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TOURS: 19th century authentic apartment in the medieval district of the city

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 807 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Elegant and modern comfort in an authentic frame for 4 to 6 persons + Baby

On the first floor of a 19th century lime stone mansion protected by the National Monuments Chart your self-catering apartment opens its 4 large French doors on a quiet leafy square.

Entirely renovated in 2012, keeping in mind the historical aspects, the high ceilings with their molding, the plain oak floors, it now offers an elegant and modern comfort.

You enter into the living room, a bright & spacious room opening to the square with 2 French doors from which you might catch a glimpse at the slate- covered medieval house on the other side between the leaves.

To the right is the entrance of the Littre suite, which opens as well onto the square. From its French door it will be easier to see the lovely front of the “Ecole des Compagnons” followed by the St Saturnin’s church, the remains of the former convent and now a part time exhibit place, then the banks of the Loire river.

To the left, past the dining area, is the Balzac suite, while the kitchen is at the back.

Thanks to its floor plan, Les Carmes is the perfect location for either a family vacation or shared by two couples who can from each enjoy total privacy but still meet in the living room for a Scrabble game or in the kitchen with a glass of “Noble Joue”, a local wine,in hand.

The main room:

As you open the entrance door, the main room reminds you of the history of the mansion: Oak floors, mouldings and trim. The ceiling, over 3 metres up contributes to the feeling of space and freedom. On your right is the living room area with its convertible sofa and the two Archibald armchairs inviting to some relaxation. Modernity has not ben forgotten, with the digital TV and its 150 channels, the Wi-Fi, and a stereo as well. The house phone can as well be customized with your own Skype account. On your left, is the dining area across from the kitchen. On each side of the main rooms are the bedrooms suites.

The bedrooms:

The 'Balzac' bedroom, in honour of Honoré de Balzac, a XIXth century French writer who was born in the city and kept coming back all his life to find his muse, is 14m² (150 Sqft). Usually considered as the 'Parent's suite' it has a Queen size bed where you will sleep away the hard work of a tourist's day! By the window is the writer's desk where you will be able to write down your memories unless the Casanova armchair welcomes you for some reading times. From the bedroom you have a direct access to your private bathroom equipped with a bathtub and toilets.

The 'Littré' bedroom on the right of the main room, slightly smaller with its 12m² (130 Sqft offers the polyvalence of a king bed or two single beds. The room has its own private entrance if need be. The room has also its own bathroom equipped with a multi- function shower and a private toilet.

The kitchen:

Some people will tell you it's the most important room in a French home! This is probably why we spent some extra time in designing the room during the recent renovations. As a result you will find there all the modern equipment you can expect: Oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, induction stove,, dishwasher, washing machine... Breakfast was not forgotten either with its toaster, coffee maker and electric kettle. In the cabinets you will find all the utensils you may dream of to cook memorable meals.

The Private Courtyard:

Nothing too exciting there but it’s a safe place to park your bicycles for the night.

Thanks to its floor plan, Les Carmes is the perfect location for either a family vacation or shared by two couples who can from each enjoy total privacy but still meet in the living room for a Scrabble game or in the kitchen with a glass of “Noble Joue”, a local wine,in hand.

The main room:

As you open the entrance door, the main room reminds you of the history of the mansion: Oak floors, mouldings and trim. The ceiling, over 3 metres up contributes to the feeling of space and freedom. On your right is the living room area with its convertible sofa and the two Archibald armchairs inviting to some relaxation. Modernity has not ben forgotten, with the digital TV and its 150 channels, the Wi-Fi, and a stereo as well. The house phone can as well be customized with your own Skype account. On your left, is the dining area across from the kitchen. On each side of the main rooms are the bedrooms suites.

The bedrooms:

The 'Balzac' bedroom, in honour of Honoré de Balzac, a XIXth century French writer who was born in the city and kept coming back all his life to find his muse, is 14m² (150 Sqft). Usually considered as the 'Parent's suite' it has a Queen size bed where you will sleep away the hard work of a tourist's day! By the window is the writer's desk where you will be able to write down your memories unless the Casanova armchair welcomes you for some reading times. From the bedroom you have a direct access to your private bathroom equipped with a bathtub and toilets.

