Monday, 23 April 2018

Gites de La Richardière 
are now open for the 2018 Season.

The spring here in Central France has been slow to emerge following a fairly cold winter. All the trees and bushes were late blooming, but at last they are showing their colourful blossom and new leaf growth. All around us the fields of Blé (Wheat) and Colza (Rape Seed) are maturing quickly and we are once again surrounded by a sea of yellow flowers.
The weather has been stunning this week, clear blue skies and sunshine, and we have been able to open the swimming pool a week early. Already, the water temperature has risen to 25degC, so we're looking forward to our first swim at the weekend.
The season has started well and our first guests arrived on Wednesday. From now on we'll be fairly busy every week until the end of the season, so, if you haven't booked yet then we only have a few weeks available. Check out our website for Gite availability.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

20 Great reasons to stay at Gites de La Richardière

Extract from our March 2018 Newsletter:

Gites de La Richardière is opening on March 24th for the 2018 Season! We look forward to welcoming all of our guests. If you're not one of them then don't panic we still have a few spaces in the early summer. Check Gite availability on our website.

One of the most enjoyable pastimes during the short, but cold, winter is to read through the guest books and read all the lovely positive comments written by our guests during their stay at La Richardière. We thought we would simply share some of the comments with you in this newsletter.

20 Great Reasons to stay at Gites de La Richardière
as described by our 2017 guests. 
  1. "The Gite was lovely, extremely well-equipped and the grounds are superb." A+D, Brittany, Sept
  2. "The surroundings  provide infinite possibilities - Castles, Villages, Photography, Markets....." I+T, Barcelona, Sept
  3. "We really appreciated the welcome basket, dishwasher tablets and the information folders." B+C, Aug
  4. "Parc de Beauval Zoo - especially the bird show"  B+C, Aug
  5. "We loved visiting Clic-Lac (Climbing), Futuroscope and Angles-sur-Anglin." D+T+H, Aug
  6. "Amboise and the Chateau Clos Lucé..." F+I, Aug
  7. "The children loved the pool so much they didn't want to leave the property to visit castles and villages !" D+W, Netherlands, July
  8. "It (La Richardière) is a unique environment both within (the) property and surrounding areas, and so peaceful." S+F, Sussex / P+G, York, June
  9. "When I asked the boys what they liked the most they said - Playing Badminton and Ping-pong!" E+J, Netherlands, May
  10. "Best Holiday ever. I love the dogs too." I (aged 6) Aug
  11. "We have visited beautiful Chateaus - the best we've seen......being Chenonceau. We also visited the Chateaus at Loches and Grand Pressigny. The craft fair....was a great way to join in with the locals and the night market in Loches, a super experience." A+C, Aug 
  12. "Very sad to be going home after a wonderful 2 weeks in Le Pigeonnier. Very pleased with the property which was perfect for our needs." J&S, Worcester, July
  13. "The museum of pre-history in Le Grand Pressigny is simply world class. It's hard to believe that this sleepy backwater was the centre of quality flint blade manufacture for most of Europe 4,500 years ago." J&L, Surrey, June
  14. "I cannot believe the peacefulness, the tranquillity and the glorious weather! Seeing the stars and the Milky Way was wonderful." H+B,  Wiltshire, June
  15. "We didn't go far this week but enjoyed a day at Amboise and the Maurice Dufresne museum was very interesting at Azay le Rideau." S+A, Sept
  16. "Restaurants - Le Saint Mandé (Ferriere Larçon) - Superb, went twice. Chez Grandma (Le Petit Pressigny) - Good meal." J+I, Aug
  17. "My favourite part was the swimming pool and I loved the inflatable whale.......I also enjoyed practising my French with the bakery lady every morning." T (aged 12) Devon, Aug
  18. "We go home with a fortnight of great memories including a leaving party....on the sun drenched veranda, canoeing down La Cher to Chenonceau, climbing at Clic-Lac, visiting Futuroscope near Poitiers and saying hello to Leonardo's inventions at Clos Lucé. We can't wait to return in 2018. Don't change anything!" A+E, Wirral, Aug
  19. "We thoroughly enjoyed attending the Sal des Vignerons (Wine festival) in Le Petit Pressigny and thanks for helping with the wine tastings. The meal was delicious and there was such a welcoming community feel. You do have a little piece of heaven here and we've loved our stay with you."S+K, Canada, July
  20. "Un grand merci pour ce fabuleux séjour dans votre marveilleux cottage (L'Hirondelle). Nous avon vraiment apprecié votre accueil chaleureux, la beauté des lieux et le calme de la compagne." C+A, France, May
Find out more about the area and download our FREE Visitors' Guide.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Exciting News:

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UPDATE: We were delighted by the response to our Facebook competition which reached over 6,000 people. Congratulations to Louise Paul who won the prize of a £50 Amazon Gift Voucher. Thank you if you took part.

