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Bedrooms 2
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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.

Unique Benefits:

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


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.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Geraldine (Owner)
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About Geraldine

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.

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Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights
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Child- and Elder-Friendly Village House on the Loir River
average rating of 4.826087 based on 23 reviews
Child- and Elder-Friendly Village House on the Loir River
Troo Loir-et-Cher
New York City, NY

Lovely Original French Home

  • 5 of 5
If you have driven through France and passed one of those little towns with all of the houses along the main road with shutters up and an ornate door on the street and wondered what it would be like to live there, this is your chance. We spent a week in this two story home which backs on the Loir River. It does take an hour or so to get to the major chateaux in the area but we enjoyed returning each night to our little house, at least it felt like ours. The owner will ply you with abundant information on the area and what she particularly loves to do and see. Fortunately, we took her up on one that is a little far, Angers, where we stayed the night but there are highways which make it reasonably easy to get to. We were notified by Geraldine of a special weekend of open caves in Trou which we much enjoyed our first day there. Shopping is near by in St. Montoire sur Loir. And don't miss a dinner at Le Cheval Blanc, a hotel steps from the house that serves those types of dinners that you read about in travel articles as a discovery - one of the best we have had.
  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
Child- and Elder-Friendly Village House on the Loir River
Troo Loir-et-Cher

Great location in Loire Valley

  • 5 of 5
My husband, daughter, and I enjoyed our stay in Troo at the stonehouse. We drove from Troo to St. Calais, and Montoire and shopped at the wonderful farmer's markets there. We visited Chenonceaux, Amboise, and Larvardin (twice) where we had a wonderful farewell dinner at Le Relais D'antan. Auberge du Chateau in Troo, a family run restaurant, was charming with good food at reasonable prices. We would recommend this property and appreciated having WiFi in the house.
  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your Guestbook comments and your informative e-mails mentioning the artists in Trôo. American tourists probably don’t think of this troglodyte village as being an artists’ haven, but there are artists’ galleries along rue Haute (High Street) and many artists living in the cave homes of Trôo. The village council also owns a communal cave which features a revolving exhibit of world-class artists from many different places throughout the year.
Thank you, too, for permission to quote from your e-mails; I’m sure future renters will be interested in the following comments which you sent me about your experiences:
“The French villages are charming and the countryside is covered with sunflowers! Beautiful… We went to the visitor's center [down the street from our vacation rental] for the first cave tour and purchased a DVD there that is very good. It has wonderful background music and shows cave homes and restaurants in Trôo and other villages. I recommend the visitors' center as helpful resource.
My husband and daughter met an artist in Trôo who showed them the cave he has turned into his home. He told them that he had some paintings in a restaurant in Trôo. They happened to be [at a restaurant] where we decided to eat that evening and were beautiful!”
I imagine it was helpful that your daughter is an artist herself, but it is not uncommon to be invited to see one of the beautiful troglodyte homes. Your e-mails show how friendly people are in Trôo better than anything I could say. Thanks again.
Child- and Elder-Friendly Village House on the Loir River
Troo Loir-et-Cher
Heidelberg, Germany

Super helpful owner!

  • 5 of 5
A tidy and comfortable little townhouse. Just right for our family of five. It was low tourist season when we decided to spend our Spring Break in France, and the owner worked with us (totally last minute!) to open up her house. Very kind of her! She was so helpful and prompt to answer any question. She even called several times to check and make sure everything was going ok.

This townhouse was perfect for our family to use as a base while exploring the Loire region because we wanted to cook dinner for our kids instead of eating out every night! It was located in a charming little town out in the country. Be prepared to drive for an hour to get to the most famous chateaux, if that is your goal.

Can also highly recommend Le Cheval Blanc for dinner, just down the street. Excellent French cuisine.
  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: The weather was so cold and rainy in our region this spring that I hadn’t yet opened the house from its winter hibernation when the inquiry came in from this American family whose dad is in the armed services. I made an exception to our usual rule of paying 30 days in advance and hustled to get the house cleaned as well as water and utilities turned on for their arrival. There were a few hitches but with the help of neighbors and our excellent femme de ménage, I was happy to find out from calling the renters that everything worked out well. In regard to the distance from major chateaux, it’s true that Trôo is off the beaten path of the touristy chateau area south of the Loire River, a fact that is much appreciated by Parisians who have their vacation houses here as well as by renters who like the more authentic experience of life in France. Considering that the Loire Valley spans 170 miles east to west along the Loire River, there are great distances between major chateaux such as Blois and Angers so that if one rents close to Chenonceau, for example, one is just as far from the château of Blois as is Trôo and even further from the château of Angers than one would be if staying in Trôo. I am so happy that this family of five enjoyed their stay! Thank you for your thoughtful review.
Child- and Elder-Friendly Village House on the Loir River
Troo Loir-et-Cher

