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As gite newbies, and seeking somewhere for a stopover en route to Bordeaux with car and two bikes, we thought this fitted the bill after checking that we would be able to keep the bikes somewhere safe. We ended up booking three nights so as to have an opportunity to get a first taste of the Loire Valley for a possible future holiday.
In fact the stay exceeded our expectations in so many ways, and we may well return to this very place one day.
Our compact gite was perfect for a couple, consisting of an open plan living area with a separate bedroom and a spacious en-suite shower room, all very nicely done. The gite can accommodate an extra two in the living room but it is really meant for two.
There is a table and chairs outside and you can help yourself to a barbecue.
There is also a laundry room adjoining, where games and tourist information can be found. This facility is shared with a second, larger gite with three bedrooms and sleeping up to 10 (four in bunk beds). For a larger group, renting both gites seemed a very enticing prospect.
The gites have use of the owners' spacious, attractive and completely enclosed gardens, in which several play facilities have also been laid on.
We visited Villandry (famous for its kitchen garden) and Clos de Lucé, the house where Leonardo da Vinci spent his final years, and spent a lovely day cycling along the Loire, where cyclists are really well catered for.
So all in all, much more than a mere stopover, with Lucie's gite providing a perfect venue for our short stay, but in which we could happily have spent several more days.
Everything we needed was provided, a bubbly treat awaited us on arrival, and the double bed was very comfortable.
Charming property with good facilities. Excellent location for visiting chateaux in the area but lovely and quiet for relaxing too. Very good value. The only slight downside is no WiFi connection in the property itself you have to go to the winery just across the road for a connection