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'Chêne' is the smallest of three pretty 19th century farm cottages set around a spacious, south-facing, courtyard garden with adjoining play barn and surrounded by beautiful Loire Valley countryside. Set down a quiet country lane, Les Limornieres is wonderfully tranquil yet only 3km, walking distance in fact, from historic Le Grand Pressigny, with its chateaux, shops, bars and restaurants.
Owners Alex and Nicole Crawford and their two young daughters, left the UK and settled here a few years ago and are clearly passionate not just about the area they've made their home, but about looking after their guests too. A generous welcome pack filled with local goodies and an optional arrival night 'heat & eat@ 2-course supper (see Fast Facts) greets guests on arrival. Mini guests tend to be most impressed by the huge array of in and outdoor toys, although the resident chickens often steal the show at feeding and egg collecting times!
A useful list of nursery equipment is provided including stairgates, which are useful since the stairs are open-tread. However, little guests tend to spend most of their time pottering about on the lawned courtyard garden in front of the cottages overseen by parents soaking up the sunshine or scenery and chatting with other guests.
'Chêne' is a 60m2 one-bedroom detached gîte with a spacious double bedroom (also has a single bed screened from the double by a corner) and a lovely a private enclosed patio with seating and BBQ. Outside its all Hansel and Gretel-style 19th century cottage with pretty shutters and creamy stone but inside its light, bright and a lovely blend of modern comfortable furnishings with original character. The pretty stone fireplace, romantic log-burner, exposed stone walls and original tiled floors are combined with contemporary leather sofas, TV (UK channels), DVD, CD player and well-equipped kitchen complete with microwave dishwasher, oven, hob and fridge. Upstairs, the spacious double bedroom is flooded with light from its south-facing patio doors leading to Juliet balcony (safely enclosed) and benefits from an additional single bed, in an alcove, screened from the double. The adjacent bathroom is newly refurbished with a reassuringly modern power shower (baby bath available). All in all it’s a wonderfully romantic retreat for a couple with a baby and/or toddler in tow.
The pretty and historic town of le Grand Pressigny with its charming shops, bistros, bars and chateaux is only 3kms from Les Limornieres and easily reached as Alex & Nicole are happy loan guest bikes on which they can explore the quiet, relatively traffic free lanes around cottages - a pre-breakfast trip to the local boulangerie is always tempting incentive!
For non-cyclists, there are many marked walking routes (randonnee), one of the most child friendly of which takes walkers around the back of the chateau at le Grand Pressigny, through the woods and wild flower meadows and back into town for a reward in the form of ice-cream and coffee stop. Alternatively, from June -August, cool off in the town's heated outdoor pool, which has paddling areas for babies and toddlers.
The multi pool, multi slide complex at nearby Descartes (10mins drive) will prove even more tempting for older children and can be combined with a visit to the town's Sunday morning market. Soak up the atmosphere from the one of the cafe's with outdoor seating. Delicious pastries can be scoffed from the neighbouring patisserie while you watch the world go by. The market is a great place to stock up with local produce or buy a picnic and head to the river and the fantastic public gardens with animals, play park, crazy golf, outdoor pool, rose garden, herb garden all laid out in a pushchair friendly way allowing children freedom to run ahead.
There are plenty of good traditional French bistros in the villages surrounding Les Limornieres, most are at their most animated best during lunchtime service starting at midday - perfect for a meal with young children. Kiddie favourites are Grand’ma in le Grand Pressigny and Café de la Poste in nearby Barrou both serve great local food and are quite happy for little cherubs to be crayoning on the paper table mats between courses! Even more casual and just as delicious is 'Forza Pizza' night in le Grand Pressigny (Sats). A very unassuming mobile van arrives in the village square and offers hand-made, cooked to order pizza’s. Place an order, then sit back with your aperitif outside the bar opposite and wait to be called whilst the children play with the table-football in the bar or outside on the wide paved area.
Alex & Nicole can also advise on and book various other activities from local cookery workshops, golf, spa treatments at la Roche Posay (or on site), horse riding, canoeing, and even hot air ballooning over the Loire Valley chateaux. Alex himself offers fishing guiding and has over 25years Angling experinece. For an adult a full-day’s fishing including transport, equipment (if necessary), bait, permit & picnic costs 70 euros, Special rates for accompanying children can be arranged.
