Guests’ Reviews

Bienvenus! La Cave Yuccas is an exceptional vacation rental in the Loire Valley, France. Located in the troglodyte village of Trôo, the property features a unique cave house and heritage museum with a beautifully restored cottage above the cave. Perched high up on the hillside with full southern exposure, the Cave Yuccas property offers stunning views over the village, river and valley.

Visit the Cave Yuccas website here.

Here’s what others say who have stayed there:

38 Replies to “Guests’ Reviews”

  1. We just spent the second week of September 2015 in La Cave Yuccas in the village of Troo near Vendome. This is a special place and completely different to anywhere we’ve stayed before. The cottage has been constructed above a cave house so that the upper floor (lounge/kitchen) is above ground, the lower floor (bedroom/bathroom) is built into the hillside but with windows and below all of that is a fascinating cave house that has been converted into a museum. The cottage is perched high on the hillside and from the garden the view is spectacular over the Loir valley (especially when in hammock with glass of wine). Footpaths wind up and down the hillside and you leave your vehicle up by the church and walk to the cottage. Its good advice to arrive in daylight although the paths are lit with uplighters. A week was not long enough to do all we wanted to do and another stay would be great, to sample some more local restaurants/produce and explore the area. Thoroughly recommended.

  2. We just enjoyed an absolutely fabulous visit at Cave Yuccas. It is so peaceful and quiet there. It almost feels like you have stepped back to a simpler time. The view is amazing and hanging out in the hammock with a glass of wine is not to be missed. Everything was clean and in perfect working order. It is great for families (we have 2 children). Alain was available for anything and always with a smiling face. We toured several of the castles in the area. It was wonderful to come “home” to the peace and quiet of Cave Yuccas and enjoy dinner outside with the sunset. I would not hesitate to recommend staying here. In fact, we are planning to return.

  3. Beautiful location, clean as a pin and well equipped for cooking. Alain in the cafe was very friendly and helpful. A perfect 3 day stay!

  4. We stayed 14 days and nights in cave yuccas.
    And had a wonderful, relaxing time. the garden is nice with al the roses, and reminder of Ronsard.
    It is an unique little house on a beautiful spot with a wide vieuw, which we enjoyed with the sounds of frogs, crickets, and owls in the evening, the smell of lavender in our noses.
    The castles of the Loire are not close by, but we enjoyed going to Tours, Blois, Illiers-Combray ( Proust) and Chartres on the way back.
    Indeed; you have to have a good condition to bring you our stuff to and from the house. But then you can enjoy the peace an quiet afterwards. Also on hot days the bedroom is cool. Bring your own garden chairs if you want to relax and read a few hours

  5. La Cave Yuccas was the dreamiest of dreamy vacation stays for my husband, our 11-year-old daughter, and I. I am sad to say that it will ruin all future vacations for you, as nothing will ever come close to making you this happy. Unless you do not like a view of golden wheat fields as far as the eye can see, a hammock overlooking said view, a gorgeous house tucked into the side of a hill with actual comfortable beds, poured concrete kitchen counters, a deep claw foot tub, a visiting cat named Couscous, and the occasional peacock strutting through your yard.

    The day we arrived, we were welcomed warmly by Kate the owner, and Alain, who manages the Cave Yuccas Museum and creperie. We took a tour of the museum, which is attached, and just below the guesthouse. It is an amazing glimpse into what life in the cave dwellings was like in the first half of the 20th century. The history of the town and area is long and fascinating.

    For the next few days, we wandered around, went to the market, made exquisite meals –ALL of which we ate on the terrace overlooking the vast golden valley. One day we went horse back riding; another we rented bikes. A third, we visited a winery. There is much to see here, and yet no urgency to do anything but sit in the hammock and breathe in the sweet air. I think it is the first time I’ve guiltlessly enjoyed slowing down and doing absolutely nothing.

    This is a perfect place for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, a writer’s retreat… I could go on. I guess it is just the perfect place, period.

  6. Just returned from a wonderful week at Cave Yucca. Lilacs and roses blooming everywhere. The view from the terrace is formidable. The birds sang from morning to night and it was light from 6 AM to 9 PM. We took a river stroll each evening after dinner. A very comfortable stay, and in spite of the rain, we ventured out each day to see a chateau or place of interest. You must be hearty to climb up and down the rocky hills. Jeannine

  7. We too found the Cave Yuccas to be an excellent place to get away and really enjoy rural France. Catherine. the owner is extremely obliging although we have never met her.
    The view over the Loire river and the surrounding farmland was so peaceful and so quiet. The only sounds we heard were from the birds. The village itself is built the side of the hill, and is quite steep to walk around, but well worth the effort.
    We found ourselves exploring the surrounding towns and villages during the day and then returning to the excellent restaurants for dinner.
    No French? Don’t worry, the people are very willing to accommodate you and there is nearly always someone who can interpret! A little miming and a sense of humour makes you feel at home with these friendly people.
    The famous Chateaux are an easy drive away, and there is much to experience close by. All in all a great spot to holiday.

