Self catering gite & pool to let nr Descartes - VI004156

Abilly-Sur-Claise (2km from La Haye-Descartes), Indre et Loire, Loire Valley Reference: VI004156 Advertiser since: 5 May 2015
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Les Ecuries at Le Bouchet - property to let - Loire Valley Self Catering Flexible 3 7 2

About this property

Set in Peaceful Landscaped Gardens with Heated Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Le Bouchet is a haven of tranquility, nestling in the beautiful wooded countryside of the Touraine region of the Loire Valley, only five minutes from Descartes with supermarkets, restaurants, shops and bars. We are on the borders of Indre et Loire and the Vienne, near to Loches and between Tours and Poitiers, ideally placed to enjoy all our region has to offer.
We have two gites at Le Bouchet – Les Ecuries which sleeps up to 7 people and La Laiterie (VI004142) which sleeps up to 10 people.
Les Ecuries has been renovated with great care and detail, is handicapped friendly and has its own private terraces. The heated pool is set in lovely gardens at Le Bouchet that have been landscaped and planted to provide a quiet and peaceful place for you to relax and come and enjoy your stay - simply arrive, put down your bags, open a bottle of chilled Vouvray, pull up a lounger, take a breath and ease into your holiday!
So whether you want a relaxing holiday by the pool, or you want the history and grandeur of the chateaux of the Loire Valley, the theme park of Futuroscope in the Vienne, the excitement of the casino at La Roche Posay or even a stroll along a sandy beach at St Cyr, then Le Bouchet is the perfect place to stay. We even provide the Vouvray!



Kitchen and dining

Fully fitted kitchen with cooker, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave, washing machine and coffee-machine, kettle and toaster. A selection of herbs and spices, oil, salt and pepper are also provided.

The dining area has a large table and seats for 7.

Living rooms

Lounge area with ample, comfortable seating for 7 has UK and French Satellite television, radio/cd player, dvd player (a library of dvds is available) and wi-fi internet access.

There is also a selection of books and boardgames for all the family.


Large ground-floor double bedroom. Upstairs, a large double bedroom with its own lounge area and a large bedroom with three single beds.

All the bedrooms have hairdriers and fans and the upstairs bedrooms all have air conditioning units.
Bedding and towels are included in the price


The upstairs bathroom has a shower, toilet and heater. Downstairs there is a large bathroom with a walk in shower, toilet and heater.


Both bathrooms have heating.


Both UK and French tv are available via satellite and a dvd player gives the opportunity for watching films and a number of dvds are available. There is a library of books and boardgames for all ages.. A radio/cd player and a collection of cds are provided.

For the garden there are boules and badminton sets, and for younger children there is a climbing frame with slide, swing and football goals in a large play area adjacent to the pool.

Garden and outside

Your private fenced terraces, include a pergola, table, chairs, sunloungers and barbecue and a relaxing lounge area.

The large pool (12m x 5.5m) set in the beautiful gardens at Le Bouchet is ideal for a bit of refreshing relief on a hot sunny day. The pool is heated by a heat pump so even the odd cloudy day shouldn't spoil your enjoyment. A range of pool toys and floats are provided to complete the fun. The pool deck is fenced for your security and peace of mind with pool entry points protected by pool security locks to prevent any toddler wandering in by accident.

Next to the pool is a large sun terrace with sunloungers to make the most of topping up your tan. There is also a picnic area overlooking the pool so you can keep an eye on your youngsters while enjoying a coffee and a play area with swing, slide, climbing frame and goals for a game of football.

Parking and garages

There is ample parking in front of the gite in our large courtyard.

Visitor suitability

All ages can be catered for. We can provide a cot, highchair, baby bath and stairgate if requested.

The gite is suitable for handicapped access, with a walk-in shower downstairs and a decked terrace at the same level as the gite lounge. Further access to your private terraces is via ramp. There is a ramp entry point to the gite and a ramp access is provided for direct access to the pool surround for wheelchairs, however there is no lift to access the pool.

Out of peak season we can be flexible on arrival days and are happy to take bookings of 3+ nights.

Information about any additional facilities

If you would like a massage or some reflexology we would be happy to organise a visit at the gite for you by a local fully qualified english speaking masseuse.
Bike hire is available through Bike Hire Direct who will deliver and collect the bike from Le Bouchet.
For those of you interested in finding out more about the wines of the Loire Valley we can put you in touch with our friend Jane Gardner who runs "Taste the Loire" and provides personalised wine tours.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Depending upon the day of the week there are many different markets in the area.
Distance: 10 km

Beauty treatments


Family activities


Name and address of nearest golf course: Loches
Distance: 25 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: La Bergauderie
Distance: 10 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: As well as all the Loire wine routes there is also the Haut Poitou Route de Vignobles



Name/number of nearest marked trail: At Le Bouchet, the Grand Randonnée 48 goes right past our front door!


