Troo Townhome Rental Photos and Description
Gite, Townhouse, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4-6
Explore the Loire Valley from this comfortable town and country vacation rental. If you love rivers and chateaux this is an ideal gîte (self-catering home) for you: a cozy two-story village house with a private enclosed patio that borders the scenic trail along the river. It is close to restaurants, tourist office, postal agency, and fascinating troglodyte homes. A 3-mile drive brings you to an excellent outdoor market and several supermarkets in Montoire-sur-le-Loir.
Gîtes are great: you will enjoy having a whole house to come home to after touring instead of a single bedroom in a hotel or Bed and Breakfast. Downstairs of this semi-detached house consists of a large kitchen/dining area and a living room with French doors that open onto the flagstone patio. You will find the washer and dryer in the kitchen as well as all the equipment, utensils, and cookware needed for cooking great meals. The sofa in the living room converts to a comfortable fold-out bed which can accommodate two children or two small adults. Upstairs has two bedrooms with double beds and a bathroom with shower, tub, toilet, bidet, sink, and an electric towel warmer. Linens are provided. The towel warmer doubles as a heater or ventilator depending on your needs.
Delight in lovely walks along the river at your back door or climb the hill at your front door to explore historic ruins and modern cave dwellings.
Fine dining available just a few steps away at Restaurant du Cheval Blanc
Four more restaurants within walking distance,
including one on the river with live music
Tourist office and postal service a short walk down the
Easy on-street and off-street parking
Comfortable driving distance to major chateaux
Bullet train (TGV: 42-minute ride to Paris) just 15 miles away
Tranquil view and promenade along the river
Fenced patio and grassy walkway beyond are safe places
for children to play
Old stone house stays cool in summer
Three supermarkets and twice-weekly outdoor markets just 3 miles away in Montoire-sur-le-Loir
Close to historic ruins, troglodyte caves, and artist studios in Trôo
Short walk across the bridge to stroll along sunflower
fields and pastureland with cows grazing
3-minute walk to a park with playground and Pétanque court
Short walk to the small train station with its authentic
1950s train that runs between Trôo and Thoré-la-Rochette on weekends
Close to small chateaux and historic sites in nearby towns such as the birthplace of Ronsard at la Possonnière in Couture
Excellent location for walking, hiking, bird watching, or fishing
CONVENIENCE OF LOCATION:
Located in the historical village of Trôo at the foot of its picturesque troglodyte hillside, you find yourself in the Center Region, heartland of France, where nearby sites of interest include: Montoire-sur-le-Loir with its outdoor market, its interactive museum of musical instruments and the frescoed chapel where Ronsard was deacon; Remarkable Plessis gardens of Sasnières; Vendôme with its pedestrian shopping street, magnificent gardens, and its flamboyant gothic Cathedral de la Trinité; as well as the major city of Tours only 26 miles away and the quaint village of Trôo itself.
Driving times to some points of interest: Montoire-sur-le-Loir – 5 minutes; Vendôme – 15 minutes; Tours – 25 minutes; Paris – 2 ½ hours by car or 42 minutes by TGV train. Nearest airport: Tours. Nearest TGV train stations: Vendôme-Villiers and St. Pierre des Corps. Rental cars are available at these train stations and at the airport.
Visitors come from all over the world to see this remarkable village built into, not on, the limestone hill which dominates the Loir Valley. As you climb up and around the hillside to explore its winding paths and extraordinary modern cave-homes, visit the art galleries and the stained- glass shop as well as La Cave du Vigneron for wine tasting, then stop for a coffee at the Café de la Terrasse where you can find first editions of French books. For those who might enjoy a day or more of fishing, you can fish from the edge of our garden or anywhere along the Loir River. Get details from owner on tackle and fishing license. Bring your boules with you or buy some in town to play on the Pétanque (also called Bocce Ball) court in the park just a short distance from the house. Take advantage of the European tradition of an evening stroll on the Promenade along the river. Follow the trail along the river to dine outdoors with live music at Guinguette des Iles restaurant or relax on the patio of your vacation home with a glass of wine and French bread with delicious French cheese after a day of exploring. You will hear nightingales singing in the evening as you sip your wine. Did I mention that this is a great area for bird watchers?
FUN FOR KIDS – on the other side of the bridge from our parking lot you will find a park with a children’s’ playground. They can also play with model trains upstairs at the Trôo train station when it is open. In August a carnival with rides and a merry-go-round comes to Montoire.
EATING: There are five excellent restaurants in Trôo: the Cheval Blanc, for example, is only a few steps away from the house.
