|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
When we first saw “Le Clos,” it was love at first sight! This is a stone double-cottage surrounded by gardens, with all of its historic charm intact, but beautifully restored and with all the modern conveniences added (including new plumbing and electric service and new, state-of-the-art central heating and air).
Overlooking the Loire River in a picturesque hamlet, in the zone recently listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, this is the perfect starting point for an enchanting visit to France’s glorious historical past. The “royal river” flows majestically through its castle-studded valley and past the foot of the hillside where “Le Clos” nestles among the vines and flowers.
What to do in the area: Besides the well-documented cultural outings (castles, many with sound and light shows, of Amboise, Chenonceau, Chambord, Blois, Chaumont, Azay-le-Rideau, Ussé, Villandry, to name a few; Leonardo da Vinci’s home in Amboise; numerous museums, monuments, and open-air markets in Tours), there are many recreational attractions as well: the aquarium, the mini-chateaux, Fantasy Forest (a children’s amusement park), kayaking, hiking, biking, golf, tennis, and swimming within fifteen minutes of the house, Dining out becomes a fine art with many nearby restaurants in all price ranges, from the deliciously simple to the gastronomical splurge. For the shoppers, there are many gift and specialty shops in town and large department stores in Tours, plus regular flea markets and special town fairs with their parades, medieval jousts, or vide-grenier (village-wide flea markets) in Spring and Summer.
What to do at 'Le Clos': Outside, we have planted the garden with roses, fruit trees, herbs, flowering shrubs and annuals. Depending on the time of year, you can help yourself to cherries, plums, grapes, apples or figs. We love to relax under the rose arbor while enjoying some of the local specialties which abound here in the “Garden of France.” It's a wonderful place to sit, contemplate the beautiful Loire river, and dream.
We’ve totally succumbed to the enchantment of our little corner of Touraine and all it has to offer, and we think you’ll love it, too.
Michael & Lenita Locey
After 25 years of directing our university's programs abroad in Tours, we couldn't imagine not having our own place in Touraine. Our daughters, shown with us here, attended school in Tours and Paris, and they love to bring their families here, too.
Lenita & Michael Locey purchased this cottage in 1994
We fell in love at first sight. The old apple trees, the wine press, the 'vieilles pierres'--we'd made up our minds within the first moment!
Perfectly situated for discovering the Loire valley and for enjoying the delights of Touraine.
Hi Michael and Lenita, Dan and I had a wonderful time in the Loire. Your house was just splendid - you can tell a lot of love and care has gone into its restoration.... We liked walking in and admiring the wonderful garden on the right and delighted in the skittering kittens that went everywhere when they heard us coming. The figs were not ripe but we did indulge sparingly in some green apples. ... I did cut back a few of the roses and add to a bouquet in the house daily. I am posting the key today so I hope that you will have it by Saturday. Thank you so much for your clear directions and suggestions. Oh, did I mention that we had glorious weather.
We found Amboise an excellent base for visiting the
Loire, and the Loceys' cottage, both atmospheric and
practical, was a delightful choice for 3 weeks in May
and June. Our sons and their wives joined us for a
week each and we all enjoyed the profusion of roses,
irises, poppies and (toward the end) the cherry tree!
The lovely home, just outside of Amboise, was beautifully and comfortably appointed with all of the comforts of home. The location is great for historic daytrips to the Loire Valley Chateaux. and Amboise is a charming old town, with much history, great restaurants and shopping. The Friday and Sunday markets are exceptional.
The attention to detail at the home make the vacation extra special. I hope to be able to return for a repeat of our wonderful experience.
The house was spotless and I would highly recommend this to friends. We have rented in France before, and this has been our best experience.
We have been remiss in writing this review, but the over six months that have passed since our stay at Le Clos have not in any way dimmed our fond recollection. The cottage had plenty of room for our family of two adults and two teenagers. The listing is completely accurate (although we have no idea if the TV or DVD player worked because we were having far too much fun in Amboise and the surrounding area to ever turn them on) and the property is in excellent shape--you'd never know it is as old as it is. Lenita and Michael were helpful both before our stay (their list of things to do and places to eat is great) and with a couple of emailed questions during our stay. We loved the cottage and loved Amboise (don't miss the market) and used it as a home base to visit many of the chateaus in surrounding towns. What a wonderful place!
We throughly enjoyed this country cottage. The rooms were very charming and comfortable. If you want a relaxing vacation, this is the place for you. You couldn't ask for a better kitchen with all the amenities. The stairs were interesting but doable. It was quite nice to have two bathrooms. The grounds are pretty. We had a car and it was convenient to have a parking area for our use. We drove to the city center where there are an abundant amount of restaurants to choose from and it was easy to find a parking space at a reasonable price. There are two grocery stores that we used. The Chateau Amboise was a nice treat. We also drove to see the Chateau Chambord which is a must see. We did have a couple days of rain and just enjoyed staying at the cottage playing games and having a glass of wine. We would recommend this cottage to everyone, you will not be disappointed.
We really enjoyed our stay there and would recommend the property to everybody who is looking for a charming location in the surroundings of Amboise-City. The property is pittoresque and the the building is equipped lovingly and with all necessary amenities (separate air conditon in every single room, for example). The owners gave an accurate description of the location and many helpful hints.
My husband and I along with our son and daughter-in-law traveled from Paris on the train and rented a car in St Pierre de Corp. Even though we only speak English we got by just fine during our week stay. We found our way to le Clos de Locey without difficulty thanks to the very detailed instructions provided. The cottage's location is perfect for visiting the Loire River Valley. The many recommendations that the Locey's give for the area are spot on. The cottage is lovely and is surrounded by flowers and song birds galore. We adjusted very quickly to steps outside, stairs inside, and to a few places with low ceilings. The accommodations were the perfect French and old world experience. It was very clean, well maintained, and all the amenities listed were accurate. The kitchen is great, everything you would need is there including a wine bucket, which was put to use at most evening meals taken out on the patio or up in the sweet little vine covered gazebo on the hill. Amboise is a very vibrant little town and only 3 miles from the cottage. We enjoyed one evening meal at Chez Bruno on the main drag right below the Amboise Chateau. The Sunday Market along the river is amazing, everything from cooked meats, cheeses, breads, vegetables to table clothes and lawn mowers. Great fun. One day was spent on rented bicycles and an 8 miles trip to the fabulous Chenonceau Chateau. The Clos Luce with over 100 of de Vinci's engineering models on display is another must see. So many Chateau and so little time. Le Clos de Locey was the perfect place for our French vacation.
First of all, there are the chateaux. The kings knew it, and it's still true: here in the 'garden of France,' life is good. Choose the best fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and wines at the twice-weekly Amboise farmer's market, one of the most popular in the area. Discover the sparkling white wines of Vouvray and Montlouis, the full-bodied reds of Chinon and Bourgueil, the cheeses and charcuterie for which the area is famous. An on-site 'tasting' visit to some of the many producers is a rewarding and delightful experience. Visit Leonardo da Vinci's home in Amboise and some of the breath-takingly beautiful castles--the 'Sleeping Beauty' castle at Ussé, the royal castles of Amboise, Chinon, Chambord, Blois, and many others. Dining out becomes a fine art with many nearby restaurants in all price ranges. There are town fairs, parades, medieval jousts, village-wide flea markets in Spring and Summer. So much to enjoy!
Other Activities: castles, monuments, gardens, gastronomy
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My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
Change day: Saturday. Rates are for up to 4 persons: 950 euros per week high season, 900 euros middle season, 850 euros per week low season. 25 EUR supplement each for persons 5 and 6 in all seasons.
High-season minimum rate: 900 euros.
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