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: As well as the countless wine producers along the Loire Valley there is also the small vineyard of La Tour Beaumont at Beaumont in the Vienne who produce a very nice Sauvignon.
Distance: 35 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Trevor Aylett

Life in the UK was all pretty normal for us - I was a project manager with Xerox, Sue was a supply teacher at local schools and our two girls were happy at the local village school when the reality of redundancy reared its ugly head for me. After trying to start my own business, without success, Sue and I realised we needed a new challenge and after much thought I had the idea of moving to the Loire Valley in France and running gites, so here we are!

Year property purchased 2004
Why this location? After spending over a year looking for the right place we came upon Le Bouchet. Close to Descartes, we realised that it was a great location as it was in the Loire Valley and on the border with the Vienne, making it an ideal location for holidays, having easy access to the major Loire Chateaux, the Futuroscope theme park and the Brenne National Park.
Unique benefits of property We know how important location is to get the best from your holiday, which is why we know you will enjoy your stay with us at Le Bouchet and which is why we only have two gites at Le Bouchet, each with its own private landscaped areas to make sure you have as peaceful and relaxing time as possible. The gites location makes it perfect for seeing lots of the Loire chateaux but there are also lots of other things to see and do further south, locally and in the Vienne.

The Owner Recommends


Just a 25 minutes drive from Le Bouchet following a really scenic drive along the river Gartempe brings you to Angles-sur-l'Anglin. It derives its name from the Angles, the Saxon tribe that invaded England in the fifth century. Angles-sur-l'Anglin is listed as one of "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France" and it is easy to see why. It is extremely pretty, situated on the river Anglin which divides the village in two. There is the upper part of the village with the remnants of the old fortifications and the lower part of the village with one of the prettiest views of a water mill you are ever likely to see. Take your camera!


Classed as the No. 1 zoo in France and as one of the most beautiful zoological parks in the world, ZooParc de Beauval is home to the largest diversity of animals in France with nearly 6,000 animals including two giant pandas, found nowhere else in France!


With over a thousand lakes, the Brenne is one of the most important fish farming regions of France. The Park itself was created in 1989 to preserve this exceptional "natural" heritage, however it is actually man-made, the first lakes being created by monks in the middle ages! A terrific area for viewing birdlife, the Brenne is also home to a rich range of flora, numerous species of insects and stunning dragonflies and France's most important population of European Pond Tortoises. There are over 100 marked walks ranging from 6 to 32km that can be followed from the maps available from local Tourist offices and there are hides open to the public and guided walks and tours including some with English speaking guides. There are eleven marked circuits for cycle rides which can be a great way of seeing the Brenne with flat roads and very little traffic. Horse riding and canoeing are also available.


Overlooking the newer lower village, the old walled city of Chauvigny actually has five ruined castles sitting on top of the monumental rock outcrop that is now home to the Geants du Ciel (Giants of the Sky) one of the best bird shows you are ever likely to come across.


As well as having several supermarkets, cafés and restaurants, Descartes also has a large Sunday morning market. The market is an eclectic collection of allsorts from seafood stalls to sewing machine repairs! Nearby at Ethni'Cité are the troglodyte caves set in the cliffs high above the river Creuse - created in the 12th Century by Richard the Lionheart to serve as a lookout over his enemies (the French!!). Located on the river Creuse, Descartes has a large leisure park offering Kayaking, mini golf, tennis, childrens play area and a large heated swimming pool complex with slides and a jacuzzi all located in beautiful gardens that were the former enclosure of the original fortified chateau.


Quite simply, Futuroscope is fantastic and is great fun for all the family no matter what age and whatever your ideas about a theme park may be. Primarily based around the theme of the moving image, the park has more than twenty five attractions and shows that take visitors on an incredible journey through new worlds, 3D experiences and interactive adventures. In the evening and late into the night the park comes alive with the sights and sounds of state of the art light shows. It's a great day out and as it's only 30 minutes away from our gite.


Haute Touche was originally the farm and park of the chateau at Azay-le-Ferron and is now a wildlife park like no other. You arrive at the entrance and take a slow safari style drive around the park getting to view some of the animals on the way with plenty of photo opportunities.Finally arriving at the centre of the Parc you can then either picnic or eat at the restaurant before exploring the parc on foot or on bike getting up close and very personal with the wildlife.Part of a vast forest of 500 hectares in the Brenne, Haute Touche features animals from five continents. We really recommend a visit.


The medieval town of Loches sits atop of the hill overlooking the new Loches and the River Indre. The Chateau known as The Royal Apartments is just one of three magnificent old buildings which includes the Collegiate Church and Europe's best preserved Dungeon which is not, as you would expect underground but is in fact an imposing thirty six metres high! Loches is a lovely place to walk around and browse in the small shops and visit the market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings before settling down in the town square with a coffee and watching the world go by.


