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Ancient Oaks

Gite | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Ancient Oaks was completely renovated from top to bottom in 2012 and has now been let since Summer 2013 .Specifically designed for family holidays or large groups, it has a 11.5m x 5.5m (31ft x 15ft), open plan lounge/kitchen/diner where the whole family can gather to party if you want to be indoors, with additional seating areas in the mezzanine for those who want to sit and read a book . There is 5000 square metre(nearly an acre) of private garden with terrace,swimming pool( open May to September), lawns with boules pitch and table tennis and large open area for ball games.

Owners live next to the gite in a separate cottage and are there to help with any of the guests needs. There are no sharing of facilities, garden or swimming pool.

The pool is heated and fully enclosed and alarmed, with seating and sun loungers. ( Pool is cleaned and maintained daily )

The open barn area is for outside eating with table and seating for 10 people and includes a large gas BBQ and wine/beer fridge and lighting for late night meals,. this area is great for eating alfresco and enjoying the warm night air and the fantastic sky night.

The main entrance is reached across a decked terrace and you enter the property through a magnificent 20 foot high mezzanine hallway. With 2 family bathrooms and 1 en suite to master bedroom.

There are 3 double beds, 3 single beds and a full size cot.

1 bedroom and bathroom is situated on the ground floor and 3 further bedrooms on the first floor.

There is also parking for 3 cars in the main car park, and the garden is fully enclosed, guests have sole use of parking area and garden.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Sidialles Lake 8 km
Will consider House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 1.2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Limoges 139 km, Nearest railway: Montlucon 30 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
General TV, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (3), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Wheelchair users, Secure parking
Further details indoors

The ground floor is all on 1 level and comprises of lounge, kitchen,dining room, entrance hall,utility room and full bathroom with shower also has a double bedroom and offers ideal wheelchair access for those with limited mobility.

Further details outdoors

The large garden features several ancient Oak trees including a central specimen about 250 years old.The new pool which is 6.5m x 4.5m is heated and is for the exclusive use of Ancient Oaks guests. The pool is heated, alarmed and fully enclosed.

The garden features a "hanger" which is a covered outdoor area which offers a cool, shady spot all day.The hanger is equipped with BBQ, drinks fridge and sink, large table and chairs for up to ten people.

There is also an off road parking area for 3 cars.

Further details

A damage deposit of £250 is required on payment of balance. This deposit is refundable within 2 weeks of departure on condition that no damage has been caused to the property.

Pool towels are not provided.

The Loire Valley region

Situated in the lower part of the Loire valley which is famous for it's beautiful country villages, vineyards and Chateaux, rivers and lakes.

Ancient Oaks is situated in St. Saturnin in the Cher department and close to the borders of Indre, Creuse, and Allier all offering many places of interest to visit.

The local specialities are goats cheese, fois gras and of course wine.

This is an area full of rolling landscapes, beautiful scenery and empty roads. Ideal for cycling holidays and the local tourist office hire out excellent bikes (daily or weekly) for a very affordable price.

New to Ancient Oaks (2014 ) we are now able to accommodate cycling groups and offer catering at an additional cost per person, with self guided cycling map routes for the area as well as pick up from Limoge airport for those booking cycling holidays.

Cycle to local Chateaux, restaurants and take the local route des Vignobles after a good breakfast and on return to Ancient Oaks and have a dip in the pool while your evening meal is prepared for you.

New to the area is one of Europes' largest tree top and zip line adventure centres situated at Sidialles which is a large reservoir where swimming and water activities take place throughout the late spring/summer period. Sidialles is 8 km from ancient Oaks and a popular destination for all of our guests.

The region has a wealth of wildlife with birds of prey in abundance and often to be seen in our garden. Ideal for those who want to come up close to the birds as they sit on electricity posts and low branches, with deer often crossing your path while cycling or walking.


Ancient Oaks is just 14 km from the Chateau town of Culan which claims to be the "Heart of France"; its geographical centre. The area is traditional, unspoilt, French countryside with rolling hills, green valleys and the top quality AOC vineyard.The vineyards are famous for their Chateaumeillant gris (Rose) and rich reds. For further wine exploration, we recommend taking the Route des Vignobles which is a local tour of the vineyards that make up the Chateaumeillant wines.Meander from vineyard to vineyard and visit the many farms en route producing their own goats cheese as a perfect accompaniment to the famous gris wine.