  8. If you’re looking for a secluded getaway in the middle of France, this is it. The tiny village of Troo is surrounded by farms and overlooks the Loire valley. It’s very quiet and beautiful. The cottage is quite nice. It’s two rooms stacked on top of each other connected by a spiral staircase. The upper floor has a couple of couches, a table, and the kitchen. By European standards, this kitchen is quite large. The door opens onto a wonderful terrace. The lower floor has a bedroom and the bathroom. The property owner, Kate, was extremely helpful and communicative. We had absolutely no problems at all during our stay, and we’d recommend it highly. The one word of caution is that since it’s off the beaten path, you’ll have to drive a bit farther to see the popular chateaus of the Loire. Of course, there are so many things to see in this region, you’ll easily find lots to enjoy. It was a unique experience to stay in one of these “troglodyte” homes. It’s not really a cave, it’s just built on the hillside. The property description is accurate that you need to park a couple of blocks away up a steep path. That’s sort of nice in that there are no cars nearby. In summary, this was an awesome cottage.

  9. Cave Yucca is one of the jewels hidden away in France. It sits high above the village of Troo, overlooking the rich river Loir valley. As far as the eye can see there are are small villages dotting the beautiful farm lands.
    The house itself has two levels. The bottom level is the main bedroom and the bathroom.The bed we found to be very comfortable, and the free standing claw footed bath was really great! There is a large wood fire down there as well, as well as electric heating if you needed it.
    Up the spiral staircase is the living area. A well appointed kitchen, a table for six and lounges. All is just as you’d expect.
    Alain, the next door neighbour and caretaker let us in and showed us around. He was very helpful.
    For the next five days we had the most peaceful relaxing time imaginable.
    Just down the road is the larger town of Montoire which has grocery stores etc, and a little further is Vendome. The chateaux are about 50 kilometres.
    We had a wonderful time here. In the village itself there are restaurants which provide great fare, and the owners are very happy to help you with your French pronunciation and vocabulary!
    In general this is a great spot to chill out and enjoy the peace. If you want a bit more its easy to get to anywhere. Tours, a major city, is less than and hour away.
    Highly recommended!

  10. We had a lovely holiday in La Cave Yuccas. We know the area well, having spent many enjoyable holidays there over the years but discovering Cave Yuccas for the 1st time undoubtedly added to our enjoyment. The small house is ideal for a couple with everything we could have wanted. The garden is perfect with the most wonderful views imaginable, the village of Troo a delight & the nearest town Montoire a jewel. It’s rural France at it’s best, with peace & quiet guaranteed, yet you are still near some fine towns and many of the famous Chateaus of France. As far as meals are concerned, it’s perfect eating in the garden but there are also many excellent restaurants in close proximity.

    John Smith August 5th 2012

  11. My boyfriend and I had a fantastic stay at La Cave Yuccas. The accommodations were cozy and comfortable and Alain was helpful and kind. The view at La Cave Yuccas was breathtaking. The whole atmosphere allowed for us to completely unwind and relax. Troo is a sleepy little village, we enjoyed exploring the small pathways and admiring everyone’s beautiful gardens. This was the perfect place to bring home local food and wine and enjoy. We couldn’t have asked for a better place to relax in the middle of our busy European vacation.

  12. My wife and I had the most wonderful time at La Cave Yuccas. Unfortunately we were only there for three nights – we wish we could’ve stayed longer!

    The cottage is very comfortable. Downstairs, the bathroom was wonderful and we also really enjoyed the fireplace in the bedroom (we were there in March so it was still quite chilly). Upstairs, the kitchen was well equipped and the lounge was the perfect place to relax. The favourite place of the house, however, is at the outside table overlooking the valley – perfect for your morning coffee, lunch or afternoon glass (bottle) of wine!

    There is plenty to do in the area – with only three days, we couldn’t fit everything in, but we enjoyed exploring the village and visiting some of the chateaus. There are plenty of restaurants in the area and the supermarkets are well stocked.

    Needless to say, having a car is essential to making the most of your time there.

