Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Gite du Lavande (Lavender Cottage) is a beautiful French holiday home,the 2 bedroom cottage oozes charm, yet has all the amenities for modern living, including a spacious open plan kitchen, dining room and lounge. The property also caters for outdoor relaxation in an enclosed private garden, patio and barbeque area . Whilst enjoying the ambience of this reasonably quiet hamlet of Chez Jabier, most of your holiday needs can be found at your doorstep. This includes:
4 minutes to set foot on your favourite country walk
8 minutes drive to all amenities
12 minutes drive to access one of many picturesque sun-bathing and SWIMMING areas, including pedalos,sailing and VTT cycle routes. Situated close to Lac Sidialilles, 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.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Sidiailles 15 km|
|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||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|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, Bicycles available, 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.
How to get there
Caen and Le Havre are about 5 hours drive 300 miles. Calais Eurotunnel is approx 6 hours drive 400 miles. Limoges International Airport is 1 hour 30 mins car hire is available from the airport. Car is essential.
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.
There is a beautiful man-made lake at Sidialles, about 14km from the house. There is a beautiful sandy beach with supervised swimming and a gracious grassy knoll for sunbathing and picnicking. The lake has a restaurant and snack bar and there are reasonably priced rentals of everything from pedal boats to small sailboats, canoes and kayaks. If you can pull yourself away from the pool, this is a lovely alternative.
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 and some fine geological and volcanic parks. 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.