Historic Riverside Home, southern Loire Valley
From $121 / night
Description from the owner
Description from the owner
This historic St.-Pierre-de-MaillĂŠ home overlooks a tranquil millpond on the Gartempe River, home to ducks, coots, moorhens, herons and other wildlife. Built by the Bishops of Poitiers in the early fourteen-hundreds, it has massive foundations with walls several feet thick. Our gardens run down to the river and provide a secluded spot to write, read, doze or entertain. Visitors are invited to pick whatever vegetables are in season
The house has recently undergone extensive improvements to make it energy-efficient - for the first time in 600 years
St. Pierre is a small village with bakery, grocery, restaurant, and bar. It lies less than two ...Read more
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Additional Location Information
St.Pierre-de-Maillé is a small village about 4Km from Angles-sur-l'Anglin, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Set in gently rolling countryside, it enjoys a generally mild climate. An area rich in pre-history, it is great for biking and kyaking.
The village has a bar, restaurant, baker and well-stocked grocer. We also have a doctor (who makes house calls) and a dentist.
Nearby La Roche Posay, a spa town since Roman times, is renowned for its healing waters. Visitors may indulge themselves in a profusion of massage & hydro-therapy treatments. The town also boasts a casino, horse racing, and a wide range of sporting activities, including golf, tennis and horseback riding. Swimming and kayaking are popular along local rivers. Rock climbing is popular on the small cliffs along the Gartempe near Mérigny.
Music and other cultural events are common throughout the year, including well-publicized village summer fêtes and firework displays. Check the Angles-sur-l'Anglin Tourist Office for details. About an hours drive to the north, are chateaux of the Loire Valley including Chenonceau, Chambord, Azay-le-Rideau and Amboise. In Amboise is also the Manoir du Clos-Lucé, the final home of Leonardo de Vinci, which houses a remarkable collection of mechanical models based on his drawings.
A few miles from St. Pierre, along the river Anglin, lies the 11th Century Benedictine Monastery of Fontgombault, where daily vesper services are accompanied by beautiful Gregorian chant. The Abbey at Saint Savin is famed for its remarkable medieval frescoes, as is the tiny village church at Antigny, a couple of kilometers further south. The château at Le Grand Pressigny houses a fine Museum of Prehistory.
For naturalists, the huge Brenne Regional Park, with its profusion of wildlife, is an attraction, as is the famous Marais Poitvin or “Venis Vert” near La Rochelle, where one can rent a boat to explore the network of ancient canals that permeate the marshes. The attractive Atlantic town of La Rochelle, famed for its seafood, is well worth a visit.
Those interested in experiencing the latest in film technology and computer imaging should consider a visit to Futuroscope, located near Poitier, the theme park is devoted to the moving image. Arrive early, as it can get very crowded in summer. Admission is cheaper after 6:00pm (good for the evening light show). Futuroscope is closed in winter.
There are many small village inns that provide good, inexpensive food. The closest being the Auberge de l'Etoile on the square. There are also restaurants of international quality within easy reach.
There is good train service to Paris (80 minutes) from Chatellerault, a 30-minute car ride. A car is needed as public transportation is limited. There is no problem parking in St. Pierre
About the owners: The owners, John and Joyce, are both writers, and divide their time between northern California, France and Bali, where they have created an educational non-profit, The Bali Children’s Project. John taught zoology at Oxford, and as a director of Oxford Scientific Films, made wildlife documentaries for television. Joyce is trained as an RN and developmental specialist and has worked for many years with children with Down syndrome and other special needs. She is the author of "EnTWINed – Secrets from the silent world of Judith Scott," a soon-to-be published memoir about her life with her twin sister who was deaf with Down syndrome, and, in spite of her challenges, went on to become a world-famous artist after 35 years confined to a state institution. For more information, please visit http://www.judithandjoycescott.com
More About This Location
Rural retreats, Waterfront, Beach or lakeside relaxation
Nearest train station: Chatellerault, 20 miles
Nearest airport: Poitiers or Tours, 40 miles
Car is recommended