About this listing
Quiet double room for 2 people, with stunning views opposite of 1,000 year old abbey. Quiet village. Large en suite with shower and basin. Toilet is private & next to the bedroom. Use of shared guests' kitchen downstairs. Serve yourself to tea and coffee with no extra charge. Freshly made bread and freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast. Bakery is 2 minutes walk from the house serving exceptional croissant, chocolate croissant etc. Open from 7am. We offer a true home from home experience.
Quiet double bedroom with view of private abbey/chateau opposite. Suitable for couples or singles, with large en suite walk in shower and basin with separate private toilet. In large family house in boutique style b&b near Chenonceau, Chaumont, Cheverny, Chambord, Amboise and Blois chateaux. Free parking. English, Dutch and French spoken with a convincing smattering of Spanish. Wifi in the house. Located in the centre of the chateaux district of the Loire Valley in the quiet medieval village of Pontlevoy. Near bus stop, bakery, supermarket, cafe and opposite 1,000 year old Pontlevoy Abbey with gardens open to the public. Shared use of guests' kitchen downstairs where you help yourself to milk, tea, lavazza coffee, jams, cereal, yogurts and oranges any time of day or night. Excellent bakery 2 minutes walk on the left of the house serves wonderful croissants, pain au chocolat, brioche etc from 7am. Michel makes bread every day. Laundry service 10€. Bike hire available and delivered to the house.
Pontlevoy is a unique village, full of artists and writers, film makers, psychiatrists, photographers from all over the world attracted to the village by the natural beauty. 2 hour proximity to Paris so well situated for day trips. Parking is available in the square opposite the house. Area attracts food and wine lovers as local white is the Sauvignon, Touraine and excellent. Village restaurant is award winning. Other good restaurants nearby including the Orangerie in Blois. I am a violinist and English and speak French and am 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 please. 6€. Tea, fresh coffee, milk, jams, butter, sugar, olive oil, fresh oranges, yogurts, hot chocolate and other essentials available in the kitchen for shared use. Excellent dinners available on request and served in your kitchen or with us in our kitchen. Strongly recommend Michel's cooking, he has a natural feel for fresh local ingredients & delicious wines.
Shared guest kitchen with guests in the arty loft
occasionally bedroom toilet is shared with family members
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 at Hotel de l'Ecole.
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 25€ which includes wine. 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 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 6-7pm where possible.
Other things to note
Breakfast is serve yourself. This is a home from home experience. Lavazza coffee and tea always ready for you. Michel bakes bread every day and guests really appreciate the fresh home cooked bread. Fresh oranges for you to make orange juice. Yogurts, crisp breads and rice cakes. Jams, butter and sugar.
For croissants, bread, pain au raisin, pain au chocolat.....the list is almost endless of delicious goodies, from baker's to the left of the house open:
No smoking. Back kitchen is private. Remember to turn off lights etc.. Guests' animals welcome downstairs only 5€. Children under 12 months free. Over 12 months - 24 months = 5€ per night to be put in the pot in the kitchen. Children over 2 in the loft pay 10€ per night, to be put in the pot in the kitchen.
Please note that this website only allows you to book 1 room, but there are 3 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 15€ 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.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.
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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 was previously owned by a celebrated photographer and is opposite the abbey that runs degree courses and is populated by students during peak seasons. I have brought up 3 children and worked in London as a Music Therapist for 12 years.
My partner is French and also 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 5 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! The 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 guests' busy itineraries. 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 although I am quite private or is it shy? Difficult to know which. 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 meeting 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... But if you have read his biography... you kind of go off him...More recently I have started writing again.
Music obsession currently is Leonard Cohen thanks to an airbnb host I stayed with in London. Last book I read was 'Love like Salt' which marries cool philosophy with stunning poetic and lyrical story telling.
I teach English full time in the village secondary school so am here ALL year round now to welcome guests. Guess if you see me looking exhausted the 15 year olds have gained in the 'power struggle' for who is boss!
My partner, also called Michel, took the plunge and moved into the house 2 years ago. He was a chef for many years and LOVES to cook for people. We started this last 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.
There is 'an honesty box' (looks like a London telephone box). When you have dinner with us, please feel free to put money in the box. If you want me to do your washing, again pop the money in the box.
If you have persevered and read this all the way through to the end,,,, thank you!
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