La Lune has been described as our ‘chocolate box cottage,’ as you will see from the photographs. Set at the rear of the gardens it is very private, ideal for those who want a quite romantic holiday. The cottage has a living/dining room with traditional Louise XIV furniture, candles and a wood burning stove. The cottage has a fully fitted kitchen, there is also a shower room with toilet and basin.
The bedroom with its king size bed has French windows which lead directly onto a private terrace and garden area which has sun and shade all day long there is garden furniture, sunbeds and a private BBQ.
We are often asked what is upstair there are windows, the answer is nothing, the windows are access to the loft and the water heater.
Les Frippieres Loire Valley
With over 100 5 * reviews Ken and Liz Mason are the resident owners of three 350 year old self catering romantic stone cottages with beamed ceilings and Terracotta floors, set in an acre of award winning gardens with its own private swimming pool nestling on the edge of a lovely French hamlet surrounded by open fields in the heart of the Loire Valley. To maintain the tranquillity of the setting and to ensure total relaxation during your holiday with us we only accept adults.
Each cottage has its own private area of garden, we have tried to broaden the range of plants in the garden so that no matter what time of the year you chose to visit there will be plenty to look at.
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There are too many flowers and shrubs to mention but we do have many types of clematis, honeysuckle, rose, grape vines, jasmine, sweet pea, laveteria and lavender. If you enjoy home cooking, our herb garden provides you with a multitude of herbs.
For those that are interested in food we have numerous Restaurants in the area ranging from those were a good 3 course lunch with wine can be had for about €13 to Michelin Starred Restaurants which are obviously more expensive but certainly better value than would be expected in the UK.
The region is home to the finest goat’s cheese producers and winemaking has been deeply rooted here for centuries. This area is simply known as France’s ‘Bread Basket’
Nature: Wild Life abounds in the area with its many Rivers and Forests, nearby is the regional park La Brenne, an area of some 166,000 hectors with over 2000 man made lakes of various sizes.
An amazing diversity of natural habitats is responsible for an abundance of wildlife of which the best know are the: Purple Heron, Black necked Grebe, wetland warblers, Bittern, March Harrier, Whiskered Tern, Short-toed eagle together with water birds to numerous to mention. In the surrounding forests you can find many species of Deer and Wild Boar.
In our own gardens we have done everything we can to encourage wild life and we have numerous species of birds such as, Red Leged Partridge, Black Redstart, Fieldfare, Cirl Buntings, Great, Blue Tits, Sparrows, Swallows, House Martin, Kestral, Fly Catchers and numerous types of owls to mention just a few. We also have a number of Red Squirrels that visit the garden on a regular basis.
Top Traveller Review
Beautiful cottage and gardens in peaceful location
And we wish you every success with your new life and hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Ken and Liz
About the Owner
About Liz and Ken Mason
We are both originally from Ireland but lived in England for all of our married life.
After ending our careers Liz as a nurse and mine in business we decided to purchase Les Frippierers in 2005 and to start a new period of our life here in France.
Liz and Ken Mason purchased this cottage in 2005
Why Liz and Ken Mason chose Indre-et-Loire
We offer 3 different properties each with it's own individual style and layout, all fitted to a high standard. The cottages are set in just over a acre of award winning gardens and each property has it's own private piece.
We only offer the cottages to couples and therefore the ambiance is quite and peaceful, set in part of the garden is our heated swimming pool which you can sit beside or just visit from your own garden and cool down.
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Luxury Gites for 2 in the beautiful Dordogne
Domaine de Fumel
The 14m x 7m swimming pool has a deep end of 2.2m and a shallow end of 0.9m with roman steps. It is near the edge of a gentle grass slope and benefits from pastoral views and inspiring sunsets. Plenty of sun beds are provided around the pool, which is diligently covered every night to retain the solar gain in temperature.
Time, care and effort have been spent with selecting the right contents for each beautifully furnished home to make them as perfect as possible. They all have china, plenty of glasses (very essential!), pots and pans etc., a large fridge with separate freeze compartment, gas fired oven and 4 burner hob, washing machine, dish-washer, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, iron and cold box for food shopping and picnics. A hand towel and tea cloths are provided for the kitchen, along with a cleaning sponge, washing up liquid, washing powder and dishwasher tablets. We also supply you with tea, coffee, milk, sugar, biscuits and a bottle of fizz to get you holiday started.
