La Vieille Ferme
- English, French, Portuguese
About Nick Timms
Nick and Rafaela (English and Portuguese owners) reside in Bournemouth, England and make it our mission to offer a warm, authentic and memorable holiday experience for every guest that chooses to stay at La Vieille Ferme. Peter and Dianne are our wonderful onsite caretakers who reside at La Vieille Ferme through the main season and know just what it takes to make sure our guests feel warmly welcomed, have help and knowledge to hand at the times they need it and that they feel thoroughly well looked after!
Nick Timms purchased this Cottage in 2017
Why Nick Timms chose Cléré-du-Bois
Many family holidays as a child made France and the Loire region a special place and when taking on the venture, La Vieille Ferme was the perfect fit. The location is ideal for the best of the climate, travelling times and proximity to places of interest. La Vieille Ferme and Cléré have the charm and the typical French countryside lifestyle that we love whilst also having the comfort and quality that we want our guests to enjoy!
What makes this Cottage unique
A heated covered pool is a real winner to suit all weathers and all seasons. Added to that the Ozone system with no salt or chemicals and a jet stream to swim against, it's a big plus! The location is unbeatable. The warm climate you find south of the Loire river. The central position between some of the best Châteaus France has to offer, Futuroscope theme park, a zoo with a rare giant panda, the Brenne National Park on our doorstep and the vast array of local activities, market towns, vineyards, eateries and picturesque countryside to enjoy!
Pool / Spa
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Beautiful spot, good quality accomodation
We had a very relaxing time: the hosts were fantastic, the site is extremely well developed, clean and well maintained. We really enjoyed being somewhere very quiet and rural for this part of the holiday, made the most of time to cook and spend time together. Note that the restraunt near-by is no longer open all week, but we made the most of fresh pizzas available on the weekend, and there is a well-stocked supermarket 10 minutes drive away. The children made very good use of the pool, which is lovely with a helpful cover to protect them from UV and the rain! The cycle routes and the nearby lake with beach for swimming and playing were also a hit. I would definately recommend this place to a friend or family, or perhaps even a group looking to travel together and occupy all or some of the gites.
A great place to stay
We have just arrived home from a lovely holiday in La Vieille Ferme where we met Peter and Diane, the managers, who were a very helpful and friendly couple. Always there to please. La Vieille Ferme is a very comfortable and pretty complex with comfy beds, nicely laundered linen and fluffy towels. Kept clean and tidy and with a great pool which was heated to a nice warm temperature. We also played table tennis, Le boule and had plenty of room to practise chipping. Nearby was a very challenging 9 hole golf course. The village, a short walk away, is also very clean and tidy with a great village shop. You can get bread, a drink or a three course meal surrounded by the locals. I would definitely recommend you stay here. We are looking forward to a return trip next year.
Beautiful property with excellent facilities
Immaculate cottage. Very well equipped with everything you need for a holiday. Beautiful grounds with a lovely swimming pool and lots of games e.g table tennis and boule. Very welcoming hosts in Angela and Derek who advised on places to visit in the area and were always available to assist. Great location for a quiet, peaceful holiday all set in a beautiful village.
Wee are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday and that the heated covered pool was a hit ! We look forward to welcoming you back on a future occasion.
Rural France at its best...and more!
There is nothing more to say other than excellent!!!! Derek and Angela have created the perfect spot in a beautiful location to get away and enjoy peace, quiet and France at its best.
The cottage has everything you could possibly need and the extra touches provided make it a real home from home but manages to keep the authentic rural French feel. Derek and Angela have catered for everyone, from the pool to the table tennis, bikes, BBQs, washing machines and badminton-not to mention the wine!
The setting and garden is beautful and we found it the perfect spot to unwind, relax and soak up the sun.
In the surrounding area there are beautiful villages and towns, such a Loches, to visit and with the supermarket a short drive away this is really is the perfect place for a great holiday. Cannot reccomend enough!
We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday at La Vieille Ferme and look forward to welcoming you back on a future occasion.
Relax in a beautiful garden setting in the Loire
We loved our stay at The Grange, perfect for our family of two adults and three children. The accom was very lovely and spacious, comfy beds and everything very clean. Loads of space outside too, heated pool under clear dome was fantastic for all weather. We played badminton and ping pong, and rode bike all around the area. It's situated in a sweet little village, tucked away off the main highway but close to everything. Angela and Derek were perfect hosts, kind and helpful. We hope to return again and would highly recommend.
Wonderful and Tranquil Setting - a GEM!
We very much enjoyed our stay at La Vielle Ferme. It was a wonderful base from which to tour the many grand Chateaux. Angela and Derek are wonderful hosts and we enjoyed their thoughtful hospitality. With their advice we were able to successfully tour the area with complete ease and we are truly grateful to them for making our holiday in Clere du Bois, Loire Valley, a wonderful experience. Our girls 12yo and 15yo loved the pool, table tennis table, the endless supply of DVDs, and we all particularly enjoyed the BBQ. Derek loves his garden and the setting to the villas are all complemented with his beautiful roses/flowers and colour.
The village of Cléré:
Le Brennou is the local village bar, restaurant and also has a little shop attached for the basics such as fresh baguettes! It is just 100m walking from La Vieille Ferme
Châtillon-sur-Indre is just around 10 mins drive and has a supermarket, shops, bank, post office, restaurants and cafés. It has a super spot for a typical lunch with ‘plat du jour’ and a high quality evening restaurant also
Loches is 20 mins which is a stunning, medieval market town with variety of shops and restaurants and Château
Places of Interest:
La Vieille Ferme is ideally located at the centre of many of the most popular places of interest and also sits on the edge of the Brenne National Park,
The Loire has some of the finest Châteaus in Chenonceaux, Valencay and Villandry
There are a raft of outdoor activities on our doorstep including walking, cycling (bikes available), golf courses, birdwatching, swimming lakes, fishing lakes, tennis courts, horse riding and so on
Futuroscope is a superb science orientated theme park around 1 hour drive away
The area is also famous for its fine food and wine and there are many restaurants and vineyards to visit locally
Bellebouche is a freshwater lake with 900m sandy beach, around 30 mins drive away. Suitable for swimming and windsurfing with Kayaks and pedalos also for hire. There are nature paths through pine woods for cycling and walking, mini golf, picnic areas, snack bar and restaurant.
La Rochelle is the nearest beach town around 2hrs 50mins away. It is located on Atlantic coast with its old harbour, which is lined with seafood restaurants, pleasure boat marina, aquarium and botanical gardens.
Ports and Airports
Nearest airports are Tours and Poitiers at approx.. 1 hour drive. Limoges is also around 1 hour 45 mins
Caen, Le Havre, St Malo and Cherbourg and Calais (ranging from 4-6 hours driving) all have regular crossings from England and we can offer a 20% discount for guests using Brittany Ferries