Loire Valley self catering farm cottage, France

“A beautiful Loire valley self catering traditional stone cottage, remote and tranquil, with one bedroom, sleeping three. One of three traditional cottages on the farm property. ”

Highlights

3km from le Grand Pressigny historic village | Touraine de sud region | Traditional stone cottage | Longère farmhouse | Canoeing | Horse riding | Archaeological digs | Nearby markets with great local produce | Nearby Loire Valley chateaux including Villandry, Chenonceau, Azay-le-Rideau, Amboise, Rigny-Ussé and Chaumont-sur-Loire | Loire Valley vineyards | Descartes | Lesigny | La Roche Posay | River swimming | Angles-Sur-L'Anglin | Medieval Loches Bikes to borrow | Great family place to stay in the Loire Valley, with plenty of play equipment | Baby equipment | Wood burning stove

Description of Loire Valley self catering farm cottage, France

This Loire Valley accommodation is a stunning self catering, traditional stone cottage, just one of three on this beautifully located Longère farmhouse property. Dating back to the 18th century, and located just 3km from the historic village of le Grand Pressigny this cottage has been entirely renovated in traditional style, including a terracotta floor, stone walls and oak beams. It has one bedroom, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a super comfy dining room and lounge.

This is a wonderful family friendly place to stay in the Loire Valley, with an enclosed patio for a young child but plenty of other space for running around and exploring for older children. You will need a car, however, to enjoy many of the activities on the doorstep which include hiking, river canoeing, swimming and horse riding.

For local food supplies we have plenty of markets nearby, with some our Loire specialities including St Maure de Touraine goat cheeses, fresh water fish, snails, wild mushrooms, "rillettes de Poitou" and game. And of course, there are many wonderful chateaux to visit, some of the region’s most celebrated being Villandry, Chenonceau and Chaumont-sur-Loire as well as the nearby medieval town of Loches Famous vineyards which are less than one hour’s drive away include Vouvray, Chinon and Bourgueil. Serious foodies will delight in the fact that Le Petit Pressigny (10km) boasts the Michelin starred restaurant “The Promenade”.

Other cultural highlights under twenty minutes’ drive are the towns of Descartes, Lesigny and La Roche Posay which is a spa town dating back to Roman times and famous for its healing waters. We are also lucky to have two stunning natural parks nearby: Parc naturel régional de la Brenne and Loire-Anjou-Touraine Natural Regional Park where hiking and biking take you into some of the most tranquil spots imaginable. And for those people who can’t resist a river swim, the Creuse has some superb (unsupervised) spots as does the river at Lesigny.

We are delighted to also have a new ‘Voie Vert’ converted railway track for cycling or walking between Le Grand-Pressigny and the National park of the Brenne.

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Environment
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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8 Reviews of Loire Valley self catering farm cottage, France

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Reviewed on 23 Aug 2019 by

We really loved swimming in the local river and our trip to Chateau Chenonceau. Vincent and Sandrine were absolutely wonderful hosts and shared some amazing local food with us and we had a very nice evening star gazing with Vincent's telescope! Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2018 by

(The holiday was) Terrific! The accommodation provided a great base to explore the Loire Valley, and it was great at the end of the day to come home to our little cottage in the countryside. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Sep 2014 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Aug 2014 by

It was the perfect family holiday with a 15 month old. 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! Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Jul 2013 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2012 by

The most memorable part was cycling round tiny villages in the French countryside past fields of sunflowers, stopping off for some well earned coffee and pastries along the way! Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Oct 2011 by

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! Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2011 by

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. Read full review

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