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Charming Cosy Carriage House Near Chenonceau and Amboise, Loire Valley

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Last updated: 04/14/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Amboise house description

Experience the charm of a French small town in a 19th century village house which used to be the stable for the nearby Belvedere. Stay in 'a town in the country', everything is within walking distance, shops as well as river banks and countryside. There are the best butchers, bakers and pastry shops! Located 10 minutes from Amboise - by car - one of the most visited cities in France, recently listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

A separate entrance - from a cobblestone yard - takes you to your French nest.

Although you can cook at home, meals are a special treat in the area! You can help yourself from twice-weekly open-air market and local shops.

Free public parking is available just nearby.

Many of our guets find it easier to travel to the Loire Valley by train and hire a car at Saint Pierre des Corps station where you have high speed trains (TGV) from Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport.

Keywords: Walk across the former cart barn and discover 'La Chevalerie', hidden from the street,self-catering 19th century village house, with a private cobbelstone yard, quiet, sunny.Just walk to shops, market and restaurants or have meals in the yard.
What a luxury : walk to the baker's - a stone throw! - to buy fresh baguette and croissants in the morning

Property Type

  • 30 m²
  • House
  • 1 story

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 2-5

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Toaster
          • Kitchen
          • Refrigerator
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Child's Highchair
          • Dining
          • Coffee Maker


          • Parking
          • Hair Dryer
          • Towels Provided
          • Washing Machine
          • Iron & Board

          Other Amenities

              • Private chef can be reserved in advance


              • Books
              • CD Player
              • Stereo


                  Pool & Spa

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Outdoor Grill
                      • Kayak / Canoe


                      • Tourist Attractions
                      • Historic
                      • Budget


                          • Necessary


                          • Laundromat
                          • Groceries
                          • Tennis
                          • Medical Services
                          • ATM/Bank
                          • Shopping
                          • Sight Seeing
                          • Fitness Center
                          • Boating
                          • Water Skiing
                          • Cycling
                          • Hot Air Ballooning
                          • Kayaking
                          • Golf
                          • Fishing
                          • Hiking
                          • Swimming
                          • Hunting
                          • Horseback Riding
                          • Restaurants
                          • Theme Parks
                          • Museums
                          • Zoo
                          • Winery Tours
                          • Botanical Garden
                          • Arboretum
                          • Ruins
                          • Churches
                          • Antiquing
                          • Walking
                          • Wildlife Viewing
                          • Miniature Golf
                          • Scenic Drives
                          • Health/Beauty Spa
                          • Cinemas
                          • Outlet Shopping
                          • Bird Watching

                          Other Activities

                              • On request:airplane flights over the famous chateaux.Possible to organize hot air ballons flights Dominique can help you for your visits as she really knows the area. She can also tell about restaurants and wine tasting...moreless


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                              • Our stay in La Chevalerie

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                                Our stay in La Chevalerie

                                • Guest Laurence and Maureen B.
                                • Date of stay 10/09/12
                                • Review Submitted 10/28/13
                                Writing to thank you for our stay in the cottage We enjoyed our week's stay in the cottage. Bléré, isn't a tourist hot-spot but is none the worse for that - it is actually a rather pleasant small town and turned out to be very conveniently located. Chenonceaux and Amboise are 10mins away and Loches, an interesting old town, is a little more distant, but well worth visiting, particularly on market day. The new A85 motorway running East/West, just to the South of Bléré, now makes Tours and chateaux such as Villandry and Azay-le-Rideau + quite a few more on that far side of the city, very easy to visit. It was useful to have Dominique's restaurant recommendations and we enjoyed the somewhat upmarket La Boulaye a few miles away (a somewhat complicated menu and they only do set meals, but these are very good and not overpriced - when we were there it wasn't open Mondays and Tuesdays - see their entertaining website ). Also liked the simple but very pleasant La Sarrazin créperie, just round the corner from the cottage . The nearby Logis menu, in the same price bracket as La Boulaye, looks interesting and Dominique said that it is good, but we didn't actually go there. We did however buy some award winning wines from the local cave - Domaine de la Grange. I'm something of a railway enthusiast, but wasn't anticipating any preserved railways around here. After a few days and beginning to feel withdrawal symptoms, I noticed in the Michelin Green Guide of the Area, that there are actually 7 Chemins de Fer Touristique in the Loire region, though at least a couple - Sarthe and Pithiviers are some distance away. We also picked up a leaflet from the Bléré tourist office about another line, the 'Du Bas Berry', not mentioned in the green guide. It turned out to be a delightful rural line, about 50mins away by car, based at Ecueille. We missed the last steam train of the year, due to taking a wrong turning, but managed to see the train at the other end and on its return. This railway is one of the few examples left, of what was once a large network of metre gauge narrow gauge lines all over France (and indeed there were similar networks over much of Europe). Laurence and Maureen Barton - Epping Forest area - East London. Writing to thank you for o

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                              • Excellent location for chateau visits

                                Excellent location for chateau visits

                                • Guest Damian (Sydney Australia)
                                • Date of stay 06/13/13
                                • Review Submitted 06/30/13
                                Our family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children age 6 and 11) stayed in La Chevalerie for 5 nights in June 2013. We were met by Dominique at the door, and she was very helpful with explanations and suggestions. The cottage suited us well, and had most things we needed, such as washing machine, microwave, dishwasher, and all necessary utensils. In some ways the property is a bit quirky, but that added to the fun. The photos on the website represented it well. Blere is a good town as a base for exploring the region. It has a few restaurants, a good supermarket. The cottage was quiet, yet right in the middle of town. Our hosts (nect door) were accommodating, and even allowed us to use their computer when we had trouble with ours. Inside la Chevalerie is a steep staircase, which might not suit elderly people. Having 2 bathrooms was a real plus. Overall I would recommend staying there for a family like ours exploring chateau country. Also, Dominique speakes very good English.

