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Marina and Philippe have created a magical holiday space and we feel so lucky to have experienced it. It was our most favorite stopping point in France this trip. The historic Chateau is truly first class and better than we could have imagined. The bucolic views were unforgettable, like oil paintings at each beautiful window. The kitchen and baths are new, very tasteful, fitting and comfortable with everything we needed. It was such a great location for us. Even in December/January we managed to visit Chambord, Chenoncueau, Villandry, Ambroise and Tours to get an excellent taste of the Loire Valley. We highly recommend!!
This is a lovely cottage on top of a cave, on the side of a hill of troglodyte caves, many of which have been turned into quaint homes and rentals. There is no street to the cottage. Instead, you park at the church at the top and walk down a path. It is very private, with a beautiful yard overlooking the Loir River and Loire Valley. We first stayed here as a getaway from Paris in the spring of 2010, and the fields were covered in a gorgeous yellow crop of rapeseed. This fall the scenery was lush green. The cottage is a delight, very well equipped kitchen, good wifi, and very clean, with comfortable bed and seating. The bedroom and bath are on the lower level, and a pull-out sofa and love seat on the top level in the great room. Garden furniture is comfortable, and since the property is fenced, our dog could lounge outside during the day. (This is a great place for a well-mannered dog!) I should add that in lieu of using the circular staircase, which our large golden retriever couldn't maneuver, you can access the bedroom/bathroom level by walking down a few garden steps to the bedroom's exterior door.
There are lovely walks along the hillside and up to the top and down to the river. A few good restaurants are around, our favorite being Auberge St. Catherine. Kate the owner is very accommodating and easy to reach with any questions. She has stocked the cottage with many brochures of things to do in the area. Having done a lot of sightseeing the first time we were there, we mostly enjoyed sitting in the yard reading and enjoying the fall weather. But you could keep yourself very busy with sightseeing.
Since we now spend most of the year in SW France, we look forward to returning in years to come.