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Loire chateaux, Zoo Beauval, free off road parking, comfortable accomodation

Bedrooms 2
Space 120 m²
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 2 bathroom accommodation, ideal for family or 2 couples sharing.

The Stables were converted into an apartment in 2009. It is mainly of stone construction, with some brick ornamentation. The bedrooms have vaulted ceilings and original beams. Each has a private bathroom. The fixtures and fittings are of high quality and are tastefully assembled. There are views of the river and Town Bridge from both rooms. Bedroom 1 has a surface area of 30 m², Bedroom 2 has 21.5 m².

On the ground floor there is a large sitting room/ kitchen, ( 27.6 m²). Two walls are of stone, one of which is tuffeau, the names of the horses which one time lived here remain on the wall. The ceiling has the original beams.There is a television which can be adjusted to receive British or French programmes. The kitchen has a fan assisted oven and induction hob.The building has double glazing throughout and is well insulated.

Outside there is a gated courtyard for parking and an enclosed garden/ terrace.

More Details

Property Manager
Alan Evans
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2017

About Alan Evans

Brenda and I are both originally from London, but have moved around quite a bit. We came to France in 2003, having retired from our soft furnishing/decorating business. I have enjoyed participating in sport over the years, in particular rowing and climbing. Brenda is the creative one, and was highly regarded for her interior designs, and sound advice to customers over many years, first in her family business, and later when she struck out alone.

Alan Evans purchased this barn in 2010

Why Alan Evans chose Loir-et-Cher

We were intrigued by this property when we found it was for sale. It's location on the banks of Le Cher, and proximity to the most famous chateaux of the Loire, made it very interesting to us. The building was a challenge, and demanded much of our energy and resources to renovate, especially L'ancienne écurie ( stable ), which was a wreck but of which we are now very proud.

What makes this barn unique

We love this property because of it's position on the river front, and with the back drop of the castle, chateau, and church on the skyline behind us. Viewed from the river it is a site protected by 'Patrimoine de France', ( listed ). The stable block is an interesting building, mainly of stone construction, but with ornamental features in red brick. The oak beams supporting the roof are much in evidence in the bedrooms, and are of interesting design.

There is a courtyard which provides off road parking about 8 metres from the entrance.

There are several restaurants close by, 2 are within a minutes walk.

Guestbook comments from the manager

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! My wife and I had actually 'looked' at the appartment on Google maps and were pleased to see that it was right across the street from the river Cher (the one that Chenonceau straddles further upstream.

On our arrival, Alan made us welcome, showed us the marvelously redone stables,(no lingering evidence except for the names of favourite horses on the walls in the main room), gave us the key, and answered our questions about the area. VERY helpful; he even lent me the use of his piano to practice on.

The town is delightful, off the beaten tourist track, but with it's own chateau (not open to the public) a towering presence. It's very well situated to visit various attractions, about equidistant from chateaux along the Loire, Cher, and Indre rivers, most within a 20-30 minute drive.

You can't go wrong if you decide to stay here.
May 2012
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Saint-Aignan Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Both bathrooms surface area 7.8 m2. The shower enclosures measure 1m2. All fixtures and fittings are clean and modern. Towels are provided at no extra charge.Automatic extractor fan.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib
  • Bedroom 1 : Surface area 20.20 m2. Large ( 200x 160 ) double bed. Vaulted ceiling, original beams. Oak flooring. Door to private bathroom, view of river and Town Bridge Bedroom 2: Surface area of 29.25 m2. Double bed 140 cm wide. Vaulted ceiling, original beams, and oak flooring. Door to private bathroom. View over courtyard, garden, and river / bridge.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Terrace
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Various activities are available in Saint-Aignan during summer months, including horse riding, canoeing, tennis, fishing, and pétanque.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Loire chateaux, Zoo Beauval, free off road parking, comfortable accomodation
average rating of 4.857143 based on 15 reviews

Very comfortable and well located property

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in Saint-Aignan. It is a lovely village with all the necessary amenities complete with old chateau and historic church. It is also well located to see the main Chateau and in a wine area. The accommodation was very comfortable and had real character.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Stables, perfect in every way.

