Les Papillons

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Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 2

Overview

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Create cherished family memories in this charming home near the 17th-Century town of Richelieu in the southern part of the beautiful Loire Valley.

The lovely owners of this old stone farmhouse have created a warm and welcoming place ideal for relaxing holidays with family and friends. With six sweet bedrooms, including a spacious family bedroom, two new bathrooms and a comfortable living room with an open-fireplace, this has been their much-loved holiday escape for many years. 

Step outside to find a hidden corner in the pretty gardens, dine with family and friends al-fresco in the shade of the covered terrace or relax by the heated swimming pool. Just by the pool is also an old barn which has been brilliantly converted to a games room where you will find children’s toys and games, table-tennis, table-football and badminton. That said, you may prefer a leisurely game of French boules in the courtyard before retiring to a secluded spot for a glass of local wine.

Surrounded by sunflower fields and farmland, the home also backs on to woodland filled with beautiful butterflies and birds. You can stroll down the road to the village bakery to bring back your morning croissants before exploring for the day. There are some lovely bike routes and walks nearby; you can cycle about 10 km to Richelieu for nice restaurants, shops and a stunning historical park as well as the French weekly market.

Further afield explore the fairy-tale castle, sample wines in caves or canoe along the Vienne River in historic Chinon, spend the day by the Loire River in stunning Saumur or head towards Tours or Blois, together with a visit to one of the spectacular chateaux that the Loire valley is so famous for.

With the brilliant Futuroscope Park within half an hour, tree-top adventures and horse-riding nearby plus La Brenne Nature Reserve a little further, this is a fantastic location with activities for young and old across the wonderful Loire Valley.

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What you should know…

  • The maximum number of guests is 10, made up of eight adults maximum and two children up to eight years (who can stay in the family room)
  • Even though there are some lovely walking and cycling routes nearby, car hire is essential in order to be able to fully explore the Loire Valley
  • The trampoline in the garden as seen in the photo is not available

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Internet BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath Games Room Indoor Games Outdoor Games Table Tennis Table Football DVD Working Fireplace Heating

House Interior - sleeps 8 adults + 2 children (up to the age of 8)


Ground Floor


- Kitchen-breakfast room (24.8m2)
- Living room (50m2) with open-fire
- Double bedroom (14.4m2) with super king-size bed, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom (4.9m2). Door leading to outside
- Separate WC
- Office area

First Floor

- Double bedroom (12.1m2) with double bed (4x6’)
- Single bedroom (9.7m2) with single bed and sink
- Double bedroom (9.6m2) with double bed (4x6’)
- Double bedroom (14.3m2) with super king-size bed
- Family bedroom (35m2) with a double bed (4x6’) and two small single beds (only suitable for children up to the age of 8) plus a sink
- Shower room with WC (6.2m2)
- Separate WC

Outside Grounds

- Private heated swimming pool (8mx4m, max depth 2+m), fenced off with gate and safety ledge. Full width steps to shallow end. Open approx. early May to mid-October, weather dependent
- Solar powered shower
- Covered front terrace for al-fresco dining
- Back terrace with table and chairs
- Garden
- Barn/Games room with table-tennis, table-football, badminton and toys
- Boules in courtyard
- Barbecue

Facilities

- Wi-Fi
- Electric heating in each room
- Underfloor heating in bathrooms
- TV and DVD player
- Books and DVDs
- Board games
- Badminton
- Table-tennis
- Table-football
- Children’s toys and games
- Boules
- Washing machine
- Barbecue

Location

About the surrounding area of Les Papillons
Walk to Village <1hr to Airport Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Les Papillons is located in the Loire Valley in the southern part of the Indre-Loire department, near the border of Vienne. On the edge of a village, you are surrounded by countryside and farmland with sunflowers in the summer months. Spot butterflies and rare birds in the woodland that backs on to the house. This area is especially great for walking and cycling along the surrounding roads straight from the house. There are also fishing opportunities nearby.

You can stroll into the small village where you will find a bakery for your morning bread and pastries and there are two local restaurants within a 2-3km drive, with more a little further.

You can cycle or drive to nearby Richelieu (10km) quite easily where you will find a greater variety of restaurants, supermarkets and shops as well as a wonderful French weekly market. Here you will also find tennis courts and a historic park with a mini-zoo and children’s playground. Across the summer there are some great events taking place.

Just further north, resting on the banks of the Vienne River, is the medieval town of Chinon (32km). Follow the winding streets full of little shops and restaurants up to the castle and appreciate the history all around you. It’s also a wine producing town so be sure to stop off in one of the town’s caves where you can sample some local produce! Hire canoes for a leisurely afternoon by the river.

