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A lovely gite with private terraces, heated pool for a wonderful, relaxing stay!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,345 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Wheelchair friendly gite in ideal location close to all the major Loire Chateaux

We know how important location is to get the best from your holiday, which is why we know you will enjoy your stay with us at Le Bouchet and we only have two gites, each with its own private landscaped areas to make sure you have as peaceful and relaxing time as possible.

Le Bouchet is located in the quiet, beautiful wooded countryside of the Touraine region in the Loire Valley yet only five minutes from Descartes with its shops, bars, restaurants and supermarkets and well within reach of the major Loire chateaux and vineyards. The local area is a rich haven for wildlife, with red deer and wild boar roaming around and buzzards crying out as they circle overhead; herons and many different types of wild birds are often seen in and around the local lake.

We have tried to extend that environment into the gardens at Le Bouchet which are extensively landscaped and planted to attract the wildlife while at the same time offering you the amenities you need to enjoy your holiday, including the large heated pool with its own sun terrace and loungers, a picnic area overlooking the pool so that a watchful eye can be kept on the young ones and a play area with swing, slide, climbing frame and goals for a game of football.

Our two gites have been renovated to a very high standard providing all the necessary facilities you need to get the most from your holiday.

This gite, Les Ecuries has been restored from what were the old horse stables and many of the original beams and features have been retained to provide comfortable, spacious accommodation that has been designed to be as handicapped friendly as possible and includes:


· One double bedroom with its own lounge area and a bedroom with three single beds. Both bedrooms have air conditioning units, fans and hair dryers

· Large family bathroom with shower cubicle, hand basin, toilet and heater


· One double bedroom

· Large wet room with walk-in shower, hand basin, toilet and heater. Grab rails are provided throughout together with a shower chair. The wet room is tiled with non-slip tiles

· Fully fitted, well equipped kitchen including a dishwasher, washing machine, large fridge/freezer, microwave,toaster and coffee machine.

· Open plan living/dining area with comfortable seating and large table easily seating 7

· Wifi internet access

· UK and French Satellite TV, DVD Player, CD Player

· French doors off the lounge to a decked terrace with a pergola, table, chairs and barbecue. This terrace provides access to two further private terraces and also to a ramp providing access to the pool terrace. All the terraces are suitable for wheelchairs and there is also ramped access from the parking area into the gite itself.

More Details

Trevor and Susan Aylett
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 August, 2018

About Trevor and Susan Aylett

Life in the UK was all pretty normal for us - I was a project manager with Xerox, Sue was a supply teacher at local schools and our two girls were happy at the local village school when the reality of redundancy reared its ugly head for me.After trying to start my own business, without success, Sue and I realised we needed a new challenge and after much thought I had the idea of moving to the Loire Valley in France and running gites, so here we are!

Trevor and Susan Aylett purchased this farmhouse in 2004

Why Trevor and Susan Aylett chose Abilly

After spending over a year looking for the right place we came upon Le Bouchet. Close to Descartes, we realised that it was a great location as it was in the Loire Valley and on the border with the Vienne, making it an ideal location for holidays, having easy access to the major Loire Chateaux, the Futuroscope theme park and the Brenne National Park.

What makes this farmhouse unique

We know how important location is to get the best from your holiday, which is why we know you will enjoy your stay with us at Le Bouchet and we only have two gites, each with its own private landscaped areas to make sure you have as peaceful and relaxing time as possible. The gites location makes it perfect for seeing lots of the Loire chateaux but there are also lots of other things to see and do further south, locally and in the Vienne.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Abilly in Indre-et-Loire

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1345 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The downstairs bathroom has been designed as a wet room with non-slip tiles, disabled toilet and is suitable for wheelchair access. There is also a bathroom heater in both bathrooms. A baby bath is available on request.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Cot available
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Lounge area with sofa and coffee table
    Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed
  • All bed linen, pillows and house towels are included. All bedrooms have a wardrobe and chest of drawers. Each bedroom has a hair dryer and vanity mirror. Each bedroom has a fan and the upstairs bedrooms have air conditioning units.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Bike hire can be organised through BikeHire Direct. Relaxing massages can be arranged in your gite by a qualified english masseuse. Wine tours can be organised with our friends from "Taste the Loire"


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A lovely gite with private terraces, heated pool for a wonderful, relaxing stay!
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

Great family place

  • 5 of 5

This place is immaculate and is a credit to the owners, ideal for families the Gites are well kitted out and the welcome package of fruit, cheese, milk,orange and bread is a nice touch. We as a couple didn;t take full advantage of the heated outdoor pool as the weather during our visit proved

to be unkind, but despite this I would recomend to all.

