Gite with large garden to let in Loire Valley - VI005903

Avon-les-Roches (14km from Chinon), Indre et Loire, Loire Valley Reference: VI005903 Advertiser since: 14 December 2017
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La Belle Etoile-La Maison Self Catering Saturday 2 6 2 Double sofabed in living room for 2 people

About this property

La Belle Etoile-Detached House in One Acre of Garden. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

La Belle Etoile is our gite in the Loire Valley region.

There are two completely seperate and independant gites in the grounds-this one (La Maison) and a smaller 4 person gite (La Grange ref VI006661)

The Loire Valley is an area rich in history and culture, which has attracted people from before Romans to the present day.

Located in a regional park, the gite is an easy drive from a number of the stunning chateaux and estates which are located in the “Garden of France”.

A wide variety of local wines and produce make the area a gourmet’s delight, with a range of excellent restaurants to discover in nearby towns and villages.

The rural and tranquil nature of the area with its rivers and forests makes it an ideal spot for outdoor activities including swimming, walking, cycling and horse riding.

The gite is situated on the side of a small valley in the village of Avon les Roches. It has beautiful views of the village and the surrounding countryside. Avon les Roches is a quiet village 4 km from the town of L’Ile Bouchard. L’Ile Bouchard has restaurants, banks, 2 supermarkets and local shops.

The larger towns of Chinon, Azay le Rideau, Richelieu and Ste Maure are all 15/20 mins by car from Avon les Roches and have weekly markets where local products can be bought.

The house itself has a floor area of 135m2 (1,450ft2) over two floors with a large sweeping staircase.



Kitchen and dining

A new kitchen (3.5m by 4.5m) was fitted in Spring 2018 and has:-

Induction hob
Electric oven
It will be fully equipped with cooking utensils, cutlery, crockery etc

There is an adjacent utility/cloakroom with washing machine, wc and sink.

Living rooms

The terraced area leads directly into the lounge/dining area, offering a large living and entertainment space. This is a very traditional room with exposed oak beams and stonework, large fireplace, and marble floor. There is a double sofa bed. The room is approx 11m by 4.5m.


On the first floor there are 2 large bedrooms, one with a double bed (king size) and the other with twin beds. Both bedrooms have a wardrobe and chest of drawers.There are also bunk beds and wardrobe situated on the mezzanine landing.


There are 2 bathrooms. The larger one has a bath with shower and wash basin together with built in cupboards. The second smaller room, which was installed in spring 2018, has a walk in shower, wash basin and toilet.


There is an open fireplace. The house has central heating.


There is wi-fi. There is a large television in the living room with both French and English channels available. There are books and an assortment of games.

Garden and outside

It is situated on the side of the valley in over an acre of land with its own oak wood, flower beds and large grassed areas.

The beautiful terrace in front of the house provides a unique view overlooking the village and the valley of the river Vienne, offering a perfect place to take a glass of wine and enjoy supper outdoors. It is equipped with bbq and garden furniture.

The 10m by 4m, 1.2m deep heated pool is located at the back of house. The area is fenced and overlooks the surrounding countryside.

There is a large field with goal posts and badminton net. An outdoor table tennis table is also available for visitors use.

Parking and garages

The gite is accessed via its own driveway and has ample parking for several cars.

Information about any additional facilities

The adjacent gîte which sleeps 4 is available for rent and the two properties would make an ideal place for a large/two family holiday. Please contact Bruno and Ritva to check availability of the two properties.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Crouzilles
Distance: 4 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Freshwater
Name of nearest fishing location: Vienne
Distance: 4 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Tours
Distance: 30 km

Horse riding

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

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Chinon



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Avon

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Domaine de Lally
Distance: 1 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Bruno Speed

La Belle Etoile is part of a few buildings that used to form one farm and the owners, Bruno and Ritva, live next door in the old farm house. Ritva is from Finland and Bruno is bilingual in English and French. They have owned their house for 30 years and know the area very well. They will be happy to help you with advice about the area if you need it while you are staying, or of course leave you to enjoy the peace and tranquility if that is what you prefer.

