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A lovely gite with private terraces, heated pool for a wonderful, relaxing stay!

Abilly, France
  • Farmhouse1345 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

Wheelchair friendly gite in ideal location close to all the major Loire Chateaux

We know how important location is to get the best from your holiday, which is why we know you will enjoy your stay with us at Le Bouchet and we only have two gites, each with its own private landscaped areas to make sure you have as peaceful and relaxing time as possible.

Le Bouchet is located in the quiet, beautiful wooded countryside of the Touraine region in the Loire Valley yet only five minutes from Descartes with its shops, bars, restaurants and supermarkets and well within reach of the major Loire chateaux and vineyards. The local area is a rich haven for wildlife, with red deer and wild boar roaming around and buzzards crying out as they circle overhead; herons and many different types of wild birds are often seen in and around the local lake.

We have tried to extend that environment into the gardens at Le Bouchet which are extensively landscaped and planted to attract the wildlife while at the same time offering you the amenities you need to enjoy your holiday, including the large heated pool with its own sun terrace and loungers, a picnic area overlooking the pool so that a watchful eye can be kept on the young ones and a play area with swing, slide, climbing frame and goals for a game of football.

Our two gites have been renovated to a very high standard providing all the necessary facilities you need to get the most from your holiday.

This gite, Les Ecuries has been restored from what were the old horse stables and many of the original beams and features have been retained to provide comfortable, spacious accommodation that has been designed to be as handicapped friendly as possible and includes:


· One double bedroom with its own lounge area and a bedroom with three single beds. Both bedrooms have air conditioning units, fans and hair dryers

· Large family bathroom with shower cubicle, hand basin, toilet and heater


· One double bedroom

· Large wet room with walk-in shower, hand basin, toilet and heater. Grab rails are provided throughout together with a shower chair. The wet room is tiled with non-slip tiles

· Fully fitted, well equipped kitchen including a dishwasher, washing machine, large fridge/freezer, microwave,toaster and coffee machine.

· Open plan living/dining area with comfortable seating and large table easily seating 7

· Wifi internet access

· UK and French Satellite TV, DVD Player, CD Player

· French doors off the lounge to a decked terrace with a pergola, table, chairs and barbecue. This terrace provides access to two further private terraces and also to a ramp providing access to the pool terrace. All the terraces are suitable for wheelchairs and there is also ramped access from the parking area into the gite itself.


Trevor and Susan Aylett

Member Since 2016
Response time:
within a few days
english, french
Calendar last updated:
Apr 05, 2018
About Trevor and Susan Aylett

Life in the UK was all pretty normal for us - I was a project manager with Xerox, Sue was a supply teacher at local schools and our two girls were happy at the local village school when the reality of redundancy reared its ugly head for me.After trying to start my own business, without success, Sue and I realised we needed a new challenge and after much thought I had the idea of moving to the Loire Valley in France and running gites, so here we are!

Trevor and Susan Aylett purchased this Farmhouse in 2004

Why Trevor and Susan Aylett chose Abilly

After spending over a year looking for the right place we came upon Le Bouchet. Close to Descartes, we realised that it was a great location as it was in the Loire Valley and on the border with the Vienne, making it an ideal location for holidays, having easy access to the major Loire Chateaux, the Futuroscope theme park and the Brenne National Park.

What makes this Farmhouse unique

We know how important location is to get the best from your holiday, which is why we know you will enjoy your stay with us at Le Bouchet and we only have two gites, each with its own private landscaped areas to make sure you have as peaceful and relaxing time as possible. The gites location makes it perfect for seeing lots of the Loire chateaux but there are also lots of other things to see and do further south, locally and in the Vienne.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double, Lounge area with sofa and coffee table
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double, Cot available
      • Bedroom 3
        3 twin/ single
      • All bed linen, pillows and house towels are included. All bedrooms have a wardrobe and chest of drawers. Each bedroom has a hair dryer and vanity mirror. Each bedroom has a fan and the upstairs bedrooms have air conditioning units.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower
      • The downstairs bathroom has been designed as a wet room with non-slip tiles, disabled toilet and is suitable for wheelchair access. There is also a bathroom heater in both bathrooms. A baby bath is available on request.

      Location Type

        • Rural


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                      All bed linen is provided.
                    • Air Conditioning
                      The bedrooms upstairs have air conditioning units.
                    • Heating
                      All bathrooms have heaters - electric heaters are provided elsewhere when conditions dictate at no extra charge
                    • Internet
                      Free WiFi
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Living Room
                      Comfortable seating for seven
                    • Parking
                      Le Bouchet has a large courtyard which is ideal for parking your car in front of Les Ecuries.
                    • Towels Provided
                      All bath, hand and tea towels are provided - just bring your own pool towels.
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Well equipped
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          A welcome basket of local produce is provided for your arrival. There is also oil and a selection of herbs in the kitchen.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Large fridge/freezer
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Plenty of room to seat 7 people. A High chair is available on request.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 7 people


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Music Library
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  UK and French Satellite
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                • Video Library


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      The sun terrace is decked and at the same level as the living area for easy wheelchair access as are the other two terraces.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill


                                        • wheelchair accessible
                                          Ramp access from the car park into Les Ecuries. Wider doorways and disabled facilities in the downstairs wetroom. Terrace at same level as lounge for access. Direct ramp access to pool for viewing.

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              The heated pool is open from 1st May through to the end of September and a range of pool toys and floats are provided to complete the fun in the pool
                                            • Heated Pool


                                                • playground
                                                • autumn foliage
                                                • caves
                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • forests
                                                • museums
                                                • botanical garden
                                                • pond
                                                • restaurants
                                                • ruins
                                                • theme parks
                                                • water parks
                                                • winery tours
                                                • zoo

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • gambling casinos
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis


                                                                • Bike hire can be organised through GoGo Bike hire company. Relaxing massages can be arranged in your gite by a qualified english masseuse. Wine tours can be organised with our friends from "Taste the Loire"

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 5:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 10:30 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                  10 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Great family place

                                                                  john b.

