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Luxury Farmhouse, Private Heated Pool, Free WIFI, Kids Play Area, Dogs welcome

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,583 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Spacious, Restored Luxury Farmhouse Holiday Home in Faye La Vineuse, Richelieu, Indre et Loire - In The Heart Of The Loire Countryside, Peaceful, Rural, Yet Close To All Local And Holiday Amenities


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.

More Details

Sue and Steve
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, swedish, danish, norwegian
Calendar last updated:
May 18, 2017

About Sue and Steve

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

Why Sue and Steve chose Indre-et-Loire

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!

What makes this farmhouse unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.
Jan 2010
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Faye-la-Vineuse Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2583 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower
    Shower room 2 - toilet , shower
  • All our bathrooms are equipped with liquid hand soap in dispensers, hand towels and an ample supply of toilet rolls. Upstairs the big family bathroom has a large bath, large walk-in shower area, wash basin, toilet. drawer storage. Upstairs shower room has large shower stall with glass door, wash basin, toilet. Ground floor shower room has large glass cased, walk in shower, wash basin and toilet.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 to 11 (including 2 cots) in 4 bedrooms All beds have two pillows per person, continental quilts(duvet). King size quilts on all double beds. All bedlinen, shower towels and pool towels included. Every bedroom has a hairdryer in stock and a UK plug-in multi adapter with French plug for charging mobile phones etc. Notes on bedrooms: Ground floor double bedroom has a double bed, wardrobe, drawer unit. It has an adjoining shower-room. Upstairs: Master bedroom has an original french regency bed (king size with new mattress!), oak beams, large wardrobe, 2 chests of drawers, en suite bathroom shared with family bedroom. Large family room has double bed, single bed, cot + spare cot available; en suite bathroom shared with master bedroom. Twin bedroom with two single beds, wardrobe/shelf unit, adjoining shower room
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Our farmhouse is available as an exclusive-use whole house making it ideal for families and large groups with the advantage of two large lounge spaces and two kitchen areas. Total bedroom space consists of 2 double bedrooms, one large family bedroom and one twin bedroom. All double bedrooms have space for a cot if required. All the beds have continental quilts (duvets) and 2 pillows per person. Bed linen, large bath towels and extra pool towels per person are provided. For 2 week bookings we change all linen and towels on the middle Saturday free of charge. Two cots and highchairs are available on request at no extra charge. There is a safety gate for the staircase. We have hairdryers and UK plug adapters for guests use. WIFI (LIMITED) now available throughout our house free of charge. After-stay cleaning is included at no extra cost. We don't allow smoking in the house but we are happy to permit smoking outside provided cigarette butts are removed. Outside: The 10x4m pool (solar heated) is solely for the use of our guests and is in a secure area with safety-lock gated access. There are sun loungers (with cushions), small tables and parasols around the pool whilst the paved pool terrace, shaded by a large gazebo, has a charcoal BBQ, table with seating for 6 (spare chairs in stock) and a comfy lounging area. Each kitchen patio area is also equipped with its own barbecue and dining area. Table tennis (ping-pong, bats and balls supplied); Boules set; Childrens' play area with double swing set and sandpit. The patio area in front of the main kitchen extends into the open barn. It contains a large table (seats up to 12) and a barbecue. There is a washing line in the large open barn and a clothes drying rack. If you are bringing bicycles, these can be safely stored in the open barn. Kitchen-Utility Room: The second, fully fitted kitchen also has a washing machine, ironing board, steam iron, it opens out on to another patio with table and chairs for four.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Luxury Farmhouse, Private Heated Pool, Free WIFI, Kids Play Area, Dogs welcome
average rating of 4.875 based on 17 reviews

Great family group holiday

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday here, it was a pleasure meeting you all and it's nice to know that by being your next door neighbour we could be of help if you needed us!
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Happy holidaymakers, beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

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?

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What lovely comments, thank you. Steve and I are so pleased that you all enjoyed your holiday here, you can come back anytime !!! 👍 😎
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  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're really glad you all enjoyed your holiday here, it was a pleasure meeting you. Looking forward to seeing you again Tony, more exploring to be done ! Best wishes Sue
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A Perfect Holiday in a Perfect Place

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday here at La Baudiere, it's great for us to know that we are providing everything you need to make your holiday perfect! Steve and I loved meeting you and your family and of course, Lillie your dog too. Hopefully we'll get to see you again sometime Marie! Best wishes, Sue and Steve
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Amazing holiday

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Derek for your lovely comments about your family holiday, it's great to know that you all loved using our facilities here and also that you all enjoyed getting out and about too. We hope you keep enjoying those memory enhancing bottles of Cotes du Rhone and we hope to see you and your girls again sometime! Best wishes Sue and Steve, Elsa and Bruno
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Super holiday at La Baudiere.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your comments, it is nice to know that everything was just right for everyone of every age in your family. We would love to see you all again - a bientot! Sue and Steve
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Nearest Airport
42 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Faye la Vineuse
Nearest Ferry
345 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Golf du Haut Poitou, Saint Cyr
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
39 Kilometres
A10, St Maure de Touraine
Nearest Restaurant
12 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
190 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Car: necessary


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.

Further Details:

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.


Rates & Availability

Faye-la-Vineuse Farmhouse Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 27 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 17 2017 - Jul 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 22 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
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:

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.

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  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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