|Space||250 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
A once in a lifetime troglodyte experience.
'The Paquerie' is an exclusive and renovated 19 century vineyard style country house 4 km from Amboise situated in a 2 acre wooded park with a panoramic view of the Loire Valley. Therese and Brian (Retired Airline Pilot) propose to accommodate you in a beautifully renovated independent room built into the limestone cliff in their courtyard.
Breakfast is included and is taken inside the house or on the terrace overlooking the Loire Valley. The house presents you with a subtle mixture of antique European and Asian furniture, Asian artifacts and modern paintings and photos - all reflecting the extensive travels of Brian and Therese.
For those who love calm and elegance this will be a delightful, peaceful experience that emphasizes nature and quality of life. Your private terrace enables you to relax in complete privacy. Your welcome is assured all year round, as this cave-bedroom remains cool in the heat of summer and snug with central heating in winter.
This accommodation is designed for two people. An additional bed can be added at €40 extra cost. The guests should ensure that, by requesting the additional bed, they accept the additional limitations on space and convenience.
Amboise is famous for its royal chateau and the 'Clos Luce', the home of Leonardo de Vinci. We are a short drive from all the renowned chateaux of the Loire Valley and you can visit local markets, charming villages or participate in wine tasting.
PILOTS. The Loire Valley is an ideal stopover for visiting foreign pilots. Land at Amboise/Dierre (LFEF) and Brian, an experienced pilot, will ensure that all your tourist and aviation needs are satisfied.
The Loire Valley is well known for its numerous chateaux, quality wines and delicious food and also for its caves; that is, its 'troglodyte' history. Excavation for the stone ('tuffeau') for the construction of chateaux resulted in numerous caves some of which are still used for habitation.
There are no cooking facilities in your room; However, tea/coffee making facilities are provided.
Access by car from Paris via the A10 auto route, by high-speed train (TGV) from Paris or Charles de Gaulle Airport or by air (RyanAir) is without difficulty. English is spoken.
Renting a car is necessary so as to have access to Amboise (4 km) and also to visit the numerous tourist features of the Loire Valley. Convenient car rental is available at the TGV station in Tours (St Pierre des Corps). Our GPS coordinates are N47 26' 57.2' and E001 00' 52.5'.
Preferred guest arrival time is 5PM or later. However, an earlier arrival is certainly possible. An email or courtesy phone call to Therese +33 (0)2 4730 1041 is all that is required.
Guests comments are the confirming proof of our quality. Unsolicited comments can be found on this site and also - Europe Amboise Paquerie.
Keywords: Independent Gite
Therese is your charming English speaking French hostess. She and her Australian born husband Brian have restored this wine growers cottage that originally belonged to Therese's parents. Brian, a retired airline Captain, shares his love of photography and aviation with guests. Therese, a graphic artist and painter, charms you with her accent, her attention and the refined house decor that reflects their worldwide travels. Guests may visit her painting atelier.
Brian and Therese MORGAN purchased this estate in 1985
This B&B is located in Therese's and Brian's home. Its charm lies in its view over the Loire Valley, its peacefulness, its completely independent nature and the fact that it is in a cave ! The location is close to all Loire Valley attractions but far enough away from the town of Amboise to ensure a quiet, peaceful holiday. Access by road, train or airline is easy and uncomplicated.
Brian and Therese are convinced that 'satisfy the client' is the only principle that will ensure that their guests will enjoy their stay and that this principle will also provide them personally with the satisfaction of being international hosts. From their world travels they have an understanding of the travelers needs - his problems and concerns. Unlike other B&B's Brian will offer you an additional free service of helping you in the planning and organization of your holiday. Unconditional help is available at no charge.
Dear Brian and Therese. This has been such a delightful and memorable two days in the Loire valley. Thank you for opening up your lovely home to us and providing us with such warm hospitality, intellectual conversation, delicious cuisine and helpfulness, not only with directions but also with our automobile as well. You could not have made it any nicer; We enjoyed every minute.
God bless you both.
Brian and Therese were outstanding hosts for our two night stay I the Loire Valley. The first morning we had to leave early to meet a tour and Therese put together breakfast for us to eat in the room. The second morning we got to enjoy breakfast in Brian and Therese's home. The food was delicious (homemade jam a star) and the conversation was great.
The accommodation is literally in a cave carved out of the limestone bluff. The room is very large with a queen bed and an extra twin which we used for our luggage. There is also a table with two chairs. The decor is unique with a lot of pieces from Brian and Therese's world experiences, especially from Asia.
The en-suite bathroom is fantastic. Uniquely carved out niches for a huge shower, toilet room, sink area (w/ mini-fridge). Everything we needed was provided.
The Loire Valley is beautiful and wish we could have spent more time. We did visit Villandry and also saw Chambord, Cheverny, and Chenenceau on a day long guided tour.
Definitely recommend this fantastic B&B experience.
We stayed here for 4nights and thoroughly enjoyed the cave experience. Terese was very friendly and welcoming upon our arrival. She is a wonderful host and nothing was to much trouble. Whether suggesting places to visit or local restaurants. The cave is unique,comfortable and very clean. The location is central to all the places of interest in the area. We enjoyed sitting on the patio looking across the valley below after a day out sightseeing . It was a pleasure chatting to Brian who is a wealth of information. We would highly reccommend staying here.