There are some fantastic activities around the region from golf within an hour near Saumur or Fontevraud, horse-riding in the local countryside and both hiking and cycling routes nearby. Keen cyclists can head up to the Loire River and follow parts of the long Loire à Vélo trail along the riverside.

The Saint Benoit Aventure (42km) tree-top climbing centre is a must for those seeking adventurous activities such as zip-lines, monkey bars and swings.

The fantastic Futuroscope park (43km) is just half an hour away; a great day out for all the family with various amazing attractions and theatre shows. For a quieter time La Brenne nature reserve (97km) is worthy of a visit to the south-west with over 1000 ponds/lakes and an impressive amount of flora, fauna and wildlife, especially birds and butterflies. Bird lovers may also enjoy the spectacular shows in Chauvigny (50km) with birds from all over the world flying around the ruins of the castle.

Tours (65km) is a wonderful place to visit not only for its fascinating history but also high-end gastronomy with some amazing markets across the city. Combine with a visit to one of the archetypal castles in this part of the valley including Château de Villandry (55km), Château Royal d'Amboise (85km) and Château de Chenonceau (78km).

A little further but worth the drive is Château de Chambord (138km) which should be combined with a visit to the utterly beautiful town of Blois (127km) on the Loire river.

For further exploring, head north-west to Saumur (67km), also resting on the Loire River, it has a reputation for its excellent restaurants, its famous equestrian school Cadre Noir and the delicious sparkling white wine which you can sample in the area. Visit the fairy-tale château, take a boat up the Loire river or hire canoes. Combine with a visit to the Fontevraud Abbey (53km) or the fascinating Troglodyte caves in Rochemenier (79km).

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Poitiers Biard/Tours Val de Loire

(48km/68km)

Nearest Ferry port Caen Ouistreham/Calais

(320km/585km)

Nearest Village

(500m)

Nearest Shop Bakery

(500m)

Nearest Restaurant

(2-3km)

Nearest Supermarket Petit Casino

(6km)

Nearest Town/City Richelieu/Chinon

(10km/32km)

Nearest Golf Golf de Loudun-Fontevraud

(47km)

Nearest Train Station Gare de Chatellerault

(20km)

Nearest Tennis Richelieu

(10km)

Region

A region doesn’t get to be called “The Garden of France” without being pretty special, and the Loire Valley is just as luscious and beautiful as its nickname would suggest. There’s countless acres of beautiful woods, vineyards and farmland that produce some of France’s revered ingredients and delicacies, and a wealth of history and beautiful architecture that demands and rewards exploration. Whether you’re heading off with the family, friends, or both, our fantastic portfolio of Loire Valley villas and chateaux means you’ll find fantastic, comfortable and quirky accommodation no matter your preferences.

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

There are some fantastic activities around the region with horse-riding in the local countryside and cycling routes nearby. 

In nearby Richelieu (10km) there are find tennis courts and a historic park with a mini-zoo and children’s playground. 

You can hire canoes or kayaks in Chinon (32km) or head up to Saumur (67km) for more water-play on the Loire River.

The Saint Benoit Aventure (42km) tree-top climbing centre is a must for those seeking adventurous activities such as zip-lines, monkey bars and swings.

The fantastic Futuroscope park (43km) is just half an hour away; a great day out for all the family with various amazing attractions and theatre shows.

For a quieter time La Brenne nature reserve (97km) is worthy of a visit to the south-west with over 1000 ponds/lakes and an impressive amount of flora, fauna and wildlife, especially birds and butterflies. Bird lovers may also enjoy the spectacular shows in Chauvigny (50km) with birds from all over the world flying around the ruins of the castle.

Discover fairy-tale like castles across the Loire Valley from nearby Chinon (30km) to the most famous châteaux near Tours including Château de Villandry (55km), Château Royal d'Amboise (85km) and Château de Chenonceau (78km).

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Badminton
  • Board games
  • Boules/Petanque
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • Table Football
  • DVD
  • Toys

Extras

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests.

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Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Event information

How long have you owned the property?
We bought the house in 1998 and three generations of our family have been holidaying there for the past 20 years.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
We did fall in love with the house as soon as we saw it. It’s an attractive traditionally built stone farmhouse complete with barns.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
There is a large gravel courtyard with lawns.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
We have had many friends as well as family stay over the years and they have all enjoyed their stay.

