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Fully Renovated 17th Century Priory

Overview

Property

Updated: 02-Dec-2016
House in La Bussiere, Near. Briare and Gien, Loire Valley, France - Lovingly Furnished And Fully Equipped With Large Stone Firplace

Situated in the small village of La Bussière this superb 3800 sq ft country house surrounded by its 28.000 sq ft enclosed garden, parts wall with the grounds of a magnificent castle and its ancient kitchen garden (visitable from spring to autumn). Ground floor : Bright cathedral-like living room with large stone fireplace, spacious dining room, very well equipped kitchen, TV lounge/bedroom with 1 double sofa bed (160 cm - 63 inches), contiguous to shower room with toilet (equipped for elderly or handicapped persons). 2 upper levels : 1 bedroom with double bed (160 cm - 63 inches) plus child bed and cradle, 3 bedrooms with double bed (160 cm - 63 inches), 1 large dorm-playroom with 2 bunk beds plus 1 single bed, 1 bedroom with 2 single beds. 1 bathroom with toilet, 1 shower room with toilet. 3 extra mattresses on request. Sleeps 20 plus 2 babies. Outdoor dining (for 20) BBQ, paddling pool, swing, croquet, volleyball, ping pong, bowls.

Bakery and grocery in the village. Shopping center at 12km.

More Details
  • Sleeps 20
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair access
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian

6 Reviews

4.7
based on 6 holidaymaker reviews

Brisbane Australia
5

Spacious, comfortable and full of character!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful holiday. My family of 8 enjoyed the French life for almost two weeks in beautiful surrounds and in a wonderful unique house. The village of La Bussiere was a good base from which to explore the Loire valley visiting local towns and chateaus. The restored priory was roomy so everyone could find their own space, coming together for meals and games. The house was well equipped and each member of my family thoroughly enjoyed the time in the beautiful old house. The local La Bussiere Chateau and its grounds were a delight to visit and explore. Gien and Briare were visited regularly during our stay as they were close by and offered more variety in grocery shopping and markets. However the local store in La Bussiere was fairly well equipped and the shop keeper very helpful and friendly. Our other trips included Montargis, Orleans, Fontainbleau, Chambord and Sully Sur Loire as well as many little places in between. Being so close to Paris we were able to drive and park and then catch a train into the capital to explore its offerings. It was all relatively simple. We enjoyed exploring chateaus and particularly liked the fairytale castle at Sully Sur Loire. The boat ride on the canals at Briare was a unique experience too.

The only issue I had with the property itself was that the lawns needed mowing and the gardens tending. Upon leaving there was some confusion about the sheets but that was sorted with a phone call. I will be recommending this property to family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Scotland
4

A wonderful stay

  • 4 of 5

We hired this venue last summer for two weeks. We have been to France most years and love it. This place was different. Absolutely loaded with character - the property, the locality and the surrounding area.

The property and contents were enough to keep the children occupied and content. The kitchen was fully functional and easy to use.

The gardens were great too- totally private, secluded and secure. We did missed a swimming pool, but there again, it didnt advertise one!

It was like going into someones home - trawling through loads of interesting and fascinating books.

Travel a little bit and there are loads of fanatastic butchers and shops.

There was a issue on departure in respect of the cleaning charge and this caused us a bit of unnecessary hassle.

However, the owner has wisely changed their policy on this and it is a non issue for future tenants so it would be unfair of me to mark the property down on this basis. On that basis I dont hesitate to give it a good rating and recommendation for prospective renters.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 27, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

We came over to celebrate our mother's 80th birthday celebration. There were 17 of us in total from different parts of the globe. Clear directions to get to the house might have saved us getting lost, but once we got there we had a ball. The house has so much character and is so spacious it met all our expectations. It has three good sized bathrooms, a large and well equipped kitchen. The house is rather quirky each room has character. Some DIY to the house might have improved it somewhat, such as a door to the large children's bedroom. However we just had such a memorable time there. The house is very private and has it's own gates, so you can park the cars in the front without any concern. The children had a dream time, running round the garden after the dog, playing hide and seek. There is also a beautiful Chateau just next door. We had such a lovely time there. What a lovely memory for us all including my mother. I would highly recommend this house.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 16, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These people are the most charming and attentionate tenants of all. Although I have met them less than they have met our house I highly recommand them and wish them all the best. Hugues Le Monnier
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4

France as I hoped it would be

  • 4 of 5

I booked this large historic house for a holiday for three generations of our family. I love history and particularly old buildings so I was very happy to find that this former priory lived up to all my expectations. I could have settled down there permanently and cared for the house and the garden, shopped for fresh croissants every day for breakfast, and popped out to the local bar for a few beers or a glass of wine.

The lady who looked after the house didn't speak English and my French was from my school days getting on for 50 years ago but we managed. At the times when we couldn't work out what we were saying to each other, we could call the owners in Paris and they happily translated for us both over the mobile phone.

The facilities were what I expected to find based on the details. The property is big but full of character and cleaned between guests with a charge made. Plenty of towels, the beds were clean and comfortable. The facilities were adequate for our needs and the décor and furnishings were durable so we felt our young Grandchildren were able to relax and enjoy themselves too. In fact I found the house and garden to be aimed at children very much with plenty of toys to play with and the garden enclosed with a high wall and lockable big gates. They could run free and play without my fretting about them straying outside into the village streets.

