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Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 nights



DOWNSTAIRS : Large dining Room with integrated kitchen area. Electric cooker, fridge /freezer, micro-wave, dishwasher, washing machine, ample crockery, cutlery (for 10/12 people ), tables, chairs, cupboards, ironing-board, iron. Tiled floor. Satellite TV (French and English channels) Exposed beams. Separate WC downstairs.

Confortable Living room with sofas and a second satellite TV.

Bedroom 1 with queen-size bed and en suite WC.

UPSTAIRS :Bedroom 2 : double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers. Tiled floor. En suite shower room with hand basin and toilet.

Bedroom 3 : 2/3 single beds, wardrobe.

Tiled floor. En suite shower room with hand basin and toilet.

Bedroom 4 : double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers. Tiled floor. En suite shower room with hand basin and toilet.

Bedroom 5 : 2/3 single beds, wardrobe.Tiled floor. En suite shower room with hand basin and toilet.



Sorry we do not accept animals.

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About the property


The property is open and spacious. Visitors enjoy both privacy and confort in an 18th Century rambling recently renovated farm. Ideal for children and family vacations. Just outside Poitiers, an hour from here, Futuroscope, a large science and technology park that both adults and children can enjoy. Le Grand Pressigny 30 minutes away, is famous for its unique-in- Europe Prehistoric museum. And of course a lot of vineyards and famous French wines. Wine tasting within 45 minutes’ drive: Chinon, Bourgueil, Vouvray, Montlouis etc.. The owners will help you plan your days’ outings to the exceptional Loire Valley Chateaux: Loches, Amboise, Chambord, Villandry, Cheverny and hundreds of other outstanding chateaux. A world-wide famous Zoo is just 45 minutes away. TOURS, offers you everything you can dream of: concerts, theatres, museums, Cathedral, Basilica with Saint Martin’s tomb attracting thousands of pilgrims every year. Tours really deserves its nickname of "little Paris"

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chatagnon gerard
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian
Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2017

About chatagnon gerard


I am glad you found our property and I can assure you, you won’t be disappointed by your stay with us.

My wife Virginie and I have been running le Domaine de la Varenne for over 30 years.We are well-travelled and both speak French, English, German and Spanish. We are renowned for our hospitality.We just love meeting new people.

Our 18th-Century-old-farm is absolutely gorgeous in the middle of a ten-acre park, with its unique feature : a covered heated swimming pool all year round.

Situated in the Loire Valley you will find an outstanding choice of historical places, Chateaux, wine-tasting, lakes, golf courses, horse-riding, fishing, bird-watching,walking in the forest.

This is one of the best-value-for- money cottage in the area: A holiday you'll never forget.

chatagnon gerard purchased this farmhouse in 1978

Why chatagnon gerard chose Indre-et-Loire

We bought la Varenne because we wanted to raise our five children in the countryside. We have been running an international school in Loches for 30 years and we were able to get away from it all. For us la Varenne is peace and quiet, fresh air and open space. We all love riding. Our horses are friendly to the visitors who can enjoy seeing them gallop in the field next to the property.

We also love swimming so you are assured of the luxury of the pool at any time of the year making Spring or Autumn breaks equally pleasant.

The property is open and spacious. You will enjoy both privacy and comfort.

In Loches,follow the road to Ligueil. After (not "at") the second roundabout, turn right (signposted Mouzay and les Fourneaux) at a big wooden cross. After 500m, La Varenne is on your right.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Outdoor games are available from May onwards weather permitting. We have games like boules, volley-ball and table tennis (please bring your own bats and balls) as well as the pool and there are tennis courts and riding stables 2 kms from here. There is a good golf course about 20 kms away and 13 kms from here is a huge forest with lots of wildlife.

Loches (12 kms) has markets on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, full of farm fresh fruit and vegetables, local hams and cheeses, bread, fish, meat and flowers, sometimes wild mushrooms, sometimes home made preserves. There are also numerous local restaurants to choose from.TOURS, offers you everything you can dream of: concerts,theatres, museums, Basilica with Saint Martin’s tomb.Tours really deserves the nickname of "little Paris".

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Chere famille Chatagnon,

merci beaucoup pour une semaine très agréable a la Varenne! We really enjoyed our time with you, and appreciated the time you spent advising us on restaurants and local events - and the haricots verts you shared with us! We all loved the pool - the temperature was perfect, and we much preferred the salted water to chlorinated. The garden was beautiful and it was lovely to sit and read or drink a cup of coffee looking out over the fields. The children had a great time too, and enjoyed playing with the other children at la Varenne.

Les familles Greene, Benson et Hodges. England"

"Lots of fun in the pool and making use of the badmington net and table-tennis. Keeps the children amused and allowed us to relax.

A fun week had by all again. Thank you very much.

Robin,Sharon,Pauline Edward & Henry (THIRD stay at la Varenne) England"

"Nul ne part de la Varenne qui souvent n'y revienne " Adorable Gite, très calme, environnement spacieux et adapté aux enfants ( nature, animaux) Piscine délicieusement et réellement chauffée.

Hôtes accueillants mais également sachant rester discrets. Que d'arguments pour le recommander et même y revenir. très bonne première expérience de gite pour nous.

Famille Platiau France"

"Dear Virginie & Gerard

Thank you for the lovely welcome and holiday in your home. we had hours of pleasure in the pool, feeding the ducks and fish.We especially enjoyed the peace and tranquility at la Varenne.

Thanks again,

Philip, Helen, Emma, Joseph. England."

"Dear Virginie & Gerard,

Thank you for sharing your beatiful cottage with us this week. The beauty and peaceful atmospherehas made our visit so restful. We will look forward to returning next year. God bless you and your precious family.

