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Studio Apartment Historic Town Centre

Bedrooms Studio
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Apartment, Studio + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

The studio apartment (50 square metre/500 sq feet) is comprised of recently remodeled suite of rooms, with a private outdoor patio, in a 15th century of medieval building. The studio suite is located within the remnants of the ancient walls of the medieval town centre.

We have made every effort to maintain the antiquity of this charming studio during renovation. In the same complex we also have a one bedroom apartment for rent up one flight of stairs, please ask us for further information about our other three two bedrooms apartments. Modern bathroom, kitchen and living room make the unit an ideal place to relax while exploring the region. The apartment is rented on either a weekly basis or a two night minimum stay.

While staying with us you will be a short walk to several bakeries, butcher shops, bars, restaurants and other amenities all within the medieval town centre. In addition to wine tasting and sightseeing you can spend your days walking or cycling the many trails in the area the best of which run along the Canal Lateral à La Loire. There is also the opportunity to travel down the Loire by kayak or canoe.

La Charité-sur-Loire is an hour and 45 minutes south of Paris. The owners live a two minute walk from the unit and are always on hand to answer any of your questions or if you need help with your French. Please see our website for more information of activities in the area.

Keywords: Studio, apartment, flat, condo, condominium,vacation rental, village rental, self catering, French rental, gîte, medieval town,

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Byron and Kelly Harker
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2017

About Byron and Kelly Harker

Hello, we are Byron and Kelly Harker from Vancouver on the West Coast of Canada. We have had the opportunity to travel widely over the years, and have always enjoyed returning to France. In 2003 we decided to sell our home in Vancouver and move to France. We discovered the delightful town of La Charité-sur-Loire in Burgundy and immediately fell in love with the town and the area. In 2004 we opened the first of our vacation rentals and currently have five such rentals in the centre of this medieval town. We enjoy the many festivals in town and the area throughout the year. We are close enough to Paris to 'pop up' for the day. We enjoy sharing our love of the area with our guests from all over the world.

Byron and Kelly Harker purchased this apartment in 2003

What makes this apartment unique

La Charité-sur-Loire is south of the rain and north of the heat and as a result has very enjoyable weather. Our vacation rentals are in the centre of town and you are able to walk out your front door and enjoy the many bakeries, cafes, restaurants and boutiques. The Loire River is two blocks away and it has lovely beaches and walking paths along the riverbank. There is canoeing and kayaking on the river. We are close the wine areas of Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire where you can meet the wine makers and enjoy tasting their wonderful wines. The castles of the Loire Valley are a two hour drive from us and make an enjoyable day trip. La Charité-sur-Loire is becoming an art, book and music cultural centre and as such there are many festivals throughout the year.


La Charité-sur-Loire Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 50 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 3
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Heated towel rack.
  • Enclosed shower with heated towel rack.
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Bed (1) 160cm x 200cm, Baby Cribs (1) Available on a first come first serve basis., Sofa bed in living area 140cm x 180cm.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • tennis
The Bardin Suite is in the centre of the old town and it is steps away from wonderful bakeries, cafes, restaurants and boutiques. There is a telephone booth in the town square a three minute walk away.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Studio Apartment Historic Town Centre
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews
San Diego, California

A medeival experience

  • 5 of 5

This medeival town was the perfect place to explore the area. La Charite sur Loire itself was a delight to walk through....lots of history! (LOL!) Byron and Kelly are wonderful hosts.

Shops and restaurants are just a short walk away.

The studio is large and the kitchen and bath are very modern....wonderful shower! The window over the kitchen sink is at street level making the apartment more of an"English Basement".

There is a complete and separate kitchen which is very nice and totally unexpected for a "studio".

It's amazing what Byron and Kelly have been able to do with these ancient buildings. A very enjoyable stay.