At home in France

  • 5 of 5
......was the feeling of staying in this spacious, comfortable, and well located home in Troo.
We three friends enjoyed staying a week, having our own private spaces as well as a cozy
kitchen to make meals and socialize. The little roads and villages are numerous,
having a good map and written directions is essential. We also enjoyed corresponding
with the owners who were most helpful in planning our stay and orientating us to the community.
It was nice to visit the same bakery every day, yet have a week of exploration and chateau visiting all within the range of daily drives. We would recommend this home to enjoy the country and village charms, and lovely location.
  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Child- and Elder-Friendly Village House on the Loir River
Troo Loir-et-Cher

Idyllic Troo

  • 5 of 5
My husband, two daughters (ages 10 & 7), and I spent a wonderful week in Troo, enjoying everything both the region and this charming home had to offer. We particularly enjoyed having a great kitchen, 2 stories, patio and outdoor hiking area after having spent previous week in a small hotel. The home is simple but charming and equipped with everything necessary to enjoy a tranquil visit. There is no television (which was welcome for us) but did have WiFi, which was so helpful. The front bedroom gets a bit noisy with truck traffic in the morning; but the back bedroom offers lulling sounds of river frogs and crickets. Our gals loved running in the back, exploring the river and playing with adorable neighbor girls. Their father, a friendly and gregarious fellow, was very welcoming and helpful with practical tips and good information. What my husband and I most appreciated was Geraldine's wealth of helpful information and tips: she enthusiastically emailed us prior to our stay with information on local wine, hikes, good day trips, restaurant suggestions, village history, practical tips. Every suggestion of hers that we followed was wonderful! We had a phenominal meal our last night there at Auberge St. Catherine. We loved visiting nearby chateaux, enjoying breathtaking scenic drives and stops in lovely villages with wonderful food (Chartres sur le Loir being our favorite) en route. I recommend this charming home and troglodyte village as a great way to feel immersed in the pastoral Loire Valley, allowing one to relish village life while also easily accessing the vibrant, historical chateaux in the region.
  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Our neighbors mind their own business in the tradition of French respect of privacy, but we always have such nice renters that our neighbors enjoy meeting them when approached and are helpful advisors when asked. Children love the grassy walkway in back of our houses and usually get acquainted with the neighbors’ kids to the delight of everyone. We put in double-paned windows to block out street noise but you can still hear a little in the morning. Fortunately it gets quiet a bit later and is completely quiet at night. You don’t hear anything but birds singing if you sleep in the bedroom overlooking the river.
I love to help people who are interested in my suggestions, so I was very happy to hear that these guests liked my recommendations. Thank you, nice people, for a lovely review.
Child- and Elder-Friendly Village House on the Loir River
Troo Loir-et-Cher

Troo gite

  • 5 of 5
Our stay at the gite in Troo was excellent. Much can go wrong with this type of renting and I'm very pleased to say that - in this instance - nothing was amiss. The owners had given us some valuable information about local restaurants, wineries and walks. And all the information was helpful.

The gite was very comfortable - and amazingly in a centuries-old village it came complete will fully functioning WIFI. The welcoming bottle of wine "de la region" was a particularly nice gesture.
  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Vendome/Villiers TGV
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Auberge St. Catherine
Nearest Restaurant
Hotel/Restaurant du Cheval Blanc
Car: necessary

Pétanque court in nearby park

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates


Troo Townhome Rental Rates

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Summer 2014
Jul 1 2014 - Sep 20 2014
5 night minimum stay
Sep 21 2014 - Nov 9 2014
4 night minimum stay
Spring 2015
Mar 8 2015 - Apr 30 2015
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning $60
Notes Booking must be made at least 20 days before check-in date.
$200 refundable security deposit.
Payment accepted in US dollars by e-check or credit card through Homeaway payments.
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Troo Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Historic
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Away From It All
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Iron & Board
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen ...
  • Stove ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Also sink and towel warmer/ventilator.
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Large closet with drawers and full length mirrors.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Wardrobe, small chest of drawers, view of river.
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , A very comfortable fold-out sofa in living room sleeps 2.
  • Double Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Boat ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • live theater
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • boating
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • antiquing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
A Pétanque (also called boules or Bocce) court is located a short distance away in the park across the bridge.
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