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Abbey Cottages with heated pool in the Loire Valley
Luzé, near Richelieu, between Tours et Poitiers, in the Indre-et-Loire
1 or 2 bedrooms, sleeping 5 or 6 people

The Abbaye de Bois-Aubry

Now a private family home, the Abbey dates from the 12th century and is an enchanting, peaceful and relaxing place, for couples, friends and families. We have two gite cottages that have been carefully restored with respect to tradition and an attention to detail, to combine the charm and character of the setting with modern comforts. The pool is heated and it is easy to take an afternoon siesta there and drift off to the sound of the fountain playing.

We are in Luzé, a village in the centre of the Loire, equidistant (40 minutes) from Tours and some of the great Loire chateaux and Poitiers, near Futuroscope, the science and technology park that all ages can enjoy. Luzé has essential shops and facilities for immediate needs and there is good local fishing, riding stables and tennis courts. Richelieu is about 15 km from here, which has a greater selection of shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars. Ste Maure de Touraine, famous for its A.O.C. cheese, is also 15 km from here.

Gîte de la Porterie is at the foot of the Abbey clock tower, a short walk from the swimming pool. Comfortable for 2, it can sleep up to 5 people. It opens into a large living room with full central heating and a fireplace, a mezzanine, television and DVD and a kitchen area with central island, equipped with everything you would need, including a dishwasher and washing machine, oven and hob, fridge, kettle and coffee maker.

Stairs lead up to a mezzanine bedroom, which has oak wood floors and a double bed, next to which is a bathroom with double washbasins and a large splash shower. There is also a smaller bedroom. Upstairs from here is a small attic room which is perfect as a playhouse for children or for luggage and stores.

A private garden, surrounded by a high hedge is next to cottage and equipped with garden furniture and a barbecue. There is private parking.

Gîte du Grenier à Grains sleeps up to 6 people and is on the other side of the Abbey, near the pool. It has a living room with a double sofa bed, television and DVD that opens into a fully equipped kitchen and dining table.

Upstairs is a large mezzanine bedroom with a double bed and a single bed, next to a bathroom with a central bath, shower, washbasin and wc. Above the bathroom is a smaller double room where you can lie on the bed and gaze at the soaring beams above.

The garden is private, equipped with outside furniture and a barbecue and looks over the Abbey gardens. There is also private parking.

The Area

Luzé has riding stables, tennis courts that are open to everyone and places for a day’s fishing. Within a short drive are a golf course, a canoe/kayak base and a microlight airfield, which arranges flights over the area.

Some of the greatest of the Loire châteaux are less than an hour's drive. Chenonceaux (45 minutes), built over the river Cher in 1520, is a must. Given to his mistress Diane de Poitiers by Henry II, it was later owned by Catherine de Medici, who created part of the gardens there.

Amongst others is the gracious Renaissance château of Azay-le-Rideau (30 minutes), beautifully set amongst trees on the edge of a small village, moated by the Indre river. The gardens are especially worth seeing.

Chinon is a medieval town, 30 minutes away, which lies on the banks of the Vienne, crowned by an old fortress château towering high above. The centre of the town has many lovely old houses, particularly around the Rue Voltaire and the Place du Grand Carroi, which has associations with such historical figures as Richard the Lionheart and Joan of Arc, who stayed at the inn here while waiting to be received by the king. The poet Rabelais spent his early years here, which inspired several of his poems; it isn't hard to imagine the town teeming with Rabelaisian life.

Chinon has all kinds of shops, markets every Sunday and Tuesday morning and a good choice of restaurants. It is also famous for its wine and there is lots of opportunity to taste or visit some of the vineyards and the wine museum.

Poitiers (40 minutes) has lots to see in terms of art and architecture as well as the impressive cathedral of Notre-Dame. The busy centre is full of narrow, winding pedestrian streets, ideal for shopping and exploring. Futuroscope is the huge science and technology park just outside Poitiers for those looking for adventure.

Travel Information

Tours - 40 minutes
Poitiers – 50 minutes
Paris – 2h50 minutes
Car hire available
Autoroute A10 Paris-Bordeaux.
Exit 25 at Ste Maure de Touraine (between Tours and Poitiers).
From Ste Maure, follow the road to Richelieu.
Then follow the signs for "Abbaye de Bois-Aubry". Go through Luzé
and continue following the signs to "Abbaye de Bois-Aubry"
TGV Tours (St Pierre des corps) – 40 minutes
TGV Poitiers – 50 minutes
Car hire available

Availability Check

Prices and booking information

DatesLa PorterieLe Grenier
January - April450 €550 €
May & June500 €600 €
July & August950 €1050 €
September & October650 €750 €
November & December450 €550 €

All prices are per week arriving at 4pm departing at 10am

A deposit of 25% is requested on booking
the remainder to be paid 4 weeks before arrival,
together with a returnable damage deposit of €400.

Language(s) spoken:
English and French

To book or for more information please contact
Christine Gribomont

please contact via email

Please mention Vacation France when contacting the owner

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