We spent four nights here in mid-summer, 2013. The place is built around a large courtyard behind a wall and gate, so there is a lot of privacy and little road noise. Unfortunately little has been done to landscape or beautify the courtyard, which is basically a large parking lot. A former stable and another outbuilding have been converted into six large, comfortably furnished rooms and a large room with a huge table where breakfast is served family style. And what a breakfast(!!). It included a rotating selection of just about every carbohydrate laden delicacy the French can produce. It's really wonderful, although the Germans and Americans in our group began to wish for some protein, vegetables, and fruit after a day or two. The proprietor is a friendly and exceptionally helpful person, although her language skills do not extend far beyond French. There is also a good and up to date supply of travel literature about the area. It is a short walk to the center of town, which has shops, a few restaurants, bars, and the like. All in all, it was a pleasant experience, but a word of warning for North Americans. There is no AC here, and the rooms become uncomfortably warm in the afternoon if the temperature exceeds 30, as it did several days during our stay. A fan and large window helped to cool things down at night though.
We spent a delightful three weeks in the gite rural (country cottage) of Domaine de la Chapelle. It is owned by Phillip and Rebecca Sacker, an adventurous and pleasant British couple, who have moved to France and are sharing their domaine with guests. In addition to the two-bedroom gite, there are four Bed & Breakfast rooms that are utterly charming. They have all been decorated by Rebecca with antique quilts and found objects. One B&B room retains the original beams from the barn they converted into a B&B.
Rebecca serves breakfast with her own jams and preserves, and Phillip will be delighted to show you the 15th century Chapel of Ste. Radegundis that is part of their property. You can arrange to have dinner served too and Rebecca is an excellent cook. Enjoy!
I've listed the B&B prices below and the rooms are 50 to 55 euros a night depending on the room you choose. Because VirtualTourist requires a per person per night listing, the gite prices are difficult to list. Gites normally charge by the week so plan on 220 to 390 euros per week depending on the season. Do be sure to check the Domaine's web site for up-to-date information and prices.
The location is magic, perched on a hill overlooking vineyards and the lovely river Cher. There are wonderful walks in all directions and you are in the heart of the Loire chateau country. There must be at least a dozen famous chateaus within a half hour drive and quite a few more not-so-famous but equally charming ones.
The grounds contain benches for relaxing, a children's play area, many fruit and nut trees, umbrella tables for outdoor dining and the lovely 15th century chapel. Phillip said they recently had guests who renewed their wedding vows in the chapel on an anniversary. It appeared that it would be a lovely site for a wedding too. The entire setting is very romantic.
The gite not only has a private yard and patio, it has a complete kitchen including a dishwasher and clothes washing machine. These can be difficult to find in gites and are very useful. The bathrooms in all the rooms and in the gite are completely modern, spotless and sparkling.
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