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Rustic Gites in typical French countryside with heated, covered swimming pool - The Farmhouse

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking



The Farmhouse

The Farmhouse, which sleeps up to 5 people, has retained many of its charming, original features. English / French satellite TV, Flat-screen LED TV. Free Wifi available. Ground floor: Living room with original stone walls and exposed oak beams, has comfortable seating arranged around a magnificently restored fireplace with wood-burning stove. Stereo system, DVD player. Fully equipped kitchen includes fridge/freezer, cooker, microwave and dishwasher. Attractive downstairs double bedroom with luxurious French bedroom suite and adjoining shower room. Double bed is provided with a king size duvet. First floor: The wooden, open staircase leads to the first floor with a stunning original beam structure. There is a charming twin bedded and single room with own shower room (basin and toilet) overlooking the garden and wooded countryside.

Visitor comment 2015: First class accommodation, loved the pool. Amazing pla

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About the property

La Vieille Ferme

La Vieille Ferme is a 19th century Tourain farm that has been beautifully renovated to 5 rustic gites (cottages) with a large open barn, lovely gardens, private parking and a superb heated, covered swimming pool

La Vieille Ferme sits on the edge of the petit village of Cléré-du-Bois, with views of the Loire countryside on one side and the village church and centre on the other. The village shop/bar/restaurant is just 100m away

The self-catered gites are fully equipped, with traditional log fires, English/French satellite TV, Wi-Fi and gardens with BBQ, table and chairs

The grounds are spacious with large open gardens, barn and large sun pool terrace to relax on. There is lots of equipment available for activities including bikes, table tennis, football goals, badminton and boules.

The swimming pool is heated and covered making it suitable for all weathers and seasons. It is ‘Ozone’ controlled not requiring the use of chlorine or salt, making it clean, clear and very pleasant to swim in. The pool has a secure child gate, the cover can be opened up along both sides and there is a jet stream to ‘swim against the tide’!

La Vieille Ferme is also brilliantly located at the centre of a number of key places of interest in the Loire, including Châteaus, vineyards, the Brenne National Park, Futuroscope, lakes with beaches and watersports, fishing lakes, golf courses, zoos and of course, many places to sample the typical French food and wine!

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Nick Timms
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, Portuguese
Calendar last updated:
14 July, 2017

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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Some guest comments on Trip Advisor

Accommodation, amenities, hosts, location were everything we could have hoped for. Perfect gite holiday and more. We think that we booked for next year while enjoying an aperitif in the garden says it all!(Aug 2013)

We chose this gite as it had all the facilities we needed. Wifi meant we could stay connected to our business in UK yet relax, swim, play table-tennis, badminton and hire bikes to explore the area. The holiday delivered on every level.

The gite and gardens were immaculate and well maintained. The heated covered pool is fabulous! (July 2013)

Very special place to stay, surrounding area has much to offer, tranquillity, wildlife, history. So central for wonderful chateaux of the Loire, Futuroscope, medieval Tours, local markets, Brenne regional park. (Mar 2013)

Relaxing is certainly the word! Safe, comfortable surroundings, with lovely hosts. Gite was excellent and we've stayed in quite a few! Eating out locally is a dream (Oct 2012)
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Nearest Airport
73 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Le Brennou
Nearest Ferry
345 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
28 Kilometres
Gold Loches-Verneuil
Nearest Train
28 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Le Brennou
Car: recommended

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

Local towns:

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

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Booking Notes:
Deposit (25% on reservation). Balance (75%) 8 weeks prior to holiday date.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day Saturdays or Sundays (depending on which property / properties booked) in high season (July/August), otherwise changeover day is flexible. Arrival time is between 4pm - 8pm or outside these times by prior arrangement.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Cléré-du-Bois in Indre

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
Notes on accommodation: Welcome pack (wine, coffee, tea, sugar, milk, and essentials - kitchen roll, toilet paper, soap, washing-up liquid). Cycle hire available. Price includes electricity and gas and use of logs for wood-burning stove when appropriate. Laundry room. DVDs available free of charge. Extensive library of popular books. Outside: Heated, covered swimming pool (10m x 4m) set in spacious, terraced garden room Impressive open barn provides welcome shade on hot summer days Large paved sun terrace with sunbeds and parasols Games area for badminton, boules, table tennis etc Each house has own garden with BBQ and garden furniture Private parking area Visitor comments: October 2013:Amazing, staggeringly clean, heated covered pool ~ superb. Facilities on site, (table tennis, BBQ, bikes, badminton and more!) and in the gite are exceptional. Roomy sun terrace and open barn for shade A visit to the village restaurant is a must ~ delicious croissants We will definitely return again & again. July 2013:Definitely the best gite we've stayed at over many years of holidaying in France. The location, facilities, comfort, owners' attention to detail and welcome have made this holiday memorable. July 2013:Gites of highest quality. Will certainly return and recommend unreservedly. Gem of a place in the heart of the Loire.


