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  • Front entrance of the apartment
    Front entrance of the apartment
  • le Grand-Pressigny  village (a few minutes on foot), cafe/bar, pizza restaurant & take away. Two further traditional French restaurants and a wine & tapas bar. Pharmacy, bakers, an excellent general store will local & seasonal produce, weekly market on Th
    le Grand-Pressigny village (a few minutes on foot), cafe/bar, pizza restaurant & take away. Two further traditional French restaurants and a wine & tapas bar. Pharmacy, bakers, an excellent general store will local & seasonal produce, weekly market on Th
  • Double height light filled spacious holiday accommodation
    Double height light filled spacious holiday accommodation
  • Rear with balcony elevated over gardens with views south to the woods beyond
    Rear with balcony elevated over gardens with views south to the woods beyond
  • Balcony perfect for breakfast or aperos.  Bistro table and 4 chairs & 2 deckchairs for your use
    Balcony perfect for breakfast or aperos. Bistro table and 4 chairs & 2 deckchairs for your use
  • Age appropriate books and toys await younger guests chezANIA
    Age appropriate books and toys await younger guests chezANIA
  • Double bedroom (140 x 190)
    Double bedroom (140 x 190)
  • Seating area with wood burning stove and smart TV
    Seating area with wood burning stove and smart TV
  • Twin bedroom (2 x 90x200 beds) adequate space for a travel cot which we provide. Additional cot room with full size wooden cot.
    Twin bedroom (2 x 90x200 beds) adequate space for a travel cot which we provide. Additional cot room with full size wooden cot.
  • Well equipped open plan kitchen
    Well equipped open plan kitchen
  • Downstairs shower room, washing machine and ironing board
    Downstairs shower room, washing machine and ironing board
  • Upstairs spacious main bathroom
    Upstairs spacious main bathroom
  • Spacious shower room upstairs with heated towel rail and hairdryer
    Spacious shower room upstairs with heated towel rail and hairdryer
  • Full size wooden cot in separate cot room with cotton baby friendly bedding and linen - another travel cot available for use in twin bedroom or downstairs to suit your needs
    Full size wooden cot in separate cot room with cotton baby friendly bedding and linen - another travel cot available for use in twin bedroom or downstairs to suit your needs
  • Age appropriate toys await at chezANIA
    Age appropriate toys await at chezANIA
  • Soft play toys, relax while they play
    Soft play toys, relax while they play
  • Cot room, small but perfectly formed, night light, ventilation, toys and books
    Cot room, small but perfectly formed, night light, ventilation, toys and books
  • Relax on the balcony views across gardens to woods beyond
    Relax on the balcony views across gardens to woods beyond
  • Highchair, baby and children's cutlery, crockery, bib etc.
    Highchair, baby and children's cutlery, crockery, bib etc.
  • Child friendly holiday accommodation with stairgate, high chair, cot room, comfy chair outside for waiting for the baby to go to sleep! toys and books, night light.
    Child friendly holiday accommodation with stairgate, high chair, cot room, comfy chair outside for waiting for the baby to go to sleep! toys and books, night light.
  • Le Grand-Pressigny heated outdoor pool (a quick stroll from the apartment)
    Le Grand-Pressigny heated outdoor pool (a quick stroll from the apartment)
  • Heated open air swimming pools with slide in Descartes
    Heated open air swimming pools with slide in Descartes
  • Musee et chateau de la Prehistoire le Grand Pressigny
    Musee et chateau de la Prehistoire le Grand Pressigny
  • in addition to our bikes, guests can hire a range of bikes from a hire firm located on the cycle route to explore the 'voie verte' - 42km of traffic free path linking villages.  Photo with permission.
    in addition to our bikes, guests can hire a range of bikes from a hire firm located on the cycle route to explore the 'voie verte' - 42km of traffic free path linking villages. Photo with permission.
  • Bikes to borrow - extensive cycle path less than 5 minutes - links to many more
    Bikes to borrow - extensive cycle path less than 5 minutes - links to many more

Chezania

Loire, France

Per week

from 1100.00 to 1100.00 EUR
The Owner / Manager

Alex and Nicole Crawford

Member since Oct 2009
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
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  • Availability Updated:8 days 23 hours

BFB's Overview.

This beautifully restored former grain store is now an idyllic retreat for a family of 4 plus up to 2 cots either as a few night's stop off en-route to or from the South or a longer stay enjoying French village life and exploring the Loire Valley region. It is certainly a far more attractive option to break up a longer self-drive trip than a crammed and bland motel and makes a very tempting way to extend a holiday whilst also avoiding the busiest channel crossing days too.