What makes this cottage unique
Vairable change over days out of season
Air conditioning available
Adults only Cottages
All inclusive no surcharges or Taxes
Payment can be made by Credit Card. Short and weekend breaks by arrangement
(45 traveller reviews)
Beautiful cottage and gardens in peaceful location
Highly recommend these beautiful cottages in a peaceful rural location with wonderful gardens. Very lovely owners who care about ensuring your stay meets your expectation. Intelligently and tastefully furnished, La Lune is chocolate box pretty with the most comfortable king size bed I've stayed in away from home. The small kitchen is perfectly equipped and we cook most nights (it's France - the produce is wonderful) however there are also excellent local restaurants. Do go to L'Image in Preuilly sur Claise, owned by two brothers and a wife. The food is outstanding and the owners so friendly they spent time with us even though our French is poor. So much to see and do near Les Frippieres, please visit the remembrance centre in Maillè, where 124 villagers were killed during the second world war. A tragic story told on a film avaliable in many languages told by the survivors, it is a little known story and again the staff will spend time with you. Of course the chateaux's and wineries are excellent and Les Frippieres is the perfect Base. We don't tend to go back to places but certainly would here.
A Heavenly Week Away
As I normally lead a hectic London life surrounded by people and the pressure of deadlines, I found my recent week in La Lune a veritable paradise. The cottage has a beautiful decor, all the facilities you could need and is clean and well-maintained. As I greatly needed to just be, instead of always doing, I very much enjoyed the peaceful tranquility of the secluded gardens and the lovely pool, and the scent from the lavender and roses outside was just intoxicating! Liz and Ken are very generous and accommodatingly friendly hosts who helped me whenever there was something that needed dealing with i.e. dropping off at the shops in Le Grand Pressigny, booking of taxis etc. The only downside was some slightly cloudy days as well as one whole day of rain and thunder. A week away in their cottage really did the trick and I cannot recommend this cottage highly enough. I will be telling my friends about it and am planning to return myself next year!! :-)
Lovely Cottage in beautiful rural location
We had a lovely week staying in La Lune. The cottage quaint and well equipped with a very comfortable and large bed. The gardens were beautiful and the pool was clean and a nice temperature.
The cottage is located within a short drive of some of great attractions (the Brenne national park and some nice chateau and towns) and within fairly easy reach of some of the Loire's more well known attractions. We also enjoyed walks from the doorstep through the local and very peaceful countryside.
Ken and Liz were excellent hosts - would love to return someday!
Looks lovely till you step inside
Gardens pretty and well maintained. Pool looked well maintained , we did not use it ourselves but those who appeared to enjoy it.
The cottage itself looked lovely however when we stepped inside the first thing we heard was the dehumidifier humming in the bedroom. It never switched off unless it was full, which was daily and we emptied litres of water each time. The damp problem was evident throughout the cottage: in the bedroom there was cracked rendering, in the kitchen the salt that we had taken with us was solid after three days and as the week went on it became more and more difficult to strike a match to light the cooker rings, the dishwasher tablets had gone soft inside their soluble plastic wrapping, and the bathroom floor was damp for the entire week after the first use of the shower.
The owners were very pleasant and helpful, but never managed to get the wi-fi working for us all week.
There were very very few attractions nearby, and the nearest Loire chateau is at least an hour away. We found enough things to do and places to see during our week, but finding more would have led to long drives every day.
We would not be happy to recommend this cottage to friends.
Cosy and quaint
Although the weather was horrendous and totally unseasonal we were warm and cosy in front of the log burner. The cottage had everything we needed to make for a comfortable stay. The weather did not stop us from enjoying days exploring this little known area and discovering the chateaux, villages and town of the eastern Loire valley. Thank you Ken and Liz for welcoming us.
Delightful peaceful cottage
Lovely cottage in tiny hamlet far far away from the hustle and bustle. Well equipped, and tastefully and comfortably furnished. The owner is helpful and easygoing. We'd certainly recommend this cottage to anyone looking to spend a week in this lovely part of rural France.
