Farmhouse | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12
The detached ex goat farm is some 200 years old and is full of delightful character. Each room either has hardwood or stone floors which have been tastefully decorated with quality period furniture to the highest standard. Four of the six bedrooms are south facing with beautiful views over the rolling countryside.
The property has oil fired central heating throughout and a large inglenook fireplace. The newly fitted kitchen has a La Canche cooker - perfect for people that love cooking! The patio is a real sun trap and offers total seclusion, it has a large table that seats 6/8 people and is perfect under the Mulberry tree which provides excellent shade.
The PRIVATE pool and surrounding terrace is superb and is for your exclusive use.Large BBQ and plentiful supply of sunloungers etc ensure the perfect holiday.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||La Rochelle 100 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Angouleme 35 km, Nearest railway: Angouleme TGV 40 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The master bedroom includes a child's single bed.
Telephone for incoming or local calls - long distance calls can be made using phone card.
There are two stairs which are not your "norm" which could prove difficult to ascend/descend for the elderly or infirmed.
Music centre and games for guests.
|Further details outdoors|
Newly installed PRIVATE pool is 11M x 5M and is 1m to 2m deep. With underwater and flood lighting means late night swimming is very popular. Heating for pool is available at an extra charge. Property is situated within its own 2 acres in the rolling countryside with stunning views towards the Dordogne and includes table tennis and badmington there are also 8 bikes (use at own risk). Very peaceful and private setting surrounded by small farms where the reddy brown Limousin cattle are raised. Tennis court facilities within 5 km.
The swimming pool can be heated (at extra cost) which prolongs the swimming season from April/May to Sept/Oct.
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
The Charente Department of France has a micro climate second only to the Cote D'Azur in terms of sunshine hours. The unspoilt area is gently undulating with rivers and small villages connected by hundreds of country lanes all beautifully kept with neatly cut verges full of wild flowers. There are many lakes within the department, some of which have sailing and swimming facilities. Small farms with small fields surround the property where the famous Limousin cattle are raised - renowned for producing superb steaks.
There are many historic towns including Limoges and Angouleme which are well worth a visit. Cobbled streets and cafe's are in abundance. There are always plenty of events taking place particularly in the summer, with the "Blues Passion" week held in Cognac every year in July, and the world famous "World music event" held every August in Confolens. Most small towns need very little excuse to hold some kind of event whether its an accordian playing or "Moules et frites" weekend! The area is certainly not over run with tourists which is part of its charm.
Many guests who stay at LFDL (Le Ferme de L'Alba) who spend their entire week enjoying the tranquillity of the private pool and garden, soaking in the lovely views over the surrounding valley, only venturing out for provisions or to sample French hospitality at the local bar! Our on site gardiens can supply daily bread, croissants and other provisions if required including an initial supply of food and wine for your arrival by arrangement. Graham and Vanessa stay completely separate from the main house in their own cottage in the grounds preserving your tranquil privacy but are on hand to make sure that your stay is as uncomplicated and as enjoyable as it could possibly be.
We have 8 bikes on site and the entire area is surrounded with small quiet country lanes making it ideal for bike rides or country walks (many paths through woods and fields). A particular favourite is a 3 mile cycle ride to a nearby lake for a picnic and glass of wine and perhaps a snooze under the shade of the trees that surround the lake. The variety and abundance of the bird life is also a charming feature of this rural part of France.
The owners are particularly keen that all guests should have a totally relaxing holiday, truly unwind and enjoy a good nights rest in the top quality pocket sprung beds. There is deliberately no TV to encourage good conversation and to provide a break from our "screen orientated" daily lives.
There are activities for all in the area if required such as a "Tree - high wire adventure centre" or a Velo Rail for those wanting something more active. Confolens, a beautiful historical town set on the river Vienne is just 30 mins away and well worth a visit. La Rochefoucauld is close by and is steeped in history with evidence of habitation going back 200,000 years! The town itself dates from the middle ages and is complete with a lovely Rennaissance castle still owned and inhabited by the family of the current duke, Francois de la Rochefoucald.
There are 2 golf courses within 30 minutes. For that special lunch or supper, the restaurant "La Grange aux Oies" (Oie is goose - pronounced "wah") with its gilded mirrors and crystal chandeliers which once belonged to King Francois 1er at the "Chateau Nieuil" is only 4 miles away and is not to be missed. Full details of this and all nearby restaurants and local shops at the property with further recommendations from the gardiens as required.