About the property
- Cottage484 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay1 - 4 nights
An ideal place for couples who love tranquility and space.
La Maison des Amis accommodates 3 adults and a child up to three years old, in absolute comfort and privacy. A perfect hideaway for a couple or a family. It dates back to 1785, 4 years before the French Revolution, and displays many traditional features such as oak beams, tiled floors and external walls constructed from regional limestone rendered in the local style inside. The cottage nestles in a tranquil corner of the Loire Valley in between a productive orchard and open countryside. Its southerly aspect offers guests unlimited views of the surrounding panorama and uninterrupted sunlight throughout the day. In late summer, 20 vines in the cottage’s enclosed garden offer, in conjunction with the orchard, an abundance of organic apples, grapes and pears. La Maison des Amis is, all in all, a perfect location from which to explore central France.
Living room/sitting area: Living room.
Downstairs there is a large combined living room/dining room/kitchen area. The entire floor in this area is tiled with the original tiles which still retain their beautiful old terracotta colour despite being 240 years old. The kitchen section of the room has a fridge/freezer, a microwave oven, a hob and oven as well as a dishwasher. This charming room has three windows with garden views.
The sitting area has an wood burning stove in the original fire place. There is also electric heating for the colder winter days. Two comfortable arm chairs and a settee make the place inviting and relaxing. There is a TV/DVD player and Hi-Fi system. WiFi is available too. Plenty of books to relax reading as well as games for all. TV , English and French channels, keep the visitors happy during the rainy days.
Dining area: Dining area
A dining table with four chairs sits in front of an old French dresser which houses all the cutlery, crockery and necessary utensils. BBQ utensils, table mats and a tablecloth are provided too.
Other essentials such as washing up liquid, soap, kitchen towels and table-cloths are provided as well.
Oak kitchen units, hand made by the local Menusiere, complement this part of the downstairs open plan room. A comfortable area where one can prepare food while sharing time with their loved ones. All necessary electrical appliances such as an electric hob, an electric oven, microwave oven and a dishwasher are in place to make the visitors time as confortable as possible.
There are plenty of saucepans, oven trays and kitchen utensils.
All crockery is kept in the large oak dresser by the dining area of the room. The dining table with its four chairs make eating times comfortable and enjoyable.
On the first floor there is a settee, three arm chairs a small table and a bookcase. It is the area in the cottage that one can sit and read, work or just have some time to oneself. A cozy little corner to practise yoga or to meditate.
The main bedroom is through this room. A king size bed with very comfortable mattress, two bedside tables, bed side lights and two arm chairs make this room again very comfortable and welcoming. There is large fitted double wardrobe and a chest of drawers. Two mirrors and book cases complete this lovely bedroom with its old ceiling beams.
There two windows towards the south of the property overlooking the fields with the vines and walnut trees. One window overlooking the garden and the fields across on the west side of the room. A very warm and relaxing place to sleep and rest with your morning coffee.
Local area: The local restaurant, La Rénaissance, in Saint Hippolyte opens daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is famous for its foie gras. Booking a table at the weekend is essential. The boulangerie in the centre of the village has everything one needs, from fresh bread and croissants to vegetables and wine.
Nearby, excellent walking routes, equestrian schools, a golf course and fishing lakes provide scope for a range of activities. 9 km up-river is the medieval town of Loches, which hosts a bustling market around Le Café des Arts twice each week and hosts a literary festival in the summer. Major châteaux and vineyards can be found within a 40 km radius.
Loches: Saturday and Wednesday.
Tours: Saturday and Wednesday.
Chinon: Flea market every third Sunday of the month
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one hour
- english, french, greek
- Calendar last updated:
- May 14, 2018
Why Katerina Sempepou-Rogers chose Saint-Hippolyte
Le Puits d'eau claire has been our little paradise for the last fifteen years. The tranquility of the place, the feeling of space make it for us and for most of our family and friends the ideal place to spend time during any season of the year.
What makes this Cottage unique
An ideal place for those who love tranquility and living close to amenities. An ideal place to explore the Touraine region of France and to enjoy regional food. La Maison Des Amis is very close to all the chateaux of the Loire valley. It's proximity to these places of attraction make it a perfect place to stay. AMBOISE with the historical museum of LEONARDO DA VINCI, CHANONCEAUX where CATHERINE DE MEDICI lived, CHAMBORD, the hunting residence of the French kings are all within very easy reach from the cottage.
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Another wonderful holiday
Peace and quiet is our thing on a summer holiday and this delivers it every time. Plus a smattering of French markets, lots of local wine and food and lots of friendly natives. We are always very happy here. We've already booked for next year!
Thank you Paul and Emma.
Always very happy to have you in our little paradise.
See you next year.
Our warmest regards.
