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Linda Rands

Member since: 2008
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Speaks English, French, Dutch

Rustic Farmhouse in Peaceful Setting + private pool - Loire valley/indre France

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 9
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Photos and Description of this 9 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Indre - Les Bertins

Farmhouse 8 Bedrooms - 3.5 Baths - (Sleeps 10-16) in Loire valley/indre, Franc

A rustic 1800 farmhouse in a very peaceful setting, with own pond area. 8800 square metres of beautiful farm land included surrounding the house 10 minutes drive from Loches Verneuil Golf Club if you like golfing.. One large lounge area (formerly a barn), dining area and a rustic, but well equipped kitchen. Around the house area many different places to eat, have a barbecue, or just enjoy the peace and quiet of the country side.

Loches within 20 mins where you can do all types of shopping, eating and visit the old castle in the middle of the town. Wednesdays and Saturdays a morning market with farm produce.

Tours, one of the major cities in France an hour by car and an hour and a half by bus which goes from Chatillon sur Indres (11 km from house) or Loches. One of the major cities in France with antique stores, live theatre, classical music performances and lots of shopping.

Guaranteed peaceful holiday in comfortable home.

french courses: .A french course, beginners or intermediate can be arranged if required. It is a fun course and lasts a week, Monday to Friday including a lunch and dinner in a restaurant, trip to the local market and a chateau. Please ask about this when booking if you are interested.

Private pool just recently added measuring 10m by 4.5m.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Linda Rands (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks English, French, Dutch


based on 11 holidaymaker reviews

Rustic Farmhouse in Peaceful Setting + private pool - Loire valley/indre France
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

A Rustic Farmhouse Getaway in the middle of France

  • 5 of 5

The information provided is accurate and comprehensive but could not describe the delightful nature and location of this property. Within minutes of arrival we had managed to lock ourselves out but this was clearly not a problem with the owner's representative bringing a key to let us in very quickly. The directions provided were accurate with no difficulty encountered in finding the property. First impressions are always important and ours were of a very spacious gite equipped to a high standard. Everything was spotless and we were straight in to cooking an elaborate meal for our party. Subsequently we made good use of the barbecue and were spoilt for outside dining facilities - both undercover and open. We loved cycling to the nearby village (3 kilometers - but not Mondays when it is closed) to purchase our breakfast (croissants and pain aux raisin to die for). We had small children and didn't eat out,preferring to stay at the gite and relax. Dining out does involve a car journey and frankly we felt it was more trouble than it was worth. However only 20 minutes by car to the nearest sizeable town of Loches with all the facilities you might need, supermarkets etc. then if you feel inclined a further 20 minutes to the regional centre of Tours.

The heated swimming pool was used every day - a very good size compared to many. There's something special about being able to swim whilst looking over open countryside which you do here. We also used the table tennis in the barn but none of the keep fit apparatus (we were on holiday after all).

We were able to avail ourselves of fruit and vegetables from the large garden and the tomatoes in particular were exquisite.

We had a smallish party of eight and the facilities were more than adequate though if there were eighteen in residence you might need a rota for the bathrooms. We didn't use the one in the outhouse but it looked perfectly satisfactory.

This property was perfect for us. It is in a fairly isolated location so very quiet, and I would thoroughly recommend it to potential visitors. As a spacious retreat I don't think it could be bettered.

Many thanks to the owner for letting us use her charming farmhouse - it provided us with an oasis of calm in an increasingly frenetic world.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks again for the wonderful review.
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Gorgeous farmhouse in beautiful surroundings!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a fabulous week at Les Bertins, there were 3 families staying, 6 adults, 7 children, 5 of which were teenagers. After a long journey we all arrived a little tired but this was all forgotten when we pulled on to the drive & saw this picture postcard home. The inside is spacious but also very cosy, there are 2 log burners for any chilly evenings but most nights were spent under the verandah, eating, chatting & enjoying a few glasses of local wine. The house really does have everything you need to cater for a large group, a well stocked kitchen, comfortable beds( many commented they had the best nights sleep for a long time!) hot showers & wonderful views.The description of the house is spot on, it was just as I expected, it is a real home from home.We have enjoyed the pool & played so many games & never once heard the dreaded words ' I'm bored' Linda is terrific, she made the planning of the holiday so easy, providing lots of info & answering any questions straight away. She adds lovely little touches, wine, chutney, French soaps and a basket of amazing home grown produce on arrival, you can also help yourself to the veggie patch which the children loved to do, our teenagers even cooked apple & blackberry crumble & tarte tatin all ingredients picked from the garden!! We did go canoeing in Descartes, and a day at Futuroscope which is worth a visit & a lovely lunch at Auberge de la Source in St Flovier, good food at a great price. I would recommend this home to anyone who wants to experience what life really is about, good friends, great food, happy exhausted children!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect holiday with family and friends

  • 5 of 5

Our 20th Summer holiday together – 13 of us now, ranging from 7 to 47 years; first time in France and Les Bertins certainly didn’t disappoint.

From the moment we stepped through the door (homemade chutneys and wine were a lovely surprise, thank you) we knew we were somewhere special. This beautiful house has real warmth and oozes rustic charm.

There really was something for everyone. Grown-ups loved the amazingly well equipped kitchen – a pot/pan/gadget for every occasion – and the fantastic vegetable plot and fruit trees. Who needs the supermarche?

Full use was made of the pool by everyone but was a real hit with the kids, as was the table tennis table. Teenagers loved the ‘lounging’ area just as much as the adults. We could easily have spent the whole holiday at the house. We didn’t.

• The Saturday market in Loches was a real treat.

• The Lake at Bellebouche on a sunny day for bathing, pedaloes and frites.

