|La Roche d'Enchaille||Self Catering||Flexible||4||9||3||Double sofabed groundfloor, single bed on landing|
La Roche d'Enchaille is a barn conversion located between the medieval market towns of Loches and Descartes; ideally positioned for exploring the Loire Valley and its Château. Set in to a hillside with a wood behind, La Roche d'Enchaille enjoys uninterrupted views of the surrounding rolling farmland and woodlands providing peace and tranquility. The accommodation is a careful restoration and conversion of the farm to the Château de Cussay, this dates back to 1268 when the first record of the château can be traced as being sold to Guy the Doyen of St Martin. The main west-facing wall is formed from the original château ramparts and vestiges of these are present through out the grounds as well as entrances to caves and tunnels. The locals swear there is a tunnel linking La Roche d’Enchaille with the church in the centre of Cussay some 5 km away. The château had several roles during its long history, including operating as a mint striking coinage back in the 16th century and more recently as a “Relais de Post'. It now offers relaxed open plan living with a gamesroom for table tennis and darts, a choice of out door terraces with a hot tub and sun loungers as well as dining areas.
The kitchen is American-style incorporated into the main living area with all the normal amenities there is a large movable butchers block with integral storage drawer adjacent to the 6 burner stainless steel range style cooker with a large electric fan oven and extractor hood over. Next to to this is a large buffet which stores plates and cutlery and adjacent is the large elliptical solid oak dining table with enough seating for 12.
The living area on the ground floor is light and airy with comfortable sofas one of which is a double bed sofa and occasional tables with a selection of lamps, there are 2 large colonial style ceiling fans with integral lights overhead. It has in part natural stone walling giving it a warm welcoming ambience, there is a music system and wi-fi.
On the first floor there is a landing area which accommodates tv in both French and English, a games console and a bed sofa.
On the ground floor there is a spacious double bedroom off of a lobby area with the ground floor shower room immediately adjacent to this. There is English tv in this bedroom.
On the first floor there are 3 bedrooms, the master with a king size bed and en suite shower room. The second which has a double bed and a single and the third which has 2 single beds, these 2 are adjacent to the first floor family bathroom all off of the landing area, all have overhead ceiling fans with integral lights.
On the ground floor off of the rear entrance lobby there is a shower room with large level access shower.
First floor we have a spacious family bathroom with roll top style bath and telephone shower set and the master bedroom has an en suite shower room again with large level access shower.
There is an oil fired central heating system through out the property.
On the ground floor off of the rear lobby there is a games room with darts and table tennis this also houses the selection of bicycles available.
There are extensive grounds to explore and 3 terraced seating areas with adjacent flower beds and fruit trees. One of the terraces has a 6 place hot tub with a boules court adjacent and there are large grassed areas for playing ball games etc.
There is plenty of free parking in the inner courtyard.
The property is suitable for all ages and we have had guests with restricted mobility who have said the ground floor bedroom with the shower room adjacent was ideal for them.
There is a wine cave and large chest freezer available if required
Liz & Garth created the gite at La Roche d'Enchaille together, having both previously worked in the service sector in the UK, Liz being the interior designer and finisher and Garth with his Construction experience undertook the conversion of the original cow shed, with several additions over the years such as the hot tub resulting in the comfortable accommodation that is available now .
|Year property purchased||2004|
|Why this location?||We holidayed here with our 4 children many times and have family connections to the area which always made it a special place for us and the contrast in the pace of life to were we lived in England made it an easy choice for us. The property is ideally located in the Loire Valley for exploring the many delights on offer from the stunning Chateaux, Vineyards, magnificent rivers and other attractions such as Futuroscope at Poitiers, Disneyland Paris (an hour on the train from Tours) and Beauval Zoo with it's Pandas and many other acvtiviies not forgetting the restaurants and cafes.|
|Unique benefits of property||We immediately on the first visit new this was going to be the next special home for us being at the end of it's own private lane with open countryside surrounding it, it is a retreat but not to far from all the attractions of the Loire Valley.|
Eating out – there is a large choice of restaurants in the area ranging from the in expensive 12€ for a 4 course lunch including wine to the Michelin starred Le Promenade at Petite Pressigny which is 20 min away and everything in between.
Châteaux - This is an excellent area for châteaux, there are several local to the immediate area as well as the more famous including Chinon, Loches, Amboise, Azay le Rideau, Chenonceau, Villandry, Langeais, Blois, Chambord, Rigny Ussy (the inspiration for 'Sleeping Beauty'), Valencay and Montresor. Some châteaux also perform Son et Lumiere shows during certain evenings of the holiday season.
Brocantes (car boot/antique markets) are held virtually every weekend through out the region each village has it's own take on these and are usually accompanied by food and a well stocked bar.
Tours - Tours, the Touraine capital city, is full of history and art and the old town boasts cobbled streets and charming medieval buildings. For those of you who like to shop, the new part of the city has plenty of choice and has an excellent new tram system. It also has an interesting old quarter full of medieval timber framed buildings housing pavement restaurants and bars, in the summer you have a choice of Gangets which pop in various riverside locations throughout the region for dancing and dining. Even a day visit to Paris is possible as it is only 1hr 40 minutes on the TGV from St Pierre de Corps and Disneyland is only an hour.
Other Activities include shopping and visiting the many vineyards from Chinon, Saumur, Vouvray, and all the Touraine wines through out the region you really are spoilt for choice.
Golf: Nearest Golf Course is just outside Loches, Verneuil Golf course just 25 minutes drive from Cussay