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Family-friendly Pool & Tennis Court in large garden & orchard near Loire

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,961 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Converted farmhouse 5 beds, 3 bathroom in rural location near Loire

La Chapelle is a renovated stone farmhouse with heated pool, tennis court and six adult bikes. You are only 40 mins from the famous Loire chateaux but you will find plenty of chateaux, vineyards, gardens, troglodyte caves and other attractions around Montoire and Vendome. The house sits in a large private garden, part of 4.5 acres of open land, orchards and woods. . The 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms can easily accommodate 6 adults and 4-5 children. It works well for two families plus one set of grandparents. The house is very family friendly with lots of things to do outside. Our children and grandchildren have been going there every summer for the last 30 years.

The farmhouse is a long low building (80 by 20 ft). Originally only one third of the building was habitable. The other parts were for storage and animals. We converted the building to make a family-friendly holiday house.

Before conversion the spacious living room (450 sq ft) was the old hay barn so it has a high ceiling with wonderful exposed beams. Luckily we found stone and matching windows to fill in the barn door and collected old quarry tiles to redo the flooring throughout the house. We also installed a large stone fireplace, so that with a coffee table, two sofas and two armchairs we have a cosy space around the fire. You are welcome to light the fire with logs from the back. This is especially nice if you are having an evening meal at the magnificent 9 ft oak table which can seat 12. The table is also used by the children for the many games and toys we keep. You will also find lots of books. WiFi and a music CD are available, but, despite no TV, we have never had any complaints.

Bedroom Layout Suits Two Families. Because of the high ceiling there are no bedrooms above the living space. As you can see from the photo of the floor plan that neatly divides the house into two parts, so it can be enjoyed by two families. There is a double bedroom, a twin room, bathroom and toilet upstairs at the west end of the house. Equally, at the other end, there is a double bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor, and three single beds upstairs. All the bedrooms upstairs have oak parquet flooring. Finally, if there are grandparents, or other friends, there is en suite twin bedroom on the ground floor at the west end. The two main bathrooms each have a shower over the bath. The ensuite bathroom just has a shower enclosure.

If your party turns out to be more than ten people we can accommodate the extra guests in the converted barn. The barn is fully equipped and has electric central heating; my wife and I use it when just the two of us come over out of season. It is best for just two people and there will be an extra charge depending on the length of stay.

Our children and grandchildren and their friends come to La Chapelle every summer so we know the importance of an efficient and well equipped kitchen. New cupboards with more storage were installed in 2014 as well as new equipment – electric oven with five ring gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave. The stone BBQ sits outside conveniently close to the backdoor into the kitchen. There is a small laundry room off the kitchen which includes an extra fridge as well as clothes washing machine, tumble dryer, iron/ironing board, cool boxes for picnics and a raclette set.

Eating well is important in France. Our nearest boulangerie is just 3 km away at Authon and they will make large cheese tarts if ordered in advance. We also have Patrick just 10 minutes away who does home cooking. He will bring meals to the house and we take advantage of this at least twice every holiday. Now there is also a restaurant/pizzzeria at the camping site in Prunay just 3 km away. The décor and facilities have improved every year and they will also do take out meals. Bigger restaurants can be found in Montoire and Chateau Renault.

Best Outdoor Facilities – Pool, Tennis Court and Bikes

But of course families come to rural France to do things outside and we have excellent outdoor features. First the heated swimming pool – you will see from the photos that it is close to the house and surrounded by a hedge. The secure fence is embedded in the hedge with gates for the safety of children.

As you go through the hedge it feels as though you are stepping into a large garden room. This feeling is heightened as the level of the pool, in the centre of the space, is slightly lower than ground level. Also there are trees and shrubs around the edge of the ‘room’ and the paved terrace is indented with flower beds and grass verges. The children are happy to spend hours there and parents can watch over them from the shade of the trees or the plentiful chairs and loungers. On warm nights we dine out by the pool and turn on the pool lights as it gets dark. Magic!

The garden captures the sun all day long and the house is set back from the single track road which has very little traffic. All the four acres are looked after by Albert our caretaker. His house is just a 50 yards away on the other side of the road. We are lucky that he is a retired gardener. As a result the whole landscape is professionally maintained. It’s a pleasure to stay at La Chapelle for the whole day! Rushing off to visit another crowded chateau can be tiring!

The second outdoor feature is our new hard tennis court just 60 yards from the house. Like the pool it has its own attractive space surrounded by hedges and planted with shrubs. The protective netting is kept low where you arrive from the house, which is more friendly for onlookers. The court is proving very popular and, if needed, we can help you find a local coach.

