|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Chêne (Oak) part of the 18th century granary and stables, shares an imposing entrance atrium with Saule (Willow). This property has a spectacular stone fireplace and galleried landing; it also boasts huge oak beams in the living area.
The living area has a stunning fireplace with wood burning stove and is comfortably furnished with 3 leather sofas and dining room suite.There is satellite TV,DVD/CD player, iPod dock,WiFi.
The fully equipped kitchen includes dishwasher, electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer.
There is a bedroom with twin beds and a large shower room, with shower cubicle, wash basin and WC.
There are 3 bedrooms, 1 King, 1 double and 1 twin bedded. All rooms have beautiful views across our extensive grounds.
There is an en-suite shower room from the double bedroom with shower, wash basin and WC, a further main bathroom with bath and shower over, wash basin and WC.
Terrace area (direct access from dining room) 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.
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.
There were seven of us staying in the four bedroom gite , it was very comfortable , plenty of space , we had a great week enjoyed the pool and exploring the surrounding area , the only one thing is with 7 adults , on the days we spent at the gite once the dishwasher went on , running out of mugs so could just do with a few more cups and also serving dishes , but this was just a minor thing and common with self catering we have found .
Overall we had a great week and family catch up .
We've just returned from a fantastic week at Clos de la Richaudiere. The photos online looked pretty good, but you can never be too sure until you get there. We were delighted to say the photos don't quite do the place justice.
Located down a quiet country lane, the gites are surrounded by peaceful countryside. The only noises are birds and the odd tractor in the distance. The site has 5 gites, a pool with retractable canopy, petanques pitch, table tennis, swings and a small lake.
We were welcomed by Marie and Marc, who are lovely. The gite was excellent with everything you need (BBQ got some use). We particularly loved the patio/terrace, where we soaked up the sun at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
There are little extras like a free laundry and bikes to use if you wished. Marc and Marie also arranged for a wine tasting session with nibbles at the complex, which was good. They even brought a bottle of fizz over for a special celebration in our party. A nice touch.
There are some nice towns, sleepy villages and a national park (wetlands and woods) nearby. However, if you want to just get away from it all, soak up the sun and relax, then you don't need to budge. We loved it! Thanks Marc & Marie
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.