Riverside holiday let in Loire Valley village - VI005081

Barrou (35km from Loches), Indre et Loire, Loire Valley Reference: VI005081 Advertiser since: 19 October 2016
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Le Bourg Self Catering Flexible 2 6 3 Small 1 apartment adjacent to the main house.

About this property

Delightful Riverside Setting. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

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.
This Loire Valley house (gite) to rent, is in the village of Barrou, in the department of Indre et Loire, Loire Valley, France and as the name suggests 'Le Bourg' is located in the centre of the village. 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'. The property offers accommodation for up to six people.
There is secure off-road parking for two cars in the courtyard to the front of the house.
In addition to the main house there is a independent 'little house' in the courtyard offering apartment style accommodation which is available to you when you rent the house for 6 people. When 4 or less people rent the property it can be used with either of the other two bedrooms or just the two mainhouse bedrooms - spoilt for choice. The 'Little House' is never rented out separately. You have a good sized lounge with small kitchen area with own basic facilities, plus good-sized double bedroom on the first floor. The settee in the lounge is in fact a sofa bed making the accommodation even more flexible. The lounge/kitchen/diner is set up to allow for some of your party to have their own 'space' with the ability to relax read, listen to music or watch a dvd. You can also pick up the wi-fi connection here. There is a good sized shower room/wc off the lounge.
The upstairs bedroom is bright and airy with two single beds plus an additional sleighbed.

Here is a comment from our guestbook regarding utilising the 'Little House'. :
"For anyone thinking of coming with friends or grandparents, family etc. the 'little house' works really well as a 'refuge' *In-laws stayed there and had their own space- worked a treat "

More comments from our guestbook

29/08 -10/09/2015
We have enjoyed a lovely couple of weeks exploring the countryside by foot, bike and by car. Lots of good food and drink both cooked in 'Le Bourg' and in the local restaurants. Thanks Jim and Pauline for the local info.

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

John & Edite Patterson,
Kristen & Colin Chisholm,
Newmarket, London,
Ontario, Canada

We have had a wonderful time here. Jim & Paulineyou couldn't be nicer or more helpful.You have made us feel so comfortable, almost like home for us. 'Le Bourg' has everything we would want in a rental - complete kitchen, satellite TV, DVDs CDs, Fireplace, close to many of the area's attractions. We couldn't have enjoyed our time here more.

Jill Appell,
Altona, IL 61414,USA

The fact that this is our 3rd time here speaks for us all. It feels like home from home and Pauline like true friends. We will miss you both, thank you so much for always going that extra mile for us.

Jamie Stahl,
Lake Havasu City, Arizona USA

We have enjoyed our 3 years here. No one could ask for anything better staying here. Jim & Pauline we love you and you will be in our hearts always. I'm sure our paths will cross again and for that we look forward to. Many thanks for your kindness.

Janne Sevenson,
Sterling, IL 61081,USA

We have enjoyed our time here again this year. Just when you think you have seen everything there is to see we've found another surprise. Pauline & Jim have been wonderful and we couldn't be more comfortable, Thanks for everything.

Holly Smith,
Huntington, West Virgina,USA

Well our stay here has sadly come to an end. Thank you to Pauline & Jim for your wonderful hosting,we were treated like family as nothing was to much trouble for them. The house is beautiful, spacious and comfortable with everything we could possibly need. We tried most of the restaurants Pauline and Jim
recommended and enjoyed every one. Willy and Sandra at the local hostelry were hilarious and made us all very welcome as did the locals. We really hope to return and hope the weather is kinder to us, never the less it did not detract from a lovely holiday. Thank you once again Pauline and Jim you have been invaluable.
Very kind regards from all of us xxx

Elaine & Rob Egerton
Margie & Bruce Reynolds,
Liverpool, England

Enjoyed our stay very much. Thank you to Pauline & Jim for the lovely welcome and emails. Very well equipped gite (house) everything you would need. Jim & Pauline were very helpful, ie places to go etc. Thank you for a great stay.

Stuart & Ellie, St. Albans, Herts.
Mary & Roy North Devon, England

A perfect spot for a wonderfully relaxing week!! Unspoilt countryside, many interesting villages and varied lunch venues. Thank you Jim & Pauline for making us so welcome and for opening up the area to us.

Pat & Roger Munday,
Hebden Bridge, UK

A big thank you to Jim & Pauline for a wonderfully warm welcome and good sense of fun. Special mention needed to Pauline for helping us so much in getting our car fixed at the local garage - I highly recommend 'Garage Bastard' who showed great care & friendliness which we now realise is typical of the area/town. Lovely time spent at Barrou - far too short! The set menu lunch at Marie is a 'belt-buster we'll have to repeat!!

