Arbre de Cerise is a beautiful 400 year old farmhouse that has been lovingly restored and converted into three gites. Marguerite is our 3 bedroom gite, sleeping 6 people, with far reaching views over sunflower and poppy field. It looks out onto the peaceful, grassed courtyard where our majestic cherry tree stands, providing stunning blossom in early Spring, an abundance of cherries in May and cooling shade in the height of summer.
Across the courtyard is a large barn and traditional French bread oven for guests to explore and enjoy. In the garden beyond the courtyard you can find our stunning new 10m x 5m HEATED swimming pool. The landscaped pool area is furnished with plenty of sun loungers and shaded tables for enjoying lazy days and convivial evenings.
All of the gites are being refurbished at the end of 2010 to provide high quality, comfortable and well equipped living accommodation, combining every modern convenience with the character features of each property. Exposed stone walls, oak beams, 18th century fireplaces, plus a host of other original features, lend character and charm to the properties.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||La Rochelle 100 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Poitiers 50 km, Nearest railway: Poitiers 50 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
Coming in from the courtyard Marguerite' s kitchen is generously equipped with plenty of crockery, cutlery, glasses, utensils and cooking equipment, as well as a 5 burner hob and cooker, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster and kettle. The kitchen leads through to a light and airy dining room/conservatory with with a large dining table seating eight, a painted dresser and some easy chairs. Double glass doors lead onto a patio overlooking the garden, down towards the pool. There is a downstairs cloakroom off this room.
The spacious lounge, full of character features, has a wood burning stove and a large, 42" flat screen television with satellite channels, a dvd player, ipod/iphone speakers and free WI-Fi connection.
Upstairs there are three bedrooms (1 x double, 2 x twin) with exposed stone walls and wooden floors. Two of the rooms have stunning French windows that open out to the courtyard below.
Two bathrooms, one ensuite with bath and shower, and the second one with a shower.
Outside there is a bbq, table and chairs for Marguerite guests.
|Further details outdoors|
In the games room you’ll find table tennis, a selection of board games, badminton, darts, boules and many other activities.
We have a selection of adults and childrens bicycles which are available for our guests to borrow to explore the local countryside or to go and collect the morning croissants.
At the end of the main garden is our fenced, heated, 10m x 5m sparkling swimming pool, equipped with plenty of sun loungers in which to sit, relax and watch the day drift by. The area around the pool has been landscaped and features shaded seating areas for enjoying convivial meals.
Cots, highchairs and stairgates are available on request.
We are situated of the edge of the Vienne midway between the historic towns of Poitiers and Angouleme. The climate in this beautiful region of south west France ensures reasonably mild winters and warm summer days.
Fascinating local villages with markets, churches, fine bars and restaurants as well as an extensive range of local facilities and amenities are all within a short drive. Lakes for swimming, cycling, walking, water sports and fishing are nearby. Just 15 minutes away at beautiful, historic St Macoux is a beach with swimming which is very popular with the children.
The medieval towns of Civray, Chef Boutonne and Chateau Jarvazay all have excellent markets, restaurants and festivals during the summer months.
Four of the best golf courses in the region can be found close to Poitiers and they attract golfers of national and international reputation.
Poitiers (35mins) A university town with many archaeological sites, is great for shopping and sightseeing.
Futuroscope (45 mins) France's answer to the Epcot Centre and Europe's premier image theme park.
Niort (40 mins) is right in the valley of the river Sevre at the gateway to the Poitou marshes. The river with its wooded banks winds through the city which stands on twin hills and has a magnificent 12th century castle.
This lovely town offers excellent shopping made more enjoyable by pedestrian streets.
Cognac (60 mins) with its ancient streets is the jewel of the Charente and best known for the production of brandy. In Cognac visit the famed Cognac Museum and the houses of Hennessy, Martell, Remy Martin and Otard. Go to Jarnac to visit Courvoisier.
Angouleme (30 mins) with many fine 17th and 18th century streets and houses to wander. Walk around the ramparts of the city and see some spectacular views. Visit the wonderful morning market (open every day but Sundays are best) or taste chocolate at Chocolaterie Letuffe.
La Rochelle (90 mins) A lively and vibrant port with rich historical heritage, wonderful museums and plenty of shops to wander around. There is also the wonderful harbour to explore and plenty of bars and restaurants serving excellent seafood. You can visit one of the most original maritime museums in the world and children will enjoy the Port des Minimes to see the sharks, jellyfish, giant squid and turtles in the aquarium. There are also lots of clean beaches nearby and boats out to the “Islands of Tranquility” (Re, Aix and Oleron).
Limoges (90 mins ) A wonderful historic place to enjoy. Visit the porcelain factories and the many stunning churches and cathedrals.
Confelons (30 mins ) A beautiful medieval town that sits on the Vienne river. Explore the town by foot and prospect for gold and garnet. Stunning views can be seen at near by Saint-Germain-de-Confelons.