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  • Relax - UK Freeview, kids DVDs, books & games
    Relax - UK Freeview, kids DVDs, books & games
  • Noix opens into the sunny south facing courtyard garden
    Noix opens into the sunny south facing courtyard garden
  • Enjoying croissants & the view from the dining table in June.
    Enjoying croissants & the view from the dining table in June.
  • High summer will bring sunflowers all around in the Loire Valley
    High summer will bring sunflowers all around in the Loire Valley
  • 1st bedroom with a double bed & room for travel cot too - upstairs
    1st bedroom with a double bed & room for travel cot too - upstairs
  • Relax at les Limornieres
    Relax at les Limornieres
  • Les Limornieres - Noix Image 7
    Les Limornieres - Noix Image 7
  • 2nd bedroom with two full size single beds, a wooden cot & ensuite wc - upstairs
    2nd bedroom with two full size single beds, a wooden cot & ensuite wc - upstairs
  • 2nd bedroom cot
    2nd bedroom cot
  • 2nd bedroom
    2nd bedroom
  • Lots of toys, games & books for indoors too
    Lots of toys, games & books for indoors too
  • Saule on left, Chene on right - share sunny south facing courtyard garden with Noix - far left
    Saule on left, Chene on right - share sunny south facing courtyard garden with Noix - far left
  • Resident chickens and a cat.. always a hit with children.
    Resident chickens and a cat.. always a hit with children.
  • Relax in the gardens at les Limornieres after long day sightseeing
    Relax in the gardens at les Limornieres after long day sightseeing
  • Plenty of toys & games indoors and out.
    Plenty of toys & games indoors and out.
  • Loads of idyllic rivers for canoeing with bigger kids, or fishing, swimming and picnicing
    Loads of idyllic rivers for canoeing with bigger kids, or fishing, swimming and picnicing
  • Bouncerline fun, slide, swings, toys and games
    Bouncerline fun, slide, swings, toys and games
  • Evening view east from les Limornieres across the fields to the woods
    Evening view east from les Limornieres across the fields to the woods
  • Les Limornieres - Noix Image 19
    Les Limornieres - Noix Image 19
  • Les Limornieres - Noix Image 20
    Les Limornieres - Noix Image 20
  • Les Limornieres - Noix Image 21
    Les Limornieres - Noix Image 21
  • The Forest a Preuilly - a great place to picnic, explore and cool off on a hot sunny day
    The Forest a Preuilly - a great place to picnic, explore and cool off on a hot sunny day
  • le Grand-Pressigy (<3km) the nearest village, cafe, bar, 2 restaurants, pharmacy, bakers, butchers, general store, open air heated pool, tennis, river....and more.
    le Grand-Pressigy (<3km) the nearest village, cafe, bar, 2 restaurants, pharmacy, bakers, butchers, general store, open air heated pool, tennis, river....and more.
  • Loches - public gardens a great place to play, picnic, watch the world go by or pause after a busy time sightseeing.
    Loches - public gardens a great place to play, picnic, watch the world go by or pause after a busy time sightseeing.

Les Limornieres - Noix

Loire, France

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The Owner / Manager

Vincent Berenger

Member since Dec 2016
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:2 minutes
  • Availability Updated:12 days 23 hours

BFB's Overview.

Two-bedroom 'Noix' (sleeps 4) is the one 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 'heat & eat' arrival nights 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.
Accommodation Overview

Noix is a 30m² two bedroom, semi-detached holiday cottage made from the traditional stone built longère farmhouse at les Limornières. It open into a open plan living area with woodburning stove, dining area and fully equipped kitchen (oven, hob, mircowave, toaster, fridge, dishwasher, kettle). The lounge area has comfortable seating, a TV with French and UK Freeview satellite channels and DVD player. There is a family shower room on the ground floor. Upstairs the cottage has one double & one twin bedroom. The twin bedroom has two full size single beds and an en-suite wc/handbasin.

Outside there is a patio area facing onto the communal courtyard garden which is a great spot for a morning coffee. The communal grounds offer plenty of space for children's to play and include a shady dining barn, children's play area, selection of outdoor games and bikes which are available for guest use.

Location Information

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-foot 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 or spa treatments at la Roche Posay, 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.

NEAREST AIRPORTS: Tours & Poiters are within an hours drive. Location Map

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: EUR0.00 per week

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: EUR0.00 per week

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

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Discount Notes

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: EUR0.00 per week

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Special Offer - Details:

Arrival: , Departure:

Price: EUR

Discount Notes

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 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

Alex, Isabella & Amelie New Years Eve 2014 Paris - I am there but someone had to take the photo!

What do they love about it?

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.

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, 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)

Fast Facts

sleeps 4 + an infant in 2 bedrooms, 1 double and 1 twin bedroom. There is a family shower room and separate WC.

Amenities within Walking Distance

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.

Spa Onsite

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.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Wooden cot (an additional travel cot may be available on request), highchairs, stair gates, baby bath, strollers & baby/toddler cutlery & crockery (including sippy cups) provided

Indoor Toys

Along with the play barn stuffed with toys, there's a small basket of age appropriate toys and books provided in each property.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

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 25€pp (12€ under 10’s) For two courses with bread/wine and soft drinks (must be pre-booked min.48hrs before arrival).

Outdoor Toys

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. we have a range of adults bikes to borrow with rear child seats.

Stairgates / no stairs

The necessary stairgates are provided.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

Outside there is a patio area facing onto the communal courtyard garden which is a great spot for a morning coffee.

Eco-Aware

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.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Up to 2 highchairs and cots can be provided in each cottage.


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