About This Listing
Greetings! Welcome to Pommereau, our lovely, fully-renovated 13th century Cistercian stone farm house and retreat/seminar center, in a 12-acre park and pond, surrounded on three sides by national forest, on a rise just 90 minutes southwest of Paris, France. The fourth side of the park faces northward onto a view of open fields stretching to the horizon. Over the past twenty years we have hosted retreats, seminars and many family holidays and gatherings. Our retreats and seminars have been with internationally renowned presenters and teachers from both western and eastern contemplative, spiritual and healing traditions, including Tibetan Buddhism, contemplative Christianity, the Harmonic Presence work of David Hykes, Yoga, Family Constellation Therapy, the Gurdjieff Work, and Zen, among others.
The two-story main house includes 5 fully-carpeted bedrooms upstairs, three of which have carpeted mezzanines offering additional sleeping space, and two full baths (with an additional WC on the ground level). The main floor includes a large living room with big stone fireplace, grand piano, original 13th century central oak beam, and traditional French "plâtre sablé"-finished walls (the walls themselves are stone). The floor is made of antique tiles (with through-the-floor heating). In warm weather there are 3 additional sleeping rooms outside and a separate studio at one end of the courtyard. In addition to, or instead of, cooking in-house, friends who own a nearby farm/bed-and-breakfast place can cater or host meals. There is plenty of parking, wifi, very clear skies with no light pollution, incredibly fresh air, and a wonderful lake and national forest accessible directly from three sides of the property.
The Loire Valley and chateaux begin just 20 minutes to the south, in Beaugency. There is a town with a supermarket and shops 10 minutes away. Pommereau, 1 km outside the village of Autainville (postal code 41240), is located between the cities of Orléans to the east, Blois to the southwest, Vendôme to the west and Châteaudun to the North. All have cathedrals and castles. Here's Pommereau on the map: (website hidden)
House, park, carport, national forest...
Interaction with Guests
Guests will have the house and park to themselves in full privacy and be on their own.
Hosts are available nearby for information or help.
The French country-side...! Completely quiet! Fresh air, clear skies! Park, fields, forest. Nearby villages for shopping; the Loire, chateaux and monuments also not far-- and total tranquility reigns at Pommereau!
You'll need a car. Unless you want to arrive by train to Beaugency. Transportation can be arranged (25 minute drive to Pommereau), as can a basic shopping trip.
Other Things to Note
The forest and park trails are really lovely for walks. We'd suggest wearing long pants and sturdy shoes, to avoid scratches and also-- be careful about ticks. Check legs after walks.
Please, no smoking inside the house.
There is a firepit outside for evening fireside meals and socializing-- please be careful
No shoes upstairs please (it's carpeted).
Please be careful about turning lights off, and not putting hot pans/coffee pot on the table or counters without a tile beneath.
Please be careful with the fireplace. It's fine to use it. There's plenty of wood. Don't make big fires please, and be sure to use the screen.
The barn is beautiful, but off limits for more than a quick look, as we are renovating it.
Pommereau is a very solid medieval building, and after 600 years of Cistercian monks and 200 years of farmers, has now benefited from 25 years of both contemplative retreats and
wonderful family gatherings.
We hope the special atmosphere will bring you tranquility, rest, inspiration and energetic replenishment!
We spent 5 days at the Pommereau with our 2 small kids , the property is quite a magical place and the location is ideal to explore the Loire valley castles. We loved spending relaxing evenings listening to music and looking after the fire. David was a great host, and we enjoy his company very much.
A gem of a place, highly reccomended.
La maison est formidable pour se retrouver entre amis : très grande et avec tous les équipements nécessaires. En particulier une belle pièce à vivre avec cheminée, un piano à queue et de nombreux autres instruments que David nous a très gentiment laissé. Le cadre est idéal pour se reposer : balade en forêt, château, feu de bois dans l'immense jardin... David a été très arrangeant et disponible pour répondre à toutes nos questions. Cela a été un plaisir d'échanger avec lui. Je recommande vivement sa maison.
Un week-end ensoleillé, des conditions idéales pour profiter de cet endroit en pleine nature. Coupé de la civilisation pendant deux jours... c'était pour nous le meilleur moyen de nous retrouver pleinement.
Une réussite !
Très bonne expérience, nous y sommes allées à 11 pour un enterrement de vie de garçon. La maison a beaucoup de charme et est située en pleine forêt ce qui permet d'être vraiment au calme (ou bien de faire le bruit que l'on veut sans déranger personne !). La maison est bien entretenue et dispose de beaucoup d'équipements (musique avec prise jack pour Ipod, cheminée, barbecue, cuisine très équipée, wifi...). Les chambres et salles de bain sont impeccables. Le propriétaire répond rapidement aux demandes. La personne qui s'occupe du check in / out est très sympathique. Globalement très satisfait.
Notre (court) séjour a été parfait. David avait très bien préparé notre arrivée et Maria - qui nous a accueillis - était extrêmement serviable et sympathique. La maison est très agréable, chaleureuse, propre et contient tous ce dont vous pouvez avoir besoin. Le cadre est magnifique, reposant: la campagne est très belle! Bref nous y reviendrions avec plaisir! Merci David.
About the Host, David
Greetings! I'm a composer, singer, visual artist, and film composer, specializing in contemplative chant and sacred world music. There have been many seminars and retreats here, with amazing musicians, Tibetan lamas, Zen teachers, Yoga seminars, renowned artists, etc. My family and friends have greatly and deeply enjoyed the calm, magic and vastness of Pommereau and its forests, skies and lands, for over 25 years. We'll be happy to welcome you!
At the top of this driveway is the exact location of Pommereau!
The lovely private lake and walk near Pommereau which our guests are welcome to visit.
Ancient oak tree, said to be from the time of Joan of Arc! Quite magical!
The closest supermarket. Basic organic section, good wine choices.
Lovely small chateau, close to Pommereau!
Train station nearest to Pommereau.
Train to/from Paris takes about 90 minutes.
Pommereau is about 20 minutes from here by car.
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