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Vacation Rentals, France, Loire Valley
A lovely restored stone cottage that sleeps 2
After years of European travel, we discovered the tranquil yet sophisticated lifestyle of the Loire Valley. We fell in love with an 18th-century dairy farm and over the past years have toiled to restore all of the farm buildings, one of which is ours and another can be yours.
Where we are
Surrounded by peaceful countryside, a huge sky and abundant wildlife, our farm "La Barauderie," sits on a high plain between the Loire and Cher rivers--amidst fields, meadows and the ancient forest of Montrichard. It's amazing that we're only 1 1/2 hours south of Paris.
The Touraine is rich in history. Birthplace of Rabelais, home of the poet Ronsard and where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last years of his life (his home is now a museum in Amboise). Known as "le pays doux," it is said that the inhabitants are the kindest in France (to which we can attest!) and that the purest French is spoken here.
The cottage sleeps 2 and is available for a week or longer. (Three day minimum out-of-season.)
It has a fully stocked kitchen so you can "do your own thing" (in season, when our organic "potager" is in full bloom, we encourage our guests to pick a sun-ripened tomato for a salad or zucchini for pasta).
We are close to markets, chateaux, wineries, and more
Five minutes drive is the 11th-century bustling market town of Montrichard, offering twice-weekly farmer's markets, fine shopping (handmade chocolates, pastries that are works of art, delicious mouthwatering charcuteries, and no fewer than six boulangeries). Kayaking, sailing, barge trips and year round fishing are available along the Cher River.
Close to hundreds of chateaux - Chambord, Blois, Amboise, the magnificent gardens of Villandry and, 15 minutes away, Chenonceau.
Nearby are the famous wines of Saumur, Chinon and Sancerre. There are also hundreds of family-run wineries that welcome thirsty tourists for a tasting.
The outdoor markets are our love! Every day of the week it is possible to discover a new village and a farmers' market (we have a list of our favorites in each house). At Sunday's Amboise market (15 mins.) you can grab a succulent roasted chicken or duck hot off of the spit. Sample Jean-Luc's aromatic "coq au vin," choose from Mme. Moreau's fragrant "lait cru chevre" cheeses, pick up a bouquet of ruby red radishes, a crunchy baguette and a bottle of crisp cold Vouvray wine and you'll know why they say: "Vive la France!"
There are also many restaurants in the region and great pride is taken in the preparation, from the casual "Deux Caves," hewn out of tufa stone and serving unbelievable 9 euros menus of pate, grilled lamb or duck, the best "pommes frites," cheeses and dessert, to the intimate Michelin-starred "Rendez-vous-des Pecheurs" in Blois.
More things to do
The gentle rolling landscape is perfect for bicycling (we rent bikes), horseback riding, walks along forest trails or country lanes, and bird watching (Goshawks, Grey Herons, Kingfishers and Barn, Longearred and Tawny owls).
We can arrange hot air balloon rides for you, 18 holes of golf at Cheverny, or wine tastings. Local "fetes" abound, where one may find an antique "tresor" or find yourself sampling garlicky escargots. Then again, you may just choose to stay home and enjoy the serenity...
Our Slow Travel reviews
For further information, availability or booking, please contact us.
We'll be there, probably in the garden, glass of wine in hand.
Slow Travel Reviews
Company: La Barauderie
Name: Karen Kenady & Craig Cantor
Zip/Postal Code: 41400
Phone: 02 54 32 59 44
Fax: 02 54 32 59 44E-mail: Click here to send an e-mail inquiry
Listing #1619, on Slow Travel since 3/10/2005
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