Verina is a fully-modernized 2-storey cottage at the end of a country lane that passes through a farm. It has 5 bedrooms, a spacious kitchen and living room. It is the perfect place for a summer holiday. You can while away many hours in the 10 x 5 m swimming pool and have barbecues on the patio near it. Far away from the nearest road, there is perfect peace and quiet. The nearby woods abound with wildlife. There are many kinds of birds, some of them quite rare, and one can often see deer. Nightingales will keep you entertained until the early hours of the morning. There are many relaxing walks across rolling farmland.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||150 km|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Limoges (Bellegarde) 40 km, Nearest railway: Limoges 40 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Places of Interest in the Region
About 1½ hours' drive away is Futuroscope in Poitiers - the famous "moving image" theme park. There is also the strip cartoon (bande déssiné) museum in Angoulême and the cognac distilleries in Cognac
About 1 hour's drive is Limoges, famous for its porcelain and enamels. It also has a large botanical garden, an aquarium and an attractive mediaeval quarter.
Less than 1 hour away is Rochechouart: centre of "The Meteorite Country". About 214 million years ago a huge meteorite devastated the whole region. There is an exhibition in the town centre near the church with its twisted spire. There is also an impressive château which houses the sub-prefecture and a modern art exhibition. Nearby, is Chassenon, the site of a Gallo-Roman thermal spa which is the subject of continuing archaeological excavation. There is already a lot to see - hypocausts, two huge swimming pools, vaulted passageways, furnaces and so on. Like all the villages in the Meteorite Country, it is built with the stones created by the impact (breccia). There are many chateaux in the area.
Fifteen minutes away is Brigueuil, where you can still see much of the fortified mediaeval village. On the road to St. Junien from Brigueuil, is a "brocante" where you can visit a toy museum.
Within a half-hour drive is Confolens, a very pretty mediaeval town straddling the river Vienne. It plays host each year in August to an international festival of folk dance and music. St. Junien is another old town close by. It has some very interesting buildings, including an 11th century church named after the saint. St. Junien also has a fine golf course.
There are cafés and restaurants in many of the small towns where one can eat well at reasonable prices. A list of some of these is available at the house.
The area is very rural; a peaceful and secluded corner of La France Profonde. The countryside is rolling and wooded, studded with many small lakes and ponds (étangs), stone built villages and farmsteads. Activities include horse riding, bird watching and rambling (the local ramblers' association has recently reopened and signposted many of the old communal pathways - there is a list of these at the house). There is a swimming lake, Etagnac, about 15 minutes drive away, and a lake-based leisure complex at the Barrage Lavaud, about ½ an hour away.
Verina, the property, is in the commune of Lesterps, a village in the department of the Charente, in the region of France known as Poitou-Charente.