Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44-800-085-3815
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44-800-085-3815

Large Converted Barn With Garden And Swimming Pool

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom House to Sleep 5 in a Rural Setting in the Loire Valley

La Grange des Hirondelles is a recently renovated property situated in a quiet hamlet of a dozen houses, 800 metres from the small village of Bournan. The hamlet of La Soultière is on a rise, and has superb far reaching views over the countryside. It is the only gite on the property. It is reached by a private drive way leading off the nearby public minor road, so traffic noise is almost non-existent, a fact many of our guests comment on. It also means that children can play safely around the gite, although parental supervision is always advisable. There is parking space alongside the gîte for two cars.

The Grange has its own large lawn (1000 sq m) with a children’s swing and a petanque (boules) court. To the rear of the building there is a covered terrace and planted courtyard where visitors can enjoy a secluded barbecue, an alfresco meal by candle light; or simply soak up the sun on the sun beds provided.

The swimming pool is 10m x 5m, and is surrounded by a paved area within a stone wall, meeting French pool security standards, and also providing privacy for pool users. The pool is heated if necessary during the summer (Price Bands A and B). There are wooden loungers and a sun shade around the pool.

The accommodation is very spacious, a fact that all of our guests remark on when they are first shown the property; in all there is over 140 square metres of floor space.

In the sitting room area is a large flat screen TV, receiving French terrestrial programmes, and English and other international programmes via satellite.

There is Wi-Fi in the sitting room of the gite.

The dining area has a table and six chairs. A baby's high chair is available on demand. The fully fitted kitchen has an oven, hob, microwave, toaster, and dishwasher. There are ample facilities for those that enjoy cooking.

The upstairs main bedroom has a double bed and a small single bed. An en-suite shower room with shower, washbasin, and WC opens off this bedroom. A baby's cot is available on request.

The downstairs bedroom has two single beds. There is also a bathroom downstairs with bath, washbasin, and WC.

Bikes can be hired locally, and there are three excellent 18 hole golf courses with driving distance. For those interested in wine, the renowned Vouvray (white) and Chinon (red) wine areas are nearby, where you can visit the vineyards and taste and buy direct.

More Details

Mike Gregory
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 July, 2018

About Mike Gregory

Mike and Cynthea moved to France from Oxfordshire in 1997. They bought this property, which was an old farm, in 2004, and have spent much time restoring it, including transforming an old stone built barn into a very large and comfortable gite. They are both now retired, and when time allows Cynthea enjoys cooking, and Mike is interested in the wines of the region.

Mike Gregory purchased this house in 2004


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Bournan in Indre-et-Loire

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite with bedroom 1
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Ground floor
  • Both bathrooms have toilets and wash basins
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 is upstairs, and has a ensuite shower room with toilet. Bedroom 2 is on the ground floor, with the ground floor bathroom a short distance away. It is also possible to install a cot in Bedroom 1.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)

70% Complete
10% Complete
10% Complete
10% Complete
0% Complete
Large Converted Barn With Garden And Swimming Pool
average rating of 4.4 based on 10 reviews

Hidden gem

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property with stunning panoramic views of the rolling countryside; the owners made us feel very welcome and comfortable throughout our stay. The gite is well equipped, boasts a stylish interior and provides ample space and comfort with excellent self-catering facilities. The property is situated in a quiet hamlet with the majority of essential amenities only a short drive away. The gite's location gives you a great sense of seclusion and security. Would have no hesitation in recommending this property.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou very much for taking the time to write a review of our property. We are pleased that you enjoyed your holiday here and found everything to your satisfaction. We enjoyed having you as our tempoary neighbours for the two weeks. We wish you all the best for the future and your house project. Mike and Cynthea
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Perfect property for family holiday situated conveniently to explore the region

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in Bournan in the beautiful property owned by lovely hosts Mike and Cynthia. The property itself was spacious and kept to a high standard, overlooking stunning views of the stunning French countryside.

Our children loved spending days at the property where they could swim or play in the big garden. On days when the weather was not great the property is located conveniently to explore the region and it's fascinating historic towns of Tours, Chinon, Saumur etc...

