Farmhouse for holiday let Indre et Loire

9.3/10
Clere-du-Bois (11km from Loches), Indre et Loire, Loire Valley Reference: VI003821 Advertiser since: 25 September 2014
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
Les Bertins Self Catering Saturday 8 16 3 2 extra single beds and double air bed

About this property

Rustic Farmhouse in Peaceful Setting, Private Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

A rustic 1800 farmhouse in a very peaceful setting, with own pond area. 8800 square metres of beautiful farmland included surrounding the house 10 minutes drive from Loches Verneuil Golf Club if you like golfing.
 
One large lounge area (formerly a barn), dining area and a rustic, but well equipped kitchen. Around the house are many different places to eat, have a barbecue, or just enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside.
Loches within 20 mins where you can do all types of shopping, eating and visit the old castle in the middle of the town. On Wednesdays and Saturdays there are morning markets with farm produce.
Tours, one of the major cities in France an hour by car and an hour and a half by bus which goes from Chatillon sur Indres (11 km from house) or Loches. One of the major cities in France with antique stores, live theatre, classical music performances and lots of shopping.
Guaranteed peaceful holiday in comfortable home.
 
French courses: A French course, beginners or intermediate can be arranged if required. It is a fun course and lasts a week, Monday to Friday including a lunch and dinner in a restaurant, trip to the local market and a chateau. Please ask about this when booking if you are interested.

Private pool just recently added measuring 10 x 4.5m.
  
Some Reviews
03 August 2013

Having viewed Les Bertins on utube we had an idea of what to expect and we were not disappointed. We arrived to see a beautiful rustic farmhouse set in the Loire in the middle of the countryside. The house was amazing, it seemed so much bigger in reality and was very clean and tidy with added touches of wild flowers to make it feel homely. The kitchen was unbelievably well stocked with every gadget, dish and pan you might possibly need. As a party of 8 adults and 8 children we had plenty of room as the house was huge and there was also enough seating for all of us to eat with 3 different dining areas. The veg patch was a real bonus and we could help ourselves to anything eg; potatoes, onions, peppers etc. The pool was ideal and plenty of outside seating is provided. The owner Linda was extremely helpful throughout the whole process from booking holiday to leaving. There is a folder of information but I recommend researching the area before traveling as we were unsure of what day markets were held and what were best places to visit with children as there was so many leaflets. We did find a lovely lake half hour away which we took a dinghy to. We absolutely loved staying at Les Bertins with its amazing sunsets, peace and quiet and thoroughly recommend it to any large group. The old barn had a table tennis table which was a real hit with our group. The bedrooms were all clean and tidy and lovely bathrooms. Our favourite area was at the rear under the Vines overlooking the countryside which offered stunning sunsets. Thank you Linda for being so helpful we had an amazing holiday at Les Bertins.
 
Date of Stay
02 August 2014
Our 20th Summer holiday together 13 of us now, ranging from 7 to 47 years; first time in France and Les Bertins certainly didn't disappoint. From the moment we stepped through the door (homemade chutneys and wine were a lovely surprise, thank you) we knew we were somewhere special. This beautiful house has real warmth and oozes rustic charm. There really was something for everyone. Grown-ups loved the amazingly well equipped kitchen, a pot/pan/gadget for every occasion and the fantastic vegetable plot and fruit trees. Who needs the supermarche? Full use was made of the pool by everyone but was a real hit with the kids, as was the table tennis table. Teenagers loved the lounging area just as much as the adults. We could easily have spent the whole holiday at the house. We didn't. The Saturday market in Loches was a real treat.  The Lake at Bellebouche on a sunny day for bathing, pedaloes and frites.  The very pretty medieval town and castle at Montresor. Futuroscope by night! A theme park with a difference and a great find. Cheaper tickets if you arrive after 5pm. Finished the night with a light show. Well worth the drive.  Brocante at Villeloin-Coulange. Bric a brac/antique/fleamarket heaven. Disappointed not to stay for the hogroast and bonfire.  St Flovier. A short cycle (bikes provided, thank you) to the local boulangerie for those all important croissants and pain au raisins. Auberge de la Source came highly recommended. We spent a lovely couple of hours here. Incredibly friendly and welcoming staff, great with children AND delicious food. Our abiding memory of the holiday though, will be the house itself. The photos on the website really don't do it justice. Our favourite spot had to be the veranda, plenty of room for all of us. Lots of laughte.
 
