|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Le Pigeonnier, the old dovecote, is a romantic little cottage set slightly apart from the other two. French doors lead directly into the ground floor kitchen/diner. There is a fully fitted kitchen area and the equipment includes gas cooker, fridge, microwave, toaster and a dishwasher. There is a dining table and chairs to seat up to four people as well as some comfortable seating for relaxation. The shower room leads off the kitchen.
Stairs lead up to the large studio lounge/bedroom. Full length doors open onto a small balcony and from here you will have wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. A romantic place to sit and watch the setting sun! The room is equipped with a TV and English free to view channels are available.
Outside, there is a private patio with garden furniture and B.B.Q
Washing machines and drying lines are available on site.
There is access to the communal 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.
David, Patience and their daughter, not forgetting Rollo the dog, were fabulous hosts to this rather tired and stressed couple. Our arrival was hampered by a flat tire. No problem as Patience first tried to help us at the port, then called on her network of contacts to ensure we were sorted out within 24 hours. She also made sure there was a meal and wine waiting for us after a longer than anticipated journey. But it was worth it! A perfectly peaceful, relaxing spacious 2 person hideaway with all mod cons, UK television, wi-fi, a perfectly appointed kitchen and most importantly a BBQ. Our hosts wanted us to have the best time, offering to make restaurant bookings - do make the time to go to the Michelin starred restaurant in the village and meet Xavier the sommelier and do ask Martin (a local brit) to do a wine tasting as the sun goes down over the Pigeonnier. We BBQ's and loafed by the cottage and the pool, but there were plenty of places to venture out to and eat should you wish for a change of scenery, but we enjoyed a glass of wine watching the sun go down from our bedroom balcony - RELAXING! Most importantly, do ask Dave to play for you if you get the opportunity, he plays a mean fiddle which is a delight. We loved it here, and would revisit again at the earliest opportunity, so thank you to both David and Patience and your daughter for welcoming us into your family for two weeks. To sum up our visit, It really did feel like we were visiting friends not a holiday rental and this made our visit all the more special!
This is a delightful place to be - and Le Pigeonnier is perfect for 2 people. It has lovely views across open countryside and you can look from the upstairs area or from your private seating area. The whole property is so well appointed with everything you need - and if you're short of something then Dave and Patience will supply it for you. The furnishings and decor are very tasteful and restful and it feels like a home from home as soon as you step inside. The swimming pool area is great and the extent of the property is such that there is a wonderful sense of space. HIghly recommended for a peaceful and relaxing stay - and there are plenty of places to visit in the area. We particularly liked Loches, Saint Savin and the National Park of Brenne.
Thanks, Dave and Patience - we loved it!
Lovely location, spotlessly clean, and charming.
Dave & Patience were the perfect hosts, nothing is too much trouble for them.
Patience and dave gave us a very warm welcome to their delightful cottage on their beautiful property. We stayed in the Pigeonniere, a perfect size for two. Everything we needed was provided and patience even baked a birthday cake to help me celebrate my 60th birthday.
The situation of the holiday gave us the opportunity to explore a wide area and we were able to discover many beautiful places that suited our taste.we had great weather and having a base to come home to was ideal. we certainly would recommend anyone to stay here.
Thanks to the Browns from a couple of happy canal travelling Kiwis.
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.