|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
Our secluded, lovingly restored old farmhouse is in a peaceful and tranquil south-facing location offering a well equipped, heated, comfortable, exclusive-use family holiday home accommodating 9 to 11 guests (including two cots). The four bedrooms consist of two double bedrooms, one large family bedroom and one twin bedroom. Our house has two kitchens and two lounges which gives plenty of space for large groups and also enables it to be split into two separate units so that when two families holiday together they can each have privacy if desired.
La Baudiere is built around a large, south-facing, open courtyard which offers stunning views over the local farmland, woodland and our 10x4m swimming pool (heated by a specialist low energy, carbon efficient, solar system, in a secure area with safety-gate access). Beyond the pool is a small, grassy, kiddie play area with swing set, sandpit and various toddler toys.
Our house consists of a large, main kitchen which has a spacious table that can seat up to 12, large oven, induction hob, microwave and dishwasher. The second, smaller kitchen seats 4 and includes a washing machine, ironing board etc. We have two spacious lounges, each with UK satellite TV, comfy sofas and coffee tables, bookshelves with a selection of books and games and dvds for guests' use. Both lounges open into the kitchens and also out on to the sunny courtyard.
Outside are two built-in charcoal barbecues for alfresco mealtimes, one is in the pool area with plenty of tables and seating under the shady gazebo, the other is under the front of the open barn with a large table and plenty of chairs .
Large wooden gates at the courtyard entrance ensure privacy and child safety, we have plenty of space outside to park up to 5 cars.
We are situated close to the historical medieval village of Faye la Vineuse with its 9th century church and post office/grocery/bakery depot/shop. There are several beautiful walking/cycling routes for our guests to explore in this area too.
Nearby are several other villages with restaurants, shops, bakeries. We are ideally located in the Loire region for exploring the beautiful countryside as well as such attractions as horse riding, go-karting, canoeing, zoos, cycle routes and golf courses; the historic towns of Richelieu, Chinon, Saumur, Tours and Poitiers, the famous chateaux of Chambord, Blois, Amboise and Chenonceaux.
Although I bought La Baudiere in 2000, I was only able to spend a few weeks a year here until 2007, when I gave up my job and moved here full time. Restoring the property and grounds has been a labour of love and I now at last enjoy sharing my beautiful home with my partner, Sue, our two Bernese Mountain dogs Elsa and Bruno, our families and friends and the many guests who book to stay each summer.
Sue and Steve purchased this farmhouse in 2000
The Indre et Loire region of France is so peaceful, it has such a wonderful summer climate and is of so much historic interest that, after several years of holidaying here with my young daughters, it was a natural progression to purchase a property. I fell in love with this (then derelict) house because of its stunning views with colours that change with the crop rotation and the seasons.
As this area of France is known for having the second most hours of sunshine annually after the Riviera, a priority part of the major restoration project was the installation of the swimming pool!
Although La Baudiere is located in such a tranquil, rural setting, all amenities are close by and travelling here from the UK can easily be achieved within a day. Three airports are in easy reach and travelling by car via a variety of channel crossing points is also straight-forward.
La Baudiere, its courtyard and pool area all face south and enjoy hours of sunshine all year round.
Sample Reviews left in our Visitors' Book since 2010
We so enjoyed our stay at La Baudiere- everything was just right. We've attached a bunch of pictures to use for the Facebook page! Lara, Hero and kids, Holland.
Thank you so much for such a wonderful stay in France, you really have a great place and we will definitely be coming back!! We will look out for Nelson on facebook!! Cathy, Steve and family, South Africa/London.
Thank you so much for making our stay so enjoyable and relaxing! Favourite moments include sundown by the pool, twilight with the bats and of course being lucky enough to be here for 14th July, the fireworks at Chinon were breathtaking! Jen, Simon, Seb, Noah. London.
Thank you so much for a fantastic week, we felt so relaxed and your local knowledge really helped make our holiday. The girls loved the pool! Nikki and Stuart, Wilts.
Your farmhouse is a wonderful place for a rest, very nice and comfortable, thank you! Andrey,Luba,Elena,Fedor St Petersburg.
We loved our stay! Sue and Steve are perfect hosts, and it's great to have them on site. They give the right balance of being on hand for advice but giving you all the space you need. There were 9 of us, 5 children and 4 adults. Plenty of space for all of us in the house. pool is perfect size for our aged children (3-9). It's very peaceful, slightly remote but a good location for cycling. We had a lovely time here!
Wonderful time, fantastic hosts who were the perfect mix of being discrete/giving us privacy and helping/looking after us- felt most welcome. Beautiful property, lots room, loved sitting out on terrace bbq'ing each eve. Relaxing by pool was lovely. Lots to do/see in area. All in all a highly recommended place to stay. There were 9 of us with 5 children aged 8-15 all of whom had a brilliant time. When can we come back?
Sue and Steve are the perfect hosts, nothing is too much trouble, thanks again
The house has everything it's large can accommodate large groups yet offer nice spaces of privacy with its two lounges and two kitchens
Gorgeous cities and towns close by, highly recommend a visit
What an amazing holiday, from the moment of enquiry through booking to arrival the owners Sue & Steve communicated with us all the way, they were so helpful. When we arrived they were there to greet us, and continued to help us as & when we needed them, ie with maps on days out, booking our dog into the vets for our return trip, Sue even accompanied us to translate. This made our holiday totally stress free.
The house is a beautiful house with everything you would need for a carefree holiday, it was clean, & well maintained, towels for indoors, & the pool were supplied, there were even extension leads for any electrical items, each room had hairdryers, & had plenty of room for 2 family's, the pool was cleaned, & uncovered for us by Steve daily.
