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Cosy Apartment With Garden In 17th Century Historic Townhouse



Updated: 29-Sep-2016
Apartment in Loudun, Nr. Chinon, Loire Valley, France - in The Very Center Of The Town, Perfect For Couples, All Amenities On Hand

Location: Loudun, close to Chinon Tours area, Centre-Loire valley, a UNESCO World heritage Site. Chinon is situated in the middle of the protected area. Loudun is a pleasant town of 8,000 with ancient streets and five officially recognized historic monuments. Visited, but not overly-touristy, it is well situated for visiting the chateaux and vineyards of the region. Nearby is Chinon, Saumur and Fontevraud (a royally-sponsored abbey complex associated with the Plantagenets), also the Poitou area, with it's rich history, Roman arts, and relaxed, peaceful lifestyle. Though the 'Maison-des-Chevaliers' is located in the very center of the old town, it is surprisingly peaceful. Yet everything is outside your door: parking lot free of charge, cafes, shops, restaurants and a lively and colorful weekly farmers' market. The owners (who returned to the area after retiring) live in the main part of the house are able to offer advice or help with any aspect of your holiday if you desire.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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Guestbook comments from the manager

We have rented holiday apartments in France many times but rarely had an apartment as thoughtfully arranged and nicely furnished as this one. Elice & J-Louis are excellent hosts-gracious and helpful with wonderful senses of humor. Loudun is a fine base for exploring the area. We sincerely give this apartment our highest recommendation. S & A, Toledo, OH USA

Many thanks for your warm welcome. It was very interesting to hear a little of the history of your old town and of course your beautiful home and the little blue door! We felt very much at home in the cosy apartment and appreciated your conviviality (after 3 months in Europe)J & G, Cordoroy, Australia

A very comfortable, well-equipped apartment plus charming hosts. Loudun has accessible walks and nice gardens, its surrounding area are very beautiful - lots to do. Also to eat outside in the garden was delightful. We shall treasure these memories during the dark winter days. We do plan to return!

J & K., Hampshire, U.K.
Sep 2009
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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


Marvellous memories from Maison-des-Chevaliers

  • 5 of 5

Elice and Jean Louis thank you for such an amazing experience in Loudun at Maison-des-Chevaliers. Your warm welcome was very much appreciated as you offered so much interesting advice on where to eat, shop and all those exciting villages and chateaux to visit. We are missing our early morning walks around historic Loudun and selecting a freshly baked baguette and croissant before returning to the Maison. We enjoyed relaxing and talking to hosts Elice and Jean Louis in early June, in their beautiful rose scented garden. Thanks for the memories and sharing your pride and joy with us.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Clive and Margaret, many thanks for your thoughtful comments of your stay in our home. We also enjoyed the interesting conversations relating to your former visits in France and many information about Australia. Best wishes, Elice and Jean-Louis
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  • 5 of 5

This was a holiday location made just for us in every way.

We were delayed on our way down France and, after a phone call, Elice booked us a restaurant for the Saturday evening.

Elice and her husband were very friendly and helpful, offering advice about where to visit, eat and shop.

The apartment is very spacious with all the facilities you could wish for, including a dishwasher!!

We spent quiet time in the local town and visited a number of local attractions and bigger towns. A wonderful and relaxing break.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Joy for your kind comments. We were very pleased meeting you both and we see that you have a good memory of us, appreciated the accommodation, our little town plus the Loire area.
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Amazing Maison des Chevaliers

  • 5 of 5

On arrival at this wonderful seventeenth century heritage listed property located in Loudun we were greeted by our hosts Elice and Jean Louis, this couple turned out to be the most friendly people one could ever wish to meet.

The apartment was clean and very well appointed with more than adequate kitchen facilities should you wish to dine in.

Our hosts with a wealth of knowledge provided information regarding Loudun and the surrounding Loire valley and the amazing site seeing, villages, chateau's and castles etc.

The medieval village of Loudun has some excellent restaurants and cafe's plus shopping and some excellent walking tour routes.

The property has a walled garden area for relaxing and enjoying the hosts company.

We toured the Loire valley and its wonderful scenery and architecture daily after a walk and coffee in Loudun.

Driving in this area is relatively easy with non congested roads and streets a navigation device is essential.

We had a wonderful experience for Carole's 70th birthday and will return to revisit and stay at Maison des Chevaliers again and strongly recommend this adventure to all.

