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Historic Riverside Home, Southern Loire Valley

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Last updated: 04/17/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7-30 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Mediaeval Country House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

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:

Outdoor adventurers - biking, canoing, hiking, horseback riding
Anyone seeking peace and relaxation!

Nearby attractions

• Angles-sur-l'Anglin, less than three 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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Member since: 2005

Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated: 04/17/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • 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

  • Non Smoking Only:

    smoking outside only, please...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

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

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility:

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

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

  • Bedroom 3: 1 double


  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Double (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: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 2: combination tub/shower

    ground floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet


  • Both bathrooms feature full-length tubs, with shower.

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

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Only DVDs & VCR - no tv programming...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
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Rural:

    St. Pierre is a small village in the depths of the countryside....moreless

  • Water View:

    The house overlooks a mill pond on the Gartempe River ...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Garden frontage on the Gartempe River...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • 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


  • Broadband Access:

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

  • Clothes Dryer:

    clothesline available in garden...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    With pellet stove- warm and cozy...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


  • Coffee Maker:

    Espresso machine, grinder, French Press...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    well equipped kitchen...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Sufficient for 8 or more...moreless

  • Dishwasher


  • 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



Write a review 4.2
from 6 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Months
Nov 4 - Apr 28, 2018
30 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

Changeover Day: Saturday

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

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $255.64
  • Cleaning $95.87
  • Taxes Not included


No refunds unless a replacement booking becomes available.

Utilities & heating payable in winter season

Owner's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 04/17/2017
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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
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
La Busserais (river bathing)

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. The countryside is permeated by medieval 'green lanes', which not only provide great walking and mountain biking, but can also be explored on a horse-drawn wagon for a nominal sum. Throughout the summer there are villages festivals, brocantes and music recitals. The great royal châteaux of the Loire Valley are only an hour's drive away, as are many famous wineries.


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-Maillé, France:
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.

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Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated: 04/17/2017

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  • 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

This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Sunday, April 23, 2017

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