There were sunbeds, brolly's, and cushions, tables, chairs, & a poolside bbq, & even blow up rings etc for the pool, a perfect chill out area to enjoy the sun, against a breath taking back drop of beautiful countryside.
The area is peaceful & has lovely walks, there are plenty of markets, and some beautiful towns to visit like Richelieu are easy to get to, with its big supermarket & petrol station. The people are friendly.
I would definitely recommend this property to anyone, especially if you are looking for a carefree holiday in a peaceful beautiful location. And the icing on the cake is having help should you require it!
We would love to return in the future, & wish Sue & Steve many happy years to come in their beautiful home
We had the most amazing holiday during July 2015’ There is much to see and do in this part of the Loire and we enjoyed visiting and experiencing chateaux’s, theme parks, river canoeing, horse riding and the famous Zoo that is Zoo Parc de Beauval. Wandering around the wonderful local towns along the Loire is a great experience with lots of history, culture and markets on show to enjoy. Richelieu is a beautiful little place to have on your doorstep with a great super market that caters for most needs. Surrounding towns such as Chinon and Loudun have some lovely restaurants should you wish to try. We occupied both houses during our stay as we were on holiday with our friends, another family from Scotland. The houses are rustic but homely and both are well equipped, although we spent most time outside enjoying the stunning views and making the most of the BBQ’s, which were well used during our stay.
The kids were well entertained with the large swimming pool, ping pong, play area and the dogs Bruno & elsa. Sue and Steve were always on hand to assist and guide when required. They are great hosts and a lovely couple, making you feel very much at home.
A truly amazing experience and holiday, one we enjoy remembering over a bottle of Côtes du Rhône.
Firstly I must thank our hosts Sue and Steve who were really excellent.The holiday was like meeting up with old freinds who were extremely kind and helpful, nothing was too much trouble.La Baudiere has a super location,fantastic facilities and comfortably accommodated 4 generations of our family.For a restful holiday, in beautiful surroundings with easy access to the Loire Chateaux,and lovely cities of Chinon and Richelieu La Baudiere is ideal.
The seaside town of La Rochelle is just 2 hours drive away. It has a picturesque harbour area with lovely fish restaurants and narrow winding streets and is close to the popular island of Ile de Rey, reached by a spectacular curved 1km long bridge. There are some lovely beaches and little harbour areas with plenty of cafes and restaurants on the island. Bicycles are available there for hire and, as the island is flat, it makes for a pleasant afternoon of leisurely cycling.
We are approximately 6 hours drive from Calais (routes from Dover and Folkestone) and 4 hours from Le Havre or Caen for ferries from Portsmouth. The Newhaven- Dieppe route is also popular, Dieppe is just over 4 hours. Tours and Poitiers Airports are each about 1 hour drive distant. Limoges, La Rochelle and Nantes airports are all around 2 - 3 hours drive away. A car is essential.
Faye la Vineuse (local bakery, mini-shop, post office) 5 mins. St. Gervais (nearest shops including bank, post office, bakery, tabac, pharmacy)10 mins. Richelieu (supermarkets, nearest petrol, banks, post office and more) 15 mins. There are 2 supermarkets open on Sunday mornings within a 20 minute drive. The nearest hypermarket is 30 minutes drive away on the outskirts of Chatellerault. The towns of Chinon and Poitiers are approx 45 mins. Tours and Saumur are both approx 1 hour.
We are located in the Loire region which is known as the “Garden of France”, it is a National Park and has been awarded the title of World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
This area is described by Meteofrance weather guide as having the second most hours of sunshine annually after the Riviera!
As well as the numerous fantastic chateaux in the Loire region, there are lots of other interesting places to visit too; such as the excellent vineyards; the cavalry regiment museum, tank musuem and olympic equine centre in Samur; a troglodyte village; falconry displays in the medieval town of Chauvigny; canoeing, horseriding, walking and cycling routes; go-karting; treetop adventure park; hot-air ballooning; Beauval Zoo which is now home to two Giant Pandas; the award winning Vallee des Singes Monkey Park and the famous Futuroscope.
Cycling for all ages is popular here, there are many cycle tracks and routes and the country lanes are so peaceful family cycle trips are a real pleasure. If you don't want to bring your own bicycles, there is a company in Chatellerault that does rentals (including delivery/pickup of bicycles). There is plenty of room in our open barn area for you to store your bicycles too.
If you are interested in wine-tasting, please ask - we can arrange for you to visit our favourite local vineyard, family run for over 300 years - they offer an English speaking guided tour, including tasting 5 different wines. We can also give you details of other vineyards in the area.
There are several local markets - please see our information on arrival for the various days.
There are horseriding stables within 10 miles, we will be happy to introduce you and help you arrange lessons or outings as required.
We have "home printed" maps for local countryside walks, short or long.
We have lots of leaflets and guide books available for you to browse through but if you have any specific places you'd like to visit, please ask us to help with more information.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
All booking requests can be made either by email or by telephone. We require a deposit of 25% on reservation, the balance to be paid in full 8 weeks prior to your holiday date. Full booking terms and conditions will be provided with each reservation enquiry prior to deposit payment being requested.
All bookings enjoy exclusive use of all facilities.
Changeover day is Saturday only during school holidays and July and August. During other months we are happy to be flexible so please ask!
You are welcome to occupy your holiday home from 4pm and we ask that you leave by 10 am on your departure day.
Notes on prices:
All prices include bedroom and bathroom heating (thermostat controlled electric radiators) and gas fire and log fire in the two lounges.
Prices are inclusive of all facilities and services including use of the barbecues.
WIFI is free but LIMITED usage as we have only our own satellite dish.