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Loire chateaux, Zoo Beauval, free off road parking, comfortable accomodation

People5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

2 bedroom, 2 bathroom accommodation, ideal for family or 2 couples sharing.

The Stables were converted into an apartment in 2009. It is mainly of stone construction, with some brick ornamentation. The bedrooms have vaulted ceilings and original beams. Each has a private bathroom. The fixtures and fittings are of high quality and are tastefully assembled. There are views of the river and Town Bridge from both rooms. Bedroom 1 has a surface area of 30 m², Bedroom 2 has 21.5 m².

On the ground floor there is a large sitting room/ kitchen, ( 27.6 m²). Two walls are of stone, one of which is tuffeau, the names of the horses which one time lived here remain on the wall. The ceiling has the original beams.There is a television which can be adjusted to receive British or French programmes. The kitchen has a fan assisted oven and induction hob.The building has double glazing throughout and is well insulated.

Outside there is a gated courtyard for parking and an enclosed garden/ terrace.

More Details

Property Manager
Alan Evans
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
17 September, 2017

About Alan Evans

Brenda and I are both originally from London, but have moved around quite a bit. We came to France in 2003, having retired from our soft furnishing/decorating business. I have enjoyed participating in sport over the years, in particular rowing and climbing. Brenda is the creative one, and was highly regarded for her interior designs, and sound advice to customers over many years, first in her family business, and later when she struck out alone.

Alan Evans purchased this barn in 2010

Why Alan Evans chose Loir-et-Cher

We were intrigued by this property when we found it was for sale. It's location on the banks of Le Cher, and proximity to the most famous chateaux of the Loire, made it very interesting to us. The building was a challenge, and demanded much of our energy and resources to renovate, especially L'ancienne écurie ( stable ), which was a wreck but of which we are now very proud.

What makes this barn unique

We love this property because of it's position on the river front, and with the back drop of the castle, chateau, and church on the skyline behind us. Viewed from the river it is a site protected by 'Patrimoine de France', ( listed ). The stable block is an interesting building, mainly of stone construction, but with ornamental features in red brick. The oak beams supporting the roof are much in evidence in the bedrooms, and are of interesting design.

There is a courtyard which provides off road parking about 8 metres from the entrance.

There are several restaurants close by, 2 are within a minutes walk.

Guestbook comments from the manager

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! My wife and I had actually 'looked' at the appartment on Google maps and were pleased to see that it was right across the street from the river Cher (the one that Chenonceau straddles further upstream.

On our arrival, Alan made us welcome, showed us the marvelously redone stables,(no lingering evidence except for the names of favourite horses on the walls in the main room), gave us the key, and answered our questions about the area. VERY helpful; he even lent me the use of his piano to practice on.

The town is delightful, off the beaten tourist track, but with it's own chateau (not open to the public) a towering presence. It's very well situated to visit various attractions, about equidistant from chateaux along the Loire, Cher, and Indre rivers, most within a 20-30 minute drive.

You can't go wrong if you decide to stay here.
May 2012
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Saint-Aignan in Loir-et-Cher

Property Type:
  • barn (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Both bathrooms surface area 7.8 m2. The shower enclosures measure 1m2. All fixtures and fittings are clean and modern. Towels are provided at no extra charge.Automatic extractor fan.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 1 : Surface area 20.20 m2. Large ( 200x 160 ) double bed. Vaulted ceiling, original beams. Oak flooring. Door to private bathroom, view of river and Town Bridge Bedroom 2: Surface area of 29.25 m2. Double bed 140 cm wide. Vaulted ceiling, original beams, and oak flooring. Door to private bathroom. View over courtyard, garden, and river / bridge.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Terrace
  • 2 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes:
Various activities are available in Saint-Aignan during summer months, including horse riding, canoeing, tennis, fishing, and pétanque.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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Loire chateaux, Zoo Beauval, free off road parking, comfortable accomodation
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 22 reviews
3

Saint Aignan sur Cher - Not as restful as we had expected

  • 3 of 5

The accommodation itself was pleasant enough apart from a few problems (see below), but the town is one of the noisiest places we've ever stayed in!

We knew the property was on a road but, apart from one reviewer who mentioned morning traffic noise, no previous occupants had mentioned the fact that the traffic noise continues all through the day and night, or that the nearby church clock/bell chimes every half hour from 7am. We are used to hearing the 7am bell when staying in France, but have never come across such frequency before. We are from the London area so you would think noise wouldn't be a problem to us. However, Saint Aignan sur Cher is far noisier than where we live, and all four of us came home feeling exhausted. Not what we had in mind when we planned our trip to Loire.

