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. 


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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.
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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.


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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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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

The Chateaux of the Loire No 2 - Chateau Chaumont

          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 Chaumont

          Chateau Chaumont was founded in the 10th century. It passed to the Norman knight Gelduin. His great-granddaughter was Denise de Fougère. Chaumont became the dowry to her husband Sulpice d'Amboise and so the castle passed into the hands of Amboise family for five centuries. 

Pierre d'Amboise rebelled against Louis XI, and as a result the king ordered the castle's destruction. 

Later in the 15th century Château de Chaumont was rebuilt by Charles I d'Amboise. 

Chaumont was first protected as an historic monument in 1840 In 1938 the Chateau was given to the state and is now open to the public.


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Thursday, 19 October 2017

The Chateaux of the Loire - No. 1 - Chateau Chenonceau

          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.

Chateau Chenonceau:


        Built as a simple bridge in the 14th century, Chenonceau has a rich history. In 1412 it was burnt down as a punishment. After it was rebuilt it changed hands many times and each owner added their own extension or renovation.

       When Henry II became King in the mid-16th cent. he showered his mistress, Diane de Poitiers with gifts including Chenonceau. After King Henry II died in 1559, his widow Catherine de Medici, forced Diane to exchange it for the Château Chaumont (see below). Queen Catherine then made Chenonceau her own favourite residence, adding a new series of gardens.

          In more recent times the Chateau was used as a military hospital and bombed by the Germans in June 1940. It was also used as a means escaping from the occupied zone on one side of the River Cher to the "free" zone on the opposite bank.



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Sunday, 15 October 2017

October 2017 Newsletter.

End of Season Arts Festival:           

           
             This last weekend, we were delighted to take part in our village's prestigious Arts Festival - L'Art et Lard. (Yes - that's Art and Bacon). It's a fabulous mix of Artists, Sculptors and other artisans, all of national and international standard plus food producers from the region. What a great weekend it was. All the contributors were placed around the village in residents gardens, caves, and garages and others were in tents and in the public places in the village. 34 Artisans this year, all of whom were extremely popular with the large number of visitors who came to see the exhibitions.

Painting by Daniel Lebier
        
English Tea Garden.
This year, for the first time, there was an art competition and exhibition from the pupils of the local Primary School and the local College. 150 pieces of art were displayed from them and the organisers were very pleased with the high standard of the children's artwork.







             Work here at La Richardière has involved the start of the autumn clean up and storage of outdoor equipment (games equipment, picnic-tables, seating and swimming pool sun-beds and parasols etc), for the winter. It all looks a little bare now, but, all too quickly we'll be opening for the new season.


           Our bookings systems are open for the 2018 and 2019 seasons, so please take a look and plan your next holiday with us. Until 18th October Brittany Ferries is offering 25% discount for early bookers. Don't miss out !



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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Welcome to the new blog for Gites de La Richardiere

Self-catering Gite Le Martinet
Self-Catering Gite Le Martinet
La Richardière's self-catering Gites are set in peaceful and beautiful countryside. It is over 200 years old and was once a Fermette bustling with cattle, sheep, goats, ducks & chickens. The property is situated to the South of the lovely Loire Valley in the Touraine du Sud. Over the years it has been carefully restored and transformed into the tranquil haven it is today.

There are 3 Gites at La Richardière; 

L'HirondelleLe Martinet, Le Pigeonnier.  


Self-catering Gite Le Pigeonnier



All the cottages have kitchens, shower-rooms, bedrooms and living areas and are provided with dedicated Wi-Fi, satellite English television, media players and outdoor barbecue areas.

Situated at the end of its own private drive, La Richardière is encircled by approximately 4 acres of lawn and orchards with extensive open views of the peaceful surrounding farmland.

Self-Catering Gite L'Hirondelle
For those who wish to explore, La Richardière is well situated for visiting the many Chateaux, vineyards and interesting towns and villages of the Loire. There is excellent walking and cycling close by and the Brenne National Park with all its fascinating bird life and fishing is just a "stone's throw" away.

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