Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 11
La Feranchie is a superbly renovated Limousin Maison de Maitre in a small tranquil hamlet, 5 miles from Rochechouart. The house is surrounded by extensive lawned grounds and an orchard from where guests are free to pick their own fruit. A stream runs through the garden around the side of the Napoleonic barn. There is a heated private swimming pool which looks out over rolling countryside. In the garden there is also an old tree house and a trampoline.
Inside, the house has been completely renovated in the last 2 years and contains both original features and all mod cons. It will suit both couples looking for a relaxing break and families with children of all ages. Go karting, high wires, lakes with beaches all within 30 minutes drive and the major attraction of Futuroscope and the Bordeaux vineyards within 90 minutes.
|Size||Sleeps up to 11, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lake Videix 4 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Limoges 40 km, Nearest railway: Angouleme (TGV) 40 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||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (7), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
The door opens into a big farmhouse kitchen, fully equipped with an American fridge/freezer, microwave, oven and dishwasher and a big dining table seating 12. Beyond the kitchen there is a utility room with sink, washing machine and tumble dryer. There is also a downstairs wetroom. In the lounge area there is an open fireplace with satellite TV and DVD player and a pool table at the rear. Stairs lead up from the lounge area to the two double bedrooms, a twin room and a further bathroom. On the second floor are two further bedrooms with five single beds. (NB there are only showers at this property, no baths.)
|Further details outdoors|
Sitting outside on the rear terrace you overlook the garden stocked with many fruit varieties - fig trees, walnut, chestnut, apple, pear, peach, plum. There is also an old tree house / children's den hidden at the bottom of the garden and a small stream runs through the garden. Extensive well kept lawns. Large terrace area around pool, which has a weight bearing cover.
Non smoking property.
No large non family groups
There is a stream running through the garden and the pool area is fenced and covered. Those renting the property must take full responsibility for children in their charge.
The Limousin/Auvergne region
The Limousin is an area of outstanding natural beauty, of chestnut trees, woodlands and lakes. There is fantastic walking in the area, fishing and lakes with beaches. Historical towns include Limoges, the home of porcelain, and Chalus where Richard the Lionheart died after returning from the Crusades in 13///. Pretty towns and villages abound with the house being on the border of the dordogne and the charente.
The Limousin is also famous for its food - the home of the world famous limousin beef, goats cheese, duck, chestnuts and foie gras to name a few. The climate is almost perfect, hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The charente area has the second highest sunshine levels in the whole of France and the house benefits from these being only 10 minutes from the charente border.
The two nearest towns to the house are Rochechouart and St. Matthieu, both a 10 to 15 minute drive. Rochechouart has all the shops you would expect (cheesemongers, butchers, bakers, patisserie, cafe and restaurants) in a beautiful hill top setting complete with chateau at which Richard the Lionheart is reputed to have stayed. A fabulous night market is held here every August.
St Matthieu is a smaller town but has the best supermarket in the area and during the summer months hosts a wonderful night market every fortnight where local produce can be bought, and a communal barbecue takes place with live music. There is also a beautiful lake with a beach and other activities (crazy golf, pedaloes, running track) if you get bored with the pool at the house with an on site cafe/restaurant. Another lake with a beach close to the house can be found at Videix - a short drive or slightly longer cycle ride away.
The best market in the area is at Piegut every wednesday morning, a 20 minute drive.
Within easy distance is Brantome, a beautiful town known as the Venice of the Perigord where canoeing is a very popular activity. Also every summer there is a music festival drawing groups from all over the world to the town of Confolens, 30 minutes away.
Other activities within 15 minutes include an adventure park at Massignac, and two lakes with boating, swimming and cafes. There is a riding school 20 minutes away and a great go karting circuit within 30 minutes. Large towns worth a visit are Limoges and Angouleme both with beautiful old quarters, reasonable shopping and Angouleme hosts a classic car race every September.