Who owns this place?
We are an English family of four living at les Limornieres in le Grand-Pressigny since Sept 2006. Our girls are now 12 & 14 years old & go to school in the local village, speak French better than we ever will & enjoy holidays, eating out in local restaurants, cycling to the village pool, canoeing & swimming in nearby rivers & lakes & being with their friends...
Alex & I split our time between looking after the cottages, gardens & guests at les Limornieres & looking after local private gardens for a mixture of French, English, permanent and second home residents.
We love living in the peace & quiet of the Loire Valley countryside, where 1km by car takes about a minute & so journeys are a breeze...certainly compared to our life before France in the South East of England.
There is much more blue sky & sunshine to be seen and less grey clouds. The lack of noise & light pollution makes for some great nature spotting - owls, bats, deer and wild boar have all been viewed from les Limornieres and millions of stars fill the sky after dark providing a very romantic back drop to an evening of wine & local goodies all within sight of your kids playing or with any luck if you have worn them out & they are asleep then you will be within earshot of them.
There is a plentiful choice of great local wine and food direct from local farms or a one of the many weekly markets in local villages & towns. There are a great choice of charming local restaurants (2 in le Grand-Pressigny) which in this rural area are at their animated best at lunchtime - perfect to eating out with kids in tow. We look forward to welcoming you to stay, Nicole Crawford - Nov 2015
What do they love about it?
Les Limornieres is set by a country lane, yet within 2.5km of shops, boulangery, 2 restaurants, bar, cafe, village pool, chateau & museum, pharmacy & other facilities. A wander or cycle down the lane offers visitors the chance to see troglodyte cave houses, horses, cows, lots of wildlife, visit goats cheese & dairy farm.
The countryside setting, the landscaped flower & tree filled gardens are a place to relax, the historic local towns with their farmers markets, bistros & excellent public gardens are all within reach but for an excellent day out we also love nearby Loches, Tours or Chinon.
The headline chateaux & vineyards of the region are all easily reachable in an hour and we are happy to help plan your route to ensure there are interesting child friendly places to stop en route - excellent play areas, places to eat, picnic spots, places to paddle & play pooh sticks!
Despite the region being internationally well known & well visited for the wine, chateaux, history & culture, the local french people are charming and you often get the feeling of having the place to yourself, no traffic, no queues make it a relaxing place to allow smaller children a little more more freedom than in busy city environments. The gentle pace of life, great local food & wine & especially the extra sunshine we often enjoy makes this an easy place to live & love.
What do the kids love about it?
Kids just get to be kids at les Limornieres so whilst they are free to let off steam & play, the adults get to relax...the combination means family holidays happen with ease at les Limornieres.
There are plenty of places for adults to grab a quiet moment with a glass of wine & a book, or a more sociable time chatting with us or our other guests.
There are BBQs & plenty of dining & seating space to enjoy the great weather and eating al fresco.
The play areas - trampoline, swings, slide, football goals, swingball, sand table, games & more are all visible from the garden courtyard but allow older children the chance to make camps & adventure!
For smaller children there is an array of toys in the courtyard garden closeby the cottages & if they want to follow the big kids, we have provided adult guests with strategic shady placed benches & easily transportable sun chairs for you to follow but remain able to enjoy your book/snooze/glass of something cold & local!
The chickens provide a place to toddle to and serve up left overs & salad!
We provide a range of bikes for you to explore the quiet lanes en famille or just to give Dad the push in the morning to cycle down to the village for the croissants! We have two rear child seats for bikes - suitable from 9 months -3 yrs.
Whilst many kids don't want to be dragged away from les Limornieres for trips out, we find many families want to head out and explore so the gardens often provide an 'apero hour' club where all the kids come together & play in the evening sun whilst the adults sit back & relax.
Highlight trips for kids: Chateau du Rivau, Loches market & medieval castle, Swimming in the river at Lesigny, Canoeing in the Indre or Creuse, Descartes for the farmers market & picnic in the fabulous park, swimming in the pool in Descartes park, Zoo Beauval, the forest at Preuilly sur Claise, Montresor for a walk by the river and lunch followed by and afternoon at the lake (Chemille-sur-Indrois)