La Grange is a smart family gite from which to discover all the highlights of France's scenic Loire Valley famous from it's fairytale castles and fine wines to it's stunning scenery and above average sunshine. A friendly welcome and warm hospitality is guaranteed by the English owners, Mike & Glynis, who live on site, and are always happy to offer help and advice, if required, including the best local restaurants and fun things to do.
This single storey barn conversion was completed in 2009 in a fresh, modern style but retaining it's character through sloping ceilings and chunky exposed beams. The living area and fully fitted dining kitchen is spacious and open plan, so parents can keep an eye on little ones, whether they're delving into the box of toys provided or curled up on the comfy sofas to watch TV or one of the family's DVDs. White décor throughout makes the gite cool and airy through the summer months but La Grange is nice and cosy for low season breaks as well, with central heating and a log burning stove.
French doors open onto two gravelled terraces with a granite table and chairs and just a few steps lead down to a lower gravelled terrace adjacent to the lawned area. This has a table and six chairs and is covered by a canvas gazebo during the hot months. A barbecue is also provided. Beyond is a 2-acre garden and orchard where the children have space to run around and play. The owners have provided a swing and slide set plus sandpit, paddling pool, children's croquet set, outdoor picksticks, football post, boules, bats and balls which are all available for family fun and games.
As well as the French doors from the living area two of the three bedrooms also open onto the outdoor terraces so parents can indulge in leisurely breakfasts in PJs and evenings gazing at the stars with babies tucked up close by.
La Grange is a 3-bedroom single storey barn conversion which sleeps up to 6 people plus a baby in a cot which is provided. The master bedroom has a king size bed, chaise longue, French doors to the outdoor terrace and an ensuite with a vanity unit, WC, heated towel rail and a bath with shower. The two other bedrooms both have twin beds which can be made up as a 6ft super king size bed if preferred and these share a large family bathroom with a bath and mixer shower, separate walk-in shower, washbasin, WC and heated towel rail. All three bedrooms have space for the cot. The living area and large dining kitchen is open plan and has double French doors to the outside terraces and garden. The living area features comfy sofas. TV, DVD/CD player and a log burning stove. The kitchen/dining area has a table for 6 plus a high chair and essentials for family self-catering including oven and hob, toaster, microwave oven, kettle, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, bottle steriliser, sippy cups and plastic crockery. The gite has WiFi throughout. There is a small utility room which houses water tanks with ample hot water for a family group plus washing machine, airer and the usual cleaning equipment. There is also a small library of paperback books. Board games/playing cards are also provided.
A small complimentary welcome pack of essentials is provided.
La Grange is located in a sleepy rural hamlet just 10 mins (10 km) from the historic walled town of Richelieu in the western Loire Valley. Richelieu has shops, bars and restaurants as well as the 300-year old Les Halles where the weekly market has a wide range of produce and a good place for picking up goodies for a picnic in the town's 1000 acre park.
Many of the Loire's most magnificent chateaux are within easy reach, including the Forteresse Royale de Chinon, Saumur, Montreuil-Bellay, Azay Le Rideau and the original Sleeping Beauty castle of Usse. Lots of other things to see and do are within an hour's drive from La Grange including paddling, lake swimming and pedaloes at the sandy beach St Cyr and watersports and beach at Moncontour (both 45 mins), having space age, interactive experiences at the Futuroscope theme park (45 mins) or seeing the animals and birds at the Doue-la-Fontaine Bioparc (1 hr) set amongst the troglodyte caves.
As well as its chateaux, The Loire is renowned for its fine wines, especially light, fruity rosé and crisp sparkling wines that give any Prosecco a run for its money! Touraine, Chinon, Saumur and Bourgeuil are some of the finest and numerous vineyards offer tours and tastings.
Nearest medical services: Medical centre in Richelieu 10 minutes; A. & E. Loudun 30 minutes away.
Getting here: For self drive holidays, the nearest ferry ports are Caen and Le Havre, both with regular cross channel services from Portsmouth. Calais is 6 hours drive. The nearest airports are Poitiers (30 mins) and Tours (75 mins). La Rochelle airport is 2 hour's drive and Paris Charles de Gaulle is 3 hours.