Guests have exclusive use of the entire farm at La Caltière, a stone farmhouse built in the 17th century and converted to offer plenty of comfort while keeping its original features.
Three bedrooms can sleep up to eight guests. Decorated in the traditional style, the house is on two floors incorporating a large open-plan minstrels' gallery. The home also features a 32 inch flat screen TV with freeview channels, as well as Wi-Fi internet.
The house is surrounded by a large fully fenced garden, with plenty of open lawn, some trees, and a seperately fenced 10m x 4m pool with underwater lighting.
The garden also has a full size boules pitch, and there is a snooker table, table tennis table and some bikes in one of the outbuildings. The property is on a slight elevation, with views across the surrounding countryside. The other buildings within the farm grounds are an open barn, haybarn, and wine press /cellar.
The location is very rural and quite private on the edge of a hamlet of seven farmhouses.
On the ground floor, the living room is bright and airy with two stable doors. A stereo system and plenty of comfortable chairs make it a good place to relax.
In the dining room, there is an extendable dining table.
The kitchen is fully equipped and includes an oven with gas hob, a microwave, a washing machine and a dishwasher.
The first of the three bedrooms is on the ground floor, and it has a double bed. Also on this level is a shower room with a toilet and washbasin.
A flight of steep wooden steps leads to the upper floor. The master bedroom is a family room with a double bed a single bed and another pull out single bed. It has an en-suite shower room with a toilet and washbasin. The other first floor bedroom has a pair of twin beds. The two rooms open off a large landing which serves as an additional living area.
La Caltière is set in the middle of a triangle of three villages: Azay-le-Ferron, which has a safari park, a château and a good restaurant, Martizay, and Preuilly-sur-Claise. All three villages have shops, a bakery and restaurants, but Preuilly is the largest, and is a very attractive traditional village. Built astride the River Claise, it has a famous abbey with a decorated spire, several restaurants, tennis courts and a supermarket.
15 minutes away is the historic spa town of La Roche-Posay which has two golf courses, a casino, beauty parlours, shops, boutiques and a wide choice of restaurants, in addition to the famous water source which put it on the map.
La Caltière is surrounded by vineyards. The farm is in the Brenne National Park, known as the Land of a Thousand Lakes, which offers a great day out, with walking trails and opportunities to watch birds and wildlife. There are good restaurants and a "beach" in the Brenne.
All the local villages and towns are worth visiting, especially on their weekly market day. The largest markets are at Descartes and Loches. The major châteaux of the Loire Valley are within an hours drive, and there are other interesting towns to see on the way. The region enjoys a particularly warm climate from late June through to the end of September, with a mild winter.
“We have just returned from a lovely two week holiday at la caltiere.Firstly we arrived late at night but the directions to the farm were really good we found it easily. On waking on the first morning we found everything to be exactly as we had hoped. The house was very clean & tidy with loads of open space outside & fully enclosed. The views from the house were beautiful. The pool is also fully enclosed & cleaned regularly by Terry (many thanks)This was perfect as we have three young children & felt happy to let them play safely !Fresh towels & bedding were supplied for the second week by Maureen (many thanks) which was a really nice and unexpected addition. There were also lots of personal touches to the farm house and it was clear that the owners consider guest comforts. The owners provided 2 outside tables in different locations within the garden , they correctly suggested that the tables provide the best views and shade from the sun at different times of day. We greatly appreciated this. We have had a really lovely holiday and would highly recommend this house to friends and family.”
John B. - Skipton, UK
“We had a wonderful time. The house was very comfortable, the little touches such as night lanterns and the cave à fromage were really appreciated and made us feel that we were staying in a very special place. ”
Nancy P. - Hove, East Sussex, U.K.
“We had a lovely stay in your delightfully converted farmhouse. The property was ideal for us with not only a great pool but also a snooker room, which we frequently used. The views from the garden are superb.”
Andrew D. - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK
“The immaculate extensive grounds were a sheer delight.T he old farmhouse is tastefully decorated with a real rustic feel. We enjoyed hours of fun and games in the pool and we wished we could have stayed longer.”
Amanda M. - Cianfield, Hampshire, UK
“We had a fabulous time and enjoyed a relaxing holiday in La Caltiere. The views and surrounding countryside were lovely too. The information provided was extremely helpful and saved a lot of time researching the local area.”
Colette P. - London, UK
“We love what youve done to the farmhouse - a very nice retreat in the country... a perfect spot for anyone wanting to get away from it all for a week. Its beautiful countryside and very peaceful. Thank you so much.”
Sherrill H. - Brantford, Ontario, Canada
“We had a great week- love the inflatable whales in the pool and the whole peaceful air of the farmhouse.Lovely house - wonderfully converted and equipped. Thank you!”
Bronia T. - York, UK
“A wonderful week - very relaxing. Used the pool everyday, enjoyed buying breakfast at the local shops every morning and visiting châteaux and Chinon. Loved it !”
Jane H. - Victoria, Australia
“The delights of rural France have been a joy. Excellent food and wine, tranquil countryside, the perfect place to relax. The pool and boules were fun too.”
Julie J. - London, UK