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Le Clos: Charming Centuries Old Winemaker's Cottage on the Loire

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view of house and Loire from rose arbor ('la gloriette')

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Last updated: 07/13/2014
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  • Minimum stay:5-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Amboise cottage description

When we first saw “Le Clos,” it was love at first sight! This is a stone double-cottage surrounded by gardens, with all of its historic charm intact, but beautifully restored and with all the modern conveniences added (including new plumbing and electric service and new, state-of-the-art central heating and air).

Overlooking the Loire River in a picturesque hamlet, in the zone recently listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, this is the perfect starting point for an enchanting visit to France’s glorious historical past. The “royal river” flows majestically through its castle-studded valley and past the foot of the hillside where “Le Clos” nestles among the vines and flowers.


What to do in the area: Besides the well-documented cultural outings (castles, many with sound and light shows, of Amboise, Chenonceau, Chambord, Blois, Chaumont, Azay-le-Rideau, Ussé, Villandry, to name a few; Leonardo da Vinci’s home in Amboise; numerous museums, monuments, and open-air markets in Tours), there are many recreational attractions as well: the aquarium, the mini-chateaux, Fantasy Forest (a children’s amusement park), kayaking, hiking, biking, golf, tennis, and swimming within fifteen minutes of the house, Dining out becomes a fine art with many nearby restaurants in all price ranges, from the deliciously simple to the gastronomical splurge. For the shoppers, there are many gift and specialty shops in town and large department stores in Tours, plus regular flea markets and special town fairs with their parades, medieval jousts, or vide-grenier (village-wide flea markets) in Spring and Summer.

What to do at 'Le Clos': Outside, we have planted the garden with roses, fruit trees, herbs, flowering shrubs and annuals. Depending on the time of year, you can help yourself to cherries, plums, grapes, apples or figs. We love to relax under the rose arbor while enjoying some of the local specialties which abound here in the “Garden of France.” It's a wonderful place to sit, contemplate the beautiful Loire river, and dream.

We’ve totally succumbed to the enchantment of our little corner of Touraine and all it has to offer, and we think you’ll love it, too.

Michael & Lenita Locey

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional

              Suitability

              • Limited Accessibility:

                There are many stairs in and around the cottage. If any in your party can't handle stairs, this is not a good choice for you....moreless

              • Not Suitable For Children:

                Not suitable for very young children (toddlers) because of steps and stairways....moreless

              • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
              • Pets Considered:

                Large garden, fully enclosed....moreless

              • Children Welcome
              • Wheelchair Inaccessible
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 baby crib

                160x200 cm...moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

                together=king...moreless

              • Living room: 1 sleep sofa /futon

                double...moreless

              • Luxury sheets and down pillows and comforters are provided. The mattresses are all recent and firm. The sleeper sofa, however, is not meant for long-term use. The tower bedroom is a cosy, under-the-beams hide-away room. It is accessible by a narrow stairway and is probably not comfortable for the elderly or for heavy or very tall vacationers. It has its own cable tv and shower/toilet/lavatory washroom. The view is splendid overlooking the river....moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

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

                ...moreless

              • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

                ...moreless

              • Each guest will have a big, fluffy towel and wash cloth. There is a washer and dryer you may use to refresh them after use....moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • The gourmet kitchen is well-equipped with an induction cooktop, all utensils, cuisinart, herb chopper, mixer, kettle, plus dishwasher, washing machine, electric tumble dryer, microwave, convection and conventional oven. Fridge has a special shelf for wine bottles (oh those French!!) and a large freezer. The TV set in the living room is connected to the satellite receiving CNN, Sky, and BBC news in English. The DVD player has several English-language movies, many suitable for children. If you have a wi-fi enabled laptop, you can enjoy our DSL high-speed internet service, provided free of charge. There is a several-year-old mac and a HP laptop you may use, also. We provide free phone calls to fixed lines and mobile phones inside France and the continental USA, and Canada, and to fixed phones in the rest of Europe, Australia, and parts of Asia. We also provide central heating and cooling for year-round comfort....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • DVD Player
                  • Books
                  • Books For Adults
                  • Games For Kids
                  • Music Library
                  • Toys
                  • Video Library:

