Loire Valley self catering accommodation

“A beautiful Loire valley self catering traditional stone cottage, remote and tranquil, with two double bedrooms.”

Highlights

3km from le Grand Pressigny historic village | Musee de la Prehistoire, Grand-Pressigny | 2 double bedrooms | 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 | Loches | Bikes to borrow | Great family place to stay in the Loire Valley, with plenty of play equipment | Baby equipment

Description of Loire Valley self catering accommodation

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 19th century, and located just 3km from the historic village of le Grand Pressigny this cottage or gîte, which we have named Saule , offers 2 double bedrooms and an open plan living area, all recently renovated in traditional fashion, with wooden beams, terracotta floors, stone walls and so on.

This is a wonderful place for families to stay, with an enclosed patio for younger children but plenty of other space for running around and exploring for older ones. You will need a car, however, to enjoy many of the activities on the doorstep which include river canoeing and horse riding as well as hiking on myriad trails or ‘randonnées’. Swimming in the river at Lesigny is a hit with all our guests, and many guests use the bikes to make a day trip of it there, cycling a 30km round trip. Also, a new 'Voie Verte' in le Grand-Pressigny is a converted railway line that links the village to the Natural Park of the Brenne and north with the 'Loire a velo' route.

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. Famous vineyards which are less than one hour’s drive away include Vouvray, Chinon and Bourgueil.

As well as gems such as the Musee de la Prehistoire in le Grand-Pressigny chateau, 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. Equally healing are the two natural parks: 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.


ROOMS, FOOD AND FACILITIES

Two double upstairs bedrooms, and also a single bed on the landing area for extra guests. The open plan living area is downstairs, with wood burning stove, CD and DVD player as well as a fully equipped kitchen and dining area. The cottage has an enclosed patio garden which is for sole use as well as outdoor seating and dining facilities. There is shared use of the courtyard and also a covered barn full of games and bikes. We have plenty of things for younger visitors including the ever popular trampoline, swings, slide, ‘babyfoot’, board games, Swingball and of course ‘boules’.

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Responsible tourism

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.

2 Reviews of Loire Valley self catering accommodation

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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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