Domaine de Bel-Etre

Varennes sur fouzon, Indre

In rolling countryside near the Château de Valençay, a peaceful estate where 3 elegant gîtes share pool, sauna and gym. Relax in nature


3 places


Sleeping from 4 – 8


The focus in this gracious Berry farmhouse is on life’s pleasures: the great outdoors, peace and relaxation, good wine, cheese, a daily fresh bread delivery from friendly Madame Herelle. Leave the world behind as you sweep through woodland to the estate’s grand entrance, and burst into sprawling grounds with panoramas over the valley. Architect-restored with top quality everything, the farmhouse is split into three gîtes, one with an accessible ground-floor bedroom. The style is sophisticated and open-plan, the quality flawless: smooth white paint, bucket chairs, flowing curtains in lime green, orange or mustard, a nod to farmhouse style in big stone fires, wooden stairs and tables. State-of-the-art kitchens gleam with polished steel; bathrooms do likewise with impeccable tiles; light dances on mirrors and paintings. Relax. You can barbecue in a private garden area or join other guests in the library or at the ping-pong table. And if the Loire’s walking trails are not exercise enough, there’s an indoor pool, small gym and sauna (by arrangement) in what was once the creamery. Top value for a special stay.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights on weekdays. 2 nights at weekends. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from €120
Weekly price
from €800
1 House for 6
From €1605 beds4 bedrooms
1 House for 8
From €2006 beds5 bedrooms
1 House for 4
From €1203 beds3 bedrooms


This is our second holiday at Bel Etre this year. Everyday is so enjoyable starting with the bread and croissants delivered fresh each morning by Luc. The well equipped gites along with saltwater swimming pool, gym and beautiful countryside estate - what's not to like! Our grandson's enjoyed feeding the chickens in the summer (we enjoyed the fresh eggs). They had a wonderful day at the nearby world class zoo, and in the Chateaux at Valencay and Chenonceaux. This time, just the two of us, we cycled and visited Medieval towns. Great service from Claude and Luc. We'll be back.

Steve, Whitstable

Bel Etre has been my favourite French holiday ever - and I've been on a few. The site is so relaxing, and Claude and Luc are so kind and helpful, they really have thought of everything. The freshly delivered croissants and bread every morning were incredible, and the indoor pool is an absolute delight - temperature is great all day and perfect for a night swim. We loved every minute and will definately be back!

Julie, London

This really is a special place; we stayed in the gite Touraine which is beautifully furnished and equipped with everything you could possibly need (and more!) Claude and Luc are extremely welcoming, friendly and helpful and have provided lots of extra things such as books, games, table tennis, babyfoot as well as the tennis court, boules area, cycles, gym equipment, pool and sauna. Luc thoughtfully takes breakfast orders (bread/croissants etc) each evening and these are duly delivered each morning. Claude's English is fluent so if your French is poor you need have no worries. Highly recommend.

Adria, Middlesbrough

We have just returned from a wonderful week at Bel Etre. We stayed in Berry - beautifully decorated and well equipped. The pool is fabulous - indoors when the weather is poor and the doors can all open when the suns out. Claude and Luc are so welcoming whilst also giving you privacy. Valencay and Chenonceau are nearby. Highly recommend


Beautiful Gite, relaxing, fab swimming pool, friendly hosts. Lots of things to do locally, walks from the Gite. Big thumbs up!


i stayed at Domaine de Bel-Etre for a week and it was superb. The accomodation was beautiful in the most wonderful , tranquil surroundings. Claude and Luc were charming and hospitable and provide a very warm welcome. i can highly recommend t


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Claude Hérelle

  • NEW! A "Jean Becker" Tennis Court at Bel être.
  • Talleyrand's magnificent Castle at Valençay 4 km
  • Loches, an exceptional royal city. 30 km
  • "Jardins remarquables" (exceptional gardens) at Poulaines (5 km)
  • Azay le Ferron and the Park de la Haute Touche.
  • Beauval Zoo at 25 km


Claude Hérelle

Claude and Luc Hérelle run the estate for the owners, who live in Corsica for most of the year. Claude lived in England for eight years and speaks perfect English – excellent if your French is a bit under par. Together they keep things running like clockwork, along with much-loved Guinness – the dog, not the pint.