PS...definitely take Byron's invitation for a tour.... his enthusiasm for La Charite is contagious!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy you enjoyed your stay in our Bardin Suite and La Charité-sur-Loire. Byron enjoys showing our guests the little hidden corners of town. We hope to see you here again!
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Austin, Texas

Wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for two weeks in Bardin Suite. This is a beautiful area and good for a truly "French" experience. Byron and Kelly provided the information we needed to see the best of the attractions in the time we had there. They were always available to help us enjoy our time in La Charite.

Everything you need - shops, restaurants etc is within easy walking distance but you can also rent a car from nearby Nevers if you want to explore the French countryside.

Bardin suite is nicely furnished and we enjoyed our private patio immensely.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. It was a pleasure to meet both of you. We wish you all the best in your future travels. We hope to see you here again soon!
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Perth, Australia

Perth Australia

  • 4 of 5

Very nice well located apartment, with good services and kitchen. The hosts we very good and helpful. We had a problem with the TV and they came around straight away and fixed the set up.

An interesting small town on the Loire, and as we were traveling by bike it was a welcome stop for three nights to recharge and do the washing.

We visited Pouilly-sur-Loire and had a good lunch and visit to a cave.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy you enjoyed your stay in our Bardin Suite. We hope to see you here again soon.
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Worthington, Ohio

Jim and Kay, Worthington, OH

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful, relaxing place to stay. Everything was so comfortable. The owners were most helpful and had thought of everything. A delightful little town to rest in, and served as a great base to explore much of the nearby region. We would definitely recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to meet you. We hope to see you here again soon!
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Marina del Rey, CA

What a treat!

  • 5 of 5

We had been meandering in France for a month, moving on every night or two, when we noticed the listing for Kelly & Byron's gites, and decided to settle down for a week in La-Charite-sur-Loire in a part of Burgundy we had not been before. Bardin suite was just our size, and probably the most comfortable place we have stayed of our many European vacation rentals through the years, and maybe the only one that was exactly as represented.

They've thought of everything. The comfortable bed, the nice towels and linens, the easy chairs, the well furnished kitchen, the rain shower bath, and even more importantly to us, the good reading lights -- combined with Kelly's graciousness to make us grateful that we had found such a warn, pleasant place.

The Harkers are such nice people, and we really enjoyed their hospitality. Byron's enthusiasm for his very interesting adopted town is infectious, and his local anecdotes and tidbits bring its history to life. Parking is right in front, and there is much to see and do within an hour or two. We liked it so much that we wanted to stay longer, so we did!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy to hear you enjoyed our Bardin Suite and La Charité-sur-Loire. It was a pleasure to meet you! We hope to see you here again soon.
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Superb Apartment

  • 5 of 5

This was our first experience booking with vrbo. and a very positive one. Communication was prompt and exact. When we arrived in La Charite the weather was cool and wet and Kelly was extremely welcoming and escorted us to our suite in no time. Kelly went to great measures to ensure we were warm and very comfortable, heater was on in the living area and already set as was the heated towel rails. The suite, was much larger than I imagined from the website and has been exceptionally restored and decorated. Both Byron and Kelly go to great lengths in imparting their knowledge of the town and area, of which they quite obviously love and are very proud. We especially enjoyed Byron's afternoon walk and his enthusiastic talk on the history of some of the very old buildings. The use of the bikes is also a very positive extra with the apartment. We were able to experience the Loire countryside along the velos and canals. One can easily cycle along designated velos north and south of the bridge for as far as you wish. There is an amazing amount to do and see around La Charite. Thank you Byron and Kelly for a memorable week in your Bardin Suite. We will be definitely recommending your apartments to any friends and relatives visiting France.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
250 Kilometres
Charles de Gaulle
Nearest Barpub
Several in town
Nearest Train
La Charité-sur-Loire
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Several in town
Nearest Beach
Loire River
Car: recommended

Wine tasting, visit châteaux nearby. We have four bicycles for rent for 15€ per day each including helmets.


Rates & Availability

La Charité-sur-Loire Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mid Season
Feb 25 2017 - May 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season
May 27 2017 - Sep 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Low Season
Oct 28 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Holiday Season
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed.
Check-in is from 4pm to 6pm. No late check-in accepted after 10pm.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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