ACCOMMODATION – DOWNSTAIRS
Immediately inside the front door is the spacious modern, fitted kitchen with all appliances and a large dining table. There is also space for a comfortable sofa and chairs round the traditional Charentaise fireplace. The kitchen is well equipped with a range of good saucepans, utensils, and crockery. The floor is tiled to keep cool throughout the hot summer months. The staircase goes upstairs to two of the rooms from the kitchen.
Halogen Hob, Electric Oven, 2 Fridges, Dishwasher, Microwave, Ipod/Mobile Phone Docking Station
Sectioned off just behind the kitchen is the utility room with washing machine, drier and access to the large covered terrace. There is also a door to the
DOWNSTAIRS SHOWER ROOM
LARGE SITTING ROOM
With plenty of cosy seating and if you are ever staying in the late spring, very toasty with the wood burning stove. Original oeuil de boeuf window and sink – yes they really did use this as a kitchen sink ! There is a flat screen TV with English stations, music centre and internet access. There are wooden floors and a door which opens straight out on to the pool, and the lawns.
This may well be the heart of the house for many of our guests as it houses the full size table football! It is the scene of many a well fought battle and is great fun. There are also other board games and books which you are welcome to borrow and swap for those you no longer wish to take home.
The staircase to the other side of the house is from the passage way.
Wonderfully cosy and snug the bedrooms have a wealth of beams and have been prettily decorated in French country style.
LINEN AND TOWELS
We offer good quality linen if you prefer to have the beds ready made for you when you arrive. Each of the beds has two pillows and there is a lightweight summer duvet as well as a bedspread. We can also offer you nice fluffy towels.
KITCHEN SIDE – UPSTAIRS
This is a lovely room for children and has twin beds, a wardrobe and chest of drawers and the window is to the front of the house.
Very spacious with lovely exposed beams the bedroom looks out over the hamlet and bread oven. It has a 5ft Kingsize bed, large wardrobe and chest of drawers. There are wooden floors with rugs throughout the upstairs.
There is a small WC and Hand Basin on the landing
SITTING ROOM SIDE – UPSTAIRS
Prettily decorated in red, this is another sweet Twin Room. Historically the French used the upstairs of their houses for fodder for the animals and for housing the pigeons and the Pigeonerie in this room acts as a rather nifty bookshelf. Once again there are exposed beams and wooden floors with rugs.
Housing a comfortable 5ft Kingsize bed, this room contains the balcony window from which the farmers would have loaded the hay and other animal fodder for the winter. It is very romantic and has a little window to the side as well with views over the garden and the vine that meanders round the house. With lush white rugs on wooden floors, this room is full of character again.
SHADED TERRACE OR HANGAR
The hangar, as they are called in this area, extends the length of the house and is brilliant to shelter from the hot midday sun. It is also a great area to barbecue and to eat outside with two good size tables, so there is plenty of space for everyone. It is just a stone’s throw from the pool and right next to the back door and the shower room inside. It also houses the loungers which are good quality and robust, perfect for lolling round the pool or enjoying the cool of the hangar.
The little front garden benefits from the early morning sun and there are heavenly roses and wisteria in the early summer. It faces straight out into the hamlet and there is plenty of space for parking vehicles.
To the right of the front door are 3 outhouses, of which the first houses an additional drinks fridge and a small freezer (at the top of the large fridge) and various pool games.
The second is the pump room and is kept locked.
A picket fence sections off the front garden and the gate leads to the pool and lawned area which folds around the pool and in front of the hangar.
Opposite the hangar are two more lovely old outhouses, probably once used for the pigs, and a smaller hangar. Another vine climbs around this and there are roses up the sides of the building and on the fence.
The garden faces south so that there is sun throughout the day, with the best evening and late sun to be found in the orchard and the meadow which is great for playing cricket and other games.
We are trying to establish a wildflower meadow in the orchard so only mow it twice a year, leaving swathes of grass paths to get round to the trees. Here is the best birdsong, see if you can identify the nightingales who sing their hearts out in May and early June, and take a book to spot the ‘Rouge Queues’, the chaffinchs, swallows and so many more.
Don’t forget to help yourself to any fruit that might be around, or collect the blackberries in late summer for a delicious blackberry and apple pie.
The 10 x 5m pool is exclusively for your use. It is cleaned twice a week and should be ready for you when you arrive.
It helps to keep the heat in if you are able to put the cover on at night, and we have often been swimming at the end of October.