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Charming & Private Stone Cottage W/ Saltwater Pool

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Pool shot (with our house beyond, at far left)
Entrance to 'Le Havre'
'Le Havre' looking toward pool
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1 bedroom
1 bathroom
3 guests
3 nights minimum
Cottage
Our lovingly renovated stone cottage ( 550 square feet) sits at the edge of the ancient forest of Montrichard, in the Loir-Cher, in the Loire Valley. Renowed for the King's (and Queen's castles--think Chenonceau) chateaux for a retreat from Paris and Versailles, this is still a Haven for the 21st century tourist, looking for the same amentities (although much, much more modern--yet still exquisite) and peaceful atmosphere that brought the royality to the region centuries ago. Our 'version' is a tuffa stone, terra cotta roofed cottage that sleeps two in comfort (there is a twin bed as well, for a 3rd guest, if needed). One enters 'Le Havre' ('The refuge') through double French doors (which overlook the forest) into an open Chestnut beamed celing (18 feet to the peak), giving a light an ...Our lovingly renovated stone cottage ( 550 square feet) sits at the edge of the ancient forest of Montrichard, in the Loir-Cher, in the Loire Valley. Renowed for the King's (and Queen's castles--think Chenonceau) chateaux for a retreat from Paris and Versailles, this is still a Haven for the 21st century tourist, looking for the same amentities (although much, much more modern--yet still exquisite) and peaceful atmosphere that brought the royality to the region centuries ago. Our 'version' is a tuffa stone, terra cotta roofed cottage that sleeps two in comfort (there is a twin bed as well, for a 3rd guest, if needed). One enters 'Le Havre' ('The refuge') through double French doors (which overlook the forest) into an open Chestnut beamed celing (18 feet to the peak), giving a light an airy feeling, which is indeed that. The main room has a dining/kitchen area. Waxed pine dining table and chairs, separate the kitchen (electric cooktop, microwave, French country sink, toaster, coffee maker and electric kettle. As well as all of the pots and pans, herbs, oil and our homemade vinegar to help make a perfect meal.) from the luxurious double bed, covered in crisp cotton linens. A CD/cassette player, music, guide books, maps and novels are all there. The salle-de-bain is a 'Traveler's dream' (according to many of the 100's of guests who have enjoyed and been surprised by the space). Approximately 80 square feet, with an oak armoire (plenty of hanging space!), a huge walk-in tiled shower, toilet, bidet and a pedestal sink that overlooks the 50 x 8 foot heated saltwater lap pool. Cotton towels--all linens--are provided. We welcome our guests with a cold bottle of local wine in the refrigerator (as well as your 1st petit dejeuner), cuddly robes and just about anything (there is also a Weber Kettle BBQ on the patio) one could ask for. Just unpack----and enjoy!More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
We will accept children, but as the pool is off the cottage, we can not have any toddlers and insist that the parent(s) be present at all times with the child outside. We will also accept pets, but you must ask, as we have two cats. We do speak English and French
Bathrooms
1 Full bath
About the Owner
karen k
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:November 2011
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Reviewed October 5, 2019

Clean, cute stone cottage with view of fields, forest and occasional deer. Proprietors friendly and helpful. Cottage has all needed utensils, microwave, cooktop and outside coal BBQ, but no oven. Bathroom very spacious with wonderful shower. Bed comfortable with clean linen. Bath and pool towels...More

Date of stay: September 2019
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Reviewed February 2, 2018

We stayed at La Barauderie a couple of years ago and had a wonderful time. Karen and Craig were great hosts and gave us some crucial tips on touring Les Chateaux. although they thought we were crazy to do as many in one day as...More

Date of stay: April 2016
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Management response:Responded February 3, 2018

Yes, it can be a tad early--in April--for the pool, but it certainly is a very pretty time in this part of the Loire. The air smells of spring--fresh ferns--warm earth and the bird song! But, the cottage is snug and warm as can be....More

Reviewed June 3, 2017

Karen and Carl were great hosts and the cottage was well equipped for our every need. A wonderful quiet country location but easy to get around to visit chateaux and towns. The pool was warm even in May for comfortable swimming. We enjoyed it so...More

Date of stay: May 2017
Thank jdanstee
Management response:Responded June 5, 2017

We certainly enjoyed Kate and John's visit and look forward to their return next May! Respectful and happy folks. Plus, easy guests, as they knew what they wanted and asked when they needed help. The weekend here looks promising and hope the coming weeks will...More

