|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
The Stables were converted into an apartment in 2009. It is mainly of stone construction, with some brick ornamentation. The bedrooms have vaulted ceilings and original beams. Each has a private bathroom. The fixtures and fittings are of high quality and are tastefully assembled. There are views of the river and Town Bridge from both rooms. Bedroom 1 has a surface area of 30 m², Bedroom 2 has 21.5 m².
On the ground floor there is a large sitting room/ kitchen, ( 27.6 m²). Two walls are of stone, one of which is tuffeau, the names of the horses which one time lived here remain on the wall. The ceiling has the original beams.There is a television which can be adjusted to receive British or French programmes. The kitchen has a fan assisted oven and induction hob.The building has double glazing throughout and is well insulated.
Outside there is a gated courtyard for parking and an enclosed garden/ terrace.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! My wife and I had actually 'looked' at the appartment on Google maps and were pleased to see that it was right across the street from the river Cher (the one that Chenonceau straddles further upstream.
On our arrival, Alan made us welcome, showed us the marvelously redone stables,(no lingering evidence except for the names of favourite horses on the walls in the main room), gave us the key, and answered our questions about the area. VERY helpful; he even lent me the use of his piano to practice on.
The town is delightful, off the beaten tourist track, but with it's own chateau (not open to the public) a towering presence. It's very well situated to visit various attractions, about equidistant from chateaux along the Loire, Cher, and Indre rivers, most within a 20-30 minute drive.
You can't go wrong if you decide to stay here.
The photos do not do justice to how lovely this house is. Spotless, well equipped and owners are so helpful and friendly. We loved our stay and would definitely stay again as it really is a lovely house and fantastic location to explore the loire. Well furnished/decorated and roomy for a two bedroomed let
A week in this wonderful property and charming town was not enough. The photos, while accurate, cannot do justice to the spaciousness and comfort of the renovated stables. The bathrooms are the largest and nicest of any property I have ever rented. The whole place was very clean and Alan spent time to ensure that we knew how everything worked before leaving us on our own. There is English television, but I believe he could have also gotten us French tv if we had wanted it.
Alan and his wife were very pleasant and helpful. Anytime we needed anything, Alan was available. We had everything we needed to cook several meals in the kitchen and the bedrooms stayed cool on the warm evenings.
The only problem we had was the spotty internet access inside the building. However, Alan was actively working on that issue while we were there. We had access from the window in one bedroom and on the veranda by Alan's office. While not what we would have liked, it certainly was adequate.
The town has restaurants, bars, a chateau and church to be visited. Everyone we met was very friendly and helpful. The boulangerie just up the street had outstanding bread and pastries. We missed the Saturday market, but went to a small evening one that was quite fun.
St. Aignan is in a wonderful location to visit chateaux and other sites in the eastern Loire Valley. Many are only a short drive away. We could have headed west of Tours, as well, but chose to limit ourselves to the chateaux east of that town. The local zoo ( 5 minutes outside of town) is one of the nicest I have been to. The shows (birds of prey and sea lions) were outstanding.
There are several grocery stores and gas stations nearby which had everything we needed. There is a lot of traffic in town, more than you might expect, but it never bothered us during the day or at night. The private parking area is a definite bonus, as well.
I highly recommend this town and this property. The owners are excellent to work with and it was a delight to stay in their lovely property.
No complaints here! This is a beautiful place to stay. The house is clean, large, quiet at night, great water pressure in the shower, lots of hot water.
The location was perfect as a base for travelling around the loire valley. There are two grocery stores in this small town.
Would stay here again and recommend it to friends.
This was all we had hoped for if not better. We had more room than the photos suggested and the stable conversion has been done to a very high standard. Alan and Brenda were great hosts.
The location could not be better, next to the river with a view of the bridge from the bedroom. It is a short walk into the old cobbled town centre, church and chateau. Lots of nice bars, restaurents and shops.
We were there for the music festival so we did not travel far this time, but there is a lot to see if that is your wish. We decided to leave the visits to gardens, vinyards and chateaux until we return again.
This is a beautifully renovated stable with many original features such as stone walls, and exposed beams.
The pictures are very accurate. The kitchen is quite usable for meal preparation. The bedrooms are large and each has a full ensuite bathroom. Both bathrooms are very modern and well fitted. There is plenty of hot water. This is a good choice for two couples as there is very good separation between the bedrooms allowing for lots of privacy for couples or friends sharing the apartment. Everything worked as expected (heating, air conditioning, appliances, linen, kitchen equipment). There were sufficient pots and pans, dishes etc. The apartment was very clean. There is wireless internet available on the terrace outside of the apartment. We had access to the host's washing machine upon request. Parking is private and right outside the front door of the apartment making it very convenient.
The apartment is well positioned in the village and right on the river. One can easily walk to several good restaurants in the village as well as the weekly market. Saint-Aignan sur Cher proved to be a good base for exploring the chateaux and wineries of the Loire.
Alan was a good host. He was very responsive to inquiries before and during our stay. No issues with arrival or departure.
I would recommend this apartment to friends.
We loved the renovated stables in Saint-Aignan. The house looks even better than it does in the pictures. The bedrooms are big and beautifully decorated, each with its own modern bathroom. There is a nice view of the Cher river from the windows. The dinning room is very relaxing and the kitchen is equipped with everything you might need. The parking area is right in front of the house.
The only small downside is that in the morning you might hear the noises of the street, especially if you are a light sleeper.
The town of Saint-Aignan is a small hidden gem, with its own castle, small streets and interesting buildings. It is positioned perfectly for exploring the Loire Valley, at a short distance from the most visited castles in the valley. A car is recommended, but I saw a lot of families cycling their way to the castles.
Mr. Alan was really nice, answered all of our questions when we needed his help and was very discreet otherwise. Thank you very much for everything!
The Stables, situated on the banks of the river Cher, and in the historic town of Saint-Aignan, is an ideal base for exploring the ' Valley of Kings'. Within 30 mins drive you can visit the chateaux of Chenonceau, Valençay, Loches,Chambord, Cheverny, Amboise, and many others. The beautiful city of Blois, with it's fine chateau, restaurants and bars and eclectic shops, is also within 30mins.drive. A little further afield (40 min) you will find Amboise, it's chateau,and large twice weekly market and to the west, the fascinating city of Tours.
If you do not wish to drive, Saint-Aignan offers plenty to see and do. The Collegiale (church) dates back to the 11th Century, and has fresco's in the crypt dating from that time, you are free to enter and see for yourself.
Wine-making has been going on in and around Saint-Aignan for centuries and many vignerons have caves open to the public for tasting and purchase of their products.
Saint-Aignan is home to the world renowned 'Zoo Park Beauval', It's white tigers, and giant pandas are especially interesting, a great family day out.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Jun 2016 - 31 Aug 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£76|