Cosy and tranquil holiday cottage with pool - VI004679

Barrou (4km from Le Grand-Pressigny), Indre et Loire, Loire Valley Reference: VI004679 Advertiser since: 16 March 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
The Cottage Self Catering Flexible 2 4 1

About this property

Tranquil, Romantic, Authentic Retreat. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Blissful wisteria-clad cottage with solar heated swimming pool.
This peaceful cottage is set back from the little road, its pretty old stone walls tucked around with swathes of wisteria, its shutters a Provençal blue.
The views are stunning, it's a haven for wildlife and the top of the hill is brilliant for star-gazing. Step straight into a charming, rustic sitting room with a beamed ceiling, tiled floor, comfortable leather chairs and a wood burning stove. The bright, sunny kitchen is perfect for a meal but on summer nights you'll be eating outside on the pergola terrace, surrounded by herbs and lavender. The (larger) double bedroom has roof timbers, exposed stone walls and marble-topped tables, perfect for a romantic retreat, the smaller twin room is ideal for youngsters, colourful and comfortable.
You can soak up the sunshine in the walled and flower-trellised garden, play Molky on the lawn – in the summer months pop across the lane for archery, badminton and a solar heated pool with loungers. 

To add a little extra to your stay why not book a relaxing yoga class with Liz or a pampering massage or reflexology session with our local therapist Suzy.
A truly magical place where guests have returned again and again.



Kitchen and dining

Blue and yellow decor, fully equipped with everything you need for cooking and cleaning. It includes a dish washer, washing machine and a long pine table and chairs.

Upon arrival you will have products (eg pasta, sauce, fruit, wine, bread, cheese, milk, eggs, coffee, tea etc.) for one meal and breakfast on your first day.

Living rooms

Includes woodburner, sofa, tv (for dvds), leather armchairs, indoor games, books and local information.


One large double - equipped with wardrobe, linen box, dressing table and side tables, atmospheric lighting. Plus one twin-bedroom, ideal for young adults.


Good size shower and toilet.


Electric radiators in each room, including a woodburner in the living room.


Outdoor swimming pool, Hatha Yoga, badminton and archery (weather permitting), table tennis and a range of boardgames, dvds and books in the living room.

Garden and outside

The Cottage has its own private garden, table and chairs for eating or relaxing outside. You are also welcome to use the larger outdoor dining and seating area that is shared with the owners. It is perfect for meal times or simply relaxing and taking a break from the sun.

Parking and garages

There are ample places to park and secure covered shelter for bikes.

Visitor suitability

Visitors are welcome to visit.

Information about any additional facilities

There are daily outdoor markets within striking distance and weekend brocantes (flea markets) and other outdoor events during the summer. Hatha Yoga is available on site during your stay with Liz and you have a choice of Swedish massage, Reflexology, Dien Chan zone (facial reflexology) or Indian Head massage with Suzy our local masseuse. Nearby places of interest include Le Grand Pressigny with its ancient chateau and stunning museum filled with fascinating artefacts, the spa town of La Roche Posay, Descartes (where the philosopher lived), troglodyte caves at Remy-sur-Creuse (where Richard The Lionheart and some French Resistant fighters holed up), the award winning Angles sur L'Anglin and many, many more beautiful villages. This is an area completely unspoilt by tourism yet full of interesting places to visit, including a michelin starred restaurant 10kms away!


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Maire
Distance: 5 km

Beauty treatments


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Coarse
Name of nearest fishing location: Barrou
Distance: 4 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: La Roche Posay
Distance: 18 km

Mountain biking



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Les Vigeants


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Preuilly sur Claise
Distance: 15 km

Wine tasting and cookery

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Liz Johnston-Trow

In the summer of 2016 my husband, our daughter and I made the bold decision to up sticks and move to France. From the moment we viewed this property, we knew it was the one for us so we made an offer and everything flowed smoothly from there! We moved in on the 1st March 2017 and life in France is suiting us perfectly. We look forward to welcoming you to share this fantastic piece of tranquillity with us.

Year property purchased 2017
Why this location? We chose this location mainly because of the property itself, however, as keen (wannabe) triathletes we are spoilt for choice for lakes and rivers to swim in and long traffic free roads winding throughout the countryside for running and cycling.
Barrou itself has a small Boulangerie where we get our fresh bread daily and a little further out in Lesigny is a larger patisserie where we can buy yummy cakes. Although situated in rural France we are not too far from plenty of shops and only an hour from the much larger town of Tours.
Unique benefits of property The cottage is the only property we rent out, therefore you will not be sharing the pool with any other guests! It really is a very relaxing place to be, free from any noise or light pollution. Just simply relax and enjoy the surroundings. Liz is a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher and classes can be arranged easily on request. For something more relaxing why not book a massage or reflexology therapy with our local masseuse?

The Owner Recommends

Local Places to Visit

Please see list of previous recommendations which include:
Le Grand Pressigny; Descartes, La Guerche Chateau; La Roche Posay Spa; Angles sur L'Anglin; Le Petit Pressigny (La Promenade michelin starred restaurant) Tours; Poitiers (Futuroscope) etc. Beauvais Zoo Chauvigny,Bellebouche lake and La Brenne national park, Loches, Loire Valley.

4 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.5
  • Condition: 9.3
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 9.8
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.5
9.7 / 10 David and Pat Bryer 10 August, 2018

We have been coming to this idyllic spot for many years now, and can truly recommend Liz and Gary as the perfect hosts. They are really friendly, helpful and caring, but never intrusive. The pretty gite in its rural setting is perfect for couples and families alike, and the wildlife is just a joy. To wake up to the sound of birdsong and to go to bed hearing the owls hooting from the nearby forest is magical, and the peace and tranquillity is healing and restorative. If we could, we would stay here forever.

Owner response

Thank you for such a lovely review. As always, we look forward to your return next year x

9.3 / 10 Englands 10 August, 2018

Lovely to have a welcome pack and some essentials on arrival. Liz and Gary were very friendly and helpful. Lots to do in the area and the kids adored the lovely warm pool. The only thing we could have asked for to improve might be some comfy chairs on the house side as well as pool side although we did love the cosy hammock. Overall an excellent week!

Owner response

We are glad you had an excellent week at The Cottage and thank you for the valuable feedback. We are looking to make some improvements for next year and some comfy chairs is a great idea, thank you.

10 / 10 Tracey Bennett 14 September, 2017

Had such a wonderful time here staying in the most beautiful gite. The setting is idealic. Very quiet and tranquil. The gite had everything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay. The owners are really lovely people who go out of there way to ensure you are happy and have every thing you need.

Owner response

Thank you Tracey for the lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again next year.

9.5 / 10 Copenhagen Family 25 July, 2016

Perfect vacation in every way
Nearby Beauval Zoo is a must-see for families with children