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18th Century Stone Barn in a Magical, Ideal Loire Valley Setting

People2
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

About the property

65 square-meter loft for two, luxurious bathroom and gourmet kitchen

In the heart of the Loire Valley, ten minutes from the fortress city of Chinon and the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, located in a tranquil valley with spectacular views, this renovated, 18th Century stone barn was new to the rental market as of April, 2011. Many of the grand Chateaux of the Loire Valley: Villandry, Chenonceau, Usse, Azay-le-Rideau and Saumur are easy half-day trips. For cycling enthusiasts, we are less than a kilometre from the main bike route through the Loire Valley; and for food and wine enthusiasts, the Loire Valley, is known as the 'garden' of France. We are surrounded by the vineyards of Chinon, Bourgueil and Saumur which produce some of France's finest wines and best values. From its famous chèvre, the mushrooms of the troglodyte caves of Saumur, to the white asparagus grown in sandy Loire soil, the region offers a rich bounty. Your hosts, former restaurant owners from San Francisco, are available to cater meals and conduct local food and wine tours.

Chinon Château: The mount of Chinon was first fortified as a stronghold by Theobald I, Count of Blois in the year 954. In the 12th century Chinon was then independent of the kingdom of France, and was a primary residence of Henry II Plantagenet, Angevin King and King of England. King Henry died in Chinon Castle after being defeated by his sons Richard and John in a rebellion aided by Phillip Augustus of France; he, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their son King Richard the Lionheart were all buried at nearby Fontevraud Abbey. Later, the château was a residence of Charles VII, the Dauphin of France in the early 15th century, when Joan of Arc arrived at the castle, at the beginning of her quest to liberate France from the English on March 8, 1429; it was here that she recognized the disguised Dauphin from amongst his courtiers, a feat which helped to persuade him to accede to her urging to declare himself king and raise an army to liberate France. A visit here is a must for any history buff.

Royal Abbey of Fontevraud: The Abbey was founded in 1100 by Robert of Arbrissel, who had just created a new order, the Order of Fontevrault. The first permanent structures were built between 1110 and 1119. The abbey was a double monastery, with both monks and nuns on the same site. An international success, the order established several 'Fontevrist' abbeys set up in England. Robert of Arbrissel declared that the leader of the order should always be a woman and appointed Petronille de Chemillé as the first abbess. She was succeeded by Matilda of Anjou, the aunt of Henry II of England. This was the start of a position that attracted many rich and noble abbesses over the years, including members of the French Bourbon royal family. In the early years the Plantagenets were great benefactors of the abbey and while Isabella d'Anjou was abbess, Henry II's widow Eleanor of Aquitaine became a nun there. During the French Revolution, the order was dissolved. The restoration of the abbey church was finished in 2006.

Wines of Chinon: The red and rosé wines of Chinon are made from the Cabernet Franc grape, and are typically dry and light to medium bodied and go well with food. In good vintages the red wines can be cellared for 10 years or more. Cabernet Franc grown on the stony terraces of the area tends to be a young wine with dominant notes of blackcurrant and anise. Though typically thought of as lighter wines, reds from good producers and strong vintages can be full bodied and well structured for aging. Their white wines, though lesser known, are quite good and are made from Chenin Blanc. Two of the more noteworthy vintners of Chinon, and well worth a visit, are Bernard Baudry and Charles Jouguet. Wine tours are available through your hosts.

More Details

Owner
Tim or Steve
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
25 June, 2017

About Tim or Steve

Expat Americans living in France since 2004, after renovating an abandoned farm property in the Loire Valley, we have opened our home to traveling guests so they can have a comfortable and luxurious base for exploring the Loire Valley.

Ask about our Paris apartment rental too.

Tim or Steve purchased this barn in 2007

Why Tim or Steve chose Indre-et-Loire

If you are visiting the Loire Valley, we are centrally located, most of the major sites are within easy reach.

Just 10 minutes from the fortress city of Chinon, where one finds all needed services, we are in a quiet, breathtaking setting on 10 acres, with no immediate neighbors. All the comforts of home, and more.

What makes this barn unique

Renovated to the highest international standards, you'll not want for any comfort. A large and luxurious bathroom with plenty of hot water, a gourmet kitchen with every imaginable cooking item, a dvd library of more than 500 films and documentaries, books galore. In short, you will want for nothing.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Lerné in Indre-et-Loire

Property Type:
  • barn
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • river ...
  • rural ...
  • town ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Maps
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The over-sized bathroom has a walk-in Roman shower and views of the surrounding fields.
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • The bedroom area looks out over the valley to the Chateau Montpensier. The bedroom has a Queen-size, American Bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • 2 bicycles
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Owners also have an apartment in Paris, central-north of the old Opera in the 9th, available for rent.

Location

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Tours
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Chinon or Fontevraud
Nearest Ferry
180 Miles
Caen
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Roiffe
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Chinon
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Bourgueil
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Chinon or Fontevraud (On Site Available)
Nearest Beach
240 Miles
La Baule

The Loire Valley, also known as the 'Garden of France” has been blessed by temperate weather and good soil. Here, France’s royalty built a thousand chateaux, some of the world's finest, and a short distance from Paris.

In 2000, UNESCO added the central part of the Loire River valley to its list of World Heritage Sites. In choosing this area that includes the French départements of Loiret, Loir-et-Cher, Indre-et-Loire, and Maine-et-Loire, the committee said that the Loire Valley is: 'an exceptional cultural landscape, of great beauty, comprised of historic cities and villages, great architectural monuments - the Châteaux - and lands that have been cultivated and shaped by centuries of interaction between local populations and their physical environment, in particular the Loire itself.'

A visitor to the Loire Valley will find a region of France still mostly unspoiled by over-population or current fad. Fortunately, Peter Mayle wrote 'A Year in Provence' not 'A Year in the Loire.'

Other Activities: winery tours, chateau visits

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Lerné, Centre

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£421
for 4 nights
From
£105
£737
 

Additional pricing information

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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