The 'Littré' bedroom on the right of the main room, slightly smaller with its 12m² (130 Sqft offers the polyvalence of a king bed or two single beds. The room has its own private entrance if need be. The room has also its own bathroom equipped with a multi- function shower and a private toilet.

The kitchen:

Some people will tell you it's the most important room in a French home! This is probably why we spent some extra time in designing the room during the recent renovations. As a result you will find there all the modern equipment you can expect: Oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, induction stove,, dishwasher, washing machine... Breakfast was not forgotten either with its toaster, coffee maker and electric kettle. In the cabinets you will find all the utensils you may dream of to cook memorable meals.

The Private Courtyard:

Nothing too exciting there but it’s a safe place to park your bicycles for the night.

More Details

Owner
Fabrice
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2017

Map

Nearest Airport
7 Kilometres
Tours St Symphorien (TUF)
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Multiple. You are in a lively part of town
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Golf de la Gloriette
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Tours (TGV: Paris, CDG Airport , Bordeaux)
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
A10 Aquitaine
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Multiple. You are in a lively part of town
Car: not necessary

Just under an hour away from Paris by TGV train and a tad more from London, Dublin, Porto, and many more, in the middle of the « Garden of France » The Touraine region is a welcoming place well known because the Kings of France built there over 200 Royal Castles since the Renaissance The mild climate all year long is also a reason why the area is the third best wine region in France.

More precisely, it’s in the medieval district of Tours almost at the junction of two major rivers, the Loire and the Cher that we welcome you in our vacation rentals. You might be travelling with your family or coming for business, be it a couple of days or weeks, we will find a suitable and memorable housing solution for you .

“Look up and admire” is written on a plaque at the beginning of Blanqui street. The streets in Tours are like a history book. From the RomanBaths, to the medieval brick and timber houses, often leaning forward or sideways, then further to the lime stone houses, a regional tradition, each step will take you on a journey at leisure.

In the midst of the medieval town, a stone throw away from the lively “Place Plumereau” or the busy “Rue du Commerce” the Carmes square is a secluded area. The square itself is a history lesson: Initially a convent, then a fish market it is now a quiet square tucked away in a leafy shell. The mansion where your self-catering apartment is located is from the 19th century, it is surrounded by another lime stone mansion to the right, now home of the most prestigious craftsmanship school in France (“Les Compagnons du Devoir”), a medieval slate-covered house the North and another 19th century mansion to the left.

Once you have crossed the square , it will take you a few steps before you get to the banks of the Loire river. The city has worked hard to make it a pleasant place where it feels good strolling along after a gastronomic meal. In the recent years, a “guinguette” even started entertaining people. Take a book with you, have a drink or just look at people, another favorite activity of French people. The banks are also a start for some of the numerous bike tracks, over 800km in the area. They will take you between nature and history at your pace.

By now, you know! Tours and its region of the Loire valley is a place where you will always find something to do regardless of the season. People might rush to the Royal Castles or the wineries but do not miss the hidden treasures. For that you can count on us, we will be more than happy to guide you in this region where we have lived for several decades.

Amenities

Tours Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (detached)
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 807 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Lake
  • River
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Village
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Salle de bains Balzac - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Salle d'eau Littré - toilet , shower
  • The Balzac suite is equipped with a bathtub and shower, a towel heater and a large mirror, the toilet is hidden in the alcove. The bathroom in the Littre suite has also been entirely renovated it now offers a multifunction shower, a towel heater and a toilet. A large sink will allow the kids to get ready together.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Balzac - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Littre - 2 twin/ single
  • The Balzac suite is 14m², it is more often considered as a parental suite with its large Queen bed in which you will recover from your long tourist days. At your leisure, you will also be able to write down your memories at the teak wood secretary or if you prefer take a book in the Casanova armchair. From the room, slide the door and you will access your private bathroom & toilet.. A walking closet and a sliding cupboard will provide enough space to feel at home. Slightly smaller, the Littre suite is still over 12m². It is equipped with two 90cm single beds which can either be used as separate beds or a large king bed. You just have to let us know in advance and we will arrange them for you. A two meters long closet should provide enough space for your stay. The anteroom will lead you to your private bathroom. All beds will be done when you arrive. They are set with multi- season duvets.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Courtyard
  • Golf ...
  • Pétanque Court
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Daily Maid Service
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • bowling center
  • disco club
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • water sports
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The Tv is connected to almost 200 channels including a majority of foreign programs. The Internet connection is a fast wired and WiFi unlimited access. However, we ask you to use it in the respect of the law. Each room has its telephone handset. It is connected to a land line and communication to 150 countries is free. For your stay you can also configure it with your own Skype account and keep in touch with your friends and family! All appliances are green! The cleaning is done before your arrival, however if you wish, a flexible additional cleaning option is available and can be purchased at booking time. All the linen is provided (beds, bath, table and kitchen). Detergents and cleaning products are provided.

