|La Verdonnerie||Self Catering||Saturday||5||10||3||2 in self contained cottage available as an extra|
Spacious renovated farmhouse in quiet hamlet 3 km from riverside town of Descartes, which has supermarkets, restaurants and a full range of shops and a Sunday market. About 15 minutes drive from junction 25 on the A10 motorway, about 5.5 hours driving time from Calais.
The house is a family home for most of the year so has a high level of comfort and furnishings including antique furniture, mirrors and pictures. Well maintained garden with covered pool, terraces and plenty of parking space. Shady areas for the fair skinned and plenty of room to tan for those who can.
Thick stone walls make for cool interiors on hot summer days. Floors are mostly tiled and walls whitewashed.
18m² kitchen completely refitted in 2016 - lots of storage, full range of kitchen equipment and window opening to dining table under the pergola.
Double electric oven, Smeg gas hob with 4 burners, Smeg fridge-freezer, quartz worktops with double sink, pull out larder unit, Smeg kettle, Dualit toaster.
Large sitting room with television with UK and French channels, dvd, hi-fi unit. Antique dining table for 6 (8 at a pinch) in one corner but most people eat outside. Three double sofas, wood burning stove - just in case!.
Three downstairs bedrooms (up 6 steps) - double bedroom with wardrobe and access to small covered patio, bedroom with 2 old "boat beds" and modern wardrobe unit, bedroom with 2 single beds (can be joined to form a king size double bed if wished) and wardrobe.
Upstairs (via spiral staircase) a very large bedroom area with double bed leading to second bedroom with king size bed. Fitted wardrobe and cupboards under the eaves.
Downstairs there is a bathroom with wc and a shower room with wc, both off the corridor leading to the bedrooms.
Upstairs there is a large bathroom with bath, separate shower and a large wash basin.
The wood burning stove in sitting room can be used for atmosphere. The house has gas central heating but this is not needed in summer and will only be available by agreement.
Electric fans are provided in the upstairs bedrooms.
Swimming pool 8 x 4 metres plus steps, ranging from 0.9 to 1.7 metres deep with ledge all the way round at 0.9 metre for the young. Easy to open but secure cover keeps the pool clean and warm (typically 28 to 30° in summer), and provides security for those with children.
Charcoal and gas barbecues. Large grass area for play.
Enclosed garden with large grassed areas, flower beds, fruit trees and a vegetable patch - help yourselves to any vegetables that are ready for eating.
Sunloungers by the pool, various tables and chairs in different areas, shady pergola ideal for drinks and eating as the sun goes down.
There is plenty of parking inside the property on gravelled drive and courtyard.
Downstairs area and bedrooms are suitable for people with reduced mobility but not wheelchair users. Babies welcome - we have a baby gate for downstairs bedrooms, cot and baby chair and can get extra cots and chairs as needed. The upstairs bedrooms are accessed by a spiral staircase and not ideal for those with reduced mobility.
We have many families coming, often 3 or 4 generations, but also birthday parties and special interest groups - as varied as fishermen and a Harley Davidson club.
Wi-fi internet provided.
Retired professionals who moved to France 13 years ago and spent the later part of our careers working here. We live here for the greater part of the year.
|Year property purchased||1997|
|Why this location?||Loved the rolling countryside and local stone buildings - as well as the wine. Easy drive from the Channel ports - less than 6 hours. All the conveniences of a town only 3 km away but the house has a real country feel and views.|
|Unique benefits of property||Private but not isolated. Spacious renovated farmhouse - plenty of room for 10 people. Swimming pool with sunterrace and shady pergola and lots of garden space. Safe environment for children.
Unlike many gites this house is our family home for most of the year so has a high of comfort.
Stunning historic castle overlooking a river in beautiful old village.
Village near Loches with spectacular display of roses growing up the houses in the main streets - and an excellent restaurant. Jazz festival in August.
Every Sunday morning in town centre - a proper traditional market with local produce (try the goats cheese which is a regional speciality) as well as plants etc. You may even see live ducks and chickens. A real meeting point for the locals.
A wide range of the famous chateaux are within an hours drive - Azay-le-Rideau, Chinon, Loches, Amboise with its links to Leonardo da Vinci, Chenonceau - the second most visited chateau in France, Loches with its 3 fortresses from different periods.
Historic centre, cathedral, art museum and extensive shopping.
Hire a canoe and get driven upstream, then paddle gently back down to Descartes enjoying the peaceful countryside for a completely different view of France.