Loire Holiday Rental. Sleeps 8. Great for family and friends. NO SHARING.
- english, french
About Jane Gardner
Arrived in France in 2004. Love this rural life. Apart from running the gite I have a small wine tour business Taste the Loire. My husband who 'retired' in 2015 is now employed as my full time handyman. We have 8 horses. Two retired, 4 show jumpers, a pony which was my daughter's first 'project' and a 3 year old who will commence her competion career in 2020. We are within an hour from the chateaux and vineyards of the Loire Valley which we visit on a regular basis. Tours a lovely old French Town, we visit when we need retail therapy.
Jane Gardner purchased this Villa in 2004
Why Jane Gardner chose Fléré-la-Rivière
The property had two house one immediately habitable and the larger one becoming a gite after about 6 months work. A perfect location as we needed land for our horses. A rural location but not to far from the rest of the world. We have since put in a heated pool and 6 boxes and a 45mx30m sand school.
What makes this Villa unique
The large garden of the gite is a perfect peaceful idle, with a sheltered heated private pool. It's a perfect spot for a family or friends gathering. Peaceful, private in the middle of the country with good road links to the area. Bird song is wonderful and on a clear night the stars are spectacular. Well behaved dogs are welcome. We could do you a horse B&B too. We can do you a wine tour directly from the gîte.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Only celebrations by the named parties allowed.
and Vaping outside only and not in the pool area.
Safe and secure for children.
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Max guests:8 (sleeps up to 7 adults)
No smoking at all in the house, in the terrace garden or around the pool. No glass items, bottles or drinking glasses around the pool.
No Vaping in the house at all. Only those named on the booking form may stay and use facilities at the house.
No pets on furniture, upstairs or in the pool area. Pets must stay in the terrace garden. We have many of our own animals. You MUST poo pick!
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
A quiet week in the middle of nowhere bound by rules
We were a family of five and were well accommodated in this converted barn. It is pretty much as advertised and mostly well equipped. In general, the indoor furnishings and fittings are adequate but very basic and the lounge area is like a waiting room. Outdoor is much better but is uncared for which is a real shame because it could have been beautiful. There is haphazard planting, most of which was dried out and dead and the pool area decking needing weeding - we did it ourselves after getting stung by nettles getting into the pool.
With regards to the area, there is very little to do nearby which worked for us because we wanted a quiet week and the weather was great so the pool and table tennis kept us all occupied enough.
We loved being joined by the cats at dinner time and although the book of rules said not to feed them, we did give them bits of chicken and fish (sorry Doug and Jane) and we made temporary friends.
The biggest downside to this place is the welcome book of rules. We are regular travellers and the last cottage owner gave us a five star guest rating. I suppose there may be a variation in guests’ standards to manage but I think the owners could reflect on the tone of the book and the very long list of do and don’ts - what sun cream to use, how to use the towels, how long to leave the pool ‘open’, how much rubbish is ok to leave on the last day etc with an accompanying list of fines that will be deducted from your deposit if the rules are broken. Two of our boys stayed up very late one night drinking in the garden and the next night we were asked not to leave the outside light on, we were also not allowed to enter Doug’s shed and under no circumstances to forget to dispose of rubbish - there’s a written reminder on the noticeboard and we got a verbal one too during our stay.
Admittedly, we are not folk who are particularly receptive to being told what to do (we think we have good standards home and away) but it is possible that other visitors will welcome being clear about the owners’ expectations. We made a joke of it between ourselves, followed the rules religiously (even bought different sun cream before we used the pool - don’t take P20) and got up extra early on changeover day to leave the property as found. Regrettably we did break one wine glass though. I will await with interest to see whether we passed the owners’ test and the extent of fines that are applied 😉�.
Really good place to stay especially with kids.
We have recently returned from a fabulous week away here. The pool really made this place as the children were occupied all week. The Set up of the garden was great in that there was various places to sit and relax in the sun or the shade. The owners were nice and friendly and let the children meet the horses.
The property was clean and well maintained with good facilities
The house is situated in a lovely peaceful rural location. We very much enjoyed the swimming pool and other outdoor equipment.
The house had all we needed to make our stay comfortable and was clean and cool.
There are plenty of interesting places to visit without travelling too far.
A large supermarket and bakery are within a 10 min drive.
The owners were very helpful and friendly making us feel very welcome.
