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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