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Kitchen and livingroom

House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
  • Car not necessary
  • Nearest beach 180km

Our home, La Grange aux DÎmes, in the village of Saint-Pierre-de-Mallé, overlooks a tranquil millpond on the Gartempe River, where ducks, coots, moorhens, herons and other wildlife abound. Built by the Bishops of Poitiers in the early fourteen-hundreds, it has massive foundations, with walls several feet thick. Our gardens run down to the river bank and provide a secluded spot to write, read, doze or entertain.

The house has recently undergone extensive improvements to make it energy-efficient - for the first time in 600 years.

The area has abundant opportunities for biking, canoeing, tennis and swimming. Throughout the summer there are countless village concerts and festivals.

St. Pierre itself is a small village with bakery, grocery, restaurant, and bar. It lies less than two miles from Angles-sur-l'Anglin, hailed as one of the ten most beautiful villages in France, and home to a new museum of prehistory dedicated to the famous relief carvings in the Abri du roc aux sorciers. The great chateaux of the Loire valley are nearby, as well as wineries, the Brenne National Park, Futuroscope and many other attractions. The area, set in gently rolling hills and river valleys, is rich in historic and prehistoric sites.. Many visitors enjoy the Gregorian chant at the 12th Century Benedictine Abbey at Fontgombeault and the Merovingian necropolis at Civaux.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach La Rochelle 180 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Poitiers 65 km, Nearest railway: Chatellerault 30 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Boat available
General Central heating, CD player, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Parking

The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region

After visiting with friends for several years we fell in love with this part of France. The location and historic character of the house presented a unique opportunity when it came on the market.

This website below is a great place to learn about the Pouitou-Charentes/Vendee regions in general. This beautiful region boasts medieval towns, castles, churches, and ruins, as well as a thriving contemporary culture.

http://www.poitou-charentes-vendee.com/

La Roche Posay, a spa town since Roman times, is renowned for its healing waters. Visitors may indulge themselves in a profusion of massage & hydro-therapy treatments. The town also boasts a casino, horse racing, and a wide range of sporting activities, including golf, tennis and horseback riding. Swimming and kayaking are popular along local rivers. Rock climbing is popular on the small cliffs along the Gartempe near Mérigny.

Music and other cultural events are common throughout the year, including well-publicized village summer fêtes and firework displays. Check the La Roche Posay Tourist Office for details. About an hours drive to the north, are chateaux of the Loire Valley including Chenonceau, Chambord, Azay-le-Rideau and Amboise. In Amboise is also the Manoir du Clos-Lucé, the final home of Leonardo de Vinci, which houses a remarkable collection of mechanical models based on his drawings.

A few miles from St. Pierre, along the river Creuse, lies the 11th Century Benedictine Monastery of Fontgombault, where daily vesper services are accompanied by beautiful Gregorian chant.

The Abbey at Saint Savin is famed for its remarkable medieval frescoes, as is the tiny village church at Antigny, a couple of kilometers further south.

The château at Le Grand Pressigny houses a fine Museum of Prehistory.

The exquisite village of Angles-sur-l'Anglin (adjacent to St. Pierre), dominated by a ruined cliff-top castle belonging to the Bishops of Poitiers, is famed as one of the most beautiful in France. There is also a new prehistory museum featuring the Roc aux Sorciers relief carvings.

For naturalists, the huge Brenne Regional Park, with its profusion of wildlife, is an attraction, as is the famous Marais Poitvin or “Venis Vert” near La Rochelle, where one can rent a boat to explore the network of ancient canals that permeate the marshes. The attractive Atlantic town of La Rochelle, famed for its seafood, is well worth a visit.

Those interested in experiencing the latest in film technology and computer imaging should consider a visit to Futuroscope, located near Poitier, the theme park is devoted to the moving image. Arrive early, as it can get very crowded in summer. Admission is cheaper after 6:00pm (good for the evening light show). Futuroscope is closed in winter.

Restaurants:

There are many small village inns that provide good, inexpensive food. The closest being the Auberge de l'Etoile on the square. There are also restaurants of international quality within easy reach.

Chauvigny

Weather in this area is among the sunniest in France. According to the below article, "The region's climate is mild and sunny, with less than 900 mm of precipitation per year. Average temperatures can vary from 20 °C in summer to 5 °C in winter. In the summer people come from all over Europe to enjoy the sun and the local delicacies in particular the local seafood." What you get is the best of French country living while only 80 minutes from Paris by TGV: http://www.poitou-charentes-vendee.com/charentemaritime/charentemaritime_introduction.htm

Medical & Dental: There is a doctor and dentist in St. Pierre, both half way up the hill towards Angles-sur-l'Anglin. They are excellent and the doctor and nurse make (inexpensive) house calls. The nearest hospital is in Chatellerault (on the ring road).

Shopping: Many shops remain closed on Mondays and daily between 12:00 and 2:30. Supermarkets & bakeries are open on Sunday mornings. There is a bakery and small supermarket in St. Pierre.. Note that banks are closed on Monday. There is a big Intermarche & hardware store in Yzeures. The best shopping centers are Chatellerault, Chauvigny, Le Blanc, Montmorillon & Poitiers. Market Days: Tuesday: La Roche Posay Thursday: Chatellerault, Saturday: Chauvigny, Le Blanc.

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