Les Carmes is not only finding a home away from home but also opening the door on a world of services on the first floor of a 19th century lime stone mansion protected by the National Monuments Chart.
Entirely renovated in 2012, keeping in mind the historical aspects, the high ceilings with their molding, the plain oak floors, it now offers an elegant and modern comfort opening its 4 large French doors on a leafy square.
As you open the entrance door, the main room reminds you of the history of the mansion: Oak floors, moldings and wall trim. This bright & spacious room is facing the square with 2 French doors from which you might catch a glimpse at the slate covered medieval house on the other side between the leaves. The ceiling, over 3 meters (10 Ft) 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 to some relaxation. Modernity has not been forgotten, with the HD flat screen TV and its 150 channels, the high speed Wi-Fi, and a stereo as well. The house phone is free and unlimited to landlines in over 100 countries.
To the right is the entrance of the Littre suite, which opens as well onto the square. From its French door you will have the best view of the lovely front of the “Ecole des Compagnons” followed by the St Saturnin’s decommissioned church, the remains of the former convent and now a part time exhibit place, then the banks of the Loire river. With its 12m² (130 Sq. ft.) it offers the flexibility of a king bed or two large double beds. To complete the suite Littre has its own bathroom equipped with a multi-function shower and a private toilet.
To the left, past the dining area, is the Balzac suite, in honor of Honoré de Balzac, a 19th century French writer who was born in the city and kept coming back all his life to find his muse. The 14m² (150 Sq. ft.) bedroom usually considered as the Parental suite 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 gets more attractive for some reading time. From the bedroom you have a direct access to your private bathroom equipped with a bathtub and toilets.
Finally at the back of the living room, facing the dining area is the kitchen. Some people will 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: Multi-function oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, induction stove, dishwasher, washing machine... Breakfast was not forgotten either with its toaster, coffee maker and electric kettle. In the cabinets you will find all the utensils you may dream of to cook memorable meals.
Thanks to its floor plan, Les Carmes is the perfect location for either a family vacation or shared by two couples who can enjoy total privacy from each other but still meet in the living room for a Scrabble game or in the kitchen cooking meals "a la Francaise" thanks to the state of the art appliances with a glass of “Noble Joue”, a local wine, in hand.