Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
La Paillerie provides comfortable 3-star accommodation in a peaceful location just 300 metres from the magnificent 11th century Chateau of Bressuire. The town centre, approximately 10 minutes walk away, offers a good selection of amenities including two supermarkets and a wide choice of shops, bars and restaurants.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Poitiers, nantes, La Rochelle, Angers 60 km, Nearest railway: Bressuire station 500 m|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
La Paillerie, which is 300 years old, was sympathetically renovated in 2008 to combine character with modern facilities. On the ground floor is a cosy lounge/diner which opens out on to a private south-facing terrace with steps down to small garden. There is also a modern well-equipped kitchen.
Upstairs is a good-sized bedroom (where you can choose to have the beds arranged as 2 singles or one king size) and a newly-fitted en-suite shower room
Sofa-bed in living room to accommodate third guest (ideally a family member as will have to share en-suite bathroom upstairs!)
|Further details outdoors|
Use of small garden. Parking in private garage included. Free WIFI
Bed linen and towels can be provided for a small supplement (see our website under 'tariffs' for details). Owners live nearby so are on hand in case of need.
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
The Deux-Sèvres is often fondly referred to as one of France's best-kept secrets. And with good reason. This largely undiscovered region has a rich agricultural landscape of fertile fields, lakes and woods and an abundance of châteaux and water mills. The climate is generally very good, with plenty of sunshine.
Within the region there are many tourist attractions so if you feel like going out for the day there's plenty of choice. Here are just a few examples (with approximate distance from cottage in brackets)
Puy du Fou (20 miles) A 100-acre theme park where historic battles are spectacularly re-created. Chillingly realistic with impressive horsemanship. People come from all over the world to see this! For more info go to www.puydufou.com
Futuroscope (45 miles) A futuristic theme park which uses modern technology to provide lifelike experiences. Simulated rides let you experience exciting thrills and spills whilst still strapped safely in your seat! For more info go to www.futuroscope.com
Loire Valley (40 miles) Acres of vineyards and many elegant châteaux with charming gardens, many open to public. Try Montreuil Bellay, Chenonceau or Ussé (where the story of Sleeping Beauty is said to have originated). For more info go to www.experienceloire.com
Marais Poitevin (50 miles) Take a punt along one of the many canals & waterways in this attractive area known as 'Green Venice' because of an abundance of emerald-green duckweed floating on its many waters. For more info go to www.maraispoitevin.fr
Nantes (60 miles) A cosmopolitan city with several fine galleries & museums and some impressive architecture including the Château des Ducs de Bretagne. Take the tourist train or stroll along 'les allees', a maze of cobbled streets in the old quarter flanked by pavement cafes. For more info go to www.nantes-tourisme.com
La Rochelle (70 miles) A picturesque old fishing port with dozens of quayside restaurants and many interesting monuments
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Bressuire, a thriving market town, offers a variety of shops, bars and restaurants and also a twice-weekly market. Its lively centre is just a few minutes walk away from the cottage. A new swimming pool complex has recently opened in the town with several pools (including an outdoor pool when weather is fine) plus jacuzzi and flume. Next to it is a new theatre featuring plays, concerts & musicals. The town also has tennis courts and two fully-equipped gyms. Less than a mile away is the Bocapole (arts centre) which houses a theatre/concert hall, 10-pin bowling alley, multi-screen cinema (with some screenings in English) and restaurant. There is a golf driving range and compact golf course (9 holes with 18 tees) within 5 minutes drive.
Just 300 metres from the cottage is the 11th century Chateau of Bressuire. Once boasting 38 towers, the chateau was at one time taken by the English and later recaptured by the French in a blood-thirsty battle! It is now host to regular exhibitions and festivals, including 'Le Highland Games' in June and a bi-annual sculpture competition in July. There are a variety of other local festivals and fêtes throughout June, July August and September including an open-air concert near the station every Friday night throughout July (free admission), a vintage car race and a music festival.
Stretching out in both directions from the base of the chateau, is the Coulée Verte. This unspoiled area of natural beauty, teeming with wildlife, includes several kilometres of footpaths and cycling tracks which wind their way through woods, along riverbanks and around lakes, past several old water mills and often past the substantial herd of local goats who like to perch precariously on steep outcrops of rock to graze!
With its warm and friendly people and its proximity to numerous tourist attractions Bressuire makes an ideal base for a relaxing holiday.