After finding the property too noisy to sit outside at, we decided to go to a bar in one of the cobbled streets in the centre of town. Unfortunately, there was a constant stream of cars driving past on the cobbles and the noise was so loud you couldn't even hold a conversation! We initially thought this might have been a particularly busy time of day, but we soon discovered that whatever time of day we attempted to walk up the cobbled streets of the town, we couldn't avoid avoid the cars.

The accommodation has been renovated to a good standard, but one gripe we had was that the wifi didn't work. Alan attempted to rectify the situation a couple of times but, apart from about 1 hour during our stay when we were able to use it, there was no internet connection available for the rest of the time. Also, although the bedrooms looked lovely, the old style bed in the rear room creaked loudly every time anyone moved and was uncomfortable to sleep in.

On a plus side, we ate some very good food during our stay in St Aignan sur Cher. On 3 evenings out of our 4 night stay, we ate at L'Embarcadere which is a stone's throw away from the accommodation. The food was very good plus the staff were friendly and extremely hardworking. On our last evening in town, we ate at Le Crepiot where the food was also very tasty. Fortunately, we had booked a table inside, based on the recommendation of a Trip Advisor reviewer who referred to the noise created by passing traffic on the cobbles!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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New London, PA
5

Perfect for our needs!

  • 5 of 5

The gite was clean and comfortable for the five people who stayed there. We cooked two delicious dinners during our stay, and the owner was very helpful in pointing us to a very good grocery store in the town. The location across the river is quite scenic, and the town full of restaurants and shops is within easy walking distance. A very restful place to stay after our flight into CDG, and as we visited sites along the Loire before heading south to Toulouse.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Beautiful accomadation,ideal location for exploring the area.

  • 4 of 5

We met up with friends and enjoyed exploring the area.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
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5

Perfect location in the Loire Valley

  • 5 of 5

The Stables proved to be the perfect location for our first holiday in the Loire region. What an amazing property! So much hard work has gone into its renovation, whilst its beautiful character in the lovely historic town of St Aignan is maintained. Earlier reviews say it all and are a true reflection of this perfect holiday home.Sincere thanks to Alan our extremely helpful host/owner.We highly recommend The Stables.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pennsylvania, USA
5

Perfect spot in the Loire Valley for two couples

  • 5 of 5

This is a perfect home base from which to explore the Loire Valley. The apartment is just as pictured and is perfect for two couples: two large, airy, similar bedrooms, each with its own roomy bathroom (shower, no tub). The living / dining / kitchen is a nice size to relax and have meals if you wish. We only prepared breakfast; but everything is there if you want to cook. The small town of Saint-Aignan sits on the River Cher and offers all that you need: a small grocery in town and a larger one outside, several restaurants, a wonderful patisserie, and is topped by its own (unrestored and empty) picturesque chateau. There are many large chateaux nearby, and a well-known zoo (that we did not visit) is close as well. Alan, the host/owner is helpful but does not hover. We spent five nights here and were sorry to leave. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Very comfortable and well located property

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in Saint-Aignan. It is a lovely village with all the necessary amenities complete with old chateau and historic church. It is also well located to see the main Chateau and in a wine area. The accommodation was very comfortable and had real character.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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Location

Le Velvet
Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Tours
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Saint-Aignan
Nearest Ferry
330 Kilometres
Dieppe
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Cheverny
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Noyers
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Saint-Romain
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Saint-Aignan
Car: necessary

The Stables, situated on the banks of the river Cher, and in the historic town of Saint-Aignan, is an ideal base for exploring the ' Valley of Kings'. Within 30 mins drive you can visit the chateaux of Chenonceau, Valençay, Loches,Chambord, Cheverny, Amboise, and many others. The beautiful city of Blois, with it's fine chateau, restaurants and bars and eclectic shops, is also within 30mins.drive. A little further afield (40 min) you will find Amboise, it's chateau,and large twice weekly market and to the west, the fascinating city of Tours.

If you do not wish to drive, Saint-Aignan offers plenty to see and do. The Collegiale (church) dates back to the 11th Century, and has fresco's in the crypt dating from that time, you are free to enter and see for yourself.

Wine-making has been going on in and around Saint-Aignan for centuries and many vignerons have caves open to the public for tasting and purchase of their products.

Saint-Aignan is home to the world renowned 'Zoo Park Beauval', It's white tigers, and giant pandas are especially interesting, a great family day out.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Saint-Aignan, Centre

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£381
for 4 nights
From
£89
£513
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £26.56
Damage Deposit £88.53

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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