                                                                  This place is immaculate and is a credit to the owners, ideal for families the Gites are well kitted out and the welcome package of fruit, cheese, milk,orange and bread is a nice touch. We as a couple didn;t take full advantage of the heated outdoor pool as the weather during our visit proved

                                                                  to be unkind, but despite this I would recomend to all.

                                                                  The perfect French retreat

                                                                  Matthew R.

                                                                  We’ve stayed in a number of French gites in recent years and this was undoubtedly the best: lovingly converted to a very high standard from former stables, Les Ecuries offers plenty of space both inside and out, with convenient open-plan living/kitchen/dining opening on to a shaded terrace and with further tables and seating placed around the beautifully maintained and planted gravel gardens. We were lucky with the mid-September weather and managed to eat outside every day of our ten-night stay, as well as making much use of the fastidiously maintained pool (shared with the other gite). Owners Sue and Trevor have thought of everything in kitting out the gite, and as a result the whole place is very well equipped.

                                                                  The area is blissfully rural, with the only noise coming from the local wildlife, though the nearest village is just a short drive or 30-minute walk away for bread and groceries. Apart from the easy access to many of the Loire’s famous sites, there’s also plenty to see and do close to hand, with pretty villages, dramatic castles and dreamy riverscapes all within reach. There’s also a sprinkling of good local restaurants.

                                                                  perfect spot for family break

                                                                  n g.

                                                                  The gite is well equipped, clean & comfortable. The location is quiet enough to enjoy the peace & quiet relaxing in the beautiful garden areas but convenient to local shops 5 mins by car and many sightseeing opportunities within an hour. We loved our stay and would highly recommend. Owners are welcoming & on-site.

                                                                  Fantastic find in the Loire Valley

                                                                  Sherry T.Seattle, Washington, United States of America

                                                                  I highly recommend Sue and Trevor's Gite rentals. We were a party of seven and stayed in the 3-bedroom Gite; it was one of our nicest rentals during our month-long trip across France. The Gite was well stocked (except no salt and pepper) and we really loved the beautiful outdoor spaces; too bad the weather was inclement during our entire stay! My only complaint (and no fault to Sue and Trevor) was that the Internet was almost non-existent which made my "working while in France" plan a bit problematic. We would love to return in the future as we barely touched the surface of everything there is to see in this beautiful region.

                                                                  comfortable, pretty and spacious. Lovely pool.

                                                                  Joanna B.

                                                                  This was really enjoyed by all of our family. The gite was really comfortable, the gardens were pretty with sun and shade, the pool was warm and inviting, and the countryside was peaceful and full of interest. Our younger children enjoyed feeding the goats and chickens with the very friendly owners. We had days out visiting chateaux and canoeing on the river. We found it a very relaxing and stimulating stay and hope to return.

                                                                  Fantastic location, clean & well equipped Gite.

                                                                  I would highly recommend. Beautifully renovated Gite set in lovely established gardens. The outdoor heated pool is a blessing especially for the children! The nearest town Descartes (5 min drive away) is a bustling village town with all the amenities you need; bakeries, supermarket, restaurants, bars, gift shops, pharmacy, P.O. etc. A little further away in Le Grand-Pressigny I would recommend a local restaurant called La Grandma serving delicious french food, lovely local wines at good prices with a very friendly atmosphere. The owners, Sue &Trevor are lovely people and nothing is any trouble, they will even book your table for you! On arrival Sue & Trevor leave a welcome basket with baguettes, cheese, milk etc which is greatly appreciated after a long journey. We definitely recommend La Bouchet to our family and friends and would advise that 1 week isn't enough to explore this beautiful area of France. We stayed for 1 week and wish we had stayed longer! On the way home we visited the old capital of France (learnt from Sue & Trevor!) called Loches. We are glad we visited as it was beautiful with cobbled streets steeped in history. It is buzzing with cafes, boutiques, street markets selling everything from cheese, fruit, gifts, wine etc. Thank you Sue & Trevor for a wonderful holiday, from the Matthews and Evans family! Wendy, Rich, Jess, Eva, Charl & Liv

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks Wendy for the comments, so glad you had a good time!


                                                                  Abilly, France

                                                                  Les Ecuries is set in beautiful quiet surroundings but only 2km from Descartes and Abilly which have restaurants and bars and can provide for all your holiday needs with supermarkets, chemists, butchers, bakeries and a Sunday market selling everything from fish to flowers! We are close to some of the most beautiful and impressive Loire chateaux such as Chenonceau and the captivating Villandry. Les Ecuries is the ideal location to make the most of your holiday - whether you want to chill out and relax by our heated pool or get out to see more of what our wonderful region has to offer - with the historic towns of Loches, Tours and Poitiers and the fantastic Futuroscope theme park all within easy reach, you are bound to find plenty to see and do for all ages. For the more active amongst you, there is a water park and canoeing in Descartes, golf, horse riding, sailing and horse racing locally. For nature lovers there is bird watching locally around Les Ecuries and in the Brenne National Park.


                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  All bed linen and house towels are included, you only need to bring pool towels. Tourist taxes are included in the price of your holiday. If you are staying for a week or more we also include a welcome basket of local produce in the gite on your arrival. A returnable security deposit of £200 is required upon payment of your final balance. The swimming pool is open and heated from the beginning of May to the end of September.

                                                                  10 Reviews
                                                                  Exceptional 5/5
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