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18th Century Stone Barn in a Magical, Ideal Loire Valley Setting

Bedrooms Studio
Space 60 m²
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

65 square-meter loft for two, luxurious bathroom and gourmet kitchen

In the heart of the Loire Valley, ten minutes from the fortress city of Chinon and the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, located in a tranquil valley with spectacular views, this renovated, 18th Century stone barn was new to the rental market as of April, 2011. Many of the grand Chateaux of the Loire Valley: Villandry, Chenonceau, Usse, Azay-le-Rideau and Saumur are easy half-day trips. For cycling enthusiasts, we are less than a kilometre from the main bike route through the Loire Valley; and for food and wine enthusiasts, the Loire Valley, is known as the 'garden' of France. We are surrounded by the vineyards of Chinon, Bourgueil and Saumur which produce some of France's finest wines and best values. From its famous chèvre, the mushrooms of the troglodyte caves of Saumur, to the white asparagus grown in sandy Loire soil, the region offers a rich bounty. Your hosts, former restaurant owners from San Francisco, are available to cater meals and conduct local food and wine tours.

Chinon Château: The mount of Chinon was first fortified as a stronghold by Theobald I, Count of Blois in the year 954. In the 12th century Chinon was then independent of the kingdom of France, and was a primary residence of Henry II Plantagenet, Angevin King and King of England. King Henry died in Chinon Castle after being defeated by his sons Richard and John in a rebellion aided by Phillip Augustus of France; he, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their son King Richard the Lionheart were all buried at nearby Fontevraud Abbey. Later, the château was a residence of Charles VII, the Dauphin of France in the early 15th century, when Joan of Arc arrived at the castle, at the beginning of her quest to liberate France from the English on March 8, 1429; it was here that she recognized the disguised Dauphin from amongst his courtiers, a feat which helped to persuade him to accede to her urging to declare himself king and raise an army to liberate France. A visit here is a must for any history buff.

Royal Abbey of Fontevraud: The Abbey was founded in 1100 by Robert of Arbrissel, who had just created a new order, the Order of Fontevrault. The first permanent structures were built between 1110 and 1119. The abbey was a double monastery, with both monks and nuns on the same site. An international success, the order established several 'Fontevrist' abbeys set up in England. Robert of Arbrissel declared that the leader of the order should always be a woman and appointed Petronille de Chemillé as the first abbess. She was succeeded by Matilda of Anjou, the aunt of Henry II of England. This was the start of a position that attracted many rich and noble abbesses over the years, including members of the French Bourbon royal family. In the early years the Plantagenets were great benefactors of the abbey and while Isabella d'Anjou was abbess, Henry II's widow Eleanor of Aquitaine became a nun there. During the French Revolution, the order was dissolved. The restoration of the abbey church was finished in 2006.

Wines of Chinon: The red and rosé wines of Chinon are made from the Cabernet Franc grape, and are typically dry and light to medium bodied and go well with food. In good vintages the red wines can be cellared for 10 years or more. Cabernet Franc grown on the stony terraces of the area tends to be a young wine with dominant notes of blackcurrant and anise. Though typically thought of as lighter wines, reds from good producers and strong vintages can be full bodied and well structured for aging. Their white wines, though lesser known, are quite good and are made from Chenin Blanc. Two of the more noteworthy vintners of Chinon, and well worth a visit, are Bernard Baudry and Charles Jouguet. Wine tours are available through your hosts.

More Details

Tim or Steve
Member since: 2011
Speaks english, french
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
20 August, 2017

About Tim or Steve

Expat Americans living in France since 2004, after renovating an abandoned farm property in the Loire Valley, we have opened our home to traveling guests so they can have a comfortable and luxurious base for exploring the Loire Valley.

Ask about our Paris apartment rental too.

Tim or Steve purchased this barn in 2007

Why Tim or Steve chose Indre-et-Loire

If you are visiting the Loire Valley, we are centrally located, most of the major sites are within easy reach.

Just 10 minutes from the fortress city of Chinon, where one finds all needed services, we are in a quiet, breathtaking setting on 10 acres, with no immediate neighbors. All the comforts of home, and more.

