18th Century Stone Barn in a Magical, Ideal Loire Valley Setting(18 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:4 nights
- Property type:Barn
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
65 square-meter loft for two, luxurious bathroom and gourmet kitchen
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.
Member since: 2011
- 60 m²
- Max. occupancy 2
- Not Suitable For Children
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Private Chef
- Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- DVD Player
- Video Library
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Equestrian Events
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Dining Area
- Seating for 4 people
- Alarm Clock
- Basic Soaps
- Clothes Dryer:
- Computer Available:
- Filtered Water
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Area
- Local Maps
- Macintosh Computer
- Mobile Phone:
- Paper Towels
- Parking Off Street:
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine:
- Wireless Internet:
- 4 Ring Stove
- Catering Available:
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
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My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Taxes Not included
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Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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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
Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: 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.
Why the Owner Chose Lerné, France:
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.
The Unique Benefits at this Barn:
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.
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Moonrise Over The Valley
A Short Stroll to the Village of Lerné
Queen-size American Bed
Our Wine Cave
Tomatoes From The Vegetable Garden
Main House Professional Kitchen
Composed Summer Salad
Exterior East Facade
Hot Air Balloons over the Valley
View from Chinon Castle
Living Room Area
Bathroom Sink Area
Serious Kitchen for Serious Cooks
Pick Your Own For Clafoutis
The Garlic Harvest
Chicken Grilled Under Bricks
Summer Pizza from our outdoor oven
Tarte Tatin of Pears from our garden
Local 'Brocante' (Flea Market)
This listing was first published here in 2011.
Date last modified - Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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