|Le Pressoir at La Baudiere||Self Catering||Flexible||2||5||2||2 cots for under 3 years old|
La Baudiere is built around a large, south-facing, open courtyard which offers stunning views over the local farmland, woodland and our 10x4m swimming pool (heated by a specialist low energy, carbon efficient, solar system, in a secure area with safety-gate access). Beyond the pool is a small, grassy, kiddie play area with swing set, sandpit and various toddler toys.
Le Pressoir Cottage has a kitchen which seats 4/5 and includes a washing machine, ironing board etc. It has a spacious lounge with UK satellite tv, comfy sofas and coffee tables, bookshelves with a selection of books and games and dvds for guests' use. Both the lounge and the kitchen open out on to the sunny courtyard.
Outside is a charcoal barbecue for alfresco mealtimes, there is another one is in the pool area with plenty of tables and seating under the shady gazebo.
Large wooden gates at the courtyard entrance ensure privacy and child safety, we have plenty of space outside to park up to 5 cars.
We are situated close to the historical medieval village of Faye la Vineuse with its 9th century church and Epicerie which is the local post office/grocery/bakery depot/shop. There are several beautiful walking and cycling routes for our guests to explore in this area too, suitable for all ages as our countryside is softly rolling with lots of cart tracks and opportunities to see local wildlife such as deer, hares, a wide range of birdlife and even the odd farmer or two...
Nearby are several other villages with restaurants, shops, bakeries. We are ideally located in the Loire region for exploring the beautiful countryside as well as such attractions as horse riding, go-karting, canoeing, zoos, cycle routes and golf courses; the historic towns of Richelieu, Chinon, Saumur, Tours and Poitiers, the famous chateaux of Chambord, Blois, Amboise and Chenonceaux.
Le Pressoir Cottage has a kitchen which seats 4/5 and includes a washing machine, ironing board etc. It has a gas oven with gas hob, full fridge-freezer and a washing machine. There's a drying rack, ironing board and steam iron too. Two highchairs are also available on request.
The cottage has a spacious lounge with UK satellite tv, comfy sofas and coffee tables, bookshelves with a selection of books and games and dvds for guests' use. Both the lounge and the kitchen open out on to the sunny courtyard.
The ground floor bedroom has a double bed with kingsize duvet and 2 pillows per person. The two ceiling velux windows have electrically operated blinds. There is a wardrobe and a chest of drawers. Next door is the shower room with walk in glass enclosed shower, toilet and wash basin.
Upstairs is the large light and airy family bedroom. This has a double bed with kingsize duvet, single bed, full size wooden cot and a travel cot. There is a large wardrobe and three sets of drawer storage. This bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with a full size bath, large walk in shower, toilet and wash basin.
Ground floor shower room has a large, glass fronted walk in shower, toilet and wash basin. It has an individual radiator too.
Upstairs en suite bathroom has a full bath, a large walk in shower, toilet and wash basin. A heated towel rail is also included.
The lounge in Le Pressoir has a gas fire with thermostat control, gas bottles are included.
The kitchen, each bedroom and each bathroom have individual electric radiators which are also thermostat controlled
There is a large satellite tv in the lounge with all UK satellite free-view channels. Depending on the weather our table tennis table is available. Also weather dependent is our open air swimming pool. We have a set of Boules available and there are a variety of family board and card games too.
We have a large open, south facing courtyard which is so pleasant for relaxing. We can provide sunloungers and deckchairs. Outside the cottage kitchen is a patio with a large table with wrought iron chairs, cushions and parasol in stock too.
We have private parking on our land for up to 5 cars
Le Pressoir Cottage is suitable for young families, couples, elderly and infirm (downstairs bedroom and showerroom). Sadly we are unable to offer wheelchair access as our doors are all a standard French size which is less than any wheelchair measurements.
Steve and I live here on site as your next door neighbours. Therefore if you would like any help advice during your visit, all you have to do is ask us.
Although I bought La Baudiere in 2000, I was only able to spend a few weeks a year here until 2007, when I gave up my job and moved here full time. Restoring the property and grounds has been a labour of love and I now at last enjoy sharing my beautiful home with my partner, Sue, our two Bernese Mountain dogs Elsa and Bruno, our families and friends and the many guests who book to stay each summer.
|Year property purchased||2000|
|Why this location?||The Indre et Loire region of France is so peaceful, it has such a wonderful summer climate and is of so much historic interest that, after several years of holidaying here with my young daughters, it was a natural progression to purchase a property. I fell in love with this (then derelict) house because of its stunning views with colours that change with the crop rotation and the seasons.
As this area of France is known for having the second most hours of sunshine annually after the Riviera, a priority part of the major restoration project was the installation of the swimming pool!
|Unique benefits of property||Although La Baudiere is located in such a tranquil, rural setting, all amenities are close by and travelling here from the UK can easily be achieved within a day. Three airports are in easy reach and travelling by car via a variety of channel crossing points is also straight-forward.
La Baudiere, its courtyard and pool area all face south and enjoy hours of sunshine all year round.
We provide a list on request of the most favourite places to visit in our area and the most favourite "to do" .
Most popular chateaux include Villandry, Usse, Du Rivau, Chenonceau and the Fortress of Chinon. Popular activities include golf, canoeing, cycling, treetop adventure park with zip wire, zoos including Beauval which now has a full panda family.
There is a market in Richelieu every Monday and Friday, a large market in Chinon every Thursday and a massive farmers market on the first Monday of each month in Lencloitre.
Our favourite restaurant is the Auberge le Cardinal in Richelieu which offers a lunch menu of 2 or 3 courses and an a la carte evening menu. No guest - or us! have ever been disappointed yet.