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La Boulangerie (former bakery) in medieval town market square of Saint-Aignan

People7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,937 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Loire Valley townhouse, 3 bedrooms sleeping 7

La Boulangerie is a charming townhouse situated in the middle of the medieval town of Saint-Aignan sur Cher in the famous Loire Valley.

Renovated to the highest standard, it features 3 large bedrooms (sleeping 7), a newly renovated kitchen and 2 bathrooms. It is well-furnished with stunning views over the market square and the 12th century romanesque collegiate church.

La Boulangerie has a well appointed kitchen with dishwasher and dining area for seven. Two large first floor bedrooms (one with a double bed and one with 3 full-size single beds) and a freshly renovated bathroom with shower. There is also a washing machine available on the first floor. A stunning top floor bedroom with another double bed has a large bathroom with shower and magnificent views over the 12th century romanesque collegiate church and the ancient roofs of Saint-Aignan.

The house is within walking distance of all of Saint-Aignan’s amenities and the weekly Saturday market sells every type of fresh produce from locally grown asparagus to oysters. Saint-Aignan has many bars, restaurants, shops, and the river Cher is only a couple of minutes walk. Saint-Aignan is an ideal place for those wishing to live the French experience with the village revolving around this magnificient market square in the heart of an amazing medieval town.

Located in the Loire Valley, Saint-Aignan is within very short driving distance to the best chateaux that France has to offer. Chambord, Chaumont, Chenonceau, Cheverny, Blois, Amboise, Valencay just to name a few. Situated in the heart of the Toraine wine producing area, there are plenty of winery tours and tastings within very close proximity.

There are plenty of activities for all types of visitors including the world-famous ZooParc de Beauval only a 5 minute drive. Cinemas, parks, water activites and the local indoor/outdoor swimming pool are all within walking distance.

More Details

Property Manager
Rachael
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
3 June, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

Shane and I and our daughter and her partner stayed at this beautifully presented town house in July. We had one of our best holidays ever. Exploring the Loire valley, the chateaux, the beautiful villages, watching the Tour de France pass by were all of course wonderful but the best experience was simply living in the town of St aignan: buying provisions at the Saturday market just out the front door, the daily baguettes obtained from a nearby bakery, our evening aperitifs at aux Cepages and several great restaurants. Rachael and Trent could not do enough to help us and the lovely Natalie from next door. Could not recommend La Boulangerie more highly.



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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Saint-Aignan in Loir-et-Cher

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1937 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
Theme:
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Both bathrooms are spacious and well appointed with heated towel rail and radiator.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 3 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • The first floor bedrooms are light, spacious and have attractive views of the old town. The top floor has a wealth of exposed beams and spectacular views. Bedroom 1 contains a seperate bathroom. There is ample storage space throughout. There is a cot available that could fit into either bedroom 1 or 2.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
High-speed WiFi Internet access is available. Two three seater comfortable couches and a Versailles chair with coffee table,TV (with 150 channels), DVD, sound system are in the spacious exposed beamed living room . The dining area has a wood table and 7 chairs. The kitchen is well equipped with induction hob and extractor fan, electric oven, toaster, kettle, filter coffee maker, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, crockery, glasses and cooking utensils. There is a washing machine and drying rack. Linen and towels are provided. The house should be left as you would expect to find it, clean and tidy. Cleaning products are provided. We are happy to discuss special requests.

Reviews

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La Boulangerie (former bakery) in medieval town market square of Saint-Aignan
average rating of 4.625 based on 26 reviews
5

PERFECT!

  • 5 of 5

Where to begin to review this fabulous home? I believe we contacted the owner more than 7 months before our trip. We were looking for a charming, comfortable home in which to stay for two months while we "pretended to be French." La Boulangerie met all of our criteria: great location from which to visit all of the Loire Valley; in a town where we could walk everywhere and hopefully make friends and feel a part of the community; comfortably furnished so we could really "live" there and completely furnished with modern conveniences. This property suited us perfectly. I emailed Rachael and she responded very quickly. We discussed dates and I made our reservation. I made a payment to guarantee the reservation and then had to wait many long months to actually stay there. Rachael and I emailed back and forth many times and even formed a bit of a friendship!

