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Elegant Traditional Merchant's House, With 4br Sleeps 10 Near The Loire Chateaux

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10

La Vallee is a charming French holiday home set in a national park conservation area in the serene village of Rille in the Loire Valley. A traditional merchant's home - with a lake and forest less than a mile away (with restaurant, bike and kayak hire) - is ideally located a short drive from the beautiful chateau town of Saumur, the idyllic medieval fortress town of Chinon, and the cosmopolitan cities of Tours and Angers. The chateau at Gizeux and vineyards at Bourgueil are just minutes drive away among other attractions too numerous to list.

This lovely French home features on the first floor a large eat-in kitchen, half bath, double salon with fireplace (FreeSat TV with American programs in English, DVD, CD/Ipod), and formal dining room. The second floor features the 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms [one ensuite], and shower room. Here you'll enjoy the large master bedroom with its own sitting room offering, additionally, a pull-out trundle bed for two (perfect for young children), and en suite bathroom. The three remaining bedrooms offer comfortable, private space for two persons each.

The fully enclosed garden that surrounds the house features lovely magnolia trees. The very large rear garden offers a spacious lawn for games, activities, and bar-b-queing and swing set for the kids! There is a patio next to the house with table and chairs to take in the fresh air. It is a very quiet and private space to enjoy!

Off the patio is a large garage where you can store your bikes and other gear. At the back of the garage you can find laundry utilities as well as games for the outdoors.

Surrounded by forests and fields, the house is just 3 minutes drive (20 minutes walk) from the recreational lake at Rille. The beautiful lake is divided between leisure activities and quieter pursuits such as fishing and bird watching - there are nature 'hides' at the lake. There is a restaurant/bar and small shop and bicycle, kayak, and pedalo hires are available. There are cycling routes throughout this beautifully, picturesque region. Also, there are miniature trains that wind through the forest around the lake which the kids will enjoy - even the grown up kids! The other lake at Homme also offers recreational opportunities and is just 5 minutes drive.

There is a supermarket about five minutes drive in Savigne-sur-Lathan which is open 7 days a week offering an extensive selection of delicious French food products. Savigne also offers a pharmacy and medical services, a boulangerie (that's the bakery shop - daily fresh French breads and pastries you dream about), a bank, bar tabac, and restaurant - with several other restaurants in local villages close by. Enjoy a much recommended meal at nearby Homme - 'Le Bouftard' - featuring excellent, traditional French cuisine or 'Blanche Hermine', a charming eatery in Langeais right in the shadow of its famous chateau, offering delicious dinner and dessert crepes. But you will find an array of eating possibilities in towns all around this comfortable home and if you need a quick fix of French bread, right around the corner is - as only the French could conceive - a French bread vending machine, replenished daily! Mon dieu!

About 20 minutes drive is the beautiful medieval town of Chinon with its winding streets, fortress-castle (where Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine called home and where Joan of Arc visited the Dauphine), and restaurants and bars surrounding the ancient square for memorable al fresco dining.

5 minutes drive from the house is the quixotic Chateau at Gizeux, still owned by the family and featuring beautifully painted wooden panel walls and frescos. 35 minutes drive is the popular chateau town of Saumur with its huge fortress and Roman remains. Located on the river Loire, this larger market town features no end of restaurants and shopping amenities. The Troglodyte Caves (cliffside homes carved into the ancient limestone) which are still occupied are all around this area including the troglodyte farm of Rochmenier (a must to see!). And if you fancy some wine tasting, the famous wine growing region of St Nicholas de Borgeuil is twenty minutes drive. You could also consider trips to Futuroscope, the zoo at La Fleche, and the large cosmopolitan cities of Tours and Angers. Really, there are more chateaux than you can shake a stick at; after all it is the Loire Valley - the playground of French royalty! And for a little American history, Benjamin Franklin traveled these roads on his way to Paris during the Revolutionary War! He enjoyed the scenery too...

Each day can be an adventure as you visit the various chateaux and sites of the Loire valley. Visit the exquisite gardens of the Chateau Villandry, or the chateau Usse where Malificent put a beauty to sleep. And down the road, you'll find Azay-le-Rideau, a chateau of grace and charm surrounded by a lovely lake. One can take a day trip to Amboise and its chateau and chapel (the final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci). Chenonceau is a must see chateau built on arches over the river Cher and is only a few miles from Amboise. The penultimate royal chateau of Francis Ist, Chambord, needs the day to fully enjoy, it's that big. By-the-way, Francis only lived in it for two weeks! You'll be able to enjoy these places during the quiet time of the weekdays. Within an hours drive are Candes-St. Martin (where St Martin of Tours founded a church and died), Breze (a chateau built on a troglodyte fortress with its underground passageways), Clare-les-Pins, Le Lude, Chaumont, Loches, and other towns and chateaux of interest. Both Angers and Tours offer much to do and see including their respective cathedrals. A week is not enough, but you can always return!

