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Lys Converted Barn
Lys Converted Barn
Lys Converted Barn Lys's lounge Lys's Romantic Bedroom
Lys's Romantic Bedroom

Gite in Loire Valley, France

Property Details of Loire Valley Gite

The latest of our barn conversions, Lys has been sympathetically renovated and has wonderful views from the mezzanine, over the vine- yards and countryside. Where ever possible we have exposed the beautiful stonewalls and original beams have been used to create some outstanding features. Lys is perfect for two to four people. The lounge is very comfortably furnished, having a TV, DVD. hifi., DVD's, books and games. The delightful kitchen / dining room is open plan, the kitchen is fully equipped with washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, cooker and microwave. French doors lead onto a very private decked patio with BBQ and garden furniture. The main bedroom is on the L shaped mezzanine floor, Also a double futon which can be divided off by a full sized screen. There are outstanding views across the countryside from the bedroom windows. The bathroom has a shower, hand basin and toilet. This stunning former barn, is nestled amongst vineyards surrounded by enchanting countryside, filled with sunflowers, maize and vines which provide a wonderful backdrop to this glorious area in the Parc Nationale. Yet only 5 minutes from Doue la Fontaine and 15 minutes from stunning Saumur with its fabulous romantic chateau and magical Loire River. The beaches of the Vendee are within driving distance. Within easy driving distance of the ferry ports and the option, of flying with low cost airlines, into Poitiers or Tours. Self catering holiday gite to rent near Doue la Fontaine in the Maine et Loire. Self catering holiday homes to rent in the Maine et Loire. Holiday gites with swimmingpool to rent in the Loire valley. Holiday houses to rent in France. Les Fleurs comprises of three gites in a private courtyard and in a tiny hamlet and a short drive from a boulangerie selling yummy bread and cakes. Only 5 minutes from a huge supermarket. Activities (on site and in the local area) Welcome packs available upon request. Web site http://www.lesfleurs-loire.com

