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Charming cosy Carriage House near Chenonceau and Amboise, Loire Valley

People6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

About the property

80 square meters quiet house, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-5)

Experience the charm of a French small town in a 19th century village house which used to be the stable for the nearby Belvedere. Stay in 'a town in the country', everything is within walking distance, shops as well as river banks and countryside. There are the best butchers, bakers and pastry shops! Located 10 minutes from Amboise - by car - one of the most visited cities in France, recently listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

A separate entrance - from a cobblestone yard - takes you to your French nest.

Although you can cook at home, meals are a special treat in the area! You can help yourself from twice-weekly open-air market and local shops.

Private parking

Many of our guets find it easier to travel to the Loire Valley by train and hire a car at Saint Pierre des Corps station where you have high speed trains (TGV) from Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport.

Keywords: Step in from the parking and discover 'La Chevalerie', hidden from the street,self-catering 19th century village house, with a private cobbelstone yard, quiet, sunny.Just walk to shops, market and restaurants or have meals in the yard.

What a luxury : walk to the baker's - a stone throw! - to buy fresh baguette and croissants in the morning

Public heated swimming pool in the village: 10minutes away

NEW! English and other languages TV channels

More Details

Owner
Dominique Guillemot
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
16 November, 2017

About Dominique Guillemot

Dominique, after a busy life in Paris, a former flight attendant has moved to the next door family house in Bléré. She is a prominent member at the local tourist office, speaks English fluently, and will be delighted to help you in the planning and organization of your holiday.

Dominique Guillemot purchased this house in 1958

Why Dominique Guillemot chose Bléré

Best location in the Loire Valley: major famous chateaux and points of interests, vineyards, villages within 10 minutes drive and 1 hour.

The river banks - Cher - are down our street ( 300 meters )

Restaurants are within walking distance.

Multi languages TV

What makes this house unique

Stay 'downtown' Blere and and feel you are in the country.It's so quiet!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Writing to thank you for our stay in the cottage











We enjoyed our week's stay in the cottage. Bléré, isn't a tourist hot-spot

but is none the worse for that - it is actually a rather pleasant small town

and turned out to be very conveniently located. Chenonceaux and Amboise are

10mins away and Loches, an interesting old town, is a little more distant,

but well worth visiting, particularly on market day. The new A85 motorway

running East/West, just to the South of Bléré, now makes Tours and chateaux

such as Villandry and Azay-le-Rideau + quite a few more on that far side of

the city, very easy to visit.







It was useful to have Dominique's restaurant recommendations and we enjoyed

the somewhat upmarket La Boulaye a few miles away (a somewhat complicated

menu and they only do set meals, but these are very good and not overpriced

- when we were there it wasn't open Mondays and Tuesdays - see their

entertaining website http://laboulaye.fr/ ). Also liked the simple but

very pleasant La Sarrazin créperie, just round the corner from the cottage

. The nearby Logis menu, in the same price bracket as La Boulaye, looks

interesting and Dominique said that it is good, but we didn't actually go

there. We did however buy some award winning wines from the local cave -

Domaine de la Grange.







I'm something of a railway enthusiast, but wasn't anticipating any preserved

railways around here. After a few days and beginning to feel withdrawal

symptoms, I noticed in the Michelin Green Guide of the Area, that there are

actually 7 Chemins de Fer Touristique in the Loire region, though at least a

couple - Sarthe and Pithiviers are some distance away. We also picked up a

leaflet from the Bléré tourist office about another line, the 'Du Bas

Berry', not mentioned in the green guide. It turned out to be a delightful

rural line, about 50mins away by car, based at Ecueille. We missed the last

steam train of the year, due to taking a wrong turning, but managed to see

the train at the other end and on its return. This railway is one of the

few examples left, of what was once a large network of metre gauge narrow

gauge lines all over France (and indeed there were similar networks over

much of Europe).







Laurence and Maureen Barton - Epping Forest area - East London.



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Oct 2012
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Location

Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Tours
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
several
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
La Carte or Ballan Mire
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Blere - La Croix ,Amboise , Saint Pierre des corps
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
A85, exit 11& A10 exit18
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
several
Car: necessary

Possible to organize hot air ballons flights

Dominique can help you for your visits as she really knows the area. She can also tell about restaurants and wine tasting

Massages are available on the spot( previous booking)

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Bléré in Indre-et-Loire

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • House rule: in the house
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
Theme:
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1), Bunk Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes:
Private chef can be reserved in advance

Reviews

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Charming cosy Carriage House near Chenonceau and Amboise, Loire Valley
average rating of 4.6 based on 17 reviews
5

Nice property, super location, designated parking place for our rental car.

