£121 / night
Price for guests, Nights

The Dairy – Home 179800 Cottage

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 3 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Cottage / 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 3

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


La Vieille Ferme - The Little Farm - is a 19th century working farm that has been beautifully converted and renovated to 5 rustic gites (cottages). The gites are accompanied by spacious grounds with a large open barn, lovely gardens, private parking and a superb heated, covered swimming pool.

The self-catered gites can be hired separately or as a whole site booking and we offer a travel discount of 20% with Brittany Ferries to our guests. Our 4 other available gites; The Grange, The Farmhouse, The Stable and new this season The Croft, can also be found here on Trip Advisor

The Dairy offers:

• Bedrooms, Sleeping 3 people

• English / French satellite TV, flat-screen LED TV

• Free WiFi

• Individual garden area with table, chairs and barbecue

• Linen and bath towels included

• On site parking

Ground floor:

• Large open-plan kitchen, dining and living area – fully equipped with fridge/freezer, cooker, microwave, dishwasher satellite TV and wood-burning stove

• Single room with ensuite bathroom (low ceilings and most suitable for children)

First floor (mezzanine):

• Double bedroom with ensuite. Double bed has a king-size duvet

Site Info

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 gites are all well furnished with English/French TV, WiFi, HiFi, fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher, fresh linen and bath towels on arrival and traditional log burning fires for cosy evenings with wine and cheese!

The grounds also provide all that is needed with a large sun terrace to relax by the pool, sports equipment including bikes, table tennis, football goals, badminton and of course, French boules - there is a covered barn with BBQ area and and a wash room with a communal washing machine freely available

The swimming pool is heated and covered making it suitable for all weathers and seasons. The versatile cover gives the best of all worlds as it can be retracted along the sides to reveal the countryside views and give an open air feel in the summer. The pool has a child safe gate at all times and the bottom surround panels can be kept in place whilst higher panels are opened to keep a safe barrier for young children if needed. There is a jet stream in the pool to ‘swim against the tide’!

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

For specific directions from your location find us on Google - search ‘La Vieille Ferme Clere du Bois’ and click on Maps

Further details

Welcome pack (wine, coffee, tea, sugar, milk, and essentials - kitchen roll, toilet paper, soap, washing-up liquid).

Bed linen, towels, teacloths available, if required.

Cycle hire available.

Selection of DVDs available free of charge.

Extensive library of popular books.

Price includes electricity and gas and use of logs when appropriate.

English and French speaking owners.

Further details indoors

Ground floor: Spacious lounge - dining room, light and airy with superb beams and French doors leading to the garden Comfortable seating with wood-burning stove. English and French satellite TV, Flat-screen LED TV, DVD/CD player and a range of books. Free Wi-Fi.
Well-equipped kitchen with fridge-freezer, cooker, microwave and dishwasher.
Ground floor single bedroom with dressing area and en-suite shower room.

Galleried first floor: Attractive, spacious double bedroom, seating area, with en-suite shower.

Further details outdoors

Heated, covered swimming pool (10m x 4m), set in spacious terraced garden room (open mid March to late Autumn).
Large paved sun terrace with sun beds and parasols.
Impressive open barn for shade on hot summer days.
Own garden with picnic table and parasol.
BBQ's, garden furniture, cycles for hire.
Variety of games - badminton, boules, table tennis.
Laundry room and private parking area.

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  • Suitable for children over 5
  • No pets allowed

Bed & bathroom

  • 1 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed
  • 2 En suites


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Shared outdoor pool (heated)
  • Shared garden
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Patio
  • Bicycles available
  • Internet access
  • Fireplace
  • Table tennis
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Hair dryer

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: £200.00
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 8 weeks before check-in.

8 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

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About the owner

Nick T.
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Calendar updated:
07 Mar 2019
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Languages spoken: English, Portuguese

This Cottage has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 3. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 21 Sep 2011. Located in Indre-et-Loire, it has 28 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £453 to £1254.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 07 Mar 2019.