Local Area Details

Doue la Fontaine Located between the North Loire and South Loire Doue is in the heart of the Loire a town rich in history and formed by it 20 to 25 million years ago the present location of the town was covered by the Falun Sea as the sea seeped away it left a thick layer of fossilized limestone We have discovered many fossils in the gardens of the gites and some of these are on display in the officeshop The name Doue came from Theoadus The Ford of God which in 814 appeared for the first time as Doue Louis the Pious son of Charlemagne had a residence here and whilst living here he discovered that on the death of his father he would become king In the 10th Century the royal residence was known as Carolingian House it was unfortunately burned to the ground In the 16th Century the openair theatre known as les Arnes was built on the site of old quarries The 18th Century was a prosperous time for the inhabitants of Doue and it was thanks to Baron Foullin Lord of Doue in 1765 that the town acquired a national reputation The Baron was one of the first victims of the Revolution His chateau was destroyed and the superb stables now house the museum Doue was very wealthy and prosperous in the 18th Century Agriculture craftwork and preindustrial activity were very important There were 20 fairs and large markets held every year and the Monday market was established as long ago as 1841 The town gradually expanded through the centuries and today the inhabitants number almost 8000 Places to Visit Place de FontainesThe Baron had two pools built side by side only one still exists and can be found outside the Tourist Information Office Collegiale Saint Denis 10th Century ruined church the stones were plundered for various constructions until a halt was called Rue des Perrieres A wonderful place for a stroll Roses blossom all along this rue and mingle with troglodyte dwellings Please do not pick the flowers La Cave aux Sarcophagus Monolithic sarcophagi of the 5th and 6th Century Zoo A world renowned zoo and well worth a visit The animals are housed in wonderful surroundings quite unlike anything you will have seen before Swimming pool An open air swimming pool in the heart of Doue These are just a very few of the places to visit in this lovely town CHINON Chinon is a picturesque and historical little town of 10000 on the banks of the river Vienne 45 kilometers south of Tours in the heart of Touraine which is called the Garden of France and the Cradle of the French Language The town has many bars and restaurants where one can sit in the sunshine and enjoy a wonderful meal washed down by a local wine and watch the world go by Alternatively take a picnic and enjoy it on one of the many benches facing the river Pick a wonderful cake from one of the fabulous patisserie and savour every mouthful as you take in the wonderful view along the river There is a magnificent statue of Joan of Arc in a square facing the river It depicts Joan on horseback leading a charge into battle If you look carefully as you walk around the town you will see various points where it is claimed Joan watered her horse or dismounted etc Once a month the town hosts a Brocante Market see our notice board for further information Sitting high on a plateau a huge castle dominates the entire town The chateau Chinon was built on the site of a GalloRoman castrum as a fortified stronghold byTheobald 1 Count of BloisThis chateau was built for the first time in stone in 954 By Theobald I Comte de Blois on a steep plateau The stronghold which replaced a lighter wooden structure the passed to the rival Comte danjou Geoffroy Martel in 1044 This Old city is located nearby Chenonceau and Montpoupon on the bank of river Cher The square keep which stands above was built in 1010 by Fulk Nerra The Comte dAnjou was the first to join the walls of the two original defensive structures as well as adding towers and the chapel of St Melanie The far east wing was added by Henry II Plantagenet Until 1205 he and his descendants continued construction work adding the fortress to the east and the internal chapel the mill tower and the numerous reinforcement towers In the 12th century Chinon located in Anjou in present day France was a primary residence of Henry 11 Angevin King and King of England and served with Poitiers and Bordeaux as a key southern capital of the vast Angevin holdings Henry was responsible for construction of almost all of the massive chateau built over 1300 feet long and 250 feet wide with a clock tower 14th century rising 115 feet high King Henry his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine and their son King Richard the Lionheart were all buried at nearby Fontevraud Abbey The castle is divided along its length into three enclosures each separated by a deep dry moat The easternmost is known as Fort StGeorges the central called the Chteau de Milieu while the westernmost is known as the Fort du Coudray In the early 13th century following the Capetian annexation of Anjou a cylindrical keep similar to those at Rouen and Paris was added by Phillip 11 Augustus of France to the entrance of the Fort du Coudray In the keep or donjon called the Tour de Coudray Templar knights were imprisoned during the brutal supression of the Templar Order that occurred in 1307 Chinon once was the residence of the King of England Henry II Plantagenet when that part of France was under English rule It became the residence of Charles VII the heir of the throne of France in the early 1400s and was where the legendary Joan of Arc came to recognize him and raise an army to liberate the country from the English domination Chinon is also the birthplace of Franois Rabelais the renaissance man monk doctor philosopher and writer