                    Various movies in English on DVD. Several children's movies included....moreless

                  • Television
                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    (3) satellite with CNN, Sky News, plus French channels French TNT channels...moreless

                  • VCR
                  • Radio
                  • Stereo
                  • CD Player

                  Theme

                  • Historic
                  • Romantic

                  Attractions

                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Cinemas
                  • Forests
                  • Museums
                  • Restaurants
                  • Ruins
                  • Churches
                  • Theme Parks
                  • Winery Tours

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Walking
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Antiquing
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Photography

                  local services and businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Medical Services

                  Location Type

                  • Monument View
                  • Water View:

                    House overlooks the Loire River and flood plain...moreless

                  • Village
                  • River

                  sports and adventure activities

                  • Kayaking
                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Golf
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Hiking

                  catering options

                      • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                      Dining

                      • Dining Area
                      • Seating for 6 people

                      General

                      • Wood Fireplace:

                        With glass door....moreless

                      • Safe
                      • Free Long Distance:

                        Free calls to fixed and cellular phones in USA (except Hawaii and Alaska) and Canada, and to fixed phones in other EU countries, Australia, Singapore ...moreless

                      • Free Local Calls
                      • Macintosh Computer
                      • Firewood
                      • Air Conditioning:

                        state-of-the-art central heating and air, installed in Spring, 2007...moreless

                      • Broadband Access:

                        DSL for your WiFi enabled lap-top...moreless

                      • Computer Available:

                        HP laptop if you don't have your own laptop with wi-fi...moreless

                      • PC
                      • Activities Guide
                      • Alarm Clock
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Wireless Internet:

                        High speed wi-fi throughout the cottage--with some reception from courtyard....moreless

                      • Parking Off Street:

                        parking within the enclosed property...moreless

                      • Telephone:

                        Free local and national calls (to fixed phones only)...moreless

                      • Heating
                      • Linens Provided:

                        luxury high-thread count sheets, down pillows and comforters, oversized bath towels...moreless

                      • Washing Machine:

                        in home...moreless

                      • Clothes Dryer:

                        in home...moreless

                      • Fireplace
                      • Sofa Bed
                      • Parking
                      • Local Activities Guide
                      • Local Maps
                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Internet
                      • Towels Provided

                      house cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Optional

                          Kitchen

                          • Blender
                          • Stove
                          • 4 Ring Stove
                          • Gourmet Kitchen
                          • Kitchen:

                            with new granite counter tops and induction cooktop...moreless

                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Toaster
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Lobster Pot
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Stove
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Refrigerator:

                            full size fridge with freezer...moreless

                          • Freezer
                          • Oven
                          • Microwave

                          Outside

                          • Deck / Patio:

                            with tables and chairs for picnicking...moreless

                          • Gazebo:

                            The rose-covered "gloriette," with its view of the Loire river, provides an excellent spot for a relaxing aperitif....moreless

                          • Patio
                          • Lawn / Garden
                          • Barbecue
                          • Binoculars
                          • Small Cooler
                          • Outdoor Grill
                          • Yard
                          • Outdoor Furniture
                          • Fully Fenced Property
                           

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                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          high season
                          May 1 - Sep 30, 2014
                          5 night min stay
                          $250
                          $1,310
                          low season
                          Oct 1 - Dec 1, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          $1,175
                          My Standard Rate
                          5 night min stay
                          $250
                          $1,310

                          Additional information about rental rates

                          Fees:

                          • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
                          • Pet Fee $50
                          • Taxes Included

                          Notes:

                          Change day: Saturday. Rates are for up to 4 persons: 950 euros per week high season, 900 euros middle season, 850 euros per week low season. 25 EUR supplement each for persons 5 and 6 in all seasons.

