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240 year old cottage providing comfort and privacy in a perfect hideaway.

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

An ideal place for couples who love tranquility and space.

The cottage.

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.

Sitting area.

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.

Kitchen area

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.


Amboise: Sunday.

Ligueil: Monday.

Loches: Saturday and Wednesday.

Tours: Saturday and Wednesday.

Chinon: Flea market every third Sunday of the month

More Details

Katerina Sempepou-Rogers
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, greek
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 12, 2017

Why Katerina Sempepou-Rogers chose Indre-et-Loire

Le Puits d'eau claire has been our little paradise for the last fourteen 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.


Saint-Hippolyte Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower attachment
  • Next to the fireplace a door leads to the stylish bathroom which contains a good-sized bath alongside two individual hand-basins, a washing machine and plenty of bathroom shelving space. An iron and ironing board is provided too. A separate wc is adjacent to the bathroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , Sitting room area with views of the orchard.
  • Bedroom 1. Restored original stair-treads lead to a spacious upper floor with all original beams. The first bedroom has one single bed, with a bedside table, a chest of drawers and three comfortable armchairs with a small coffee table. This area can be used as another living/studio space. Bedroom 2. A door leads through to the double bedroom with a built-in wardrobe, a king size bed, a chest of drawers, two bedside tables and two armchairs. We provide winter and summer bedding plus extra pillows. Both bedrooms are fully carpeted and enjoy views of the countryside. The cot can be used in this room or in the first bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Garden. The well-tended cottage garden, including 20 vines, overlooks a field of walnut, apple and pear trees. It has an excellent south-facing aspect and enjoys the sun throughout the day. There is a large table with four chairs and an umbrella in the garden, as well as sun loungers, a wooden bench and a BBQ. Ample parking is available in the orchard.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

240 year old cottage providing comfort and privacy in a perfect hideaway.
average rating of 4.7894735 based on 19 reviews

Beautiful farm cottage in the French countryside

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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
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A perfect Loire setting of peace and tranquility.

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent a lovely week here - a real opportunity to relax and unwind in the most peaceful and tranquil of settings. Imagine ... the gentle hum of bees on lavender, a family of deer on the crest of the hill and a Sancerre in hand - sunshine in a glass - perfect!

The property provides a rustic experience - with all the facilities required for a very pleasant stay.

We enjoyed local markets, brocantes and the nearby chateau of Montresor along with philosophy at Descartes. Loches was perfect for morning coffee or lunch in the sun - an interesting little town with something for all.

This is a real gem of a property and we hope to return next year.

Emma & Paul Tyler

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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a week in the loire

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in this lovely cottage. Everything was perfect and all the things we needed were provided. The grounds where the cottage was situated were perfect and so well maintained by the owners Katerina and John. Magnificent views over the surrounding countryside and a perfect base to explore this wonderful area of France. It was so peaceful but close enough to nearby towns if you wanted a night out.

We were lucky enough to have Katerina and John staying at the same time and we saw just how hard they work to keep this site in perfect order. We benefitted from their knowledge of the area which they were happy to share with us and we spent a lovely evening with them chatting and drinking wine at their home. It was a really nice stay and we would definitely recommend it.

Steve and Jackie Hamilton, Essex, England

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Out window to the Loire

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived we were welcomed by the most wonderful hosts. We shared wine, meals and a day with them visiting Angel sur l'Anglin and we developed a wonderful friendship.

The accommodation was clean, comfortable and well maintained. Like all of the places we stayed, the only suggestion for improvement would be ceiling fans for the hot evenings.

We would recommend this as a restful place to stay or a central location to base yourself for day trips.

It would be ideal for a family with lots of space for children to play. While there was ample space to share with a second couple, the bedding best suited a family.

We would not hesitate to stay there again. Katerina organised a meeting with a local in our profession. Her knowledge and advice on local tourist sights, where to eat and suggestions of activities were very appropriate.

We hope we can return their hospitality when they visit Australia in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Judy and Rod for your review. We don't often have temperatures of 40 degrees in the Loire! I will however take your recommendation on board and make sure that we provide cooling fans for very hot days.
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A delightful gite with excellent facilities

  • 4 of 5

Highly recommended and very French!. The cottage is in a wonderful peaceful location. Very well maintained and equipped, clean throughout. The gite is in an excellent location for visiting chateaux and towns including Loches and Tours.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for reviewing our cottage. We are very happy that you enjoyed your staying at La Maison des Amis and you found the cottage and the surrounding area to your satisfaction. We hope you can return to our place and region one day. With kind regards, Katerina
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Oasis of rest.

  • 5 of 5

We have spent a very good time in St Hippolyte in La Maison des Amis. We were in love for the cottage!. Such a nice cosy place! It was so calme and peaceful there. An oasis of rest! It is a place to return!

The house is very comfortable. We had all we need.

And the region of Val de Loire is very interesting.Beautiful area and there is also a lot to visit and to see.

Frits and Sylvia Krijnen ( The Netherlands)

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Nearest Airport
44 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
600 Metres
Saint Hippolyte
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
A10, junction 18
Nearest Restaurant
600 Metres
Saint Hippolyte
Car: recommended

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.


Rates & Availability

Saint-Hippolyte Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low season
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
High season
Jun 4 2017 - Sep 3 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $217.89

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

25% of rent paid at the time of booking. It is non refundable if the booking is cancelled. The rest is to be paid eight weeks before arrival. A cheque for damage deposit should be send with a sae to my address eight weeks before arrival. It is returned within two weeks from departure.

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