|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
Until recently this was our residence during the Summer and has been fitted to a high standard . Le Ciel Bleu, our self contained fully air conditioned luxury studio apartment set in what used to be the hay loft of our 300 year old ‘Grange’. Still retaining all the rustic charm of our other cottages with its oak beamed ceilings but fitted with all the modern conveniences.
The 50m2 studio spacious with a fully fitted a kitchen area, fully tiled marble shower room, there is a King size bed, 2 seater settee and air conditioning is avaiable . Outside there is a private terrace area with BBQ set next to our fish pond with table, chairs.
You also have a private area by our heated swimming pool with sun loungers.
With over 100 5 * reviews Ken and Liz Mason are the resident owners of three 350 year old self catering romantic stone cottages with beamed ceilings and Terracotta floors, set in an acre of award winning gardens with its own private swimming pool nestling on the edge of a lovely French hamlet surrounded by open fields in the heart of the Loire Valley. To maintain the tranquillity of the setting and to ensure total relaxation during your holiday with us we only accept adults.
Each cottage has its own private area of garden, we have tried to broaden the range of plants in the garden so that no matter what time of the year you chose to visit there will be plenty to look at.
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There are too many flowers and shrubs to mention but we do have many types of clematis, honeysuckle, rose, grape vines, jasmine, sweet pea, laveteria and lavender. If you enjoy home cooking, our herb garden provides you with a multitude of herbs.
For those that are interested in food we have numerous Restaurants in the area ranging from those were a good 3 course lunch with wine can be had for about €13 to Michelin Starred Restaurants which are obviously more expensive but certainly better value than would be expected in the UK.
The region is home to the finest goat’s cheese producers and winemaking has been deeply rooted here for centuries. This area is simply known as France’s ‘Bread Basket’
Nature: Wild Life abounds in the area with its many Rivers and Forests, nearby is the regional park La Brenne, an area of some 166,000 hectors with over 2000 man made lakes of various sizes.
An amazing diversity of natural habitats is responsible for an abundance of wildlife of which the best know are the: Purple Heron, Black necked Grebe, wetland warblers, Bittern, March Harrier, Whiskered Tern, Short-toed eagle together with water birds to numerous to mention. In the surrounding forests you can find many species of Deer and Wild Boar.
In our own gardens we have done everything we can to encourage wild life and we have numerous species of birds such as, Red Leged Partridge, Black Redstart, Fieldfare, Cirl Buntings, Great, Blue Tits, Sparrows, Swallows, House Martin, Kestral, Fly Catchers and numerous types of owls to mention just a few. We also have a number of Red Squirrels that visit the garden on a regular basis.
We are both originally from Ireland but lived in England for all of our married life.
After ending our careers Liz as a nurse and mine in business we decided to purchase Les Frippierers in 2005 and to start a new period of our life here in France.
Liz and Ken Mason purchased this apartment in 2005
We offer 3 different properties each with it's own individual style and layout, all fitted to a high standard. The cottages are set in just over a acre of award winning gardens and each property has it's own private piece.
We only offer the cottages to couples and therefore the ambiance is quite and peaceful, set in part of the garden is our heated swimming pool which you can sit beside or just visit from your own garden and cool down.
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The 14m x 7m swimming pool has a deep end of 2.2m and a shallow end of 0.9m with roman steps. It is near the edge of a gentle grass slope and benefits from pastoral views and inspiring sunsets. Plenty of sun beds are provided around the pool, which is diligently covered every night to retain the solar gain in temperature.
Time, care and effort have been spent with selecting the right contents for each beautifully furnished home to make them as perfect as possible. They all have china, plenty of glasses (very essential!), pots and pans etc., a large fridge with separate freeze compartment, gas fired oven and 4 burner hob, washing machine, dish-washer, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, iron and cold box for food shopping and picnics. A hand towel and tea cloths are provided for the kitchen, along with a cleaning sponge, washing up liquid, washing powder and dishwasher tablets. We also supply you with tea, coffee, milk, sugar, biscuits and a bottle of fizz to get you holiday started.
Vairable change over days out of season
Air conditioning available
Adults only Cottages
All inclusive no surcharges or Taxes
Payment can be made by Credit Card. Short and weekend breaks by arrangement.
