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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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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.