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

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking



The Stable

The original stable for this 17th century Touraine farm has now been attractively restored to sleep up to 4 people. English / French satellite TV, Flat-screen LED TV. Free WiFi available. Ground floor: Fully equipped Sienna oak kitchen with fridge/freezer, cooker, microwave and dishwasher. An adjoining dining area with ceramic-tiled floor and exposed beams has a wood-burning stove and stereo system. Comfortable double bedroom with private hand basin and toilet. Double bed is provided with a king-size duvet. Spacious, well equipped shower room.

First floor: Bright and sunny first floor sitting room with DVD player. Opposite the sitting room, a charming twin-bedded room with private hand basin and toilet - spectacular views across the surrounding countryside.

Visitor comment 2014: Fabulous week in a small corner of paradise ~ w

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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:
21 August, 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 house 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 house 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!

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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 The Stablein Cléré-du-Bois in Indre

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • 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
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Toilet 2 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 2 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 Stable
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Comfortable, calm & enjoyable

  • 5 of 5

Everything you need and so well maintained

Pool heated and with turn on current was great

Super centre for chateu and museums Balzac, Descartes and Richelieu

Uncrowded roads such a relief

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us We look forward to your return visit
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What a place!

  • 5 of 5

Heart of the country, peace and quiet, immaculate cottages, gardens and swimming pool, lovely hosts. In easy reach of Chateaux, gardens, local markets, rivers, villages, restaurants.

Just ask Derek and Angela for the best places to go, and we definitely advise a trip to Chateau de L'Islette suggested by our hosts and the most magical place! We have had a wonderful holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you back on a future occasion.
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Lovely property and gardens

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful holiday, perfect location to just relax and get away from it all. Well looked after by the hosts. Great property with everything we needed. Lots of family fun in the pool and playing table tennis.

Plenty of places to visit nearby, but we were all content just to chill, time just flew by. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that the holiday provided all you wanted and that you all enjoyed your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back to La Vieille Ferme.
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First Class Family Holiday!!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 5th stay at La Vieille Ferme and once again we had the most wonderful, relaxing holiday. Our daughters are 23 and 14 and they too enjoy the swimming pool, glorious sun patio, boules, table tennis and badminton. The gites are beautifully renovated and everyone enjoys their own space for eating al fresco. The facilities are excellent, the grounds are kept in an immaculate, pretty condition and the interior of the accommodation is just as good. Although placed in a very tranquil part of France, there is still lots of lovely places to visit, whether you're couple, travelling with friends or family. Some great Markets, Chateau's, Zoo, Safari Park, rivers for swimming and fabulous local restaurants with great menus. All in all a fabulous place and all our family would recommend!!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you all enjoyed your holiday at La Vieille Ferme. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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  • 5 of 5

We originally booked to stay at the Dairy for one week but so enjoyed our time here that we extended our stay for an extra 2 nights. The location is great, the undercover swimming pool is excellent and there is impeccable attention to detail everywhere. The gardens were beautifully tended and created the perfect ambience for relaxation. The Dairy was equipped to a very high standard and the double bed was extremely comfortable! Derek and Angela were excellent hosts being both helpful and knowledgeable. The village is attractive and quiet, however there are a number of lovely towns and villages within easy reach and the Chateaux of the Loire are a short drive away. We would thoroughly recommend La Veille Ferme to anyone looking for a very relaxing break in a delightful area of France.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at La Vieille Ferme and look forward to welcoming you back.
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Stunning Property In Rural France

  • 5 of 5

Yet another fantastic stay at La Vieille Ferme, cannot fault the welcome, accommodation & lovely pool. If you want to get away from the rat race, stay in quality accommodation, be close to restaurants & within easy reach of the Loire's outstanding chateaux, this is the place to be.

Derek & Angela have certainly got the whole package just right, nothing is ever too much trouble should you need their help onsite or with recommendations of restaurants and places to visit. Although living on site they are never intrusive.

The gite is very well equipped, very well maintained as is the entire site. The pool is spotless and very inviting as is the pool room for relaxing with a book or just admiring the garden & views further afield.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased to welcome you back again to La Vieille Ferme. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again soon
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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