“From the first contact to the last thank you this exchange went wonderfully well. Françoise & Vincent have a lot of experience and it shows. The house is absolutely perfect for a large group: we had 9 people aged from 18 to 68 and everyone was very happy. The bedrooms are large and airy, the common area is big enough to hold a full dinner party and so is the outside terrace. The heated swimming pool is big enough to have all 9 of us in it and easy to keep clean. The kids loved the big TV and everything it did; Wii, movies, games... The house is in Fondettes, about 10 minutes away from the center of Tours which is a great place to find lovely little restaurants and great shops and museums. And if you want to see the fairytale world of the Chateaux...La Val de Loire is the best place in the world. We couldn't give a higher recommendation.”
Françoise's reviewsAs a host (3)
“Nice spacious house and friendly owners.We had a great time exploring numerous castles and medieval cities. Highly recommendable for exchange!”
“We had a lovely 2 week exchange with Vincent and Francoise and their two boys Simon and Noah this month. It was an ideal location for us, since we wanted a few days in Paris and lots of time in the countryside. We visited 5 chateaux, the Cathedral at Chartres, in Tours we visited the Unesco World Heritage Site of La Place de Plumereau and had wonderful food, we spent a Saturday night in Versailles where we saw the Light Show in the gardens at the Palace. And when we weren't driving or walking somewhere, we were reading in their garden and taking a dip in their pool. The beds were great, the TGV station less than 14 km away a great Carrefours not far in a mall. When we returned our home was in perfect shape and the Jollivets wrote us a sweet note thanking us for trusting them with our beautiful home. We have not had a better exchange. We hope you can convince these smart nice people to let you go to their home, because I don't think you will be disappointed. A bientot! Peg and Ed”
Where is it?
We live near Tours (8 km) and not far from Paris : one hour with TGV : High Speed Train.
Fondettes is a town of 10 000 hab., green and peacefull.
Tours is a nice town, "the original home of the French language and the "art de vivre", (http://www.tours-tourisme.fr/contenu_en.php?idrubr=4) in the middle of the Loire Valley (http://www.ligeris.com/contenu_en.php?rub=4&id=21). Land of Castles and Wines, on the UNESCO world heritage list.
Things to do around :
the marvelous Futuroscope park : http://en.futuroscope.com/ (for adults and children)
Normandy beaches and Memorial of Caen (2nd World War)
Castles (Chenonceau, Chambord, Blois, so many others...)
Nantes with the stunning "machines de l'île" (http://www.lesmachines-nantes.fr/en/), castle of Dukes of Brittany, the "Lieu Unique" (former LU factory re-sized to house a mix of genres, cultures and people), http://en.nantes-tourisme.com/to-see/to-do-3086.html.
The Atlantic beaches for a one day trip...
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