|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Les Arches is a lovingly restored traditional stone former farmer's house set in gently rolling countryside between the historic towns of Loches and Chinon. The large holiday cottage is part of a former farm/stud which is still active but relocated 2kms away.
The property is on the edge of a small hamlet just 1 km from the typically French village of Cussay. Within walking distance is the local auberge where you can enjoy morning coffee, a tasty reasonably priced lunch using regional products or the more sophisticated à la carte menu in the evening.
Having undergone a total restoration in 2013 les Arches has kept all its original charm but has been designed with comfort in mind.
Rental includes no extra hidden charges, all bed linen and towels are provided so on arrival your beds are made up, all you have to do is put down your bags and enjoy a bottle of complimentary wine on the sunny terrace.
The property has been configured to be let either as one large house with a sleeping capacity of a maximum of 12 spread through 3 double and 1 twin bedded rooms with the possibility of an extra single bed in two of the doubles plus the use of 2 double sofa beds (or air beds). The two properties ar linked by means of a connecting door (very well sound proofed) , to be rented as two separate homes sleeping up to 6, each having independent facilities and its own private garden and terrace with BBQ area. The individual cottages, Rainbow Arch and Angel's Arch, being ideal for smaller families and the whole property for larger groups of friends or extended families.
Outside space is important when you are on holiday so comfortable outdoor furniture including table, chairs, gas BBQ, parasol and sun loungers are positioned in the private white stoned walled gardens.
The fully equipped living kitchens are light and spacious and have electric oven, gas hobs, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, toaster, electric cafetière, fridge and icebox, kettle, iron and ironing board.
The bedrooms are all spacious and comfortable, the bathrooms,2 in Rainbow Arch both with showers and 1 in Angel's Arch with bath and overhead shower are also spacious.
Rainbow Arch is ideal for reduced mobility holidaymakers with a ground floor double bedroom and especially equipped bathroom for wheelchair access.
We provide comprehensive guest notes to help you settle into your holiday home and to find all the local interest sites but we are always on hand, although very discreet, if you need any help organising a day out, booking a restaurant or just generally finding your way around.
The cottages have underfloor heating for the cooler months and Angel's Arch has a wood burning stove for cosy autumn/winter evenings. An outdoor patio heater is available to prolong the outdoor living and there are electric fans if you need to cool off in very hot weather.
Free Wifi in all areas.
Television, DVD player and mini hi-fi in both cottages.
Additional TVs in both bedrooms in Rainbow Arch.
Cot, high chair and stair gate available.
Toys, games and a library of books.
Evening baby-sitting available.
We have been living permanently in France for the last 8 years. My husband and I both speak very good French. We actually run a horse breeding farm just 1 Km away from the property where the holiday homes are situated. So we are very familiar with the area and are happy to recommend local restaurants, vineyards, chateaux & interesting places to vist as well as local fêtes.
Janet Scollay purchased this cottage in 2006
Cussay is a great location as there is so much to do and see in the area for adults and children alike. We have put alot of time and effort as well as love into the renovation of our property to ensure that it is really comfortable for you and has every modern amenity, but at the same time it retains its unique charm so special in the Loire Valley!
We love the area because it has a good feel about it. People in the shops and villages always say Bonjour and the countryside is always beautiful to the eye, whether it be spring, summer, autumn or even winter. It is so conveniently situated. Close enogh to the larger towns and near to all the wonderful Chateaux of the Loire Valley and other attractions. It is so easy to fill a week or two with things to do. You will never run out! Plus it's only one hour to Tours and you can get to Paris from Tours in 55 minutes on the fast train. Tours airport is only 50 minutes drive from CUSSAY. We like the very light evenings (light until 11pm before the longets day of the year) and the 'big' skies are just breath taking. The weather is good too!! The stone built homes that we live in have a charm about them, so all in all it's a great place to be!
Set in the gently rolling countryside of the southern Loire Valley the region is perfect for a complete break. Yet there is so much to do in the area. Just 20 minutes from the bustling medieval town of LOCHES and within one hours drive of the wonderful Chateaux of the Loire Valley. But if you want to just enjoy the countyside there is plenty of possibilities to walk or cycle with footpaths and quiet lanes starting from the house.
Major chateaux and wine areas are within one hour's drive. Plenty of wine tasting opportunities.(Tutored wine tasting groups can be arranged).
The local village of Ligueil with its Monday morning market, has a varied programme of outdoor fetes and attractions from brocantes (those wonderful French fêtes) to music festivals and outdoor theatre. It also has a well landscaped public park and outdoor swimming pool with tennis courts. Restaurants, cafés, supermarket, bread and butcher's shops, newsagents, bank and chemists can all be found here.
The medieval village of Loches, with its large bustling market on a Wednesday and Saturday has a plethora of cobbled back streets and little squares where you can enjoy a coffee or lunch on the terrace and watch the world go by. There is an excellent selection of small shops/boutiques and restaurants as well as a fascinating chateau with a 'real' dungeon. (Fascinating for the children!)
Chinon, just half an hour by car is set near the confluence of the river Loire and the Vienne and has a dominating fortress (recently restored), which looks down onto the picturesque town with many shops and eating possibilities in the pretty squares and lanes.
Tours, 50 mins, is called the mini Paris because its architecture and boulevards are in a similar style and is a great shopping or cultural day out.The old town (Vielle ville) is a fabulous area to visit with many eating places and wonderful cafés with sun terraces lining the tiny cobbles streets. From here you can take the TGV to Paris and be there in 60 minutes, plenty of trains every day.
The Brenne which is a bird spotter's and nature lover's paradise is just over an hours drive, here you can either delve into the bountiful wildlife or relax on a sand beached lake.
There is a wide range of children's activities in the area including small themed parks, adventure centres, various zoos of which Zoo Parc de Beauval (one hours drive) is an extremely well run example of a wonderful zoo which boasts two giant pandas. It is set in immense grounds and offers daily displays that will fascinate and amaze. The world renowned Futuroscope is 45 mins away and is just as interesting for adults as for children.
La Rochelle and Ile de Ré are the nearest seaside resorts, 2.5 hours drive. Ile de Ré is very pretty with its green shuttered cottages and fishing ports houses many second homes for the rich and famous - property prices reflect this!
Nearby activities include tennis, horse riding, canoeing, fishing, swimming, horse riding.
In fact if you like horses the owners of Les Arches de Muschamp have a stud farm breeding horse just five minutes drive from the property. You can watch the young horses doing their daily training and see lovely mares and foals!
There is also a good golf course nearby.
You can visit a troglodyte village, lots of markets and summer festivals,vineyards and see the wonderful Chateaux of the Loire Valley.
For those who like fine dining there are two Michelin star restaurants nearby, notably La Promenade (Jackie Dallais chef) in Petit Pressigny whose wine lists is renowned for being one of the most extensive in France. (Prices for a Michelin * restaurant are very reasonable). In additon there are many wonderful places to wine and dine. A list of which can be found in the gites.
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Dec 20 2014 - Jan 3 2015
7 night minimum stay
Dogs may be allowed. Please request separately
Fully equipped gym. Please request if you are interested to us this facility.
Rainbow Arch is built with easy wheel chair access.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (GBP) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.