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Loire Valley Authentic Country Cottage built in 1584 near châteaux

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms (adultes only), authentic French house, surrounded by trees & garden

The gîte (self-catering accommodation) is on two floors, with two large double bedrooms upstairs, one with en-suite bathroom (bath tub with shower & toilet) and queen bed, second bedroom with double bed. There is a second bathroom downstairs (shower, toilet, washer/drier), a spacious living room downstairs with leather sofa & arm chair and large fully-equipped kitchen with dining area. Second living room with fire place upstairs and small kitchen. Authentic Henri II and French provincial furniture. Many historical features including cabochon from Chartres cathedral and bread oven. Very well appointed. Sheets, towels, bathrobes, kitchen essentials provided. Closed courtyard including parking and al fresco dining in front of the house surrounded by flowering trees and shrubs. Bikes available. For safety reasons, it is not suitable for children. Very quiet.

Maison renaissance soigneusement restaurée construite en 1584 en plein centre de la vallée de la Loire, bien située pour visiter tous les châteaux. Haut niveau de confort pour quatre personnes. Poutres apparentes, détails originaux, meubles anciens. Deux grandes chambres à coucher à l'étage dont une avec salle d'eau attenante (baignoire avec douche et toilettes). Deuxième salle de bain au rez de chaussée (douche, toilettes, machine à laver sèchante). Cuisine équipée. Salon confortable au rez de chaussée avec canapé en cuir. Deuxième salon à l'étage avec cheminée et petite cuisine. Grande cour pour dîner à l'extérieur. Parking intérieur. Vélos à disposition. Ménage soigné après chaque locataire. Ne convient pas à des enfants pour des raisons sécuritaires.

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Rosemary Avril
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, basic Spanish and Italian - email only
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2017

About Rosemary Avril

Rosemary and Jean Michel are delighted to welcome you to their abode. Rosemary is Australian and has been living the French dream since 1975 and Jean Michel was born and raised in the Loire Valley in a converted windmill on top of a hill near Saumur. Our favourite pastimes are cycling, mushroom picking, walking, wine tasting, gardening and travelling and the house reflects these tastes.

Rosemary Avril purchased this house in 2012

Why Rosemary Avril chose Centre-Loire Valley

We were looking for a retirement home in a location not far from Paris with a dynamic cultural and social life that would be attractive to both French and overseas visitors. We also wanted bike routes, a State forest for mushrooming, a river to fish in and vineyards to explore. The Loire Valley was a natural choice and a 400 year-old Renaissance house with all its wonderful history was the perfect solution.

What makes this house unique

We both fell in love with the house immediately. We loved its authentic features, its lovely garden, the wood behind, the many rooms, each with its own history.


Blois House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Shower/bath, wash basin, toilet, washing machine.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size or standard double bed. Extremely comfortable top-of-the-range bed, large wardrobe, chest of drawers, 2 bedside tables, 2 lamps.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • swimming
American & Australian adaptors for electrical appliances, sewing kit, shoe polish kit, authentic wooden beams, central to the castles in the Loire Valley.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Loire Valley Authentic Country Cottage built in 1584 near châteaux
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Wonderful Gite in the Loire Valley

  • 5 of 5

We don't feel the pictures do this place justice! This lovely old farmhouse has an abundance of character while at the same time providing modern conveniences and comfort. Its very quiet location provides an easy drive to many chateaux and wineries, as well as to the towns of Blois (with it's fantastic pedestrian area and shops) and Amboise. During our four-day/five-night stay, it was nice to have the option to fix breakfast in the mornings or return in the evening for a light dinner with dessert from the patisserie, and to unwind and relax in this comfortable gite after a day spent sightseeing. We found the people of the Loire to be very friendly and helpful, and the food and wine fantastic. Although Rosemary and Jean-Michel were out of town during our stay, any issues we had were promptly taken care of to our satisfaction through e-mail. Rosemary provided a very helpful guide to area shopping, local market days and sights. We recommend this property wholeheartedly.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so pleased everything worked out, Michael, and that you enjoyed your stay at Closerie Falaiseau. Thank you for your lovely comment.
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Falls Church, Virginia

