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Tim or Steve
- english, french
About Tim or Steve
Expat Americans living in France since 2004, after renovating an abandoned farm property in the Loire Valley, we have opened our home to traveling guests so they can have a comfortable and luxurious base for exploring the Loire Valley.
Tim or Steve purchased this Barn in 2007
Why Tim or Steve chose Lerné
If you are visiting the Loire Valley, we are centrally located, most of the major sites are within easy reach. Just 10 minutes from the fortress city of Chinon, where one finds all needed services, we are in a quiet, breathtaking setting on 10 acres, with no immediate neighbors. All the comforts of home, and more.
What makes this Barn unique
Renovated to the highest international standards, you'll not want for any comfort. A large and luxurious bathroom with plenty of hot water, a gourmet kitchen with every imaginable cooking item, a dvd library of more than 500 films and documentaries, books galore. In short, you will want for nothing.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Exterior smoking only.
Children not allowed
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
A true place of knowledge , kindness and peace..add the Vin and fine cooking by Steve and Tim and you are in Heaven. Look to the clear skies at nite to see the countless stars this wondrous place and owners deserve.
Beautiful location, near chateau & vineyards .
Well equipped and tastefully decorated. Bathroom and kitchen exceptional. Excellent hosts on site who are discreet but there with advice on the best chateaus and sites to visit if needed. Steve cooked us a lovely meal on our last evening which he hosted. It was much appreciated and the conversation was very enjoyable and interesting. Thanks for a great holiday
Beautiful accommodations with amazing vistas
If you happen to be visiting this most scenic part of France, don’t miss the opportunity of staying in this beautifully restored old stone barn. The interior is absolutely perfect, from the gourmet kitchen to the tiled bathroom to the leather chair and sofa to the most comfortable bed. Steve and Tim really did this rehabilitation right.
The owners are so thoughtful that when we arrived after a long transatlantic flight and the drive down from Paris, they had provided us with enough supplies for breakfast in the morning and a great little meal that night. We did not have to push our tired bodies out again to shop for anything until the next day. So much appreciated.
In short, don’t pass up the opportunity to stay with these great hosts. You will not regret it.
Amazing Place, Special Hosts
We recently had the pleasure of staying four nights during our first trip to the Loire. Our goal was to find a quiet place to return to each evening after heading out to explore the beautiful Loire sights and towns during the day. We can't imagine a more perfect fit. Tim and Steve have created a luxury accommodation, not only in design and furnishings, but one that sits in a most beautiful setting as well. What a joy it was preparing evening dinner in our well equipped kitchen after gathering local products at town markets. Beautiful outdoor sitting areas to enjoy it all as well. And then there's Tim and Steve. Two of the nicest, most accommodating hosts we've met in our travels. Amazingly helpful advice and recommendations leading up to and during our stay. We truly hope to return some day as four nights was not nearly long enough.
Luxury converted barn in the Loire Valley
We were in France for two weeks of cycling and sight seeing and we spent the latter 4 days of our holiday at The Old Barn, Lerne. From the moment of our arrival we had a wonderful welcome from our hosts, Steve & Tim. The property is extremely comfortable and furnished and equipped to a very high standard. Steve & Tim have placed great emphasis on attention to detail and luxury. This gave us a “home from home” experience, making our comfort and relaxation as their guests their top priority. Regardless of any weather conditions The Old Barn has it all covered, Steve & Tim have thought of everything! We arrived at the property on a Sunday evening and we had overlooked the fact that all shops and local amenities were closed. However, Steve & Tim had gone to great lengths to ensure that we had plenty of supplies to keep us going, including a delicious home cooked meal and a bottle of wine for the evening of our arrival and an array of fresh produce for our breakfast the following morning. We were able to relax immediately and enjoy our beautiful surroundings! The guys are extremely generous and friendly hosts and also made sure we had a secure place to keep our bikes when they were not in use.
For anyone wishing to stay in a quiet rural location in the Loir Valley with stunning open countryside views and a huge helping of luxury accommodation with lovely charismatic and welcoming hosts we can highly recommend this property. Thank you Steve and Tim for our extremely memorable stay at The Old Barn.
Sara & Mark
Outstanding Accommodations and Enjoyable Experience
My husband and I stayed in this 18th Century Stone Barn in May, 2018 for four nights, while we toured the Loire Valley. The location, just south of Chinon, was central to many of the best chateaux and wineries in the region, while providing a quiet, scenic farmland setting. I can't overstate how wonderful the accommodations are, beautifully and thoughtfully appointed by the owners, Steve and Tim. A partial list of the comprehensive amenities/supplies: bicycles, laundry facilities, a really comfortable bed and bedding, well designed and plentiful lighting, original artworks, satellite TV with English language stations, WIFI and a Mac, Bose sound system with a varied playlist (a nice touch when you sit down for a cozy dinner), cloth napkins, a kitchen you can really cook in as well as an herb garden, two types of coffee makers, a cool Italian toaster, a refrigerator pre-stocked with the basics, a huge bathroom with fluffy towels and fabulous shower, a 180-degree view that includes the local chateau on the other side of the valley, an outdoor seating area, and lots and lots of charm. The studio apartment is not large, but it seems very spacious and comfortable. And finally, Steve and Tim are fun, helpful, and gracious hosts. We have rented many houses/apartments over the years and this property ranks at the very top of the list.
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