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Villa 24117 Loire Valley, France

Sleeps: 10

Villa Brehemont
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The small village of Bréhémont lies thirty minutes drive west of Tours, in the Val de Loire. After crossing the Loire river from the northern, right bank at Langeais with its fortified château, a road to the right leads westward along the river’s left bank. As the road turns, the river comes again into view, and at the same moment, the village of Bréhémont, resplendently white, appears on the horizon, its church spire silhouetted against the sky. This approach to a riverside village is one of the loveliest in France. The village of Bréhémont was once a thriving community bustling with river commerce. Most of this has gone today, vanishing with the demise of river transport a century or more ago, but the decoratively carved façades of the stone buildings in the village centre, still attest to Bréhémont’s charm and former affluence.

The late 17th-century farmhouse had been tastefully renovated by the previous French owners, turning what had once been the entire house into what is now the bedroom wing, and raising the roof to accommodate two additional bedrooms and baths in the former attic. The adjacent barn had been joined to the main structure to form a spacious, high ceilinged living and dining room area, with exposed ceiling beams and huge stone fireplace, a kitchen with its own large fireplace, as well as a library and study on the mezzanine above. The house is now owned by an American couple, who have added to the charm and character of the house with purchases from local antique shops and brocante flea markets.
Shuttered windows on the street and a white stone wall with ornamental climbing roses make the property very private, but once through the large wooden gate, guests will find a welcoming courtyard, bordered by trees and beds of flowering bushes. A table and parasol provide the perfect spot for lazy lunches and late afternoon aperitifs, following a day of visiting nearby medieval towns, châteaux and gardens, or sampling wines at area's vineyards. Amenities at the property include TV (not cable), CD player, telephone and internet connection.

Accommodation

Ground Floor
Terrace leading to the high-ceilinged living/dining room. Well equipped kitchen with electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and washing machine/dryer. Three stone steps lead from here to two bedrooms, each with an original 17th century fireplace, and en-suite bathroom.

Mezzanine
Library/TV room

First Floor
Two more bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.

Guest House
An 18th -century dependency on the opposite side of the courtyard has been turned into a cosy guest house, offering additional accommodation on request.

Staff
Maid service on request.

Distances
Tour 30 minutes drive


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