Pommereau: pure Loire valley magic!
Pommereau: pure Loire valley magic!

16 guests

7 rooms

16 beds

2.5 baths

16 guests

7 rooms

16 beds

2.5 baths

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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.


Extra people: $91 CAD / night after 2 guests
Security Deposit: $457 CAD
Weekly Discount: 25%


The 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:

Guest access

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 neighbourhood

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!

Getting around

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.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 10AM
Check out by 4PM

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!

You must also acknowledge
Cat(s) lives in the house



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

31 Reviews

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Jennifer User Profile
March 2016
David could not have been a better host. He was so helpful with things to do in the area and made us feel incredibly welcome. His home was paradise for our kids and they had a fantastic time. We'll be back!

Allison User Profile
September 2015
Everyone really enjoyed staying at Pommereau! David was beyond helpful and made everyone feel very welcome in his amazing home. Thank you David for all of your help, you made this trip very easy for us. I would highly recommend staying here!!

Julie User Profile
May 2015
The reservation was canceled 3 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Benni User Profile
December 2014
Enchanting place! We spent 5 days at the Pommereau with our 2 small kids , the property is quite a magical place and the location is ideal to explore the Loire valley castles. We loved spending relaxing evenings listening to music and looking after the fire. David was a great host, and we enjoy his company very much. A gem of a place, highly reccomended.

Philippe User Profile
February 2014
David's house is very comfortable and is a fantastic place to relax. We loved the warm spirit that emanates from the living room in particular, not to mention the overall settings, surrounded by tranquil woods. David is a great host too, although we unfortunately did not get a chance to meet in person. We definitely want to come back!

Mimi User Profile
January 2014
I did not meet David in person because he was overseas when we rented his lovely place, but he was really wonderful to communicate with over the phone and email. Also we met some of his friends and neighbours in the local area and they were exceptionally friendly and caring and nice to be around. David's house is very spacious with room for many guests. There were just three of us - myself, my husband and my baby daughter. Even though there were several bedrooms we didn't need, the house is designed in such a way that it still felt cosy and not too large for the three of us. The living area is wonderful with a big fireplace and a grand piano! The kitchen is well equipped and the bath is nice to soak in under the skylight in winter. The house is very isolated, it feels like a real retreat from the crazy world of Paris which is where we had come from that day. It is amazingly quiet and peaceful and there is a nice energy in the house. The property feels like a rustic farmhouse rather than a fancy renovated villa, so it is great for someone relaxed who likes that kind of cosy comfy place. I would not recommend this place to someone looking for a manicured and fancy villa or for someone without a car or someone looking for excitement. This is a place to relax and do very little, a place to meditate and play music. A place for people who do not want newly renovated stuck up interior design but who prefer a cosy warm family home. It is a special place. I hope to return with family and friends in the future.

Mehdi User Profile
April 2017
Mon premier air b&b et je suis extrêmement ravi sue c'est été la ! Les infos était claires , pas de surprise , tout correspondait voir plus , david a répondu a mes 50 questions avec gentillesse et efficacité ! Un accueil nickel et une maison pleines de charmes avec rien autours hormis nature et paysage ! Bref 5 étoiles pour ma part

Autainville, France · Joined in January 2012
David User ProfileDavid is a superhost.

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.

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