• The very pretty mediaeval town and castle at Montresor.

• Futuroscope by night! A theme park with a difference and a great find. Cheaper tickets if you arrive after 5pm. Finished the night with a light show. Well worth the drive.

• Brocante at Villeloin-Coulange. Bric a brac/antique/fleamarket heaven. Disappointed not to stay for the hogroast and bonfire.

• St Flovier. A short cycle (bikes provided, thank you) to the local boulangerie for those all important croissants and pain au raisins.

Auberge de la Source came highly recommended. We spent a lovely couple of hours here. Incredibly friendly and welcoming staff, great with children AND delicious food.

Our abiding memory of the holiday though, will be the house itself. The photos on the website really don’t do it justice. Our favourite spot had to be the veranda, plenty of room for all of us. Lots of laughter and memories created. It also proved to be the perfect spot to watch the sun go down and spectacular thunderstorms!

We came away from this gorgeous place refreshed and invigorated, with promises made to read more, cook more and relax more and with a hope of returning again.

Les Bertins – job done! Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear that you had such a good time....you are welcome back anytime...
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Beautiful rustic farmhouse in countryside location

  • 5 of 5

Having viewed Les Bertins on utube we had an idea of what to expect and we were not disappointed. We arrived to see a beautiful rustic farmhouse set in the Loire in the middle of the countryside. The house was amazing, it seemed so much bigger in reality and was very clean and tidy with added touches of wild flowers to make it feel homely. The kitchen was unbelievably well stocked with every gadget, dish and pan you might possibly need. As a party of 8 adults and 8 children we had plenty of room as the house was huge and there was also enough seating for all of us to eat with 3 different dining areas. The veg patch was a real bonus and we could help ourselves to anything eg; potatoes, onions, peppers etc. The pool was ideal and plenty of outside seating is provided. The owner Linda was extremely helpful throughout the whole process from booking holiday to leaving. There is a folder of information but I recommend researching the area before traveling as we were unsure of what day markets were held and what were best places to visit with children as there was so many leaflets. We did find a lovely lake half hour away which we took a dinghy to. We absolutely loved staying at Les Bertins with its amazing sunsets, peace and quiet and thoroughly recommend it to any large group. The old barn had a table tennis table which was a real hit with our group. The bedrooms were all clean and tidy and lovely bathrooms. Our favourite area was at the rear under the Vines overlooking the countryside which offered stunning sunsets. Thank you Linda for being so helpful we had an amazing holiday at Les Bertins.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Brilliant week relaxing with friends1

  • 5 of 5

I spent the week at Les Bertins with a groups of 13 friends, all adults, and we had a fantastic week! The house had everything we needed and more making self-catering a joy. The bonus of the vegetable patch was great as we're all Londoners and city dwellers unused to digging potatoes and picking green beans!

The location is ideal, rural and quiet with just the local farm for company. The proximity of amenities was ideal for a large group looking to relax and have fun together. Interesting local towns like Loches are a short drive away and there is a good sized supermarket supermarket a 10minute drive away.

Linda recommended some great local restaurants, and Auberge de la Source and La Promenade in Petit Presigney were lovely - La Promenade was a definite highlight!

If anything, I think the property and facilities are better than described. It's really spacious and well equipped. Linda was so helpful both beforehand and once we'd arrived - really prompt at answering my questions.

I would definitely recommend to friends and think a return visit could well be on the cards next year.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well really good to know that you all enjoyed the place as much as I do.
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Fantastische familievakantie achter de rug

  • 5 of 5

Reeds bij aankomst waren we blij verrast over het mooie huis, de prachtige omgeving en de smaakvolle inrichting. Een lekker flesje wijn en groenten uit de tuin maakten het helemaal af! Door het prachtig weer, konden we heerlijk genieten van het zwembad in een heerlijk kader. Met de groenten uit de tuin en kruiden kon je echte streekgerechten samenstellen. De boer was onze buur en gaf ons verse melk en uitleg over het reilen en zeilen van het boerenleven. De omgeving nodigt je uit tot fietsen, schilderen en volop genieten.

Het adres is afgelegen, maar als je van rust en schoonheid houdt, een echte aanrader.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Tour (Loire Valley)/Poitiers (Ryan Air)
Nearest Ferry
500 Kilometres
Nearest Train
70 Kilometres
Tours Gare
Nearest Motorway
70 Kilometres
A10 Blois exit
Car: necessary

Rustic Farmhouse in Peaceful Setting with own private pool measuring 10m by 4.5m - Loire/Indre, France

Location: Loches, Centre-Loire Valley, France, Europe (1 hour from Tours, Loire Valley airport, St. Flovier)

Accommodations: Farmhouse - 8 Bedrooms - 3 Baths - (Sleeps 10-16)

Chateau region with many chateaux being within 30 mins drive. Local market at Loches. List of various brocantes, and local restaurants , especially good, mjchelin star restaurant only 20 mins drive away. WELL WORTH A VISIT.

Loches Verneuil Golf course just 10 minutes drive towards Loches, if you enjoy golfing.

All details of local activities in a Les Bertins Information Guide at the house for guests to get an idea of what is going on in the area.

Other Activities: Zoo/Wildlife Park, Hot Air Ballooning, visiting chateaux


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Clere-du-Bois, Indre

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £350
Pet Fee £0

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Indre in Centre

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 540 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 is situated outside in one of the small outbuildings, it also houses 2 washing machines. It has a separate water heater from the house.
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 7 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 8 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • All bedrooms are supplied with linen and bedware. Extra put up beds can be supplied on demand.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 16 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
There is an extra stove/oven in the kitchen with 5 rings and the fridge freezer is an american fridge with own ice block machine.

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