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LeClos-Charming Centuries-Old Wine Maker's Cottage

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2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
5 nights minimum
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When we first saw Le Clos, it was love at first sight! This is a stone double-cottage surrounded by gardens, with all of its historic charm intact, but beautifully restored and with all the modern conveniences added (including new plumbing, all-new electric service, and new, state-of-the-art central air and heat). Overlooking the Loire River in a picturesque hamlet, in the zone recently listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, this is the perfect starting point for an enchanting visit to France s glorious historical past. The royal river flows majestically through its castle-studded valley and past the foot of the hillside where Le Clos nestles among the vines and flowers. Inside this non-smoking cottage, you are greeted by the cheerful, fully-equipped kitchen and the ample di...When we first saw Le Clos, it was love at first sight! This is a stone double-cottage surrounded by gardens, with all of its historic charm intact, but beautifully restored and with all the modern conveniences added (including new plumbing, all-new electric service, and new, state-of-the-art central air and heat). Overlooking the Loire River in a picturesque hamlet, in the zone recently listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, this is the perfect starting point for an enchanting visit to France s glorious historical past. The royal river flows majestically through its castle-studded valley and past the foot of the hillside where Le Clos nestles among the vines and flowers. Inside this non-smoking cottage, you are greeted by the cheerful, fully-equipped kitchen and the ample dining area (seating up to eight). The stairway leads up to the loft bedroom with a queen bed (and its very good, firm mattress) and dormer windows looking out over the Loire valley to the north and the secluded courtyard to the south. Adjoining the dining area is the living room with fireplace, convertible sofa which sleeps 2--but remember, it's just a sofa bed!--, and French doors opening onto the courtyard on one side and onto a stone staircase leading to the lower garden on the other. From the living room, the stairs lead to the twin-bedded upper bedroom (again, 2 new, firm mattresses) and its connecting bath with shower. Outside, we have planted the garden with roses, fruit trees, herbs, flowering shrubs and annuals. Depending on the time of year, you can help yourself to cherries, plums, grapes, apples or figs. We love to relax under the rose arbor while enjoying some of the local specialties which abound here in the Garden of France, and which you can choose at the twice-weekly Amboise farmers market (one of the most popular in the area). Discover the sparkling white wines of Vouvray and Montlouis, the full-bodied reds of Chinon and Bourgueil, the cheeses and charcuterie for which the area is famous. An on-site tasting visit to some of the many producers is a rewarding and delightful experience. The area is also famous for its wonderful restaurants in all price ranges, from the deliciously simple to the gastronomical splurge. Culture and history buffs might like to know that our little hamlet was once a refuge from the hectic Paris art scene. Picasso, Matisse, Marie Laurencin, Cocteau, Poulenc, and others spent time in the houses on either side of us, visiting with Guillaume Apollinaire's widow ('La Jolie Rousse,' from the poem by the same name), and the painter/sculptor couple, Paul & Gertrude Bret. Besides the well-documented cultural outings (castles, many with sound and light shows, of Amboise, Chenonceau, Chambord, Blois, Chaumont, Azay-le-Rideau, Usse, Villandry, to name a few, the home of Leonardo da Vinci in Amboise, numerous museums, monuments, and open-air markets in Tours), there are many recreational attractions as well, the aquarium, the mini-chateaux, Fantasy Forest (an amusement park for children), and swimming within fifteen minutes of the house, Dining out becomes a fine art with many nearby restaurants in all price ranges, from the deliciously simple to the gastronomical splurge, For the shoppers, there are many gift and specialty shops in town and large department stores in Tours, plus regular flea markets and special town fairs with their parades, medieval jousts, or vide-grenier (village-wide flea markets) in Spring and Summer We have totally succumbed to the enchantment of our little corner of Touraine and all it has to offer, and we think you will love it, too. Michael & Lenita LoceyMore
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Languages spoken:English, French, Spanish
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:March 2010
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

LeClos Locey Cottage was lovely & charming, and the perfect location for a quintessential Loire Valley experience. The local town of Amboise was filled with friendly people, great shops, incredible markets, food, wine, history, and many Chateaux & amazing Adventures are in easy driving distance....More

Date of stay: May 2012
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Reviewed 15 July 2010

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Date of stay: August 2009
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Date of stay: September 2009
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Oregon, USA
Reviewed 7 July 2010

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Date of stay: August 2009
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
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DVD Player
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Refrigerator
Alarm Clock
Central Heating
Washer
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Blender
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Outdoor Dining Area
Air Conditioning
Dishwasher
Towels Provided
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
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Stereo System
Microwave
Shared Garden
Balcony
Linens Provided
Internet Access
Terrace
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