The day finally arrived and we flew to Paris and then easily took the train to Saint Aignan. We then took a taxi to LaBoulangerie and was met by the House Manager, Nathalie. Nathalie is a true gem and saw to our needs and answered any and all questions that we had. She even recommended her favorite wine bar which we managed to visit most every night while we were there.

The house is gorgeous and charming and unique. It was very clean and looks exactly like the photos except that since we were there, new floors were installed in the kitchen and a shower door was installed on the shower on the 3rd floor. The kitchen has everything you could ever want to cook, make coffee, or just sit around the table enjoying people's company. It even has a dishwasher which was very nice. There were plenty of plates, cups, wine glasses, pots and pans -- everything! Very well stocked.

The location of La Boulangerie is excellent. Directly on the main square with good restaurants nearby and also a supermarket and an incredible cheese store within a very short walking distance. On Saturday mornings there is a fresh market on the square and it is literally just outside the door. We took advantage of it and shopped there every Saturday.

We did not want to rent a car while we were there and we utilized the train or bicycles for our travel. (Nathalie kindly rented us bicycles!). Generally we walked to the train station -- about a mile and 1/2 walk. You can then take the train to see all of the chateaus in the region and one is more beautiful than the next. Not to be missed!!!

Stay here!!!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Brisbane, Queensland
5

Lovely slice of village life

  • 5 of 5

The building is definitely old - but has been beautiful renovated. There are a few oddities, as you might expect for a bakery converted to a holiday home. However, these do not affect the quality of the stay.

This house is right on the square in the centre of town. Finding it on the first day is a real challenge, even though we had instructions from Rachael. Subsequently, we parked just outside the old area, and walked in. Once oriented, not a problem any more.

Being right on the square was excellent on market day - literally right outside the door is a fabulous village market, with seafood, meats, cheese, produce. Wonderful.

Being right on the square was not so great one night when the restaurant opposite (Amarena) had guests with children running around the square playing very loud games until 2 am.

The house itself is very spacious, well maintained, and provided with plenty of equipment for up to 7 people. We only had 4 in our party, and enjoyed the extra room.

Main issue in the house is the lack of curtains in the bedrooms. The top bedroom has none, while the other double has very thin curtains. In summer, this means the rooms remain very light until very late! An eye mask is definitely helpful to get some sleep.

Overall though, the house is very comfortable and is an excellent base from which to explore the region.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

La Boulangerie is a gem. The apartment is spacious and nicely decorated. The owner has done an amazing job in restoring an old bakery and turning it into a warm comforting home. I would say it is one of the best rental apartments we have had: centrally located at a picturesque village, tastefully decorated with comfortable beds and sitting areas, beautiful views and a lovely kitchen. The weekend market at the square was a nice surprise, not to be missed if you want to some fresh French produce for a home-cook meal. The part we liked best is the evening strolls along the river.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

French Fairytale

  • 5 of 5

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our 6 day stay at La Boulangerie! Set in a quaint medieval village, the accommodation offered both charming details—exposed wooden beams, stonework—and tasteful modern facilities. Everything one could need is provided, and we were warmly welcomed upon arrival. The view from the upper bedroom is straight out of a fairytale (as shown in photos). Highlights of our stay included the Saturday food market in the village square (right outside the door!), visiting Amboise and the many beautiful Chateau in the area. I highly recommend this lovely spot in the Loire Valley.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Madison, WI USA
5

Perfect place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at La Boulangerie. It has charming medieval character as well as beautiful decorating, modern bathrooms and kitchen, and comfortable bedrooms. The pictures on the website are accurate; take special notice of the view from the third floor bedroom, a once-in-a-lifetime view. The living room is very comfortable too and has a TV that carries BBC and CNN news, for those who want to catch up on what is happening elsewhere. We've stayed at a number of HomeAway properties (all excellent), and this is probably our favorite. It was spotless and Nathalie, the manager, was amusing and helpful--fun to meet. When we had to leave earlier on our day of departure, she was most accommodating.

