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Unspoilt Nature, Fine Wine, Centuries Of History, Peace & Quiet

Overview

Property

Updated: 15-Nov-2016
Two Bedrooms, One Bathroom, Well Equipped Kitchen, Large Garden

La Grange is a comfortable gîte which sleeps up to four people. There is a double bed in the master bedroom and two single beds in another large upstairs room which can double for sitting and sleeping. Downstairs is a large sitting / dining room with a fully equipped kitchen in one corner.

The gîte is set in an extensive garden with an orchard in a quiet commune about half an hour by car to the east of Tours, very close to the chateau of Chenonceau. It is an ideal base for cycling, walking, birdwatching - or just doing nothing!

Pets are normally welcome, please discuss it with us.

La Grange is a non-smoking gîte.

WiFi Internet access is available.

To visit our own web site, please use the link at the bottom of this page, just underneath 'Facilities'.

If you'd like to be pampered, we can offer catering - a meal when you arrive, breakfast before you leave, dinner one evening?

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We bought a house here some 20 years ago, but we came to live here full time in 2011. Early on we converted the remains of the farm buildings into a comfortable gîte, when you visit you can look through the photos we took during the conversion.

We enjoy the climate and the countryside, I'd like to say we enjoy the gardening too, but weeding loses its appeal after a while!

Over the years I've planted around 70 fruit trees so now we are flooded with fruit during the summer. We make a lot of jam with it which you can buy when you visit.

We have a very wide range of interests, food and wine of course - and I enjoy cooking so if you'd like to be pampered I'd be happy to offer table d'hôte now and then, but also psychology and philosophy - we value the distance learning offered by organisations like coursera.

We originally met through a shared interest in dance when we were living in Holland, although these days we watch it more often than do it ourselves.

Speaks English, French, Dutch

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hoewel wij al 4 weken terug zijn uit Lavignon, koesteren wij fijne herinneringen aan la Grange.

Wij hebben stortregens gehad, maar desondanks hebben wij het fantastisch gehad.

Een compleet ingericht huisje met alles er op en eraan en gelukkig verwarming.



Er is in de buurt zoveel te zien, dat we echt van plan zijn er terug te komen.

Prachtige natuurschoon, eekhoorntjes die als acrobaten in de tuin rondrennen;

Beeldig aangelegde rotondes en hanging baskets in de dorpjes.



Kortom een echt aanrader.
Sep 2015
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7 Reviews

4.6
based on 7 holidaymaker reviews

4

Perfect blend of Outdoor activities and History

  • 4 of 5

The property is located in a wonderfully quiet part of the Loire et Cher valley. Château de Chenonceau and Château de Montpoupon are a short drive away so not completely isolated.

Keith & Joke the owners live next door, but you would never know, they were on hand if needed but respectfully distant. However we got a lot of fantastic local information from them, in the welcome pack, especially their reccomendations on purchasing wine from the local independant producers.

The house is adequate with all your essential needs covered and plenty to read in both English and Dutch. When we where the there the weather didn't allow us to enjoy the garden much in the evening, but I can imagine it would be a dream in the warmer season.

If I was picky, the only thing I missed was a salad spinner..... : )

Within a 30m radius there is plenty to see and do, something for everyone, you will not get bored.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm delighted you enjoyed your stay, Simone, and thank you very much for the positive review. Glad you made full use of the cooking facilities too - once you figured out how to drive the oven ;)
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4

Great location

  • 4 of 5

Quiet rural location within easy reach of many of the best chateaux. The area is very beautiful in the Autumn and there is plenty to see and do, even out of season, with the bonus of less tourists on the roads!

Keith was very accommodating when we requested a short stay and provided a low key, we're here if you need us, presence throughout our stay. He even offered to get some shopping for us as we were arriving on a Sunday.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Anne, it was a pleasure having you and your family to stay in La Grange.
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5

Lovely place for a holiday (for dogs too!)

  • 5 of 5

We had a great holiday at La Grange - the cottage is both cosy and roomy and in spite of some coldish snaps we were always comfortable. In addition our two dogs absolutely loved it - there are lovely walks straight out of the door where they could be off their leads and run. It's a really good centre for this area of the Loire and Cher with Chenonceaux, Montpoupon and many other chateaux within minutes of the Gite plus numerous other riverside villages and wineries nearby. We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: And we look forward to having you back, I'm delighted you enjoyed your stay, thanks for the great review!
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4

A most pefect holiday

  • 4 of 5

La Grange is hidden away in the most tranquil of settings.If you want peace and quiet, then this is the place.

The gite was as described on the web pages, was well presented, clean and all the mod-cons and equipment you'd expect. It lived up to our expectation, we felt really at home there.

Keith and Joke were there to greet us and made us feel most welcome after the long drive. Keith brought a few essentials for a coffee and for breakfast for us.

The garden and orchard are very well maintained and we were allowed to go pick a little fruit each morning for our breakfast.

The gite is within easy striking distance of the many chateaux along the Loire valley. Chenonceau and Usse are 'must sees'.

We hired cycles for a day from the Canoe Company based in Civray-en-Touraine and went as far as Montrichard along the banks of the river Cher.

A holiday to remember, we loved everything about the gite, the location and the holiday in general.

I'd highly recommend the gite. We will almost certainly be back.