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Check-in time: 16:00
Check-out time: 10:00
Reservation Deposit: EUR0.00
Balance: 56 days prior to arrival
Check-in time: 16:00
Check-out time: 10:00
Reservation Deposit: EUR0.00
Balance: 56 days prior to arrival
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1 guest: 20% minimum of 5 nights
We are an English family of four living at les Limornieres in le Grand-Pressigny since Sept 2006. Our girls are now 14 & 16 years old & go to school in the local village our eldest now boarding in nearby Loches whilst studying her baccalaureat. They 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 (3 in le Grand-Pressigny) which in this rural area are at their animated best at lunchtime - perfect for eating out with kids in tow. We look forward to welcoming you to stay, Nicole Crawford - Nov 2017
Les Limornieres is set by a country lane, yet within 2.5km of shops, boulangerie, 3 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.
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, swing ball, 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 close by 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)
Sleeps 2 adults plus up to 2 under 5s in one bedroom (one double bed, one single bed, one wooden cot and one travel cot)
Under 3km from the historic Loire Valley chateau town of le Grand Pressigny with its bars, shops, weekly market, restaurants, rivers & swimming pool in summer.
A relaxing back massage, or reflexology can be arranged in the comfort of your gîte or in the local spa town of La Roche Posay.
There are wooden cots for infants, though travel cot can be provided both for sleeping or simply as playpens. There are also highchairs, stair gates at the top of the stairs, baby bath, strollers & baby/toddler cutlery & crockery (including sippy cups) provided.
Along with the play barn stuffed with toys, there's a small basket of age appropriate toys and books provided in each property.
The les Limornieres Touraine Platter a tasty supper of local, homemade & seasonal goodies ready to eat (or heat & eat) waiting in guests fridge on arrival. Costs 25pp (12 under 10s) For two courses with bread/wine and soft drinks (must be pre-booked min.48hrs before arrival).
There's a play barn on site complete with trampoline, swings, table football, swing-ball, football, chalks, paints, face-paint, sandpit, paddling pool, bikes & scooters. There are also a range of adults bikes to borrow with rear child seats and a trail bar.
Stairgates provided on request
Private enclosed patio garden with seating and BBQ, further shady dining and play space in barn
The Crawfords are firmly committed to sustainable living. They recycle, harvest rainwater, compost organic waste and treat waste water on site via a filter bed system. In addition they use only bio-friendly cleaning products. Buildings are heated by wood taken from the land & other local sustainable sources. Insulation is to better than recommended standards and 'A' grade electrical goods, low energy light bulbs are used. They focus on local food produce including their own fruit, vegetables & eggs They also provide re-useable shopping bags & info on local farmers markets & vineyards. Bikes are available for all ages, bike seat & trail bar provided.
Guests are welcome to help feed the chickens and collect eggs
Up to two cots and highchairs can be provided in each cottage.
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Fantastic little cottage. Had every thing we needed for our stay. Wonderful hosts and beautiful location.Review dated 02/08/2018
The accommodation is perfectly set up for little ones with a great play area and lots of toys outside. The owners, Alex and Nicole, are also incredibly knowledgeable and helpful with many suggestions for things to do in the local area. They were also incredibly helpful when we had a minor emergency there during our stay.Review dated 24/08/2016
Fantastic cottage with lovely outside space for baby. Particularly enjoyed courtyard and little children's playground. Perfect place for every family member to enjoy the area & relax!Review dated 19/05/2014
Really child friendly, lots of stuff to keep young children occupied.Review dated 18/07/2013
The moment we arrived after a long day of driving with our 2 year old and 4 month old I breathed a sigh of relief. We stayed in Chene and it's a beautiful little fairy tale cottage fitted inside to maximise comfort and tastefully furnished with thoughtful little details throughout. There is a well equipped kitchen, a woodburner for warmth (appreciated as we stayed in an unseasonably chilly April) and age appropriate toys downstairs and in the large airy bedroom. On arrival we found a child's bed and a cot set up for us as well as a welcome snack with essential provisions. It made such a difference to our holiday to have the space and equipment to entertain our two year old and we were really able to relax here. We intend to return as this place would be amazing for a break with friends or family, there is a lovely outdoor communal eating area and three self contained cottages.Review dated 07/04/2013