  13. place was picturesque
    if you want stunning very clean amazingly nice functional place to stay this is it
    centrally located for bicycling and driving into next town
    warm and friendly person who runs museum, Jason
    view is stunning, out of a postcard
    kitchen is modern & up to date
    bathroom is modern and very clean
    kept perfectly

  14. I’ve just returned after 5 days at La Cave Yuccas. We were a total of 3- my fiance, brother and myself. There was plenty of space for us all. The downstairs bedroom and bathroom is very spacious. My brother, a professionally trained Culinary Institute of America (CIA) chef, loved cooking in Kate’s kitchen with the windows wide open. It was an extra bonus for him to cut fresh herbs for our meals from Kate’s garden.

    The smell of lavender is everywhere when you sit in the garden having your dinner and a glass of wine. What an extraordinary view! It is such a peaceful hideaway.

    A couple of bonuses: the speedy internet access and La Tour de France race which passed right by the little village of Troo. Additionally the visit of the cave museum and Alain’s crepes were great as were the refreshing and cool nights spent in our cave house.

    For anyone who is looking for a slower pace while on vacation in the middle of a beautiful region of France, you can’t go wrong with La Cave Yuccas!

  15. We just had a great time last weekend. We really loved the place. The owner has done a really fantastic job with it. It was so warm and cozy. Really great sense of style. And what a view! We were even graced with a rainbow over the valley. As we live in Paris from time to time we’ve been to other country houses and Le Cave Yuccas was just really nicely done and perhaps the most comfortable place we’ve been.. The owner seems to have thought of everything. I would love to come back. It was a real discovery.

    Steve and Yannick

  16. “Luxury Cave Accomodations in a Throw-Back Village”

    Our stay at the Yucca Caves was amazing. The cave itself was renovated and it is hard to believe that 2 to 3 of your walls are part of the earth. The main living area had amazing light and modern facilities complete with tile, hard wood floors, and warm furnishings. The main room opened up to a garden and sitting area overlooking the town. It was beautiful. Peaceful. Relaxing. You were by no means roughing it at the Yucca Cave. There was wireless internet as well (score!!). The village itself was so cool. That’s the throw-back part of the review. You had to time things well, as the bakery was open from 930 to noon. It was great just walking around the town. We met a guy who was living in a horse-drawn carriage – a true cowboy. I’d say my favorite part of trip was visiting the Wine Cave. The owner offered wine tastings from 2-7 every day. We stopped by the wine cave both nights that we stayed. It was great fun chit-chatting with the wine guy and tasting generous pours of wine. The Yucca Caves was a great stop. On a trip that included wine country, a marathon, La Rochelle, and Paris… I can easily say that the Yucca Caves was my favorite part of the trip. It is a hidden gem.

  17. If you’re looking for a peaceful, beautiful and relaxing holiday, go to the village of Trôo in the Loire Valley. The Cave Yuccas offers you the perfect point of departure to all nearby attractions and is a fantastic place to stay. The house is in good condition, matches the description and everything is done to make you feel at home. The owner and the care taker were very helpful with information about local sights, shopping and activities. There is the most amazing view over the valley and the morning sun rises are spectacular. Travel lightly as it is a bit of an exercise to walk down to the house with your luggage. Make sure you arrive before dark! All in all a wonderful experience – highly recommendable.

  18. I recently stayed in this property for only 3 nights but wished I had booked longer as I absolutely loved it.

    The views were even better than the photos show and it’s perfect for a quiet retreat due to the lack of roads nearby. The house itself was cosy, welcoming and clean.

    The property manager (next door) was very helpful but not at all obtrusive and made every effort to overcome my lack of French vocabulary, he even brought us a dish of home grown vegetables which were very, very tasty! The village was small but it still took us a whole day to explore all the hidden pathways and cave houses – definitely worth a walk around although you do need to be reasonably fit as it is on a hillside.

    I will definitely be returning to Troo and Cave Yuccas, especially as this is the place where I proposed to my now fiancée!!!

  19. Like nowhere else we’ve been to…

    Review Submitted: September 5, 2010
    Date of Stay: August 2010

    The ideal place to come back to after a hard day of sightseeing and enjoy a glass of wine, the peace and quiet, the wonderful view from the terrace while the steaks are cooking on the barbecue… What more can you ask for?

