Barn, 3 bedrooms, 6 people. 1 BEDROOM, 2 PERSON REDUCED PRICE OPTION AVAILABLE.
- english, french
Max guests: 6
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
This gite situated not far from Richelieu in the Loire Valley, France has to be my most favourite destination in all of the places I have ever traveled. It truly is one of those places that offer everything a traveler can ask for from serene silence, to anything you may need from a main town (Chateleraux) within 45 minutes drive. The amenities are perfect, and the log fire is definitely a fantastic centre piece. The hosts Glynnis and Mike Demaine are charming, warm and hospitable and from the moment we arrived it felt like I had known them for years! They were always on hand to help out with directions, restaraunt reviews and to top up the milk for a coffee! The Gite is situated on the top of a noll and has beautiful 180 degree views that look down on rolling hills and all the way across to a modest little chateaux in the distance. The night time brings on a beautiful blanket of stars and the kind of darkness and silence one can only dream of in the city. The kitchen has everything you need to cook up a storm and the amenities are fantastic with never ending hot water to soak in the bath or just get a quick shower in before heading off to see the sights. The local town of Richelieu is beautiful and you can get a really nice meal there then go for a nice slow wander through the gardens of what used to be the Richelieu Chateaux. I would highly recommend this location to anyone from the single traveler to the family of 5 looking for a beautiful, out of the way location to get away from the madness of the city. For those international travelers this place really shows you the true heart and lifestyle of the French culture where everyone waves hello and will chat your ear off even if you dont understand a word they may be saying! I will definitely be visiting and staying here again in the future and will continue to recommend this place to anyone I hear of that is visiting France. 5 out of 5 stars indeed!
Wonderful holiday with fabulous hosts
Mike and Glynis were amazing during the holiday. House was beautiful and garden was big for children to run around. We loved it! We will definitely be back!!
Our ideal holiday home!
This was our third stay at La Grange!
Again we were not disappointed, Glynis and Mike have done a wonderful job and will go out of their way to help with any queries, bookings, directions, local wine recommendations, etc. They are always on hand when needed but seem to "disappear" for the rest of the time. This is still one of the best gites we have stayed at in France.
The gite itself is very spacious, well laid out and full of everything you might need (just like being at home). This gite is at the luxury end of the scale and anyone visiting should not be disappointed. Everything provided is of high quality and in top class condition.
There is a BBQ and private garden with direct access to a much larger area for children to play football, etc.
The area is ideal for sight seeing, with the Loire valley chateaux within an hours drive, Le Riveau, Chinon, Azay le Rideau, Usse, etc are well worth a visit. Richelieu has a large park, fishing and plenty of shopping facilities. Larger hypermarkets are available at Chatellarault and Chinon.
Well done Glynis and Mike - keep it up we will be back!
We are always here ready to help if needed and appreciate the kind comments made in this review. Having stayed in many gites over the years which have sometimes lacked even some of the basics we have tried very hard to fully equip our gite to make guests both comfortable and to feel very much at home.
La Grange Near Richelieu
La Grange is the best Gite we have ever stayed in. The accommodation is very spacious, extremely well equipped and child friendly. The setting is very tranquil and relaxing with lots of space for children and adults to enjoy.
Mike & Glynis are the best hosts you could wish for and will certainly make you very welcome and your stay there one to remember. We have holidayed there 3 times and are looking forward to returning again.
It is an excellent base for exploring the Chateaux of The Loire Valley and surrounding countryside. Richelieu itself is steeped in history.
The sunsets are amazing.
It was lovely having you stay with again and thank you so much for your kind comments.
The Loire Valley / Indre-et-Loire region
Enjoying some of the highest average number of sunshine hours recorded annually, this area also enjoys less rainfall than north of the Loire. With wonderful clear night skies, it is ideal for stargazing.
There are many chateaux within easy reach including the Forteresse Royale de Chinon (Jean D'Arc), Saumur, Montreuil-Bellay, Azay Le Rideau, 'Sleeping Beauty's' chateau at Usse, Villandry with it's magnificent gardens, Oiron with modern art exhibitions, and many more. There are also lovely churches including the Abbaye de Fontevraud of Richard the Lionheart fame.
There is plenty to do in the area for all ages and tastes. You can visit the cities of Poitiers, Tours and Angers, plus the smaller towns of Chatellerault, Loudun, Chinon and Saumur. There are museums, troglodyte dwellings, the zoo at Doue-la-Fontaine, Futuroscope, the water sports centres at Moncontour and Parc de St. Cyr as well as many lovely gardens.
The area is great for cycling and walking.
The region is famous for it's wine (Touraine, Chinon, Saumur, Saumur-Champigny, Bourgeuil, etc). There are numerous producers and introductions can be made to the producers of our own particular favourites!
The Richelieu area
The historic walled town of Richelieu has shops, bars and restaurants and also the famous 300 year old Les Halles covered market place where a twice weekly market is held. It is thought that the road system, set out as it is in a grid system, was the model for the construction of New York. Further details of fetes, brocantes and wine fairs etc. held in the town and surrounding villages can be obtained from the Tourist Information Office which is situated opposite Les Halles.
There is a 1000 acre park ideal for bike rides, jogging and walking. The park originally surrounded the chateau built by Cardinal Richelieu in the 17th century. It was pulled down at the end of the 19th century but it is still possible to visit the Orangery and Stables.
Golf is within a 40-minute drive and you can go swimming in Richelieu and St. Gervais Les Trois Clochers (11km.). There are also marked walks through forest and open countryside.
Activities near Richelieu
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Where are we...
Timings below refer to drive times to the gite.
Eurotunnel - 6 hours
Calais - 6 hours.
Portsmouth-Caen - 3 1/2 hrs.
Portsmouth - Le Havre - 4 hrs.
Dover - Calais - 6 hrs.
Poitiers airport (car hire available) - 30 mins.
Tours airport (car hire available) - 75 mins.
La Rochelle airport - 2hrs.
Paris Charles De Gaulle airport (car hire available) - 3hrs.
TGV to Chatellerault - 30 mins.
TGV to Poitiers - 30 mins.
TGV to Tours - 75 mins.
Nearest Travel Links
Airport: Poitiers 40 km.
Railway: Chatellerault 24 km.
Ferry: Caen 300 km.