Owners and British ex-pats, Alex and Nicole brought up their two daughters in the area and are extremely well-versed in how to make a stay in the region as fun and relaxing as possible with little people in tow. They converted the barn with families in mind and stocked it with plenty of baby kit, even creating a dedicated 'cot room' in addition to the well-sized double and twin bedrooms. A basket of toys and books keeps little ones occupied whilst parents relax with morning coffee and pastries or evening drinks on the lovely, south-facing, balcony. It’s the perfect way to wind-down after a busy day exploring the area by car or using bikes and child seats provided.

Although, there's no need to venture far since the heart of this thriving historic village has a handy boulangerie, grocery store, bistros and heated open-air pool (open July & August) is with a short stroll from the apartment's private street entrance. Not to mention that there are play areas, picnic spots and traffic-free paths for walking and cycling within a few minutes from the front door and linking to many pretty villages all within a few miles of each other.

ChezANIA really is a lovely spot to enjoy a truly relaxing taste of genuine French village life. So much so, it seems a shame to only stay a few nights en route to a longer holiday in the South, four of five days would really do it justice.

Nicole and Alex provide all Baby Friendly Boltholes guests with a carefully selected welcome pack of local, seasonal and home-made goodies to help ease the whole family into their first evening.


Accommodation Overview:
chezANIA is a duplex apartment with a street-level entrance opening onto a light, bright, double-height living space complete with comfortable sofa seating, a smart TV to stream Netflix etc, a dining table for six and an open-plan kitchen with all mod cons (oven, hob, microwave, kettle, toaster, coffee machine, fridge freezer etc.). A downstairs shower room (baby bath provided) also houses a handy washing machine whilst upstairs there's a further shower room, twin bedroom, cot room (plus travel cot) and spacious double bedroom with Juliet balconies. Light, bright and airy in Summer, the apartment is equally cosy in cooler months thanks to its thick stone walls, electric radiators and cosy log burner. The spacious balcony off the airy open plan living space is a fabulously sunny spot for al fresco eating and is furnished with table and chairs for four.

Location Information

The apartment is within a few minutes stroll of the heart of the pretty and historic town of le Grand Pressigny with its charming shops, Brody’s pizza bistros, L’Auberge and chez Grand’ma restaurants, Préhisto bar and community heated open-air swimming pool (open in July & August). Alex & Nicole are happy loan guest bikes on which you can explore the quiet, relatively traffic free lanes around the area of simply nip out for a pre-breakfast trip to the local boulangerie!
For non-cyclists, there are many marked walking routes (randonnée), one of the most child friendly of which takes walkers around the back of the chateau at le Grand Pressigny, through the woods and wildflower 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 cafés 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 Chezania, most are at their most animated best during lunchtime service starting at midday - perfect for a meal with young children. Kiddie favourites are Brody’s and Grand’ma in le Grand Pressigny and L’Image in nearby Preuilly-sur-Claise all serve great local food and are quite happy for little cherubs to be crayoning on the paper table mats between courses!
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 is a keen fisherman and cyclist, Nicole walks every Sunday in a group and both are happy to share their favourite routes.


Getting There:
The airports at Tours & Poiters are within an hour's drive, whilst La Rochelle and Limoges Airports are about 2hrs away by car.

Ferry terminals at Caen, Le Havre and Cherbourg are within about 4.5hrs drive, Dieppe 5 hours; whilst Calais and Eurotunnel is about 6hrs away by car.

Guests travelling via plane or Eurostar to Paris can combine a short break in Paris
Onward 1 hour TGV train from Paris Montparnasse to Tours where hire cars can be prebooked and the drive is a scenic straightforward 60km.)

