About this listing
Super comfy bed with stunning views opposite of 1,000 year old Pontlevoy abbey. Large en suite with shower and basin. Full use of guests' kitchen downstairs and shared toilet next to the bedroom with bedroom opposite if there are other guests.
Double bedroom with view of abbey opposite, suitable for couples or singles, with large en suite walk in shower and basin, in large family house. Share toilet with single room opposite. Free parking. English, Dutch and French spoken. Wifi in the house. Located in the centre of chateaux district of Loire Valley in quiet medieval village of Pontlevoy. Near bus stop, bakers, supermarket, cafe opposite 1,000 year old Pontlevoy Abbey with gardens open to the public. Shared use of guests' kitchen downstairs where you hep yourself to milk, tea, lavazza coffee, jams, cereal, yougurts and oranges. Croissants not provided. Excellent bakery 2 minutes walk on the left of the house serves wonderful croissants, pain au chocolat, brioche etc from 7am. Often Michel makes bread and this is always shared with guests. Laundry service 10€. 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. Area attracts food and wine lovers as local white is the Sauvignon and excellent. Village restaurant is award winning. Other good restaurants nearby including the Orangerie in Blois. I am a violinist and English and available to help you book restaurants, wine tasting, with travel plans, car or bike hire, good dog walks and I offer a babysitting service. Pets welcome, but not upstairs. 6€. The boulangerie is almost opposite to the left so guests turn left out of the house in the morning and buy their croissant, pain au chocolat, pain au raisin, baguette etc, choosing themselves from our excellent bakery. Tea, fresh coffee, milk, jams, butter, sugar, olive oil, fresh oranges, yogurts, hot chocolate and other essentials available in the kitchen for shared use.
Shared guest kitchen,
wifi throughout house
washing done for you for 10€
excellent village bakery and restaurant.
Village pizzeria open Fridays and Saturdays.
Super excellent village restaurant, Hotel de l'Ecole, but pre-booking advisable. Free aperitif when staying at Maison Clergeau.
Interaction with Guests
We live in the house and love welcoming guests If you would like dinner with us on a Friday, just request this on booking. Michel cooks amazing 3 course meals for 22€ but so far only on Fridays! He is now a retired chef having run his own restaurant but has now been persuaded to cook for guests by popular demand. I run the b&b and teach English in the village secondary and middle school. We have a red cat, Hector. If you see him, please let him in.
Please let me know in advance of your arrival time. Arrivals are normally around 6pm. Please, no arrivals after 9pm unless there are exceptional circumstances or with prior agreement. Thanks for your consideration with this.
The boulangerie is excellent. I used to prepare the croissants myself every morning but then guests found that they loved the fresh boulangerie goods better, so this is how it now works. Often Michel bakes his own bread and brioche....if so, you're in luck! He always shares it with guests.
Village restaurant, Hotel de l'Ecole is highly recommended. Book through me and you get a wonderful free aperitif.
There are daily buses but I am not sure of their times. For small fee which you put in 'honesty' box in the kitchen, we can take you to local train stations.
Other Things to Note
Breakfast is serve yourself. This is a home from home experience. Lavazza coffee and tea always ready for you. Fresh oranges for you to make orange juice. Yoghurts, crisp breads and rice cakes. Jams, butter and sugar.
For croissants, bread, pain au raisin, pain au (email hidden)e list is almost endless of delicious goodies, from baker's to the left of the house open:
No smoking. Back kitchen is private. Use of house phone not permitted. Please be careful with lights and use of electricity as electricity is very expensive in France. Remember to turn off lights etc.. Guests' animals welcome downstairs only 6€.
Please note that this website only allows you to book 1 room, but there are 4 rooms available to rent on nightly basis so accommodation is ideal for families and groups of friends. When booking 2 or 3 rooms, please confirm rates via email.
Check out normally by 11am. Light breakfast served in guests kitchen. Guests' kitchen has milk, tea/coffee & jams. Laundry service 10€
Babysitting service 25€ evening
Celta qualified English lessons 20€ hour.
Room rate is for single or double occupancy. There is room for a baby in a cot but not enough room for a child. If you are a family, you need to book the stunning arty loft. This has an extra single bed.
Website does not allow for extra guests so be prepared to pay for extra guests on arrival.
Please, no arrivals after 9pm except with pre agreement. If you are going out for dinner, come and check in first and get the key. Then enjoy your evening out and come back as late as you like.
Un accueil chaleureux, ouvert et généreux.
Une belle découverte musicale à l'abbaye du village.
De vrais moments de partages et l'envie de se connaître plus.
La chambre est confortable et la maison tellement accueillante. Michèle a le pouvoir de rendre les choses très simples. On se sent vraiment comme chez soi.
Merci michèle et Michel.
Un accueil chaleureux et un hébergement au top : parfait ! Merci pour tout Michèle et Michel ! :)
We loved Pontlevoy and staying with Michele x2. Wonderful location in quiet little town. Great place to explore the area from. Lovely to wake up in the morning and look out at the abbey and little square below. Also had access to small kitchen we shared with another guest. Worked great for us to be able to buy food and wine and sit in kitchen and relax after day of site-seeing. Michele was lovely to talk to and very welcoming both micheles! Town was was perfect beautiful little village. We Loved it here.
Thank you Jim
Now I am SO very embarrassed because I wrote your review early this morning in a rush and confused you with another guest who cancelled. Oh la! so very sorry, hope you will forgive me.
Which mattress? The front room? Because that mattress is brand new, so I am very surprised if it is that one.
Or were you in the loft? That mattress is also new....aye.....now I am worried. Anyway, remind me which room you were in
Glad you had such a good time
Michele was a lovely host, friendly and invited us to relax, wish we had longer to enjoy her selection of books! The guest kitchen was well equipped, it was nice to have a fridge and we had freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast using her orange press which was great! The room is spacious and the bathroom is quite luxurious. The location is great for visiting Chateau Chennonceaux which Michele recommended, and is a must see, with lovely gardens, forest and interior. The Pontlevoy abbey gate closes at 17:00 so we missed visiting it unfortunately since we were out all day. We recommend staying with Michele and would stay there again if we are in the area. The room can be really hot during summer. We were there during a heat wave.
Hôtes extrêmement chaleureux et avenants. La chambre est juste parfaite, avec la vue sur une petite place et l'abbaye. Très bonne situation de Pontlevoy pour rayonner dans la région.
Super accueil chez les deux Michel(e) !
des hôtes sympathiques dans un village sympathique en plein coeur des châteaux de la Loire !
Michèle est très accueillante. La maison est de confiance et est très propre.
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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.