The village itself is so interesting: the medieval buildings, the beautiful church, and the grounds of the chateau with lovely views over the countryside. Don't miss La Petrie, with its great baquettes, croissants, and pain au chocolat. We also strongly recommend L'Amarena restaurant, just steps from La Boulangerie. The owners are so friendly and welcoming, and the food is delicious, especially, in our opinion, two pasta dishes, the Sicilian and the Italienne. We're a bit embarrassed to admit it, but we ate there three nights--we couldn't stay away!

St. Aignan is perfectly situated for visits to the chateaux. The are so many to choose from, but our favorites were Cnenonceau, Villandry, Usse and Cheverny (be there at 5:00 to see them feed the hunting dogs). We also spent time in Amboise and toured Leonardo da Vinci's last home there.

Overall, it was a wonderful experience. We recommend La Boulangerie most highly and would love to stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: May 23, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kaye, Our team works very hard to ensure your stay is just right and as such we are delighted to receive such lovely comments. We are so happy that you loved your stay at La Boulangerie. Thank you for your kind words. We hope that you will come and stay with us again some time. Best wishes, The La Boulangerie team.
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Australia
5

a little touch of paradise

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in this property was so wonderful that at first I considered keeping it a secret - but I've raved to so many of my friends and family that the word's out! I've been holidaying in Europe regularly since 1978 and I have to concede that Christmas, 2012 in 'La Boulangerie', St Aignan, provided one of the highlights of my travel experiences.

Your first viewing of the house will make you gasp: those beams! those flagstones! the beautiful, spiral staircases! The historical aspect of the building initially promises a cosy, quirky environment, but in addition to this, it's fitted with all mod. cons: neat kitchen; dishwasher; modern bathrooms; spacious bedrooms; crisp linen; comfortable furnishings. It's a dream. And on Saturday mornings, there's a market on the doorstep, offering the finest comestibles France has to offer.The cheese! The oysters! A few doors down is your local bistro - 'Chez Constant'. Drop in there for dinner on your first night and from then on, you'll be treated like a local.

It would be perfectly feasible to spend your time in this village without a car, as there is so much to do, for those who just love to eat, drink and ramble, but if you want to go further afield, the chateaux and vineyards of the Loire Valley are easily accessible.

After holidaying here twice, I want to live in St Aignan. Correction: I made that decision after the first visit. Full marks to Rachael, the owner, whose communication and helpfulness have been second-to-none. Nathalie, the local shop-owner who will greet you on your arrival, completes the welcoming team for this spectacular holiday rental. Do yourself a favour - book this accommodation.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 16, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Tours
Nearest Ferry
337 Kilometres
Caen
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Saint-Aignan / Noyers sur Cher
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
A85 / E604
Car: recommended

Saint-Aignan sur Cher built on the River Cher is a medieval town and has many fascinating buildings and cobbled streets. There are shops, bakeries, bars, restaurants, and the 12th century romanesque collegiate church. In the heart of the Touraine wine area there are hundreds of vineyards. The local swimming pool is 5 mins walk and there the world-famous ZooParc de Beauval is only 5 minutes drive. Centrally placed to visit all the Chateaux of the Loire: Chenonceau, Chambord, Amboise (home of Leonardo da Vinci ), Chaumont (which has an internationally famous garden festival ), Villandry and its renowned decorative vegetable gardens, Azay-le-Rideau, Valencay and many more. During the year there are music and other festivals including Son et Lumieres. You can enjoy walking, horse riding, canoeing, cycling and fishing .

Saint-Aignan is only 2.5 hours drive from Paris, 4 hours drive from Caen or Le Havre, and 5 hours from St Malo or Cherbourg. Saint-Aignan's train station is only 3 km's away and the closest airport is in Tours only 50km's away. Plane and train connections are easy with Ryanair flying direct to Tours and Eurostar/TGV taking you directly to St Pierre-des-Corps (Tours).

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Saint-Aignan, Centre

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £168.44

The advertised rate is all inclusive. Rates include water, electricity, heating, linen, cleaning and high-speed wifi internet. Heating included for the winter months.

A €200 security/damage deposit must be paid in cash on arrival, with receipt provided. The deposit is refunded following an inspection at the end of your stay.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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