The countryside is a birdwatchers paradise with a stunning variety of birds of prey including hen harrier, montegu's harrier, black and red kites and dozens more.There is also an abundance of songbirds and water fowl.

The local lanes are popular with walkers and cyclists and there are golf, tennis and water sports available nearby.

For messing about in (hire) boats and to visit the Roman Amphitheatre visit Drevant; 41km

For the famous Jacques Tati film museum visit Saint Severe ;14km

For zip lining it's Boussac ;19km and Sidialles ; 8km

For coarse fishing, its everywhere with day licenses available from the village shop. If you want to try for giant 50lb carp, we can usually book you a swim if you give plenty of notice.

And for browsing around the markets and sampling local cheeses and other produce, it's Chateaumeillant on Friday ;8km

or La Chatre on Saturday ;25km

For lounging around the pool with a cold drink and BBQ it's Ancient Oaks ;0km !

Stargazers will find that they are in one of France's 7 designated light pollution free areas and as a consequence there are stunning views of the stars, planets, shooting stars and man's contribution, the satellite.

The village shop(less than 1km away) is open 6 days a week and offers fresh bread, groceries,postal service, fishing licenses,beers and wines and is even the village bar....don't send Dad for the bread on his own in the morning!

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1 Sep 2014


"Fantastic Holiday House for all the Family"

We have just returned from an amazing 2 week holiday at Ancient Oaks. The house exceeded all expectations, it was decorated beautifully and had everything we needed for 2 families with young children… More

4 Aug 2014


"Lovely house in the heart of France"

We stayed here with family in June. The owners live next door and were very friendly and always available to give us suggestions on places to go and things to see.The house is lovely and fully modern.… More

29 Jul 2014


"Superb quality accommodation in tranquil setting"

We have hired a number of gites in France but this surpassed anything we had stayed in before. The property is big, and well equipped. Everything works as it should, including the pool, which was well… More

5 Jul 2014


"A fantastic family holiday home with every comfort imaginable"

If you're looking for a home away from home with a pool and barbeque pit included look no further. Set in the middle of the French countryside this house is wonderful with every modern convenienc… More

1 Sep 2013


"What A Wonderful Setting In The heart Of France"

What a wonderful place. On arrival to the Gite we were greeted by Dave & Di who welcomed us all to there lovely home in France. They were extremely helpful and friendly and couldn't do enough for… More

26 Aug 2013


"The Perfect Holiday"

We have just returned from a wonderful two weeks holiday at Ancient Oaks. Located in lovely countryside within walking distance of a truly French Village. The barn has been renovated to a very high st… More

1 Aug 2013


"The right place if you want to experience a French holiday"

The photos didn't do this house justice. It was perfect in every sense: spacious, luxurious and clean. The owners have left nothing off the tick list. The pool functioned perfectly (after a long walk or cycle in the glorious surrounding countryside) and it was kept up to scratch by Dave and Di every morning. We used the supermarket which was about 6 miles away in Chateaumeillant. All you need is red Bordeaux plus some food to cook on the gas barbecue which we managed with ease despite having only brushed past one in Homebase, The visit to Culan chateau is worth the time and you should visit St,Severe (we cycled to it) to see the scene of Jour de Fete.
Top mark to the owners for friendliness and the set-up. Thanks.

27 Jul 2013


"Cosy, well equipped house in the heart of the French countryside"

This is a beautiful barn conversion in the French countryside, with plenty to see and do in the surrounding area; lots of pretty small villages each with their own charm. For people with an interest in History there are plenty of sights to see: museums, roman amphitheatres (Drevant) and chateaux - the owners are very helpful and knowledgeable in helping you find things for you to see and do, no matter what your interests.
If you wish not to venture too far from the house, it in itself is well equipped to cater for your relaxation and enjoyment with a nice, big, open plan lounge-kitchen-dining room that maintains a warmth and charm. Outdoors there is a pool, expansive garden and outdoor kitchen to enjoy those long summer days and nights.
Me and my partner had an excellent time enjoying the beauty and calm of the area whilst relaxing in a cosy, yet spacious house. We'd stay here again in a heartbeat.
Thank you Dave & Di!

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Calendar last updated:02 Sep 2014

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