Third, we keep six quality bikes in the shed behind the house which you are welcome to use. They are fully equipped with kids’ seats so you can all bike to fetch the bread in the morning or to visit a neighbouring farm or wood. The bikes were bought through our caretaker Albert. He and his son are keen cyclists, so he can help if required. Apart from biking to fetch the bread in the morning another short trip for children is to the ‘plan d’eau’ at Prunay. It has playpark equipment, a mini skate park, pedal boats for hire and a new restaurant/pizzeria mentioned above.

In the cupboard under the stairs you will also find a croquet set, a set of boules, a small tent and two hammocks. There are also some inflatable pool items (hopefully not punctured by the families before you) and an inflatable paddling pool for the very young.

More Details

Nigel Campbell
Member since: 2017
Speaks French
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
23 March, 2018

About Nigel Campbell

Freydis and I have lived in the Highlands of Scotland for the last 12 years. Previously we lived near Mancheter and I taught MBAs at the Manchester Business Scool. The above picture is of me with Albert, our caretaker, who looks after the house for us and lives only 50 yards away.

Nigel Campbell purchased this farmhouse in 1980

Why Nigel Campbell chose Prunay-Cassereau

When I worked in Tours in 1978 we lived in this area. After two years I returned to the UK but we bought and converted this farmhouse as a place for holidays. We have been coming here ever since so we know the area very well and have many local friends. Every few years we make additions. First a pool, then conversion of the barn, then bicycles and now a tennis court. Our children and grandchildren have been coming here for 30 years. Although new to Homeaway we have many years of experience of renting La Chapelle. Some previous testimonials are given below.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Only four houses in this secluded hamlet. Large private grounds of four acres. House suits two families as bedrooms at each end of the house. Beautiful pool surrounded by hedge and flower beds. Six adult bicycles. Private tennis court. New kitchen in 2014. Two extra bedrooms available in the barn for large parties. Village play park and cafe within 3 mins. Chateaux, vineyards, churches, markets, museums and festivals within ten minutes. Loire chateaux only 40 mins away.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Prunay-Cassereau in Loir-et-Cher

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2961 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Up to two extra guests can use barn. Please contact owners for prices. Report any problems to Albert our caretaker
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • See floor plan photo. Upstairs at the west end there is a bath and shower with a separate toilet. At the east end the bath, shower & toilet are together. The ensuite shower & toilet are through Bed 5 next to the kitchen
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bed 2 - Upstairs Twin - Two beds could suit children next to Bed 1
    Bed 3 - Ground floor Double - Could suit parents, bathroom next door, with kids upstairs.
    Bed 4 - Upstairs 3 single beds - Could suit children with parents downstairs
    Bed 1 - Upstairs Double - Suit parents with kids in Bed 2 the twin room
    Bed 5 - Downstairs ensuite twin - Suit grandparents or other friends
  • See floor plan photo. Beds 1 & 2 upstairs at west end might suit one family with another family in Beds 3 & 4 at east end. Bed 5 ensuite for grandparents or other friends?
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys
  • Bicycles
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 6 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Attractive pool area, tennis court, 6 adult bikes with kids seats, lawns for croquet and other games. Fireplace in large living room with games, books and toys


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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Prunay village
Nearest Train
43 Kilometres
St Pierre des Corps & Vendome
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
At the small camping site in Prunay
Car: necessary

Amboise, Chenonceau and other famous chateau are only 30 to 40 minutes away but we have many local attractions.

The market town of Vendôme. This attractive town (20 mins to the north) sits astride the Loir river and is full of interesting history. The gothic abbey/church has amazing flying buttresses and its 12th century belfry stands majestically alongside. There are lots of good restaurants and the bustling market takes place every Friday morning.

Visit Lavardin (3 km from Montoire) one of the most beautiful villages in France. Its ancient fortress is open to the public and the ancient church of Saint Genest has many old frescos and romanesque stone carvings.

Go to see the troglodyte cave houses in the village of Troo a short distance from Montoire.

Enjoy a 2.5 hour train ride in an authentic 1950s railcar along the Loir river valley starting from nearly Thore-la-Rochette (7 km away).

Visit the Jardin de Sasniere only 5 kms away. - a stunning 3.5 hectares planted around a lake with many rare and unusual plants. Its newly opened restaurant can be booked for lunch or dinner.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Additional Guest Fee £110
Damage Deposit £70

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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