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The Farmhouse
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Idyllic family holiday location

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from one of the best family holidays, the only problem was having to come home - so we are planning to return again next year. Everything about this location was perfect, from the moment we arrived, we were welcomed by the hosts, who had cooked a meal for us and provided a bottle of wine to go with it, to the last evening sharing a BBQ with new found friends. The covered heated pool was fantastic on the couple of wet days we had, the free wifi kept the teenagers happy. The Farmhouse is clean, comfortable & well equipped for self-catering, a BBQ is available for use, as are sun-loungers & outdoor games equipment. The owner & hosts have spent time thinking about their guests needs, the result is a fantastic holiday location that feels like home.

The village location is just off the main tourist route, suiting us just fine, but within easy reach of more chateaus than you can visit in a week, our favourite being Montresor (small but beautiful and with a lovely little bar in the village). There is something for all the family to visit in the local area.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Idyllic and stress relieving

  • 5 of 5

Wow. Where to start ? Fantastic first evening when due to me forgetting that French shops all close at 12 noon on a Sunday we arrived with zero provisions - Angela was there with wine, pasta, parmesan, fresh tomatoes and fresh herbs from the glorious garden for me to cook. Lazy days, quiet quiet quiet, bats and owls at night, all sorts of hawks and woodpeckers and herons during the day. My wife read a whole book in a few days (first time ever). Brilliant location for Central France visits, or to do nothing. Fabulous swimming pool. Brilliant pond with frogs & toads. Excellent "extras" in the gite like filter coffee, milk, tea bags, olive oil, soap, loo rolls, washing machine powder etc. Will definitely find time to go again.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that the holiday was everything you could have hoped for. We look forward to welcoming you back on a future visit.
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Peace rest and relaxation

  • 5 of 5

The property is beautiful, well kept, clean and welcoming it is every bit as wonderful as it looks in the pictures. The four of us were looking for a relaxing week, and after looking at places all over France my wife found La Vielle Ferme. When we arrived we welcomed by our hosts and given a quick tour of the property both the accommodation and the facilities. From the first minute there we chilled out. With a decent swimming pool, table tennis and badminton. Fabulous sunbathing areas as well as shaded areas it was a perfect place to unwind. The hosts had even included a couple of Europe to UK plug converters in most rooms and extension cables to plug in as many phones, ipads, laptops etc that you are likely to have taken with you. Only one thing spoilt any of the time there and that was the local restaurant L'assiette the food at best was only fair (but very expensive) and at worst it ranked as one of the worst meals I have ever eaten with a raw egg dumped on top of my pizza. At the other end of the spectrum however was a personal recommendation of our hosts Derek & Angela to eat at the Hotel L'image about a 20 minute drive from the Farmhouse it was excellent. Four courses of stunning food including scallops and steaks, the most amazing lamb, gorgeous puddings, wonderful cheeses, a waiter with a witty gallic attitude and excellent red and white wines incidentally about the same price all in for our first mediocre meal at L'assiette, if you do stay here don't miss the Hotel L'image restaurant with it first class staff. La Vielle Ferme will not suit everyone - even the wildlife is quite here, so if your looking for bars and clubs, music and dancing this place isn't for you. If you want peace and quiet, relaxation a real re-charge of your batteries don't look any further. We will definitely be going back.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you enjoyed your holiday and that it provided the perfect relaxing, peaceful stay for you all. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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A very peaceful haven

  • 5 of 5

Angela and Derek have created a beautiful haven. The standard of the cottages(and we got to see all of them) was amazing with every need catered for. It was great to have a pool onsite and be able to swim at the end of October. There are a lot of places to visit in the surrounding area and Loches is wonderful, especially the market.

Thank you, we will return.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday and that the heated, covered pool was a hit ! We look forward to welcoming you back to La Vieille Ferme
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Lovely Relaxing Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 (2 adults and 2 girls 13 & 11) had a wonderful holiday here at the gites. The gite and grounds are extremely well kept by the owners. The sun terrace and swimming pool are beautiful and we also enjoyed use of the additional facilities that were offered ie badminton and table tennis. It is a quiet and peaceful village and just perfect for a relaxing holiday. Derek and Angela made our holiday very special as they are very welcoming and helpful.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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our wonderful chill out week

  • 5 of 5

Great location, beautiful gite, brilliant hosts. Could not have asked for better. We have been here many times, but because of Angela and Derek's continuous improvements it just gets better. If you want total relaxation in a beautiful rural location you will be hard pressed to fine better.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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