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'Les Hortensias' is in the heart of the Loire Valley, between Blois and Tours, just 2 miles from the River Loire. Most of the major Royal Castles are located within a 20-30 minute drive of the property and the International Garden Festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire is just 10 minutes away, cycling distance! 'Les Hortensias' is located on the outskirts of the village of Monteaux, just a 10 minute walk or a two minute bike ride from the village centre with its traditional bar/café, boulangerie, general store, butcher's, post office and hairdressers: ideally positioned for tranquility and practicality. To the front of the property there is ample parking for up to two cars and one of the two outdoor areas reserved for the property. The cottage comprises: a good-sized lounge-diner, a fully equipped galley kitchen, Upstairs there are two bedrooms, one with a double bed, the other with two full size single beds, a bathroom with a vanity unit, a shower room with a vanity unit and a separate toilet between the two. To the front of the property there is a private garden with shrubs, a wooden table and chairs, large parasol and barbeque leading to a further private garden and then to the large main garden with the heated swimming pool (10m x 5m), open from mid-May until the end of September. There are various outdoor games to entertain all age groups - badminton, boules, croquet.
High Season Jun 27 - Jul 17, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Peak Season Jul 18 - Aug 28, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Mid Season Aug 29 - Sep 18, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Low Season Sep 19 - Nov 13, 2015 3 night min stay
My Standard Rate 3 night min stay
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Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
100 euros refundable damage protection.
All linen included.
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We are just 2 miles from the River Loire and at a leisurely 10 minute walk or a 2 minute cycle ride (you are welcome to borrow our bikes) from the village centre with its café (and excellent croissants, boulangerie), butcher, grocer, post office and hairdresser.
Year Purchased: 1991
About the owner: Julie and Jeremy Kolbé, the English owners, are very much involved in tourism and will be happy to offer advice on how best to make the best use your stay in the area, should you require it. Jeremy is a driver-guide and Julie, who worked as a tour organizer in the UK, is now English teacher.
We have two children, Tom and Emma, 25 and 23 years old. Tom works in Paris as a webmaster, and Emma is a trainee lawyer and lives in Orleans. We also have a very friendly dog Banjo (6 years old) that all our visitors just fall in love with and 3 hens that provide tasty eggs.
We like growing our own fruit and vegetables and have a fair-sized vegetable patch now.
Jeremy and I love traveling ourselves and try to fit this in during the winter months.
Why the Owner Chose Chaumont-sur-loire: Julie and Jeremy spent 9 months travelling between the Loire Valley, Brittany and the Vendée, before choosing Monteaux 20 years ago. Why? Because of its central location, excellent road and rail links. There's a main railway station just a few minutes up the road from where you can take a train to Paris (2 hours) and the main Paris-Bordeaux motorway is just 20 minutes away.
The property offers the best of both worlds: calm and relaxation in the beautiful one acre grounds and the accessability to towns and attractions (Amboise, Tours and Blois).
Amboise, just a 15 minute drive away, has a fantastic Sunday morning market where you can find virtually anything from food (wonderful local fruits and vegetables), plants, clothes, hardware to furniture - and lots more. The castle and the Clos Lucé (Leonardo de Vinci's last home) are centrally located and there's a wonderful choice of cafés, bistros, restaurants in the town centre. In July and August, enjoy the wonderful sound and light (son et lumière) shows in the grounds of the castle.
Amboise also boasts the largest freshwater aquarium in Europe and on the Loire you can rent canoes and kayaks. The currant takes you effortlessly downstream and is an experience you'll never forget. You'll soon realise why the Loire Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: Location, location, location and lots of extras (services and facilities) thrown in!