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Richelieu,Place du Marche Town House. 4 spacious bedrooms + southfacing garden

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Great for families,cyclists and exploring the Loire Chateaux.All amenities walking distance including huge park,outdoor pool and tennis courts.


Reductions are available for 2/4 guests.

Pets allowed on request.

Our family French Holiday home is situated in the historic Place du Marche of Richelieu, a 17C small walled town with all amenities in walking distance but very central for visiting Loire and Poitou area. Chateaux, Leisure lake and rivers, Golf Courses and Futuroscope all a short driving distance. It is a great area for cycling and a new 'off road' cycling track is being constructed on the old steam railway line from Chinon to Richelieu. There are several 'Voie Verte' tracks in the area. Our house has a huge, covered safe, storage area for your bikes. Bikes can be hired through a local agency in town.

It is a large property retaining many original features. It is entered through the 12ft oak doors which open onto a secluded shady, open air courtyard. It is divided into two houses connected by a central corridor. The Front House is not rented out and is kept locked.

The renovated 4 bedroom, 3 bathrooms, Garden House with all rooms overlooking the secluded, south facing walled garden is the house offered for holiday rentals for up to 6. The house is suitable for families, child and toddler friendly, with the owner’s baby/children equipment available if required (free of charge). The garden is completely enclosed and a great place to relax with your children, or pets (which are allowed on request.) There is a large patio with seating for 8, sun loungers, Webber BBQ and a built in splash pool which is great for cooling off or for children to play in. There is no need to drive anywhere! All the facilities of a small town are just a short walk. The Richelieu outdoor pool and children's play area, are open in summer months. No problems with parking either! This is free outside the house and all around the Square. Bring the grandparents too they will love it.

Our Garden house is arranged over three floors connected by the original wooden staircase.

The entrance hallway leads to the living room with log burning stove, two sofas, large flat screen TV+DVD, with a SAT recorder box, CD player and FREE WiFi.

Full oil central heating is available if required but this is charged on amount of fuel used.

There is also a second flat screen TV connected to French 'Orange' TV channels.

We have a library of books, films, CD's, children's toys and games.

The living room has double doors (with safety gate if required) opening onto the patio and garden.

The kitchen/dining area has large oak dining table which seats 8,spacious storage, a 6ft fridge/freezer and a separate fridge that can be used for drinks. It is fully equipped with ceramic hob and fan oven, Bosch dishwasher and microwave.

All our cooking utensils, cookery books and MP3/iPod player and charger are available for your use.

There is also a high chair and toddler seat available on request.

The ground floor also has a large bathroom and shower, with utility area (washing machine/tumble dryer/iron and board) and a separate toilet.

The first floor has two huge wood floored bedrooms both with newly refurbished adjacent bathrooms - The yellow room (with double bed and an extra single bed) has the large bathroom, shower and a separate toilet and the Blue Room (with double bed and full size cot) has a fully tiled shower room and toilet.

The second floor has a further two large double bedrooms. The Pink has twin single beds and a travel cot and the green a double bed and a single bed.

Pets are allowed, on request, but must be kept in ground floor areas and are not allowed on soft furnishings.

I have an English friend who lives locally and is our keyholder. She welcomes guests for us and is available to help with any problems you might have or appointment's required (ie with Doctor or Vet). We also have a local cleaner who is happy to help with any cleaning or chores during your stay. This can be requested in advance or booked on arrival.

Although the house has 4 large bedrooms and can sleep 10 it is only offered for rental for a maximum of 6. (Pets welcome on request).

For 2/4 adults able to travel out of high season, take advantage of traffic free roads, stay in a small town, where all facilities are walking distance, we offer our large house at discounted rates. Please request details by email or phone.

The South Loire area offers a temperate climate between April and October. Richelieu is an unique example of 17thC French town planning and today this 'cite ideale' is a listed site. It is a quiet town not overrun by tourists at any time. The main 'Grande Rue' is lined with 28 private townhouses. One of these imposing townhouses has an interactive display and story of Cardinal Richelieu, his town and the lost Chateau.The 17th century Church, Town Hall (with museum) and Les Halles are all situated in the Place du Marche, along with our house.