What makes this barn unique

Renovated to the highest international standards, you'll not want for any comfort. A large and luxurious bathroom with plenty of hot water, a gourmet kitchen with every imaginable cooking item, a dvd library of more than 500 films and documentaries, books galore. In short, you will want for nothing.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn rental in Lerné, France

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 60 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Adventure
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Maps
  • Macintosh Computer
  • mobile phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • The over-sized bathroom has a walk-in Roman shower and views of the surrounding fields.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
  • The bedroom area looks out over the valley to the Chateau Montpensier. The bedroom has a Queen-size, American Bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • patio
  • 2 bicycles
  • 2 garden chairs
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • swimming
  • tennis
Owners also have an apartment in Paris, central-north of the old Opera in the 9th, available for rent.


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18th Century Stone Barn in a Magical, Ideal Loire Valley Setting
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews
Waltham, MA

A lovely home, peaceful home with wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 nights here in Lerné towards the end of May. We arrived around 6:30 on a Friday evening and received a warm welcome by the owners, Steve and Tim. They showed us all through the apartment, and we were delighted and surprised to find that they had prepared an excellent simple meal for our supper and also provided bread, butter, jam, yogurt and ham for breakfast. This was a real treat and much appreciated! They were also extremely helpful about explaining which local markets to check out, where the nearest patisserie was, and where to find good nearby restaurants. Needless to say, they also provided excellent advise, both written and in person, about local sights to visit. Steve and Tim were friendly and helpful without being in the least intrusive, and we really enjoyed our conversations with them.

The apartment is on the upper floor of a converted barn, which is part of a small compound that includes Steve and Tim’s house, and another building which has a lovely deck with great views that we were welcome to use. The compound is several hundred yards off the main road but there is a narrow paved road to reach it. Lerné proper is on the other side of the main road so the compound feels pleasantly secluded. The open plan apartment has comfortable furniture, an excellent bed with very nice linens, and an extremely well equipped kitchen for those who enjoy cooking. The view towards the east includes the Château de Coudray-Montpensier, which is marvelously sited to be the last thing lighted be the sun at dusk (Steve said this was true year-round). Otherwise, there are cultivated fields immediately to the east and south and lovely vistas in all directions. Sunrise is spectacular, and well worth getting up for.

There are of course many sights to see in the area—more than we had time for—but we particularly enjoyed the Chateau du Rivau, the gardens at Chateau de Villandry and the lovely town of Saumur. But we had at least as much pleasure in simply spending time peacefully on the property, or taking long walks nearby.

All in all, this was one of the best vacation stays we've had in many years of traveling. Our thanks to Steve and Tim for creating such a beautiful and welcoming home and for being such wonderful hosts.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Glen Haven, Colorado


  • 5 of 5

I chose Tim and Steve's barn because of the rave reviews, and they all turned out to be true! The property is more beautiful than the pictures, inside and out. Seldom will you see a more elegant remodel of a barn to a luxury rental. The space, which resembles a loft with its open concept, is large, beautifully appointed, and extremely comfortable. Outside, there is a beautiful view of green fields, wooded hillsides, and a castle in the distance. The quiet and peace of the country-side envelope you as you sit on a shaded deck sipping wine.

But best of all are the kindness and friendliness of Tim and Steve, who anticipate your every need and take amazing care of you. Steve is a professional chef who generously feeds you gourmet fare. I highly recommend asking for a special meal he will prepare just for you at a very reasonable price. And don't miss a tour of the wine cellar when he picks out several bottles for your dinner.

There is plenty to do nearby. We made day trips to several area chateaux, visited the market in Bourgueil, and strolled in charming villages. I have never stayed at a vacation rental where I could give such an unqualifiably favorable review, but this one is it.

  • Review Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet & exciting place of perfect hospitality!

  • 5 of 5

This place is very exciting and quiet. The perfect location to discover a lot of Loire-Castels. We met two absolutely serviceoriented and lovely owner and got a big, comforable, modern and hostoric stylish accomodation.

We intend to come back as soon as possible. Thank you for all!!