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Guest reviews

28 reviews

Very Good

“Idyllic French retreat”

Reviewed 13 Aug 2013

It is with a degree of expectation that you book and arrange a holiday we were not disappointed. Photographs and reviews do not do this setting justice. Angela and Derek are the most hospitable of hosts and go out of their way to ensure that your stay is memorable for the right reasons. There was just the right amount of activity around the gite, the accommodation well appointed and the weather perfect. Do get out and about, explore the countryside, the small towns and villages and eat with the local people. You will have a great time.

“A must place to stay in the Loire!”

Reviewed 28 Jul 2013

Thank you so much Angela and Derek for the most fantastic location to stay for our first week in the Loire Valley. The location is perfect. Very easy to travel to Loches, Tours, Chenonceau, Amboise and more. Beautiful countryside surrounded by fields of sunflowers as far as the eye can see. The hosts were fantastic. So friendly, and nothing was too much trouble. The farm buildings have been restored to the highest quality, and so much is made available for guests to make your stay extra special - BBQ's, bikes, pool, badminton net, table tennis table and much more. We will certainly be back to stay, and will recommended unreservedly to friends and family. It is a gem of a place in the heart of the Loire.

Owner's reply: We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you back on a future occasion.

“Excellent accommodation, relaxing location, welcoming hosts”

Reviewed 29 Aug 2012

We are regular visitors to France. The Diary lived up to all our expectations. Angela and Derek were the most friendly and hospitable hosts. Excellent area for cycling, great pool and table tennis facilities. Gite very clean and well equipped. Local Boulangerie/restaurant a must. Highly recommended.

“Wonderful! superbly maintained gite, excellent pool, will certainly return!”

Reviewed 5 Aug 2012

Excellent gite with excellent facilities, lots of great places to visit in surrounding area for both young and old. Thanks again Derek and Angela, you made us feel very welcome.

“It must be good if a teenager wants to rush back here from Euro Disney”

Reviewed 7 Feb 2012

To be honest France was way down on my list of holiday destination, but my partner (now wife) wanted to see the château of the Loire Valley. I’m so glad she persuaded me. We arrived just as it was getting dark to a very welcome bottle of wine supplied by Angela & Derek and a quick tour around the Dairy in which we were staying. The next morning we were shown around the rest of the property which was so well kept. It was a home from home. UK electric sockets, UK Satellite TV, DVDs/Videos & books. There was even wifi which kept Laura the 16 year old happy with her iPad. The pool was very welcome in the afternoons when we stayed close to the gite as the weather was so good and sunny with high temperatures which we found out was common for the time of year and the area. The village of Cléré du Bois is quite small but we found 2 supermarkets 10 min drive away in Châtillon-sur-Indre that we passed most days and which covered all our needs. We were surprised as to how quite the whole area was the villages seemed empty and the roads were straight with little traffic (but you still had to be aware of the odd rogue driver who think they own the roads). Sat Nav I feel is a must for the area as there are so many places to visit and not all of them are in the guide books as we passed many château and picturesque areas on our way to sites we knew about. The countryside, at the time we were there, seemed to change from day to day. Green fields slowly turned yellow as sunflowers bloomed. Spotting poppies in the cornfields became my obsession (good job for straight roads). Around the middle of the 2 weeks we were there we took the 16 year old to Euro Disney for a couple of nights. But by the 2nd night we all could not wait to get back to the gite. All in all, a fantastic holiday with great amenities and attentive hosts. There are not many places we would go back to but the Dominican Republic is one and Angela & Derek’s gite is another. Well recommended.

“A haven of peace”

Reviewed 6 Feb 2012

We spent a glorious week in la laiterie in the idyllic surroundings of La Vieille Ferme. Angela and Derek were wonderful hosts and were on hand for advice and any problems. However, the gite was well equipped and spotlessly clean. We will be returning.

“A little piece of heaven”

Reviewed 12 Oct 2011

This is one of the loveliest gites that we have stayed in. The village is very pretty and has the welcome addition of a bar / restaurant . The gardens are beautifully kept and there is a small pool The gite was well equipped and very comfortable . The owners provide BBQ and garden equipment including fresh herbs for the use of guests . The log fire was welcome in the evenings. The hosts were helpful in every way , from advice on the local area to restaurant bookings. The small pool has now been replaced by a large covered pool.

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