John& Margie Freeman USA"
Jul 2015
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Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.6666665 based on 7 reviews

Perfect for a sunny relaxing family holiday

  • 5 of 5

A very welcoming host, with excellent language skills (for those that struggle with French) he was always on hand for advice etc but still gave us privacy.

The premises are nice clean and comfortable with a selection of both French and English TV and reliable internet connection ( A must if you have teenagers in your party)

Whilst there are other properties on site this one provided the best location in terms of closeness to the pool, private rear garden. Plenty to amenities to keep families entertained - The pool - Table Tennis - Volleyball - Football pitch - a sand pit

Four bedrooms (2 doubles 2 twins) each with their own ensuite shower rooms upstairs and a double downstairs with sink and toilet ensuite. Access to upstairs was by spiral staircases (two rooms to the front and two rooms to the rear) so getting suitcases up and down was a bit tricky but not impossible, although it might provide problems for someone with mobility issues.

Highly recommend - will certainly return at some point

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very relaxed and enjoyable week at Gîte La Varenne - recommended!

  • 5 of 5

Many thanks to our welcoming hosts Virginie and Gerard, we had a lovely week. The gîte we stayed in comfortably accommodated 9 of us (5 kids, 4 adults) and was equipped with everything we needed. The pool was a big hit with the kids and the table tennis was fun too. Everyone appreciated the peaceful and quiet French countryside, I can see why people return year after year. We enjoyed some short trips to the local market in Loches and the crazy huge sculptures at Chateau du Rivau. All in in, highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Super séjour avec des hôtes très accueillants et agréable, nous étions 10 adultes et 2 enfants. Les gîtes sont spacieux et il y a tout le nécessaire pour la cuisine! Rien besoin de ramener!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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  • 5 of 5

La Varenne is the perfect base for a holiday in the beautiful Loire Valley. This is the third year in a row that we have stayed here and it never disappoints. The gite is very clean, well equipped (including Sky and WiFi), very comfortable and has a lovely private garden area to relax in. The (huge) grounds are brilliant, lots of space to run around, play badminton, volley ball, table tennis and more. The covered swimming pool is a real bonus too - whatever the weather. The newly added lake is an inspired idea, fantastic. What really makes a holiday here special though is the welcome from the owners who are quite delightful. They are very well informed, friendly and full of great advice on places to visit and things to do, which is a great help - there is so much to see and do in the region (we've barely scratched the surface after three visits!). There are five gites here of different sizes, each unique and with its own character. Mixing 'rest' days and days out works really well as there is plenty to do on either, our party ranged from 6yrs to over 70yrs of age and none were disappointed. We will be returning again!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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havre de paix

  • 4 of 5

Ns etions ds la location jasmin qui est entouree de verdure et mes petits enfants etaient heureux de pouvoir dejeuner le matin dehors en voyant les chevaux evoluer ! puis la mare a eu du succes avec ses canards ! proprietaire tres joviale adorant les fleurs comme moi ! le proprietaire homme a tout faire que ce soit au niveau pratique que logistique ...La piscine a eu aussi du succes !

Bref un sejour tres agreable avec un patrimoine tres riche .

Bravo aux proprietaires qui sont tres courageux !

G. Avrillon

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci pour vos encouragements. C est important que nos hôtes passent un séjour agréable au Domaine de la Varenne. Votre commentaire nous encourage à poursuivre nos efforts. Ce fut un plaisir de vous accueillir et de faire votre connaissance. Vous avez été des hôtes parfaits, sympathiques et toujours positifs en plus vous avez laissé le gîte en parfait état. Nous vous accueillerons de nouveau l'année prochaine avec plaisir: les deux cannes couvent, il va y avoir encore plus d'animation sur la mare! Merci encore pour votre confiance... Très cordialement, Virginie et Gérard
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acceuil chaleureux....

  • 4 of 5

nous avons été très bien accueilli par le propriétaire des lieux très sympathique .

très beau paysage, endroit calme, grand terrain , pour pratique de sport ( piscine, volley, foot)

par contre voiture indispensable car très isolé...( boulangerie à 7 km).

maison très bien équipée.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
200 Kilometres
Saint Jean de Monts
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Personal Coaching or Teambuilding by a professional coach (CT)

(on demand not included in the price)


Car-hire is essential. It can easily be done in Tours central TGV station called "Saint-Pierre-des-Corps" or in Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.


In Loches,follow the road to Ligueil. After the second roundabout, turn right (signposted Mouzay and les Fourneaux) at a big wooden cross.

After 500m, La Varenne is on your right.

Paris Airports - 3 hours

Poitiers - 1 hour

Paris Motorway - 40km

Loches (12km)

TGV Paris/Tours - 55 min

Tours (40km)

Further Details:

We will gladly guide you to the best restaurants we know and appreciate.

There are several supermarkets near la Varenne. One in Ligueil 7 km and 3 in Loches 10 km



Mouzay Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 160 m²
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
    Bathroom 6 - toilet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 3 twin/ single
  • Golf ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Prices are per week. Arrival Saturday 16H, Departure Saturday 10H. We provide all linen. A non-refundable down payment of 30% per week is payable when booking. The balance is payable 4 weeks before arrival. A refundable damage deposit of 300 euros must also be paid in advance. We are sorry we do not accept animals. End-of-stay cleaning is 100€. Outside: Each cottage is equipped with a terrace and outdoor furniture, chairs table sun shade and barbecue. The pool 10meters by 4 is shared and open from 8am to 8pm everyday. Parents are responsible for watching their children in the pool.(we use salt and not chlorine, good news for allergic people like myself.)

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