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Sunny, Romantic, Historic Stone Cottage with Designer Garden

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Abbey Cottage's iron-work balcony and breakfast nook, seen from Sanctuary Garden

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Last updated: 09/08/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Pontlevoy cottage description

Sunny and historic, Abbey Cottage has overlooked the spires and slate rooftops of romantic Pontlevoy for almost half a millennium. Built with the rampart of Pontlevoy's magnificent 1000 year old Abbey as its back wall, Abbey Cottage is tucked into its own gated garden, just steps away from the shops, cafes, and restaurant of a quaint village where photographers, artists, design mavens and creative leaders have had second homes for centuries.

Enjoy this professor's cottage--with books in several languages to read, DVD's in abundance and a kitted out kitchen that lacks nothing you might need to cook and eat with gusto--and live the Loire valley lifestyle on a vacation you will never forget.

Explore the ancient village of Pontlevoy on foot and then expand your visit to take in the greatest chateaux of Europe--Chenonceau, Cheverny, Chambord, Blois and Amboise--via an easy bike ride or even easier car trip of 10- 15 minutes. As you hike, bike and drive through the rolling hills and vineyard landscape surrounding Pontlevoy and Abbey Cottage, find the wines you like best and bring them home to sample in your private garden or on your charming patio, as the sun lies down over the pitched roofs of Pontlevoy and another day of your holiday ends.

An international community of Francophiles will surround you on your stay, friendly enough to recognize you after a few days and likely to invite you for an appero at the charming Place du College's Cafe Le Commerce, where Julien and Carol tend bar and serve lovely lunches, while they also dole out local advice and tourist options.

Will you take home some of the local goat cheese, made in Pontlevoy and considered among the best in France? Will you picnic under The Abbey of Pontlevoy's famous cedar tree (planted in 1776), together with American, British an EU interns who come each summer to help run The Abbey and bring their own excitement and dynamism to any stay at Abbey Cottage?

Will you find the mysterious 'midnight stone' just on the edge of town, using your flashlights only, as you do what curious monks and generations of students at The Abbey have done, while you wonder about the Druid past of this stone? Will you go just through the vineyards on your bike, down toward the stately Cher River, to see the Roman settlement left behind at Thesee?

Or make market Friday in Montrichard--5 minutes by car--your goal for one morning, as you detour to the see the massive ruins of its castle overlooking the Cher River? Before returning to Abbey Cottage to ready your own appero. So that you can host some of the polyglot locals you have met at Abbey Cottage and say farewell for another year?

Locals will tell you that nowhere is it more true than in Pontelvoy that no one really leaves here, ever. They just go other places for awhile and return, later. So it is with Abbey Cottage. You who have stayed here know well enough: you have come and you return to stay again with family and friends. Inside the 500 year old stones that make it cozy here, safe, romantic and special.

Keywords: cottage, flat, villa, garden cottage, stone cottage

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Property Type

      • Cottage

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Children Welcome:

                The sleeping loft requires supervision for young children....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Considered

              Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              Other Amenities

                  • Private Garden and Patio, Only Steps from Historic Town Center, with Bakery, Cafes and Restaurants....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Books
                  • DVD Player
                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    French and International channels are provided via satellite...moreless

                  • Stereo:

                    Ipod/iphone or computer dock...moreless

                  • Television:

                    The DVD player is a multi-zone player, so feel to bring your own favorites to watch in case of rain. TV is a flat screen....moreless

                  • Video Library

                  Attractions

                  • Churches
                  • Cinemas
                  • Playground
                  • Restaurants
                  • Ruins
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Zoo

                  Local Services & Businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Groceries
                  • Medical Services

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Boating
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Location Type

                      • Monument View:

                        Abbey Cottage is right next to the historic Abbey of Pontlevoy, with a prime view of the abbey's historic turret from the cottage's balcony....moreless

                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                      • Cycling
                      • Fishing
                      • Golf
                      • Hiking
                      • Hot Air Ballooning
                      • Kayaking
                      • Tennis

                      Dining

                      • Dining:

                        Dining is at the Kitchen Island and/or the 2 person bistro table by the living room windows...moreless

                      • Dining Area
                      • Seating for 5 people

                      General

                      • Clothes Dryer:

                        Brand new dryer...moreless

                      • Covered Parking
                      • Garage
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Internet:

                        High Speed WIFi...moreless

                      • Linens Provided
                      • Parking Off Street:

                        Abbey Cottage has a stone terrace for private parking, inside of our secure, historic gate....moreless

                      • Telephone:

                        Free calling back to the USA or to the UK...moreless

                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine:

                        Brand new washing machine...moreless

                      • Wood Fireplace

                      Kitchen

                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Dishwasher
                      • Kitchen:

                        Dishwasher, gas stove and electric oven...moreless

                      • Microwave
                      • Refrigerator

                      Outside

                      • Balcony
                      • Deck / Patio
                      • Lawn / Garden
                      • Outdoor Grill
                       

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                      3 night min stay
                      $120 $120
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                      $760

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                      Fees:

                      • Cleaning fee $80
                      • Tax Rate 13%

                      Cancellation policy:

                      100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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                      Last updated: 09/08/2014
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                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2006

                      About the owner: I am Professor of French and European history and Director of The Abbey Program for my university in the USA.