  • 5 of 5

There is nothing bad to say about the "Stables"

Alan was a generous host, although onsite, he kept to himself, but was always there, when hubby popped up with a question.

Large living and dining, with fully equipped and functioning large kitchen.

Both bedrooms, were large and ensuited.

The building was full of character and French charm.

Tv was equipped with English speaking channels, and all rooms had sufficient heating. In the front entry way, there was brouchers and books on the area, that we found most helpful, in planning ours days.

The wifi was free, and although we had a little problem with it, Alan was able to get it running in no time again.

Laundry was outside, and communal. But, there was an outside line, but we borrowed Alans fold up portable inside line, and sat it beside the heater.

The building was just a walk into town, where we found a baker, a butcher, a small supermarket, and plenty of place to eat. It was also extremely central to all the Chateau's, and the bustling town of Tours.

We would like to thank Alan for his hospitality, and would have no problems recommending and/or staying in the Stables again.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovel place to spend a week or longer

  • 5 of 5

The property at Saint Aignan is an airy spacious 2 bedroom property, with stunning views of the river and bridge. It has two modern and large en-suite shower rooms. The property is maintained to a high level, is clean and comfortable.

Its a lovely place to stay and has all the amenities that you might need during your stay.

The town itself is a delight with lovely architecture, plenty of good places to eat or have a drink. There is an island between the two rivers and on hot days the locals sunbath here and swim in the river, something my two daughters also enjoyed. There is also a municipal indoor and outdoor swimming pool over the bridge if you don't like the idea of swimming in the river and once you've finished swimming you can do what the French do and sunbath on the pool's lawns.

Alan is an accommodating host and is very helpful.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Saint Aignan is a wonderful place to spend time in. Lovely architecture, friendly locals, plenty of good places to eat and handy for touring the local area. The rental property is of high quality, spacious and ideal for a family of 4.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in this beautiful property, and we could have stayed forever! Not only is the apartment beautiful, clean and comfortable, Alan and Brenda were gracious and helpful hosts. St.Aignan was the perfect location for exploring the chateaux of the Loire Valley. It is lovely, quiet, and very friendly. We really enjoyed exploring and buying fresh produce and prepared foods from the Saturday market. Do not miss the roasted chicken or the paella available from the vendors there.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rebecca, we're so glad you enjoyed your stay.
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  • 5 of 5

The photos do not do justice to how lovely this house is. Spotless, well equipped and owners are so helpful and friendly. We loved our stay and would definitely stay again as it really is a lovely house and fantastic location to explore the loire. Well furnished/decorated and roomy for a two bedroomed let

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review Tom and Claire, We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. It was a pleasure for us to hear the sounds of young children happy in the garden. We know that Wifi was important to you, and that improvements we have made were working. Best Regards, Alan & Brenda
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Le Velvet
Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Nearest Ferry
330 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Car: necessary

The Stables, situated on the banks of the river Cher, and in the historic town of Saint-Aignan, is an ideal base for exploring the ' Valley of Kings'. Within 30 mins drive you can visit the chateaux of Chenonceau, Valençay, Loches,Chambord, Cheverny, Amboise, and many others. The beautiful city of Blois, with it's fine chateau, restaurants and bars and eclectic shops, is also within A little further afield (40 min) you will find Amboise, it's chateau,and large twice weekly market and to the west, the fascinating city of Tours.

If you do not wish to drive, Saint-Aignan offers plenty to see and do. The Collegiale (church) dates back to the 11th Century, and has fresco's in the crypt dating from that time, you are free to enter and see for yourself.

Wine-making has been going on in and around Saint-Aignan for centuries and many vignerons have caves open to the public for tasting and purchase of their products.

Saint-Aignan is home to the world renowned 'Zoo Park Beauval', It's white tigers, and giant pandas are especially interesting, a great family day out.


Rates & Availability

Saint-Aignan Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
low season
Jan 10 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $22 per night, per additional guest
High season
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $22 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $33
Refundable damage deposit $109

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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