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Loire Valley 400 year-old Authentic Country Cottage near châteaux

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms (adults only), authentic French house, surrounded by trees & garden

The gîte (self-catering accommodation) is on two floors, with two large double bedrooms upstairs, one with en-suite bathroom (bath tub with shower & toilet) and large queen bed, second bedroom with double bed. There is a second bathroom downstairs (shower, toilet, washer/drier), a spacious living room downstairs with leather sofa & arm chair and large fully-equipped kitchen with dining area. Second living room with fire place upstairs and small kitchen. Authentic Henri II and French provincial furniture. Many historical features including cabochon from Chartres cathedral and bread oven. Very well appointed. Sheets, towels, bathrobes, kitchen essentials provided. Closed courtyard including parking and al fresco dining in front of the house surrounded by flowering trees and shrubs. Bikes available. For safety reasons, it is not suitable for children. Very quiet. Key box system so you can arrive any time after 4 pm.

Maison renaissance soigneusement restaurée construite en 1584 en plein centre de la vallée de la Loire, bien située pour visiter tous les châteaux. Haut niveau de confort pour quatre personnes. Poutres apparentes, détails originaux, meubles anciens. Deux grandes chambres à coucher à l'étage dont une avec salle d'eau attenante (baignoire avec douche et toilettes). Deuxième salle de bain au rez de chaussée (douche, toilettes, machine à laver sèchante). Cuisine équipée. Salon confortable au rez de chaussée avec canapé en cuir. Deuxième salon à l'étage avec cheminée et petite cuisine. Grande cour pour dîner à l'extérieur. Parking intérieur. Vélos à disposition. Ménage soigné après chaque locataire. Ne convient pas à des enfants pour des raisons sécuritaires. Boîte à clé pour que vous puissiez arriver à l'heure de votre choix à partir de 16 heures.

More Details

Rosemary Avril
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, basic Spanish and Italian - email only
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 8, 2018

About Rosemary Avril

Rosemary and Jean Michel are delighted to welcome you to their abode. Rosemary is Australian and has been living the French dream since 1975 and Jean Michel was born and raised in the Loire Valley in a converted windmill on top of a hill near Saumur. Our favourite pastimes are cycling, mushroom picking, walking, wine tasting, gardening and travelling and the house reflects these tastes.

Rosemary Avril purchased this house in 2012

Why Rosemary Avril chose Blois

We were looking for a retirement home in a location not far from Paris with a dynamic cultural and social life that would be attractive to both French and overseas visitors. We also wanted bike routes, a State forest for mushrooming, a river to fish in and vineyards to explore. The Loire Valley was a natural choice and a 400 year-old Renaissance house with all its wonderful history was the perfect solution.

What makes this house unique

We both fell in love with the house immediately. We loved its authentic features, its lovely garden, the wood behind, the many rooms, each with its own history.


Blois House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Shower/bath, wash basin, toilet, washing machine.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size or standard double bed. Extremely comfortable top-of-the-range bed, large wardrobe, chest of drawers, 2 bedside tables, 2 lamps.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • swimming
American & Australian adaptors for electrical appliances, sewing kit, shoe polish kit, authentic wooden beams, central to the castles in the Loire Valley.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

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Loire Valley 400 year-old Authentic Country Cottage near châteaux
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
Ottawa, Canada

Wonnderful stay @ Blois

  • 5 of 5

Rosemary made everything perfect for our stay near Blois! The property is about 5-7 minutes from the city centre. The kitchen was well equipped for the nights we cooked and "stayed in".

There were so many interesting elements to the home ... it was like staying in a museum! We stayed five nights and it was the perfect home base for exploring all the chateaux of the Loire Valley. So thank you very much Rosemary for making our stay so memorable!

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review! I'm glad you enjoyed your stay in our home so much.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Slice of French Country Living

  • 5 of 5

We arrived after midnight and were given excellent directions and detailed instructions on how to access the property. When the gates swung open we could tell this was going to be a very special stay. As we entered the "chateau" it was even more charming than anticipated. We were impressed by the large rooms and all the jaw dropping details an older structure, think wood beams and multiple fireplaces. The rooms were comfortable with lots windows for light and the evening breeze. There are nice touches all over the house for guests such as robes and slippers, coffee and milk for breakfast, a nice bottle of bubbly in the fridge, plus she left us a much appreciated treat from her garden. In addition there are 4 adult bikes available. Rosemary has a truly amazing place that exudes old world charm.