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do?
Our local town is Richelieu. It was built in 1631 -1642 by Cardinal Richelieu and remains a very interesting place to visit with many original buildings, a large park and a 17th century Market Hall which houses the weekly street market. Richelieu has a programme of events across the summer with classical concerts, fairs and exhibitions. We love to cycle on the quiet back roads from the house, have a picnic in the park and let the kids enjoy the swings and the tiny zoo. Le Chinon is a great place for lunch, but we also like to have a coffee in the PMU in the main square on market day and people watch. 
Chinon is also of significant historical interest with the walled castle with panoramic views, visited by Joan of Arc and with several English kings buried in the grounds. Chinon which sits on the Vienne rive, makes a good family day out. Kayaks and bikes can be hired in and one of our favourite things to do is to do a kayak/bike trip, which is very reasonably priced.
Really eat?
There are lots of good restaurants, but L’Entrepotes is one of our favourites, if you want a special night out - book a table on the terrace. Chinon is also known for its good wine and there are lots of vineyards where you can taste and choose a case to take home.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
There is masses to do locally and we have left you lots of ideas and suggestions in the house, along with maps and guidebooks. But what we've done an awful lot of over the years is prepare great meals and sit around for hours eating, drinking and relaxing with friends on the terrace while the kids play!

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €800 paid to the owner by bank transfer one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4:00 p.m.
Departure time 10:00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes. There are electric heaters in all rooms. Bathrooms have underfloor heating. There is a large open fire in the sitting room with log store in the barn.
Linen & towels included? Yes, including pool towels.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes, however guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or garbage disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Changeover day Saturday.
Minimum stay 7 nights.
Smoking Allowed? No.
Pets welcome? No.
Other Ts and Cs Cot and highchair available on request.
Pool heating charge? No. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Other Ts and Cs The pool is open and heated from approximately early May to mid-October, dependent on weather.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and special events are not permitted.
Other Ts and Cs The maximum number of guests is 10, made up of eight adults maximum and two children up to eight years (who can stay in the family room)
Internet access? Wi-Fi connection included.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period Weekly
Nov 11th 2019 - Jan 1st 2020 £1,388
Jan 1st 2020 - Jul 1st 2020 £1,804
Jul 1st 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 £2,289
Sep 1st 2020 - May 14th 2021 £1,804

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period Weekly
Nov 11th 2019 - Jan 1st 2020 €1,513
Jan 1st 2020 - Jul 1st 2020 €1,967
Jul 1st 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 €2,497
Sep 1st 2020 - May 14th 2021 €1,967

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period Weekly
Nov 11th 2019 - Jan 1st 2020 $1,667
Jan 1st 2020 - Jul 1st 2020 $2,167
Jul 1st 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 $2,751
Sep 1st 2020 - May 14th 2021 $2,167

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Reviews

  • Lovely Stay!

    Posted by Anne and Tony; Susie and James; Becky and Ollie, Catherine, Matt and Charlie. on 31/08/2019

    Le Pont has been perfect accommodation for our multi-generational family holiday.It is spacious, very well equipped, and has many extras.
    We enjoyed visiting Richelieu on both no-market days (very quiet) and Friday when it has a bustling market.
    Other good days out include Chinon, Saumur, Chateau du Riveau and Chateau de Petit Thouars for wine tasting.

  • Such a nice stay!

    Posted by Grandparent Elliots on 31/07/2019

    Our holiday here is just coming to a close. We have had a lovely week staying at Les Papillons. We've certainly filled the week, enjoying the pool where the grandchildren have had so much fun. In addition we have been out on several trips including: Richelieu, Chinon and Saumur.

  • A big THANKS!

    Posted by Raganath family on 12/06/2019

    We really enjoyed our stay here, the pool was amazing, the house lovely and there is so much to see and do in the area. Thanks!

  • Relaxing holiday in a great location

    Posted by Matt A. on 13/09/2018

    A lovely French stone house with all the comforts and amenities inside, but we spent most of our time eating and relaxing outside. My two young girls loved the pool and the trampoline, or visiting the gardens at Richelieu, and I enjoyed dining al fresco at the house and exploring the local area. A great place to relax with family.

  • Perfect location

    Posted by Helen S. on 14/08/2018

    Great location to be based in for a relaxing holiday in the heart of the Loire Valley. The spacious and homely proper-ty is set in a tranquil location which is situated on the edge of a village, so a short walk from the local bakery. The covered area between the main house and the outbuildings provides an excellent dining area and there is also plenty of indoor space. Les Papillons has a fabulous, secluded pool area where we spent a number of relaxing days. Les Papillons is well placed to access and explore neighbouring towns and villages, either by bicycle or car. We even spent a day kayaking on the nearby Vienne River.
    We had a great holiday, I would highly recommend it and look forward to returning in the near future.

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