3 en-suite bedrooms with kitchen in 400 year old house. Sleeps 7. Quiet village near Chambord, Chenonceau, Amboise & Zoo Beauval. Ideal for families or groups of friends. Quiet village with stunning views of the 1,000 year abbey opposite and stone village square. The family house is a b&b with the owners living inside.
Large bed and breakfast town house with wifi in centre of medieval Pontlevoy, near restaurant, bar, boulangerie but in the heart of stunning Loire Valley countryside 11/2hrs south of Paris. 3 large bedrooms. 3 bathrooms, sleeps 7 with views of 1,000 year old abbey opposite. Rooms can also be booked individually. Beautifully restored and spacious and very very homely.
Pontlevoy is a thriving artistic community benefiting from the university opposite with its international music festival and American links to study abroad programs, but entirely French in its village life. Blois and Montrichard, both stunning towns on the river have excellent restaurants, cinemas, theatres and all the amenities of town life. Tours, 50minutes away has a Ryanair airport to London. Only 11/2 hours drive from Paris. Maison Clergeau is ideal for the nearby chateau of, Chenonceau, Chambord, Cheverny, Amboise, Chaumont, Blois and Zoo Beauval. The house has good wifi so working remotely is easy. The top floor is a 63 square metre bedroom and bathroom with plenty of natural light from the 6 skylights and beautifully restored with exposed brick and wood. The middle floor has 2 bathrooms and 2 bedrooms, each with individual character and plenty of natural light. Downstairs has a shared entrance with the owners and a private kitchen with view of the village square. There is a local bus service to Montrichard and Blois. Pontlevoy has a an award winning restaurant at Hotel de l'Ecole on the high street. The bakery serves fresh croissant and bread daily and we have a well stocked but small supermarket in the village, post office and 2 other bars.
Front guest kitchen, 1 double bedroom with en suite shower, one single bedroom with en suite shower and shared toilet between the two bedrooms. Library and then the whole of the loft which is a large double bedroom and single bed with en suite shower and toilet.
Общение с гостями
We live at the back of the house so are available for help with booking restaurants, guide books, travel ideas. We can also cook for you if you wish.
Другие важные подробности
Michel is a wonderful cook so please don't hesitate to ask him to cook for you. Strong wifi in the house. Stairs are narrow so not impossible for children but care needs to be taken. No smoking in the house. Bike hire is available on request.
No smoking in the house. Please be careful with electricity, turn off lights and air conditioning.
My name is Michele and until 8 years ago I was busy in Kent teaching violin to primary school children. I started the restoration of the house 7 years ago and opened 5 years ago as a b&b/hostel enjoying enormously the contact with all the guests that have passed through the house. The house is 400 years old and has taken a lot of time and energy and passion to restore. It now has all the original features of tiled floors and wooden beams but with modern power showers and central heating. The house was previously owned by a celebrated photographer and is opposite the abbey that runs degree courses and is populated by students during peak seasons. I have brought up 3 children and worked in London as a Music Therapist for 12 years.
My partner is French and also speaks Spanish and Dutch and English and can occasionally be persuaded to cook and when he does it is WONDERFUL. Sadly my beautiful dog Nelson has gone back to his roots to a family in UK but I still have my cat, Hector.
In the 5 years of running the b&b things have gone from strength to strength. It seems that the house chooses the people although the guests think they have chosen the house! The first year of opening I had a trickle of guests, all very kind and appreciative but still a trickle. The second year I had plenty of psychiatrists, a life coach, a Buddhist retreat group, born again Christians and ordinary arty types. It seemed that the house chose the people necessary to guide me through my then, turbulent love life! The 3rd year with love life calm and happy the house attracted photographers, cooks, stylists, writers, followers of the Tour de France, flower arrangers, musicians etc etc. I was often fully booked and with the plumbing at full stretch I had a retired couple stay for 2 weeks from Australia who got chateaued out and went round fixing up all the necessary odd jobs! The fourth year was almost fully booked throughout the whole season and we are now entering the beginning of the 5th year.
I received many more Parisians last year and even some returning guests. Wassim from Paris returned with his whole extended family! I had musicians from Orleans, photographers from Australia, several website designers, language students, delightful musicians etc etc.
My one regret from this last year is that people didn't stay for longer. Often guests left wishing they'd booked for longer, which wasn't always possible with guests' busy itineraries. My house continues to be a magnet for independent, creative people who are looking for something extra from their holiday and when there is a connection of like minds, it's a shame not to be able to build on this. Stay open-minded when you book! The unexpected (always good) can happen!
What can I tell you about me? I like meeting people although I am quite private or is it shy? Difficult to know which. It is my pleasure to run this b&b and to meet people from all over the world, to speak French and to listen to what people want from their holiday.
If you want to exhibit your art here? Ask. This is something I tried out last year and sold 3 photos. But I hadn't properly sorted out prices and prints and know that I could do better next year.
The excellent up right piano has attracted pianists and singers who want to keep rehearsing and that suits me fine. I LOVE to hear the music in the house and if you are keen to rehearse with me on violin, then I would love that to.
Life motto? For me the b&b has given me the privilege of meeting so many different people. So I guess from personal experience, I think its important to be happy. Simple but takes a lot of courage to implement.
I can't live without decent coffee, plenty of hot water, music and delicious food. Oh and interesting people are certainly a plus. I like to meet people who live or think outside of the box. I guess, if you're struggling in life, you're welcome here! And if you're successful, you're also welcome! because I like to learn from people's lifestyles and choices.
Last year's obsession was Paul Coehlo books...I have them all here if you want to borrow them... But if you have read his biography... you kind of go off him...More recently I have started writing again.
Music obsession currently is Leonard Cohen thanks to an airbnb host I stayed with in London. Last book I read was 'Love like Salt' which marries cool philosophy with stunning poetic and lyrical story telling.
I teach English full time in the village secondary school so am here ALL year round now to welcome guests. Guess if you see me looking exhausted the 15 year olds have gained in the 'power struggle' for who is boss!
My partner, also called Michel, took the plunge and moved into the house 2 years ago. He was a chef for many years and LOVES to cook for people. We started this last year with informally inviting guests to eat with us and had very positive feedback, so if you would like dinner when you arrive, please request this on booking.
There is 'an honesty box' (looks like a London telephone box). When you have dinner with us, please feel free to put money in the box. If you want me to do your washing, again pop the money in the box.
If you have persevered and read this all the way through to the end,,,, thank you!