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Beautiful cottage. Heated, covered pool. In village with bakery and restaurant. - The Farmhouse (Sleeps 2 - 4, 3 Bedrooms)

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



The Farmhouse (Sleeps 2 - 4, 3 Bedrooms)

The Farmhouse, which sleeps up to 4 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 (open all year) 19th Century Touraine farm lovingly restored and skillfully converted to 4 very comfortable and fully equipped individual cottages that retain stunning original features and beams. Each house has own garden, BBQ and garden furniture. Free WiFi. English / French satellite TV. Large grounds and heated, covered swimming pool, set in spacious terraced garden room. Open barn for relaxing in the shade. Large paved sun terrace. Private parking area. Cycle hire available. Games area for badminton, boules and table tennis. Conveniently situated in the small unspoiled village of Cléré du Bois with shop, bakery, restaurant 2 mins walk away. La Vieille Ferme offers a relaxing, tranquil setting, yet easy access to all amenities. Ideally situated for chateaux, vineyards, Brenne Regional Park, medieval market towns etc. Cléré du Bois is situated on the borders of the Brenne Regional Park and is approx 1 hour south of Tours. Short and long term breaks, B&B also available. We regret that we are unable to accommodate children under 10 years of age.

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

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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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 house in Cléré-du-Bois in Indre

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • 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 ...
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 (Sleeps 2 - 4, 3 Bedrooms)
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: Jul 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 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: Sep 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 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: Nov 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 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: Aug 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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: Jun 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Lake at Bellebouche (30mins drive) with 900m sandy beach. Suitable for swimming and windsurfing. Kayaks and pedalos for hire. Nature paths through pine woods for cycling and walking, Mini golf, picnic areas, snack bar and restaurant. Surrounding area with reed beds, heath and woodland is a habitat for a rich diversity of wildlife.

La Rochelle (2hrs 50mins) located on Atlantic coast with its old harbor is lined with seafood restaurants, pleasure boat marina, aquarium and botanical gardens.


Nearest airports Tours and Poitiers (approx 1 hour drive). Limoges (approx 1 hour 45 minutes drive).

Car hire available at airports.

Nearest channel ports Caen and Le Havre (approx 4 hours drive). Car essential.


In the village there is a shop, restaurant and bakery for fresh bread and croissants (200 yards from our property).

10 minutes from medieval town of Chatillon-sur-Indre. 20 mintues from beautiful medieval town of Loches with excellent twice weekly market.

Further Details:

10 minutes from the town of Châtillon-sur-Indre with supermarket, shops, bank, post office, restaurants and cafés. 20 minutes to the larger, stunning, medieval market town of Loches with variety of shops and restaurants. Ideally situated for visiting the historic chateaux of the Loire: Chenonceaux, Valencay, Villandry, etc. The area is famous for its fine food and wine and there are many vineyards. Beautiful towns to visit - including Amboise, Saumur, Chinon, Blois, Tours and Poitiers (Futuroscope). For outdoor pursuits there is golf, tennis, kayaking, canoeing, go-karting, horse riding, swimming in lakes and rivers (sandy beach close by), bird watching, fishing and exploring the wildlife of the Brenne Regional Park. It is an ideal location with its gently rolling hills for walking and cycling around the quiet country roads.