Loire Valley self catering farm cottage, France

Location:
Countryside setting <3km from le Grand Pressigny village, chateau & amenities
Price:
From 550 - €650 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-4)
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Cottage available for minimum 3 nights. Any day arrival to suit your travel needs. Short stays at 110 euros per night. Reduced rate of 650 euros for 7 nights or longer. No price hikes throughout the season. Our rates include all facilities, bed linen & towels, hot water & heating (fire wood for wood burning stove, electric radiators). Bikes to borrow. Child beds/cots/highchairs & baby/childrens equipment supplied free of charge as required.
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Loire Valley self catering farm cottage, France

Responsible travel: Loire Valley self catering farm cottage, France

We recycle all recyclable materials, compost all organic waste, & are in process of re-planting our land with locally sourced trees & plants which thrive. This year it was cherry trees and plums to add to our apple, apricot, cherry, peach, walnut & hazlenuts.

We heat our buildings with wood taken from our land or local sustainable sources. We have insulated to better than recommended levels to ensure excellent heat retention during winter months (reducing the need for heating) thus also ensuring a cooler environment during summer months. All labour & materials used in the renovations were locally sourced & with respect to local traditions. We have double glazed all our windows & doors, & use low energy light bulbs wherever possible. We collect rainwater for garden use.

We also are in process of researching the use of alternative energy sources e.g wind, solar, geothermal & are committed to becoming more energy self sufficient within 5 years. Wind power being the current favourite, watch this space!

We encourage all our guests to buy food stuffs locally to support the local economy, (predominantly made up of small/medium scale farms). In our small farm road alone you will find a veritable “route gastronomique”! with farms producing goats cheese, yoghurt, milk, charolai beef, apples, & foie gras all within 1-5km. Guests are welcome help themselves to the well stocked veg & herb garden on site, fresh eggs are also available from time to time depending on the performance of our resident chickens!

We encourage our guests to recycle by providing clearly marked bins for sorting, to save energy & water. We recycle up to 60% of our waste. All vegetable kitchen waste is fed to the chickens. Anything that is left, and grass clippings are used for compost. We have a fosse (non-mains) sewerage filter system on site, which via a well-managed process of naturally occurring bacteria is filtered & ultimately runs clean water into our adjoining field. This waste system focuses us on the use of only bio-friendly products in our garden and home.

We support & recommend to our guests local bars, restaurants, markets & events; the majority of our guests utilise our immediate local amenities on a regular basis. We have a large selection of brochures for local attractions & events (not just the obvious ones but also those which are less well marketed) we actively encourage the guest’s participation. We are acutely aware of the need to respect and understand the traditions and values of the region. We encourage our guests to adopt a similar approach to their holiday.

We are closely integrated with our local community; our children attend the local school in le Grand Pressigny and we provide support both financially and with our time, helping out at local events. We strive to use email in our business practices, to keep our office as paper-free as possible. We own one car and by careful planning of our work/leisure/school run requirements we manage to minimise the number of trips made.

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Loire Valley self catering farm cottage, France

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed 08 Sep 2014 by Ilinca Anghelescu5 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Driving around the chateaux and the beautiful Touraine.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


See that you have enough time for driving around. Nothing is as close as it appears. On the other hand, the traffic is very light.
Also, bear in mind that restaurants are only open for lunch and dinner, and shops are open in between.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I'm not sure about conservation - we did quite a bit of driving. But we did buy local and spent a lot of money in the area - which I guess is part of the point.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Five stars for getting the right amount of things done & rest. The countryside is
beautiful, the gite and courtyard were lovely, the hosts wonderful and the chateaux have to be seen at least once in a lifetime.

