self catering 2 bedrooms sleeps 5 in the Loire Valley (minimum 2 nights)
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Why Jane chose Saint-Aignan
Le Petite Boutique is a house full of history and character, and the town of St Aignan is full of cultural and historic features well worth a visit. The area is also home to International festivals such as Bd boum, Rendez vous de l'histoire, Jazz in Cheverny and Montlouis, Classical Music festivals at Chambord and Pontlevoy, Equestrian events at Lamotte Beuvron.
What makes this Cottage unique
This house is a medieval village store that has been converted keeping many original features, illustrated in a couple of photos on the walls. The living room, which is the first room you walk into, has cosy, rounded walls.. There are dog footprints cast into the red quarry tiles...
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You had fantastic weather - autumn colours on the vineyards and grape harvest, and fresh walnuts, did you taste some fresh bernache? (the first stage of wine- making, lightly fermented grape juice) and the low sun is great for photographing the Chateaux. Hope you had a good journey home.
Great location, pretty old town on the Cher and comfortable stay!
We've had a good week and for sure St Aignan has proven to be a central location for exploring this part of the Loire-Cher region. The town and the gite have had all we needed - watching the market set up this morning- literally on the doorstep - and then listening to locals meeting, greeting and doing their shopping has been a great way to end our stay. As everyone else who has stayed here has commented, the boulangerie/patisserie just around the corner is exceptional!
We ate dinner in the town at Le Huit. The daily menu at 23 euros for 3 courses was a bargain for a delicious meal.
We've been out and about each day, lots of chateaux visiting (of course) - Chenonceau, Chambord, Villandy and Clos Luce all recommended. Amboise and Tours both have lovely mediaeval squares and buildings, but we recommend taking the train to Tours, parking for free at Noyer sur Cher. The Abbey at Fontevraud is a bit of a drive but worth it to pay respects to Richard the Lionheart and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine.
The weather has been kind for the time of the year, but much of the tourist activities (apart from visiting the chateaux themselves) have come to an end.
We return home reluctantly, but with great memories of our time here.
There are a surprising number of châteaux and sites that stay open now all year round, and the autumn colours throughout the vineyards and the forests are stunning at this time of year. For anybody wishing to arrive by train, there is a bus service to and from the town centre to the train station (Noyer St Aignan).
Very pretty traditional French house
The house is well equipped. Situated centrally for local restaurants, shops and bars. ST Aignan-Sur-Cher is a delightful town on the banks of the Cher. There are several good restaurants in the town and we ate at most of them. Not one bad meal which is a bonus. The town is perfect for traveling to the many chateaux along the Cher and surrounding areas.
Highlights were the Zoo Parc at Beauval 10 minutes from the Town. Allow a full day as there is so very much to see and do. Amboise, the Chateau Royal and the home of Leonardo da Vinci, Montresor Chateau and the riverboat tour under Chateaux Chenonceaux. No shortage of things to do, just time to do it all.
The only down side was the bed and bedding at the house. It was 40 degrees and the mattress protector was plastic, the fitted sheet didn't and there was a warning that using other bedding would result in a charge.
There was a curtain in the bathroom which finished about a foot above the bottom of the window which was next to the toilet and opening to a restaurant next door. Nothing worse than someone catching your eye at that moment.
Other than that the sofas were comfy, there is a washing machine and dishwasher which is handy. There was a welcoming bottle of wine. Thank you.
We did have some exceptionally hot weather, so bought fans for each room, and closing the shutters each day keeps the house cool. We do like to keep the mattresses clean and new with cotton-sided impermeable protection, it is such a shame you never contacted me because of course we are at your disposal to provide different bedding if you need to change it. The replacement blinds are now installed in the bathroom. I'm glad you enjoyed the zoo, the "Equestrian Show" at Chambord, and Semblançay and Valençay sound and light shows are worth a visit.
Perfect home in a perfect village
La PetiteBoutique's position on the village square in the picture postcard village of St Aignan is ideal. It is a quintessential beautiful French village. We had 2 of our grandchildren with us and felt completely safe sending them off in the morning to buy fresh croissants at the nearby baker.
Jane met us on our arrival, and made us feel very welcome. She has very cleverly renovated her lovely cottage,to provide comfort and style.
We had everything we could need, and everything was scrupulously clean and well maintained.
Thanks Jane we would love to come again.
Quaint town and great setting
We enjoyed staying at La Petite Boutique. The property was quite unique and it suited our purposes very well. We enjoyed being right on the little square and the property was close to most of the chateaus and other sites we wished to visit including a trip to the Vouvray wine caves which was a very interesting side light. The town was beautiful with the river running by on the northern side and the parking around the town was easy to access. All in all a very good time and we would not hesitate to stay here again.
You did so much in the short time you stayed! There's so much to see, and a lot of other wines to try ... Montlouis whites (opposite Vouvray) Chinon and Bourgueil reds.... I hope time you'll come and visit us at the farm too.
Stayed for a week - all I can say is awesome owner, awesome location, awesome cottage. If you want a taste of "real" France and town life, with a good base to explore the surrounding area - you won't go wrong here. Thank you again Jane - we will be back!
it was great meeting you, do come back soon, there's plenty more to see in the area!!
The Loire Valley is the perfect example of how humans throughout time have learned to live alongside the last untamed river in Europe. The area is on the World Heritage List. St.Aignan is a small medieval town, well preserved, comprising of clusters of houses below a huge Romanesque collegiate church with its 12th century frescoes & 16th century private chateau. The town lends itself to aimless wandering through cobbled streets & alleys.You have easy access to popular ancient & historical towns. The river offers fishing, boat trips, swimming, canoeing & Jet Ski tuition. For ramblers, there are many marked pathways. Places of interest are Troglodyte Houses, world famous Beauval Zoo, Leonardo de Vinci house. Paris is an hour on the TGV making a day trip possible. For more activities there is carting, golf, 4x4 off road, rally cross, horse riding, cycling etc. The famous garden exhibits of Chaumont & Villandry, the chateaux of Chenonceau, Amboise, Chambord, to name a few, are all within easy reach
Other Activities: Canoeing, jet ski, Beauval zoo, hot air ballooning, underground town, mushroom caves.