creator of Gargantua The chateau was a residence of Charles V11 the dauphin of France in the early 15th Century It is the place where Joan of Arc came on March 8 1429 to recognize the dauphin and to urge him to declare himself king and raise an army to liberate France from the English Jeanne dArc visited the Dauphin CharlesVII in Chinon at the beginning of his reign on March 8 1429 She recognized him hiding among his court members in spite of his disguise which he put on to test her In 1429 the young Joan of Arc recognized the King of France among 300 courtiers and told him she was a Messenger of God and the king believed in the courageous girls mission to defeat the English forces In 1429 the young Joan of Arc recognized the King of France among 300 courtiers and told him she was a Messenger of God and the king believed in the courageous girls mission to defeat the English forces She helped him reconquer his kingdom from the English invader For almost a hundred years Chinon profited from the fact that it had become the capital of the kingdom The legendary Joan of Arc was later captured and burnt alive at the stake in the city of Rouen in 1431 She was barely 20 years old In 1562 the chateau came into the possession of the Hugenots and was turned into a state prison by Henri 1V of France After that it was abandoned until 1793 when during the Reign of Terror the castle was temporarily occupied by Vendeans Soon though it was left to decay until Emperor Napoleon 111began a partial effort at restoration Today it is managed by the Town of Chinon and is a major tourist attraction Chinon was also the birthplace of Francois Abelard c1493 1553 a renowned Renaissance writer famous for his Gargantua series Chinon is the setting for the historic fiction story The Lion in WInter In La Devinire a nearby hamlet stands the house where the poet Rabelais was born c1490 Places to visit either in Chinon or close by Chteau dUsse Usse SW of Tours a romantic fairytale chteau overlooking the river Indre OpenMid Feb Mid Novdaily Tel 33 02 47 95 54 05 Chteau de Langeais Langeais SW of Tours a superb chteau built for defense purposes by Louis XI OpenDaily Tel 33 02 47 96 72 60 Chteau dAzayleRideau AzayleRideau S of Tours called a multifaceted diamond by Balzac this superb Chteau is a must on the list of Loire attractions OpenAprSep daily OctMar WedMon Tel 33 02 47 45 42 04 Chteau de Villandry Villandry SW of Tours the last great Renaissance Chteau built in the Loire Valley a true gem OpenFebMid Nov daily Tel 33 02 47 50 02 09 La Deviniere Seuilly visit the birthplace of Francois Rabelais the 16th century writer priest doctor OpenDaily Tel 33 02 47 95 91 18 Tours history archaeological musuem housed in the Renaissance home of a former silk merchant OpenDaily Tel 33 02 47 66 22 32 Chteau de Chinon Chinon 37500 a huge medieval fortress once favoured by the Plantagenet Kings OpenMar Oct daily Tel 33 02 47 93 13 45 Musee anime du Vin 12 rue Voltaire Chinon 37500 an interesting insight into how wine and wine barrels are made including tasting of course OpenEaster Sep daily Tel 33 02 47 93 25 63 Musee des Beaux Arts 18 Place Francois Sicard Tours 37000 is set in an 18th century archbishops palace with worthy paintings by Mantegna taken from Italy by Napoleon OpenWedMon Tel 33 02 47 05 68 73 Saumur Saumur town has numerous cafes bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and wallets The shopping is very good and markets are held throughout the week the largest being held on Saturday On the build up to Christmas the town takes on a wonderful glittering array of lights and an open air ice rink is laid behind the tourist information office There are many events held throughout the year in this historic town The world famous Cadre Noir riding school is open to the public at certain times of the year and they also stage spectacular shows A wonderful way to view the river in all its glory is to take one of the many boat tripswhich begin their journey from various points along the Loire A good way to see the towns historic sites would be to begin in the centre of town the Place Saint Pierre with its beautiful 12th century church A sloped street bordered with houses with wooden overhanging roofs will take you to the entrance to the chateau There are numerous cafes and bars in the Place Alternatively there is a car park to the east of the Chateau A short walk through the chateaus vineyards brings you to a pretty bridge which will take you across the moat Be sure and take a look at the remarkable stonelined ramp that leads to the chateau the beautiful flamboyant Gothic staircase in the courtyard the curious machinery of the goods lift with its gears the oubliettes and the superb view of the town and the river Inside there is a Decorative Arts museum as well as an Equestrian museum There is an entrance fee to the chateau and an additional fee for entrance to the two museums Built at the junction of the Loire and the Thouet rivers the former Carolingian city is known for its fortifications built by Thibault the Count of Blois in the 10th century In 1026 the town passed into the hands of the Count of Anjou the famous Foulques Nera and then on to his Plantagenet heirs Philippe Auguste the King of France and a Capetian brought into the hands of the crown


Location:Loire Valley, France
This Property Sleeps:2
Minimum Price Per Week:£260
Maximum Price Per Week:£450
Nearest Airport:Anger Tours Poitiers Nantes (airport code ANE)

Property Features

  • Has a Pool
  • Close to a golf course
  • Children are allowed


Name: Jon fletcher
Telephone: 0033-241-506946
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Fax: 0033-241-506946
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Gite in Loire Valley, France