Located at the crossroads of Touraine, Anjou and Poitou Charentes. Richelieu is a great location for visiting the many famous medieval towns of Chinon, Tours, Poitiers, Loches, Saumur,Fontevraud, Villandry and Azay la Rideau. All these are within an hours drive as are many other famous Chareaux of the Loire. Walking,Cycling, Canoeing and Golf are popular activities in this area. The Richelieu tourist office,two doors from our house, can provide up to date information on the many varied day trip outings. The huge park with the remains of Cardinal Richelieu's Chateau is just 2 minutes walk and a huge, peaceful area to cycle and walk at any time of year. It is rarely busy and also great for children and dogs to play and run about in safety. It also has outdoor pool(summer months only) children's playground, tennis courts and boules area.

As our house is in the centre of this small town there is no need to drive anywhere after a days sightseeing as cafes, restaurants, shops as all are walking distance. We regularly relax in the cafes around the square with a coffee, beer or glass of wine watching children play happily around (or in!) the fountain and Les Halles.

Futuroscope is an exciting theme park just 45 minute drive. It is suitable for all ages.

1 or 2 day passes are available.

The zoo at Douay and Monkey world are popular day trips for families.

Close to Saumur are interesting troglydyte attractions, mushroom farms and at Gratien and Meyer demonstration and tastings of Champagne(method!) production. Chinon vineyards are based along the Vienne and well worth a visit for both the Chinon reds and local Rose wines

Richelieu is an ideal location for a quiet, relaxing holiday in a typical French market town. It is called the garden of France and the twice weekly market in les Halles reflects this with local farmers selling their produce. There are also fetes, concerts, wine fairs and broquante days held in the Place du Marche and in surrounding villages. Details can always be obtained from the Tourist office or Richelieu website.

The town itself is steeped in history and the newly opened Espace Richelieu in the Grand Rue and interactive visit at Chinon Castle are worth visiting soon after arrival to learn about the history of the area.

There are numerous local vineyards( our house book lists many of these that we have tried.) Restaurants in small villages with amazing value all inclusive menus. There are many Michelin starred ones too.

There are several local cafes and restaurants in Richelieu with good value menus and Vins du Maison! Two of these restaurants also offer 'take away' meals.

Our house is well equipped for home indoor or BBQ cooking. There is Carrefour supermarket, butchers, deli and bakers all just a few minutes walk from our house in the Place du Marche which takes the chore out of shopping (or forgetting a purchase!)

More Details

Sheelagh Dunk
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
19 April, 2017

About Sheelagh Dunk

We have owned this house for 20 years and have offered it for rent in the past ten years for the weeks not used by family and friends.

We are now retired, but love relaxing in Richelieu (especially since we had heating installed) or in Hove, where life is bit more hectic. We are members of Brighton & Hove Soiree Rotary Club and spend our time actively fund raising for our international and local Charities. As Grandparents there is a lot of childminding but that is a pleasure we enjoy!

I am quick to respond to any enquiry and feel free to email or phone me if you have any questions.

Sheelagh Dunk purchased this house in 1996

Why Sheelagh Dunk chose Indre-et-Loire

We bought our holiday home in Richelieu as we wanted a rural but not remote retreat. We enjoy a holiday where the car is only essential for days out! It's a real bonus to be able to walk everywhere but with minimal traffic and safe places for children to play and cycle. The huge park is stunning at any time of year. The outdoor swimming pool is rarely crowded and our young grandchildren love mixing and chatting with local children-doing wonders for their language skills!

Richelieu equally suits older guests as it has the advantage of easy, gentle walking, streets to explore and cafes to sit and enjoy the ambiance of French village life.

What makes this house unique

Richelieu is also ideal for 2 centre holidays as it is just a couple of hours from Paris or Vendee coast. We regularly visit friends in Dordogne, Bordeaux and Hendkaye(Spanish border) just a half days drive.

