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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