2 weeks in the southern Loire Valley
We had a great holiday. The villa was just as described on the website and Jane and Doug's hospitality was fantastic. We particularly appreciated the private heated pool which made swimming an absolute pleasure, even if there was a nip in the air. We recommend Jane's wine tasting trip. We had a fab day and a wonderful meal. I was good not to have to organise the day and be driven!
lovely place to stay
The property is a good size, well-maintained and full of charm. With 2 teen boys and a 12 year old girl it was very useful to have so many bathrooms, English t.v. and a dining room table for board games! The garden was a great space with the pool a huge success. We enjoyed swing-ball, table tennis and badminton but could also have tried boules and croquet!
In the local area, we would highly recommend the go-karts. They do mini-karts for younger children up to about 12 and full size karts for older children and adults. The track was excellent! The nearby town of Loches is pretty and well worth a visit. Further afield, the chateau of Cheverny is great for those who remember watching Tintin and Amboise has lots to offer.
Jane and Doug were helpful and friendly hosts with useful advice on nearby facilities.
I would definitely recommend this property to friends and relatives.
A peaceful paradise with lovely swimming pool
We have just returned from a wonderful fortnight at ‘Maison de Maitre’. We were looking for the perfect ‘Get Away From It All’ and we found it here. The house is pleasantly situated in a large private garden. The lovely swimming pool is situated in its own enclosure complete with sun beds and large shaded cover. It is about 1.2m deep making it perfect for pool volleyball as well as swimming.
Outside the house is a terraced area complete with two large garden tables and chairs and shaded cover. We spent many hours out here, chatting, drinking, eating all our meals and playing Bridge into the evening. Inside the house is comfortably furnished and well equipped including with freeview UK Satellite so the boys (12,14 & 53!) could listen to Test Match Special on R5SX and keep an eye on the Open Golf. The house’s old stone walls mean the house remains cool even when the outside temperate is in the mid 30’s. There is a 3G signal at the house however wifi is not available unless you go to the owners property next door. Given our desire to ‘get away from it all’ this level of connectivity suited us fine.
The house is situated South of the main wine growing area of the Loire Valley. It takes about an hour to reach the wine centres and chateaux for which the area is renowned. We had a wonderful day visiting the amazing renaissance gardens at Chateaux Villandry and doing some tasting of Vouvray wine. Lovely! The nearest Supermarket, which provided all we needed, is about ten minutes drive away in Chatillon sur Indre There is also a traditional open air market in Loches which is about twenty minutes away.
The British owners live next door to the gite and are on hand to help with any questions or problems including: daily maintenance of the swimming pool; recommending restaurants and places to taste wine; contacting the local vet for the required check before returning to the UK and even replacing the ball of the swing ball when the boys manage to blast the old one off! (Thank you Jane!)
The arrangement of the house and garden was very suitable for our dog as it is enclosed and private and we felt Duffy was made very welcome. There are short and longer walks available from the house along the tracks and green lanes that surround the house.
So for us – a fortnight in paradise. We loved it and hope to return. Thank you very much.
Thank you both for your lovely review. We are still working on the wifi and hope to have it installed in the gite soon. This is rural France! Hope to see you again soon?
La Bourjonnerie is situated 20 minutes south of the historic town of Loches, in the Loire Valley. We are found between the villages of Fléré la Rivière and St Flover, and are 7 kms from the rural town of Chatillon-sur-Indre. (D13). The closest boulangerie is in St Flovier at 4 kms so a car is necessary.
15 kms south you can find the Brenne with 100 lakes. A National wild life area, popular with bird watchers.
Just 20 mins away is Reserve de la Haute-Touche where you can see animals from five different continents some of them very rare.
Zooparc de Beauval - St Aignan - 45 minutes.
Futuroscope - Poitiers - 64kms
Chateaux of the Loire, Amboise, Villandray, Chenonceau, Cande all an easy drive.
Golf: Welcome in the Golf of Loches Verneuil
Nine holes par 35
To only 15 km from the villa and 5kms from the royal city of Loches, on a site of 25 hectares in South Touraine,
The golf of Loches-Verneuil is economic, ecological, and accessible for all.
Le Golf Loches-Verneuil is open all the year:
From the November 1 to March 31: from 10h to 17h
Of the April 1 to October 31: from9h to 19h every day.
Horse Riding Les Ecuries des grande Robineaux
Wine Tours by arrangement. Low season packages available. Please ask.