The owners did provide a good backup service for us and seem very nice people indeed. We have made a suggestion or two that have said they will do asap, like some sun loungers in the garden for example.

Places we enjoyed visiting were:

The local Chateau - La Bussiere - which was very good.

Amboise

Sancerre

Local towns and other Chateaux which are many and lovely.

The small bar in the village which served good beer.

The village bakery where my Grandchildren were up and out with their Dad every day to buy breakfast.

In summary I would love to stay here again for longer, I loved the old house with its history and to me it felt very 'French'. If I had to be 'picky' it would be based on very personal things - I like white bed sheets, I wasn't sure about the sisal floor covering as it smelt a bit strong in the large upstairs rooms but I have to say it fitted the ambience well. I did get a little confused over a laundry charge for tablecloths, but this is a small thing. I felt the owners went to some trouble for us, eg translating the information at the house into English for us.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 3, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely Massive Classic House

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a family weekend at the end of last year and were blown away by the house. It has the most fabulous entertaining rooms and wonderful quirky bedrooms.

I found the owner to be extremely helpful and charming and our french relatives were so taken with the place that they used it again for another party.

It was winter when we were there but the garden was a good size, there were masses of toys for the children and the kitchen was excellent.

All round a great house..

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2012
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

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  • 5 of 5

Very nice property, clean and well-maintained, had many important things and products, ex.hairdrayer, different outdoor games, grill.... kitchen had everything that needed. Owner was very helpfull and everything handled good. Very big and nice garden.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Orleans at 37 Miles Nearest Golf : Sully sur Loire at 22 Miles Nearest Train : Nogent sur Vernisson at 7 Miles Nearest Motorway : A77 at 4 Miles Nearest Beach : Beach on the lake at Chalette sur Loing at 18 Miles

Travel:

The nearest international airport is Paris-Orly. The distance from Orly to the location in La Bussière is 80 miles. Use of car is essential.

Distances:

Briare 7 miles. Gien 7 miles. Montargis 18 miles. Orleans 50 miles. Chambord 68 miles.

Further Details:

Nearby activities include Castle and Winery tours (Famous Chambord castle, 75 miles away), Strolling along the Loire river, Antiquing, Boating on canal, through old locks and the famous canal bridge of Briare, Fishing, Hunting, Horse riding, Swimming. Bakery and grocery in the village. Shopping center at 12km (7 miles).

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Autumn 3 2016
2 Dec 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
£590
for 2 nights
From
£295
£1,090
 
 
End of year 2016
19 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
Changeover Day: Monday
7 night minimum stay
£1,690
for 7 nights
£1,690
 
 
Winter 2017
3 Jan 2017 - 26 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
£490
for 2 nights
From
£245
£890
 
 
Spring 1 2017
27 Feb 2017 - 30 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
£590
for 2 nights
From
£295
£1,090
 
 
Spring 2 2017
31 Mar 2017 - 27 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
£690
for 2 nights
From
£345
£1,190
 
 
Spring 3 1 2017
28 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
£790
for 2 nights
From
£395
£1,290
 
 
Summer 1 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,390
for 7 nights
£1,390
 
 
Summer 2 2017
8 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,590
for 7 nights
£1,590
 
 
Autumn 1 2017
3 Sep 2017 - 5 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
£790
for 2 nights
From
£395
£1,290
 
 
Autumn 2 2017
6 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
£690
for 2 nights
From
£345
£1,190
 
 
Autumn 3 2017
1 Dec 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
£590
for 2 nights
From
£295
£1,090
 
 
End of year 2017
23 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,690
for 7 nights
£1,690
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Stays can be arranged for weekends (see weekend night rates)

Booking Notes:
A 30% deposit is required to book and the balance is due 30 days prior to stay. A security deposit of £500 is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is normally on Saturdays, departure being at 10am and arrival at 5pm. This can be flexible depending on occupancy and season.

Notes on prices:
Towels and linen are included. Change can be arranged for 2 week stays. Tenants may bring their own linen at a £100 discount on price.
Property is cleaned throughout prior to arrival. End of stay cleaning : £90.
Logs are supplied for the fireplace.
There is a £20 daily winter fuel supplement October-April inclusive (if necessary).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Property Type

  • chateau / country house

General

  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Television

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 3800 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor: Large tiled shower room with shower, basin and WC + washing machine. 1st floor: Tiled bathroom with bathtub, basin and WC. 2nd floor: Tiled shower room with shower, basin and WC.

Bedrooms

  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Bedroom 7
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 19/20 (7 bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 : Dorm/playroom : 2 bunk beds, 1 single bed Bedroom 2 : Large bedroom : 1 double bed, 1 child bed, 1 cradle. Bedroom 3 : 1 double bed Bedroom 4 : 1 double bed Bedroom 5 : 1 double bed Bedroom 6 : 2 single beds Bedroom 7 : 1 sofa bed

Outside

  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Outside: Outdoor dining (for 20) BBQ, swings, croquet, volleyball, ping pong, bowls. Utility Room: Refrigerator/freezer, microwave and shed in this adjacent utility room. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. Change can be arranged for 2 week stay. Tenants may bring their own linen at a £100 discount on price. Property is cleaned throughout prior to arrival. End of stay cleaning : £90. Other: Ground floor TV lounge/bedroom with double sofa bed and tiled floor. Internet access on wifi.

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