Reviewed November 7, 2016

Enchanting! The picture of a French countryside fairytale. The cottage is impeccable, the location is ideal and the hosts provide the perfect blend of attention and privacy that allows you to experience the best of Loire and return home with your batteries recharged! We have...More

Date of stay: July 2016
Thank Patrick P
Management response:Responded November 10, 2016

Craig and I were certainly happy to see Patrick and Jennifer as well. They were here for their honeymoon and then to return again with a little bundle named Henry! (Who amassed a small collection of Loire river stones from the courtyard.) Patrick and Jennifer...More

Reviewed September 19, 2015

We stayed here for 4 nights and enjoyed ourselves completely. The cottage is quiet and the owners are very welcoming. We used the barbecue 2 nights of our stay and Karen had lots of information regarding local restaurants for the days we ate out. The...More

Date of stay: September 2015
Thank Janetonholiday
yuckitiwas, VR Owner at Charming & Private Stone Cottage W/ Saltwater Pool, responded to this reviewResponded September 21, 2015

WOW!!!! Another rave review! We equally enjoyed their stay and hope that we will see them again in the not too distant future. It is Autumnal here now, so closing the pool today, awaiting year 13 of "her" glory for 2016 and our 24th year...More

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Reviewed September 11, 2015

When we looked at the reviews for this property, what occurred to us was: "Really? Every review is 5 stars?" Here's why, after our visit, we gave it that same rating. The Cottage. As we first stepped through the door of the cottage we could...More

Date of stay: August 2015
Thank Bob C
yuckitiwas, VR Owner at Charming & Private Stone Cottage W/ Saltwater Pool, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2015

What a lovely review from equally lovely guests! It was a long time coming, as they booked with us in November of 2014. So, a lot of e-mails back and forth answering questions, so when they arrived all was organized and easy for them. We...More

Reviewed July 28, 2015

A lovely relaxing cottage for our getaway. The perfect base to set about exploring the Loire Valley and the perfect hosts who were always willing to go the extra mile for us and make us feel truly at home!More

Date of stay: July 2015
Thank VelvetEars
yuckitiwas, VR Owner at Charming & Private Stone Cottage W/ Saltwater Pool, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2015

Thank you two for the wonderful review! It is refreshing to see a young and obviously happy couple enjoy what Craig and I have tried to "create" here, in the Loire Valley, over 25 years ago. We look forward to a return and hearing splashes...More

Reviewed July 7, 2015

This lovely little cottage in the beautiful countryside is the perfect retreat. Depending upon your interests you can simply relax and enjoy the bucolic location, or, explore the small villages and their daily markets, visit the many chateaus nearby, hike in the forests and enjoy...More

Date of stay: June 2015
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yuckitiwas, VR Owner at Charming & Private Stone Cottage W/ Saltwater Pool, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2015

What can we say, but: "thank you". We just love having returning guests. We have gone from folks coming to celebrate their honeymoon or anniversary, to then bringing their children and as we had earlier this season: grandchildren! I guess it's safe to say, we...More

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Date of stay: June 2015
yuckitiwas, VR Owner at Charming & Private Stone Cottage W/ Saltwater Pool, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2015

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Reviewed September 26, 2014

Make this a week or two on your bucket list. Karen and Craig wrote the book on class and service. The property is immaculate and you will feel at home in your home away from home. Craig and Karen are also world class sailors that...More

Date of stay: February 2014
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yuckitiwas, VR Owner at Charming & Private Stone Cottage W/ Saltwater Pool, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2015

Although we are not world class "sailors", we certainly feel like a world apart with this stunning review! How did I not get to responding until now?!? We are in our 23rd season this year (and 25 in the Loire) and work very hard to...More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Alarm Clock
Grill
Books
Central Heating
Dryer
Refrigerator
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Local Guides/Maps
Microwave
Outdoor Dining Area
Paper Towels Provided
Parking
Patio
Private Garden
Shared Outdoor Pool (Heated)
Shared Garden
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Stereo System
Cooker
Toaster
Towels Provided
Washer
Wi-Fi
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Charming & Private Stone Cottage W/ Saltwater Pool

Charming & Private Stone Cottage W/ Saltwater Pool is able to accommodate up to 3 guests. See all property details.

Charming & Private Stone Cottage W/ Saltwater Pool has one bathroom available. See all property details.

Charming & Private Stone Cottage W/ Saltwater Pool has one bedroom available. See all property details.

Stays at Charming & Private Stone Cottage W/ Saltwater Pool must last at least 3 nights. See all property details.