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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

Pricing Notes

Minimum 2nts Stay Year-Round

Special Offer - Details:

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Seasonal Discount

Up to 15% discount for holidays taken between 16 Feb 2024 and 31 Mar 2024 minimum of 3 nights
Up to 20% discount for holidays taken between 03 Apr 2024 and 31 May 2024 minimum of 3 nights
Up to 15% discount for holidays taken between 01 Jun 2024 and 30 Jun 2024 minimum of 3 nights
Up to 15% discount for holidays taken between 25 Aug 2024 and 31 Oct 2024 minimum of 3 nights

Days Discount

4 nights for the price of 3: 16 Feb 2024 to 28 Mar 2024

Discount Notes

Rates

1 Jan - 31 Dec 2024 : €1100 /week1 Jan - 31 Dec 2024 : €1100 /week1 Jan - 31 Dec 2024 : €1100 /week1 Jan - 31 Dec 2024 : £1100 /week1 Jan - 31 Dec 2024 : £1100 /week1 Jan - 31 Dec 2024 : £1100 /week

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

Pricing Notes

Minimum 2nts Stay Year-Round

Special Offer - Details:

Arrival: , Departure:

Price: EUR

Seasonal Discount

Up to 15% discount for holidays taken between 16 Feb 2024 and 31 Mar 2024 minimum of 3 nights
Up to 20% discount for holidays taken between 03 Apr 2024 and 31 May 2024 minimum of 3 nights
Up to 15% discount for holidays taken between 01 Jun 2024 and 30 Jun 2024 minimum of 3 nights
Up to 15% discount for holidays taken between 25 Aug 2024 and 31 Oct 2024 minimum of 3 nights

Days Discount

4 nights for the price of 3: 16 Feb 2024 to 28 Mar 2024

Discount Notes

Who owns this place?

We are an English family of four living in le Grand-Pressigny since Sept 2006. Our girls are now 19 & 20 years old. 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 welcoming and looking after our guests & 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 are all out there to spot and millions of stars fill the sky after dark providing a very romantic back drop to an evening of wine & local goodies.

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, Alex & Nicole Crawford May 2022

A recent visit to visit friends in the UK, the four of us on the beach at Easter in Shoreham

What do they love about it?

Our apartment is within a couple of minutes walk from all the amenities you could need for your Loire Valley break, boulangerie, an excellent general store, weekly market, a bar/bistro, 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 apartment provides a home from home to relax and the perfect base to explore the historic local towns by car or on bikes with their farmers markets, bistros & excellent public gardens 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?

There are plenty of places for adults to grab a quiet moment with a glass of wine & a book and plenty of room and toys for kids to play.

The balcony provides a lovely way to enjoy family meals from flaky croissants for breakfast to apéros or a cooked to order meal from the local food trucks.

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!


We provide a range of bikes for you to explore the quiet lanes en famille or just to give one of you some time to escape for an hour or two. There is an excellent and wide range of novel family friendly pedal powered transport fro hire along the cycle path in the next village, situated on an island in an idyllic spot for paddling, picnic and play!

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 + cots in a self-contained 2.5 bedroom apartment comprising a double, a twin and a nursery, plus two shower rooms and an open-plan living area with full kitchen.

Airport under 2 hours drive

Several airports nearby including Tours & Poiters within approx 60mins drive & Limoges or La Rochelle both within about 120mins drive,

Ferry Port

Caen, Cherbourg & Le Havre are within about 4hrs drive, Dieppe & St Malo 5hrs and Calais approx. 6hrs.

Amenities within Walking Distance

The apartment is within a short stroll of several restaurants, bistros, bakers, grocery store and weekly market plus community swimming pool (open July & August).

Spa Onsite

A relaxing back massage, or reflexology can be arranged in the comfort of your apartment or in the local spa town of La Roche Posay.

Nursery Gear (additional)

This baby-friendly gite offers wooden cot, travel cot, highchairs, potty, bathroom step, baby bath & baby/toddler cutlery & crockery (including sippy cups) provided.

Indoor Toys

This child-friendly gite boasts a basket of toys and books for babies and toddlers.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

The owners offer a yummy arrival night hamper of local snacks and goodies Kitchen basics provided Pre-arrival shop available on request Takeaway pizza available 5 nights per week

Outdoor Toys

A selection of bikes, child seats and a balance bike for tots are available on free loan.

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgate provided

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

Balcony with dining furniture.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Wi-Fi provided

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Up to 2 highchairs and cots can be provided

Fireplace / Wood Burner

The apartment has a cosy log burner in the lounge for cooler evenings in Spring,

Reviews

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  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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?

  • 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 ...
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  • We recently spent a week in Saule cottage - Les Limonieres and would recommend it to anybody. The setting is gorgeous, the accommodation superb and the Crawfords were the perfect hosts, always going that extra mile to make sure we had everything we needed. In terms of travelling with a young child it was about as stress free as it could have been. This was due to the fact that the cottage was so well equipped and stocked with all manner of age appropriate toys/books etc. This, coupled with the play barn, swings, slide, trampoline, chickens and ample space meant that there was never a dull moment for our little girl (18 months old). Amelie and Isabella were fantastic playmates too and made Eve's first holiday one to remember. Thank you!

