Gite du Lavande, Famil Vacation Hideaway with pool
Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Gite du Lavande is on the borders of the Auvergne, Limousin and Centre Region, is ideally situated to explore an area full of history, charm and beauty.
Within half an hour's drive you can discover castles and chateaux, picturesque historical market towns and villages, swimming lakes with sandy beaches and cafés, woodland walks, and plenty of wonderful picnic sites.
Go a little further and you will get more of the same, in any direction.
However, there is no need to go very far. You could simply spend your holiday relaxing at "home" by the pool, sipping chilled local wine, reading your favourite books and cooking up a delicious BBQ in the evening. You'll go home feeling refreshed and happy whatever you choose to do.
Gite du Lavande has a private enclosed mature garden which also boasts an above ground swimming-pool , and views over the adjoining fields. the locality is ideal for walking, biking and swimming, or simply a place to relax within its tranquil rural surroundings. Chez Jabier also has the unique feature of having no street lights, making it ideal for star-gazers.
PRIVATE SWIMMING POOL - above ground approx 4.5m, ideal to cool off on a hot sumers day Beach towels can be provided. Inflatables provided.
PLAY GARDEN with playhouse, trampoline, sand pit and slide, outdoor games , badminton, boules etc. Enclosed and suitable to let dog off lead.
FLOWER AND VEGETABLE GARDENS with edible herbs and salad crops in season. There is a selection of herbs outside the gite for your use.
GREEN LANE WALKING and cycling direct from the door.
BEACHES and SWIMMING LAKES Three marvellous local swimming lakes (with fishing as well) within 20 to 35 minutes drive.They all have lifeguards during the high season, at Sidiailles you can hire a canoe, rowing boat or pedalo, there is a small cafe on site.
GOLF Within 15 mins drive there is a superb international 18 hole course.
CYCLING is very popular here in France and there are some excellent cycle routes.
FISHING there are numerous local fishing lakes, where you can get daily permits.
LOCAL CUISINE A wide variety of cuisine is available in our local towns and villages, with menus from 11 euros for 3 to 4 courses.
CHATEAUX and GARDENS and HISTORICAL SITES There are many fabulous places to visit - full details are in the gite.
FAMILY ACTIVITIES There are numerous activities to suit all the family, Adventure in the trees ( at Pierres Jumatres and the lake at Sidiailles), Llama trecking, pony trecking, Zoo de Beauval ( Europe's biggest zoo), Le Pal an exellent zoo and theme park to suit all ages, Wolf Park at Guéret and the giant maze, Futuroscope is 90mins drive away.
BROCANTES This is equivalent to a british car boot sale, where the french fill the roads selling their wares, if you want a taste of the real french life, it is not to be missed, you can eat and there are small rides etc for the children. Remember to barter!!!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Sidiailles man made beach 15 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Limoges Bellegarde Airport 150 km, Nearest railway: Chateauroux 55 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||TV, Video player, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Trampoline|
The Loire Valley region
There are plenty of swimming lakes in the area: Sidiailles 10- 15 mins drive away. Herculat 25 mins drive away near Boussac and Chatealus-Malvaleix 25 mins drive away. They have cafes, play areas, beaches, water-sports and swimming.
An excellent 18 hole golf course with a spa and hotel called 'Les Dryades' is just a 15 minute drive away in a peaceful oasis of greenery of in Pouligny Notre Dame
10kms to the Village of Boussac which has a chateau that can be visited throughout the summer months. 2 Supermarkets, cash machines, cafe's, bars & restaurants. Market day is Thursday morning up until midday. 10Kms to St Sévére sur Indre with local bakers, small supermarket/cash machine Jour du Fete museum.
28km to La Chatre - large market town, 4 large supermarkets, market Saturdays 9-12pm.
The Loire Valley region.
Architectually, the region of Center provides the best examples of Gothic cathedrals anywhere, with the Loire Valley offering the most sumptuous palaces in France.
