Saule (3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6)
Marie and Marc Van Lul
- english, french, german, spanish
About Marie and Marc Van Lul
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 4 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
Why Marie and Marc Van Lul chose Murs
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.
What makes this Villa unique
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.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Cot, highchair, changing mat, toilets seat
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Perfect family getaway
Marie and Marc were wonderful hosts and the gites are so well set up for a truly enjoyable holiday. There were so many things to do on site and it’s perfectly located to visit lots of great nearby towns and sights. Would highly recommend!
Thank you very much for your kind review. We have been so happy to welcome you both and your sweet baby. Come back whenever you wish. Warm regards. Marie and Marc
Fabulous place for a relaxing family holiday
Marie and Marc have created a lovely rural hideaway with all of the modern conveniences you would want in beautiful unspoilt surroundings. Great facilities for both the kids and the adults and with lovely touches such as the personalised welcome message and some essentials in the fridge. The accommodation was spacious and very well maintained. Marie and Marc were very helpful with hints and recommendations for things to do and rescuing our kids badly aimed pool toy from the roof of the pool! This is a lovely part of France to explore and we were grateful for the cooling lakes to swim in and rivers to kayak on in the midst of the mini heatwave. All in all a fabulous experience and we would happily return.
Dear Gareth and Lucy,
Thank you very much for your very nice review. It has been a real great pleasure to welcome you both and your two children in our property. We'll be delighted to welcome you back at Luxury Loire Gites - Clos de La Richaudière for future holidays. Take care. Marie and Marc
Wonderful stay with our family and friends! We do recommend Clos de La Richaudière and we’ll come back next year. The owners are exceptional hosts.
Thank you very much for your review. Looking forward to welcoming you back to our property next year or whenever you wish.
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!
Delightful family holiday.
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.
Another fantastic stay
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!
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.