Huw & Ruth Howell
Port Talbot,Wales, UK

25/07 - 05/08/2016
Our third year visiting the Loire Valley. First time at 'Le Bourg' and the house and annexe are beautiful. Lovely nights spent outside BBQs and sampling the many wines of the region. The girls spent lovely days swimming in the river at Lesigny. Days out spent at Angles-sur-l'Anglin, La Roche Posay and the stunning Chateau de Chenonceau. Barrou is a friendly village with most amenities you require as well as Landlord Willy at the local bar!!

Finally to Jim & Pauline - thank you! As usual everything was perfect and you are wonderful hosts.
Until next time...

Ali, Amanda, Becky, Kathrynn,
Katie & Emily
Bristol, UK

21/08 - 02/00/2016
Thanks Jim & Pauline for a lovely 2 weeks. The weather was fab, Barrou and the locals were very friendly, we had a great time! A wonderful place and area to visit, will recommend to both friends and family .

Susan & Fred O'Mahoney,
Carrigeen Via Waterford

13/09 - 20/09/2016
Jim & Pauline are amazing hosts in all ways...meeting us like family on arrival, orienting us to this wonderful house and answering all our questions. When Jim popped in for an after storm clean up he discovered us on the 12ft table with maps & brochures everywhere and quickly set us right with helpful tips an insider info. Our short week has been jammed with new adventures, unexpected discoveries all with the careful guidance of Jim & Pauline. Everything from grocery staples, veggies from their garden plus fresh flowers all made us feel welcomed and ready to experience this beautiful region'

Thank you!!!
Jan Rimerman, Oregon
Purdy Weaver North Carolina,

24/09 - 01/10/2016
Thank you so much Jim & Pauline for all your fantastic first-hand knowledge and advice - we've had a great week here in Barrou. 'Le Bourg' is a lovely place to stay and so well kitted out compared to the usual holiday accommodation and it makes the world of difference. It is almost impossible to pick out our favourites (visits) but Villandry and gardens was amazing and the International Garden Festival at Chaumont was something else - and endless, well worth the money. There are too many things to mention and too many things we didn't fit in. So hopefully we will be back soon to do the rest,

Sarah & Dom,
Clio & Will,



Kitchen and dining

The main house has a galley kitchen with all you need for your self-catering holiday, including gas cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher and all the crockery and cutlery you will need during your stay. You will find fresh milk, coffee, tea, bottled water and a bottle of wine on arrival. Further provisions can be provided at an additional cost by prior arrangement.
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.

Whether it be eating alfresco on the spacious patio, which has views on to the river Creuse, or dining at the grand table in the salon you will enjoy the local wines cheeses, fresh fruit and vegetables of the region.

Living rooms

The heart of the house is a spacious, comfortable double height salon offering a great place to unwind and relax. There is satellite ('freeview') television, dvd & cd players and wi-fi connection available to you. It has a large fireplace with a wood burnig stove to add that extra ambiance. Books, dvds, cds, and board games are provided for your amusement. The French doors from the main lounge open onto a generous terrace with different options for dining and taking in the sun.


There is a double bedroom off the main lounge with an en-suite bathroom which has bath with 'over-shower'.
There is a door off the 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 wing of the house with its own private bathroom which has a bath with 'over-shower'.


Bedroom 1 has an en suite bathroom with a bath and over bath shower.
There is a second bathroom with bath and over bath shower adjacent to the second bedroom.


There is wood burner in the salon in the main house. Both bedrooms have electric heaters. The Apartment has electric panel heaters in every room.


There are a couple of bicycles at the house..
There is satellite ('freeview') television, dvd & cd players and wi-fi connection available to you. It has a large fireplace with a wood burnig stove to add that extra ambiance. Books dvds, cds and board games are provided for your amusement.

Garden and outside

The terrace extension gives high views onto the river Creuse. The outside space is great for just relaxing or alfresco dining.

Parking and garages

There is secure parking in the courtyard for 2 cars.

Visitor suitability

Le Bourg is not suitable for small children.

Information about any additional facilities

There are 2 bicycles at the property for your use and we have 3 sets of golf clubs for hire.
Your hosts, Jim and Pauline live nearby and will be on hand for any additional help or assistance you may need. In addition to wi-fi we also offer access to the landline. You may phone landlines in most countries at no additional charge.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Various locations throughout the area
Distance: 5 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp
Name of nearest fishing location: Permits available from the locl gocer's shop
Distance: 1 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: La Roche Posay
Distance: 18.5 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Etableau
Distance: 5 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Many options in and around the village and surrounding area


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Dit vin Descartes
Distance: 11 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Pauline Ann Craig

We are Jim and Pauline Craig a Scottish couple the wrong side of sixty who in 2005 decided to invest in a holiday home in France. We chose a house in the small village of Barrou in Southern Touraine ( how and why later ). We say invest as even then we had a desire to one day move here on a permanent basis. We had to look at something that might provide an income stream as we knew we couldn’t actually retire to France. After selling up in Scotland (May 2008) we bought a second house to renovate.