Although the house is large we welcome 2/4 at discounted rates as travel outside school holidays is a pleasure. Either retired couples, like us, or young families. It is an easy drive from Channel ports/tunnel and no traffic jams!

Recently (Aug 2016), I have had amazing reviews about the cycling opportunities in our area. This is increasing due to the amount of 'off road' tracks becoming available around Richelieu making this so safe for families (and my young grandsons who just love to take off on their bikes without any adult supervision!). I am now 70 and have to say even I love a peaceful excursion on one of our bikes when I know I won't get accosted by a car driver!! There is a great bike hire in Richelieu.

Unfortunately,I cannot allow our bikes to be offered for use due to insurance reasons.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed here mid August for 2 weeks and had a wonderful holiday. Richelieu is absolutely charming and the locals are very friendly and helpful. The house was perfect for us as it had plenty of room and a lovely garden and courtyard. We had such a good time going out to the local, child friendly bars that we never once turned the TV on. The local pool is minutes away and as we'd taken our biked we cycled everywhere. Highly recommend.

Reviewed September 14, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

A great house,and a lovely courtyard garden.My grandaughter loved the paddle pool,which was needed as the sun shone all week.this house ticked all the boxes for us for location to bars,restaurants,the park,and local attractions.but for me to open the doors from the square to to the peace and tranquility of the house was quite magical

M. Howe Maidstone, United Kingdom

Reviewed July 14, 2014 for a stay in June 2014

We loved this comfortable, characterful, clean & well-equipped gite. It's something of a hidden gem, tucked away in the corner of the main square of Richelieu, but completely peaceful and quiet behind the big wooden gates and outer courtyard. And Richelieu itself is a bit of a hidden gem too - just off the main Loire tourist trail, but a fascinating & unusual little town. We'd recommend visiting the audio-visual exhibition on the Grand Rue for a painless & interesting history lesson. There's also lots to see and do within a short distance, and we'd highly recommend a trip to the Zoo at Doue if you've got kids, or even if you haven't. And finally Sheelagh and Liz were both very friendly and helpful - thanks! We hope to be back soon.

Whitley Bay, United Kingdom

Reviewed July 10, 2014 for a stay in June 2014

We spent a wonderful week in Richelieu thoroughly enjoying everything about the house and the area. Firstly the house, full of character, comfy and "homey" and equipped with everything we could possibly need. We made great use of all the baby equipment and toys - the paddling pool in the garden was a big hit with our 2 under 4s and an even bigger hit with us when we needed to cool off (great weather 21-28 June). There are many thoughtful child friendly touches at this house which were greatly appreciated including the gate that fits across the patio doors to prevent toddler escapees and the bed guard which we were able to put on one of the single beds - just makes for a more relaxing holiday. The yellow and blue bedrooms are particularly pretty and the 2 sets of grandparents we took with us were very comfortable in these! Location wise Richelieu ticked all our boxes, it was very French (!) had enough history to keep the afore mentioned grandparents happy (the museum, video centre etc) and was easy to get to from Calais (via toll roads roughly 6hrs).

Thank you!! From the Kerr / Siesage party
Nov 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Richelieu in Centre

