|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
'Les Averries' is a 19th century 'longère' (local type of houses) renovated to a high standard and equipped with all the amenities of modern living. Situated in an east/west position with a terrace on either side of the house, you will enjoy having breakfast basking in the morning sunshine. The grounds are tended by a real garden lover and unusual plants are added every year for all to enjoy. The proximity of a glorious weeping willow offers cool shade and an ideal spot for lunch when the sun is at its zenith. The private heated pool is secured with automatic shutters and fitted with a shower and loungers. Solar panels were installed to provide you with constant hot water and to help our beloved planet in our modest way.
Set within the Loire nature park and a UNESCO world heritage site, the Loire valley is famed for its many châteaux, churches and abbeys. Bourgueil abbey dates back to the 10th C but the most famous, is without a doubt, Fontevraud where the Plantagenet kings, including Richard The Lion Heart, are buried. Within a radius of 20 miles, you will find a great array of châteaux amongst which are Chinon, Azay-le-Rideau, Ussé, Langeais and Saumur to name but a few. The Futuroscope in Poitiers is only 1 hour's drive away.
Bourgueil, along with Chinon, produces one of the finest red wines of the Loire. Bourgueil's market, under the age-old 'halles' is also one of those treasured moments that is a feast for the epicurian's palate.
Pool: Please note that from october 15th the pool is closed.
Les Averries is a charming cottage on the edge of the delightful town of Bourgueil. Five of us had an immensely enjoyable week long stay (wish it could have been two!). The cottage is comfortable, with all amenities, good wi-fi and well equipped with plenty of kitchenware. For 5 stars we would have expected the cottage to be sparkling clean and things like almost empty jars/packets of food removed. We are quite picky and this wasn't a big problem for us and the bottle of wine already chilled in the fridge was very welcome. The garden is absolutely perfect for outdoor living with lots of shady places to relax as well as the wonderful heated pool and deck area; perfect for sunbathing. All but one meal (slight rain) was eaten in the garden. The cottage is 10 minutes easy walk to the nearest restaurant, La Promenade (an experience!) and about 3 minutes drive to a big HyperU. The centre of Bourgueil, 15/20 mins walk, has quite a few shops including several excellent patisseries and a superb charcuterie. There are also 3 or 4 restaurants which looked good. We didn't try them as we were more than happy to eat at the cottage.
The owner, Michel, lives in an adjoining property but was not around very much. He was friendly and helpful and we spent a very enjoyable hour or so with a few bottles of wine in the garden with him and friends on our last evening. The Loire Valley is a beautiful and interesting place to visit and we would be very happy to stay at Les Averries again.
Là, tout n'est qu'ordre et beauté, Luxe, calme et volupté disait Beaudelaire et c'est ce qu'on ressent en séjournant chez Michel Rondeau. Le mariage de ces vieilles pierres et de ce confort moderne (excellente connexion internet), de ces fauteuils voltaire et de la piscine chauffée. Penser, écrire ou lire, jouir du soleil et de la brise, vivre enfin. Tout est fait ici pour oublier le bruit et la fureur du monde, pour se ressourcer. Vives les vacances à Bourgueil !
Ayant eu l'occasion de séjourner plusieurs semaines dans ce gîte, j'ai pu apprécier sa merveilleuse position, près du village, du centre commercial et de tous les lieux à visiter, son calme, propice au repos et à la détente, sa piscine chauffée qui permet de passer des journées de farniente, la beauté du jardin, le confort de la maison et l'extrême gentillesse du propriétaire. Je recommande cet endroit à tous. F. Claustres
Although my review is but a year late, I wanted to provide Michel with all the beautiful pictures I took while staying in his lovely cottage with its divine garden.
Truly we felt blessed, and we were very sad to leave - I hope we can visit one day again. Beautifully situated, Les Averries was a perfect home base after a day of sightseeing, visiting the markets, lunching, wining, and visiting all the Loire Valley has to offer.
You can see my images here:
We booked this because of the good review and the nice pictures. I felt it did not quite live up to its 5 star billing. The house was nice enough, with a great big dinning area and kitchen, a lovely lounge, the bedrooms were fine, the bathroom and shower room OK, the garden beautiful and the pool fantastic. For 5 stars I would expect the place to be gleaming on arrival perhaps with a bottle of wine in the fridge, but what we got was last weeks sausages and a fridge to clean out and the place was just a touch grubby around the edges. Not really bad but just needed a good deep clean, maybe it was just the end of the season.
We had a lovely holiday and really enjoyed our week here and if we were not expecting 5 stars we would not have been disappointed. The pool was fantastic and would keep kids happy for hours and adults come to that. The local town was good with lots of good French fair to be had. You are about 8 miles from a nuclear power station much to our amusement, but we decided not to visit this and about 1km from Super U. We visited lots of Chateaux, did a lot of cycling, there were some great trails you could pick up at the end of the road and they were almost flat, which was good for us. Wine tasting and drinking was obviously popular as was the cycle into town for bread in the morning. The owner was very pleasant and helpful and lived in the same complex as the house.
We have had a very comfortable and relaxing stay at Micheal's Gite in Bourgueil. Our family of five had plenty of space in this thoughtfully furnished and equipped property, which has plenty of space inside and out. We really appreciated the beautiful and private garden to spend time in and the sunny terrace in the evening. Also the space inside meant we could have a cosy day in if there was a spot of rain.
We had great access to the Chinon and Tours and really enjoyed exploring this lovely part of France. Bourgueil had everything one needs for daily shopping, a few bars and restaurants and is very easy to get to.
This is definitely one our most successful holiday lets!
Bourgueil is situated 6 kilometers from the Loire river and 45 kilometers west of the city of Tours and its international airport. It is in the midst of a natural parc and a UNESCO protected area. The cottage is 3 miles from the A85 motorway exit and a 15 minute's walk to the center of Bourgueil.
Other Activities: Hot air ballooning, River canoeing/kayak, Tree climbing, ice skating
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
from october 1st to april 30th, a charge of 12€ per day will be added for heating
Payments are made via a "swift" bank transfer.