Year property purchased 2009
Why this location? This is a truly beautiful part of France. Experiencing villge life is a great way to appreciate all this region has to offer. The village's location is ideally positioned to visit the numerous chateaux and other places of interest.
Unique benefits of property Le Bourg is a spacious barn conversion overlooking the River Creuse. The property consists of the main house which has 2 bedrooms. In addition there is a small apartment in the grounds which can sleep up to 4 people. This is ideal for larger parties. For example families travelling with grandparents have found the privacy afforded to be invaluable.

The Owner Recommends

Auberge Savoie Villars

While visiting the Loire Valley we suggest you should have the 'French restaurant' experience at least once --or more if your budget can stand it! Here in Southern Touraine you are spoilt for choice with many village restaurants offering lunches for under 15 euros.
Le Grand Pressigny boasts two good restaurants with lunchtime and evening menus to suit most pockets. Both offer opportunities for alfresco dinning on their respective terraces. '
La Savoie Villars went through a major refit in April 2013 and now offers good quality food in very pleasant surroundings.

La Promenade, Le Petit Pressigny

If you are celebrating something special and want a dining experience then you can dine at the 'Mitchelin Star' “La Promenade” in the nearby village of Le Petit Pressigny.

An unforgettable experience

Chez Grand ma

This resturnt has inside and outside eating areas and lunchtime and evening menus to suit most pockets. They are only a few minutes walk from the house.


Loches at only 30 minutes from our rental house here in the Loire Valley, is very popular with our guests and is one of our favourite places here in the Southern Touraine area of Centre Val de Loire. It has much to offer as it is steeped in history due its royal patronage over the centuries.


This is the 'must see' chateau of the Loire Valley - the iconic Chenonceau is the one, most, if not all, our guests want to see.

Chateau Villandry

If the Loire Valley is known as the garden of France then at Chateau Villandry we must have the garden of the Loire Valley.
Villandry and its gardens is probably one of the most family orientated chateau within the Loire Valley in that it has a children’s maze (not terribly difficult!) and play area as well as the chateau and gardens for the adults. If you only have time to view a couple of chateaux on your visit to the Loire Valley make sure this is one of them.

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 8.5
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 annabelle 21 September, 2018

We loved the Bourg, it was a fantastic property very large and spaciuos and the garden and terraces were wonderful. Decor was very good as were the fixtures and fittings and Jim and pauline were extremely welcoming and very helpful with everything and really went out of their way to sort our internet which had gone down due to a problem with Orange ! It was one of the most peaceful places we have stayed in especially in the garden which was great to sit in the warm evenings.....red squirrel watching ! very comfortable beds and great showers in the bathroooms.

Surrounding villages were so pretty and the local markets were brilliant full of all products and foods , too many lovely towns and villages to mention but Jim would suggest several and he has a site you can go to and look up all the local attractions. You are very near the Loire river within approx an hours drive where there are many chateuxs to visit. One of the best things for us were the roads all around that area, which were so free of traffic and the roads in great condition it made driving such a pleasure. I could keep going on but needless to say we did not want to leave and were so sorry to leave

9.2 / 10 Thomson 1 August, 2018

We had a most enjoyable stay at Le Bourg and much appreciated the welcome and attentive oversight of Jim and Pauline, who are excellent caretakers and guides to the locality. As seasoned travelers in France we tend to like to explore alone. It was a great boon to have such a wealth of tourist pamphlets in the house, and to be able to use the bicycles. The village of Barrou offered plenty of interest and amenities, particularly the restaurant and river swimming, there and at Lésigny. The walks (apart from horseflies) on the ridge above the village were lovely though the local maps not entirely clear to follow!

We enjoyed visits to La Roche-Posay, Le Grand Pressigny, Angles sur l'Anglade, and the little-visited and unspolit Chateau des Ormes, a meeting place for great philosophes from the Enlightenment.

Only downside of the house from our point of view was the complex television set-up, making it impossible (or at least too difficult for us) to watch local French news or French television, which is part of the foreign experience for me. Doubtless if we'd got around to watching films we'd have appreciated the wide screen.

We hope to come to the region again and would be happy to revisit the house with a larger party and children.

Owner response

Hi Belinda, many thanks for you kind review, it was lovely to meet you and Richard, It would be good to catch up with you in the future.