  • Review Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tough to add more positive comments!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 6 nights here and I can only add 2 words to the other rewiews. Book it!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Virginia, USA

Truly the best of the best! SUPERLATIVE in EVERY respect!

  • 5 of 5

We have used VRBO for many years now -- in Brazil, Chile, Germany, the Netherlands, Argentina and other locales. This property is truly the best of the best -- far and away the best VRBO stay we have ever had. The locale is fabulous -- minutes from Chinon, Azay le Rideau and the Abbey of Fontevraud -- yet nestled in the quiet French countryside away from the hustle and bustle of traffic and tourists. Your hosts, Steve and Tim, have thought of everything to make your stay a five-star event: WiFi, satellite TV, iPod with classical and contemporary music, fully equipped kitchen, gorgeous bathroom, deluxe bed, linens and towels. We just can't use enough superlatives to describe the old barn. If this were not enough, Tim and Steve make you feel special and welcome from the very first minute you arrive. They are gourmet cooks and if you want a prepared meal with wine pairings, expect to have one of the best meals ever. Your hosts are also incredibly knowledgeable about the area and have super recommendations for restaurants and attractions, and will provide driving directions on request. Again, we have used VRBO for years and stayed in many countries --- this property was the best of the best. SUPERLATIVE in EVERY respect. If VRBO had six stars, we would give this property six plus.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cinq Etoiles

  • 5 of 5

5 star is a term that is used quite frequently, and often embellished, however we can honestly say that everything about our stay at the old barn was truly 'cinq etoiles'

the barn is nestled at the foot of a small limestone hill (with a huge wine cave underneath!) The view stretches on forever over corn and sunflower fields to a lovely chateau in the distance.

Impeccable cleanliness. Inside the barn you have everything you could want, so much so that we found ourselves relaxing most days and simply reading a book, eating cheese and drinking wine. During our stay I found myself reading about France's many hundreds of wine and cheese varieties (these books are part of the barn's extensive book library) and also about local historical events such as the Battle of Tours. Steve and Tim have decked the barn with every imaginable quality fitting that you could find.... Quality bedding and linen, An extensive book and DVD library, wifi, and a 'cooking with gas' stovetop are just some of the features that we enjoyed. Our personal favourite however is a shower head in the bathroom large enough to 'wash an elephant with'.

Our hosts Tim and Steve are tres bonne! Very welcoming and friendly. The barn is situated approximately 15 metres from their home which is far away enough for privacy but also close enough to converse. Steve and Tim were even nice enough to invite us for dinner one night where we shared excellent conversation, great wine and even better food (Steve's wonderful cooking and Tim's delicious garden vegetables).

In summary the barn is wonderful value for money. It's just the place to relax for 4 or so days before or after a hectic travel schedule. We spent a total of only €80 over 4 days because we found ourselves wanting to cook and drink wine in the comfort of the barn as opposed to eating at restaurants. Merci Beaucoup Steve and Tim.

Michael & Suzie

39 & 31

Queensland, Australia

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Chinon or Fontevraud
Nearest Ferry
180 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Chinon or Fontevraud (On Site Available)
Nearest Beach
240 Miles
La Baule

The Loire Valley, also known as the 'Garden of France” has been blessed by temperate weather and good soil. Here, France’s royalty built a thousand chateaux, some of the world's finest, and a short distance from Paris.

In 2000, UNESCO added the central part of the Loire River valley to its list of World Heritage Sites. In choosing this area that includes the French départements of Loiret, Loir-et-Cher, Indre-et-Loire, and Maine-et-Loire, the committee said that the Loire Valley is: 'an exceptional cultural landscape, of great beauty, comprised of historic cities and villages, great architectural monuments - the Châteaux - and lands that have been cultivated and shaped by centuries of interaction between local populations and their physical environment, in particular the Loire itself.'

A visitor to the Loire Valley will find a region of France still mostly unspoiled by over-population or current fad. Fortunately, Peter Mayle wrote 'A Year in Provence' not 'A Year in the Loire.'

Other Activities: winery tours, chateau visits


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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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