The Old Barn in Lerné
About the home
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 bedroom|
|Nearest beach:||La Baule, 300km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
|Family friendly?||Not suitable for children|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|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 family bathroom|
|Furniture:||Double beds (1), Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 3|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
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.
Laundry services are available. Catered meals, culinary and wine tours and cookery classes are also available.
See reviews: http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/reviews/p363892
The Loire Valley / Indre-et-Loire 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.'
The Chinon / Lerne area
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.
How to get there
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Daily Flights from London-Stansted to Tours and Poitiers. High-speed train service from Paris, Montparnasse to Tours-St. Pierre de Corps and car hire available at all points. Ferry service to Caen and we are three hours south of Caen.
Activities near Chinon
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
26 Jul 2012
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... more
13 May 2012
We came for week, and stayed for two. Here's why:
1. Location. The barn sits up on a hill with a 270 degree view for miles, is centrally located to explore the Loire Valley, pastorally peaceful, has a network of one lane rural roads to walk, and is minutes from markets, cafes, wineries, chateaus, shops, and walks through villages or along the Loire River. The food was terrific and affordable in the area.
2. So comfortable! Loved the place. Charming and well done old barn with stone walls and old beams, and well furnished: good chairs and couch, new kitchen with top of the line appliances, excellent bed, modern bath with large shower and endless hot water, and it even comes with a high end washer and dryer.
3. The owners. They are very open hearted and welcoming. In a past life they owned a well know San Francisco eatery, and know how to point their guests to everything delicious and interesting within miles. They are dedicated to this little place with it's fruit trees, vegetable garden (they share what they grow), and nicely mowed fields.
It is a place to be “at home,” and we were. And we happily stayed as long as we could, and expect we will return!
Michael and Marsha
19 Aug 2012
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 persone... more
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 2|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Low - 1st Q||25 Feb 12||1 Apr 12||£ 595||£ 85||£ 85||3 Nights|
|Mid - Early||1 Apr 12||20 May 12||£ 700||£ 100||£ 100||4 Nights|
|High||20 May 12||30 Sep 12||£ 770||£ 110||£ 110||4 Nights|
|Mid - Late||30 Sep 12||28 Oct 12||£ 700||£ 100||£ 100||4 Nights|
|Low - 4th Q||28 Oct 12||16 Dec 12||£ 595||£ 85||£ 85||3 Nights|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Four Night Minimum Stay. No additional charges.
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