In addition to the outdoor farmers’ market twice a week, there are two major supermarkets in Montoire (3 miles from Trôo) as well as small shops such as butcher shops and bakeries. You may want to cook your own gourmet meals or put together picnics from bakeries and Charcuteries (delicatessens) in Montoire as well as from the Montoire outdoor market for inexpensive ready-made meals to eat on your patio.
The owners enjoy writing notes for you tailored to your needs – do not hesitate to mention your specific interests. If you don’t have any knowledge of French, a phrase book will be useful for touring our region. Brochures on tourist sites are available for your use in the coffee table drawers of your vacation house.
Trôo music festival in June: Trôo comes alive with the sound of music as you wend your way up the zigzag paths (ruelles) around the hillside. All the cave homes are lit up as different bands, choirs, soloists, and chamber orchestras play in various caves and monuments as well as on every corner and French horn players patrol the entire site majestically announcing the arrival of summer. A percussion band starts off the celebration, marching from the Mairie (town hall) down our street, turning at the corner of rue Haute to lead the early celebrants up and around the hill to the very top. If you are lucky, you may find the cave with the Troglodidges playing their Australian instruments called Didgeridoos.
Wine appellations in our valley include Coteaux du Vendômois, Jasnières, and Coteaux du Loir. The vintners here may use Chenin or Sauvignon Blanc for their white wines, Cabernet, Gamay, or Pineau d’aunis for their red or so-called gris wines. French wines are named for their territory of origin rather than for the grape they are produced from as in the Americas; however, if you become familiar with the regions, you will learn what grapes (cépages) are grown there. Chinon wine, for example, is made from the Cabernet franc grape. Bordeaux red wines are generally Cabernet Sauvignon or blends of Cabernet Sauvignon with other grapes such as Merlot. White Burgundy and Chablis are made with the Chardonnay grape; Sancerre wine is made from Sauvignon Blanc but Vouvray as well as Jasnières is from Chenin grapes. Most wines in France are produced in such a way as to allow them to age well, although certain ones such as those from our region, Côteaux du Loir and Côteaux du Vendômois, made from the Pineau d’aunis grape may be drunk young and chilled. White wines from the Loir valley often have a slightly mineral flavor which comes from the earth the grapes grow in. (By the way, you can buy wine in supermarkets in France.)
The Loire Valley, spanning 280 kilometres (170 miles), is located in the middle stretch of the Loire River in central France. It comprises an area of approximately 800 square kilometres (310 sq mi). It is referred to as the Cradle of the French Language, and the Garden of France due to the abundance of vineyards, fruit orchards, artichoke, asparagus and cherry fields which line the banks of the river. Notable for its historic towns, architecture and wines, the valley has been inhabited since the Middle Palaeolithic period.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets not allowed
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- Long-term Renters Welcome
I fell in love with the verdant Loire Valley with its rivers, beautiful chateaux and exceptional food and wine when I was an American student in France. It was obviously the favorite place of French kings and aristocrats over the centuries as evidenced by their many vacation homes (the chateaux) dotting the landscape. My opportunity to go back to visit this charming region came when my husband and I visited our daughter in Paris where she was studying for a year abroad.
Geraldine purchased this townhome in 1994
Why Geraldine chose Troo
We hope you will be charmed as my husband and I were by the scenery, delicious food and wine when we visited some friends in Montoire-sur-le-Loir on the northern edge of the Loire Valley. This property’s lovely location with a garden right on the Loir River in the small village of Trôo enticed us to buy it.
What makes this townhome unique
Being in the middle of town has its advantages: we go for a walk every day along the river or by the nearby farms and sometimes climb the hill to see spectacular views of the valley and have a coffee at the Cafe de la Terrace. We love going for lunch or dinner to the bistro on the islands just a short walk down the promenade where they have live music on Saturday and Sunday evening. You can walk across the bridge with your children to the playground on the other side of the river or feed the ducks from the edge of our garden.
You will find that this restored stone house doesn’t need air-conditioning in summer because the massive stone walls keep the house cool. We return every year to be delighted by the tranquil view of the river and explore new restaurants and places to go in Trôo and the surrounding area. We are in town, and yet in the country. It’s fun to walk along the Loir River to the Brocantes (flea markets) or to the little train depot with its model trains upstairs and the authentic 1950s tourist train which runs between Thoré la Rochette and Trôo. July and August are especially beautiful when the fields of sunflowers around Trôo are all in bloom. August is also the time of the world-class music festival in Montoire.