Loire Valley self catering accommodation

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Responsible tourism: Loire Valley self catering accommodation

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 and a project for this autumn is to try & reinstate the use of well water 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.

Reviews of Loire Valley self catering accommodation

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

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2016 by

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


Cycling in the sunshine round three rivers. Eating at the Michelin star restaurant

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


You must visit the museum at Le grand pressing. The guide was excellent and it was very interesting. Loches is a lovely place to visit

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


Nicole and Alex did everything possible to encourage their guests to recycle and compost where possible. The chickens were always happy to finish up any scraps of food.

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


It was a beautiful place to stay. The owners couldn't have been any more accommodating. We had very poor weather and couldn't do as much as we wanted but enjoyed being able to light the wood burning stove and settle down for a game of cards in the evening or BBQ in the barn.

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2009 by

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


Everything! We loved being surrounded by historic French villages; staying in a beautiful rustic (but VERY comfortable) 19th century stone cottage; the warmth and approachability of our hosts Nicole and Alex Crawford; and being spoilt for choice when arranging our daily activities. We went for lovely long walks; visited outdoor markets; ate wonderful, good value food at local restaurants; explored castles, chateaus and other historic sites; people-watched from snug, friendly cafes and managed to do it all with very little ... ok, ok only about 3 words of French. Everyone we met was very helpful and completely dispelled the myth for us of 'unfriendly' French people.

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


Try Nicole's cooking, buy tasty produce from neighbouring farmers, hire a car and explore beautiful countryside and lovely nearby villages and visit in winter or summer or perhaps spring or autumn - I'm sure you will love it at any time of the year! You can easily fill in a week with all the wonderful places to see and although we loved snuggling up in front of the pot-belly stove with the snow falling outside, we want to return soon and see the fields of gorgeous sunflowers and go horse-riding and ...

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


Alex and Nicole are very keen (but definitely not too pushy) about promoting local businesses. They are 'givers' and not 'takers' and provide a very personalised service. We only had to mention a desire to see or do something and they immediately supplied all the relevant details. They are into recycling and gently encourage their guests to also be supportive of their lovely, pristine environment. We enjoyed buying fresh local produce directly from nearby farms and sampling incredible cheeses, wines, pastries... from the village markets.

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


We have not got a single complaint about our stay with Nicole and Alex Crawford in their gite outside the beautiful, French village of Le Grand Pressigny in the Loire Valley. Everything from the price of accommodation to the furnishings exceeded all of our expectations … and fulfilled all of our hopes for a genuine ‘European winter experience”. We felt soooo clever to have discovered such brilliant, affordable family accommodation in such an ‘authentic’ part of the Loire Valley on our first trip to Europe. Les Limornieres, Le Grand Pressigny was a wonderful holiday experience for our WHOLE family - which includes two teenagers!

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