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Child-Friendly Village House on the Loir River

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Last updated: 04/30/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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DESCRIPTION:
Settle into this cozy gîte, a two-story village house, as your home base to explore the Loire Valley as well as to discover the unique treasures of Trôo, a troglodyte (cave-dweller) village built into the hillside. Gîtes (self-catering homes) are great: you enjoy having a whole house to come home to after touring instead of a single bedroom in a hotel or bed and breakfast.
Downstairs of this semi-detached house consists of a large kitchen with dining area and a living room with French doors that open onto our private enclosed flagstone patio that borders the scenic trail along the river. You will find the washer and dryer in the kitchen as well as all the equipment, utensils, and cookware needed for cooking great meals. The sofa in the living room converts to a comfortable fold-out bed which can accommodate two children or two small adults. Upstairs has two bedrooms with double beds and a bathroom with shower, tub, toilet, bidet, sink, and an electric towel warmer. The towel warmer doubles as a heater or ventilator depending on your needs. Linens are provided.

Unique Benefits:

Fine dining available just a few steps away at Restaurant du Cheval Blanc

Four more restaurants within walking distance, including one on the river with live music

Tourist office and postal service a short walk down the street

Easy on-street and off-street parking

Ten-minute drive to the shops, swimming pool, excellent outdoor market and supermarkets in Montoire

Comfortable driving distance to major chateaux

Bullet train (TGV: 42-minute ride to Paris) just 15 miles away

Tranquil view and promenade along the river

Fenced patio and grassy walkway beyond are safe places for children to play

Old stone house stays cool in summer

Close to historic ruins, troglodyte caves, and artist studios in Trôo

Short walk across the bridge to stroll along sunflower fields and pastureland with cows grazing

3-minute walk to a park with playground and Pétanque court (also called boules or Bocce Ball)

Short walk to the small train station with its authentic 1950s train that runs between Trôo and Thoré-la-Rochette on weekends

Close to small chateaux and historic sites in nearby towns

Excellent location for walking, hiking, bird watching, and fishing

CONVENIENCE OF LOCATION:
Located in the historical village of Trôo at the foot of its picturesque troglodyte hillside, you find yourself in the Center Region, heartland of France, where nearby sites of interest include: Montoire-sur-le-Loir with its outdoor market, its interactive museum of musical instruments and the frescoed chapel where Ronsard was deacon; Remarkable Plessis gardens of Sasnières; Vendôme with its pedestrian shopping street, magnificent gardens, and its flamboyant gothic Cathedral de la Trinité and the major city of Tours only 26 miles away. The quaint village of Trôo itself is an intriguing place to explore.
Driving times to some points of interest: Montoire-sur-le-Loir – 5 minutes; Vendôme – 15 minutes; Tours – 25 minutes; Paris – 2 ½ hours by car or 42 minutes by TGV train. Nearest airport: Tours. Nearest TGV train stations: Vendôme-Villiers and St. Pierre des Corps. Rental cars are available at these train stations and at the airport.

ACTIVITIES:
Visitors come from all over the world to see this remarkable village built into, not on, the limestone hill which dominates the Loir Valley. As you climb up and around the hillside to explore its winding paths and extraordinary modern cave-homes, visit the art galleries and the stained- glass shop as well as La Cave du Vigneron for wine tasting, then stop for a coffee at the Café de la Terrasse where you can find first editions of French books. For those who might enjoy a day or more of fishing, you can fish from the edge of our garden or anywhere along the Loir River. Get details from owner on tackle and fishing license. Bring your boules with you or buy some in town to play on the Pétanque (also called Bocce Ball) court in the park just a short distance from the house. Take advantage of the European tradition of an evening stroll on the Promenade along the river. Follow the trail along the river to dine outdoors with live music at Guinguette des Iles restaurant or relax on the patio of your vacation home with a glass of wine and French bread with delicious French cheese after a day of exploring. You will hear nightingales singing in the evening as you sip your wine. Did I mention that this is a great area for bird watchers?

FUN FOR KIDS – on the other side of the bridge from our parking lot you will find a park with a children’s’ playground. They can also play with model trains upstairs at the Trôo train station when it is open. In August a carnival with rides and a merry-go-round comes to Montoire.

EATING: There are five excellent restaurants in Trôo: the Cheval Blanc, for example, is only a few steps away from the house.
In addition to the outdoor farmers’ market twice a week, there are two major supermarkets in Montoire (3 miles from Trôo) as well as small shops such as butcher shops and bakeries. You may want to cook your own gourmet meals or put together picnics from bakeries and Charcuteries (delicatessens) in Montoire as well as from the Montoire outdoor market for inexpensive ready-made meals to eat on your patio.

