|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Saule (Willow), part of the 18th century granary which was still in use in 2004. Separated from Chêne (Oak) by an impressive atrium which is open to roof height.
This spacious property has 3 bedrooms, 2 bath/shower rooms and a large open plan living area, all furnished to a very high standard.
The oak beamed open plan living area, with large stone fireplace and log burning stove is comfortably furnished with leather sofas and chair, oak and leather dining room suite.There is satellite TV,DVD player, iPod dock, WiFi.
The fully equipped kitchen includes dishwasher, electric oven and hob, microwave, fridgefreezer and long breakfast bar.
There is also a wet room with hand basin and WC.
There are 3 bedrooms, 2 with King sized beds and 1 twin bedded. There is an en-suite shower room with shower, wash basin and WC, a further main bathroom with large freestanding bath and shower cubicle, wash basin; separate WC. Terrace area(direct access from living area) with garden furniture & BBQ
We have carefully and thoughtfully converted 18th century buildings to provide unique and interesting accommodation. All our gites are furnished and finished to an excellent standard, with high quality sofas, beds, linen, towels and kitchenware. They are all equipped with Hansgrohe showers, Bosch dishwashers and ovens and Weber barbecues. Our heated and covered swimming pool has a fully retractable roof and the surrounding terraces and lawns have ample loungers and shade. The outdoor games area has table tennis, boules, swingball, badminton and a children play area. Our indoor games room has a pool/snooker table, table football and an extensive library area from which you are welcome to borrow books or DVDs. There is a multi gym and x-trainer for the fitness enthusiasts. From magnificent chateaux or a state of the art theme park to the calm serenity of the Brenne Regional Park, all these and more within easy driving distance.
My husband and I were living in Lyon - France. After many years travelling everywhere around the world for business, we decided to look for a new place to live in the peaceful French countryside. And we have fallen in love with this fabulous piece of land, with lovely houses, trees and people. I am a native of this area and I enjoy a lot sharing about history, culture and nature of this beautiful region. My husband has sold his HR consultancy and doesn't work anymore. I was holding a senior management position in an international company. I speak English, German, Spanish and French; I am now a consultant for international development. We are now extremely happy to live at La Richaudière with our cat Penelope, our 5 ducks on the lake, farmer's horses in our field, red sqarrels and birds from the Brenne Park.
Marie and Marc Van Lul purchased this villa in 2010
Our gites are located in a lovely unspoilt region of France however we are still well located for all the main tourist attractions of the Loire.
All of our gites are very spacious and equipped to a very high standard. As an example we have invested in sumptuous mattresses and bed linen to ensure that all of our guests are able to enjoy a great night's sleep.
Within our 12 acres there is plenty of room for everyone to have privacy or to join their neighbours if they would prefer. The gites are well located for the many attractions that the region offers. Within an hour's drive you can reach many of Loire chateaux, Tours and Futuroscope as well as enjoy many activities for all the family.
Thank you so much for a wonderful stay in your lovely gite. We were blessed with the weather and our two lively boys have never been so well entertained. They loved playing badminton so much, we have ordered a set for our garden at home! None of us want to go home... Many thanks for all the thoughtful touches. With all our best wishes. Paul, Lucy, Owain and Toby.
My brother and me really enjoyed your huge garden; it had so many activities to do. We absolutely loved the blue, clean swimming pool! Thank you from Owain (8) and Toby (6)
Changeover day is Saturday in high season (June, July, August). Otherwise changeover day can be flexible. Arrival time is from 4 to 8pm; earlier or later arrival by prior arrangement. Departure time is 10am max.
We had a wonderful stay. We arrived to very attentative and welcoming hosts. They were available anytime for queries as to where to go, information on the area etc. We were thrilled with the stay. It was both relaxing and interesting as there is lots to do in this area of France. The property is beautiful and meticulously maintained. The cottages are adorable and very comfortable.
We would love to return!
The property and site is beautiful. The accomodation is comfortable and contains everything you need for a relaxing holiday. We were made to feel very welcome from the moment we arrived. With a 5 year old, 3 year old and a newborn the gite, play area and pool provided everything we needed. The covered heated pool was a hit with all of us and we used it every day.
There was plenty to do in the local area and lots of places to explore. Without children a lot more time could have been spent nature watching. There is an abundance of wild flowers in the area and some stunning landscapes to explore by bicycle.
