At the beginning of every month we contact our subscribers with some news about our Gites here at Gites de La Richardiere. This is our news from October 2019.

It is amazing that our 2019 season has now drawn to a close. It’s October already and autumn arrived in such a rush with a definite change in the weather and drop in temperatures. It will soon be time to light the fires and snuggle down for the winter. It only seems like last week we were opening our pool and, next week, we will be closing it for the winter. Where has the summer gone?


What do guests do when staying at La Richardière?

One of our guests recently asked, “What do people generally do when they come to stay at La Richardière?” It was just as well she and her husband had some time on their hands as the answer was quite long! 

Often, people’s first response to La Richardiere is to sense the calm and tranquillity of the environment. When people have a hard working life, and they’ve spent the day getting here, it seems a marvellous thing to pour a glass of wine and chill-out. There are plenty of places to do that around our extensive grounds.

Many people come here just to relax, so they spend their time by the pool, sitting in the comfortable Adirondack style chairs beneath the trees and read books or simply snooze.

Those slightly more adventurous enjoy our games field where they can play Boule (Pétanque), Badminton, Table Tennis and other field games. This year saw a greater interest in Cricket from our English guests (We wonder why that was?)


Domaine Condé

Further afield we are within an hour of the majority of the famous Chateaus in the Loire such as the Domaine Condé shown here. A small Chateau close to Tours which has a connection to Wallis Simpson and the ex-King of Great Britain Edward VIII. For more details please read our blog page called History-Romance-Intrigue.

There are also many interesting villages, towns and markets to visit and some great restaurants. For those who like more adventurous activities then taking a canoe trip on the River Cher to Chateau Chenonceau or climbing trees at Clic’Lac are to be fully recommended. If guests are travelling with children then visiting Penny Alexander’s blog post will reveal some great ideas.

Angles sur L’Anglin

For those who like photography and art there are plenty of opportunities. One artist spent a long time during his holiday creating paintings of our old buildings whilst others explored the nearby woods photographing the local bird-life which is plentiful and varied.

A young couple wrote in the guest book for their Gite recently – “A fabulous 3 days, but it wasn’t long enough. Next time we’re coming back for 2 weeks!” We look forward to seeing them.

Updates:MAPS: As many of you know, we launched our Bespoke Google map during the summer. It is now available on our website and we have had nearly 500 hits. Clearly a useful tool.

BOOKINGS: We appreciate all recommendations and forwards of this email and bookings are starting to arrive for 2020. As you all know by now, #BOOKDIRECT delivers the best price and the best communications. Most Hotel and B&B owners appreciate a direct booking. 

TRAVEL: There are no new updates. Like you we wait with bated breath for the outcome of the Brexit situation.

Best wishes,
Dave and Patience