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Historic Riverside Home, Southern Loire Valley

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Last updated: 09/16/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7-30 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

St.-Pierre-de-Maille house description

Welcome to La Grange aux Dîmes, St. Pierre-de-Maille.

Our riverside home in France provides a peaceful retreat in which to dream, think, write or simply relax. Overlooking a millpond on the Gartempe River, a tributary of the mighty Loire, we are serenaded by amorous toads & frogs, ducks and moorhens against the steady backdrop of water pouring over the weir.

Solidly built by the Bishops of Poitiers in the early fourteen-hundreds as a tithe barn, the house has massive foundations with walls several feet thick. It retains its medieval ambience with exposed oak beams and an elegant cherry-wood staircase built in the local style.

The house has recently undergone extensive improvements to make it energy-efficient - for the first time in 600 years

Light and airy, it enjoys stunning views across the river. Our garden runs down to the river bank and provides a peaceful and secluded spot to write, read, doze or entertain. We are both writers and find the environment very conducive to our work. We feel that our home would be ideally suited for like-minded people.

Our village, St. Pierre-de-Maillé, has its own general store, which you will find well stocked. We also have a bakery, restaurant, and bar.

Our home is perfect for:

• Writers
• Painters
• Photographers
• Families
• Anyone seeking peace and relaxation!

What is around us?

• Angles-sur-l'Anglin, less than two miles away, hailed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, is also home to a new museum of prehistory dedicated to the famous relief carvings in the Abri du roc aux sorciers.
• The great chateaux of the Loire valley.
• Wineries
• The Brenne National Park – great for wildlife
• Futuroscope - Theme park devoted to the moving image
• and a lot more!


• Abundant bike & walking trails
• Swimming & duck feeding in the river
• Canoeing (available to borrow)
• Horse & cart ride
• Horse riding
• Wine tasting
• Fishing
• Rock climbing
• Boating
• Tennis
• Bird watching
• Prehistoric remains
• Scenery! - Churches, castles, ruins, caves, green lanes


• 3 bedrooms (2 double, 1 twin)
• 2.5 bathrooms
• Free WiFi
• Washer & outdoor line (no dryer)
• Linens & towels
• Gas stove & Bench-top oven
• Microwave
• Dishwasher
• Games & books
• TV & DVD player
• Pellet stove heater in living room
• Electric wall heaters
• Bikes & Canoes available to borrow free of charge
• Family friendly (high chair & cot available)
• Patio/outdoor area with barbecue
• Vegetable garden (help yourself!)
• Private section of garden with river access
• Picnic tables on the river opposite the house

Other Details

• Minimum stay 7 nights
• Long term renters welcome
• Price varies according to season
• Check in 5pm
• Check out 10am
• Pets considered
• Non-smoking
• Minimum age of renters is 25


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Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


          • Children Welcome:

            The river, with its nearby bathing beach, swimming, canoeing provides many attraction for families. Bicycling, nature walks, farm visits all available....moreless

          • Limited Accessibility:

            The ground floor is accessible to persons of limited mobility. Wheelchair access possible....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only:

            smoking outside only, please...moreless

          • Pets Considered:

            Dogs must be kept on leash in this community...moreless

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

          • Bedroom 3: 1 double


          • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


          • Bedroom 1: 1 double


          • Double Bed (1) upstairs master bedroom, Double Bed (1) in downstairs bedroom - a bit small, Twin or Single Beds in upstairs room , Baby Cribs (1) available. Master bedroom and bathroom accessed through other upstairs bedroom,...moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


          • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

            ground floor...moreless

          • Bathroom 3: toilet

            ground floor toilet...moreless

          Other Amenities

              • Secluded riverside garden provides a great place for writers and artists. Help yourself to fresh vegetables and eggs (when the chickens are laying). St.Pierre is home to an excellent restaurant (L'Etoile) and there are also several others nearby catering to all tastes. The area is great for bicycling and hiking, canoeing and fishing and also provides limitless cultural attractions & activities...moreless


              • Books:

                Many & diverse subjects...moreless

              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Games:

                chess, scrabble etc. Lots and lots of games...moreless

              • Music Library:

                classical & some jazz...moreless

              • Ping Pong Table
              • Stereo
              • Television:

                with dvd and vcr only. Available on request....moreless

              • Toys:

                Numerous toys & games for children...moreless

              • VCR
              • Video Library


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic


              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Festivals
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Museums
              • Restaurants
              • Ruins
              • Theme Parks
              • Winery Tours
              • Zoo

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Massage Therapist

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Gambling Casinos
              • Horseback Riding
              • Photography
              • Scenic Drives
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Water View
              • Waterfront

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Rock Climbing
              • Spelunking
              • Swimming
              • Tennis


              • Child's Highchair
              • Dining:

                Dining area integral with kitchen & livingroom Additional dining area on patio and beside the river...moreless

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 6 people


              • Air Conditioning:

                None, however not needed...moreless

              • Broadband Access:

                Generally fast & reliable - but may be out briefly after thunder storms...moreless

