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Built in the early 1800’s. Les Coindries is a traditional French farmstead built around a large courtyard and typical of the region. The stone buildings with their tiled roofs are set in private gardens accessed by a quiet lane and are surrounded by rolling arable land with lovely walks and cycle tracks nearby. The buildings have been carefully restored and converted to include the original oak beams and open fireplaces, plus a swimming pool and Jacuzzi. This area is perhaps the most characteristically French of all the regions with its chateaux, rolling vineyards and meandering rivers. The stunning abbey at Fontevraud is only a pleasant 30 minutes drive away. For more up-to-date entertainment, ‘Futuroscope’ is about 25km away. Les Coindries can be found 11km south of Richelieu. famous for it’s Cardinal of the same name and a further 15 minutes drive takes you to the lovely town of Chinon. Tours is about 1 hr away to the north, with Poitiers 35 minutes to the south.
La Maison Campagnarde has a large country farmhouse kitchen with a stainless range cooker, dishwasher, large larder fridge and freezer.
The living room has wonderful oak beams and a large open fireplace, and there are 4 double bedrooms, 2 with king-size beds, one double with ensuite and lounge and mezzanine bedroom, one with twin beds, plus a single pullout chair/bed.
The house has 3 bathrooms, 2 with baths and showers and one ensuite shower-room.
There is easy access to a spacious private garden and BBQ, large courtyard grounds, swimming pool (11x8 metres) and jacuzzi.
Nigel and I have lived at les Coindries for 12 years now and, with our menagerie of various animals, including 'Bevington' our pet goat, absolutely love it here. The French way of life suits us well and Nigel can enjoy his passion for guitars, cars and trains to his hearts content! I on the other hand just enjoy the relaxing way of life, the language, the people and the surroundings. C'est la vie - mais quelle vie!
wendy connah purchased this farmhouse in 1998
We bought Les Coindries in 1998 and renovated it to a very high standard over the next 4 years. The Loire valley is a beautiful area of France, with it's numerous chateaux, wonderful vineyards and classic French towns. We love the peaceful rolling countryside around our farmstead and are sure you will too.
Les Coindries is situated near Richelieu, a unique example of early 17thC architecture, created by the famous Cardinal of the same name.
It is based on a traditional farmstead built around a large courtyard and comprises 2 apartments which cater for 4 people each, a 2 bedroom gite which can sleep up to 6, and La Maison Campagnarde which is a large restored 5 bedroomed, 3 bathroomed farmhouse. There is a communal dining area in the courtyard which can be used for wining and dining together around the BBQ if desired - often with guitars and good company - making for many memorable evenings!
A warm welcome accompanied by a delightful gite gave us the first impression that Les Coindries was going to be relaxing yet fun, with the pool and garden area, and easy access to the entertaining towns of Chinon and Richelieu. The Monday night BBQ’s and the friendly residents, as well as the amazing Nigel and Wendy got us thinking that this was one of the best holidays we’ve ever had!
Excellent hosts – a little bit of heaven. Highly recommended
In April, we sat in front of the computer to book our much needed family holiday. We stumbled across the website for ‘ooh-la-loire’ and the moment we read about Bevington the goat, Mrs Chicken, Moses and the ‘Monday night get-together BBQ with Nigel on guitar – we were pretty sure this was going to be the holiday for us! How right we were!!
Thank you for making our visit so enjoyable, relaxing and fun. Your help with reservations was invaluable. We love this region and will return again to the empty roads & glorious limestone vil
My family (two teenage kids) husband, myself had a wonderful stay at out gite in the Loire. It was spacious, ultra clean and well provided for. There were no irritating lightbulbs that didn't work here! The outside terrace we had was pretty surrounded by flowers and shrubs with privacy.
The swimming pool is all one depth, and just the right size for clocking up those lengths. Its also clean and surrounded by shrubs and flowers. A perfect suntrap.
Onto the goat. He is friendly and I imagine small children would love him. There are also a couple of chickens and a lovely friendly dog who is able to open gates by himself!
The area itself is quiet and beautiful. Ideal for cycling and walking. Even with two teenagers we did not have the familiar cry of 'we're bored' The owners are also very helpful with suggestions of things to do etc, and are incredibly friendly and welcoming. Highly recommended.
Nearest seaside resort is La Rochelle about 2 hours away. The beaches on Ile de Re are beautiful and it is a well-sought-after resort for the French in summer.
Poitiers airport is 45 mins away with Tours airport being about an hour. Limoges and Nantes are 2 hours. Use of a car is recommended in this area.
The nearest village is 10 minutes walk (3 mins by car) with a boulangerie, epicerie and bar/restaurant. Richelieu is 7 mins by car and the charming town of Chinon is a leisurely 30 minutes drive through rolling hills and vineyards. The famous Fontevraud Abbey and Futuroscope are 30km away, and many wonderful chateaux are within a radius of 15 km.
Richelieu our local town, is a wonderful example of an unspoilt and largely original medieval walled city of great charm and character. The main square recently redeveloped and restored to its original 15th century style, features cafes, bars and shops. Banks and restaurants are down the little streets which lead to hidden properties straight from the days of the Cardinal who founded his domain and built the city in the early 1600’s.
The whole area is a haven and an antidote from the stresses of modern life, with few cars and many little roads to explore it is a cyclists and walkers paradise. There are many beautiful types of woodland with defined paths and easy access and a few minutes away is a splendid nature trail build on the former railway which ran from Chatellerault to Loudon.