Reviewed 06 Aug 2014 by Becky Reid4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Going cycling for the first time with our 15 month old, through gorgeous French countryside.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Despite reading reviews about how well equipped the cottages were for families with young children, I still over packed - but I didn't need to. Nicole and Alex provided everything we needed. They are incredibly friendly and have great suggestions for how to get the most out of your stay. It was a home away from home, which made the holiday all the more restful.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely. Not only is Les Limornieres doing so much to reduce their environmental impact, they also made it very easy for us to support this. We were provided with a lot of information about local shops and services that we could use and definitely felt that we were supporting local people through using these.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was the perfect family holiday with a 15 month old. The grounds of Les Limornieres have swings, trampolines, slide and chickens. As well as this they provided so many other things - bikes, paddling pool, chalk board, toys, books and more. It meant that our daughter was very well entertained, which made for a more peaceful holiday. I would totally recommend it - especially if you go on holiday with extended family. With 3 separate cottages all surrounding one courtyard, it provides the perfect place for a shared family holiday, but still giving you your own space to retreat to!

Reviewed 01 Jul 2013 by Valerie Guihen4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Nicole and Alex have created such a beautiful place. Nothing has been
forgotten, from the playground for children (and adults who still think they're
children), to the use of bikes, all the tourist advice and lovely hospitality.

The peace and quiet of the lovely countryside. The quiet roads for walking and
cycling. The beautiful small towns within easy driving. Lovely picnics by the
rivers.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Ensure there is plenty of space in your suitcase to bring back as much lovely
local goats cheese and other lovely French stuff!

Bring your walking shoes. Use the bikes and leave the car behind as much as you
can.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Whether eating out or eating in, we bought all our food locally. We tried our
best to drink as much wine as we could, with great success.
Alex and Nicole encourage responsible recycling and have a compost heap. They
also have visiting cats, so no food waste at all.
We also used the bikes, so leaving the car at the gite.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Despite some inclement weather on a few days, it was one of the best holidays we
have ever had. We didn't want to leave.
We would love to get back in the near future.

Reviewed 31 Aug 2012 by Katy Fifield4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Cycling round tiny villages in the French countryside past fields of sunflowers, stopping off for some well earned coffee and pastries along the way! Also eating dinner in the garden on the lovely warm evenings, enjoying local goat's cheese and freshly baked bread.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Borrow bikes from the cottage owners and leave the car behind, even just for a day - cycling in this part of the country is very rewarding as the roads are quieter than in the more touristy parts of the Loire. However it is worth remembering to stock up on provisions regularly as many villages have no shops, or only a simple bakery with very limited opening hours.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we shopped at local markets and stores, ate locally-grown fruit/veg and locally-produced dairy. Also visited local restaurants. We cycled and used public transport rather than driving.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A wonderful week, we were worried it might be a bit boring as it's very rural and remote - but actually it's a lovely slow pace of life and lots of hidden gems (chateau, markets, beautiful villages) to discover.

Reviewed 02 Oct 2011 by Laura Taglioni4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Canoeing on the river!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Book early! This place is perfect for your French holiday: lots of things to do locally, excellent location for day trips to the loire valley attractions, soooo relaxing if you don't want to do anything at all! If you have kids, the will disappear in the play area for the whole day!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed 30 Jul 2011 by Claire Seager4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


A great start to a long tour in France, very peaceful and relaxing. Superb facilities for children. Knowledgeable hosts striking correct balance between interaction, advice and privacy. Ready to go the extra mile.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Request barbecue night, a nice opportunity to spend time with your hosts and meet other guests. River-swimming at Lesigny.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Good information provided in cottage regarding local day-trips and producers (food, wine). Imaginative use of recycled materials inside and in the delightful garden.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Wish I'd booked for longer, hope to return, happy memories for parents and kids alike.

Reviewed 30 Jun 2010 by Bruce Colepeper4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Being in this area was an absolute revelation to us - the culture, the close proximity of the exquisite villages, the pretty views and the beautiful countryside - all were a delight to the senses. This area is unpolluted, unlittered and not too overrun with tourists.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Plan to stay a good length of time in the area so that you have sufficient time to relax and absorb the peace and beauty of your cottage and immediate area as well as to explore the surrounding area at leisure. Also, be well read and prepared so that you are able to seek out and visit specific areas of interest. There does not seem to be a wealth of brochures/signage/pointers for visitors.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


