Barn | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Les Chouettes (The Owls) has been converted from the old milking barn into a large contemporary dwelling of for eight or ten people. The limestone walls have been kept partly exposed in the sitting room (and downstairs bedroom) which with the wood burner nestling in the chimney place provides additional ambience. There is a well equipped kitchen opening up to the dining room making meal times a social event. The windows look out onto the farm courtyard with the trellis work of clematis, honeysuckle and roses.
Les Chouettes provides a rural retreat, where you can relax. The grounds of La Ferme des Tourterelles backs out onto rolling fields and overlooks the protected forest of the Regional Naturel Park of the Forest of the Orient.
There are two main bedrooms with king size beds and satellite TV along with ensuite bath/shower rooms. The other two twin bedrooms have two single beds though each are large enough to accommodate a third bed if requested. The twin bedrooms share a shower room and a wash room, each with their own toilets. The first floor has an oak style wooden floor.
A large terrace with wood furniture is accessible from the dining room and the courtyard of La Ferme des Tourterelles.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Dienville (Lake) 10 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Paris (2.5 hours), Nearest railway: Bar-sur-Aube 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||TV, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
In addition to the two ensuite bathrooms (one of which has a large walk in shower, the other with a bath and shower), there is a shower room and a wash room each with their own toilet. The shower room and wash room are accessible from the hallway.
One double bedroom is on the first floor along with two large bedrooms with twin beds. Les Chouettes is normally set up with two single beds in the twin bedrooms, therefore enough beds for eight people. For those guests requiring a nineth or tenth bed, there is sufficient space in the two twin bedrooms on the first floor to place these single beds - one in each. The second double bedroom is on the ground floor with access to the downstairs hallway and independent access to the courtyard.
The beds are ready made up for your arrival, with quality percale cotton sheets. Also included in the price are towels for the bathroom. Pool towels are available for hire, otherwise please bring your own. A cot for a baby is available for hire.
We do have some toys for the children to play with, as well an an old school desk for two small children from the Eclance school should you want that put into your cottage for you. Just let us know.
|Further details outdoors|
The large outdoor heated pool is available for use from mid-May to mid-September. It is surrounded by a wall that provides privacy and shelter as well as security for young children running around in the garden. Adults are responsible for their children when they use the pool. The pool face south making the most of the sunshine and when you are tired of swimming, sunbathing, snoozing or reading that novel, just wander around and soak up the panorama around you of the hills, fields and forests.
There is a petanque/boules court and there are two sets of boules available for you play under the shade of trees. There is a table tennis table with bats and balls on a terrace that provides lighting in the evenings.
A BBQ terrace is situated beside the large limestone barn with a chimenea so that for late into the evening you get the refracted heat from the barn along with the cheery and warm atmosphere from the burning wood (regardless if it is not cool enough to warrant lighting the fire!). The tables and chairs can be moved from this area to under the trees if you prefer to eat in during the day in the shade of the trees.
For quiet contemplation, your own space or a lovely place to have an aperatif at the end of the day watching the sun set over the fields and forests, there are two terraces at the end of the garden.
The roads around Eclance are generally very quiet and we find them great for cycling. Should you prefer mountain bike riding, there are many tracks through the forests, fields and vineyards. You are welcome to bring your own bikes or you may prefer to hire them locally. There are a couple of bike hire shops nearby.
If walking is more to your taste, there are some very good routes in the surrounding area - suggested itineraries are available.
The cottages have been classified as 4 keys (4star) by Clévacances in conjunction with the Tourist Board. To secure your reservation, a contract produced by Clevacances requires your signature and a deposit of 25-30%.
Please note that you are required to have travel insurance or if you live on the continent, a home insurance policy that provides cover when you stay in holiday accommodation. (By civil law in France you are wholly responsible for any damage, accidental or otherwise, caused to holiday property)
Northern France region
“If you don't know Éclance, you won't know France”, is the saying many an Éclarist will tell you. We certainly hope that a stay at La Ferme des Tourterelles will give you the opportunity to become involved in the french way of life.
Whether or not you wish to make the most of the swimming pool and tranquil surroundings of La Ferme des Tourterelles and Eclance, there is much to offer round and about for all ages and interests.
* Explore the medieval towns of Troyes and Bar-sur-Aube.
* Langres and Provins with their ramparts and son et lumière make an interesting visit.
* Take the Champagne Route starting only a few kilometres from us. Not only is Champagne a drink for celebration but at any event, a bottle will be opened, great fun for when you go to any fair, fête or vide grenier! Stock up with champagne to take home. You will not find the same prices for some good quality products. Many of the well known champagne houses of Epernay and Reims buy grapes or juice produced in the Aube.
* Take advantage of the three large lakes in the Forest of the Orient; the first of which is only ten minutes drive from us; water sports (power and sail), swimming from artificial beaches.
* Fishing, rivers and lakes- one of the major world carp fishing competitions is held locally.
* Walking in the regional park 'Foret d'Orient' and countryside around (Eclance is on one of the feeder routes for the pilgrimage to Saint Compostella).
* Tennis, two floodlit courts are only 10 minutes drive at Bar-sur-Aube.
* Golf (three courses not too far away from us), cycling, horse riding (one of the french national studs is fairly close by).
* Spend a day at Nigloland, the third largest amusement park in France or why not spend an afternoon romping through the trees in the tree park by the lakes.
* Shopping in the factory outlets in Troyes; the largest in Europe.
