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Beautiful quiet bedroom in tranquil Loire Valley village near to Chambord, Chenonceau, Amboise. Ideal for single travellers. Wifi in the house with shared guest kitchen. Warm welcome & guidance for planning your holiday. You're safe with us.
A warm welcome awaits you at Maison Clergeau when you book this pretty single bedroom with antique furniture, en suite shower and basin in large family house b&b in the centre of chateaux district of Loire Valley in quiet medieval village of Pontlevoy. Toilet is shared with the double bedroom opposite. Free parking, English, French and Dutch spoken.
Breakfast is help yourself from jams, coffee, tea fresh oranges, milk, biscuits and cereal in the shared guest kitchen. Croissants and bread not provided as the excellent bakery in the village is 2 minutes walk from the house. In the morning you may hear the birds, at night there is no sound, just an occasional owl. Excellent wifi connection in the house . Nearby bus stop, excellent bakery, supermarket, cafe & opposite the 1,000 year old Pontlevoy Abbey with gardens open to the public. Shared toilet just opposite the bedroom. Shared use of guests' kitchen downstairs. Handicapped parking outside the house. Laundry service available and baby sitting. Bike hire available and delivered to the house. Pontlevoy is a unique village, full of artists and writers, film makers and dancers from all over the world attracted to the village by the natural beauty, 11/2 hour proximity to Paris and the rich cultural life provided by the Abbey with its international classical music festival, its masters program in dance and film and its study abroad programs for American universities. Parking is available in the square opposite the house. I am a violinist and English and available to help you book restaurants, wine tasting, with travel plans, car or bike hire. Celta English language teacher qualified, English lessons offered.
Room rate is for single occupancy.
Everything for your breakfast is provided except the croissants and bread as the excellent village bakery is almost opposite the house. Set the lavazza coffee going in the machine whilst you wander across the road to choose your pain au raisin, pain au chocolat etc. Then return 'home' to enjoy it with a choice of jams, butter, tea, coffee, milk and fresh orange juice.
Wifi, guest library, friendly welcome and any advice needed. Booking of restaurants. Cycle hire organised.
Interaction with Guests
I love running my b&b and am very used to sharing my home. Sometimes guests just want help with their bags a key to their room and privacy. But mostly I find guests enjoy sharing a glass of wine together in the evenings and talking through the door. Dinner is available with us, Friday nights. 3 course meal including wine, 22€. Michel is a 'retired' chef having run his own restaurant for years and by popular request, has offered this for the first time this year, but so far, just on fridays!
Musicians are welcome to use the piano. Guests are nearly always interested in the photography and art in the house. Ideas are often shared and invitations to exhibitions extended to those interested. ALL musicians welcome especially pianists as I love playing through sonatas, jazz standards etc.
I work full time teaching English in the village school. Please, always let us know your arrival time in advance. Arrivals normally around 6pm but I always try to be flexible when possible. PLEASE, no arrivals after 9pm unless with prior agreement. Thanks for your consideration on this. This is a no smoking house.
Its a very old, quiet village with friendly elderly people passing by from the bakers, teenagers and young children on their way to school. It has a primary and secondary school in the village so it is bustling with life, in a quiet village way. The village pizza house is 2 minutes walk away and serves excellent pizzas and home made deserts. The village restaurant is excellent.
Best way to travel is by bike or by foot or by car. It is possible by bus as the village has a bus stop with buses to Blois and to Montrichard. But that's not ideal. Train station at Montrichard takes you to Tours or Amboise, Blois and Paris.
Other Things to Note
This is a seriously beautiful area for sunflowers, chateaux for walking and cycling. Goats' cheese is amazing in the village as is the local white wine. It's a slow pace of life here with calm and beauty and near enough to Chambord but without the tourists.
No smoking anywhere at any time. Please be careful to switch off lights etc as electricity is expensive in France. House phone not available for guests' use. Laundry service 10€
Babysitting service 15€ evening
Celta qualified English lessons 20€ hour.
Babies under 1 free. Children over 1 in the double bed pay 5€ for child's breakfast.
Dogs not allowed upstairs.
5€ per pet.
I have a cat who lives inside and outside. Never in the bedrooms! Sometimes he forgets this... Remember to shut your door.
Michele's open plan sitting room with view of seating area by the large windows with view of the stone square opposite and the 1,000 year old abbey.
Un séjour charmant chez Michelle! Très accueillante, elle se montre très chaleureuse et arrangeante. A recommander!
Bonjour, Michèle est une hôte vraiment sympathique et nous avons été très bien reçu. Malheureusement comme le dit un autre voyageur c'est une vieille maison et la nuit le moindre bruit raisonne fortement, exemple la porte des wc qui mériterait un peu d'huile pour ne pas réveiller tout le monde la nuit !! De plus la moindre conversation la nuit s'entend fortement ! Et je me pose quand même une question pour 15€ de plus nous aurions pu dormir à l'Hôtel à deux pas avec un confort nettement supérieur ! Hôtel ou nous avons été dîner un soir et c'était vraiment très bien ( Logis de France )Donc il vaut mieux réfléchir à deux fois avant de réserver. De plus la photo ne représente pas la cuisine ou nous avons pris le petit déjeuner. Des critique oui, mais qui n'enlève rien à la sympathie de notre hôte.
The reservation was canceled 13 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
Michèle nous a chaleureusement accueilli chez elle pour une nuit.
Tout était parfait, très calme et sympathique.
If I had one word to describ Michele, Pont Levoy and the Loire valley it would be...... Amazing.
After we escaped Paris, and made it to the Loire valley and more specifily Pont Levoy the stress of the big noisy city melted away.
The village is so quite and relaxing its ridiculous, there is a great little pizza shop 100 m from the house, and an amazing restaurant 150 m from the house. Have Michele make a reservation you will not regret it.
Michele directed was a great host. She advised us on things to see and towns to visit and there is lots to see in the area.
We want to go back already and stay with her in her lovely home.
Michele was very understanding about our late arrival and helpful in suggesting a nearby village that was serving dinner. We truly enjoyed her most interesting 400-year old home and the cozy bedroom. The location was quite convenient for our visits to Chenoneau, Cheverny, and Chambord.
We loved the little village and wonderful boulangerie for our morning pastries and bread.
We had a lovely night in this beautiful house and the village itself was charming and definitely worthy of a longer visit. It was a perfect stop over for our cycling tour of the area (and we were able to store bikes inside). Michele was extremely welcoming and generous and we felt at home immediately. The room was full of character and the bed very comfortable - highly recommended and would love to come back!
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About the Host, Michele
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 is a social centre for the community as it was previously owned by a celebrated photographer and is opposite the abbey that runs degree courses and is populated by students during peak seasons. My children are mostly off travelling and studying in London. I have brought up 3 children and worked in London as a Music Therapist for 12 years.
My partner is French but 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 4 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! This 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 me being fully booked. 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. 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 seeing 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...More recently I have started writing again. Last book I read was a re-read of 'Life, Love Pray'.
Now teaching English full time in the village secondary school and Sambin middle school so am here ALL year round now to welcome guests.
Brand new this year Michel, my partner is offering to cook for guests on Fridays. He was a chef for many years and LOVES to cook for people. We started this 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.