    Recommended for: Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway

    San francisco, USA

  20. We spent a week in June at La Cave Yuccas, and found it to be everything the website said it would be, and more. The view from the garden patio is breathtaking – a perfect place to relax and sip your morning coffee or enjoy a glass of wine with fresh local cheeses and pates. The property was spotless, comfortable and well equipped. Kate is a warm and gracious hostess, and provided lots of guidance on things to do and places to visit. The area has something for everyone – hiking and walking trails, caves, castles, cathedrals and old village churches from the 11th century and, of course, the famous vineyards of the Loire valley. (Hint: Go to the vineyards early in your stay, to stock up on wine for the week. On Kate’s recommendation, we had a nice personal tour and tasting at Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau in Vouvray). Choosing a restaurant was like being a kid in a candy store – lots of great choices right in Troo and within a half hour’s drive. Favorite spots include the Cheval Blanc in Troo, Le Relais d’Antan in Lavardin. All that being said, with wine from down the street and food from the farmer’s market in Montoire, I would have been happy to hole up at La Cave Yuccas and never leave!

  21. There is a good reason to go to Troo.La Cave Yuccas is situated on a hill with a magnificent view of the lush verdant valley below. Peaceful. serene, majestic landscapes
    Within an hour you can envelop yourself
    in crwds of sightseers viewing castles like
    Chambord or Chenonceau.
    Fantastic food awaits also right in Troo and nearby towns. Connie

  22. We enjoyed the wonderful stay in La Cave Yuccs. The view over the town was breathtaking. Sitting in the garden, sipping a glass of fine french wine while listening to the birds singing are just what we are looking for as a holiday. Kate was nice and patient. She introduced us many interesting spots to visit. We would certainly miss the unique holiday.

  23. We searched for a country getaway, to get ourselves out of Paris for a week. This was definitely the spot. The cave is beautiful and has very comfortable accommodations. It’s like a perch overlooking the Loire valley.

  24. I travelled with 2 teenage girls and my parents who are both in their 70’s. The “trek” down to the property was a bit fun at night, You definately need a flashlight if you arrive at night. You have to be physically able to walk a ways especially with your luggage. The property is beautiful and there is a wonderful bakery within easy walking distance. There is also a Super U that is a large grocery store that is about a 10 minute drive from Troo. This property is an excellent place to stay and isn’t far to beautiful Chateauxs and vineyards. There were 5 people that stayed and the sleeping accomodations were good. The bathroom was huge and a lovely claw foot tub. The washing machine worked very good, but there was not dryer. There was a line outside for clothes drying and also a clothing hanger inside for days when it was raining.

  25. When I am asked about our most recent UK/France jaunt I always cite Cave Yuccas as the highlight. I try to explain it and I show photos, but it doesn’t really do it justice. The views from the terrace were stunningly beautiful – so beautiful friends have accused us of being photographed in front of a ‘blue screen’, the image of Troo cascading toward the river a superimposed film effect. We loved sitting on the terrace drinking wine from the local wine cave (open only on weekends) with friends visiting from Paris (45 mins on the very fast (and very expensive) train). I had to keep pinching myself as we explored the winding passageways of Troo, the cool banks of the river, the frescoed 12th cent church and the spirals of the Butte. The Troo cave houses are extraordinary and their gardens a delight. I still can’t quite believe it was all real. Dreamy memories aside, however, the practical experience of staying at Cave Yuccas was equally memorable. Whilst you do need a degree of fitness to get around, the cave house is very comfortable and Alain was usually at hand if ever we needed anything – such as directions to weekday wine sources (!). Kate welcomed us warmly and made us feel instantly at home. She was happy for us to attach stair gates to the top of the spiral staircase and to secure danger sports so we could relax, to some degree, with a crawling and curious 10 month old. Our 12 year old daughter had her own little adventures in the garden and adored lolling in the hammock. It was just lovely; our only regret was that we spent too much time away from it – day trips to Chartres and Paris did not equal the pleasure we found at Troo.

  26. Review Submitted: July 8, 2009
    Date of Stay: June 2009

    We ended our 3 week tour of France at this charming cottage. I just loved sitting out at the table in the garden overlooking the acres of farmland. Walking around Troo and looking at all of the cave houses was amazing. Alain, the caretaker and owner of the museum below, was great. We arrived at the beginning of a heat wave and the top floor of the house was hot, but that was expected.

    For an absolutely fabulous dinner, go to the Auberge Sainte-Catherine restaurant. This is walking distance from the house and it had to be our best meal of our trip!

    Places not to miss — the Chateau de Chenonceau and the chapel in La Chartre. Both are stunning. Our daily stop at the local bakery was a must and the maise (corn) baguette was scrumptious.

    Although I loved this property, it would be difficult for anyone with walking disabilities as the daily walk to the car could be a challenge. The car is parked up the hill at the church and then the walk to the cottage is down a rocky, semi-steep path. Worth it when you get there though.

