Pommereau: pure Loire valley magic!

House - Entire home/apt · Pont Moreau, Autainville, Centre 41240, France
Your host, David
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The Space

Greetings! Welcome to Pommereau, our lovely, fully-renovated 13th century Cistercian stone farm house and retreat/seminar center, in a 12-acre park 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 countless family holidays and gatherings. Our carefully-chosen 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 addition WC on the ground level). The main floor includes a large living room with big stone fireplace, grand piano, original 13th century huge 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 (zip 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)

Guest Access

House, park, carport, national forest...

Interaction with Guests

Guests will have the main house to themselves in full privacy and be on their own.
Hosts are available nearby for information or help.

The Neighborhood

The French country-side...! Completely quiet! Fresh air, clear skies! Park, fields, forest. Villages near enough for shopping; the Loire, chateaux and monuments near enough to visit-- but total tranquility reigns at Pommereau!

Getting around

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.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 13
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 2.5
Beds: 13
Extra people: $70 / night after 2 guests
Security Deposit: $702
Cleaning Fee: $70
Check In: 10:00 AM
Check Out: 5:00 PM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • 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 !
    Merci, David.

    June 2014
  • 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.

    June 2014
  • La maison de David est juste un bijou de charme, de calme et de chaleur.
    nous y avons été très bien acceuilli et avons passé un séjour inoubliable.
    Dormez y !
    Edith et sa famille !

    May 2014
  • 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.

    May 2014
  • Séjour parfait, la pièce de vie et les chambres sont très confortables, l'imposante cheminée très agréable.
    Le site dans son ensemble est charmant.
    Nous y sommes allés en couple et reviendrons avec plaisir à 2 ou avec des amis.

    March 2014
  • David's house is very comfortable and is a fantastic place to relax. We loved the warm spirit that emanates from the living room in particular, not to mention the overall settings, surrounded by tranquil woods.
    David is a great host too, although we unfortunately did not get a chance to meet in person. We definitely want to come back!

    February 2014
  • I did not meet David in person because he was overseas when we rented his lovely place, but he was really wonderful to communicate with over the phone and email. Also we met some of his friends and neighbours in the local area and they were exceptionally friendly and caring and nice to be around. David's house is very spacious with room for many guests. There were just three of us - myself, my husband and my baby daughter. Even though there were several bedrooms we didn't need, the house is designed in such a way that it still felt cosy and not too large for the three of us. The living area is wonderful with a big fireplace and a grand piano! The kitchen is well equipped and the bath is nice to soak in under the skylight in winter. The house is very isolated, it feels like a real retreat from the crazy world of Paris which is where we had come from that day. It is amazingly quiet and peaceful and there is a nice energy in the house. The property feels like a rustic farmhouse rather than a fancy renovated villa, so it is great for someone relaxed who likes that kind of cosy comfy place. I would not recommend this place to someone looking for a manicured and fancy villa or for someone without a car or someone looking for excitement. This is a place to relax and do very little, a place to meditate and play music. A place for people who do not want newly renovated stuck up interior design but who prefer a cosy warm family home. It is a special place. I hope to return with family and friends in the future.

    January 2014
  • Nous avons passé une nuit dans la maison de David.
    Le lieu est très calme et agréable. La cheminée est parfaite pour passer une bonne soirée d'hiver.

    Nous avons été accueilli par une amie de David, tout s'est très bien passé. Merci!

    January 2014
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Antioch College, Columbia University
Greetings! I'm a composer-singer-recording artist, film composer, visual artist, and meditation teacher. I specialize in contemplative chant and sacred world music. In addition to the many seminars and retreats by myself and others at Pommereau (including amazing Tibetan lamas, Zen teachers, Yoga seminars, renowned artistd, 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. (You're welcome to learn more about how Pommereau has inspired music and cinema here: (website hidden) and in French, (website hidden).) And here are more photos of "magic Pommereau": (website hidden) I'm very involved in spiritual music and projects with Tibet, India, Europe and the US, and tour world-wide with my group, David Hykes & The Harmonic Choir. Pommereau has been the site of countless happy family gatherings, my own and others. Vive l'harmonie!
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