The Berry, of which Bourges is the capital, produces more than half of the country's fine china. It recently came to fame when some of its porcelain was recovered from the Titanic.
Vouvray, Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé wines all come from vineyards near the river Loire. Some of the best wines are to be found at Bonnezeaux and at Vouvray, where they produce a very good sparkling wine. Consider also trying the remarkably good, local cheeses including crottin de Chavignol and Ste-Maure goat cheeses. Orléans vinegar was also once as famous as Dijon mustard, with more than 200 vinegar-makers and merchants working in the city.
The property is surrounded by countryside . Guided wine tours (in English) can also be arranged locally. Designated cycle routes and nature trails are right on the doorstep with routes that take you through the picturesque villages of the Loire. Fishing, canoeing, horse riding and tennis are all available locally and for keen golfers there is an excellent golf course approx 15 mins away. During the summer months there is in excess of 40 festivals, galas and brocantes held in the area providing lots of local colour. Locally there are plenty of supermarkets, boulangeries, shops, bars and restaurants and a variety of weekly markets close by.
The spacious heart of France, marking the transition between north and south in both climate and landscape. At the centre of the region are timeless, laid back Auvergne and Limousin, with their dramatic natural scenery and outdoor pursuits. To the east and west are Burgundy and the Loire Valley, with their vineyards, gastronomy, history and culture
Lush green countryside of great natural beauty with meandering streams, majestic oaks, vineyards, sunflower fields and quiet roads.
Breathtaking historical royal châteaux and gardens alongside the river
Pastoral villages with picturesque cobblestone streets; lovely towns for festivals, concerts and theatre
Excellent landscape for biking, barging, ballooning, golf
Sumptuous or quaint hotels and inns; gourmet food and wine
History buffs will find châteaux, ancient churches and abbeys, Roman ruins, and more ... all within easy reach by car.
Nature lovers will find lovely trails, woods, the Indre and Cher rivers, some fine geological and volcanic parks in the region, plus the nearby lake and nature park at Sidiailles.
For the sports minded, the nautical base at the Sidiailles Lake (a mere 15kms from gite du lavande!) offers hiking, climbing, kayaking, wind-surfing, pedal boats, sailing, swimming (supervised), fishing and more! For children, the lake also has a lovely playground, a shady picnic area and several convenient snack bars. For you riders, there's a variety of stables nearby, and several good tennis and golf facilities are also within easy reach.
Wine lovers can visit the nearby wineries around Châteaumeillant that are known especially for their pleasant rosés.Gite du Lavande is also within day-trip range of some of the finest wineries of the Loire Valley.
Activities near by
Bird Watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cycling, Fishing, Golf, Horse riding, Kayaking, Mountain biking, Rock climbing, Sightseeing, Swimming, Table tennis, Tennis, Walking, Water sports, Wind Surfing, Wine tasting, Wine touring
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8 Sep 2014
"Great for children"
We stayed at Gite du Lavande for a fortnight in August. It took us 6 hours from the Eurotunnel in Calais and it is worth the drive. Just make sure you have rung Ann prior to arriving for directions … More
27 Jul 2014
Well i stayed here in begining of july. Ann, tony and zoe was very welcoming and very friendly. If you needed something they are always willing to go the extra mile to help you out.What a place to sta… More
9 May 2014
"Fabulous,spotless holiday rental in wonderful surroundings"
Everything about Gite du Lavande ticked the boxes that we were looking for in a holiday rental, but we did not expect was the wonderful hospitality & welcome from Tony & Ann.
The gite is spotlessy clean and they have taken their knowledge to a different level when considering the needs of holidaymakers. There are safety gates on both top & bottom of the stairs and a suitable selection of toys & games for the children.
We would hope that any other holidaymakers are not put off with the fact that the owners live on site, Tony & Ann are there to be called upon if needed for advice or help, but keep a discrete distance if that is what is preferred. The gite is a credit to the owners who don't realise what a wonderful place they have created.
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