  27. This is the nicest and most charming holiday home we’ve ever been to! The terrace and the view is gorgeous and inside it is furnished with much love to detail. Troo and the surrounding area with the Loir (we liked the small Loir much better than the touristy LoirE) is really lovely but we didn’t leave the house that often cause it’s just such an exceptional hideaway to relax.

  28. The perfect place for a relaxing holiday in this beautiful part of France. Wonderful accomodation and a magnificent view. Plenty to see in Troo itself with all the cave dwellings. Within easy reach of chateaux at Blois and Chenonceau as well as picturesque towns such as Ambois and Vendome. Overall Cave Yuccas exceeded our expectations and we took away many happy memories. Thanks Kate, we hope to go back again one day.

  29. My two college children and I had a wonderful time in Troo. We went bread, meat, cheese and wine shopping, we ate, we looked at chateaus, we visited caves, we drank, and we slept. It was wonderful! Everyday was an adventure. Our rental car with GPS helped us to explore the area. The roads were like in the movies; a convertible is a bonus. Cave Yuccas was an excellent getaway, fully equipped, internet, and a fabulous view (a little downhill walk from the car). After the first day we felt like residents of Troo. Crepes at the Cave with Alain are a must! Cave Yuccas is not an ordinary Vacation home, it is a love affair with the Loire Valley and it’s caves– and that is to expected in such a beautiful place!

  30. We spent a wonderful week in Troo at the end of July. It was truly the most charming place we have stayed for a long time. The house is modern, very well maintained, stylishly decorated, it has a large terrace with a beautiful view. The owner has obviously put in a lot of thought into decorating the cottage, so you felt very much at home.

  31. I’m sitting here on a cold, rainy, early Spring day in San Francisco having a glass of Vouvray wine from the Loire Valley remembering last Spring in France. My wife and I spent a wonderful week at La Cave Yuccas in late April last year. I was worried that a cave would be cold and dark. Wrong on both accounts.The accommodations were clean, airy, bright, comfortable, tastefully decorated, and above all unique. The views from the upper level terrace were breath taking. Spend time exploring La Loir, the smaller. but more relaxing river valley in the area. Take your portable GPS and allow yourself the luxury of getting lost among the rolling hills and Chateaux lined Loir River. Just give yourself enough time to get back to La Cave Yuccas in time to sit on the terrace, have a glass of local wine and soak up the beautiful view. This is why we travel……..

  32. La maison est formidable! On ne peut pas rever plus douillet! J’ai ete agreablement surprise par ce petit nid de confort et aussi par la connexion directe avec la cave yucca ! La cave est magnifique, tout troo est superbe ! Sincerement je n’oublierais jamais ma visite dans le pays Vendomois.

  33. I have been to Cave Yucca twice now and looking forward to returning. It is located in a delightful small village along the side of a south facing slope overlooking a vast expanse of the Little Loire Valley. Many of the residences are in the troglodyte caves that have been remarkably restored with modern conveniences. Cave Yucca has the best of both types of dwellings with a cottage above and the cave below. I can’t wait to return to visit with the many friends I have made there.

  34. Hey,
    I got a chance to stay at Cave Yuccas just about two years ago as things were getting underway. I wanted to say, it being my first time in France, that it was an amazing way to experience the French countryside. Bike riding, sunsets, french wine, good food, interesting people, and all this steeped in so much history really allowed me to glimpse a way of life I had never seen before or since. Plus being chased by a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like (his daughter lives in Troo?) was worth more than a few good laughs.

  35. La Cave Yuccas at Troo was stage 1 last April on my mini cycling tour of the region.

    The village was so beautiful and the villagers were so friendly that it was difficult to leave it behind to see the more conventional destinations at Amboise and Chambord.

    Highly recommended!

  36. As an artist coming from an extremely loud and busy city, La Cave Yuccas was heaven for me. The beauty of the interior spaces and landscape views inspired me to paint every day, the history drew me through the caves and churches, and the people welcomed and charmed me. The cottage is cozy and comfortable on top of a majestic view. And the museum below offers a perspective worth discussing over fine nutella crepes. Lovely and exceptional place indeed!

  37. La Cave Yuccas, located in the cave village of Troo, is one of my most memorable vacation stays in my thirty years of travel. It’s located in French farm country and it’s charm could not be more authentic.. This tiny, undiscovered village is worth discovering. There are no tourist buses here. The house at the Cave Yuccas gets five stars from me because of it’s tasteful appointments, unparalleled view, and it’s location on a footpath where cars cannot pass. It’s so peaceful there, and beautiful. You won’t want to leave!

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