Year property purchased 2017
Why this location? The house is situated on the side of a small valley. It has beautiful views of the village and the surrounding countryside.

The views, night skies, the soft evening light, the tranquility, the wines and food all combine to make this a magical house and location.

The land around the house makes it an ideal location for children to play and enjoy the countryside.
Unique benefits of property Rural and tranquil but within easy distance of many historic sites and activities. Gardens around the house means it is secluded and with room for children to play and explore.

The Owner Recommends


L'Aigle d'Or in Azay le Rideau. We have been eating here since we bought the house 30 years ago


L'Auberge de L'Ile in L'Ile Bouchard-very inventive food with a lovely outside terrace in the summer.


-the castle
-weekly markets, main one on Thursday and smaller one on Sunday morning
-restaurants-Les Annees 30, L'Oceanic, Les Entrepots


Domaine de Lally-Avon les Roches
Domaine de Noblaie-Ligre


Azay le Rideau

5 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.4
  • Comfort: 9.6
  • Condition: 9.6
  • Facilities: 9.4
  • Local Amenities: 9.2
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.8
10 / 10 Gareth & Trish 28 September, 2018

Our first stay at La Belle Etoile was thoroughly enjoyable.

Bruno is excellent, a friendly and informative owner. He has provided accommodation of a very high standard. The gite is roomy, cool and comfortable. There is UK television to watch for rare wet evenings and wifi to keep in touch with friends and family, let them know what a wonderful time you are having and how unlucky they are not to be there.

The village is well placed to visit most of the famous chateaux of the Loire and some of our favourite places including Chinon, Richelieu, the zoo at Doue and wine co-operative of St Cyr en Bourg which has an underground car tour ending in wine tasting.

The local red squirrels are fascinating to watch as they somersault around the walnut tree and the local ginger cat calls in the evening to beg a morsel or two.

My advice is to book before it becomes as popular as it deserves to be and places become limited.

A lovely place for a holiday.

10 / 10 allen & family 23 July, 2018

Beautiful gite in a beautiful setting.Amazing views from the terrace.It is a very peaceful area but with so many places to visit.Would highly recommend to families of all ages .
The pool is a big bonus.
There are many chateau to visit, which our 17yr old enjoyed photographing

Excellent value for money.

10 / 10 Gaynor 2 July, 2018

A little piece of heaven. The house is beautiful set on a hillside overlooking a small village. The house has been renovated very tastefully with marble floors and a sweeping staircase. The owners have put in a new kitchen and provided everything you could possibly need and the information they provide when you book is extensive and very useful. There are lots of places to go and chateaux, towns to visit nearby. But the real beauty is when you are sat on the terrace, glass in hand watching the sunset and all you can hear is birdsong and the occasional tractor. Red squirrels pop in and out of the wooded area too. If you are looking for a really restful, peaceful break in a lovely house in a beautiful location this is the place for you. We are returning next year.

9.5 / 10 Anne & Graham P 11 June, 2018

Bruno and Ritva, the owners, were very welcoming, very helpful and also knowledgable about what to do and where to go. Their directions made the gite very easy to find and their information sheets were very useful.
La Belle Etoile has been tastefully converted, retaining much character and is very spacious, light and airy. The gite is both comfortable and well-equipped, everything was clean and tidy and worked well but the highlight has to be the lovely terrace with stunning views over nearby countryside. The swimming pool is well-maintained although we didn't use it very much opting instead to relax on the terrace.
There was a local bar/cafe in the village (5 minute walk) where we enjoyed a good meal which was very reasonably priced although the owner speaks very little english. A large Super U with petrol station and a Lidl are easily accessible in L'lle de Bouchard (about 10 minutes drive away). The gite is well located to visit numerous chateaux and other nearby attractions. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at La Belle Etoile and would certainly recommend it to others.