Self-Catering accommodation in the Southern Loire area of central France.
Patience and Dave Brown
- English, French
About Patience and Dave Brown
Our lives in England were very different from the life we now lead in France. Patience was a stay at home mum and Dave was a Primary School Headteacher. When Dave retired, at the end of December 2014 we moved to France and have thoroughly enjoyed preparing the traditional and characteristic French cottages at La Richardiere for our guests. We have found the French people extremely welcoming and this has enabled us to carry on with our interests. Dave is a practicing musician and accomplished at playing traditional Fiddle music from England, Scotland, Ireland and the USA and Patience sings in the local Choir and is developing her creative skills in the local pottery. We have also developed a close connection with the local Primary School where we teach English on a Friday afternoon.
Patience and Dave Brown purchased this Cottage in 2014
Why Patience and Dave Brown chose Le Petit-Pressigny
When we first visited La Richardière we instantly fell in love with the beauty of the buildings and the tranquility of the surrounding countryside. We have been visiting the area for a number of years and find it both a fascinating and relaxing place to be. As well as offering much for visitors, both regular and occasional, there is a vibrant community around the region and a plethora of local events celebrating food, wine, folklore and tradition to enjoy and participate in.
What makes this Cottage unique
The warm mellow stone of the buildings, the intriguing charm of the stone archways in the courtyard, the stunning willow draped over the pond all framed by the wide lawns and rural views provide an immediate sense of distance from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. La Richardière can provide both a comfortable base from which to explore the Loire or simply a quiet and relaxing hideaway.
Book the whole property for larger families.
Minimum age of primary renter:18
We ask all guests to respect the privacy of guests staying in our other Gites and to maintain the calmness and tranquillity of the property.
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
Fantastic gite with delightful grounds
We stayed for a week in Le Martinet. The gite was very well equipped and very comfortable. David and Patience live on site and were on hand to sort out any problems - not that there were any and to provide excellent tourist information and restaurant recommendations. The grounds are delightful, lots of things to do such as a boules, a swimming pool that was spotless and lots of quiet seating areas and some lovely gardens with tables and chairs to picnic at. We had the opportunity to listen to David play the fiddle with his band and to hear Patience sing with her choir whilst sitting with a glass of wine in hand and gazing out over the French countryside made this a memorable evening. We are looking to return as we had such a lovely time. We would recommend this destination to families and people without families as there really is something for everyone. If you like dogs then Rollo and Flora will charm you too - they don't come in the gites and are incredibly well behaved around the guests - and are always there to welcome you home and chase a stone.
Peaceful 23rd July -30th July
Our week long stay was amazing. The gite (le martinet) was very comfortable with everything needed for a self cater holiday. Patience and Dave were extremely welcoming and full of life and vigour for their home and this part of France. Nothing was too much hassle for them... Including ringing around every local restaurant to find one open to accommodate us for a Sunday evening meal.
The pool area is peaceful with plenty of sunbeds and other pool accessories to keep 2 grown men occupied!!
There is a dog- Rollo- who was the star attraction for us. He was adorable and well behaved.
My only downside to the cottage was we couldn't have the window to the upstairs bedroom open during the night (it was very hot) as the Mosquitos seem to enjoy the taste of me. It would've been great to have had mozzie screens over the windows that could be pulled down at night. Please don't let this bother you if you're thinking of booking.... This place is one of the best we've stayed in.
We're glad you enjoyed your stay with us. It is such a peaceful place. We're sorry you had problems with the heat. We have fans available and mosquito repellants. Guests just need to let us know and we will happily provide these items.
Very Nice Cottage, clean and nicely decorated. In a quiet surroundings and a lot of room around the cottage. Nice heated pool. 1 seperate bedroom downstairs and 1 bedroom upstairs. We enjoyed our stay very much. Very nice English owners.
Thank you. We enjoyed your visit.
An idyllic rural retreat-thoroughly recommend!
Lovely comfy and clean gite. Really thoughtful welcome basket with fresh eggs and bread included. Touches of luxury such as Neals Yard organic products and crisp white linen. Really friendly, approachable and knowledgeable owners. Brilliantly stocked gite with everything we needed in kitchen and own bbq in garden area. DVD, Tele and WiFi all working perfectly. Whole farmhouse and grounds really well kept and clean. Definitely recommend.
La Richardiere is well-placed for visitors wishing to soak up the beauty and heritage of the Loire region. As well as numerous pretty villages within a few minutes drive of our location, we also have many historic towns within easy reach.
Loches is a pretty, vibrant town just 25 minutes from La Richardière. The Logis Royal, which dates back to the Renaissance, overlooks the town from its hilltop position and is well worth a visit. On Wednesday mornings the historic town centre is filled by one of the loveliest markets in the Touraine.
Also, close at hand, is the town of Descartes. Birthplace of the famous philosopher and mathematician Rene Descartes. There is a museum dedicated to him in the very house in which he was born. For outdoor activities, visit the Parc de Loisir where you will find a park for smaller children, mini golf, several petanque courts, the local outdoor swimming pool, pretty gardens and the Canoe-Kayak club.
For those who enjoy the great outdoors, the area is criss-crossed with many kilometres of footpaths through countryside and forest and cycle routes which follow the banks of the rivers Loire and Indre. La Richardière is also just a few kilometres away from the Brenne Natural Parc. Dotted with over one thousand lakes this is an exceptional location for both bird and plant life and home to wild boar, roe and red deer. There is much to do within the Parc area including walking, cycling, watersports at Bellebouche lake, bird and wildlife watching.
Throughout the region there are chateaux great and small within easy reach of La Richardiere. Both Amboise and Chenonceau are fascinating for day visits and, through the summer months, stage dramatic and engaging 'son et lumiere' shows in the evenings. A visit to Chateau du Chinon can be combined with a visit to the vibrant market held by the riverbanks on Thursdays. Chateau du Rivau is enchanting for adults and children alike whilst Villandry boasts exceptionally beautiful gardens. This is but a sample of the many Chateaus you may choose to visit.
In complete contrast to the opulent chateaux are the fascinating cave dwellings which can be visited at 'La Vallee Troglodytique des Goupillieres' between Tours and Chinon and at the 'Ethni'Cite', St.Remy-sur-Creuse, close to Descartes.
Further attractions to occupy all the family can be found at the Zoo Parc Beauval, Futuroscope (just outside Poitier) and in the regional capital of Tours.