* Explore the wooden churches typical to this area, museums and history (Napoleons' first defeat on French soil took place only 5-10 minutes away from us at La Rothiere).
* Visit the markets to buy fresh locally grown produce and cheeses.
* Drive to the Burgundy towns of Chablis, Dijon, Beaune or the towns of Reims and Epernay under 2 hours drive from us, to sample their offerings. Another lovely town to put on the list is Nancy, again possible for a day trip.
The great thing about this area is that it is only four hours drive from Calais, Belgium etc! We are easy to get to by car straight down the motorway.
Éclance is a Galois name signifying ‘a clearing in the centre of forests’. The clearing may be rather bigger than when this name was coined and is now a small rural community nestling amongst the fields as well as forests. In the 13th and 14th centuries, Éclance reached a certain importance and by the 16th century hosted two large fairs.
For a small community Éclance boasts a very active social life. Virtually every month some sort of get together is organised and it has been made clear to us that our guests will be very welcome and in fact positively encouraged to attend. Éclance has its own forest and hunting lodge which provides the base for many a happy evening sat around the fire place (which dominates the centre of the room) in the winter. In addition the Place des Ancien Combatents at the centre of the village close to the large village pond, is the location for many of the summer events.
A typical programme of village events:
January : Les Gallettes des Rois (Frangipane tarts and wine)
February : Village carnival and Gaufres night
March : Games evening
April : Mountain Bike Raid 20km, 40km, 60km circuits
May : Village party; Bar-B-Que and stalls during the day, meal and dancing at night
June : School children's party and show
July : 14th July 12 hour celebration, spit roast and games during the day followed by meal and fireworks at night
September : Village walk
: Vide Grenier
October : Halloween procession and evening party
: Beaujolais Nouveau celebration
December : Santa Claus present giving to the children, champagne & cakes for the adults
: New Years celebration
Invariably these events tend to revolve around or end up with food and drink, most celebrations being accompanied by the sound of many a champagne cork and animated conversation!
Much is made of Napoleon as he went to military school at Brienne-le-Chateau (15 minutes). Not only that, but he lost his first battle on French soil at La Rothiere (10 minutes), though this is not really advertised by the French! As you relax by our pool and look at the hill to your east, imagine a Prussian battalion who set up their camp there, overlooking the other battalions who had set up camp on the pastures beside the chateau of Eclance. They stayed there a few days before heading off to defeat Napoleon.
La Ferme des Tourterelles used to be dairy farm that sold the milk to the local Eclance cheese maker. Although the reputation of this cheese still lasts, unfortunately it is no longer made.
During the First World War, the farm was used as a hospital for the wounded American soldiers. We discovered poetry and scribbling on the wall of our attic, hidden away for well over 50 years from these young lads. Much is made of the resistance during the Second World War with a museum and memorials to commemorate the bravery during this period.
The farm went into disuse after the closure of the Eclance fromagerie and the sale of the cattle and unfortunately the buildings deteriorated rapidly. Sarah and James purchased the plot in 2003 and have since renovated the buildings to their old glory with much help from some of the villagers. You are welcome to join in the many village activities which include an annual party in May, the celebration of Bastille Day, village walk, Beaujolais Nouveau, Gallette des Rois – to name a few!
The property and holiday description provides further details of the attractions close by, including the Regional Natural Park, the lakes, the amusement park etc.
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6 Sep 2014
"A jewel in the little village of Eclance"
We have just returned from a family holiday in the beautiful countryside of Eclance. The Gite we stayed in was one of five rentals on the property. It was superb, the house was huge and more than big … More
17 Jan 2014
"Fabulous property Modern on the inside, traditional on the outside"
I have family in this part of France and had got chatting to Sarah and James when they were originally renovating it. It looked great so each year when I returned I tried to book it. But I'd alwa… More
Thanks for your kind words. For those wondering about the booking process, we ask our guests to sign a standard contract as issued by Clévacances who classify holiday accommodation here in France in conjunction with the tourist board. We have been awarded 4 stars/ 4 keys for our cottages. Whilst this is another layer of administration, this contract is heavily weighted in favour of the paying guest so we would hope this is viewed as a benefit. It also is designed around the French civil code so in that respect, is helpful for those not aware of any issues that face renting holiday accommodation.
19 Nov 2013
"Le lieu ideal pour des retrouvailles en famille"
Nous avions choisi ce gite pour sa taille ( 10 personnes) et son emplacement ( à équidistance de nos résidences principales) pour des retrouvailles en famille. Nous y reviendrons! Le gîte est trè… More
19 Aug 2013
We stayed in Les Chouettes with a group of friends including 4 young children (we also rented Les Hindorelles for the rest of our group). The house was much bigger than I was expecting and there is pl… More
13 May 2013
"Toujours aussi agréable"
Merci à Sarah et James pour ce deuxième séjour passé avec toute la famille (9 personnes dont 2 jeunes enfants de 3 et 5 ans). A nouveau, nous nous sommes sentis vraiment chez nous dans cette immen… More
Il est agréable de voir que vous appréciez notre propriété familiale et ses installations. Merci pour votre revue de nature. Nous aimons vous accueillir ici. Sarah et James
18 Jul 2012
"Idyllic rural france"
With 4 children from 6 to 1 it was like a home from home but in France and within easy reach of Calais. The house had all the comforts of home for young children and the kids loved the pool; Footballs, booles, table tennis and space for the kids to run around Sarah and James were unintrusive but always on hand for very useful advice on markets, day trips etc. A charming part of rural France and would definitely like to come back.
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