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Large Family Bathroom + double basin unit. Separate Toilet.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Ground Floor Bathroom. Separate Toilet.
  • Large bathroom- vanity unit, bath, shower over and separate shower cubicle is adjacent to yellow bedroom. Separate WC. Shower room, adjacent to Blue room has walk in shower, vanity unit and WC. Ground floor bathroom (also a Utility room) has a full bath/shower over and separate WC. Our Family with young children find this useful as it is close to the living/kitchen area.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Yellow Room with adjacent family bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , Blue Room with adjacent shower and bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Green Room on 2nd Floor
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Pink Room on 2nd Floor
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Rented for maximum of 6 (4 Bedrooms) This house, due to it's central position, is regularly rented to couples and smaller groups. Please request rates from owner.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Our property was built on the command of Cardinal Richelieu in 1637. Clients need to be aware that there is an original wooden staircase, uneven steps and on the second floor staircase a low wooden beam. Care must be taken. Over the past 15 years we have had all ages from toddlers to 80 years who have loved staying in this house with it's easy access to cafes and shops. Children love playing in the square and fountain whilst the adults enjoy an evening drink! Baby/toddler equipment available, free of charge. Smoking is not permitted in the house but is allowed in exterior areas. Outside: The walled back garden is mainly laid to lawn with established fruit trees and Rose bushes. It is completely private and due to Cardinal Richelieu's town plan enjoys the sun from sunrise to sunset. The patio area has sun loungers and a large table and chairs seating 8. The built in paddling pool (converted from a garden pond!) is great for cooling off in or for children to play in. Utility Room: The Utility area is in downstairs bathroom and has washing machine, drier, iron and board. Cleaning materials and vacuum cleaner in hall storage area. Cleaning / Towels / Linen : Bedlinen+ towel per person are included. Swimming/garden towels are not provided. A cleaning charge is applicable if the house is not left as it was accepted (including cleaning/mopping of all floors/bathrooms etc). Cleaner available if required. Other: Central Courtyard area has outdoor dining table, is fully enclosed and a safe place for children (or dogs)


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)


Well positioned and equipped comfotrtable home

  • 4 of 5

Excellent position and despite being in the town so quiet. The first visit last year we were was so surprised when opened the gates to find a market outside. This year it was a really busy antiques market, didn't know it was there from inside at all.

The house is very cosy in the winter and the addition of the central heating this year made it even better.

The house is well equipped with almost everything you could need. The garden is a sun trap even in the autumn/winter.

Plenty of good restaurants within walking distance all with good English.

The owner Sheelagh is very obliging, we took friends with us for a few days this year for the first time, she assured that everything was ready for them also. There is always someone on hand to help not that we have needed it but you had that reassurance you would get help and fairly quickly if necessary.

I would recommend this property to you.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Our French Home

  • 5 of 5

First impressions are not always accurate. The simple wooden door on the street opens to reveal an absolutely charming home full of character. It has a fully equipped kitchen and all the conveniences necessary for comfortable holiday living. Everything was very clean and in good working order. The two outside terraces allow you to sit in shade or sun and the herb garden fruit-bearing pear tree were a welcome surprise. Our group of 7 could not have enjoyed our stay here more. This property is obviously a well-loved family home and not simply a holiday rental.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I'm so pleased that you all enjoyed your two weeks in Richelieu and hope that you had a good journey back to Australia.
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Lovely relaxing house full of character

  • 4 of 5

The house was just as expected from the photos on website, full of character and very much a family home.

The help provided was excellent & very friendly.

The weather was fantastic & so many places to vist with many famous chateau & vineyards.

The people in the square were so friendly with bars & restaurants within easy walking distance. We had a great time & would certainly recommend this property

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed Richelieu and agree locals are so friendly and welcoming to tourists (and UK home owners!) can't wait for our month in October!
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A lovely atmospheric, old French house

  • 5 of 5

The house suited us perfectly, it has a very homely atmosphere, very spacious and well equipped, so we were really comfortable and relaxed there. The kitchen contains everything needed to be fully self-catering for a large family. The beds are comfortable and the washing machine was really useful. There are many board games, DVDs , English novels, English TV channels and a selection of toys for young children, baby gates etc. It’s in an excellent location, just open the old large double wooden doors and you’re right on the beautiful market square with cafes and restaurants, great markets on Monday and Friday and a brilliant brocante too when we stayed. Parking very close by is easy and free. It’s next door but one to the tourist office and there’s a Carefoure supermarket 2 minutes away around the corner. It was very hot when we were there in August 2016, there’s a front courtyard which is very cool and shady, the back garden is completely private and great for sunbathing, with lovely English roses and fruit trees. There are tables and chairs in the front courtyard and rear patio so we eat outside all the time. We enjoyed the park and loved visiting Chinnon, wine tasting (and buying) in surrounding villages and chateaus, swimming and canoeing on rivers etc. Sheelagh is extremely helpful and efficient, sending us lots of useful information before the stay and there are files in the house with more local info and all the info you need about appliances, recycling etc. Gail met us and was really friendly and helpful too and Sylvie the cleaner was charming.