  • Review Submitted: 08-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The perfect French retreat

  • 5 of 5

We’ve stayed in a number of French gites in recent years and this was undoubtedly the best: lovingly converted to a very high standard from former stables, Les Ecuries offers plenty of space both inside and out, with convenient open-plan living/kitchen/dining opening on to a shaded terrace and with further tables and seating placed around the beautifully maintained and planted gravel gardens. We were lucky with the mid-September weather and managed to eat outside every day of our ten-night stay, as well as making much use of the fastidiously maintained pool (shared with the other gite). Owners Sue and Trevor have thought of everything in kitting out the gite, and as a result the whole place is very well equipped.

The area is blissfully rural, with the only noise coming from the local wildlife, though the nearest village is just a short drive or 30-minute walk away for bread and groceries. Apart from the easy access to many of the Loire’s famous sites, there’s also plenty to see and do close to hand, with pretty villages, dramatic castles and dreamy riverscapes all within reach. There’s also a sprinkling of good local restaurants.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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perfect spot for family break

  • 5 of 5

The gite is well equipped, clean & comfortable. The location is quiet enough to enjoy the peace & quiet relaxing in the beautiful garden areas but convenient to local shops 5 mins by car and many sightseeing opportunities within an hour. We loved our stay and would highly recommend. Owners are welcoming & on-site.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic find in the Loire Valley

  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend Sue and Trevor's Gite rentals. We were a party of seven and stayed in the 3-bedroom Gite; it was one of our nicest rentals during our month-long trip across France. The Gite was well stocked (except no salt and pepper) and we really loved the beautiful outdoor spaces; too bad the weather was inclement during our entire stay! My only complaint (and no fault to Sue and Trevor) was that the Internet was almost non-existent which made my "working while in France" plan a bit problematic. We would love to return in the future as we barely touched the surface of everything there is to see in this beautiful region.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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comfortable, pretty and spacious. Lovely pool.

  • 5 of 5

This was really enjoyed by all of our family. The gite was really comfortable, the gardens were pretty with sun and shade, the pool was warm and inviting, and the countryside was peaceful and full of interest. Our younger children enjoyed feeding the goats and chickens with the very friendly owners. We had days out visiting chateaux and canoeing on the river. We found it a very relaxing and stimulating stay and hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic location, clean & well equipped Gite.

  • 5 of 5

I would highly recommend. Beautifully renovated Gite set in lovely established gardens. The outdoor heated pool is a blessing especially for the children! The nearest town Descartes (5 min drive away) is a bustling village town with all the amenities you need; bakeries, supermarket, restaurants, bars, gift shops, pharmacy, P.O. etc. A little further away in Le Grand-Pressigny I would recommend a local restaurant called La Grandma serving delicious french food, lovely local wines at good prices with a very friendly atmosphere. The owners, Sue &Trevor are lovely people and nothing is any trouble, they will even book your table for you! On arrival Sue & Trevor leave a welcome basket with baguettes, cheese, milk etc which is greatly appreciated after a long journey. We definitely recommend La Bouchet to our family and friends and would advise that 1 week isn't enough to explore this beautiful area of France. We stayed for 1 week and wish we had stayed longer! On the way home we visited the old capital of France (learnt from Sue & Trevor!) called Loches. We are glad we visited as it was beautiful with cobbled streets steeped in history. It is buzzing with cafes, boutiques, street markets selling everything from cheese, fruit, gifts, wine etc. Thank you Sue & Trevor for a wonderful holiday, from the Matthews and Evans family! Wendy, Rich, Jess, Eva, Charl & Liv

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Wendy for the comments, so glad you had a good time!
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Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Tours or Poitiers
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Several in Descartes
Nearest Ferry
317 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
34 Kilometres
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
St Maure de Touraine, A10 Jnct 25
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Several in Descartes
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
The lake at St Cyr
Car: necessary

Les Ecuries is set in beautiful quiet surroundings but only 2km from Descartes and Abilly which have restaurants and bars and can provide for all your holiday needs with supermarkets, chemists, butchers, bakeries and a Sunday market selling everything from fish to flowers!

We are close to some of the most beautiful and impressive Loire chateaux such as Chenonceau and the captivating Villandry.

Les Ecuries is the ideal location to make the most of your holiday - whether you want to chill out and relax by our heated pool or get out to see more of what our wonderful region has to offer - with the historic towns of Loches, Tours and Poitiers and the fantastic Futuroscope theme park all within easy reach, you are bound to find plenty to see and do for all ages.

For the more active amongst you, there is a water park and canoeing in Descartes, golf, horse riding, sailing and horse racing locally. For nature lovers there is bird watching locally around Les Ecuries and in the Brenne National Park.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

All bed linen and house towels are included, you only need to bring pool towels. Tourist taxes are included in the price of your holiday. If you are staying for a week or more we also include a welcome basket of local produce in the gite on your arrival. A returnable security deposit of £200 is required upon payment of your final balance. The swimming pool is open and heated from the beginning of May to the end of September.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.