It is good to support the people who have invested time, interest and finances in the area. Our hosts, Alex and Nicole are doing an excellent job of making this area accessible to visitors. However, the locals seem ambivalent to the presence of visitors, hardly making the most of opportunities to share information about their area or to appreciate the wealth that tourists could bring. There are very few tourists evident, and I wonder if the area could actually cope with an influx? Our hosts are certainly environmentally aware.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A lovely holiday, a very pleasant introduction to the area. We will definitely be back and will not hesitate to tell others about this place and specifically Les Lomornieres. In fact, we are thinking of planning a group trip, so that we can base ourselves at 1/2 spots and cycle or walk in the area. We were a little hampered by time and also needed a little more guidance and some pin pointers of places nearby to visit. We left feeling that we had missed some places which we would have loved.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback on your short stay at Les Limornieres, le Grand Pressigny. We are pleased you enjoyed your 3 nights here and enjoyed the contrast to your city stay in Paris. We love to share this peaceful area and its special places to visit with our guests. There are many places to visit in the immediate area on foot or bike to suit different tastes from chateaux, farmers markets, rivers, lakes and forests. Further afield the wealth of historic towns, chateaux, vineyards, farmers markers and just beautiful places to stop and relax is vast. We are happy to help plan your trips by providing information on our favourite places or can point you towards other sources of information.

There is information out there, however often as it is a rural area the prime focus is not on visitors and is often only provided in French. We can help & many non-English speakers who are very happy to put the effort in to share their special place e.g. our local goat farm welcomes visitors to show the process that goes into their delicious cheese production.

We would love to see you again. Using here as a base for a group of cyclists & walkers would be a great plan. The local tourist offices provide detailed maps of circular routes of varying lengths with suggested places to stop en route for most of the surrounding towns and villages. We also know of and can recommend a Loire Valley cycling company up in Bourgeuil right by the river Loire itself. These two 'Loire Valley' locations as bases provide interesting and a very contrasting experience of the same 'Loire Valley region' from vineyards and chateaux in every direction to rolling hills, fields, forest and lots of hidden gems. Bon voyage et peut-être à bientôt!

Reviewed 14 Jun 2010 by Lou Limoges4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The peace and tranquillity were sublime. A lovely property with all the mod cons (even a coffee machine) however in wonderful rural surrounds. The garden of the property was a delight. The countryside of the Loire was beautiful, the village a short bike ride away. Our hosts Alex and Nicole were accommodating and helpful. They had countless suggestions and ideas on what to see and do in the area.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Definitely family and child friendly. For those looking for peace and a rural holiday in the Loire look no further. Check out the hosts tips. We did a cooking course which was excellent value and great fun and booked the local masseur as well. There are plenty of things to see and do!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Absolutely. We shopped in the local village, at the local markets. The hosts actively recycle and use environmentally friendly products and practices. As they renovate parts of the farm they use local labor and try and use local materials in keeping with traditional housing materials.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent! Wish we had longer and we plan on returning.

Reviewed 16 Aug 2010 by Louise Winter3 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Memorable...to be in a totally new environment from home!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be aware when in France of the distance of travel on the roads and don't worry too much about 'road numbers', but place destinations are more important...when near big towns be aware of the ring roads and possibly always have a large map of the area to note the destinations at a distance...often you need to have a clear picture of a town or city far beyond where you are heading.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


We were really aware of how quiet everywhere was...the local patisserie, and Super U definitely benefited from our visit! We were very good at keeping the recycling in order because where were stayed had it all set up for us to use- excellent system and the UK could learn from it.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very enjoyable, relaxed and yet we still managed to experience a lot of new things-cycling without the fear of traffic, visiting historical towns, Chateaux, and the fresh food was good.

Reviewed 05 Jul 2009 by Shelagh Millett4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The welcome and then the peace and quite. Very few cars lots of butterflies and birds.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Very child friendly for those with children. Lots of toys. Not that they disturbed the peace while we were there. For the rest of us camera with telephoto lenses, if you are interested as we were in the wild life. Telescope to watch the fantastic night skies. Reference books might also be useful.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes as we could get shopping in the village when they were open that is. Could walk or cycle if you wanted to. To hot when we were there though.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


10 out of 10.
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