We stayed here in summer 2016. The property has been renovated to a high standard, with plenty of thought put in to keep all ages occupied: a well-stocked games room for kids and two fridges to keep cheese-eating adults happy!
There is a large garden and a huge paddling pool which, when combined with beautiful, sunny days, provide hours of entertainment for kids. Table football in the games room was also a big hit.
Two inland beaches are within a half-hour drive at La Fleche and at Château-la-Vallière. Wonderful, clean, underused facilities. They more than make up for the property being so far away from the coast.
The property is very remote which is wonderful for tranquillity and sitting outside at night watching the stars but does rule out a quick walk to the boulangerie. That said, there are plenty of boulangeries / supermarkets in nearby Le Lude - a ten minute drive away.
The Longere is a great house - even though we had read other reviews we were still amazed at how big it is! The house is kept spotlessly clean, well maintained and it is well equipped. There were lots of little extras provided by the owners and we felt welcome as soon as we stepped inside. The house is very comfortable and, importantly for anyone like us visiting during a chilly April, very warm thanks to underfloor heating on the ground floor. The games room was a great bonus. The location is very peaceful with horses in a field across from the house and pheasants wandering through the garden in the evening yet the town of Le Lude is only a 10 minute drive away.
We ventured further afield during our week at the Longere and visited lots of great places within about an hour’s drive. Our favourites were the chateaux of Chambord and Chenonceau, the town of Loches and the gardens at Villandry.
This is one of the best houses we have stayed in and is highly recommended.
We had a lovely week here in the Loire Valley. The house is beautiful and so spacious - couldn't have asked for more. Big garden too, perfect for French cricket or petanque!! We loved the location - near enough to towns/cities but remote enough that you have to drive past/through sunflower fields to get there!! There was plenty to keep the kids occupied at the house (games, books, TV etc) whilst we planned our days out. We visited some lovely Chateaux (Chateau Villandry has lovely grounds - Google it!!) and even spent a day at the "beach" in La Fleche - it's a man made white-sand beach on a lake - beautiful. Le Lude (the nearby town) is lovely and we had some great food there. Walking round the grounds of Chateau Le Lude was a favourite of ours - the big swing in the tall tree a favourite of the kids!! Didn't quite manage to get a round of golf in at the nearby course - maybe next time!! All in all, very much recommended - we will be back for sure.
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