From the Owner
“We offer 3 different properties each with it's own individual style and layout, all fitted to a high standard. The cottages are set in just over a acre of award winning gardens and each property has it's own private piece. We only offer the cottages to couples and therefore the ambiance is quite and peaceful, set in part of the garden is our heated swimming pool which you can sit beside or just visit from your own garden and cool down. spa pool jacuzziswimming pool terracecottages and swimming pool Luxury Gites for 2 in the beautiful Dordogne Domaine de Fumel The 14m x 7m swimming pool has a deep end of 2.2m and a shallow end of 0.9m with roman steps. It is near the edge of a gentle grass slope and benefits from pastoral views and inspiring sunsets. Plenty of sun beds are provided around the pool, which is diligently covered every night to retain the solar gain in temperature. Time, care and effort have been spent with selecting the right contents for each beautifully furnished home to make them as perfect as possible. They all have china, plenty of glasses (very essential!), pots and pans etc., a large fridge with separate freeze compartment, gas fired oven and 4 burner hob, washing machine, dish-washer, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, iron and cold box for food shopping and picnics. A hand towel and tea cloths are provided for the kitchen, along with a cleaning sponge, washing up liquid, washing powder and dishwasher tablets. We also supply you with tea, coffee, milk, sugar, biscuits and a bottle of fizz to get you holiday started.”
Activity and Interests
Recreational opportunities abound in the region. Biking on the almost traffic-free country roads alongside the wide rivers, privately-owned châteaux and red-roofed villages, certainly qualifies as one of the most delightful activities. The many rivers which honeycomb the area, from the Creuse to the Gartempe to the Anglin, will be of special interest to swimmers and those who enjoy fishing. Bird watching is especially well-rewarded in the Regional Park of the Brenne, a wildlife refuge. For those who would like to be a little more energetic why not borrow our bikes and try one of the easy local bike rides and of course there are plenty of local walks, we also have local stables and tennis courts. We are lucky enough to be surrounded by Golf Courses which are underplayed for most of year, our nearest is just 15 mins away.
Other Activities: Bird Watching, Chateaux
Golf: We are lucky enough to be surrounded by quality golf courses that are not only quiet but affordable. Our nearest club is the 18 hole Golf du Connetable at La Roche Posay, just 15 minutes away and is a challenge for all standard of golfers. This ‘Woburnesk’ course is set amongst conifers with oaked lined fairways, wildlife is plentiful Red Squirrel’s abound and don’t be surprised to see the odd Stag or Boar running off into the forest. Golf de La Roche Possay
At Loches we have the 9 hole Golf Loches Verneuil which has been built in association with St. Andrews. Golf Loches Verneuil
Just outside Chatellerault is the Golf du Haut Poitou, here we have both a 9 and 18 hole course set around a large lake, again the 18 hole course is a challenge to all. Golf du Haut Poitou
A bit further out is the Golf du Manoir de Beauvoir, this beautiful course is set in the grounds of an old 19th centaury Victorian style manor which is now an hotel. Golf du Manoir de Beauvoir
From the Owner
“Vairable change over days out of season Air conditioning available Private Gardens Adults only Cottages All inclusive no surcharges or Taxes Welcome packs”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Activities Guide
- Air Conditioning ...
- Basic Soaps
- Computer Available
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Parking Off Street
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided ...
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
- Wood Stove
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Dining Area
- Audio Tape Player
- CD Player
- Music Library
- Television ...
Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool ...
- Heated Pool
- Outdoor Pool
- Low Allergen Environment
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- botanical garden
- theme parks
- winery tours
- bird watching
- gambling casinos
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- golf pass optional
- mountain biking
- 50 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- All on Ground Floor, there is no upstairs to this cottage
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, King Size Bed
- All on Ground Floor, there is no upstairs to this cottage
- Bicycles ...
- Golf ...
- Kayak / Canoe ...
- Tennis ...
- 1 bicycles
- 2 garden chairs
- Max. occupancy: 2
- non smoking only
- not suitable for children
- 1.All bookings are on a weekly basis & are from Saturday to Saturday, except by prior arrangement, variable out of season. 2. Last minute shorter breaks may be available. Please call for details. 3. Pets considered out of season. 4. Cottages to be vacated by 10am on the day of departure. 5. WE SUGGEST GUESTS HAVE COMPREHENSIVE HOLIDAY INSURANCE TO COVER ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE, DUE TO FRENCH LAW WE CANNOT RECOVER FROM OUR OWN INSURANCE