We are excited to announce that we have just launched our very first FACEBOOK Competition.To find out how to win a £50 Amazon Voucher just CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

New Year Greetings.

New Year Greetings from Gites de La Richardière,

          We're pleased to wish you a Happy New Year from central France through this first Newsletter of 2018. Like most parts of Europe we're "enjoying" the wet and blustery weather, and in the last couple of days we have experienced snowy conditions.

       It's a strange time of the year as our Gites are currently closed and we don't have any guests, so it's a period of re-organisation, cleaning, repairing and generally getting everything ready for when we open at the end of March.

       "So what is there to do?" Well, keeping warm is one aspect of living in the wilds of the countryside. It's necessary to have a good supply of wood for the wood burning stove. So a lot of time is spent in the wood store with the chain saw. It's also a good time to work in the grounds at La Richardière as there is a great deal to clear up after recent storms, pathways to make good and new areas to open up in the woods. 

          We had a very interesting day in the Brennelast week with a local bird enthusiast. We visited the Park Information Centre in Mézières-en-Brenne where there was a lot of information about the layout of the 1,000 lakes and information about where various birds could be seen. We spent some time in observatories / hides watching a variety of Ducks, Egrets, Herons, Coots and other water birds and for the first time we saw a Marsh Harrier. An amazing sight to see it gliding over the lake in search of its next meal. Our friend was also delighted to see some migrating Cranes, for the first time, "resting" in a field after their log journey from Africa.

SUMMER 2018:

We are delighted to welcome new, and returning guests this year and we hope that everyone will enjoy a pleasant stay at La Richardière.

         If you haven't yet booked your 2018 holidays, and are thinking about coming to La Richardière, then now is the time to do it as the next two months are our busiest time for enquiries and bookings. CLICK HERE to contact us and enquire about renting a Gite this spring, summer or autumn.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

The Chateau of the Loire No 5 - Chateau d'Amboise

                         Chateau d'Amboise                  
Chateau d'Amboise
           The Chateau at Amboise is best seen from the Bridge over the River Loire and can be approached from Tours to the West and from La Richardière to the South.

           The Chateau was in existence, as a building, for many years before it was officially founded as a Chateau, in 1431, by the then King of France - King Charles VII who began the tradition of French Kings residing and holding court at Amboise. 

            In the 15th and 16th centuries, the court of France continued to be based in Amboise, although some Kings preferred the Châteaux of Loches and Chinon to the fortified Château of Amboise. Charles VIII developed the Chateau by ordering the construction of new buildings and a chapel. He introduced innovative methods of heating the Chateau and employed French masons, Flemish sculptors, and Italian artisans: carpenters, gardeners and architects. His young cousin, François, the future François 1st (Premiére) was educated at Amboise and chose to live there when he became King. He gave a pension and a retirement home to Leonardo da Vinci, just down the road at Clos Luce (1516-1519).

          A thoroughly recommended visit. There is so much French history connected with this Chateau that it is probably worth a 2 day visit to include Clos Luce. 

For more information about Chateau d'Amboise, click HERE.

To Book a Gite with us, click here!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

2017 - December Newsletter

Christmas in the local Villages.

             With snow falling in many parts of Europe the feeling that Christmas is upon us is confirmed by the number of Christmas Markets which spring up all around La Richardière at this time of the year and the feverish activity in each village preparing Christmas decorations.

      Recently, we worked with villagers in Le Petit Pressigny to prepare decorations for the festive season. A long standing tradition.

       The two villages to the North of us - La Celle Geunand and Ferriere-Larçon held their Christmas Markets this last weekend. There were a large number of stall holders selling everything from Christmas cheese collections to crafted tinsel ornaments and a whole host of local wine and food products were also available. Entertainment was provided by groups of carol singers, in Victorian costume, adding to the overall ambience of the events. Despite the cold and inclement weather they were well-attended giving a chance for last minute Christmas shopping and pre-Christmas gatherings with neighbours and friends. 

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Restaurant and Eating experiences near to La Richardière:

Restaurant and Eating experiences:

          Whenever we go on holiday it's always nice to eat out and sample the local delicacies and traditions of the region we are visiting. It's also a welcome change from cooking for ourselves.

          Around La Richardière there are a large number of restaurants and eating place which are well worth a visit.

