Gite, Self-Catering Home, Town & Country setting, Artist colony, Historical village, Cave homes, Loire Valley, Chateaux, Fishing area
Cozy vacation home by the small Loir River, tributary of the large Loire River. You will appreciate having the safety and spaciousness of a two-story home instead of a small hotel room to come back to after touring beautiful castles in the lush valley chosen by French kings as their playground. Delight in lovely walks along the river at your back door and around the modern cave dwellings nestled among 12th Century ruins on the hillside at your front door.
Downstairs 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 living room features the original floor tiles and restored tufa stone walls. 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.
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, the remarkable Plessis gardens of Sasnières, Vendôme with its pedestrian shopping street and its flamboyant gothic Cathedral de la Trinité, and the major city of Tours as well as 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, stop for a coffee at the Café de la Terrasse or visit La Cave du Vigneron for wine tasting. For those who might enjoy a day or more of fishing instead of visiting tourist sites, you can fish from the edge of our garden or anywhere along the Loir River. Get details from owner on tackle and fishing license. Take advantage of the European tradition of an evening stroll on the Promenade along the river. You can dine outdoors with live music at Les Isles restaurant at the end of the Promenade 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?
Not only do you have a fascinating local place in which to search for culinary and historic treasures, but you can explore the fabulous Loire Valley chateaux from the comfort of your vacation home in Trôo.
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.
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 try out one or more of the five excellent restaurants in Trôo, cook your own gourmet meals, or put together picnics from the Montoire outdoor market or from bakeries and Charcuteries (delicatessens) in Montoire 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 the 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.
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.
While visiting our daughter in Paris we decided to look up some friends whose home is near the town of Montoire-sur-le-Loir on the northern edge of the Loire Valley. We were so charmed by the scenery, delicious food and wine that we came back several years in a row, looking for a house to buy. My dream of someday having a vacation home in the Loire Valley came true when we found this lovely location with a garden right on the river in the small village of Trôo.
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.
Special events (watch for details) –
Trôo music festival in June
Montoire music festival in August
--Commanderie d’Arville (approx. 25 miles north of Trôo)
Knights Templar Command Post: Fascinating visit of a medieval training center for the fighting monks who protected Christian pilgrims in Jerusalem after the crusaders took the Holy City in 1099. Les Templiers, or Knights Templar, set up this recruitment & training center in Arville in the 12th Century. Includes animations & museum with special events.
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