|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Le Martinet has been fully and tastefully renovated. The lounge, which is accessed via a large French window/door that overlooks the courtyard, is comfortably furnished and includes a TV with English free to view channels and a DVD/CD player. The kitchen/diner leads off the lounge and seats up to six people. Kitchen equipment includes a gas cooker, fridge, dishwasher and microwave. The ground floor twin bedroom with en-suite shower room is also accessed from the lounge. The wooden staircase in the lounge leads straight up into the second bedroom which features a comfortable king size bed, its own en-suite shower room, and views towards the courtyard. Outside, to the rear, there is a gravelled patio with a charcoal BBQ and table and chairs for 4 people for outside dining.
Washing machines and drying lines are available on site.
There is access to our heated swimming pool.
La Richardière is set on a wide hilltop with extensive views over the glorious, rolling countryside so typical of this area. The wide lawns and mature trees make this both a family friendly and yet delightfully romantic location. Our lovely property can offer you:
A large secluded heated swimming pool in a lawned garden area with sun loungers and parasols.
Plenty of space to seek peace and tranquility or have fun and games with friends and family.
Garden tables, chairs and barbecue for al-fresco dining.
Parking for cars.
Cots and high chairs can be supplied upon request.
Comprehensive tourist information.
As well as the pool we have a Boule court, table tennis, badminton, and a selection of bicycles for your use.
Our lives in England were very different from the life we now lead in France. Patience was a stay at home mum and Dave was a Primary School Headteacher. When Dave retired, at the end of December 2014 we moved to France and have thoroughly enjoyed preparing the traditional and characteristic French cottages at La Richardiere for our guests.
We have found the French people extremely welcoming and this has enabled us to carry on with our interests. Dave is a practicing musician and accomplished at playing traditional Fiddle music from England, Scotland, Ireland and the USA and Patience sings in the local Choir and is developing her creative skills in the local pottery. We have also developed a close connection with the local Primary School where we teach English on a Friday afternoon.
Patience and Dave Brown purchased this cottage in 2014
When we first visited La Richardière we instantly fell in love with the beauty of the buildings and the tranquility of the surrounding countryside. We have been visiting the area for a number of years and find it both a fascinating and relaxing place to be. As well as offering much for visitors, both regular and occasional, there is a vibrant community around the region and a plethora of local events celebrating food, wine, folklore and tradition to enjoy and participate in.
The warm mellow stone of the buildings, the intriguing charm of the stone archways in the courtyard, the stunning willow draped over the pond all framed by the wide lawns and rural views provide an immediate sense of distance from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. La Richardière can provide both a comfortable base from which to explore the Loire or simply a quiet and relaxing hideaway.
Warm welcome (gift), lovely and helpful owners, beautiful place and area. Clean and well-maintained gites, with all you need for a pleasant stay. great swimming pool. Wine tasting a must, like the musical entertainment. Lot to see and do in the area. What a joy had has been, to stay in La Richardiere!
Our week long stay was amazing. The gite (le martinet) was very comfortable with everything needed for a self cater holiday. Patience and Dave were extremely welcoming and full of life and vigour for their home and this part of France. Nothing was too much hassle for them... Including ringing around every local restaurant to find one open to accommodate us for a Sunday evening meal.
The pool area is peaceful with plenty of sunbeds and other pool accessories to keep 2 grown men occupied!!
There is a dog- Rollo- who was the star attraction for us. He was adorable and well behaved.
My only downside to the cottage was we couldn't have the window to the upstairs bedroom open during the night (it was very hot) as the Mosquitos seem to enjoy the taste of me. It would've been great to have had mozzie screens over the windows that could be pulled down at night. Please don't let this bother you if you're thinking of booking.... This place is one of the best we've stayed in.
Very Nice Cottage, clean and nicely decorated. In a quiet surroundings and a lot of room around the cottage. Nice heated pool. 1 seperate bedroom downstairs and 1 bedroom upstairs. We enjoyed our stay very much. Very nice English owners.
Lovely comfy and clean gite. Really thoughtful welcome basket with fresh eggs and bread included. Touches of luxury such as Neals Yard organic products and crisp white linen. Really friendly, approachable and knowledgeable owners. Brilliantly stocked gite with everything we needed in kitchen and own bbq in garden area. DVD, Tele and WiFi all working perfectly. Whole farmhouse and grounds really well kept and clean. Definitely recommend.
La Richardiere is well-placed for visitors wishing to soak up the beauty and heritage of the Loire region. As well as numerous pretty villages within a few minutes drive of our location, we also have many historic towns within easy reach.
Loches is a pretty, vibrant town just 25 minutes from La Richardière. The Logis Royal, which dates back to the Renaissance, overlooks the town from its hilltop position and is well worth a visit. On Wednesday mornings the historic town centre is filled by one of the loveliest markets in the Touraine.
Also, close at hand, is the town of Descartes. Birthplace of the famous philosopher and mathematician Rene Descartes. There is a museum dedicated to him in the very house in which he was born. For outdoor activities, visit the Parc de Loisir where you will find a park for smaller children, mini golf, several petanque courts, the local outdoor swimming pool, pretty gardens and the Canoe-Kayak club.
For those who enjoy the great outdoors, the area is criss-crossed with many kilometres of footpaths through countryside and forest and cycle routes which follow the banks of the rivers Loire and Indre. La Richardière is also just a few kilometres away from the Brenne Natural Parc. Dotted with over one thousand lakes this is an exceptional location for both bird and plant life and home to wild boar, roe and red deer. There is much to do within the Parc area including walking, cycling, watersports at Bellebouche lake, bird and wildlife watching.
Throughout the region there are chateaux great and small within easy reach of La Richardiere. Both Amboise and Chenonceau are fascinating for day visits and, through the summer months, stage dramatic and engaging 'son et lumiere' shows in the evenings. A visit to Chateau du Chinon can be combined with a visit to the vibrant market held by the riverbanks on Thursdays. Chateau du Rivau is enchanting for adults and children alike whilst Villandry boasts exceptionally beautiful gardens. This is but a sample of the many Chateaus you may choose to visit.
In complete contrast to the oppulent chateaux are the fascinating cave dwellings which can be visited at 'La Vallee Troglodytique des Goupillieres' between Tours and Chinon and at the 'Ethni'Cite', St.Remy-sur-Creuse, close to Descartes.
Further attractions to occupy all the family can be found at the Zoo Parc Beauval, Futuroscope (just outside Poitiers) and in the regional capital of Tours.