              • Clothes Dryer:

                clothesline available in garden...moreless

              • Computer Available:

                small notebook may be available...moreless

              • Fireplace:

                With pellet stove- warm and cozy...moreless

              • Fitness Room / Equipment:

                The great outdoors!...moreless

              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating:

                Central pellet furnace - also electric wall heaters in each room....moreless

              • Internet:

                WiFi throughout house...moreless

              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room:

                armchairs, sofa, bookcases, desk etc....moreless

              • Parking:

                One off street parking space Plenty of on-street parking...moreless

              • Parking Off Street:

                space for one vehicle...moreless

              • Telephone:

                local calls only...moreless

              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine
              • Wireless Internet
              • Wood Stove:

                Woodstove in back groundfloor bedroom...moreless


              • Coffee Maker:

                Espresso machine, grinder, French Press...moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                well equipped kitchen...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                Sufficient for 8 or more...moreless

              • Dishwasher
              • Refrigerator:

                2 fridges in main kitchen...moreless

              • Stove
              • Toaster


              • Bicycles:

                several bikes are available - more can be rented if necessary....moreless

              • Deck / Patio:

                We eat many meals here overlooking the river...moreless

              • Golf:

                In La Roche Posay - 20 minutes drive...moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                We have two inflatable canoes that can be used on the river...moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                Riverside garden -ideal for drinks & relaxation. Also a productive vegetable garden - and sometimes chickens & eggs....moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

                traditional charcoal grill...moreless

              • Tennis:

                Courts available in village campground...moreless

              Pool / Spa

                  • Communal Pool:

                    Good river bathing in area (our riverside garden area is a bit too muddy for comfort, but 2 inflatable canoes are available.)...moreless



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                  from 5 traveler reviews
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                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  High Season
                  Jun 6 - Sep 26, 2015
                  7 night min stay

                  £605 £2,000

                  Changeover Day: Saturday

                  My Standard Rate
                  30 night min stay

                  * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Cleaning £75
                  • Refundable Damage Deposit £200
                  • Taxes Not included


                  No refunds unless a replacement booking becomes available.

                  Utilities & heating payable in standard season

                  Cancellation policy:

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                  Last updated: 09/16/2014
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                  40 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  250 Metres
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Cheval Blanc
                  6 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  La Roche Posay
                  20 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  200 Metres
                  Nearest Restaurant

                  Car: Recommended

                  The area, set in gently rolling hills and river valleys, is rich in historic and prehistoric sites. Angles sur l'Anglin (3 miles) is one of the ten most beautiful villages in France, with dramatic cliff-top castle ruins and prehistory museum. Many visitors enjoy the Gregorian chant at the 12th Century Benedictine Abbey at Fontgombeault


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 1990

                  About the owner: The owners are founding directors of the Bali Children's Project, a non-profit providing educational opportunities to disadvantaged village children. Both are writers. Dr. John Cooke taught zoology at Oxford, and was a director of Oxford Scientific Films, producing wildlife documentaries for TV.

                  Why the Owner Chose St.-Pierre-de-Maille:
                  After visiting with friends for several years we fell in love with this part of France. The location and historic character of the house presented a unique opportunity when it came on the market.

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  The best of French country living while only 80 minutes from Paris by TGV.

                  Contact us

                  Speaks: english, french


                  • House from the river

                    House from the river

                  • Kitchen & Dining Area

                    Kitchen & Dining Area

                  • View across the river from kitchen

                    View across the river from kitchen

                  • Horses in the Gartempe

                    Horses in the Gartempe

                  • Early morning mists on the Gartempe- across from house.

                    Early morning mists on the Gartempe- across from house.

                  • Joyce with one of the girls

                    Joyce with one of the girls

                  • Russian dancers on our steps. [ Lots of music and performances in our area!]

                    Russian dancers on our steps. [ Lots of music and performances in our area!]

                  • View from our terrace.

                    View from our terrace.

                  • Abandoned Wagon

                    Abandoned Wagon

                  • Livingroom


                  • Back Bedroom

                    Back Bedroom

                  • Castle ruins - Angles-sur-l'Anglin

                    Castle ruins - Angles-sur-l'Anglin

                  • Annual bike race through St. Pierre de Maillé

                    Annual bike race through St. Pierre de Maillé

                  • Fishing on the Gartempe

                    Fishing on the Gartempe

                  • Bounty from our Garden

                    Bounty from our Garden

                  • Painting in our garden

                    Painting in our garden

                  • nearby St. Savin Abbey -  A world Heritage Site

                    nearby St. Savin Abbey - A world Heritage Site

                  • Sunflowers in July

                    Sunflowers in July

                  • The house in autumn

                    The house in autumn

                  VRBO #290063

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                  This listing was first published here in 2010.

                  Date last modified - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

                  £198 - £605 per week (GBP)

                  3 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 8

                  View calendar: Updated 09/16/14
                  Minimum stay: 7-30 nights
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                  Speaks: english, french
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                  St.-Pierre-de-Maille #290063

                  3 BR  2.5 BA  Sleeps 8

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