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TOURS: 19th century authentic apartment in the medieval district of the city
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4

Clean and comfortable, well set up for two couples to share

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay and there are many options for eating just around the corner

We had a rental car but always found a parking spot within walking distance and also used the parkade for longer stays.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Excellent city centre location in old Tours

  • 5 of 5

On a small square a block away from the hubbub of restaurants and bars. Ideal location for exploring the city

Very well appointed apartment with everything we needed for our stay including washing machine, dish washer and usual kitchen amenities. Comfortable beds and a relaxing sitting/dining room with double windows overlooking the square

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Loved this apartment

  • 5 of 5

Appartement les Carmes was an ideal base for our exploration of the Loire Valley region. The apartment was elegant, spacious, comfortable, clean, well-equipped, quiet (except for the infrequent rumbling of footfalls on the stairs), and superbly situated in the pedestrianized old town at the heart of Tours. The nearby Place Plumereau (only 125 meters away), with its profusion of cafes and restaurants, lively evening ambience, and fascinating medieval half-timbered buildings, was a delight. The apartment owners, Fabrice and Frederique, and their on-site agent, Helene, were perfectly gracious and accommodating about the arrival arrangements. We would love to return for another visit in the future.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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5

Living in the Old Town in Tours

  • 5 of 5

If you would like to experience what it’s like to live in the old part of a European city this apartment is for you. Despite being in the Old Town, it is large and well fitted out, the kitchen and the two bathrooms appear to have been recently upgraded and have all the mod cons. Parking was also not a problem as there is a huge 24X7 parking station only a short walk away (12 euro/ day).

Despite Tours being heavily bombed in WW11, there are still plenty of very old buildings near the apartment to look at. It’s a strange sensation watching the tour groups walk through what you consider to be your part of the town.

The city of Tours is ideally located for visiting the various Loire tourist sites as it is an easy drive on good roads to get to most of them. For people watching after returning to Tours from a day out, the famous Place Plumereau is just around the corner form the apartment.

The owners were very helpful and friendly. We had a wi-fi issue at the start of our stay and Frederique put in considerable effort in helping to resolve it.

All in all, a very enjoyable stay in the Loire

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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5

Stylish, charming, spotless, well equipped, perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Heavenly apartment - beautiful calm quiet square outside. Fantastic location in the heart of the old town. Host Fabrice so welcoming. We had a wonderful time. Do not hesitate to book this apartment - you will not regret it!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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5

Great apartment in an amazing location.

  • 5 of 5

This is a surprisingly roomy apartment with modern kitchen and baths. It is in the center of old Tours and an easy walk to everywhere in the city might want to go including in particular the spectacular Halles for artisanal foods.

You do hear noise from the stairs (it is one flight up) and from the square outside. Neither was particularly bothersome to us and we'd gladly stay there again.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $76.48

La location saisonnière comprend :
- L'utilisation exclusive de l'appartement ;
- Le linge de maison (lits, toilette, table, cuisine) ;
- L'utilisation du WIFI dans le cadre légal ;
- L'eau, l'électricité et les charges annexes.

Le tarif de location s'entend TTC et comprend la TVA de 10%

Appartement non fumeur.

Tarif dégressif dès la deuxième semaine (non cumulable avec une autre offre).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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