About this listing
Pommereau: a large lovely 12th century stone farm house in a verdant 12 acre private park next to a national forest. Just 90 minutes SW of Paris, Pommereau is near the Loire River, with Chambord and other chateaux nearby. The house has 5 bedrooms, including 3 with mezzanines. There is also an additional sleeping apartment in the courtyard, a yurt, and a multi-purpose room (yoga, music, extra sleeping space, etc.) of 45 sq. m. There is room for 19 people in the main rooms, and additional space.
Greetings! Welcome to Pommereau, our lovely, fully-renovated 13th century Cistercian stone farm house and retreat/seminar center, in a 12-acre park and pond, 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 many family holidays and gatherings. Our 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 additional WC on the ground level). The main floor includes a large living room with big stone fireplace, grand piano, original 13th century 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 (postal 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:
House, park, carport, national forest...
Interaction with guests
Guests will have the house and park to themselves in full privacy and be on their own.
Hosts are available nearby for information or help.
The French country-side...! Completely quiet! Fresh air, clear skies! Park, fields, forest. Nearby villages for shopping; the Loire, chateaux and monuments also not far-- and total tranquility reigns at Pommereau!
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.
Other things to note
The forest and park trails are really lovely for walks. We'd suggest wearing long pants and sturdy shoes, to avoid scratches and also-- be careful about ticks. Check legs after walks.
Please, no smoking inside the house, and no cigarette butts outside.
There is a fireplace inside and a firepit outside for evening fireside meals and socializing-- please be careful.
No shoes upstairs please (it's carpeted).
Our cat, Pasha, is mostly outside.
Please be careful about turning lights off, and not putting hot pans/coffee pot on the table or counters without a tile beneath.
Please be careful with the fireplace. It's fine to use it. There's plenty of wood. Don't make big fires please, and be sure to use the screen.
The barn is beautiful, but off limits for more than a quick look, as we are renovating it.
Pommereau is a very solid medieval building, and after 600 years of Cistercian monks and 200 years of farmers, has now benefited from 25 years of both contemplative retreats, friends gathering, and family vacations.
We hope the special atmosphere will bring you tranquility, rest, inspiration and energetic replenishment!
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
Greetings! 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. We'll be happy to welcome you! There have been many seminars and retreats here over the years, with Tibetan lamas, Zen teachers, Yoga seminars, renowned artists and musicians...
I'm a composer, singer, visual artist, and film composer, specialising in contemplative chant and world music.