Les Bordes - Luxury Real Estate Oasis - Exclusive Enclave in France’s Loire Valley Beckons
Ideally located in the beautiful and historic Loire Valley, the masterfully designed Les Bordes Estate can be found in the Sologne Forest, amid the rolling hills and vast vineyards of this sun-drenched region. With 1,400 acres of gorgeous landscape, tranquility and family friendly amenities, the Estate and new residential community have been designed to inspire the future homeowners through the abundance of unspoiled nature, laid-back environment and sustainable best practices.
Adventure abounds at Les Bordes. Just some of the enriching amenities include natural fishing lakes, walking and cycling trails, an animal petting farm for children, outdoor play areas, and a natural swimming lake with its very own white sand beach – completely unique of anywhere else in the Loire Valley. Others include a renowned equestrian club, archery, tennis courts that will soon become a full club for training and leisure, and for younger family members, go-kart track and pony riding, with a kids’ club, ice-cream shop and zip lines coming later this year.
Les Bordes was lovingly created in response to a growing demand for somewhere to escape, and answers this perfectly with its offering of community living centered around wellness and a wholesome, coveted lifestyle. Set amongst a woodland with a variety of natural features, the project is founded on core values of sustainability, respectfully using the unspoiled landscape to create areas for the community to enjoy.
A perfect getaway, the Estate is a whole world of its own, set just 90 minutes from Paris for worldwide travel connections. The Loire Valley is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage region and is most famous for its plethora of opulent chateaux, medieval French towns, fine wine, tasty gastronomy, and breath-taking landscape.
The endemic inhabitants are embraced, with red deer and roe deer roaming freely throughout the land. Natural surroundings have an invaluable positive impact on both physical and emotional health, and the Estate has embraced this by creating facilities and services that promote wellness amid Mother Nature’s masterworks.
The vast and spacious area of the site is being utilized to serve the community however possible. The village within the Estate will become a hub offering a ‘farm to table’ food philosophy with a strong focus on local products and seasonal produce.
Many of Les Bordes’ real estate buyers are looking for a residential solution that allows their family to “be free” whilst enjoying a sense of community but also having the freedom of space, seclusion, and peacefulness for the individual or family.
The neighborhood that has been curated ensures a sense of community but is in no way formulaic. Each plot has retained the features of the existing trees, maintaining natural landscaped boundaries and certainly a sense of individualism and privacy. Each residence, architecturally designed by Michaelis Boyd, will be ideally orientated to get the most from the light and sunshine while ensuring optimum energy efficiency.
Further, Michaelis Boyd, known for their work designing interiors for Soho House (LA, Berlin, Oxfordshire), and The Groucho member’s club in London, were tasked with injecting a new lease of life into the existing clubhouse and 24 members cabins, as well as designing the residential development of new homes in varying styles that remain distinct to the local architecture.
London-based Morpheus & Co are the creatives behind the residential interiors and have designed a variety of furniture collections for future owners, combining tactile and relaxing interiors with biophilic features for a feeling of comfort and inspiration, and immersion into the surrounding environment both inside and out.
Governed separately from the residential community and rest of the Estate, the world-famous Les Bordes Golf Club remains exclusively private. The opening of its highly anticipated second 18-hole course will take place this summer. Named the New Course, it was created by globally acclaimed golf architect Gil Hanse, who authored world top-100 courses Castle Stuart and Ohoopee Match Club as well as the 2016 Rio Olympic Course. The New Course is Hanse’s first project in continental Europe.
Lauded for his restoration work including two of the next three US Open venues – The Country Club and The Los Angeles Country Club – Hanse has already completed work on an accompanying 10-hole short course at Les Bordes. Named Wild Piglet, Golf.com immediately placed it in its top-25 par-3 courses in the world.
The recently developed New Course and Wild Piglet join the existing Old Course (Robert von Hagge design), to provide members with a diverse yet complementary array of playing options. Commissioned by Baron Marcel Bich in 1987, the Old Course is one of Europe’s premier golf courses. A tree-lined, par-72 course measuring more than 7,000 yards, it weaves through the Sologne Forest, intertwined with a stunning complex of lakes that offer a sublimely serene setting.
Widely considered to be Von Hagge’s masterpiece, the Old Course has been consistently ranked amongst the top three courses in Europe over the past 30 years. In addition to creating the New Course and Wild Piglet, Hanse spent time revitalizing some aspects of the Old Course, reinvigorating the acclaimed layout and enhancing its high quality.
In addition to the two 18-hole courses and the par-3 course, the club offers members and their guests access to a number of other club facilities. These include driving range, short game practice area, two practice putting greens, a new putting course designed by Hanse (“The Himalyas”), clubhouse including members bar and outdoor terrace, finely appointed locker rooms, private lounge with indoor golf simulator, games room and library, and 24/7 restaurant.
Formed in August 2019, it is accessible to members only and their guests, and includes members of Pine Valley, Merion, Riviera, Sunningdale, Royal St. George’s, LA Country Club, Friar’s Head and Royal Melbourne among the approximately 150 current members.
Work on a new member gym, sports bar and private lounge and games room, including golf simulator, was recently completed.
Near-term plans include the announced partnership with Six Senses for the transformation of the on-site 19th century ‘Chateau Bel Air’ into an 88-key luxury hotel and spa. Also, the creation of a community village square with restaurants, shops, a farmer’s market and outdoor amphitheater centered around the estate’s 13th century priory, and, of course, the variety of residential homes designed by Michaelis Boyd, to which there has been a lot of interest from existing golf members prior to the general release.
For more information: www.lesbordes.com,
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