Date of Stay
23 August 2014
We have just returned from a fabulous week at Les Bertins, there were 3 families staying, 6 adults, 7 children, 5 of which were teenagers. After a long journey we all arrived a little tired but this was all forgotten when we pulled on to the drive and saw this picture postcard home. The inside is spacious but also very cosy, there are 2 log burners for any chilly evenings but most nights were spent under the verandah, eating, chatting and enjoying a few glasses of local wine. The house really does have everything you need to cater for a large group, a well stocked kitchen, comfortable beds( many commented they had the best nights sleep for a long time!) hot showers and wonderful views.The description of the house is spot on, it was just as I expected, it is a real home from home. We have enjoyed the pool and played so many games and never once heard the dreaded words ' I'm bored' Linda is terrific, she made the planning of the holiday so easy, providing lots of info, answering any questions straight away. She adds lovely little touches, wine, chutney, French soaps and a basket of amazing home grown produce on arrival, you can also help yourself to the veggie patch which the children loved to do, our teenagers even cooked apple and blackberry crumble and tarte tatin all ingredients picked from the garden!! We did go canoeing in Descartes, and a day at Futuroscope which is worth a visit and; a lovely lunch at Auberge de la Source in St Flovier, good food at a great price. I would recommend this home to anyone who wants to experience what life really is about, good friends, great food, happy exhausted children!
 
 
 
 

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Large well equipped kitchen with separate dining room and log fire

Living rooms

Large living room with log fire and small dining area

Bedrooms

Eight double bedrooms 6 with double 2 with 2 single beds

Bathrooms

Three bathrooms, one on ground floor with bath and walk in shower, 2nd upstairs with shower and bidet, 3rd bathroom outside with shower, also contains 2 washing machines

Heating

Two log fires and electric radiators

Entertainment

Tv, video, dvd, stereo, games, table tennis and large private pool

Garden and outside

Large vegetable garden, driveway and rest laid to grass

Parking and garages

Parking on driveway or on the grass

Visitor suitability

Families, young people

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Loches
Distance: 20 km

Cycling

Family activities

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Loches
Distance: 11 km

Organic produce/dining

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: l'elephant
Distance: 50 km

About the Owner, Ms Linda Rands

I am a retired singer now teaching singing privately... I have lived in Amsterdam for 30 years but spend a lot of time in France..

Year property purchased 1999
Why this location? I love this location, plenty to do and not too many tourists... I have know this location since I visited a friend some years ago and fell in love with the Loire area
Unique benefits of property This property has high barn which I have made into a games room. With a tv and sound system... Has a private pool with amazing views and the house is set in peaceful grounds surrounded by fields... Also has a small vegetable garden which is available for guests to use...

The Owner Recommends

Brocantes

Plenty of flea markets in the Summer... I leave a book listing all brocantes in the area

Canoeing

Chemille sur indrois... Canoeing and small beach... Also lovely restaurant opposite side of the river called Moulin Chaudee....

Chateaux

Within 30 mins in all directions there are chateaux to be visited.

Futuroscope

1 hour and 30 mins drive but well worth it... In the evening an incredible light show too.....

Go karting

Chatillon sur indre (10 mins). Go karting and quad bikes

Markets

Loches market (20 mins). On Wednesday and Saturday mornings Amboise market,( about 45 mins) on Sundays..

Restaurants

Michelin star restaurant at very reasonable in Petit Pressigny.. 20 mins drive.. St flovier (5mins from the house) for lunch... 13 euros for 4 courses including wine, rustic, but incredibly good food, child friendly .... also do pizzas to take away at the weekend... I always leave a book with cards from all the local restaurants of which there are many....

Zoo

Fabulous zoo at St Aignan... 30 mins drive.

1 Review
9.3/10
  • Cleanliness: 8
  • Comfort: 9
  • Condition: 9
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.3 / 10 Wheeldon/Myerscough Party 21 July, 2015

We were a large family party staying at Les Bertins for two weeks. The house and setting were glorious, and the swimming pool thoroughly enjoyable. The owner, Linda, was extremely kind and welcoming, nothing was too much trouble. The previous party had not left the house in as good a condition as Linda had hoped, hence our score of eight for cleanliness, however, Linda had done her very best to rectify this. We were welcomed with wine, homemade bread, and preserve in the kitchen, and lovely soap in our bedrooms. This fantastic restored farmhouse is a great base to visit the Loire Chateaux or just to chill by the pool. The Auberge in nearby St Flovier is a must visit for anyone who enjoys good food at an excellent price. The kitchen garden which Linda and her family lovingly tend is a boon if you've forgotten veggies at the local market, you can just pop over to the garden and help yourself to the lovely produce! There is a charmingly friendly farmer who was gathering his crops during our stay, and although many people might have found his presence a tad intrusive, we thoroughly enjoyed watching him gathering in his harvest in the fields around the house. The huge barn next to the house was equipped with a table tennis table, boules, badminton racquets, exercise equipment, and bicycles all for our use. For a large group this house is beautifully equipped, and the kitchen had everything that you could wish for. Thank you Linda for sharing your glorious home.