I'd highly recommend the property to friends and family and would definitely return again for another holiday soon.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It really was a pleasure to have you staying in our gite, and we are so glad that you enjoyed your holiday. We wish you all the best for the future. Mike and Cynthea
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


  • 2 of 5

Beautiful Gite and beautiful surroundings. Pool didnt reach temp until day 4 it was freezing. Dont expect to have this pool to yourselves. Bed and breakfast guest and owners can use it also. After reading the website and it saying exclusive use of the pool,we were very upset to learn of this. When showing the owners that it said exclusive use of the pool,they went on the website and changed it. House up for sale and as we were sat by the pool,the owner strolled in to show people around. I felt extremley uncomfortable led there in my bikini. On our last night at the Gite,my husband and children were enjoying one last swim when the owner came in and got in the pool with them. My holiday was spoilt because of false advertisement on the website. No privacy as owners walking round lots and having to walk infront of their house half naked to get to the pool was uncomfortable for me. If your looking for a private in not the place!!!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sorry that everything was not to your satisfaction. We do try to ensure that our guests are happy, but in your case it was not easy. Doubtless you saw the guest book in the gîte with comments from happy clients over the last ten years who felt very differently to you. Your recollection about the temperature of the swimming pool during your stay is certainly not ours. We recall that you used the pool on the Saturday evening. My wife asked if everything was satisfactory on the Sunday afternoon as you were by the pool and your husband and children were in it. You replied that it was. However, your husband came to see my wife in an irate state on the Monday afternoon, saying that the temperature of the pool had dropped to 22°. She apologised and said that we had forgotten to cover the pool the previous evening. The pool heating was immediately turned on, and the temperature returned to 24°C that afternoon. You and your family used the pool later the same day. For the rest of the week the water temperature was over 26°C. The other people in the pool who you refer were a man and his son who used it for 30 minutes after breakfast on the Thursday morning. You had not used the pool in the mornings, nevertheless your husband went to see my wife again and complained that there were people in the pool. My wife told your husband that there was no reason at all why he couldn’t use the pool as well. You usually finished in the pool by 18:30, and then my wife and I would use the pool for 30 minutes. On the last evening your husband and two children were still in the pool at 18:45, so I went in for a quick swim. I did not realise this would cause a problem, as in a previous discussion with your husband he said he did not mind my wife and I using the pool. I do not understand your criticism about us walking around a lot. You will recall that it was very hot that week. We therefore stayed in our house during the day, and then did jobs like watering the plants in the evening. My wife and I are normally working inside the house most of the day and really don’t have time to notice you walking past the house, let alone what you are wearing. If you felt uncomfortable walking around “half naked”, surely you could have worn a wrap. Obviously you have very demanding expectations regarding exclusive use of the pool and the owners not using their own garden. I just hope that your next holiday rental does meet your expectations.
Did you find this review helpful?
1 1

wonderful gite picturesque location and tranquility

  • 5 of 5

A beautifully appointed gite furnished to a high standard and very clean. We experienced a fabulous two week holiday here and would definitely recommend this accommodation. The owners Cynthia and Mike were discretely on site and there to answer any queries we had. The Loire is a stunning location and there is plenty to do to occupy a family. We will struggle to find another property and location of this standard for this price. All in all excellent.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased that you found the gîte to your liking, and that you had a fabulous holiday here. We do believe that our gîte is very well located for exploring the Loire Valley, with its many attractions. We always try to be discreet, and let our guests decide how much contact we have with them. In your case we really enjoyed the chats we had with you and Emma, and we wish you all the best for the future.
Did you find this review helpful?
1 1

A great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a thoroughly enjoyable week at Les Granges des Hirondelles. We were greeted warmly by Mike and Cynthea and they were excellent hosts. Photographs don't really show the size of the gite. It is spacious, delightful and very homely. The owners have put a lot of thought into equipping this property as it had everything we could ask for. A previous reviewer suggested that there may be lack of privacy when using the pool. We were fortunate in having very good weather during our holiday and we used the pool almost every day. We never felt overlooked and we thoroughly enjoyed using the pool....and sharing it with the delightful swallows who dipped and dived and entertained us. Walking 50yds to our own pool was not a problem! We chose this property for its rural location and I was surprised how easy it was to reach supermarkets and the main roads to various attractions. I would thoroughly recommend this property. It is spacious, comfortable and excellent value for money. Thank you Mike and Cynthea!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review and many thanks for writing such a glowing one. We are both very pleased that you enjoyed your holiday at our gîte. We hope that you enjoyed the second part of your holiday. Cynthea and Mike
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

La Grange Hirondelles - a truly beautiful countryside get away.

  • 5 of 5

La Grange Hirondelles gave us a relaxing

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
320 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
27 Kilometres
Verneuil sur Indre
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
TGV - St Pierre des Corps
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
A10 Junction 25 Sainte Maure
Nearest Restaurant
9 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The gite is situated in the South Touraine part of the Loire Valley in Central France. It is an excellent base for discovering this delightful and very famous area of France, with its many well known châteaux, beautiful countryside and numerous vineyards.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Bournan, Centre

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Price Band A
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Price Band B
1 Sep 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Price Band C
15 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300
Stay tax £0.80 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

The price includes bed linen and towels. However, guests should normally bring their own beach towels for use by the pool; although exceptions can be made by prior arrangement with the owners for people arriving by air. A taxe de sejour (tourist tax) is payable in cash upon arrival. It is 0.80 euro per adult (over 18) per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
Ask Owner a Question

You might like these similar holiday rentals