  • 5 of 5

Dominique Guillemot, owner, lives nextdoor. Dominique provided helpful info about Blere, shopping, visiting chateaus, good places to eat. Blere is the perfect place to stay - everything (banks, bakeries, butchers, grocery stores, etc.) is a 5 minute walk for the property. Not many tourists in this town. We enjoyed going out for fresh bread and bakery items every morning. We forgot one of our IPADs when we departed at the end of the week stay. Dominique knew we were going to stop at a museum in Amboise on the trip to Paris. She drove to Ambiose to make sure we had the missing IPAD.

We would stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely visit in a quaint town and a well appointed home.

  • 4 of 5

Our family had a very pleasant time in the Loire-Cher area staying at this carriage house in Blere. The location is lovely. Our host was welcoming and helpful and the home was clean and had everything we needed. The only thing that I would recommend improving is the internet signal, which doesn't reach some of the rooms.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Very comfortable cottage in the heart of chateaux country

  • 5 of 5

This villa is very comfortable and convenient. Dominique is a helpful host who speaks English very well and can guide you in your chateau and winery choices. The kitchen is very well furnished and the beds comfortable. Please note the 2 bedrooms are upstairs with one bath up and one bath down, both with showers. There is a washing machine and products to use for laundry. We really enjoyed the private courtyard with seating and the off-street parking. The village has all you need including banks, bakeries and grocery in walking distance. The town is located on the Cher river with walking/biking paths very nearby. We will definitely return to this property.

  • Review Submitted: 26-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming home in Blere

  • 4 of 5

We recently stayed in this charming home in Blere for 4 nights. We enjoyed our stay and the home was very well stocked with everything we could need and very clean. Dominique was very accomodating and even picked us up in Tours after we had to return our car early. It was a great location for visiting the chateaus and the beautiful towns of the Loire. We would definitely recommend this house to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location for visiting Loire chateaux

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay at the Chevalerie. We found that the property matched the listing description. It was clean, well-maintained and spacious for our family of four (two adults and two children, aged 12 and 10). We found it to be very quiet -- we didn't hear any road noise. We were able to use one of the two parking spaces adjacent to the property that the hosts reserve for their guests.

The kitchen is small and is minimally equipped (I'd recommend bringing a sharp knife or two from home if you plan to cook), but we knew from the listing what to expect. We weren't planning to prepare meals from scratch during our visit, and the kitchen was fine for reheating foods from the wonderful boucherie one block over. It met our needs for our stay. Everything was in good working order.

The bedrooms were cheerfully decorated and spacious, and the beds were comfortable.

One evening we went for a lovely stroll along the river, which is just a 5-minute walk from the property. We watched some fly fishermen fishing in the river and saw a number of families enjoying a riverside playground.

The property made an excellent home base for our excursions to several of the chateaux in the region. When we were visiting in May, we felt like we were the only tourists staying in Bléré (unlike the chateaux, which were packed with visitors like us). We loved being able to walk down the street to the boulangerie for our morning baguettes and to the boucherie. By the end of our four-day stay, I was starting to feel almost like a local at the shops (aside from my terrible French accent, of course!). Staying at the Chevalerie gave us a nice taste of small-town life in France.

We would definitely recommend this property to anyone looking for a comfortable, quiet home base from which to explore the Loire Valley.

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review which will give a good idea of La Chevalerie to future guests. I'm so happy you enjoyed your stay here. Sorry for the "sharp" knife, there used to be one, I shall check!
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Four Australian seniors

  • 4 of 5

This property is in an excellent position to visit the many Chateaux and wineries in this area. The cottage is very comfortable for two couples with two bathrooms and very spacious bedrooms with comfortable beds.The stairs could be a problem for less able people. The courtyard is a delight on warm evenings. To be able to walk to the village in two minutes for banking, fresh bread and meals is perfect. Car parking is available off street. The owner is next door and very helpful welcoming us with a bottle of local wine. We had a most enjoyable comfortable stay.

  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Bléré, Centre

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Autumn
2 Sep 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
£376
for 4 nights
£625
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£544
for 4 nights
From
£125
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £446.12
cleaning & linen £44.61

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed 2hours final cleaning: included
Heating is not included

A deposit is required to confirm your booking, final payment either on arrival - cash- or before via VRBO or Paypal, you'll be charged half of their commission
Damage deposit has to be cash in €, dollars, or any currency we accept or via VRBO online payment

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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