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

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking

Overview

Description

The Grange

The Grange provides luxurious accommodation for up to 6 people. The property’s stone walls stay cool in summer, warm in winter. English/French satellite TV, Flat-screen LED TV. Free WiFi. Ground floor: French doors to spacious lounge-dining room with huge old beams. Comfortable seating around wood-burning stove. Stereo/DVD player. Fully equipped kitchen: 2 fridges, freezer, cooker, microwave, dishwasher. Ground floor toilet with hand basin.

First floor: 3 very attractive bedrooms. Bedroom 1: Delightful double bedroom with antique French bed, en-suite and seating area overlooking gardens. Bedroom 2: Spacious double bedroom with seating area. Views across open woodland with large bathroom opposite. Bedroom 3: Attractive twin-bedded room with en-suite and seating area with views to village.

Visitor comment 2015: Very clean, lovely spacious accommodation. Great hosts and superb pool.

More Details

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!

More Details

Owner
Nick Timms
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, Portuguese
Calendar last updated:
22 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!

Available Rentals

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Notes

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.


Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for The Grange in Cléré-du-Bois in Indre

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
General:
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 4 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
Notes:
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.

Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
5

A great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We have just arrived home from a lovely holiday in La Vieille Ferme where we met Peter and Diane, the managers, who were a very helpful and friendly couple. Always there to please. La Vieille Ferme is a very comfortable and pretty complex with comfy beds, nicely laundered linen and fluffy towels. Kept clean and tidy and with a great pool which was heated to a nice warm temperature. We also played table tennis, Le boule and had plenty of room to practise chipping. Nearby was a very challenging 9 hole golf course. The village, a short walk away, is also very clean and tidy with a great village shop. You can get bread, a drink or a three course meal surrounded by the locals. I would definitely recommend you stay here. We are looking forward to a return trip next year.

  • Review Submitted: 28-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful property with excellent facilities

  • 5 of 5

Immaculate cottage. Very well equipped with everything you need for a holiday. Beautiful grounds with a lovely swimming pool and lots of games e.g table tennis and boule. Very welcoming hosts in Angela and Derek who advised on places to visit in the area and were always available to assist. Great location for a quiet, peaceful holiday all set in a beautiful village.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wee are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday and that the heated covered pool was a hit ! We look forward to welcoming you back on a future occasion.
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5

Rural France at its best...and more!

  • 5 of 5

There is nothing more to say other than excellent!!!! Derek and Angela have created the perfect spot in a beautiful location to get away and enjoy peace, quiet and France at its best.

The cottage has everything you could possibly need and the extra touches provided make it a real home from home but manages to keep the authentic rural French feel. Derek and Angela have catered for everyone, from the pool to the table tennis, bikes, BBQs, washing machines and badminton-not to mention the wine!

The setting and garden is beautful and we found it the perfect spot to unwind, relax and soak up the sun.

In the surrounding area there are beautiful villages and towns, such a Loches, to visit and with the supermarket a short drive away this is really is the perfect place for a great holiday. Cannot reccomend enough!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday at La Vieille Ferme and look forward to welcoming you back on a future occasion.
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5

Relax in a beautiful garden setting in the Loire

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at The Grange, perfect for our family of two adults and three children. The accom was very lovely and spacious, comfy beds and everything very clean. Loads of space outside too, heated pool under clear dome was fantastic for all weather. We played badminton and ping pong, and rode bike all around the area. It's situated in a sweet little village, tucked away off the main highway but close to everything. Angela and Derek were perfect hosts, kind and helpful. We hope to return again and would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 31-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Melbourne
5

Wonderful and Tranquil Setting - a GEM!

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay at La Vielle Ferme. It was a wonderful base from which to tour the many grand Chateaux. Angela and Derek are wonderful hosts and we enjoyed their thoughtful hospitality. With their advice we were able to successfully tour the area with complete ease and we are truly grateful to them for making our holiday in Clere du Bois, Loire Valley, a wonderful experience. Our girls 12yo and 15yo loved the pool, table tennis table, the endless supply of DVDs, and we all particularly enjoyed the BBQ. Derek loves his garden and the setting to the villas are all complemented with his beautiful roses/flowers and colour.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stourbridge
5

The perfect idly to idle

  • 5 of 5

Angela and Derek have created the perfect idyl to idle away the hours (or explore if the fancy takes you).

Lovely accommodation, great facilities, beautiful setting and truly magnificent hosts. Our second year with a third being planned.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
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Location

Nearest Airport
73 Kilometres
Tours
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Le Brennou
Nearest Ferry
345 Kilometres
Caen
Nearest Golf
28 Kilometres
Gold Loches-Verneuil
Nearest Train
28 Kilometres
Loches
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

Coast/Beach:

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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