2 Place des Carmes, Tours, 37000
Just over an hour away from Paris CDG by TGV train the Loire valley is home of over 200 Royal Castles, it is also the third wine region in France. Its mild climate is at the origin of the region’s nickname: “The Garden of France”. In the midst of the medieval district of Tours is the self-catering apartment of “Les Carmes”. At the first floor of a 19th century mansion protected by the National Monument Chart for its Tuffeau stone façade, the apartment opens its four large French windows on a leafy square. Entirely renovated in 2012 it now offers an authentic and elegant comfort.
Description of Les Carmes Gite :Thanks to the floor plan Les Carmes is the perfect location for either a family vacation or to be shared by two couples who can beneficiate from a total privacy from each other but still enjoy meeting in the living room for a scrabble game or in the kitchen with a glass of “Noble Joue”, a local wine at hand.
The main room:
As you open the entrance door, the main room reminds you of the history of the mansion: Oak floors, mouldings and trim. The ceiling, at over 3 metres up contributes to the feeling of space and freedom. On your right is the living room area with its convertible sofa and the two Archibald armchairs inviting for some relaxation. Modernity has not ben forgotten with the digital TV and its 150 channels, the Wi-Fi, and a stereo as well. The house phone can as well be customized with your own Skype account. On your left, is the dining area across from the kitchen. On each side of the main rooms are the bedrooms suites.
The "Balzac" bedroom, in honour of Honoré de Balzac, a XIXth century French writer who was born in the city and kept coming back all his life to find his muse, is 14m² (150 Sqft). Usually considered as the "Parent's suite" it has a Queen size bed where you will sleep away the hard work of a tourist's day! By the window is the writer's desk where you will be able to write down your memories unless the Casanova armchair welcomes you for some reading times. From the bedroom you have a direct access to your private bathroom equipped with a bathtub and toilets.
The "Littré" bedroom on the right of the main room, slightly smaller with its 12m² (130 Sqft) it offers the polyvalence of a king bed or two single beds. The room has its own private entrance if need be. The room has also its own bathroom equipped with a multi function shower and a private toilet.
Some would tell you it's the most important room in a French home! This is probably why we spent some extra time in designing the room during the recent renovations. As a result you will find there all the modern equipment you can expect: Oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, induction cooking set, dishwasher, washing machine... Breakfast was not forgotten either with its toaster, coffee maker and boiler. In the cabinets you will find all the utensils you may dream of to cook memorable meals.
The Private Courtyard:
Nothing too exciting there but it’s a safe place to park your bicycles for the night.