18TH CENTURY STONE BARN IN A MAGICAL, IDEAL LOIRE VALLEY SETTING

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18TH CENTURY STONE BARN IN A MAGICAL, IDEAL LOIRE VALLEY SETTING

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60 square-meter loft for two, luxurious bathroom and gourmet kitchen

In the heart of the Loire Valley, ten minutes from the fortress city of Chinon and the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, located in a tranquil valley with spectacular views, this just renovated, 18th Century stone barn is new to the rental market as of April, 2011. 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.

Chinon Château: The mount of Chinon was first fortified as a stronghold by Theobald I, Count of Blois in the year 954. In the 12th century Chinon was then independent of the kingdom of France, and was a primary residence of Henry II Plantagenet, Angevin King and King of England. King Henry died in Chinon Castle after being defeated by his sons Richard and John in a rebellion aided by Phillip Augustus of France; he, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their son King Richard the Lionheart were all buried at nearby Fontevraud Abbey. Later, the château was a residence of Charles VII, the Dauphin of France in the early 15th century, when Joan of Arc arrived at the castle, at the beginning of her quest to liberate France from the English on March 8, 1429; it was here that she recognized the disguised Dauphin from amongst his courtiers, a feat which helped to persuade him to accede to her urging to declare himself king and raise an army to liberate France. A visit here is a must for any history buff.

Royal Abbey of Fontevraud: The Abbey was founded in 1100 by Robert of Arbrissel, who had just created a new order, the Order of Fontevrault. The first permanent structures were built between 1110 and 1119. The abbey was a double monastery, with both monks and nuns on the same site. An international success, the order established several 'Fontevrist' abbeys set up in England. Robert of Arbrissel declared that the leader of the order should always be a woman and appointed Petronille de Chemillé as the first abbess. She was succeeded by Matilda of Anjou, the aunt of Henry II of England. This was the start of a position that attracted many rich and noble abbesses over the years, including members of the French Bourbon royal family. In the early years the Plantagenets were great benefactors of the abbey and while Isabella d'Anjou was abbess, Henry II's widow Eleanor of Aquitaine became a nun there. During the French Revolution, the order was dissolved. The restoration of the abbey church was finished in 2006.

Wines of Chinon: The red and rosé wines of Chinon are made from the Cabernet Franc grape, and are typically dry and light to medium bodied and go well with food. In good vintages the red wines can be cellared for 10 years or more. Cabernet Franc grown on the stony terraces of the area tends to be a young wine with dominant notes of blackcurrant and anise. Though typically thought of as lighter wines, reds from good producers and strong vintages can be full bodied and well structured for aging. Their white wines, though lesser known, are quite good and are made from Chenin Blanc. Two of the more noteworthy vintners of Chinon, and well worth a visit, are Bernard Baudry and Charles Jouguet. Wine tours are available through your hosts.

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • limited accessibility
Tim or Steve (Owner)
Advertiser since 2011
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Speaks french, english
Sleeps2
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay nights
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18th Century Stone Barn in a Magical, Ideal Loire Valley Setting
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Lerne Indre-et-Loire
McMinnville, Oregon USA
5

Just as we read about...WONDERFUL

  • 5 of 5
We stayed a week total and enjoyed every minute. The hosts are knowledgeable, friendly and willing to accommodate your needs. They will also give you space if that is what you require. There is a tremendous amount of touring to do in the area, but as many have noted, just hanging around the property or going for local walks is fabulous as well. We got lots of information on local restaurants and some of the more exotic things to see and do. When it was time to leave it was hard to say goodbye both to the property and our affable hosts. We learned a lot about the local wines from them which was helpful in making choices at the store or restaurants. They provided us with ongoing information on how to get back to our train station and restaurants near where our hotel in Paris was. We have used VRBO a few times and this place matched up to all the great reviews that have been written about it.
  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Lerne Indre-et-Loire
Seattle, WA USA
5

Idyllic and peaceful

  • 5 of 5
How can one improve on perfection? Our stay at the Barn exceeded our most hopeful expectations. Arriving in Paris and driving nearly four hours to our destination, we pulled up to the front gate and were immediately and warmly greeted by our host, Tim, who was putting the final touches on our accommodations. We met Steve, our other host, a bit later. Once inside, we knew it was “home”. Everything was impeccable. The attention to detail, gorgeous linens, comfortable bed, luxurious shower, tasteful furnishings, use of space, completely stocked kitchen with everything you could possibly need to prepare meals. are but a few of the pleasures awaiting you. But even more wonderful was the feeling emanating from the place. Located just ten minutes from the town of Chinon where you can find restaurants, fresh produce, and other supplies, the Barn sits idly and ever so peacefully in a pastoral setting. In the distance, a chateau captures your eye and seduces as the light plays off of it.

Steve and Tim are simply the most engaging, kind, interesting, thoughtful people you could ever hope to meet. The consummate hosts with an unfailing instinct for their guests’ needs, they make you feel like part of the family, which amplifies an already wonderful experience. Not only was every comfort provided for, but we were also treated to a stocked refrigerator with all the fixings for a beautiful country breakfast (fresh bread, strawberries, milk, eggs, cheese, juice, yogurt, coffee, etc.) as well as a bottle of delicious local sparkling wine! Toward dinner time, we heard a soft rap on the door, and there they were bearing a tray with a gorgeous frittata, asparagus and cheesecake. We needn’t have worried about how or where to buy the essentials after our long travel day!

