Domaine de Bel-Etre

Varennes sur fouzon, Indre
Self-catering


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

Place

3 places

Sleeps

Sleeping from 4 – 8

The
Experience

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.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

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

Pricing

Nightly price
from €114
Weekly price
from €800
1 House for 6
From €1573 bedrooms
1 House for 8
From €1934 bedrooms
1 House for 4
From €1142 bedrooms

Reviews

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

Catharine

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

Anna

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

Philip

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Location

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

Introducing

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.