On a passé un très bon moment dans la grotte de Brian et Therese. Leur gîte de passant est bien tranquille, confortable et très charment. Proche (vous aurez besoin d'un voiture) à des châteaux de la Loire et les caves de Vouvray. Si vous cherchez un endroit unique, spécial et charmant, visitez eux !
We chose to go to the Loire Valley above other options after our initial email exchange with Brian. We were not only intrigued by the idea of having a room carved into rock, but Brian provided a wealth of local knowledge that helped us plan our trip. We spent four lovely days in the Touraine region of the Loire Valley - this was such an unexpected discovery. Thanks to Thérèse we visited villages and restaurants that are hidden gems and found out more about the fascinating troglodyte history. We not only managed to avoid tourist clichés, but we slept wobderfully, had delicious food, developed a taste for aged Cabernet Franc and met some people who are passionate about what they do and their region. Thérèse makes a delicious breakfast with lovely personal touches such as home-made jam which we loved.
We highly recommended you visit this region, and this beautiful home and it's charming hosts, will make this a visit to remember.
We had the pleasure of staying at La Paquerie for 2 nights. The place is unique, comfortable and romantic – but more about that later. The highlight of our entire trip to France was spending time with the owners Brian and Therese. To give you an idea of how impressed we were, on the second day we decided to spend our time talking to them instead of visiting Chambord! Brian is a retired 747 pilot, decorated by the Queen of England for his services. He is also an accomplished photographer and a master gardener, among many other talents (Leonardo da Vinci would be proud!). Therese is an accomplished painter, potter and poet. She has held exhibitions of her work, some at the invitation of the ambassador of France. Both have lived in many countries around the world and have a wealth of amazing life experiences.
Both Brian and Therese were very hospitable. When we arrived, our room was ready, with the heater already turned on such that the room was comfortable. They walked us through the room and showed us how to use various amenities. Since it was Sunday and late, they called a restaurant for us to make sure we will get the dinner before they close. Therese also ensured that there was someone at the restaurant that spoke English, and that they would be able to make gluten-free (for my wife) and vegetarian food (for me).
The cave room is very comfortable. We slept really well, probably because the thick walls made is very quiet, and the bed was quite comfy. Based on our emailed preferences, Therese had tea bags and hot-chocolate for us in the room. They provide bathrobes and slippers. (Do ask them the story on how they got that huge wardrobe inside that room!).
The breakfasts were simply amazing! With the classical music playing in the background, the breakfast was served with great presentation. Therese found gluten-free croissant and French bread, that was a very pleasant surprise. We had her homemade delicious fruit jams, OJ, tea/hot chocolate, fruit salad, muesli, yogurt, etc.
Brian shared some great photography tips when he realized I was interested in photography (e.g. how to automatically remove tourists from pictures such that the photo looks like it was taken when nobody was around). They shared a lot of information on the area, and were genuinely interested in making sure we had a great time.
We made 2 new friends, and were sad to leave their company. We will definitely be back!
We recently stayed at La Paquerie and enjoyed impeccable hospitality from owners Brian and Therese Morgan. The "cave room" was a quaint, peaceful departure from our previous days in Paris, providing a welcome respite and thankfully more room to spread out than a Paris hotel room typically provides. It felt like our own personal apartment. The area was peaceful, with the only sound in the mornings being the birds chirping. The room was appointed with Brian and Therese's belongings from their world travels. The bathroom was also nice, with a large shower, tea service, and even a welcome towel warmer/dryer. There is a twin bed available in addition to the queen bed, and three people would easily be as comfortable staying in the room as two. The surroundings provide lovely gardens and a beautiful view of the valley. Therese provided a delicious breakfast each morning in their home, and both hosts were delightful companions and hosts in terms of conversation. They have such interesting backgrounds and were also interested in us as guests. It felt like we were immediate friends in for a visit. Both English and French are spoken by the hosts, so communication was not an issue at all.
Both Brian and Therese were ready with restaurant and sightseeing suggestions and directions to anywhere we wanted to go. Brian also helped monitor a potential train strike that might have hindered our getting back to Paris and was ready to help us secure alternative train tickets if necessary. He also skillfully repaired a broken pair of sunglasses.
Excellent service and hospitality is hard to come by these days. I fully intend to visit La Paquerie again in the future and catch up with our new friends. Don't hesitate to book these accommodations and get to know the wonderful hosts! Merci boucoup, Brian and Therese!
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Cleaning Fee €20
Cancellation Policy: Cancellation prior to 30 days before reservation date - complete refund of deposit. Cancellation between 30 days prior to and before the reservation date invokes loss of refund.
OUR B&B IS CLOSED DURING DEC, JAN and FEB
Nearby Chateaux - Amboise,Azay-Le-Rideau,Blois,Cheverny,Loches ,Chenonceaux,Chambord,Chaumont,Villandry.
Boat trips on the Loire or Cher rivers.
Bicycle rental, tours.
Extensive official walking paths visiting points of interest.