The Barn is a perfect place from which to base your daily excursions. We visited the chateaux of Chenonceau, Azay-le-Rideau, Chambord, Angers and Villandry with its magnificent gardens. Not to be missed is a viewing of the Apocalypse Tapestry, dating to the 14th century, at Chateau d’Angers. An interesting contrast of contemporary tapestries can be found at the Musee de Jean Lourcat a short distance away. Two places highly recommended for lunch are the restaurant at Chenonceau and Etape Gourmande, a perfect place to seek out between Azay-le-Rideau and Villandry.

Many thanks to Steve and Tim for their incredible hospitality and for providing us with rich and lasting memories.
  • Submitted: May 30, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Lerne Indre-et-Loire
San Diego, CA, USA
5

A great getaway or the greatest getaway?

  • 5 of 5
Such a late review - actually written right after the trip!

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.

Just go. Stop searching for other options and just go. Seriously. Go and be happy!
  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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18th Century Stone Barn in a Magical, Ideal Loire Valley Setting
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Lerne Indre-et-Loire
Where do you live?
5

Where to Begin?

  • 5 of 5
Oh, where to begin? The sunflower fields of the gently rolling hills as far as the eye can see? The castle a short distance away, glowing at night? With the Old Barn itself? With our hosts?

The Old Barn at Lerné: The barn is separate from the main house, with stairs leading up to a small landing that is lush with plants and flowers. Open the door and step into the living area of high ceilings, old beams, stone walls, wood floor, and large windows looking out over the fields or onto the property's courtyard. The furnishings, including the butter soft leather of the sofa and chair, the kitchen and appliances and cookware, bathroom, queen sized bed, and linens, are wonderful. We breathed a huge sigh of relief the moment we opened the door and took our first look at this spotless home away from home.

We were greeted warmly and shown around, then left to ourselves to compose our first meal from the thoughtfully chosen cheese, wine, bread, fruits, and more, compliments of our hosts. Carrying out our evening's bounty to our own table and chairs in our private garden area overlooking those fields of sunflowers, sitting in the early evening with the sunset bringing pink, lavender, and orange to the sky was just magical. And yes, the castle in the distance.

Our days were simple and slow with shopping for food, biking a little, walking a lot along path after path amidst the sunflowers, newly cut fields of wheat, small forests, wandering around tiny villages, and preparing every meal for time with sunrises, lunches under the umbrella, and simple dinners again in our little garden. Although the close by town of Chinon is charming and offers many lovely restaurants and cafés, to our amazement, we dined out only once. Just couldn't imagine anywhere better than our paradise.

And speaking of paradise. It is not only the countryside around the Old Barn that is magnificant, the property itself includes plum, pear, and apple trees, grapes of numerous types, figs, a bountiful garden of herbs, tomatoes, eggplant. Lavendar, bachelor buttons, geraniums, pots of small lemon trees abound.

Our heartfelt thanks to our hosts. They are thoughtful, friendly, interesting, helpful in every way, and unobtrusive. Our tour of the caves on the property was amazing, the dinner Stephen prepared for us unforgettable, the hints regarding our stay in Paris after our week in the barn were spot on, this attention to beauty and comfort is rarely found.
  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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18th Century Stone Barn in a Magical, Ideal Loire Valley Setting
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+33 (0)6 59 86 48 06
Lerne Indre-et-Loire
5

A chef's paradise!

A chef's paradise!
  • 5 of 5
We felt at home as soon as we arrived at the Old Barn. The apartment is beautiful, clean and comfortable and the kitchen is the most well equipped we have ever seen on vacation. The owners have thought of everything! We were greeted upon arrival by a well stocked refrigerator, fresh baked goods, wine and cheese! The apartment is located in a beautiful valley with fantastic views of the countryside from every window.
Though the apartment is located in a rural area, it is really only a short drive to nearby towns of Chinon and Saumur where you can buy groceries, visit outdoor markets, get supplies, sightsee and find great restaurants. Owner is very attentive to guests, has great advice and lots of tour guides for local sightseeing. We went out sightseeing every day, but the Old Barn is also a wonderful place to just "chill out" and enjoy the French countryside. This is a great place to base your stay for visiting the many famous Chateaux in the Valley.
Fontevraud Abbey, Villandry and the Apocalypse Tapestries in Angers are definitely worth seeing.
  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Lerne Indre-et-Loire
Florida / Ohio
5

Fabulous Stay

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I stayed 4 nights and it was the very best stop of our entire trip to England and France! Had we known how wonderful and relaxing it was, we would have skipped our trip to Paris and stayed put. We kept finding reasons to cut our sightseeing days short so we could go back to the barn and spend the evening with the windows open enjoying the summer breezes and grazing at the amazing views. Stephen and Tim were the best hosts and so very helpful. When we arrived, we were welcomed with a beautiful and delicious snack and the smiling faces of Stephen and Tim. They went out of their way to make us comfortable and help us plan our days. Stephen made reservations at a local restaurant for us to celebrate our anniversary. It was so perfect and will be remembered for life. We will be back and will not be adding any other places to our itinerary. Thank you both for all your help and for going out of your way to make our time with you the highlight of our vacation.
  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway

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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.'

Other Activities: winery tours, chateau visits

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Amenities

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Lerne Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 60 m²
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Town ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Adventure
General:
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Alarm Clock
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Computer Available ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Living Area
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Catering Available ...
  • Kitchen ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The over-sized bathroom has a walk-in Roman shower and views of the surrounding fields.
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • The bedroom area looks out over the valley to the Chateau Montpensier. The bedroom has a Queen-size, American Bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Music Library ...
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Stereo
  • Satellite / Cable ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only ...
  • limited accessibility ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • museums
  • winery tours
  • zoo
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • cinemas
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • antiquing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • cycling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Arrangements can be made for Laundry Facilities.