a pretty village. 25 minutes away.
All the great chateaux of the Loire are within an hour's drive of La Vrilletterie.
Some of our favourites are:
Cháteau du Riveau: A real family favourite is just 10 minutes away.
Chinon Fortress: A Fortress packed full of history with magnificent views overlooking the town.
Cháteau Villandry: The gardeners favourite.
Cháteau Chenonceau: Spectacular and beautifully furnished Gets very busy in high season. Diana's favourite!
Royal Cháteau of Amboise: The resting place for Leonardo de Vinci - well worth a visit.
Le Cháteau d'Ussé: Famed for its inspiration for 'Sleeping Beauty'.
Fontevraud Abbey: A fascinating place having been both an Abbey and then a prison. Stephen's favourite!!
We are lucky enough to have three excellent zoo's within good travelling distances:
Zoo parc Beauval: (1 hour away)
Rated one of the best zoo’s in the world – with white tigers, panda’s and the most amazing bird spectacular ever seen.
Bioparc Doué La Fontaine: (1 hour away)
Wonderful family outing in a fabulous troglodyte cave setting.
Zoo de la Flèche: (just under 2 hours away)
Fabulous zoo where it's possible to book a sleepover in lodges right next to polar bears (separated by a huge glass window)! Amazing experience!
Futuroscope: (less than 1 hour away)
A futuristic theme park offering great attractions for ages 11 and over.
Saint Benoit Aventure: (less than 1 hour away)
A forest adventure trail with over 100 activities such as trails, zip lines, Tarzan swings, monkey bars, climbing walls, rope bridges etc.
Le Puy du Fou : (approx 2½ hours away)
Rated the best theme park in the word! Puy du Fou offers a multitude of spectacular shows and adventures for the whole family.
Le Machines de l’Ile: Nantes (approx. 2 hours away)
Adults and children will be captivated and wowed by this fabulous universe of machines which can be enjoyed by all generations – perfect for family and group outings.
Maillé - (10 minutes away)
In August 1944, while Parisians celebrated its liberation, an atrocious massacre took place in the tiny village of Maillé.
Musée de Blindies – Saumur (1 hour away)
A museum displaying 800 of the world’s largest collection of armoured vehicles, nearly 200 of which are operational.
Oradour-sur-Glane: (Approx 2½ hours away).
Oradour-sur-Glane is a preserved village in the Haute-Vienne region of France where the massacre of 642 men, women and children took place. Very moving.
For antique collectors and lovers the French brocante/antique markets are a must! They are large, usually set along the river (Chinon and Montsoreau in particular) and full of furniture, hidden gems and treasures.
1st Sunday of the month: Montreuil Bellay
2nd Sunday of the month: Montsoreau
3rd Sunday of the month: Chinon
4th Sunday of the month: Saumur
5th Sunday of the month: Azay-le-Rideau
Chinon - Vibrant medieval town with lots of shops, restaurants and street café’s. Full of charming side streets and interesting architecture and situated along the river Vienne. The town is famous for its connections with Jean d’Arc (Joan of Arc) and Richard the Lionheart. A majestic fortress commanding spectacular views over the town.
Chinon is also perfect to enjoy a peaceful river outing on a traditional boat.
Wine tastings, music festivals and a medieval festival takes place through the summer months. (20 minutes away).
Loches – Lovely old medieval town with small cobbled streets and shops to explore. Thriving weekly food and general market held on Wednesday mornings. It also boasts a huge dungeon to explore. (30 minutes away)
Three villages in particular are members of ‘Plus beaux villages de France’ (France’s most beautiful villages): Montrésor, Candes-Saint-Martin and Crissay-sur-Manse. (20-45 minutes away)
Villaines-les-Rochers is also known for its traditional French basketry work with 70 craftsmen located in the village where the ancient craft of wicker work is practiced throughout the year. The co-operative shop has an amazing display of the craft of weaving willow into all manner of saleable goods from shopping baskets to infant cribs. Well worth a visit on a wet day. (20-25 minutes away)
Wine lovers will be in heaven with the huge number of local vineyards to visit and explore in the region.
One or two events which take place through the year are worth a special mention:
April – the town of Chinon is filled with approx. 50 wine growers for a dedicated weekend tasting event. (20 minutes away).
May – the caves of Panzoult open for a wonderful wine tasting and festival weekend over the bank holiday 1st May.
Vines, Wines and walks in the Loire Valley: http://www.france-voyage.com/evenements/vignes-vins-randos-val-loire-218.htm http://www.vvr-valdeloire.fr/
During the first weekend of September, more than 15 wine tours are organised through the vineyards of the Anjou, the Loire Valley and Touraine. Each walk last approx. 3 hours and is accompanied by a local winegrower. These walks are accessible for everyone and include breaks to taste wines and cheeses from the area. This is a unique opportunity to discover some of the fabulous vineyards and landscapes of the Loire Valley.
A truly lovely gite in a tranquil setting with far reaching views over beautiful countryside yet close to many cultural places of interest. Chosen because of the many superb reviews by previous visitors and it more than lived up to expectations. Stephen and Diana are the perfect hosts who made us feel very welcome. Our only regret is that we could not have stayed longer.
Thank you Andrea for your kind comments.