TOURING INFORMATION
The owners enjoy writing notes for you tailored to your needs – do not hesitate to mention your specific interests. If you don’t have any knowledge of French, a phrase book will be useful for touring our region. Brochures on tourist sites are available for your use in the coffee table drawers of your vacation house.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS
Trôo music festival in June: Trôo comes alive with the sound of music as you wend your way up the zigzag paths (ruelles) around the hillside. All the cave homes are lit up as different bands, choirs, soloists, and chamber orchestras play in various caves and monuments as well as on every corner and French horn players patrol the entire site majestically announcing the arrival of summer. If you are lucky, you may find the cave with the Troglodidges playing their Australian instruments called Didgeridoos.

THE CHATEAUX
You do not have time to visit all the châteaux (there are more than three hundred in the valley) so I have written an article for our renters that suggests which ones are especially important, in what order it is most convenient to visit them, and a little of the history which I find particularly interesting for each one.
The Loire Valley, spanning 280 kilometres (170 miles), is located in the middle stretch of the Loire River in central France. It is referred to as the Cradle of the French Language, and the Garden of France due to the abundance of vineyards, fruit orchards, artichoke, asparagus and cherry fields which line the banks of the river. Notable for its historic towns, architecture and wines, the valley has been inhabited since the Middle Paleolithic period. In Gallo-Roman times Trôo was a major city and in the 12th century it was an important fortified town which came under the rule of Henry II of England with Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine.

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Property Type

  • Townhome
  • 700 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Must be over 25 years of age....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double

    Large closet with drawers and full length mirrors....moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

    Wardrobe, small chest of drawers, view of river....moreless

  • Convertible bed(s): 1 sleep sofa /futon

    A very comfortable fold-out sofa in living room sleeps 2. ...moreless

  • Double Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet

    Also sink and towel warmer/ventilator....moreless

Other Amenities

  • A Pétanque (also called boules or Bocce) court is located a short distance away in the park across the bridge....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Bookshelf with books available for swapping....moreless

  • CD Player
  • Video Library:

    A complete video and audio rental library is located in Montoire-sur-le-Loir for a small fee....moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Monument View:

    Troglodyte hillside, Medieval church and mill across the river...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Garden is on the banks of the Loir River with fishing from the edge possible. Feeding ducks and swans from garden is a favorite pastime....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining:

    2nd teak table with chairs in sitting room....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Includes a sofa which opens up into a double bed, an easy chair and a table with 4 chairs....moreless

  • Parking:

    Easy parking on street....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Free public parking lot 1/2 block down the street...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    This is a combination washer/dryer....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wireless internet connection is available....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Includes a ceramic 'insert' which acts to prevent heat from going up the chimney....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Simple Melita filter type...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Rice cooker, frying pans and pots of various sizes....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Serving dishes, plates, cups and glasses as well as utensils for 5-6 people....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Large kitchen with space for dining as well as cooking. Oak table with leaf to expand if desired. 8 chairs available. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    Salt, pepper, and sugar in cupboards as well as other staples such as oil and vinegar. Broom closet with cleaning products and excellent vacuum cleaner....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Refrigerator with big freezer compartment...moreless

  • Stove:

    Cooktop with 3 gas burners and 1 electric burner....moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Boat:

    Kayaks and kayak lessons available in Montoire....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Flagstone terrace with table and chairs....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Grassy lot next to river for meditation/ watching the ducks and swans....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Simple charcoal grill....moreless

  • Tennis:

    Tennis courts next to the town hall....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Public swimming pool is available closeby in Montoire-sur-le-Loir....moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mid-season
May 1 - Jun 30, 2015
3 night min stay
$94
$595
Summer 2015
Jul 1 - Sep 20, 2015
5 night min stay
$109
$693

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Fall 2015
Sep 21 - Nov 8, 2015
3 night min stay
$95
$602

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
$109
$693

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning $65
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Taxes Not included

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If booking overlaps two seasons, the higher rate will apply.

60-day notice is required for full refund of the first payment minus a $25 processing fee.

Refundable security deposit of $200 and cleaning fee of $65 are payable 30 days before arrival along with remaining 50% of rental cost.


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Location

26 Miles
Nearest Airport
Tours
0.2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Auberge St. Catherine
12 Miles
Nearest Train
Vendome/Villiers TGV
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
N10
Troo
Nearest Restaurant
Hotel/Restaurant du Cheval Blanc

Car: Necessary

Chateau touring

Folkloric musical instruments museum in nearby Montoire

Bocce Ball court in nearby park

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1994

About the owner: I fell in love with the verdant Loire Valley with its rivers, beautiful chateaux and exceptional food and wine when I was an American student in France. It was obviously the favorite place of French kings and aristocrats over the centuries as evidenced by their many vacation homes (the chateaux) dotting the landscape. My opportunity to go back to visit this charming region came when my husband and I visited our daughter in Paris where she was studying for a year abroad.

