|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
We offer a spacious self-catering accommodation perfect for couples in a 17th century historically important townhouse, 'Maison-des-Chevaliers.' Yet almost everything is outside your door; walk to cafés, shops, restaurants, banks, bakeries, pharmacie and a lively and colorful weekly farmer’s market.
Location: Loudun, close to Chinon, Tours area, Centre-Loire Valley (a UNESCO World heritage Site), France, Europe (nearby Chateaux & vineyards of the Loire). The furthest sites are no more than 1.5 to 2 hours away.
Accommodation: Part of our townhouse; upstairs, a superb, tastefully-furnished and well-equipped self-catering apartment : the bedroom has a large high quality bed, firm and new with fine linens, sitting room with comfortable sofa and armchairs, bathroom has a large modern shower and the kitchen is very well-equipped. On request additional sleeping accommodation available in adjacent studio for two adults or single person. There is a Broadband Internet ADSL connection and WiFi in the apartment as well.
You will enjoy the peace of this quiet town situated out of the crowded main roads and easy to park your car, all parkings are free of charge in Loudun. This is why so many guests from around the world have come to stay with us and find it hard to leave. Though the 'Maison-des-Chevaliers' is located in the very center of the old town, it is surprisingly tranquil, guests can relax in the large walled garden or enjoy their meals in the private patio garden.
Loudun is a pleasant town of 8,000 with ancient streets and five officially recognized historic monuments. Visited, but not overly-touristed, it is well situated for visiting the chateaux and vineyards of the region. Loudun is near Chinon, Saumur and Fontevraud (a royally-sponsored abbey complex associated with the Plantagenets). Please go to our website for more information about places to visit.
This old 15th/16th century house has recently undergone a major and thoughtful renovation. We incorporated high end improvements, especially in the kitchen and bathroom, yet preserved the essential original historic features of the house. A sundial that forms an integral part of the restored façade which overlooks the garden, bears the date of 1663. A massive restoration was made at that time by the owner; the Counselor and the Attorney General of the King Louis XIII and the King's Public Prosecutor of Loudun.
To-day, the English-speaking owners (Swedish/French couple who returned to the area after retiring) live in the main part of the house. If you wish, we can offer advice on any aspect of your holiday. Or, if you prefer, we can leave you in peace to explore the area in your own way.
Steps from your car is the apartment's private entrance. Walking up via the tower and the restored 350-years old stone staircase (just 16 steps), you enter the apartment's large and comfortably furnished sitting room and dining area. The fully-equipped kitchen is adjacent. The sitting room and the bedroom each have an exquisite original fireplace and are furnished with antiques. The very large, light and airy bedroom with it's south facing windows overlook the walled garden, the adjoining park and the rooftops of the old town. Guests are welcome to use the garden, garden furniture.
We have strived to provide not just the typical 'self-catering' or 'gîte' minimal accommodations, but to provide something like the 'comforts of home'.
For more information please visit our website.
We lacked for nothing in this beautiful apartment. Incredibly well equipped with everything one could need, our apartment was spacious and lovely with beautiful antiques. For those of us who need to be connected 24/7, the wi fi was very fast and never let us down. We were close to restaurants in town, yet secluded behind a medieval wall, with a gorgeous garden. The owners, Elice and Jean Louis could not have been more gracious or generous. We loved our week here, and visited many chateaus in the Loire but were always very happy to come “home” every evening.
Superb location in a small town with several good restaurants and markets. A secluded and very attractive walled garden ensure privacy and peace. we used this as a base to explore the Loire and its many Chateaux. The roads were uncluttered and we found the distances easily covered.
Elice and Jean-Louise were excellent hosts. Nothing was too much trouble and they shared their fresh garden produce with us. The apartment was exquisite with original antiques and was the most comprehensively equiped rented property we have ever rented.
We are looking forward to our next visit - hopefully in 2013.
We give this apartment the highest possible recomendation.
The description of the apartment and accolades from other visitors are accurate. This is a gem, mostly because of the graciousness of the hosts, Elice and Jean-Louis Martin. They were available for consultation, advice, and suggestions, whether local restaurants or sights. The apartment is large and sunny, and overlooks a charming garden which was lovely even during our entire week of rain. (The Wifi worked well.)
Loudun is picturesque, but it is a bit of a haul to various sights such as Angers, Saumur, Fontevraud, Chenonceau and Chinon. You definitely need a car. However if you go a different route each time, you see lovely aspects of rural and historical France and may discover something wonderful.
'Twas great fun to go up a twisting tower stairway every day and know that Cardinal Richelieu used to own it!
When we arrived in Loudun, France for our 4 week vacation we immediately felt the kindness of Elice and John-Louis. Our cosy apartment was "wonderfully" French and we had everything we needed at our fingertips. Each morning we were able to walk to the local bakery and purchase delicious bread and croissants. This beautiful historic apartment was the perfect get-away from the hustle and bustle of our fast pace American life. This was a vacation that we will never forget and we consider ourselves very lucky to have experienced the joy of French life. We hope to return someday soon. Without a doubt we recommended this highly!
Jean-Louis and Elice were the most interesting and cordial hosts imaginable and made our first trip to the French country a wonderful experience. The accomodations were spacious and the town of Loudon and surrounding chateaus were hard to leave. From flea markets in Chinon to vineyards in Saumur, there is a lot of history and beauty everywhere.
I was a guest here for the month of March 2011. I have had so many wonderful experiences with VRBO properties, but I must say that this experience was the best by far. I absolutely enjoyed the company of Elice and Jean-Louis, they are truly wonderful people who are very knowledgeable about the area and its history. The apartment where I stayed was fully functional, quiet, and comfortable. The townhouse is located in the lovely town of Loudun, with wonderful history itself. I found it very close to the grocery store, gas station, bank, bakeries (very important!) and the town center which includes restaurants, brasseries, banks, pharmacies, etc. More importantly, the great location allowed me to spend the time I needed at many of the Chateaux in the area including, Chinon, Saumur, Montreuil-Bellay, Langeais, Oiron, Amboise, Azay-Le-Rideau, Usse, and Villandry. Others like Blois, Chambord, Chaumont, Amboise, and Chenonceau are not too far away. This was one of the most relaxing vacations I have taken, and it is in great part due to the wonderful hosts, the beautiful location, the town and the distance from the hustle and bustle of Paris. I highly recommend that you take the time to visit and enjoy this great place. A few helpful hints, (1) it is best to have a car to really get the best out of the area (2) there are many wonderful small towns and villages in the area with events and markets, I highly recommend getting the scoop from Elice and Jean-Louis, it will really enhance your visit (3) there is excellent internet service there, but if you need Wi-Fi, then you should bring a small access point (dlink or airport express worked fine) (4) if you forget something, I found Amazon.fr to be very convenient with quick delivery to the area and (5) Xoom.com is currently their preferred method of payment, I used it with no problems and used my bank routing number to transfer payment. That seemed to make a difference in the smoothness and safety of the transaction, also there was no fee charged for that type of transfer.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
|Refundable Damage Deposit||€150|
Notice that the lettings for the Apartment is Saturday to Saturday (7 nights).
For the Studio apartment the changeover day is flexible, we accept split of week or short breaks (min. 4 nights) from Euros 70/night for that accommodation, please contact the owner for rate and availabiliy.
On booking 25%, remaining 75% to be paid 8 weeks prior to commencement of rental period. In addition a refundable deposit for EUR 150 to cover loss or damage, payable 8 weeks prior to the rental period. We accept payment in Euros by Credit Cards through PayPal.
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