This is a truly wonderful place for a holiday. The setting is idyllic and our young children (aged four, and eight months) loved the beautiful garden -especially the chickens and the trampoline. Top marks!Review dated 16/08/2012
We have just returned from a fabulous week staying in Chene Cottage at Les Limornieries. The cottage was lovely and exceeded our expectations. Fully equipped with everything a family with a 2 year old daughter could need. Alex and Nicole's local knowledge was invaluable at making our day trips so easy, they gave us plenty of tips and advise on where to go, park and do once we got there, which makes all the difference with a toddler in tow. We loved the river swiming in Lesigny and riding the complimentary bikes to to the village for an excellent cafe au lait or to the local farms to buy goats cheese and yoghurt and see the sunflower fields. However, the biggest hit with all 3 of us was the beautiful gardens. They kept our daughter amused for hours playing on the slide and trampoline, mucking about in the sand pit, making friends with the rabbit and feeding the chickens daily. We literally opened the front door and off she ran into the g ...Review dated 14/07/2012
We've recently returned from a very relaxing week at Les Limournieres. It's perfectly equipped for families - we stayed with our 18 month old little girl and I could have just packed some clothes for her and nothing else, such was the level of attention to detail of all the things you need to make it a home from home: story books, toys, highchair, kids plastic crockery/cutlery, bibs, Kids DVD's, a CD of nursery rhymes for the car, swings, slide, trampoline, chickens, a bunny rabbit and CBeebies! Not only were our hosts, Alex and Nicole, welcoming but they were full of advice of where to visit and provided an excellent meal on the night we arrived. The accommodation was perfectly sized, well equipped and very clean. We highly recommend this place if you're after a relaxing, family friendly stay in a beautiful part of the world.Review dated 13/10/2011
We had a really lovely break with our 3 yr old and 7mth old daughters. The cottage had everything we needed, beautiful communal garden, stunning scenery, peaceful countryside location yet close enough to explore so many pretty castles and french villages the Loire has to offer. Alex and Nicole could not have been more helpful ensuring we had everything we needed as well as offering useful suggestions where to visit. Age appropriate toys, dvds, books and disney princess playing cards were a big hit with our 3 yr old as well as the trampoline and chickens !!Review dated 28/09/2011
We spent a super relaxing week here. The Crawford family are very friendly and hospitable. They are more than willing to give suggestions and offer directions. The property is in the middle of sunflower and cornfields and is extremely peaceful. However, the other two cottages provided playmates for our three year old and there was a playbarn, outdoor play equipment and chickens to feed. Plenty to do in the local area and very child friendly. The cottage was very rustic and came equipped with a toy basket. We had all the facilities we needed and Nicole will cook for for you if requested with scrummy home cooked foodOur daughter didn't want to leave (neither did we!)Review dated 17/08/2011
We had the most wonderful week at Les Limonieres. Chene was a home from home. Our stay was perfect and we left feeling totally relaxed. Nicole and Alex are fantastic hosts and we definitely plan to return.Review dated 16/08/2011
We spend a wonderful six days in Chene Cottage, Les Limornieres. The large attic bedroom in the property was spacious and comfortable for 4 of us - 2 adults, one two year old and one baby. Nicole and Alex were very welcoming and helpful throughout our stay, and we really appreciated all the thought they had put in to making it a great place to stay with small children. The food provided on our arrival was very welcome, and we also very much enjoyed a three course meal cooked by Nicole on our final evening.Review dated 11/09/2010
We have just had a long weekend at ChezANIA, Les Limornieres, and we have come back feeling refreshed and relaxed. With so many self catering holidays or breaks for mum it feels like the same old routine just somewhere different.... This is where Nicole and Alex make a difference. All the details are thought out, including a wonderful welcome of snacks, cheese and wine on your arrival (seriously who has family and friends that even do that for you?!) to toys, dvd's, games, books, bedding, cutlery, high chair etc etc for our daughter. Mums, I highly recommend you opt for the great value menu option that Nicole does - without so much as lifting a teaspoon - et viola - there was a delicious three course home made dinner complete with cheese and bottle of wine.... heaven! The gite is spotlessly clean, the environment, gardens and play areas are just right and perfectly safe. The gite itself is a cosy, large one bedroomed cottage with a love ...Review dated 01/02/2010