Why the Owner Chose Troo:
We hope you will be charmed as my husband and I were by the scenery, delicious food and wine when we visited some friends in Montoire-sur-le-Loir on the northern edge of the Loire Valley. This property’s lovely location with a garden right on the Loir River in the small village of Trôo enticed us to buy it.

The Unique Benefits at this Townhome:
Being in the middle of town has its advantages: we go for a walk every day along the river or by the nearby farms and sometimes climb the hill to see spectacular views of the valley and have a coffee at the Cafe de la Terrace. We love going for lunch or dinner to the bistro on the islands just a short walk down the promenade where they have live music on Saturday and Sunday evening. You can walk across the bridge with your children to the playground on the other side of the river or feed the ducks from the edge of our garden. You will find that this restored stone house doesn’t need air-conditioning in summer because the massive stone walls keep the house cool. We return every year to be delighted by the tranquil view of the river and explore new restaurants and places to go in Trôo and the surrounding area. We are in town, and yet in the country. It’s fun to walk along the Loir River to the Brocantes (flea markets) or to the little train depot with its model trains upstairs and the authentic 1950s tourist train which runs between Thoré la Rochette and Trôo. July and August are especially beautiful when the fields of sunflowers around Trôo are all in bloom. August is also the time of the world-class music festival in Montoire.


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Speaks: english, french, kiswahili

 

Photos

  • Old Stone Village House in Val de Loir

    Old Stone Village House in Val de Loir

  • Kitchen with side door, fridge and microwave

    Kitchen with side door, fridge and microwave

  • Living room sofa that opens into a comfortable double bed

    Living room sofa that opens into a comfortable double bed

  • Spacious closet in front bedroom with halogen lamp, streetside French windows

    Spacious closet in front bedroom with halogen lamp, streetside French windows

  • Street in front of house

    Street in front of house

  • Back bedroom: small chest of drawers, radiator and view of river

    Back bedroom: small chest of drawers, radiator and view of river

  • Bathroom towel warmer  ventilates or heats room as well as warms towels

    Bathroom towel warmer ventilates or heats room as well as warms towels

  • Promenade along the river behind our terrace leads to café on the islands

    Promenade along the river behind our terrace leads to café on the islands

  • Park in St. Jacques with picnic tables, playground, and pétanque court

    Park in St. Jacques with picnic tables, playground, and pétanque court

  • Trôo Town Hall (La Mairie) where you go for help and advice

    Trôo Town Hall (La Mairie) where you go for help and advice

  • Montoire-sur-le-Loir church and market square view from grandstand

    Montoire-sur-le-Loir church and market square view from grandstand

  • Montoire-sur-le-Loir bridge and castle ruins at end of street

    Montoire-sur-le-Loir bridge and castle ruins at end of street

  • Riverside garden

    Riverside garden

  • Living Room Fireplace with insert to direct heat into the room for cool evenings

    Living Room Fireplace with insert to direct heat into the room for cool evenings

  • Front bedroom with hardwood floors, antique headboard and box innersprings

    Front bedroom with hardwood floors, antique headboard and box innersprings

  • Armoire and mirror in front bedroom

    Armoire and mirror in front bedroom

  • Back bedroom with European style comfortable bed and wardrobe

    Back bedroom with European style comfortable bed and wardrobe

  • Amazing Green Bathroom: tub with shower, bidet, toilet and wash basin

    Amazing Green Bathroom: tub with shower, bidet, toilet and wash basin

  • Flagstone terrace is great for dining, reading, or listening to  nightingales

    Flagstone terrace is great for dining, reading, or listening to nightingales

  • Follow the promenade and  cross the bridge to the café Guignette des Isles

    Follow the promenade and cross the bridge to the café Guignette des Isles

  • Hotel/Restaurant du Cheval Blanc for fine dining a half-block from vacation home

    Hotel/Restaurant du Cheval Blanc for fine dining a half-block from vacation home

  • Trôo 12th Century Church

    Trôo 12th Century Church

  • Montoire interactive museum of folk instruments donated by festival musicians

    Montoire interactive museum of folk instruments donated by festival musicians

  • Chambord, hunting lodge of kings; ladies watched hunt from roof

    Chambord, hunting lodge of kings; ladies watched hunt from roof

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