The kitchen has everything you need to prepare nice meals and the BBQ much appreciated. The garden was flourishing and had a wide arrange of flowers and greenery to admire. It was wonderful to sit out there and enjoy the evenings with a bottle of wine. We appreciated the fact that we could enjoy our adventures out in the Loire Valley knowing they would continue when we returned to our temporary home.

Rosemary was a great host and incredibly knowledgeable about the area and has an informative blog to help you get you into your holiday mindset. She was responsive to email and always very kind and thoughtful. The house was also very tidy, I can only imagine what it takes to keep it in such pristine condition.

The pictures don't do it justice, we highly recommend the experience and thank Rosemary for the chance to capture the French country life-style, albeit only for a long weekend.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lynn for your kind words. We love our house and area and are delighted to be able to share them. It is important for us to know that are guests have everything they need for an enjoyable, carefree experience.
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Wonderful Gite in the Loire Valley

  • 5 of 5

We don't feel the pictures do this place justice! This lovely old farmhouse has an abundance of character while at the same time providing modern conveniences and comfort. Its very quiet location provides an easy drive to many chateaux and wineries, as well as to the towns of Blois (with it's fantastic pedestrian area and shops) and Amboise. During our four-day/five-night stay, it was nice to have the option to fix breakfast in the mornings or return in the evening for a light dinner with dessert from the patisserie, and to unwind and relax in this comfortable gite after a day spent sightseeing. We found the people of the Loire to be very friendly and helpful, and the food and wine fantastic. Although Rosemary and Jean-Michel were out of town during our stay, any issues we had were promptly taken care of to our satisfaction through e-mail. Rosemary provided a very helpful guide to area shopping, local market days and sights. We recommend this property wholeheartedly.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so pleased everything worked out, Michael, and that you enjoyed your stay at Closerie Falaiseau. Thank you for your lovely comment.
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Falls Church, Virginia

Beautiful and Well Situated Accommodation

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have been more pleased with our accommodations at this lovely house in May. Although we did not meet the owners in person, Rosemary was just an e-mail or phone call away and she was extremely helpful in recommending sites to see and places to eat and visit. The garden is lovely in May, the house was spacious and comfortable, and the location is perfect for visiting the chateaux of the Loire Valley. The owners left a bottle of wine in the fridge, cozy terry cloth robes in the bathroom, and a computer and cell phone for us to use while we were at the house. We felt that we were personal guests of the owners. The town (and castle) of Blois are just a few minutes away. We would definitely recommend this house!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Naomi, for your lovely recommendation. We, too, were sorry not to meet you. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay at Closerie Falaiseau. We love the garden in May as well!
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Atlanta, GA USA

Ideal Loire Valley Location

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is just as described and we very much enjoyed our five day stay. It is very well appointed, spacious, and in a location convenient to both Blois, Amboise, and many of the chateaux. The enclosed courtyard offers a pleasant place to relax and enjoy meals out of doors. The owner was out of town but provided a local contact who was gracious and helpful when needed. We would definitely recommend this property. The Sunday morning market at Amboise is a great place to gather local cheeses, sausages, and even wine for your stay. Also, the Garden Festival at nearby Chaumont is very interesting.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Super Place to Stay in the Loire Valley

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed in this terrific cottage outside of Blois the last week in September 2013. The cottage serves as an excellent location for touring the Loire Valley region and it has all of the space and amenities you could ask for. Our host, Rosemary, could not have been more helpful with information on local shopping and touring ideas. Overall this cottage is a great value that we would highly recommend for anyone wishing to visit the Loire Valley region.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review!
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Chateau de Chenonceau
Chateau de Chambord
Chateau du Clos-Luce
Chateau d'Amboise
Blois Cathedral
Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Le Gabriel
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Golfe de la Carte Chouzy sur Cisse
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
A10 motorway
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Blois, just two hours from Paris by car or train (direct from CDG Airport), is central to the main châteaux in the Loire Valley: Chaumont: 15 K, Chambord: 20 K, Cheverny: 20 K, Chenonceau: 34 K, Amboise: 30 K, Vouvray: 44 K, Orleans: 70 K, Chinon: 110 K, Paris: 190 K. A car is necessary. Many restaurants and wineries. A deux heures de Paris par voiture ou train ; accès facile à tous les châteaux de la Loire. Voiture nécessaire. Beaucoup de restaurants et vignobles.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & linen $73.84

The price for wood is 70 euros per stere of wood used.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund