We recently returned from an enchanting stay at La Grande Loge. We were an extended family of 9 grown-ups and 2 babies, yet there was plenty of room for everyone in this well-equipped and tastefully refurbished lodge house. Mme Touze looks after her property with great care and attention to detail (it was, after all, her family home - she now lives in the adjacent wing and is, incidentally, the perfect landlady: attentive but never intrusive). There are plenty of grounds in which children can play, a pristine swimming pool and all the facilities you would expect from a comfortable holiday home. The nearby winery (Chateau de L'Aulée) is a short walk away and sells the best value 'cremant' (champagne by any other name) you will find anywhere in France and there is a plethora of other attractions within easy reach... although you might choose to simply unwind with a few good books in the seclusion of La Grande Loge.
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La Grande Loge is a magnificent place to stay during a visit to the Loire Valley. As a group of four Canadian couples, we recently returned from biking in the region and spent an idyllic seven days enjoying this sumptuous and historic manor as a starting and ending point for each day's adventures. It is perfectly situated in central Loire near the small, charming village of Azay-le-Rideau and is easily accessible from Paris by train or car. Everything you need for a memorable vacation is close at hand - groceries, winery (Chateau d'Aulee has good whites), bike rental, a chateau, cafes, even a farmer's market which boasts amazingly fresh produce at this time of year. Yet its location at the edge of town, surrounded by farmers' fields, is very peaceful and feels like a country setting. You might even have a visit from neighbouring cows like we did!
The Loge itself is an exceptional home, and as other guests have mentioned, the pictures do not quite capture the size, grandeur and special feeling it evokes. The kitchen has all the "bells and whistles" and is well-stocked with equipment and staples, the bedrooms are roomy, the furniture/beds are very comfortable - we all slept well after days of touring and biking. There are 3 shower rooms, modernized and clean, and two separate rooms containing the toilets. The weather was hot and sunny during our stay so we really appreciated the easy-to-operate pool and the HUGE yard, filled with exquisite roses, in which it is situated. We spent every evening meal outdoors - a highlight!! For children, it is an ideal place with trees and lawn that extend forever, perfect to explore and play games of tag and soccer. There are also tons of pool toys and bath towels. Despite the draw of the many compelling sites in the local area as well as the neighbouring villages and towns, we so enjoyed the lawn, garden and pool that one day was devoted to relaxation of all this outdoor space had to offer.
If you are considering a group or family trip to the Loire, La Grande Loge is definitely the place to stay - we highly recommend it!
We had a wonderful stay at La Grande Loge as an extended family of six adults and two children. I have no hesitation in recommending this outstanding property.
- Tastefully decorated, character-filled rooms with lots of space for our extended family
- Large dining table and well-equipped, modern kitchen (perfect for long family lunches)
- Stunning grounds with a tree-lined driveway, well-maintained swimming pool, beautiful entry courtyard with large old trees, and lots of outdoor furniture
- All the practical stuff like wifi, washing machine and dryer and a large supermarket within walking distance
- Brilliant location in Azay le Rideau, surrounded by wineries and the famous chateaus of the Loire Valley
- Lovely owner who was welcoming and helpful without being intrusive, assisting us with dinner reservations and more than happy to share the fascinating history of the property.
We have just returned home after spending seven wonderful days at La Grande Loge. When I booked our holiday online back in April I was impressed with the photos on the website. Well the place is actually even more beautiful than the photos. It is absolutely stunning.
We were welcomed by the charming landlady who quickly showed us around and immediately made us feel very much at home. The house is full of light, very spacious and surrounded by views of the beautiful garden where we spent a lot of our time. The kitchen is fully equipped and the living room is very comfortable with a great fireplace which we enjoyed every evening. The location is perfect as it 5 minutes from the charming village of Azay le Rideau but more importantly it is situated in the heart of the Loire with easy access to all the Chateaux in the area. The house is very tastefully decorated with many amenities to keep both adults and children entertained. I heartily recommend this place as we had an unforgettable holiday there.