  • 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 ...
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  • Excellent accomodation in a superb location. Very baby friendly for our toddler (2,5years) and baby (11months) whilst being adult friendly too. Highly recommend. Superb hosts.

  • great place, owners lovely..and fab food if you dont feel like cooking ..even better a cosy little bar on site.... happy days!

  • Very nice spot - helpful and friendly owners, beautiful garden, very relaxing location.

  • We were really impressed with how easy Alex and Nicole have made it to get away as a family for a holiday. Everything we needed for our one year old had been thought of. The site is beautiful and the location is a great base from which to begin exploring the surrounding villages and chateaux.

  • This was the first time time we used a baby friendly property and we would definitely repeat the experience. We have been on holiday with our toddler before but this was the first occasion that my husband and I felt like we'd had a holiday. Nicole and Alex were so welcoming and had thought of everything. Loads of age appropriate toys and some great suggestions of places to visit. I especially enjoyed Nicole's home cooked meals, just delicious and a real treat not to cook.

  • Everything that you could want for your baby or toddler is provided for here - just bring things you need for the journey and pack light! Superb child-friendly environment - the smallholding itself has chickens, flowers and interest a-plenty as well as all the toys, and the farms around are also a source of wonder to smaller children. Hosts Nicole and Alex are supremely helpful and their suggested itineraries, along with the wealth of information about local sites and attractions provided in the gites, can really help you make the most of even a short break.

  • Lovely, romantic getaway from the hustle and bustle of London. Situated in a location where you can hide away or explore to your hearts content. Kids loved it!

  • We really enjoyed our stay and the boys had plenty to do. Great welcome and hospitality.

  • We; me, my husband and our 6-year-old daughter, stayed in Saule gite for 7 nights in July. We arrived on a Sunday evening and really appreciated the welcome pack of food left in the fridge for us; cafetiere coffee, proper milk (not UHT!) eggs from the resident chickens, peaches, tomatoes, wine. The garden is very large and beautiful; chickens, herbs, flowers, vegetables, lots of green lawn for playing, swings, trampoline. And a very cute kitten! The setting is so quiet, surrounded by farmland, but a 5 min drive to the village which has a boulangerie, post office, bookshop/newsagents, little supermarket, butcher and weekly market, church, restaurants, bars, plus a fantastic prehistoric museum which has an interactive festival annually. Really helpful info folder in the gite with advice on local produce, places to see etc. We visited Loches, medieval town, a chateau (many chateaux in this region) open air pool in Descartes. Nicole and Ale ...
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  • This is a really 'chilled out' location. You can easily spend lazy days at the Gite, relaxing in the garden. Great fun for little ones. Very quiet location. Masses of toys, books, DVDs and outdoor toys. We loved it. The owners are on site, and pass by occasionally for a friendly chat, but are far from intrusive, makes for perfect holiday.


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!

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!

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?

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 lovely woodburner in the centre, it was toasty warm (on a bitterly cold winters weekend) and all the creature comforts are catered for (including Sky TV and lovely hot showers) and has ample space for two adults and a toddler and baby. On a personal note, you cannot help but be impressed with this family at their quiet determination, passion and care they have for this business. It shows, I cannot recommend it enough and we cant wait to go back!
Guest Rated 'Outstanding' for baby friendliness, and customer care and 'Excellent' for location and interiors.

We recently spent a week in Saule cottage - Les Limonieres and would recommend it to anybody. The setting is gorgeous, the accommodation superb and the Crawfords were the perfect hosts, always going that extra mile to make sure we had everything we needed.

In terms of travelling with a young child it was about as stress free as it could have been. This was due to the fact that the cottage was so well equipped and stocked with all manner of age appropriate toys/books etc. This, coupled with the play barn, swings, slide, trampoline, chickens and ample space meant that there was never a dull moment for our little girl (18 months old). Amelie and Isabella were fantastic playmates too and made Eve's first holiday one to remember. Thank you!


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 Limornières is situated up on a flat plain and is so rural we saw perhaps two cars or a tractor a day, because of this ideal positioning our daughter could take her scooter and scoot safely off ahead each day as my husband and I took a walk, you could easily see or hear any traffic approaching, but as said, there really wasn't any. In the evenings my husband and I could happily sit and finish our supper whilst our daughter went off to play in the play barn lit with twinkling fairy lights; we would have to literally carry her off to bed most nights.

