Loire Valley Vacation Rental

Old Walnut Mill - Barrou - your home away from home.

The 'Old Walnut Mill' is a delightful 19th century Loire Valley house ( 2 bedrooms ) in the village of Barrou in the department of Indre-et-Loire, Centre-Val de Loire France. The village’s location halfway between the cities of Tours and Poitiers makes it an ideal base to explore the Loire Valley, its many chateaux and pretty villages as well as the department of Vienne where you can visit the theme park of Futuroscope. The nearest chateaux at La Guerche and Le Grand Pressigny are only minutes away. You can have a true French experience as it is relatively 'tourist free' but still take advantage of all this beautiful area has to offer, everything from picturesque villages, citadel towns ( many with their own chateau), sandy river beaches, beautiful lakes, safari parks and troglodytes.

The house, all of which you see, came back on the rental market last year. It was a popular choice for visitors to the Loire Valley between 2008 and 2011 and has picked up where it left of with good reviews from last year's guests. You can read their guestbook comments here. 

Example previous guest comment: "You have a wonderful house which oozes character and reflects your wonderful taste and devotion to making sure that your 'guests' have the best time possible."

More than just holiday accommodation...a Loire Valley Experience

If you choose to rent the house what you also get is benefit of our local knowledge (Jim is responsible for experienceloire.com) to help you get the most out of your visit to this beautiful part of France. We can help you with ideas on what to do and see plus keep you informed of local events. 

Previous guest comment: "As a bonus Jim & Pauline are a delightful, entertaining (not sure where this comes from!), helpful and welcoming couple."

Your Loire Valley Accommodation:

There are many self-catering properties to rent for your holiday in France, but this village house in the Loire Valley, all you see, is a complete family home, giving you spacious accommodation and with its history, originally it was a mill for producing walnut oil, has beamed ceilings and tiled floors which help it to retain its French charm. It is private and self-contained in its own courtyard. Accommodation consists of a large lounge and kitchen/diner downstairs and two double bedrooms and large shower-room upstairs. There is a second toilet and shower-room downstairs.

You have free WIFI access and international landline telephone calls during your stay.


Your holiday cottage kitchen/diner is well equipped with fridge/freezer,  4 ring gas hob, electric oven, microwave and all you need to allow you to serve up some of the local fare should you wish to eat in after a busy day touring the delights of the Loire Valley. 

Your internal dining option allows you to comfortably seat four.


The spacious lounge in your Loire Valley accommodation  has two sofas and provides a relaxing room to watch TV (UK freeview) or dvd's , listen to music, or to take some light relief from the hot summer sun. In the cooler months there is a wood burning stove for your comfort.


The house has two very good sized bedroom with original tiled floors and beamed ceilings.The generous main bedroom has a king-sized bed plus plenty of drawer and hanging space. The second double bedroom is also well proportioned with plenty of drawer and hanging space. 


The second double bedroom is also well proportioned with plenty of drawer and hanging space. 


There is a modern, well proportioned shower room off a central hall on the first floor...

...plus a second toilet/shower room on the ground floor.

There is also a small laundry room with washing machine for your use.


Your courtyard at the house can be a magical place...day

...or night.

Previous guest comment on Barrou:

 "The small village experience was great and made us feel part of the landscape rather than just passing tourists."

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Author: Jim Craig