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Alan Evans

Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French

Character Property in Medieval Saint-Aignan

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday barn in Loir-et-Cher - The Stables

Two bedroom modern comfort in character building.

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.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Alan Evans (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.
May 2012
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based on 10 holidaymaker reviews

Character Property in Medieval Saint-Aignan
average rating of 4.9 based on 11 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in this beautiful property, and we could have stayed forever! Not only is the apartment beautiful, clean and comfortable, Alan and Brenda were gracious and helpful hosts. St.Aignan was the perfect location for exploring the chateaux of the Loire Valley. It is lovely, quiet, and very friendly. We really enjoyed exploring and buying fresh produce and prepared foods from the Saturday market. Do not miss the roasted chicken or the paella available from the vendors there.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rebecca, we're so glad you enjoyed your stay.
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  • 5 of 5

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

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review Tom and Claire, We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. It was a pleasure for us to hear the sounds of young children happy in the garden. We know that Wifi was important to you, and that improvements we have made were working. Best Regards, Alan & Brenda
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Chicago, IL USA

Wonderful Property, Great Location!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful place in a great location

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great appartment in a lovely town

  • 5 of 5

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.


  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Toronto, Canada

Comfort and ease on the Cher

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Nearest Ferry
330 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Car: necessary

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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Saint-Aignan, Loir-et-Cher

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Hign season
1 Jun 2016 - 31 Aug 2016
4 night minimum stay
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4 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £84
Cleaning £25

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Loir-et-Cher in Centre

Property Type:
  • barn (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Both bathrooms surface area 7.8 m2. The shower enclosures measure 1m2. All fixtures and fittings are clean and modern. Towels are provided at no extra charge.Automatic extractor fan.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 1 : Surface area 20.20 m2. Large ( 200x 160 ) double bed. Vaulted ceiling, original beams. Oak flooring, English / French television. Door to private bathroom, view of river and Town Bridge Bedroom 2: Surface area of 29.25 m2. Double bed 140 cm wide. English/ French television, Vaulted ceiling, original beams, and oak flooring. Door to private bathroom. View over courtyard, garden, and river / bridge.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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