Les Limornières is within an easy 30 min -1 hour's drive of most of the major Loire chateâus, this visit we went to Château du Rivau and Villandry, both perfect for a little girl who dreams of becoming a warrior princess. We also paid a visit to the Château and museum in Le Grand Pressigny, again our daughter loved it and the views of the surrounding countryside are breathtaking. Sunday there's a good farmer's market in Descartes and Thursday a smaller market in Le Grand Pressigny. We also enjoyed a great Sunday lunch at the hotel in Le Grand Pressigny and are looking forward to trying 'Grand Ma's' next visit. More great lunches were to be had at La Giraudière in Villandry, and Les Gueules Noires in Vouvray, which was followed by some tasting and purchasing of some great Vouvray wines.

If you're looking for a wonderful, relaxing family holiday where all your children's needs have been catered for then les Limornières is for you. Stay at the gîte or go site seeing, it's a winner all round!

Excellent accomodation in a superb location. Very baby friendly for our toddler (2,5years) and baby (11months) whilst being adult friendly too. Highly recommend. Superb hosts.

great place, owners lovely..and fab food if you dont feel like cooking ..even better a cosy little bar on site.... happy days!

Very nice spot - helpful and friendly owners, beautiful garden, very relaxing location.

We were really impressed with how easy Alex and Nicole have made it to get away as a family for a holiday. Everything we needed for our one year old had been thought of. The site is beautiful and the location is a great base from which to begin exploring the surrounding villages and chateaux.

This was the first time time we used a baby friendly property and we would definitely repeat the experience. We have been on holiday with our toddler before but this was the first occasion that my husband and I felt like we'd had a holiday. Nicole and Alex were so welcoming and had thought of everything. Loads of age appropriate toys and some great suggestions of places to visit. I especially enjoyed Nicole's home cooked meals, just delicious and a real treat not to cook.

Everything that you could want for your baby or toddler is provided for here - just bring things you need for the journey and pack light! Superb child-friendly environment - the smallholding itself has chickens, flowers and interest a-plenty as well as all the toys, and the farms around are also a source of wonder to smaller children. Hosts Nicole and Alex are supremely helpful and their suggested itineraries, along with the wealth of information about local sites and attractions provided in the gites, can really help you make the most of even a short break.

Lovely, romantic getaway from the hustle and bustle of London. Situated in a location where you can hide away or explore to your hearts content. Kids loved it!

We really enjoyed our stay and the boys had plenty to do. Great welcome and hospitality.

We; me, my husband and our 6-year-old daughter, stayed in Saule gite for 7 nights in July. We arrived on a Sunday evening and really appreciated the welcome pack of food left in the fridge for us; cafetiere coffee, proper milk (not UHT!) eggs from the resident chickens, peaches, tomatoes, wine. The garden is very large and beautiful; chickens, herbs, flowers, vegetables, lots of green lawn for playing, swings, trampoline. And a very cute kitten! The setting is so quiet, surrounded by farmland, but a 5 min drive to the village which has a boulangerie, post office, bookshop/newsagents, little supermarket, butcher and weekly market, church, restaurants, bars, plus a fantastic prehistoric museum which has an interactive festival annually. Really helpful info folder in the gite with advice on local produce, places to see etc. We visited Loches, medieval town, a chateau (many chateaux in this region) open air pool in Descartes. Nicole and Alex are lovely, and always helpful. The gite is well equipped with dvd player and dvds for kids and adults if it rains, loads of kids' books and indoor toys. A barn full of outdoor toys including bikes, dressing up box, boules, pogo stick, frisbee, balls. Rest days in the gite and garden were lovely. Well equipped kitchen with full sized dishwasher and plenty of tea towels provided. Weather was very warm yet the gite stayed cool and dark enough for my daughter to sleep at 7pm with the blackout blinds on the windows. Lovely private outdoor eating area. Also a large dining table in a communal area. It would be great fun to rent all 3 gites with friends and/ or family and use this area for suppers. We will be back!

This is a really 'chilled out' location. You can easily spend lazy days at the Gite, relaxing in the garden. Great fun for little ones. Very quiet location. Masses of toys, books, DVDs and outdoor toys. We loved it. The owners are on site, and pass by occasionally for a friendly chat, but are far from intrusive, makes for perfect holiday.

Parent Rated*

5/5
  • Overall Experience
  • Child-Friendliness
  • Location
  • Hospitality / Welcome
  • Interiors

*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 15 guests.



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