Beautiful and Well Situated Accommodation

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have been more pleased with our accommodations at this lovely house in May. Although we did not meet the owners in person, Rosemary was just an e-mail or phone call away and she was extremely helpful in recommending sites to see and places to eat and visit. The garden is lovely in May, the house was spacious and comfortable, and the location is perfect for visiting the chateaux of the Loire Valley. The owners left a bottle of wine in the fridge, cozy terry cloth robes in the bathroom, and a computer and cell phone for us to use while we were at the house. We felt that we were personal guests of the owners. The town (and castle) of Blois are just a few minutes away. We would definitely recommend this house!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Naomi, for your lovely recommendation. We, too, were sorry not to meet you. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay at Closerie Falaiseau. We love the garden in May as well!
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Atlanta, GA USA

Ideal Loire Valley Location

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is just as described and we very much enjoyed our five day stay. It is very well appointed, spacious, and in a location convenient to both Blois, Amboise, and many of the chateaux. The enclosed courtyard offers a pleasant place to relax and enjoy meals out of doors. The owner was out of town but provided a local contact who was gracious and helpful when needed. We would definitely recommend this property. The Sunday morning market at Amboise is a great place to gather local cheeses, sausages, and even wine for your stay. Also, the Garden Festival at nearby Chaumont is very interesting.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Super Place to Stay in the Loire Valley

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed in this terrific cottage outside of Blois the last week in September 2013. The cottage serves as an excellent location for touring the Loire Valley region and it has all of the space and amenities you could ask for. Our host, Rosemary, could not have been more helpful with information on local shopping and touring ideas. Overall this cottage is a great value that we would highly recommend for anyone wishing to visit the Loire Valley region.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review!
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Travel gal

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a very pleasant and comfortable stay in this "gite". The owners had a bottle of wine in the fridge and lovely terry robes in the bathroom. It was spacious and very well equipped. The kitchen lacked for nothing though counter space was at a premium. The enclosed courtyard is a real bonus. The place was clean, spacious and well situated for castle hopping though one could not walk to a town for a morning croissant . My only critique would be that as it is very old the ceilings are low and it is not very bright but then you're out most days anyway and it was a lovely place to come home to.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sydney, Australia

A Slice of Châteaux Life

  • 5 of 5

Closerie Falaiseau let us to have the comforts of home and enjoy a slice of châteaux lifestyle. We weren't expecting it to be so spacious and we really appreciated relaxing in the salon as well as having all the space in the dining room.

The bedroom has what must be one of the most comfortable beds we've ever slept in, and the room, like the others, is beautifully furnished with period pieces that gives the place a real elegance.

Everything here is about being comfortable. The owners Rosemary and Jean-Michel have provided lots of little luxuries like bathrobes, a range of teas with a tea bag tray, even down to a beautiful little hand painted box containing a sewing kit. They really have thought of everything, it's all top notch, and it's been done in very good taste. The bed linen was especially luxurious.

It's set against a little wooded hillside in a quiet, rural neighbourhood in Blois, very easy to get to, and within easy drives to many of the well known châteaux. We really appreciated coming back to this warm, quiet haven after our days out sightseeing.

Closerie Falaiseau is exactly how you imagine a french country house to be so you really get the whole Loire Valley experience by staying there. It's completely charming. We would most definitely stay here again, and would certainly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Le Gabriel
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Golfe de la Carte Chouzy sur Cisse
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
A10 motorway
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Blois, just two hours from Paris by car or train (direct from CDG Airport), is central to the main châteaux in the Loire Valley: Chaumont: 15 K, Chambord: 20 K, Cheverny: 20 K, Chenonceau: 34 K, Amboise: 30 K, Vouvray: 44 K, Orleans: 70 K, Chinon: 110 K, Paris: 190 K. A car is necessary. Many restaurants and wineries. A deux heures de Paris par voiture ou train ; accès facile à tous les châteaux de la Loire. Voiture nécessaire. Beaucoup de restaurants et vignobles.


Rates & Availability

Blois House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & linen $65.37

The price for wood is 70 euros per stere of wood used.

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