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Elice Martin

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, french, swedish

Cosy Apartment with Garden in 17th C Historic Townhouse, close to Chinon

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

We offer a spacious self-catering accommodation perfect for couples in a 17th century historically important townhouse, 'Maison-des-Chevaliers.' Yet almost everything is outside your door; walk to cafés, shops, restaurants, banks, bakeries, pharmacie and a lively and colorful weekly farmer’s market.

Location: Loudun, close to Chinon, Tours area, Centre-Loire Valley (a UNESCO World heritage Site), France, Europe (nearby Chateaux & vineyards of the Loire). The furthest sites are no more than 1.5 to 2 hours away.

Accommodation: Part of our townhouse; upstairs, a superb, tastefully-furnished and well-equipped self-catering apartment : the bedroom has a large high quality bed, firm and new with fine linens, sitting room with comfortable sofa and armchairs, bathroom has a large modern shower and the kitchen is very well-equipped. On request additional sleeping accommodation available in adjacent studio for two adults or single person. There is a Broadband Internet ADSL connection and WiFi in the apartment as well.

You will enjoy the peace of this quiet town situated out of the crowded main roads and easy to park your car, all parkings are free of charge in Loudun. This is why so many guests from around the world have come to stay with us and find it hard to leave. Though the 'Maison-des-Chevaliers' is located in the very center of the old town, it is surprisingly tranquil, guests can relax in the large walled garden or enjoy their meals in the private patio garden.

Loudun is a pleasant town of 8,000 with ancient streets and five officially recognized historic monuments. Visited, but not overly-touristed, it is well situated for visiting the chateaux and vineyards of the region. Loudun is near Chinon, Saumur and Fontevraud (a royally-sponsored abbey complex associated with the Plantagenets). Please go to our website for more information about places to visit.

This old 15th/16th century house has recently undergone a major and thoughtful renovation. We incorporated high end improvements, especially in the kitchen and bathroom, yet preserved the essential original historic features of the house. A sundial that forms an integral part of the restored façade which overlooks the garden, bears the date of 1663. A massive restoration was made at that time by the owner; the Counselor and the Attorney General of the King Louis XIII and the King's Public Prosecutor of Loudun.

To-day, the English-speaking owners (Swedish/French couple who returned to the area after retiring) live in the main part of the house. If you wish, we can offer advice on any aspect of your holiday. Or, if you prefer, we can leave you in peace to explore the area in your own way.

Steps from your car is the apartment's private entrance. Walking up via the tower and the restored 350-years old stone staircase (just 16 steps), you enter the apartment's large and comfortably furnished sitting room and dining area. The fully-equipped kitchen is adjacent. The sitting room and the bedroom each have an exquisite original fireplace and are furnished with antiques. The very large, light and airy bedroom with it's south facing windows overlook the walled garden, the adjoining park and the rooftops of the old town. Guests are welcome to use the garden, garden furniture.

We have strived to provide not just the typical 'self-catering' or 'gîte' minimal accommodations, but to provide something like the 'comforts of home'.

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Although we accept several forms of payment, Paypal is our preferred method of payment.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Elice Martin (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, french, swedish


based on 12 traveler reviews

Cosy Apartment with Garden in 17th C Historic Townhouse, close to Chinon
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Wonderfully comfortable

  • 5 of 5

This was our first apartment rental in Europe, and we could not have been more pleased. Elice and Jean-Louis are gracious and welcoming hosts who will help out when you need them and respect your privacy when you wish. The apartment overlooks a beautiful garden and is reached via a picturesque spiral staircase. You will find a large foyer -- handy for storing jackets, shoes, luggage, shopping bags -- and then a comfortable living room with a round dining table on one side. Beyond the table is a small kitchen that contains everything you might need for preparing simple meals. The bedroom is as big as the living room, and both rooms enjoy wonderful natural light from the big windows.

The location is convenient for exploring many of the famous Loire chateaux, plus Chinon, Angers, Saumur, and Tours, all lovely cities that offer much to explore. If you enjoy wine tasting, you'll be thrilled with the local offerings.

Our two weeks were perfect!

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Simply the Best

  • 5 of 5

This very lovely apartment within a historic townhouse was spacious; exquisitely decorated; supremely comfortable; and looked out over the enclosed garden below where we enjoyed sitting, drinking a glass of wine, taking some meals and also some chats with Elice and Jean-Louise, the incredibly kind and gracious owners/hosts. Located in the centre of the town within 3 minutes walk of the twice weekly markets, boulangeries and restaurants yet still very quiet and peaceful. E and JL shared their time and hospitality generously while taking great care to respect privacy. Loudun proved a great base for exploring the extended Loire area. Wi-fi for work was strong and reliable. After an initial 5 days at the start of August, we were so happy there we returned for 10 more days later in the month. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

We lacked for nothing in this beautiful apartment. Incredibly well equipped with everything one could need, our apartment was spacious and lovely with beautiful antiques. For those of us who need to be connected 24/7, the wi fi was very fast and never let us down. We were close to restaurants in town, yet secluded behind a medieval wall, with a gorgeous garden. The owners, Elice and Jean Louis could not have been more gracious or generous. We loved our week here, and visited many chateaus in the Loire but were always very happy to come “home” every evening.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Hidden Treasure

  • 5 of 5

Superb location in a small town with several good restaurants and markets. A secluded and very attractive walled garden ensure privacy and peace. we used this as a base to explore the Loire and its many Chateaux. The roads were uncluttered and we found the distances easily covered.

Elice and Jean-Louise were excellent hosts. Nothing was too much trouble and they shared their fresh garden produce with us. The apartment was exquisite with original antiques and was the most comprehensively equiped rented property we have ever rented.

We are looking forward to our next visit - hopefully in 2013.

We give this apartment the highest possible recomendation.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Historical Charm

  • 5 of 5

The description of the apartment and accolades from other visitors are accurate. This is a gem, mostly because of the graciousness of the hosts, Elice and Jean-Louis Martin. They were available for consultation, advice, and suggestions, whether local restaurants or sights. The apartment is large and sunny, and overlooks a charming garden which was lovely even during our entire week of rain. (The Wifi worked well.)

Loudun is picturesque, but it is a bit of a haul to various sights such as Angers, Saumur, Fontevraud, Chenonceau and Chinon. You definitely need a car. However if you go a different route each time, you see lovely aspects of rural and historical France and may discover something wonderful.

'Twas great fun to go up a twisting tower stairway every day and know that Cardinal Richelieu used to own it!

  • Submitted: May 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbus, Ohio

A Fantastic French Experience

  • 5 of 5

When we arrived in Loudun, France for our 4 week vacation we immediately felt the kindness of Elice and John-Louis. Our cosy apartment was "wonderfully" French and we had everything we needed at our fingertips. Each morning we were able to walk to the local bakery and purchase delicious bread and croissants. This beautiful historic apartment was the perfect get-away from the hustle and bustle of our fast pace American life. This was a vacation that we will never forget and we consider ourselves very lucky to have experienced the joy of French life. We hope to return someday soon. Without a doubt we recommended this highly!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
18 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
Bourgueil or Saumur
Nearest Restaurant
Nearest Beach
150 Kilometres
Les Sables d'Olonnes
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Loudun Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $165

Bookings made within 45 days of the start of the rental period require full payment prior to check-in.
We accept payments in Euros by your Credit card through PayPal.
All taxes are included in the rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Vienne Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 72 m²
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Other (See Description) - 1 double
  • Double Beds (1) new high quality bedding (160 x 200)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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