                      Why the Owner Chose Pontlevoy:
                      I wanted to have an historic and charming cottage that I could fully renovate and use as my own place to live comfortably during the winter and spring each year when I live in France and work for my university. I love the fact that Abbey Cottage is so easy to get to from Paris and CDG airport, just as I love its location in the center of a quaint and quiet town that has groceries, a great cafe, organic wines just down the street, terrific local cheese and superb local cafe and bar. The fact that the local restaurant is Michelin quality was another big plus to this location. Mostly, though, I fell in love with Abbey Cottage because of its history and the fact that it so light, sunny and charming.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                      The sound of doves every afternoon are a delight from the 8 large windows framing either side of Abbey Cottage. So is the soft peel of The Abbey of Pontlevoy's bells each morning, as the day's arrival and offer of excitement and charm gets graciously announced. I have worked and lived in Pontlevoy for more than 10 years and can personally recommend to all renters what to do, who to meet if any help is required and where to eat and go.


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                      Speaks: english

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                      Photos

                      • Abbey Cottage's iron-work balcony and breakfast nook, seen from Sanctuary Garden

                        Abbey Cottage's iron-work balcony and breakfast nook, seen from Sanctuary Garden

                      • Abbey Cottage: Perfect lunchtime sun invites a walk to Cafe Le Commerce

                        Abbey Cottage: Perfect lunchtime sun invites a walk to Cafe Le Commerce

                      • 500 year old wall, uplit in Sanctuary Garden to showcase prehistoric stones

                        500 year old wall, uplit in Sanctuary Garden to showcase prehistoric stones

                      • Sky-lighted sleeping loft: twin beds or a second double, when pushed together

                        Sky-lighted sleeping loft: twin beds or a second double, when pushed together

                      • Cottage garage, parking pad and raised-bed olive trees

                        Cottage garage, parking pad and raised-bed olive trees

                      • Early afternoon sunshine washes over the lawn of Sanctuary Garden

                        Early afternoon sunshine washes over the lawn of Sanctuary Garden

                      • Baguettes at the ready position, but when will the grilled chicken be done?

                        Baguettes at the ready position, but when will the grilled chicken be done?

                      • Around the corner from Abbey Cottage: verdant fields and vines abound

                        Around the corner from Abbey Cottage: verdant fields and vines abound

                      • Historic walls of Abbey Cottage's "Sanctuary Garden," featuring a 2 tiered deck

                        Historic walls of Abbey Cottage's "Sanctuary Garden," featuring a 2 tiered deck

                      • The scent of Lilacs wafts into Abbey Cottage's kitchen, inspiring a market trip!

                        The scent of Lilacs wafts into Abbey Cottage's kitchen, inspiring a market trip!

                      • Abbey Cottage's cherry bed, dressed in white for summer cool and tranquility

                        Abbey Cottage's cherry bed, dressed in white for summer cool and tranquility

                      • Abbey Cottage's large and private terrace set by night:  Sanctuary Garden awaits

                        Abbey Cottage's large and private terrace set by night: Sanctuary Garden awaits

                      • Cottage's brand new bath, supported by 500 year old timbers

                        Cottage's brand new bath, supported by 500 year old timbers

                      • For a rainy day, Abbey Cottage's  reading nook and fireplace stand ready

                        For a rainy day, Abbey Cottage's reading nook and fireplace stand ready

                      • Two tiers of tranquil chatting space await by the garden's bubbling fountain

                        Two tiers of tranquil chatting space await by the garden's bubbling fountain

                      • It's 5:00 here! The pastis is being poured 100 meters from the cottage's balcony

                        It's 5:00 here! The pastis is being poured 100 meters from the cottage's balcony

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                      This listing was first published here in 2010.

                      Date last modified - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

                      $120 per night (USD)
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                      1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 4

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                      Minimum stay: 3 nights
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                      Member since: 2010
                      Speaks: english
                      • Calendar last updated: 09/08/2014
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