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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.
I received your note along with our security deposit. Thanks. We had a lovely time in France and enjoyed Amboise very much. Your neighbours Pascal and Pascale are lovely and delightful. They had us over one evening and were treated like old friends. We enjoyed them very much. We had lots of fun and two of their daughters took a shine to our Natalie. Natalie took some lovely photos of the girls and I am sure she will send some along as soon as she gets organized. She has Pascal's e mail address. We enjoyed great weather during our entire stay in France. Dieter did all of the driving and we put 2900 kms on the rental car. What a trip! ...We took many pictures of your house in Amboise, inside and out, for our scrapbooks. (All three of us are into scrapbooking.)Hope this note finds you both well and enjoy your stay in your Amboise home when you return there. By the way, I love your copper pieces.... France is wonderful. All the best Karen.
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!
It's been 10 months and I still think of this wonderful house every week. It was THAT charming, that homey, that memorable. I loved everything about it. I had the top bedroom and loved the historic beams, the view, the privacy. The gardens are incredibly beautiful. The hot air balloons were wonderful to watch. The people of Amboise were friendly. The hosts - very accommodating. We definitely appreciated the air conditioning and enjoyed so much the gifts of fresh flowers and wine as well as helpful tourist info. Our experience was totally pleasant in every way from beginning to end. This home left an imprint in my heart and I hope to return. I'm glad I didn't let some reviews deter my decision. We had no issues whatsoever. Loved the outdoor seating and walks through the property. The decor was very cheerful; the cupboards very stocked! Trust me, you'll love it!
Nichée dans un creux de verdure surplombant la Loire, la maison de Lenita et Michael ( Le clos Locey ) est le havre de paix dont on rêvait pour explorer la Touraine, ses châteaux, ses jardins fertiles, sa gastronomie qui firent les délices de Rabelais, Balzac...
Avec des pistes cyclables juste en-dessous de la maison, c'est le point d'ancrage idéal pour visiter Amboise, le clos Lucé, Chaumont sur Loire, Chenonceau, Chambord etc...mais aussi pour faire du canoë sur le Cher ou marcher en forêt. Grâce à l'accueil efficace d'une charmante voisine de la maison, on a réponse à toutes les questions d'ordre pratique à notre arrivée. Un panier de bienvenue contenant dosettes de café, produits ménagers et d'hygiène, mais aussi bouteille de vin blanc pétillant et petit pâté Comtesse du Barry, nous met d'excellente humeur et révèle la gentillesse et la délicatesse des propriétaires.
Il fait bon déguster un petit vin de Touraine sous leur tonnelle perchée au-dessus du fleuve nourricier et assaillie de rosiers , hortensias, glycine, lavande. La décoration de la maison est soignée et rappelle les couleurs de la célèbre faïence de Gien: tout en harmonie de jaune et bleu avec de beaux objets chinés dans toutes les pièces à vivre. La cuisine est hyperfonctionnelle, très bien équipée avec deux fours, une plaque en vitrocéramique flambante neuve, machine à laver, lave-vaisselle et toutes les instructions appropriées. Une batterie de cuisine complète d'une propreté exemplaire est à disposition . De quoi réaliser des plats succulents grâce au formidable marché d'Amboise et aux halles de Tours, toutes proches, qui offrent des produits de haute gastronomie pour les plus gourmets.
Une maison romantique et attachante, dans une région au patrimoine culturel exceptionnel ! Un grand merci pour ces vacances très réussies !
We spent two idyllic weeks here in June. We had originally planned to spend one week in Amboise and another somewhere further north, but decided that it would be easier to take two weeks in one place. Smartest move we ever made—Le Clos Locey is a perfect place to relax while exploring the Loire valley.
The house is immaculate. It’s compact but feels spacious because the space is so well used. The kitchen has everything one could want, including compact washer, dryer, and dishwasher. The individual air conditioning in every room works remarkably well; we were lucky and had great weather every day, but the a/c would be a boon on warm days. The satellite TV, wi-fi and Internet connection made it easy to keep in touch with the world, though if truth be told, it was nice not to bother. We spent a lot of time reading (super comfortable chairs in the living room) and sitting in the rose-covered gloriette looking at the scenery.
Amboise itself provides lots to do—the chateau, Le Clos Lucé, and the market, of course, but also the town museum and walking the bike trail along the river—and it’s only a short trip to places like Chenonceau, Chambord, and Blois. Chinon is an easy trip, and we drove to Chartres one day as well. More diligent tourists could cover a lot of ground from here, but relaxing and doing nothing much was perfect for us. It would be hard to find a better place than Le Clos Locey.
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!
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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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.
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