Le Gravier

Sargé-sur-Braye, Loir-et-Cher

Old stones and modern comfort in a hamlet in rural France; close to Loire châteaux, market towns for shopping, country lanes to stroll


6 bedrooms


Sleeps 12

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

This 500-year-old farmstead has had a top-to-bottom makeover by a local craftsman – exposed walls, a chunky staircase, plenty of space to gather. It’s a house of two halves: one end charming and cottagey with climbing vines and roses, the other a modern, wood-clad extension, a deck for evening drinks.

The approach is glorious: through gentle country, to a sleepy hamlet surrounded by orchards and pastures. There are books and board games for rainy days, basics in the kitchen and a vast lawn with scattered trees and swings. Fire up the barbecue for evenings under wide, star-strewn skies.

It’s quiet here: a five-minute stroll will take you to an abandoned railway line, now a lovely walking route. Stock up in fine market towns, drive an hour to Loire châteaux, less to Sunday morning brocantes and medieval festivals.

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We think you'll love

  • Being so rural but only an hour to Loire châteaux
  • Spreading out en famille across the vast lawns
  • The relaxed feeling of the house
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You should know

  • Some bathrooms are shared
  • There are steps up to the bedrooms
  • The kitchen has limited space if you all want to cook together


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • 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

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. Children over 2 welcome.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from €200
Weekly price
from €1250
Damage deposit
1 House for 12
From €2006 bedrooms


I adored this house. I was enchanted by its unique architecture, combining old and new and the incredibly relaxed feel - I can just imagine a long and lazy family holiday with lots of children running around.

Nicky, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

The house is in the lush country of the Loire, not far from ferry ports and two hours south-west of Paris. Vendôme (27km) is the nearest big town: historic centre, canals, excellent restaurants (Pertica comes highly recommended). Take a carriage tour of the city pulled by a fine Percheron horse. There are markets, a post office, cafés and more in Mondoubleau (5km), a cosy auberge in Sargé-sur-Braye and shops and more in nearby Saint-Calais (9km). Within an hour are châteaux, gardens, farms to visit.

Local points of interest from Aurelien Breton

  • A beautiful medieval place, La Commanderie d’Arville, former Knight Templar fortress. Many activities for kids. A must see - 15km.
  • Loire Valley castles nearby with Chambord (80km), Blois (65km), Chaumont-sur-loire with its beautiful garden (70km)…
  • Lovely historical city center of Vendôme. Plan to spend an afternoon. Horse riding city tour in summer time. A very good restaurant: Pertica. 27km.
  • Walks from the house in the countryside. A former railway line now turned into a nature pedestrian walk is next by and very nice. Many walks in the area.
  • A fun treasure hunt in a beautiful castle and surroundings, Le Château des Enigmes. For family and kids - 35km.
  • An underground mushroom farm to visit. Very interesting. Visit to be completed with a beautiful castle with its garden next by - 30km.


Aurelien Breton

The farmhouse was a project of Aurélien and his family, who live in Bulgaria. They enlisted local craftsman Michel for the four-year-long restoration, who worked entirely by himself – using traditional techniques with modern additions. He was given free rein on the house and can tell you all about it if you like.