Mediaeval riverside home in southern Loire Valley
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House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Welcome to La Grange aux Dîmes, St. Pierre-de-Maille.
Our riverside home in France provides a peaceful retreat in which to dream, think, write or simply relax. Overlooking a millpond on the Gartempe River, a tributary of the mighty Loire, we are serenaded by amorous toads & frogs, ducks and moorhens against the steady backdrop of water pouring over the weir.
Solidly built by the Bishops of Poitiers in the early fourteen-hundreds as a tithe barn, the house has massive foundations with walls several feet thick. It retains its medieval ambience with exposed oak beams and an elegant cherry-wood staircase built in the local style.
The house has recently undergone extensive improvements to make it energy-efficient - for the first time in 600 years
Light and airy, it enjoys stunning views across the river. Our garden runs down to the river bank and provides a peaceful and secluded spot to write, read, doze or entertain. We are both writers and find the environment very conducive to our work. We feel that our home would be ideally suited for like-minded people.
Our village, St. Pierre-de-Maillé, has its own general store, which you will find well stocked. We also have a bakery, restaurant, and bar.
Our home is perfect for:
• Anyone seeking peace and relaxation!
What is around us?
• Angles-sur-l'Anglin, less than two miles away, hailed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, is also home to a new museum of prehistory dedicated to the famous relief carvings in the Abri du roc aux sorciers.
• The great chateaux of the Loire valley.
• The Brenne National Park – great for wildlife
• Futuroscope - Theme park devoted to the moving image
• and a lot more!
• Abundant bike & walking trails
• Swimming & duck feeding in the river
• Canoeing (available to borrow)
• Horse & cart ride
• Horse riding
• Wine tasting
• Rock climbing
• Bird watching
• Prehistoric remains
• Scenery! - Churches, castles, ruins, caves, green lanes
• 3 bedrooms (2 double, 1 twin)
• 2.5 bathrooms
• Free WiFi
• Washer & outdoor line (no dryer)
• Linens & towels
• Gas stove & Bench-top oven
• Games & books
• TV & DVD player
• Pellet stove heater in living room
• Electric wall heaters
• Bikes & Canoes available to borrow free of charge
• Family friendly (high chair & cot available)
• Patio/outdoor area with barbecue
• Vegetable garden (help yourself!)
• Private section of garden with river access
• Picnic tables on the river opposite the house
• Minimum stay 7 nights
• Long term renters welcome
• Price varies according to season
• Check in 5pm
• Check out 10am
• Pets considered
• Minimum age of renters is 25
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||La Rochelle 180 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Poitiers 55 km, Nearest railway: Chatellerault 30 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Boat available|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
The Poitou-Charentes region
After visiting with friends for several years we fell in love with this part of France. The location and historic character of the house presented a unique opportunity when it came on the market.
This website below is a great place to learn about the Pouitou-Charentes/Vendee regions in general. This beautiful region boasts medieval towns, castles, churches, and ruins, as well as a thriving contemporary culture.
La Roche Posay, a spa town since Roman times, is renowned for its healing waters. Visitors may indulge themselves in a profusion of massage & hydro-therapy treatments. The town also boasts a casino, horse racing, and a wide range of sporting activities, including golf, tennis and horseback riding. Swimming and kayaking are popular along local rivers. Rock climbing is popular on the small cliffs along the Gartempe near Mérigny.
Music and other cultural events are common throughout the year, including well-publicized village summer fêtes and firework displays. Check the La Roche Posay Tourist Office for details. About an hours drive to the north, are chateaux of the Loire Valley including Chenonceau, Chambord, Azay-le-Rideau and Amboise. In Amboise is also the Manoir du Clos-Lucé, the final home of Leonardo de Vinci, which houses a remarkable collection of mechanical models based on his drawings.
A few miles from St. Pierre, along the river Creuse, lies the 11th Century Benedictine Monastery of Fontgombault, where daily vesper services are accompanied by beautiful Gregorian chant.
The Abbey at Saint Savin is famed for its remarkable medieval frescoes, as is the tiny village church at Antigny, a couple of kilometers further south.
The château at Le Grand Pressigny houses a fine Museum of Prehistory.
The exquisite village of Angles-sur-l'Anglin (adjacent to St. Pierre), dominated by a ruined cliff-top castle belonging to the Bishops of Poitiers, is famed as one of the most beautiful in France. There is also a new prehistory museum featuring the Roc aux Sorciers relief carvings.
For naturalists, the huge Brenne Regional Park, with its profusion of wildlife, is an attraction, as is the famous Marais Poitvin or “Venis Vert” near La Rochelle, where one can rent a boat to explore the network of ancient canals that permeate the marshes. The attractive Atlantic town of La Rochelle, famed for its seafood, is well worth a visit.
Those interested in experiencing the latest in film technology and computer imaging should consider a visit to Futuroscope, located near Poitier, the theme park is devoted to the moving image. Arrive early, as it can get very crowded in summer. Admission is cheaper after 6:00pm (good for the evening light show). Futuroscope is closed in winter.
There are many small village inns that provide good, inexpensive food. The closest being the Auberge de l'Etoile on the square. There are also restaurants of international quality within easy reach.
Angles sur l'Anglin
Weather in this area is among the sunniest in France. According to the below article, "The region's climate is mild and sunny, with less than 900 mm of precipitation per year. Average temperatures can vary from 20 °C in summer to 5 °C in winter. In the summer people come from all over Europe to enjoy the sun and the local delicacies in particular the local seafood." What you get is the best of French country living while only 80 minutes from Paris by TGV: http://www.poitou-charentes-vendee.com/charentemaritime/charentemaritime_introduction.htm
Medical & Dental: There is a doctor and dentist in St. Pierre, both half way up the hill towards Angles-sur-l'Anglin. They are excellent and the doctor and nurse make (inexpensive) house calls. The nearest hospital is in Chatellerault (on the ring road).
Shopping: Many shops remain closed on Mondays and daily between 12:00 and 2:30. Supermarkets & bakeries are open on Sunday mornings. There is a bakery and small supermarket in St. Pierre.. Note that banks are closed on Monday. There is a big Intermarche & hardware store in Yzeures. The best shopping centers are Chatellerault, Chauvigny, Le Blanc, Montmorillon & Poitiers. Market Days: Tuesday: La Roche Posay Thursday: Chatellerault, Saturday: Chauvigny, Le Blanc.
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6 Oct 2014
"Soothing oasis in the beautiful French countryside"
My husband and I stayed for a week as part of our big UK & Europe trip, and couldn't have asked for a more relaxing and beautiful place. The house is huge (for a couple) so we had plenty of spac… More