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Gracious Family Home in the Loire Valley

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Last updated: 06/21/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Berry sur Cher is our family home in France. It is in the village of Meusnes, near Romorantin and Selles sur Cher, in the Loire Valley, about a mile from the Cher River. The center of the property is the main house, a lovely longere – a long white stone farm house, built 1750- 1890. We purchased the house in 2000, and have completed substantial renovations of the house, including a modern kitchen and 3 ½ baths. The house is furnished with antiques, art and collectibles- it combines both country elegance and comfort. We also lovingly restored the beautiful gardens, and added a porch with teak flooring between the two wings of the house; this serves as the summer dining room There are many places, inside and out, to gather with friends and family, or to spend quiet time with a good book. Note: we have recently added a basin in the garden with colorful fish and waterlilies. A tranquil spot to sit, but children must be carefully supervised by parents and other guests.

The house is located in a small town (pop. 1000) with a church, bakery, butcher/deli, small grocery store, pharmacy and post office. Nearby Selles sur Cher (5 minutes) is a bustling market town with restaurants and shops.

Keywords: French country home


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Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House
  • 300 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Children are accepted at age 8, or small infants. Please discuss with owner....moreless

  • Limited Accessibility:

    The house is at ground level, with no steps, and the master bedroom is on the ground level, but the shower is not wheelchair accessible....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children:

    This is our family home and is furnished with antiques and art. also there is a pond in the yard, so we generally don;t accept children under 7-8 years old....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 7-8

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Bedroom 4


  • Queen size Bed (1), Double Bed (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) There is a day bed in the upstairs master bedroom- reasonably confortable to sleep an 8th person....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Situated in a lovely park and gardens, a separate art studio outbuilding, a boules court and croquet....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    puzzles and a few games...moreless

  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    There are DVDs and cassettes in English and French....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    Table with extension, 6-8 chairs, table linens available....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:

    plus an outdoor clothes line....moreless

  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage:

    locks to keep your bikes safe...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    the house has gas heat downstairs and electric upstairs. ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Bed linens and towels of high quality are provided, and beds made up prior to your arrival....moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    firewood provided...moreless


  • Catering Available:

    We can provide dinners upon request, for special occasions or when you are away all day and don't want to cook....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Automatic coffee maker, coffee press, and electric tea kettle for hot water, plus a supply of coffee and teas....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    includes all manner of cookware, dishes and glasswear, plus table linens. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    many attractive sets of dishes and glasses are available for your use....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    .Fully equipped, fit for a professional chef--but bring your own knives if you want good ones....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    Some staples are provided, flour, sugar, mustard and mayo, plus herbs and spices....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Semi-professional stove, combination gas/electric oven/grill, and gas burners on top....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2015
3 night min stay
€1,600 €5,000
Sep 1 - Nov 1, 2015
3 night min stay

€1,400 €4,500
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit €750
  • Cleaning €100
  • Taxes Not included


We regret that we cannot accept children under 8. No pets are allowed, and no smoking in the house (to accommodate any allergies of future guests)

Christmas and off season rates include heating. We can also offer rates without heating included, and the guests will pay a deposit for heat, which we will adjust at end of stay according to the electricity and propane meter readings.

A 25% deposit is required to confirm the reservation, with the balance due 45 days prior to arrival.

The damage deposit is due by check 45 days prior to arrival, refundable at end of stay.

A €100 cleaning fee is due in cash AT ARRIVAL.

We prefer to be paid by wire transfer. There is a possibility of using a credit card through PayPal.

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Last updated: 06/21/2015
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Nearby: Zoo Beauval (among top 10 in world), chateaux, gardens, wineries, local farmers markets, summer concerts and theater, walking and cycling


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: Our family loves this home for vacations and visits with friends, and my daughters visit often. I am an antique textiles dealer, and retired to France a few years ago, and now live in an apartment on the property - in a separate building - when the house is rented. As such, I will be available to host a welcoming wine and cheese party for renters, and to provide or organize some meals if desired. I also act as a 'concierge', making reservations and recommendations for restaurants, helping to plan chateaux visits, canoe and bike trips, wine and cheese tastings. I will do what I can to make your visit to our home enjoyable, and will stay discreetly in my quarters when you are here.

Why the Owner Chose Meusnes:
The Loire Valley is a lovely area, close to Paris (2.5 hours by train or car), and filled with things to do. In the summer each town has a festival around dinner and dancing, or music or antiques. Within 10 minutes drive, we have the Zoo Beauval, among the top 10 zoos in the world, with 2 new baby pandas and animals from 5 continents. There are jazz and opera festivals, antique fairs abound, and there is fishing and boating and picnics in little parks around ponds. Not far there is golf and hot air ballooning, and the chateaux provide a wonderful history of France, and beautiful architecture and gardens. It is at once quite and lively, not too full of tourists, but rather rich with things to do and relaxing at the same time. The town markets for food are wonderful to visit and inspire the next meal. the opportunities for biking and riding and walking are abundant, and they are a part of the French way of life. It is in my mind a perfect place!

The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
The house provides a very relaxing home base, and some days no one wants to leave it. The house itself has a very comfortable living room, and an upstairs reading and entertainment area with sofas and television/DVD, plus books and games. The fireplace is welcoming in cool weather. In the summer there is the covered dining porch, and terraces with benches and chairs all around the house, with more areas to visit or read in the gardens. There is croquet and boules to play, and a tennis court 3 minutes away in the center of town. The kitchen is equipped with absolutely everything to please the gourmet cook, from cooper cookware to Cuisinart. and there is a table by the French doors for the sous-chefs and onlookers. Then within 45 minutes drive- or by bike- there is so much to do when you want to venture out.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • the living room- cool in summer, firelit  in winter- warm and charming.

    the living room- cool in summer, firelit in winter- warm and charming.

  • upstairs bath

    upstairs bath

  • Berry sur Cher- a charming property of character, updated for modern living.

    Berry sur Cher- a charming property of character, updated for modern living.

  • Master bedroom suite, 1st floor, has a dressing room & glass-walled shower,

    Master bedroom suite, 1st floor, has a dressing room & glass-walled shower,

  • 2nd  floor bedroom with balcony and ensuite bath

    2nd floor bedroom with balcony and ensuite bath

  • A single bed, ensuite apartment with vintage crewel bedhangings and its bath..

    A single bed, ensuite apartment with vintage crewel bedhangings and its bath..

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