Change over day normally Saturday, but we can be flexible
We stayed for a week at the beginning of August and, having read some reviews were expecting something special. We were not disappointed! Quietly tucked away in lovely countryside yet within easy reach of a number of interesting towns and villages. The accommodation was first class and Ken and Liz very welcoming and helpful. What made it for us was the immaculate swimming pool. We have never before seen one so well kept and clean. It was shared but most days we were the only ones using it so seemed like ours alone. It is now on our favourites list - we will return!
Thoroughly enjoyed our week in and around this charming cottage (Ciel Bleu) set above the owners' home with two other cottages. Facilities as described. Bed was extremely comfortable. Additional facilities to note: CD player, barbecue, washing line and pegs, washing machine, torch (for steep steps to front door) and binoculars to appreciate the most amazing starry skys. One of the holiday higlights! BBC TV on small screen for those who want it. We were abe to borrow a golf umbrella and a cool box at one stage. I noted that on my ipad and iphone the wifi was not fast enough to watch even short youtube clips which was not at all an issue for us but may be for others. Wifi extended from indoors to (allocated but not entirely private) lovely outdoor dining area but not to the pool area. Hosts Ken and Liz had a finely tuned balance of accommodating hospitability without being intrusive. Country lanes to get everywhere had hardly any traffic and endless rolling hills and sunflower fields. Gorgeous. Would be very keen to stay there again. Thanks!
The property is very well-maintained and in fantastic countryside. My main objective was to unwind and relax in nice surroundings while still having the option to do internet-based work if necessary (it was!). Liz and Ken were excellent hosts, giving me space while also being supportive and full of information.
We had a great week at this property. Ken and Liz made us feel very welcome whilst also letting us find our own feet. All the recommendations were great. We had a lovely mixture of relaxing in the sun at the pool and exploring the area. It really is a hidden gem.
Ken and Liz are very welcoming and helpful hosts. The flat is comfortable, spacious and well-appointed. There's also the bonus of free wifi and the use of a washer and drier. The weather was not good while we were there so we weren't able to use the garden/pool but there were still plenty of interesting places to visit within easy reach. Recommended.
We spent a very relaxing week at Le Ciel Bleu. So peaceful with a feeling of being away from all the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. Not a sound of traffic! But we were only a few minutes drive from local towns and villages. This is a beautiful part of France which we had not visited before.
Ken and Liz were wonderful hosts with recommendations on places to visit and local restaurants. We loved l'Image in Preuilly sur Claise. The service was welcoming and friendly and the food delicious.
We left Le Ciel Bleu feeling relaxed and renewed!
Recreational opportunities abound in the region. Biking on the almost traffic-free country roads alongside the wide rivers, privately-owned châteaux and red-roofed villages, certainly qualifies as one of the most delightful activities. The many rivers which honeycomb the area, from the Creuse to the Gartempe to the Anglin, will be of special interest to swimmers and those who enjoy fishing. Bird watching is especially well-rewarded in the Regional Park of the Brenne, a wildlife refuge. For those who would like to be a little more energetic why not borrow our bikes and try one of the easy local bike rides and of course there are plenty of local walks, we also have local stables and tennis courts. We are lucky enough to be surrounded by Golf Courses which are underplayed for most of year, our nearest is just 15 mins away.
Other Activities: Bird Watching, Chateaux
Golf: We are lucky enough to be surrounded by quality golf courses that are not only quiet but affordable. Our nearest club is the 18 hole Golf du Connetable at La Roche Posay, just 15 minutes away and is a challenge for all standard of golfers. This ‘Woburnesk’ course is set amongst conifers with oaked lined fairways, wildlife is plentiful Red Squirrel’s abound and don’t be surprised to see the odd Stag or Boar running off into the forest. Golf de La Roche Possay
At Loches we have the 9 hole Golf Loches Verneuil which has been built in association with St. Andrews. Golf Loches Verneuil
Just outside Chatellerault is the Golf du Haut Poitou, here we have both a 9 and 18 hole course set around a large lake, again the 18 hole course is a challenge to all. Golf du Haut Poitou
A bit further out is the Golf du Manoir de Beauvoir, this beautiful course is set in the grounds of an old 19th centaury Victorian style manor which is now an hotel. Golf du Manoir de Beauvoir