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Owner/Property Manager
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2018


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • 1 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming


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(5 traveller reviews)

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Elegant Traditional Merchant's House, With 4br Sleeps 10 Near The Loire Chateaux
average rating of 4.0 based on 5 reviews

This house smells musty/damp when you go in and is generally shabby. The garden is very overgrown.

  • 1 of 5

We stayed for 5 nights in this house.

When we arrived we were apprehensive about the property, due to the overgrown front garden and peeling front door. The rear garden was also overgrown and the lawn knee-high in dandelions, which meant that our children could not play football on it.

The house smelt very musty and damp when we went in. There were damp patches on the ceiling of the blue lounge room and peeling plaster in the hall and kitchen.

We were relieved when we went upstairs to find that the bedrooms were light and well presented.(these are the only rooms that the owners have renovated). However, there were damp patches, a hole in the main bathroom ceiling and the window in the main bedroom was broken so could not be opened, making the room was very hot.

The caretaker called by on our 3rd day to cut the grass and we told her our concerns and she suggested that we mention them to the owner, which we have done.. She did apologise about the grass but explained that she had been very busy!!

We have stayed in many holiday properties in the UK, France, Spain, Portugal and America and have never stayed in a property in such need of repair. The owner mentioned in an email one day before we were leaving for holiday, that the garden and house were 'in transition', however we had already booked and paid for the house by then. Clearly, this house is being rented out prematurely and we would not have booked if we had known the true facts about it. We feel as though we have been mislead and paid a premium rate to stay in a shabby substandard property.

I would not recommend this property in its current state.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were unaware that our caretakers did not mow the lawn prior to the visit and were ourselves upset. We have made sure that this never happens again. The house had all new beds and bedroom furniture as well as new dishes and kitchenware. We have upgraded the house since their stay so that it also has air conditioning as well as a new roof. The house was closed up and it does take awhile for the the air to refresh it, our hope is that the addition of air conditioning as well as the new roof will alleviate this problem going forward. The garden is a wonderful space though it is not a formal garden. We are continually making sure that it is improved and are planning to make more improvement this coming April. Again we were upset that the lawn was not mowed- this was for us a problem. We are also planning to have WiFi installed by late spring as well as adding a dryer and more improvements. We are always working to make sure the home is a place where one can relax and have a wonderful vacation.
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Très bien

  • 5 of 5

Nous étions 7 adultes. Nous avons passés un séjour très agréable. Le salon est très confortable, encore plus avec le feu de cheminée. Les chambres sont également très bien. La literie est bonne. La cuisine est bien équipée. La personne qui s’occupe de remettre les clés est très arrangeante. Nous recommandons.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Maison de campagne très agréable.

  • 4 of 5

Nous avons passé les fêtes en famille. Rien a manqué, la maison est très bien équipée. La cheminée permet de réunir tout le monde autour du foyer. Merci au propriétaire et à la dame qui s'occupe des clefs elle a été très disponible.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Au top !

  • 5 of 5

Tres belle ancienne maison. La balancoire pour les enfants appreciable. Nous souhaitions nous reposer et la mission est accomplie. Le propriétaire est charmant et saura vous donner les bons plans.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Très agréable - Very pleasant

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé quelques jours en hiver dans cette maison. Elle est très confortable. Les chambres sont spacieuses et les lits confortables. La plus grande chambre est vraiment très agréable. Nous étions 6 adultes et 3 enfants.

Il y a 1 grande chambre avec un lit double et un canapé lit pour 1 personne) ainsi que la possibilité de faire coucher encore des enfants au sol ou dans le lit parapluie fourni. Les autres chambres sont plus petites mais très agréables avec une armoire dans chacune (1 chambre double et 2 chambre avec 2 lits individuels). Nous avons particulièrement apprécié les deux espaces dans le salon, cela permet de faire un espace enfant et un espace adulte. La maison est conviviale. Les personnes qui y passent semblent toutes laisser quelque chose pour la cuisine ou le salon... On a pu garer 3 voitures dans l'allée. Nous n'avons pas profité du jardin car la météo ne s'y prêtait pas mais il y a beaucoup de choses à voir alentour.

Seul petit bémol peut-être: la maison est un peu vieille mais pour nous c'était plutôt une qualité...

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Train
19 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Rille is in the heart of the Loire valley where many of France's famous chateaus are located including Villandry, Usse, Langais and Azay-le-Rideau and many more. The market town of Saumur is a short drive as is the Fortress home of Henry II and Eleanor. One can also visit the town of Candes where St Martin of Tours died.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Rillé, Centre

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
26 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
1 Jun 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
29 Jun 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £179.42
Linens and change over £57.42

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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