VRBO is part of the HomeAway family, the world leader in vacation rentals with over 1 million listings. We offer the largest selection of properties for any travel occasion and every budget. We’re committed to helping families and friends find a perfect vacation rental to create unforgettable travel experiences together. Learn More
Yes, you CAN have it all! Experience the magic of the French countryside in this charming and roomy loft apartment in a 250 year old country, stone farmhouse. Located just 15 minutes away from Amboise, one of the most visited cities in France, it’s the perfect starting point for an enchanting discovery tour of France’s glorious historical past. The Loire flows majestically through this historical castle-studded valley, recently listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Fields and forests are the views from your cozy nest. A separate entrance with a sturdy staircase takes you up to the spacious loft (300 square feet) where you will marvel at the beautifully exposed, original, rough-hewn beams and stone walls.
The large, dormer window, glassed entrance, and round oeil de boeuf window in the bedroom, flood the room with soft light and provide a pleasant view of the original 16th century well, garden, 14 century ruins, and the fields and valley view.
The bedroom, with a double bed, is separated from the salon and kitchen area by French doors. The spacious living area includes 2 sofas (one becomes a double bed), an arm chair, and flat screen TV, with satellite, including British entertainment and news channels, a multi-system DVD player (you can bring some from home), and access to a collection of English films.
The new and modern bathroom with its comfortable, large oval soaking tub/shower stands in harmony with the ancient beams and angled walls. We enjoyed searching high and low for the loft's antique furnishings. If you are here in the spring, summer or fall, you, too, can explore the local vide greniers (community garage sales) or the many antique stores in the area. Treasures can be found!
The functional kitchen is equipped with a table large enough for 4, 2 electric burners, microwave, drip coffer maker, toaster that also grills, compact refrigerator, and all you'll need to create meals from the fresh meats and produce found in the local, open markets.
The Loft is equipped with WiFi and Free Long Distance phone calls.
If you'd like more space, more privacy, or just the possibility of sleeping in a California King sized bed, you can request to add Le Bis to Le Loft during your stay.
Le Bis, also 300 square feet, is connected to Le Loft, and doubles the size of the living space. It includes a sitting area, with couch and arm chairs, a desk, 2 windows looking over the Valley, and a King sized bed.
Explore Amboise, only 15 minutes away, with it’s fortressed walls, ancient clock-tower, the Royal Chateau d’Amboise, and the special jewel, Clos Luce, the magnificent home where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last years of his life, now a museum and tribute to his genius. Just 30 minutes away by car or a delightful bike ride is Chenonceau, the darling of the Loire Valley Chateaux. Nearby, Chambord with its many turrets or Vilandry, with its amazingly beautiful ornamental gardens of colorful vegetables should be next on your agenda as they shouldn't be missed. Wine enthusiasts will also be delighted by the abundance of wine tasting cellars in the area-Vouvray, Chinon, St Nicolas de Bourgeuil, Sancerre, etc. Local wine estates welcome visitors.
If you’re the outdoor type, one of the longest and most picturesque bicycle trails in Europe as well as section of the Grande Randonnee (France’s answer to the John Muir Trail) pass through Amboise, for your cycling and hiking enjoyment. Bicycles can be rented from several locations in Amboise or if you bring your own, we can shelter it in our barn.
When Veronica's Organic Garden is producing, the vegetables and fresh flowers are a delight for the senses. You can visit the twice-weekly open-air market in Amboise, along the Loire, and pick up something delicious to eat. If you had your big meal in the afternoon, as the French do, you can enjoy a simple light meal at home, with a crusty baguette from our village bakery, that you've picked up fresh-baked in the morning, or you can purchase a sampling of Madame Bodet's (our neighbor) chevre (goat) cheeses, which this region in France is known for, or buy sausages and other meats from the local animal reserve, Beaumarchais. Your meal will be complimented with a robust red wine or sparkling, slightly fruity Vouvray from one of the many local wineries.
Feel like going out? Our village is the home of the Restaurant Auberge de la Brenne, renowned for its gastronomical sampling of local specialties. There is also a plethora of restaurants in all price ranges from country casual to city elegant, within 20 minutes of the farmhouse and we’d be happy to recommend some to you. We have lived in France for over 25 years and are glad to offer our assistance by pointing you in interesting directions. We hope to make your stay not only one you will long remember but one you will long to return to, time and time again!
Le BIS : additional bedroom/sitting room available, doubling the interior space, giving you 2 separate bedrooms.
Le BIS rates = add extra $20 per night
Stopping in Paris? Please ask about renting one of many unique Paris rentals, in the culturally rich Latin Quarter, St Germain, Paris 7ème or the Chic 16ème.
Large Bathtub for two people with dimmer lights for romantic soak or cozy shower for two, VCR with Extensive Video Library, DVD player, Stove-top and Refrigerator in kitchen equipped for light meals, Linens, Gas Grill (BBQ) with Outdoor Table and Chairs, Gazebo under Old Oak, Iron and Ironing Board, and Plenty of Fresh Air!
Village offers Fine Dining, fantastic Boulangerie, Goat Cheese producers, and Horse Riding Stables.
For more space and privacy, you can opt to add on Le Bis, a large bedroom/living area attached to Le Loft, that has a King sized bed, living area with couch and 2 chairs, and desk near the 2 windows with views of the fields, forest and valley. You would double the interior space, and have 2 separate bedrooms instead of 1--Please ask for more information and rates....moreless
Satellite / Cable:
Satellite TV with several English channels--BBC, CNN, etc....moreless
Add another bedroom/sitting room (called Le Bis) - for an extra $20 per night.
Discounts offered for stays of 7 nights or more : please contact Manager/Owner.
Deposit of 30% of Rental Fees required to hold reservation.
Balance, plus cleaning fees, are due 30 days before arrival.
Applicable security deposit by credit card hold.
We accept Credit Cards : Visa, MasterCard and Discover.
Travel with confidence
Pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer) to protect your payment up to $1,000. Before making a payment always call the owner at the number listed on our website, and never use instant money transfer services such as Western Union and MoneyGram.
Adding our Vacation Protection services can make sure your getaway goes smoothly, no matter what. We offer Cancellation Protection, Carefree Rental Guarantee, and Damage Protection so you can truly relax.
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations.
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.
The famous Chateaux of the Loire Valley, many with summer sound and light shows, Amboise, Chenonceau, Chambord, Blois, Chaumont, Azay-le-Rideau,Villandry, to name a few, Leonardo da Vinci's home/museum in Amboise and numerous museums, monuments, and open-air markets in Tours, There are many recreational attractions as well, the aquarium, the mini-chateaux, Fantasy Forest (a children's amusement park), a wild-life park and horseback Riding, and swimming within fifteen minutes of the house, Dining out becomes a fine art with many nearby restaurants in all price ranges, from the deliciously simple to the gastronomical splurge, In the heart of Vouvray Wine country as well as all the different varieties of Loire Wine--Chinon, Bourgeuil, Sancerre, etc., For the shoppers, there are many gift and specialty shops, as well as antique shops in town, Check the activity calendar for special town fairs with their parades, medieval jousts, and the wonderful vide-greniers (village-wide flea markets) during Spring, Summer and Fall.