LOVELY CHARMING COTTAGE,EVEN LOVELIER OWNERS
Had an amazing one week stay ,last month April 2018 in this charming individual cottage south of Tours in a lovely,peaceful setting,beautifully restored in a French cottage style with plenty of room,downstairs bathroom is huge,everything you need is supplied for all your catering/entertainment needs.We ventured to a local boot sale(vide grenier) which was as vast and diverse as you will ever see.The whole Holiday experience is definitely one we will repeat here time and time again,we really have found a little gem in the Loire.
Wonderful, peaceful stay in a charmimgcottage
Beautifully renovated, extremely comfortable, spacious cottage with everything we needed inc upstairs seating area and outside furniture.
Before booking Katerina couldn't have been more helpful with details on the cottage and the area. We arrived and everything was as described with a welcome bottle of bubbly in the fridge. Everything you need for an easy self catering holiday was provided and there is the option of a cot should you need it.
The surrounding area is so pretty and very quiet. We really enjoyed sitting in the garden in the evenings drinking a glass of wine and listening to the birds. It was so peaceful. I could have stayed there forever. We used the local patisserie for breakfast every morning. Getting fresh croissants to bring back and eat in the garden.
We travelled around a bit and thoroughly enjoyed Loches which is only 20 minutes away. Good restaurants and an amazing chateau. We also enjoyed visiting Ambroise for the day. It's a very beautiful part of the world.
I am very pleased you enjoyed your short break in our cottage.
Hoping that next time you will be able to visit our place and stay lo ger.
Where do I start. We were met by Mrs Rogers and shown around the delightful cottage, and our first impressions only improved during our 2 week stay. The cottage provided us with everything we required - it really was better than home from home, and surrounded by the lovely gardens the location was truly peaceful, with plenty of wildlife and walks. We did quite a lot of cycling and the area is perfect as it is so quiet and there is something to see in every village you come across. The boulangerie in the village sold delicious breads and pastries, with the town of Loches only 15 minutes or so away for further supplies. The cottage is ideally situated for touring the area, with the chateaux along the Loire only a 30 minute drive away. The little Chateau of Montrésor and the Café de la Ville is definitely worth a visit and we also loved the little town of Saint Aignan. Thank you Mrs Rogers for sharing your little part of France with us.
Dear Mr and Mrs Bainbridge,
We are very pleased that you enjoyed your break at our cottage.
We thank you for being so kind and looked after the cottage garden.
Let's hope you can visit our place sometime in the near future again.
All the best
Beautiful farm cottage in the French countryside
We stayed in the cottage with our 9 month old baby for 10 days over Easter 2016 and had a lovely, relaxing time. We didn't want to leave! The owner Katerina was very helpful, friendly and really made us feel at home.
The cottage is located in St Hippolyte a small village about 20 minutes away by car from the nearest town Loche. The village is very quiet with a lovely boulangerie to get your baguettes and croissants every morning and a nice restaurant. Loche is a lovely pretty town with a beautiful castle, lots of cafes and restaurants and has a market every Wednesday and Saturday which is definitely worth paying a visit. Would definitely recommend La Galerie B for dinner on a special occasion!
The cottage itself was very comfortable for a couple and a baby with everything you could possibly need including a lovely wood-burning stove to curl up to on a cold evening! It was clean, tidy and had good Wifi as well as access to UK TV if required.
We spent our days exploring the Tourraine region with plenty of walks on offer and visits to beautiful Chateaus including Chenonceau and Amboise which are all within easy reach of the cottage.
I would definitely recommend this cottage for a lovely relaxing holiday and to use as a base for visiting the surrounding Loire Valley. Thank you Katerina!
We are delighted that you enjoyed your break at our cottage. We always try to make our visitors stay a pleasant experience. Thank you again for choosing to spend your Easter break with us. Please give a big hug to your daughter Mae Olivia.
John and Katerina
La Maison des Amis cottage is one of four buildings that form 'Le Puits d'eau claire' farm, (the well of the clear water). It dates back to 1785, four years before the French Revolution. Renovated 20 years ago La maison des Amis retains most of its original features. It is a place where one can relax and enjoy the open countryside.
La Maison des Amis is 600 m from the centre of a very old village with a beautiful square, a restaurant, a boulangerie, a garage, a post office and two doctors clinics. The village rests along side the river Indre, a tributary to the Loire river further up.
9 km to the North one of the most picturesque towns in central France Loches, lies at the foot of the rocky eminence on which stands the chateau de Loches. The castle was one of the residences of the kings of France. The beautifully maintenained old cobbled stone street that takes you to the castle is flanked by many houses of the renaissance period.
Golf: A 9 hole golf course is nearby in Vernueil -sur- Indre. La Roche Posay has an 18 hole golf course with putting greens, and also boasts a casino, hippodrome and hydrotherapy spa.
Additional information about rental rates
Please check the calendar for dates that are available, then use the booking form to request your desired schedule. For longer periods please contact the owner for special rate. •Rental is from Saturday to Saturday. • Arrival around 16:00 and departure by 10:00. • A 25% non-refundable deposit is required to secure a booking. •The balance, including the security deposit, is to be paid eight w