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Old Barn in Lerné, East Facad

Barn | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 300 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

This old stone barn was part of an abandoned farm that has been lovingly restored over the last four years. Sitting on seven acres, in a magical setting with stunning views of the Chateau Montpensier and the surrounding fields, this holiday rental is perfect for those wanting to explore the Loire Valley's sites. The barn has been renovated and equipped in the highest standards, and will provide a very comfortable home base for visitors to the region.

Many of the grand Chateaux of the Loire Valley: Villandry, Chenonceau, Usse, Azay-le-Rideau and Saumur are easy half-day trips. For cycling enthusiasts, we are less than a kilometre from the main bike route through the Loire Valley; and for food and wine enthusiasts, the Loire Valley, is known as the 'garden' of France. We are surrounded by the vineyards of Chinon, Bourgueil and Saumur which produce some of France's finest wines and best values. From its famous chèvre, the mushrooms of the troglodyte caves of Saumur, to the white asparagus grown in sandy Loire soil, the region offers a rich bounty. Your hosts, former restaurant owners from San Francisco, are available to cater meals and conduct local food and wine tours.

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach La Baule 300 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Tours 45 km, Nearest railway: Chinon 10 km
Family friendly Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

The open floor plan and over-sized bathroom are ideally suited to a couple. An American queen-size bed is larger than the French equivalents, and there is an iPod Bose docking system along with all other modern conveniences.

Further details outdoors

The property has seven acres, plenty of private spaces, a vegetable garden, fruit and walnut trees and an underground system of troglodyte caves.

Further details

Laundry services are available. Catered meals, culinary and wine tours and cookery classes are also available.

The Loire Valley region

The Loire Valley, also known as the 'Garden of France” has been blessed by temperate weather and good soil. Here, France’s royalty built a thousand chateaux, some of the world's finest, and a short distance from Paris.

In 2000, UNESCO added the central part of the Loire River valley to its list of World Heritage Sites. In choosing this area that includes the French départements of Loiret, Loir-et-Cher, Indre-et-Loire, and Maine-et-Loire, the committee said that the Loire Valley is: 'an exceptional cultural landscape, of great beauty, comprised of historic cities and villages, great architectural monuments - the Châteaux - and lands that have been cultivated and shaped by centuries of interaction between local populations and their physical environment, in particular the Loire itself.'

A visitor to the Loire Valley will find a region of France still mostly unspoiled by over-population or current fad. Fortunately, Peter Mayle wrote 'A Year in Provence' not 'A Year in the Loire.'

Chinon

The fortress city of Chinon is a must see for the first-time visitor. It was from here that Henry II Plantagenet ruled over a large portion of France and all of England in the 12th Century. Also close by and another must see is the Royale Abbey of Fontevraud, where Henry II, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine and their son Richard the Lion Heart were interred.

Some of the best wines in France come from the various AOC surrounding us, Chinon, Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil and St. Nicolas Bourgueil to name a few. Within an hour's drive to the east is the beautiful city of Tours, and the wine regions of Vouvray and Sancerre.

Saumur, "the pearl of Anjou," is just a twenty minute ride to the west, and it serves at the equestrian capital of France.

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24 Aug 2014

5/5

"Thoroughly recommend"

Brilliant place to stay for visiting Loire Valley. First class accommodation. Excellent added touches. Lovely welcome, with local produce and thoughtful provisions. Owners very friendly, but not intru… More

15 Aug 2014

5/5

"Best accommodation ever"

We stayed at the old barn for four days in July. We just wish it had have been longer. This wonderfully restored barn and the best hosts ever in Tim and Stephen made this part of our time in France on… More

26 May 2014

5/5

"Best vacation rental we ever had"

We are just back from a wonderful month-long vacation which was highlighted by a week at the Old Barn Lerne. We'd never been to the Loire Valley, and absolutely fell in love with the area. The … More

18 Jan 2014

5/5

"A great French escape, or the greatest?"

First, no matter what I write, I won't be able to adequately describe the true comfort and beauty of this place or the warmth and graciousness of the hosts. This home is situated in idyllic farmland near a small town in one of the most scenic parts of France. Castles and manor homes with rambling stone fences abound and one is never more than a few kilometers from some site or another with a history that stretches back centuries. The pace here is slow, unhurried, relaxed. It is country without being bucolic. People are few and far between but a short drive on the tight, winding roads will take you to cafes and wine shops and markets.

The Old Barn sits on the same plot as the hosts' home. It is an old farmhouse property that has been restored and modernized with great love and attention to detail. The barn has been transformed from a place where hay went to die to an extraordinary respite from the bustle of a busy world. The floor space is larger than you would think, a long room with a high ceiling that manages to accommodate a handsome shower room with professional grade water pressure, a kitchen out of Top Chef, a sitting area for reviewing all of the well-stocked guidebooks, novels, and magazines, and a comfortable bed that glimpses out over the surrounding fields. If there is a French form of Feng Shui, it is found here.

While the barn itself is the Platonic ideal of “getaway spot”, the best part is one doesn't feel compelled to get out and drive everywhere and See Things. There is so much to enjoy right there – the quiet, a cup of coffee while watching the swifts dart over the wide fields, the nighttime glow of the moon and the lights of the fancy-pants chateau visible from the bathroom, the crazy caves below the property. Of course, Saumur and Fontevraud and Chinon are so close and demand to be seen, but this is also a place just to go and be and be happy.

So much of the being-happy part is provided by the hosts. The hosts are professional and genuine, friendly, helpful, and kind. They want you to enjoy yourself, to have fun, to love the place as much as they do. They are interested in people and enjoy a good visit but they also understand when their guests want more solitude. The conversation on the side porch with local wine is not to be missed however, and a dinner pow-wow in the kitchen is the bomb.

24 Oct 2013

5/5

"What a Find!"

The Old Barn Lerne is a very peaceful and serene place with views over fields and a castle in the distance. It is a beautifully restored building with polished floors, large and modern bathroom, grea… More

16 Oct 2013

5/5

"Fabulous"

It was everything we had hoped for! The hosts had everything under control! Fully stocked fridge, all information for sightseeing! Could not ask for more! Hope to go back ! Will recommend this prope… More

26 Aug 2013

5/5

"Perfect countryside get away!"

This was our first stay in the Loire Valley and the combined benefit of a fabulous Gite (resort, as apartment does not do it justice) and our engaging hosts Stephen and Tim made it an extraordinary vi… More

9 Aug 2013

5/5

"Brilliant accomodation"

Brilliant is the word to describe the Old Barn in Lerne France. The hosts could not have been friendlier or helpful, their knowledge of the local restaurants and sights is outstanding. The restored sm… More

19 Aug 2012

5/5

"Confort e relax accanto ai Castelli della Loira"

Difficile sintetizzare in poche parole il senso di profondo benessere che sa dare questa casa. Tutto è curato, di buon gusto, sistemato per favorire la comodità e il relax degli ospiti (max 2 person… More

26 Jul 2012

5/5

"Gorgeous..."

We spent our honeymoon in the Old Barn in Lerné and we can't say enough good things about the place. The location was everything we'd hoped for: rural and peaceful but with every conceivabl… More

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