There are more than sixty chateaux spread right across the Loire valley in the three ancient regions of Touraine, Anjou and Orléanais and the Touraine region is home to some of the grandest and most well known including Chenonceau, Villandry and Ussé, the inspiration for the original castle in the fairytale of Sleeping Beauty. But with over sixty Loire Chateaux to choose from which do you decide to visit? The chateaux in Touraine are all easily reached within an hours drive from Le Bouchet. There are the jewels - those chateaux that offer more than just history - perhaps gardens to stroll around, a pretty village for coffee and watch the world pass by or shops and markets to browse. Our favourites are Loches with its dungeon and chateau set in a medieval town with shops and restaurants; Villandry with exceptional gardens; Azay-le-Rideau which is absolutely picture perfect and Clos Lucé the home of Leonardo da Vinci. Of course there are many other chateaux, many within easy reach, and not just in the Loire Valley.


There are many, many restaurants ranging in style and price to choose from, from the Michelin starred "La Promenade" restaurant at Petit Pressigny right to the small but very pleasant restaurant, Assiette Creuse, in Descartes and every other type in between - around Le Bouchet you will find something for everyone.
Further afield there is a fantastic seafood restaurant in the village of Pouzay, Le Gardon Frit. Our gite has a list of local restaurants with indications of pricing and of course we are always happy to book a table for you.


Only thirty minutes away from our gite at Le Bouchet is the really wonderful lake at St Cyr. With its sandy beach and lovely clean water it makes an ideal location to spend the day just lounging around and relaxing or playing with the kids on the beach. If you want to be a bit more active you can hire one of the pedallos or kayaks. The park also has canoes, windsurfing, sailing, fishing (no license required), golf and pitch and putt. There's also a snack bar on the lakeside for drinks; ice cream and food.


An interesting, bustling city known as the second capital of France (in fact at one stage it actually was) combining hundreds of years of history, with gallo roman remains to well preserved medieval buildings alongside newer modern architecture. Take the tourist train to see the many parts of Tours including the old quarter Plumereau and the magnificent Saint Gatien's Cathedral. There's also the opportunity to take a boat trip along the River Loire and see the Loire Chateaux from the riverside.


Wine of course features highly in the Touraine, with soft reds and crisp white wines and some rather delicious sparkling Vouvray wines! With the Tufa caves along the Loire ideal for storing wine there are many different wine tours (many in English) that are arranged providing the opportunity to sample a glass or two.
For those of you interested in finding out more about the wines of the Loire Valley we can put you in touch with our friend Jane Gardner who runs "Taste the Loire" and provides personalised wine tours

7 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.6
  • Local Amenities: 8.9
  • Setting: 9.6
  • Value for Money: 9.7
10 / 10 tezjam1016 18 June, 2019

Seeing the photo,s of Le Bouchet isone thing but seeing it for itself is another. from the moment we drove up the drive we got the WOW factor.

From the accommodation and its gardens to the pleasantness of our hosts Sue/Trevor everything was catered for.

It felt like nothing was too much trouble for our hosts they were always on hand if we needed them.

The accommodation was the perfect retreat to explore the Loire Valley.




9.8 / 10 Graham & Sarah 25 August, 2018

Very clean and well maintained property in a lovely quiet location.
Nice clean good sized pool with all facilities onsite.
owners very helpful
relaxing holiday
would recommend

10 / 10 Mr & Mrs Gilbert 4 August, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday at L’ecuries. Situated in a beautiful rural setting yet near to the town of Descartes, it is a great base for exploring the local area and not far from the cathedral city of Tours.
The Gite was very clean, comfortable, spacious and well equipped. It is very wheelchair friendly, with a spacious downstairs bedroom and bathroom. This made things so much easier for us as there was ample room to accommodate our mobile hoist.
There were three seating areas within a beautiful garden and grounds plus use of a good sized swimming pool. All these areas are wheelchair friendly and the disabled member of our family was very comfortable.
Sue and Trevor were very friendly and helpful and made us very welcome.
We highly recommend a holiday at this beautiful property.

9.7 / 10 Kath 1 September, 2017

What a beautiful haven of tranquillity! The gite met all our expectations and we thoroughly enjoyed our 2 weeks there. We could not fault the gite at all in terms of the cleanliness and comfort - everything had been thought of, including mosquito nest on the windows and air conditioning units in the bedrooms (much needed during the hotter weather!) The gite itself was perfectly situated; near enough to Descartes for shops and restaurants but far enough away to have the peace, the stars at night and enjoy the amazing wildlife. The owners were extremely helpful in terms of offering advice about the region and the places to visit. We would definitely recommend this property to friends and relatives.