Neil and Karen

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a positive review, Neil & Karen, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay with us. It's really valuable that you have added some "hints and tips", like hiring bikes from the Canoe Company - I didn't know they rented bikes!! And above all I'm glad you want to come back, that's the best sort of review we can receive! We look forward to welcoming you again to La Grange. Keith & Joke
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5

A Great Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

I have been renting in the Loire Valley for the past 8 years. I stayed at la Grange for the first time this summer (2015) for 3 weeks, from the end of July to mid-August, and this was by far the best place I’ve stayed at to date. It’s simple, rustic, extremely comfortable and has all the amenities you could ask for, and I love to cook. The house has a large front yard for relaxation and outdoor eating or just listening to the silence. It also overlooks an orchard (yummy!). I was concerned about the proximity of the hosts’ house, but that was not an issue as it was angled in a different direction from la grange. Also, Keith and Yoke are very discrete, besides being helpful and gracious hosts. I was truly at home!

It is located on a rural country road, with hardly any traffic, but at close proximity to the castles, wineries and the lovely towns and villages like Loches, Montrichard, among others.

I had a lovely time, un-wound and re-charged my batteries.

Thank you Keith! Thank you Yoke!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm delighted you enjoyed your stay, Charles, and thank you for making the time to write a review. We look forward to welcoming you back before too long! Keith
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5

The perfect place to discover the Loire-Valley

  • 5 of 5

We (2 kids, 2 parents) visited the Loire Valley for the first time and were impressed by the beauty of the attractions in the region. However, at the end of each day, when our feet hurt from walking we were loved the thought of returning home to Keith and Joke's lovely house in the quiet country-side. It is the perfect place to discover the Loire-Valley, within short driving range to all major Chateaus and historical cities. The house has everything you need to feel cosy and it would be alone a valid reason for a great vacation in France.

Many thanks to Keith and Joke for their hospitality. We are looking forward to repeat this perfect vacation sometime in the future.

Best regards,

Ovi

  • Review Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Ovi, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and I'm grateful that you have made the time to publish a review. We would be delighted to welcome you back - maybe next year?
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Location

From the Owner

I was looking for a property in the Loire valley for a mixture of reasons: it had to be within reasonable driving distance of Holland, quiet, green (lots of trees, we're surrounded by woods here), in a wine growing region, and in an area with lots of history. Why this property? Well, that's a long story. I visited an estate agent here and after he had gone through a pile of what he felt were likely properties only to have them all rejected, he made one last effort with one that he felt sure wouldn't suit us at all. Maybe he was just a good psychologist because, of course, that was this house which we fell for at first sight!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Tours at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Blere at 10 Kilometres Nearest Train : Amboise at 20 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A10 at 40 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Blere at 10 Kilometres Car: recommended

La Grange nestles in the Loire valley, one of the best known, and best loved, of the wine growing regions of France.

The Loire valley is also known as the playground of the kings of France, the area they chose to come to relax with their courts. Their legacy is countless castles (chateaux) which our guests love to visit.

From the windows of the gite you look directly into our orchard with 70 or so fruit trees, and you are welcome to pick the fruit when it's ripe. The chances are also good that you’ll see deer and red squirrels in the garden.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Standard Rate
12 Nov 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£296
for 7 nights
£296
 
 
Christmas & New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£380
for 7 nights
£380
 
 
Standard rate
7 Jan 2017 - 3 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
£296
for 7 nights
£296
 
 
Low season
4 Feb 2017 - 17 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
£338
for 7 nights
£338
 
 
Mid-season
18 Mar 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£380
for 7 nights
£380
 
 
Peak season
8 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£444
for 7 nights
£444
 
 
Mid-season
2 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£380
for 7 nights
£380
 
 
Low season
7 Oct 2017 - 17 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£338
for 7 nights
£338
 
 
Standard rate
18 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£296
for 7 nights
£296
 
 
Christmas & New Year
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£380
for 7 nights
£380
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£296
for 7 nights
£296
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Although the table shows the prices as "from", these are simply the prices, we don't charge extras.
If you would like to stay in the low season but would prefer to arrive mid-week or stay for more or less than 7 days, please get in touch, we should be able to work something out!
Should you need central heating, that's included in the price too.

We require a non-refundable deposit of 10% of the total rental amount to make a reservation, as soon as this is received the reservation will be confirmed. We then ask that the balance of the rental amount is paid at least four weeks before you arrive at the gite.
We prefer to receive payments by bank transfer, but if that's difficult we will try and find a mutually acceptable alternative.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

Location, location, and location. And it's a lovely house and garden, of course! In the middle of one of the best wine growing regions of France, roughly halfway between Sancerre and Chinon / Bourgueil and within an easy drive to many of the most famous chateaux of France the house is an ideal base for wine lovers and history buffs. There's lots of good walking and cycling, and lots of wildlife. At this time of year (autumn) the red squirrels are busy collecting our walnuts and hazelnuts before we can get to them, and we regularly see deer in the garden and orchard. And if you want to sit out in the garden and just relax then there's plenty of choice - in the sun or in the shade.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Baby Gate
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • Stereo ...

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural

Attractions

  • forests
  • pond

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • photography
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 65 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Shower, handbasin, and toilet are on the first floor.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed, On the first floor with a view over the orchard and garden
  • Mezzanine - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot, Large, light, airy room, 1st floor, doubles as sitting space

Outside

  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

Partner Offers

Partner Offers

 
Portable wifi hotspot