Kevin & Carole Metcalf Perth Western Australia

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed Carole's anniversary trip in France, in particular visiting the Loire Valley area and your stay at our home. Also delighted to read all things you mentioned in your nice comments, thank your very much! Dear Kevin & Carole it would be wonderful to meet again. All best wishes Elice & Jean-Louis.
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All that we hoped for

  • 5 of 5

We think that we made the perfect choice when we decided to spend the last 4 days of our France vacation in the village of Loudon in the Maison - des-Chevaliers. The description sounded perfect for us...size of the village...sights available nearby...and, a charming, cozy apartment. We rented the studio apartment as the larger one was already booked. The property is even more beautiful than described. Everything was perfect. It was clean, comfortable and beautifully appointed. These are people who have thought of everything. There is information on all of the nearby attractions, but even more, Elice sat down with us and explained and suggested activities. She even made a reservation for dinner for us at the nicest restaurant for our first evening. They are a lovely couple and have put lots of care and love into presenting their home. Five stars doesn't seem like enough. We would recommend it to anyone. Bob and Maria

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lovely feedback is always good to receive; lovely feedback from people like yourselves who have experiences of renting out properties, is marvellous! Dear Bob and Maria, it was a great pleasure to have you stay with us, we would love to meet again. Elice & J-Louis
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  • 5 of 5

our first visit to an owners direct property. not our last. this was like living in a fairy tale castle with a room at the top of spiral staircase. fantastic garden to relax in and brilliant helpful hosts. good location for touring the area. loved it, great place for my husband to celebrate his 60th birthday

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Sharon for lovely comments. What a surprise that you still remember us! We are so pleased you appreciated your stay at our home, loved the garden and our quiet little town for a relaxing holiday. We see you made a good choice for the celebration of Gordon's birthday, there is so many beautiful places in the Loire Valley!
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Poitiers at 45 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Loudun Nearest Golf : Loudun at 10 Kilometres Nearest Train : Chinon at 20 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Bourgeuil at 30 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Loudun Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

For the more adventurous we can easily arrange private hot-air-balloon trips, piloted by an International and French champion balloonist. The departure is from the park of a superb Castle close to Loudun The trips are available throughout the year.


Loudun is an historic hill town. The centre, made up of several adjoining squares has beautiful old buldings and monuments. The town has character in abundance. Those who enjoy history and achitecture will find the area of great interest and the nearby Poitou rich in Roman Art as well.

Loudun provides the visitor with the perfect base for exploring the Loire Valley UNESCO World Heritage sites with it's Royal Châteuax and vineyards.

The coast of the Vendee is about 1 1/2 - 2 hour's drive.


Loudun is about three hour's drive from Paris. By car from Paris to Tours: motorway A10, then exit 24 follow the sign to Chinon and after to Loudun. Please contact us for specific travel questions.


Tours 70km, Le Mans 150km, Chinon 20 km and Saumur 35km.

Further Details:

Yet almost everything is outside your door: walk to cafes, shops, restaurants and a lively and colorful weekly farmers' market. There are three well stocked supermakets in the town


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4 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax €0 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the manager upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
The bookings for the Apartment are preffered by week from Saturday to Saturday., but can be flexible.
Payment: 25% deposit on reservation, balance 6 weeks prior to holiday date. We accept payment in Euros by Credit cards through PayPal.

Changeover Day:
The changeover day for the 'Apartment' is Saturday. For the 'Studio apartment' the change over day is flexible. It is available for short breaks, minimum four nights, or weekly lettings.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the apartment per week for 2 persons in Euros, the changeover day is Saturday. Terms of payment: 25% on booking, balance due 8 weeks prior to your holiday date. We accept payment in Euros by Credit card through PayPal. If you do prefer paying your holiday in £, we can accept payment by check in £ Sterling. There is also available a Studio apartment, lettings per week or for short breaks (minimum 4nights), rates and availability please contact us.

25% on booking with the remaining 75% to be paid 6 weeks prior to the commencement of the rental period. In addition a refundable security deposit for Euros 150. All taxes are included. We accept payment in Euros by Credit card through PayPal.

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Property Type

  • apartment


  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions


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


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


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


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • town


  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 72 m²


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with shower, wc.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom with a comfortable double bed (160x200).


  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: The property is not suitable for children under 12, or pets, sorry. Young couples with baby are welcome. Additional sleeping accommodation available on request in adjacent studio. Please contact us for the current availability and prices for the studio accommodation. Outside: Secluded south facing privat patio garden, part of the garden, with outdoor furniture for your use. On request, we can provide a garage for your convertible or classic car. Utility Room: Washing machine, drying rack, iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided, fresh every week Property is cleaned each week. Other: The studio apartment has the same complementary equipment, south facing windows overlooking the walled garden, the adjoining park and the rooftops. Guests are welcome to enjoy the garden. There is a parking lot free of charge outside the private entrance.

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