La Promenade is top of the list for us.  A Michelin starred restaurant just 3 mins from La Richardière in the village of Le Petit Pressigny. For our guests we offer a taxi service and menu recommendations. 
La Promenade, Le Petit Pressigny

          The food is exquisitely served and each course, not to mention the "amuse bouche", is a theatrical event. We recommend the Traditional Menu which gives a wide range of dishes for each of the courses 3 or 4 if you choose the fish course (and we recommend you do!).

          The ambiance of the restaurant is relaxed and only a little formal, so no need to dress up, unless you want to. You will be welcomed by Madame Dallais and served by the very professional staff. The Sommelier, Xavier, is well-respected in the area and will give you unrivalled advice about your wine choices.

Through the summer months at least one set of guests visit La Promenade and we always get good feedback, so, why not book your next holiday with us and sample the excellent food at La Promenade.

Monday, 13 November 2017

2017 - November Newsletter

Autumn is in full swing.

Dear Subscriber,
                           Summer is well and truly behind us now and autumn is in full swing at La Richardière. The trees in the local neighbourhood have changed to their Autumn gold colours and the leaves are falling rapidly.
                           English Tea Garden PictureOur community, Le Petit Pressigny, ended the year with it's nationally known art and craft festival "L'art et Lard" literally translated as Art & Bacon! As we mentioned in October's Newsletter, there were some fantastically talented artists on display and some creative sculptors. Artist Daniel LibierCertainly worth a visit if you are in the area in the first weekend of October next year. We were delighted to be involved as my new band "Celtiqua" played a concert on the Saturday afternoon and Patience was involved with the "English Tea Garden" on Sunday (Day 2).

          The local villages which surround La Richardière are now preparing for their Christmas Markets. A series of very popular events where one can buy food, craft items and wine which sets everyone up for a decorative and festive Christmas.

La Richardiere Updates:
  1. Our new BLOG is gaining a good following and we were pleased that the last post, No 4 in a series about the local Chateaux, saw nearly 2000 views. Check out the Blog for information about things to do in the area around La Richardière.
  2. Booking direct, and with no additional fees or charges, could not be simpler and potential guests can book directly, either from our WEBSITE or from our Facebook page.
  3. With our business connection to Brittany Ferries, guests can gain access to Brittany Ferries' discounted travel site and receive 20% discount on their English Channel crossing.
  4. There has been lots of work in the grounds at La Richardière this year and we now have a number of peaceful and shaded woodland walks for our guests to La Richardiere Woodland Walksenjoy.
See more by visiting our Twitter Moments page.
To book a gite, CLICK HERE.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

The Chateaux of the Loire No 4 - Chateau Chambord

          There are many Chateaux in the Loire Valley which are within easy reach of La Richardière. In each Gite we provide maps and information for our guests and are always ready to answer questions and give directions. For more information about the Loire Valley Chateaux CLICK HERE.

Chateau Chambord:

The Chateau at Chambord is not the closest to La Richardière, but it has proved popular with our guests who are prepared for an early start.

          This year, Chambord is reopened after an extensive garden makeover. Designated a world heritage site in 1981 Chambord has much to offer the whole family. The inside of the Chateau is well-presented and the Double-Helix staircase in the centre, designed by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1516,  is a wonder to behold.

          Outside there is a large park land which can be walked or visited by electric buggies which can be hired on site. The newly regenerated gardens are best seen on foot. Originally conceived by Louis XIV they have been reproduced to replicate the original 18th century gardens.

         There are many interactive activities for children including competitions of riddles connected with nature and the history of the castle. Visitors can also access interactive guides which are available for download to iPAD or Tablet.

For more information about Chateau Chambord, click HERE.

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Monday, 6 November 2017

The Chateaux of the Loire No 3 - Chateau de Villandry

          There are many Chateaux in the Loire Valley which are within easy reach of La Richardière. In each Gite we provide maps and information for our guests and are always ready to answer questions and give directions. For more information about the Loire Valley Chateaux CLICK HERE.

Chateau de Villandry

The Chateau at Villandry is famous for its magnificent geometrical gardens. The lands, where an ancient fortress once stood, were acquired by Jean Le Breton, in the 16th century, who constructed a new Chateau.
During the French Revolution the property was confiscated by the state and in the early 19th century, Emperor Napoleon acquired it for his brother, Jérôme Bonaparte.

In 1906, the property was purchased by Joachim Carvallo who created the beautiful gardens we know today.
The Gardens at Chateau de Villandry.
Le Chateau de Villandry, with it's huge historical heritage, much of which has English connections, is a World Heritage Site and is, from many aspects, well-worth a visit.

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