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Spacious riverside village barn conversion with secure off-road parking.

5 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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'Le Bourg' - village barn conversion in Barrou, Centre - Val de Loire, France - A true village experience, in rural France

Le Bourg is a delightful riverside barn conversion that exudes character and with its double-height beamed lounge and open aspect to the front and rear you cannot help but appreciate its ambiance. Its situation means you have the benefits of experiencing a small French village but you are also ideally placed to visit all the major attractions of the Loire valley plus some of the highlights of the neighbouring department of 'Vienne'. You can check out our own website and book online here

  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Jim Craig
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
October 24, 2016
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About Jim Craig

We are Jim & Pauline Craig a Scottish couple living in the village of Barrou who have had the pleasure of receiving visitors to our holiday home 'Les Balcons' in Le Grand Pressigny and managing 'Le Bourg' here in the village for the last 5 years. In that time we have made many new friends from every corner of the globe and look forward to meeting many more. We enjoy sharing our experiences of living in rural France and passing on the benefit of our 'local knowledge'

Jim Craig purchased this barn in 2014

Why Jim Craig chose Indre-et-Loire

.Some guest testimonials which speak for themselves.

Magical place with wonderful surprises in every town or village! ... Jim and Pauline were excellent hosts and most helpful We thoroughly enjoyed our visit

We had a very lovely stay at 'Le Bourg'. The house was very comfortable and functional and the aera surrounding is stunning. We spent our mornings visiting lovely places like Descartes, Angles sur l'Anglin, Loches and chateau Chenonceau and in afternoon sunbathing on the patio - just divine.

Thank you Jim & Pauline for all your help and advice. You couldn't have done it better.

PS Please use the local shops as the people are so lovely and helpful.

Thank you Jim& Pauline, we loved making your barn our barn !! We decided to do one major visit spent a day and drive around the the smaller roads through untold villages and beautiful farmlands. Chenonceau, Villandry and Loches were the highlights. The Loire Valley was a delight and we enjoyed everyday - just wish it was longer.

What makes this barn unique

'Le Bourg' is located in the heart of the small French villages of Barrou which have a restaurant/bar,boulangerie,butcher and grocers. What you will get here is a true French experience. You also have the advantage of your hosts on hand in to give you the benefit of their local knowledge and any assistance you might need.


based on 5 traveler reviews

Spacious riverside village barn conversion with secure off-road parking.
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Love, love Le Bourg

  • 5 of 5

My 3 sisters and I first stayed at Le Bourg in 2014. We were thrilled to discover that it was even more amazing than we expected. We love it so much that we will be returning for the 3rd year in 2016. The converted barn is lovely. It is clean and comfortable. There is a great patio overlooking the River Creuse. The kitchen has everything-stove, refrigerator, dish washer, washer & dryer. The great room is comfortable with a fireplace and lots of wood to burn. All of this is great but the main reason we love to return is the people who manage it, Jim & Pauline. They are wonderful. They know the area and can give helpful information and advise about where to visit, good restaurants, places that are over-rated and assistance with anything you need. The village of Barrou has a good boulangerie and a restaurant right across the road. I can't recommend Le Bourg enough. You will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Le Bourg

  • 5 of 5

The Le Bourg rental proved to be excellent value, well furnished, and equipped, clean and refreshing. It was spacious, a river flowing past the back yard. We used it as a base to tour the district. Our group comprised two retired couples, with a hire car(probably essential)

Jim and Pauline were exceptional hosts, providing sound and helpful advice throughout our 3 week stay.

The villiage was good, with a bar/restrauant across the road, a bakery and small shop just down the road. It is in a good location with plenty of attractions nearby. All locals we meet were very friendly and helpful.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Le Bourg

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Le Bourg for one week. The Gite is in a lovely French village setting with the secluded patio and garden facing the river. The living accommodation is spacious, well equipped and attractive, with high ceilings and wood beams. The Gite is well placed to visit some beautiful towns, villages and chateaux. There is also the bonus of having Jim and Pauline on hand who are a wealth of information and more than willing to impart this if needed. We had a wonderful holiday and the Gite and help from Jim and Pauline played a large part. Le Bourg is a lovely place and highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Stanley, County Durham

Perfectly relaxed

  • 5 of 5

We have been holidaying in France for many years now & for the past 3 years we have explored the Loire Valley. In 2013 we stayed at Jim & Pauline Craig's property, Les Balcons, in Le Grand Pressigny. During our stay we met up with our hosts in Barrou and they gave us a sneak preview of Le Bourg (thanks to the guests at the time). The house had everything that we look for in a holiday retreat and we booked for 2014 there and then. Our stay at Le Bourg this year was everything we had hoped for, right in the middle of the village of Barrou with a bar/restaurant directly opposite + a boulangerie and boucherie on the doorstep. The property itself was superb, with it's huge living space, well fitted kitchen, comfortable bedrooms and bathrooms, wonderful outdoor spaces and off road parking. It really was a beautiful. It was a great base to discover the delights of the Loire Valley - The Beautiful spa town of La Roche Posay is about 15mins drive from the property and has a good Supermarket, Racecourse, restaurants and Markets, well worth a visit. There is so much to see in this area that you will probably need to do it over a few years. Our Hosts, Jim & Pauline, live in Barrou and were always there for help and advice if we needed it. They introduced us to some of their neighbours at a soire which was great fun and I feel that we left the Loire having made some new friends. I would highly recommend anyone using Le Bourg or Les Balcons as their base for exploring the beautiful Loire Valley.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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  • 5 of 5

I found le Bourg online and it looked great but in reality it was even better. My three sisters and I couldn't have been happier from the house itself to the wonderful hosts to the kind and friendly towns' people. If you are looking for an amazing home base to explore Loire Valley, you cold not find a better place. The house is clean and well kept. There are all the conveniences that Americans take for granted. However the best part is the hosts Jim and Pauline who are so helpful and gave us great suggestions for learning about the area not just visiting the major chateaux. We have traveled to other countries and stayed in lovely places but have never felt so comfortable nor so very sorry to leave. In fact we are returning next April and can't wait to go back to what we think of as our home away from home.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Both Tours & Poitiers
Nearest Ferry
200 Miles
Caen Northern France
Nearest Golf
11 Kilometres
La Roche Posay
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Chatellerault, Tours is also very handy
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
A10 Ste Maure-de-Touraine
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Barrou Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 13 2017
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax €1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the manager upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 5 years.

During April, May, September and October we accept short stays of 5 nights chargeable at 110€ per night.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible. Arrive not before 4.30pm and depart by 10.00am

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Barrou Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • River
  • Village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The en suite bathroom has a bath with an 'over bath shower'. There is a second bathroom adjacent to bedroom 2 which also has an over bath shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: There is a double bedroom off the main lounge with an en-suite bathroom.There is a door off this room giving access to the raised terrace at the rear of the property.There is a second bedroom with a king-sized bed in the front of the property.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 bicycles
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Utility Room: It has a separate laundry-room which is equipped with automatic washing machine and tumble dryer. There is also a rotary dryer in the front courtyard for your use. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bed linen supplied. The property is left clean on arrival. A change of bedlinen and towels are provided for a 2 week stay.

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