All in all we couldn’t recommend this little haven in a very special location highly enough- we loved it!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely historic house overlooking market square

  • 5 of 5

Bored my friends when home with stories from our great holiday in Richelieu. We stayed in a beautiful historic house overlooking the market square in the walled town of Richelieu, built by Cardinal Richelieu. The house is very clean and safe with large thick oak doors onto the square. Internally, it is large and spacious with a cool inner cobbled courtyard and external walled garden which is much warmer. Ideal as the weather changed from cool on the first day to very hot by the Saturday. We found the house exceptionally well equipped with little extras in the kitchen, eg cling wrap, foil, and a variety of spices, so frustrating normally to buy for just a week. We loved the cookery books as well as the novels, videos and board games, plus a book left by the owner with lots of ideas of places to go. We had little need to go anywhere as the famous Cape et Epee was taking place right outside our house, all free with artists, musicians, stalls, ancient games, horse show and fireworks in the park and locals all in period costume as musketeers, the King,and of course Cardinal Richelieu. On such a hot weekend we were able to return to the house for a cool quiet chill out. There always seems to be something going on in the town, from watching a traditional French wedding, to joining with the locals at their swimming pool, shopping in the market, or drinking at a local bar. We hardly used our car and loved the relaxed atmosphere of a real French town in a great house. Would definitely recommend and will go again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I have already suggested to all my family about reserving the next Cape et Epee weekend for all our family for 2018! I am told it is huge now and a great historical event for the Grandchildren. We rarely travel to Richelieu in high summer but need to make an exception so they can experience this medieval festival!
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Feeling relaxed after great holiday

  • 5 of 5

Immersed in local French culture, this house was set in a great location in the centre of a beautiful square inside the walls of this historic unspoilt town. A selection of shops, bars and restaurants were a short walk away, along with a stunning park with cycling and playground for the kids. You can close yourselves off behind the large oak doors, which lead to a undercover cobbled area and courtyard which was brilliant for all our scooters, kids bikes and road bikes. The house accommodated our two families with ease, and we had plenty of space and we had complete privacy in the house and garden. We spent lots of time in the town, which wasn't the original idea with famous chateaus near by, but the food market, local swimming pool,tennis courts and park made it difficult to leave. There is a fantastic little chateau near by that the kids love with magically themed gardens, great for a picnic out. Local booze from the vineyards and bbqs covered most evenings in the warm walled garden, and the town also seemed to have random music events which were fun to see which was all very relaxed and the kids could dance about.

I would thoroughly recommend this place, and we will be going back.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I'm so pleased you all enjoyed your holiday and the town of Richelieu.
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Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
4 Mar 2017 - 19 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Mid Season
20 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
EarlySummer Season
24 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn to Christmas
7 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
A 25% deposit is due with completed booking form (sent by email) with the full balance 8 weeks before departure. This can be paid by Bank Transfer (or cheque) in either pound or Euros. For clients in non European countries I recommend Transferwise (great exchange rates, ask me for free transfer code).
There is a £200 or 200euro cash deposit payable to caretaker on arrival which will be returned in full, at end of stay, if house is left in the same clean and tidy condition as accepted, with no breakages or damage. Our French cleaner Sylvette may be booked on arrival,with Gail, for your end of stay clean. 50 euro payment is made directly to her.
Full week bookings only in July and August.
Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday.
The house must be vacated by 10am and arrival time between 16.00 and 18.00. The arrival time can be more flexible and arranged with caretaker on day of arrival. There is a key box if anyone is delayed by travel problems.

Notes on prices:
Prices are given for 6 persons.
Please request discounted prices from owner for 2/4 out of high season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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