"We stayed for 14 nights in August 2014.
Being central in the 'magic' triangle between the Loire and the Cher, it was an ideal base for cycling around this beautiful (and mostly flat) area. The roads were quiet and there were many, well-signposted, cycle routes and tracks to follow.
On our bikes, we reached: Chaumont, Blois, Amboise, Montrichard, Loches, St. Aignan and Cheverny. A combination of car and cycle worked well to visit Chambord (cycle from Blois), Tours (cycle from Lusigny) and Orleans (cycle from Meung).
The cottage itself was brilliant. Roomy and full of interest, with a mixture of very old beams with modern, comfortable furniture and fittings. Having the living room and kitchen upstairs (light and warmed by the sun) with the bedroom and shower-room downstairs (darker and cooler) worked well (we didn't need to brave the extra 2 single beds in the mezzanine/loft). The double bed was large enough and comfortable with duvet and pillows. The garden, although small, was a pretty, tranquil space and the balcony was a suntrap where the two of us could eat and drink. Plenty of room for our car in the gated yard, plus space for the two bikes in the large garage.
The fast Wifi was a plus, as were the washing machine and tumble drier.
Pontlevoy was pretty, with its imposing Abbey / school, yet was mostly dead. The evidence is that it used to be more lively and thriving. Now a small supermarket, the Hotel d'Ecole (very smart), the Peche Mignon (informal pizza) and La Poste bar in daytime were all we saw open."
Date of Stay: August 2014
Review Submitted: September 9, 2014