                          High-season minimum rate: 900 euros.

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                          Last updated: 07/13/2014
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                          Location

                          Car: Necessary

                          First of all, there are the chateaux. The kings knew it, and it's still true: here in the 'garden of France,' life is good. Choose the best fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and wines at the twice-weekly Amboise farmer's market, one of the most popular in the area. Discover the sparkling white wines of Vouvray and Montlouis, the full-bodied reds of Chinon and Bourgueil, the cheeses and charcuterie for which the area is famous. An on-site 'tasting' visit to some of the many producers is a rewarding and delightful experience. Visit Leonardo da Vinci's home in Amboise and some of the breath-takingly beautiful castles--the 'Sleeping Beauty' castle at Ussé, the royal castles of Amboise, Chinon, Chambord, Blois, and many others. Dining out becomes a fine art with many nearby restaurants in all price ranges. There are town fairs, parades, medieval jousts, village-wide flea markets in Spring and Summer. So much to enjoy!

                          Other Activities: castles, monuments, gardens, gastronomy

                           

                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 1994

                          About the owner: After 25 years of directing our university's programs abroad in Tours, we couldn't imagine not having our own place in Touraine. Our daughters, shown with us here, attended school in Tours and Paris, and they love to bring their families here, too.

                          Why the Owner Chose Amboise:
                          We fell in love at first sight. The old apple trees, the wine press, the 'vieilles pierres'--we'd made up our minds within the first moment!

                          The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                          Perfectly situated for discovering the Loire valley and for enjoying the delights of Touraine.


                          Contact us

                          Speaks: french, spanish, english

                          Guestbook comments from the owner

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                          Photos

                          • view of house and Loire from rose arbor ('la gloriette')

                            view of house and Loire from rose arbor ('la gloriette')

                          • Living room

                            Living room

                          • Roses on the dining table--seats 6

                            Roses on the dining table--seats 6

                          • kitchen sink, washer, and dishwasher to left of sink

                            kitchen sink, washer, and dishwasher to left of sink

                          • stairway from dining room to loft bedroom

                            stairway from dining room to loft bedroom

                          • loft bedroom

                            loft bedroom

                          • shower bathroom in tower bedroom
with thermostatic water temp control

                            shower bathroom in tower bedroom with thermostatic water temp control

                          • Go out the french doors from living room to the courtyard

                            Go out the french doors from living room to the courtyard

                          • view of house and Loire from parking area

                            view of house and Loire from parking area

                          • North façade of house (Loire side)

                            North façade of house (Loire side)

                          • balloon ride over the Loire

                            balloon ride over the Loire

                          • Flowers at the Sunday market in Amboise

                            Flowers at the Sunday market in Amboise

                          • Arial view of house and courtyard

                            Arial view of house and courtyard

                          • Living room fireplace, tv cabinet

                            Living room fireplace, tv cabinet

                          • Dining room

                            Dining room

                          • induction cooktop, fridge and freezer at right, clothes dryer at left

                            induction cooktop, fridge and freezer at right, clothes dryer at left

                          • loft bedroom with firm UK king mattress

                            loft bedroom with firm UK king mattress

                          • airy tower bedroom with new trundle twin beds (one of two showing)

                            airy tower bedroom with new trundle twin beds (one of two showing)

                          • ground-floor bath and shower

                            ground-floor bath and shower

                          • courtyard in October

                            courtyard in October

                          • Picnic in rose-covered 'gloriette'

                            Picnic in rose-covered 'gloriette'

                          • balloons taking off between our house and the Loire (from living room)

                            balloons taking off between our house and the Loire (from living room)

                          • our favorite (and nearest) patisserie

                            our favorite (and nearest) patisserie

                          • Sunday market in Amboise

                            Sunday market in Amboise

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                          Date last modified - Thursday, June 19, 2014

                          $168 - $250 per night (USD)
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                          2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 6

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                          Minimum stay: 5-7 nights
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