My husband and I and our 4 year old daughter have just
returned from an idyllic stay in Chêne cottage, les Limornières. I cannot
praise Nicole and Alex enough for the wonderful setting they have created and
their warm hospitality, les Limornières is simply magical and Chêne cottage was
just perfect for us. On arrival Nicole and Alex had provided us with bread and
cheeses, red wine, milk, jam, eggs; they were even thoughtful enough to drop
over a bottle of fizzy for my husband's birthday. There were toys, books and
DVD's in abundance for our little girl within the cottage and she has come home
requesting new 'heart' bed linen just like she had at the gîte. Outside, where
she spent most of her time, the grounds are large and great to run around, ride
a bike or space hopper between the chickens, vegetable patches, swings, slide
and trampoline. There are a few farms around that you can walk to to buy fresh
dairy produce; Les Limornièr ...Review dated 16/04/2014
We had the most wonderful time at the Chene Cottage. Nicole and Alex are wonderful hosts, very kind and hospitable. The facilities at Les Limonieres are just perfect for a three year old and we struggled to keep our daughter off the trampoline. The Chene cottage is beautifully decorated, especially upstairs and has absolutely everything you could need. Nicole had provided brilliant toys and books for our daugher and the snow white dvd and disney princess playing cards in particular got a lot of use. There is so much to see around Les Limonieres - the swimming pools are wonderful as is a nearby river for swimming and of course lots of beautiful castles and gardens for children to explore. We'd definately recommend Les Limonieres to any families with young children and we hope to be back again. thank you Nicole and AlexReview dated 04/08/2010
We have just had a long weekend at ChezANIA, Les Limornieres, and we have come
back feeling refreshed and relaxed. With so many self catering holidays or
breaks for mum it feels like the same old routine just somewhere different....
This is where Nicole and Alex make a difference. All the details are thought
out, including a wonderful welcome of snacks, cheese and wine on your arrival
(seriously who has family and friends that even do that for you?!) to toys,
dvd's, games, books, bedding, cutlery, high chair etc etc for our daughter.
Mums, I highly recommend you opt for the great value menu option that Nicole
does - without so much as lifting a teaspoon - et viola - there was a delicious
three course home made dinner complete with cheese and bottle of wine....
heaven! The gite is spotlessly clean, the environment, gardens and play areas
are just right and perfectly safe. The gite itself is a cosy, large one
bedroomed cottage with a love ...Review dated 05/02/2010
A great place to stay with small children, ours loved everything from feeding the chickens and collecting the eggs, to bouncing on the trampoline, swinging on the swings, playing in the sandpit and riding on the (toy) tractor. They EVEN ate the meals that Nicole made for us - what more can you ask for?Review dated 03/11/2009
We had a fantastic time and could not find fault with either the accommodation or the property owners, Nicole and Alex. It was more like staying with friends as I had exchanged several emails with Nicole before our arrival.The Crawford's have 2 children themselves and so they are used to kids running around their property making lots of noise. There were lots on indoor and outdoor toys for our son to play with, not forgetting their two girls who are absolutely lovely, a true credit to their parents. We would certainly consider returning here for a holiday and would recommend this accomadation as somewhere you can actually relax with children!Review dated 03/11/2009
We had a lovely time at Les Limornieres...the Crawfords are lovely people. They had thoughtfully left a box of age-appropriate toys and books and Nicole changed them midway through our stay, which thrilled our daughter who also loved petting the friendly cat, watching the chickens, riding on a child-sized toy tractor, jumping on the trampoline, swinging on the swings and romping around the enclosed grassy courtyard. Les Limornieres is located in a lovely area within a gentle hour's drive of several of the most-visited Loire/Cher/Vienne/Indre chateaux. But just visiting the local markets and poking around smaller villages is also very interesting. We can't wait to go back.Review dated 03/11/2009
A fabulous place to stay. Beautiful location; tastefully decorated and well-equipped accommodation; friendly hosts; relaxing environment. Or children loved staying at Les Limornieres; enjoying the playbarn, splash pool, toys in the house and the trampoline! So much attention has been paid to detail, all added to make it everything we hoped it would be.Review dated 03/11/2009