I would suggest taking your own bikes. I would also suggest taking slippers to wear in the gite if you are staying out of high season as the evenings can be quite cool.
Overall a perfect family holiday and would highly recommend.
Our second visit, after a gap of three years. Marie and Marc have really put their own stamp on the properties and know exactly how to make your stay relaxing and stress free. If you are looking for high quality accommodation with really friendly and welcoming hosts then your search is over!
We stayed in Villa Bouleau - it was spotless, very well presented, well equipped and beautifully maintained. The grounds were outstanding and there was so much to do - our 15 and 10 year old were never bored, what with the heated pool; outside activities and games room.
Marie and Marc were very friendly and welcoming and nothing was too much trouble, all you had to do was ask.
A car is essential but within minutes you can visit National Parc Brenne and Reserve de La Haute Touche or travel a little further and visit the many wonderful Chateaux or Beauval Zoo which is a 'must see'.
We will definitely be recommending to friends and family and hope to make a return visit soon. It was somewhere for us to de-stress and recharge our batteries and it certainly did that.
Special interest holidays:
During Easter weekend we organize eggs hunting in our property. In July and August we are offering wine tasting with the best "sommelier" in our region.
For wildlife and nature enthusiasts, birdwatching and butterflies watching are possible in our property; to discover more types of birds and flowers too, the Brenne Regional Park is a gorgeous place.
A visit to Beauval Zoo with the Chinese Giant Pandas is worthwhile with children as well as a tour of La Haute Touche animals park (1km far from our property).
Loches royal city and its traditional market on wednesday and saturday morning; in July and August one night market each month.
Loire Valley Chateaux are all wonderful such as Chenonceau, Cheverny and Chambord; some of them are less famous but extremely interesting such as Valençay, Villandry, Amboise, Montresor, Montpoupon or Azay.
Bellebouche 33 km (lakeside beach)
La Rochelle 230 km away - Atlantic coast beach.
Tours and Poitiers airports are around 1 hour drive with Limoges airport being about 1 hour 45 minutes. Car hire can be obtained at all the airports. The nearest ports are Caen and Le Havre, about 4 hours drive or Calais/Channel tunnel is about 6 hours drive.
Chatillon-sur-Indre is the nearest town, about 8 km and has supermarkets, banks, chemists etc.
In Cléré du Bois (2km far from our property), you can buy fresh bred, croissants and local products; there is also a restaurant (where you can have lunch or dinner or buy pizza) and a bar with ice creams too.
In Villiers (2km far from our property), you have a grocery and restaurant with nice terrace where you can enjoy nice lunch or dinner.
Loches is 20 minutes drive far from our property.
Clion and Azay-le-Ferron are about the same distance and have good boulangeries and small supermarkets. They all have cafes and restaurants. There is also a 1 Michelin star restaurant at nearby Le Petit Pressigny called La Promenade.
There is a large twice weekly market in the nearby medieval town of Loches (25 km), which also boasts a magnificent chateau and "donjon". It's worthwile spending a day in Loches.
We are situated 10 minutes from La Haute Touche, the largest animals park in France with over 1000 animals within its 500 hectares. This heralds the beginning of the Brenne Regional Parc famous for its lakes, wildlife and birds watching. A more conventional zoo is located 40km away at St-Aignan. The Beauval Zoological Park is among Europe's best. It contains over 4,000 animals including several white tigers, and it has welcomed the famous Giant Pandas from China in February 2012. Birds show is absolutly amazing.
The stunning chateaux of the Loire valley, rich in history and heritage including Villandry, Chenonceau, Amboise, Valençay, Chambord amongst others, are all within easy reach. Don't miss the Donjon of Chatillon sur Indre (Renaissance time) and Palluau chateau (strong links with Canada and Chateau Frontenac in Quebec city).
For all the family there is Futuroscope, a unique combination of interactive games, state of the art cinema and live entertainment.
There is a large number of activities available such as walking, cycling, horse riding, fishing, Golf, Go-karting and canoeing at Angle sur Anglin for example.
Birds watching, fishing and exploring the wildlife in the Brenne Regional Park is also a wonderful activity for the whole family.
You wish to enjoy horse riding with the whole family, go to "La Ferme des Mazerolles" in Saulnay.