Troglodyte of 100 m2 with lots of charm and all the modern comforts
Anita van Elferen
- english, french, german, dutch
About Anita van Elferen
We are a Dutch couple living in Vendôme (41) since 2001. Our two sons Martijn and Sander were born in 1995 and 1997. We own an antiquarian bookshop, Knuf Rare Books, see: www.knufrarebooks.com Our four holiday homes have been restored between 2002 and 2008. They are at Vendôme, Villechauve, Lavardin and Paris. For more information see: www.francofiel.com
Anita van Elferen purchased this House in 2005
Why Anita van Elferen chose Lavardin
We have fallen in love with the village and inhabitants of Lavardin. We have bought and renovated the troglodyte because it is situated at the best place in the village, with a terrace with beautiful panoramic vue over the village. The atmosphere in village itself pleases us. Despite its only 200 inhabitants there are many different nationalities and a lot of artists. And in and around Lavardin ou will find beautiful nature.
What makes this House unique
The cave house is very comfortable, thanks to floor heating that keeps the temperature at 20 degrees Celsius in Summer and Winter. A ventilation system assures a normal humidity. You can sleep like a baby because it is never too hot and if you wish you can be in complete darkness. And there is a complete silence!
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Stay here for great memories
This is a property to make a wonderful holiday. The house itself is fascinating in its history and has been updated to a very comfortable level. All the facilities are of a high standard and underfloor heating makes padding to the bathroom in the morning a joyous experience. Set in the beautiful village of Lavardin and high above the river, there are no words to describe the delight of sitting on the terrace in the evening watching the sunset while listening to the birds and frogs while bats flitter overhead.
The local town, Montoire sur le Loir, an easy cycle away, has all the shops, supermarkets, cafés and restaurants you could wish for.
A fantastic cottage in a wonderful setting.
A time capsule of a place in a quiet and picturesque village.
Every morning, the rising sun lit up the golden stone of the village below; every evening, the coolness of the cave was a refuge from the heat of the day. We felt as if we were inside history; we could see 200-year old graffiti and marks made by the cave-makers, but were entirely comfortable and well-provided for. Anita and René were welcoming and helpful; it was fascinating to hear them describe how they had modernised this unique place while preserving its historic features. We had everything we needed to be comfortable inside, but enjoyed most of all watching the changing light over the village and countryside below.
Clean, Comfy, Cave House in beautiful surroundings
The genuine cave house is very clean and well furnished with everything we needed for a comfortable stay and even conveniently has WiFi. Cave is welcoming and secluded and the beds are very comfortable. Kitchen is very efficient and table and living room have plenty of space. The owners, Anita and Rene,` met us to check in and were they so warm and welcoming and very helpful in retrieving our lost luggage from Air France, even had it sent to their house for us. Only one thing to mention is that you must be able to walk up several stairs on a hill to get up to the really wonderful cave and its beautiful flowersl!! Just not good for a disabled walker or an elderly visitor. We enjoyed walking around the quaint and beautiful village and visiting the nearby castle. We would return in a heartbeat! Suzie and Wayne
Logement atypique car troglodyte un village très agréable au calme
Les propriétaires Anita et René méritent d'être rencontrés ils vous enrichisseront de leur accueil et leur bienveillance . Nous recommandons vivement cette pause bucolique au pays de Ronsard au bord du Loir. MERCI Anita et René et à bientôt. Marie et Philippe juillet 2019
We hebben zeer genoten van ons verblijf in de grot. De plaats zelf is ook mooi en vanaf het tweede terras heb je een mooi uitzicht op de kasteel ruïne.
De Grot is rustig en tijdens een hittegolf heerlijk koel.
très agréable séjour
Le gîte est très atypique avec sa pierre brute et très joliment aménagé, tout en ayant tout le confort, le tout dans un charmant village. Nous reviendrons avec plaisir !
Lavardin is a beautiful village with numerous monuments: the romanesque church with its medieval frescos, the magnificent castle ruins, romanesque, gothic and renaissance houses. There are also many troglodytes, 'cave' houses, that can be reached via charming walks. Lavardin has a good restaurant Le Relais d’Antan run by the Dutch cook Paul van Gassel who opened his restaurant in Lavardin after having made his career at the Champs Elysées. Highly recommended! In the village you will find a bakery and a shop selling regional products that is open during the summer season (wine, fruit juices, honey, goat’s cheeses, meats, biscuits made locally and numerous other products. For the rest of your shopping you can go to Montoire (2km).
The famous Loire Chateaux like Chambord, Amboise, Chenonceau and Blois are easy to reach from Lavardin and immediately around the village you will find the towns of Montoire (2km) and Vendôme « Ville d’Art et Histoire » (15km). The markets in Montoire on Wednesday and Saturday and that of Vendôme on Friday are worth a visit. In August Montoire hosts an international festival of folklore music. Other towns close by are Blois, Tours and Le Mans. You can go to Paris by TGV from Vendôme (42 minutes by TGV).
Trôo, a troglodyte village is only a couple of kilometers away. Most of the inhabitants, including many artists, live in caves. And Saint-Jacques-des-Guérettes (Trôo) has a small church with beautiful 12th century frescos, definetely worth a visit. And of course, not too far from Trôo, in Couture-sur-le-Loir, you can visit the house where the famous poet Ronsard was born, one of the first mansions in Renaissance style in France.
If you enjoy visiting gardens, you will have to visit Sasnières , 6 km from Lavardin where you will also find a tearoom with home made cakes.
For wine lovers there is a lot to discover. You can try the local Coteaux du Vendômois (Appelation Controlé) as well as Chinon, Saumur, Vouvray and Jasnières wines.
The swimming pool in Montoire can be reached by a fifteen minutes walk and there are numerous other possiblities for walking (GR35, see http:www.gr-infos.com/gr35.htm), cycling and fishing (1st and 2nd class)
People have always lived in caves in and around Lavardin. Until the 1950’s they were mostly used by the poorer population but that has changed during the last thirty years. Now the people living in caves are mostly artists and the more well-to-do. Today these houses have all the modern comforts normal houses have. But in addition they are extremely charming and they are all unique. You won’t find two that are alike. The habitants of the Rotte au Biques are often willing to show you their houses.
One of the inhabitants of Lavardin, Bill Glover, shows you on his website what it is like to live in a cave in Lavardin, see: www.cavelife.net