                                Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, families with young children.

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                                • Guest Logan and Kovacs
                                • Date of stay 04/26/13
                                • Review Submitted 05/03/13
                                Our stay in this house has been very good. After each busy day of visiting chateaux and wandering through medieval towns it was nice to come "home" and relax knowing we had hot water and comfy beds. Our favourite chateaux were Chenonceau, Azay le Rideau and Cheverny. Thank you Dominique for excellent restaurant recommandations: la Doucette and la Sarrasine, and wine tasting at Bruno's Domaine de la Grange. Bléré is a pretty little town and central to all wanted to do. Thank you John, Penny, Tom and Heather from Canada

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                              • Very comfortable and quaint

                                Very comfortable and quaint

                                • Guest Robyn (Melbourne, Australia)
                                • Date of stay 09/20/12
                                • Review Submitted 10/19/12
                                Our family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids, aged 13 and 15) stayed at La Chevalerie for 5 nights on our recent holiday in France. The property was very comfortable, with 2 good sized bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, and a spacious living area, although the kitchen was quite small. The location was fantastic - very central to many sights in the Loire Valley, and we spent a lovely day riding bikes around Blere and to Chateaux de Chenonceau. We also swam in the local public pool, a short walk from La Chevalerie. There was a good boulangerie nearby as well as a couple of supermarches in walking distance as well. The only parking for this property is on the street, but it was not difficult to find a spot each day. La Chevalerie is a nice, private, quiet place to stay that is recommended for anyone exploring the Loire Valley.

                                Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sightseeing, tourists without a car, families with young children.

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                              • Perfect in Every Way

                                Perfect in Every Way

                                • Guest Veronica (Toronto, Canada)
                                • Date of stay 04/02/12
                                • Review Submitted 04/09/12
                                What a delightful surprise to find not only the charm of a historic Carriage House AND modern comfort as well. It's located in the center of Blere a charming historic town, yet totally private with it's own courtyard. My husband and I enjoyed the luxury of a very spacious house and warm furnishings. A family could easily enjoy a good measure of privacy here with room to play. We'd enthusiastically recommend this listing for numerous reasons. We loved the house, the historic town, our hosts, numerous, delicious restaurants, and proximity to most chateaux, Chenonceau, the crown jewel of the Loire is very close by. The outdoor markets featured numerous stands with friendly vendors selling their local fare. We regaled in the season's new white asparagus, and scurried back to our Carriage House with the bounty of the market...roasted chicken, white asparagus, sausages, salads, wine, and cheese! oh the cheese! Fabulous! A spring lunch on our private terrace was definitely a highlight of our stay. Dominique, our charming hostess next door, was generous with her knowledge of the history of the environs and shared the secrets of out of the way places that would not otherwise be known to travelers. We felt like locals. French for a week! We're already making plans for a return visit. Thanks Dominique, for helping make our stay memorable!

                                Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sightseeing, people with disabilities, tourists without a car, pet owners, adventure seekers, families with young children, age 55+.

                                Owner response: We are so happy you enjoyed your stay in Bléré and wish you a great trip in France. We hope to see you again, warm regards

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                              Rental basis: Per property
                              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                              spring time
                              Apr 1 - Jun 27, 2014
                              3 night min stay

                              High season
                              Jun 28 - Sep 5, 2014
                              7 night min stay

                              Sep 6 - Nov 30, 2014
                              3 night min stay

                              My Standard Rate
                              3 night min stay

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                              • Refundable Damage Deposit €500
                              • Taxes Not included


                              Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed

                              Linen : 10€/person 2hours final cleaning: included

                              Heating is not included

                              A 25% deposit is required to confirm your booking, final payment either on arrival - cash- or before via VRBO or Paypal, you'll be charged half of their commission

                              Damage deposit has to be cash in €, dollars, or any currency we accept or via VRBO online payment

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                              Last updated: 04/14/2014
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                              • Nearest Airport: Tours at 30 Kilometres
                              • Nearest Train: Blere - La Croix ,Amboise , Saint Pierre des corps at 3 Kilometres
                              • Nearest Motorway: A85, exit 11& A10 exit18 at 4 Kilometres
                              • Nearest Barpub: several at 300 Metres
                              • Nearest Golf: La Carte or Ballan Mire at 30 Kilometres
                              • Nearest Restaurant: several at 300 Metres

                              Owner info

                              Year Purchased: 1958

                              About the owner: Dominique, after a busy life in Paris, a former flight attendant has moved to the next door family house in Bléré. She is a prominent member at the local tourist office, speaks English fluently, and will be delighted to help you in the planning and organization of your holiday.

                              Why the Owner Chose Amboise:
                              Best location in the Loire Valley: major famous chateaux and points of interests, vineyards, villages within 10 minutes drive and 1 hour. The river banks - Cher - are down our street ( 300 meters ) Restaurants are within walking distance.

                              The Unique Benefits at this House:
                              Stay 'downtown' Blere and and feel you are in the country.It's so quiet!

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                              Speaks: english, spanish



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                              Date last modified - Tuesday, March 04, 2014

                              €79 - €150 per night (EUR)

                              2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                              Sleeps 5

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                              Minimum stay: 3-7 nights
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