Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Welcome to our charming fully restored traditional detached longère in a quiet rural hamlet. The cottage is very secluded but only 3km from a village with bar/restaurant and general store/bakery/post office.
You will have a large garden of 1800m2 with ample private parking. The rear of the cottage has a large flat open grass area with occasional fruit trees, sun loungers and hedge screening. There are two gravelled patio areas, both with hardwood furniture, parasols and a barbecue is available on the rear terrace.
You will have a roomy traditional farmhouse dining/kitchen with wood burner, fitted and free-standing units. The comfy sitting room also has a dining area and second wood burner. You will also have a further small day room on the ground floor. The second floor features a bright and airy salon, perfect for relaxing in at any time of day.
The large grenier bedroom has a double bed and two singles with a curtain divider. The second grenier bedroom has a double bed and overlooks the garden. There is an attractive bathroom with shower over.
Longère Louise offers a real rustic retreat with all the charm rural France has to offer - if you want to get away from it all, come and do it here!
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||La Rochelle 190 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Limoges/Poitiers 70 km, Nearest railway: Poitiers 65 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
At the heart of the comfortable sitting room is an efficient wood burning stove with log trunk. There are two roomy sofas with a large coffee table and ample smaller tables. There is a large sideboard containing stationery and a variety of games for entertainment. The corner of the sitting room offers a useful dining area with attractive table and chairs. There is a large television with Sky digibox that can receive UK satellite stations. There is a DVD player, a CD/radio player and an XBox games console with a selection of games. The fully exposed stone wall and light decor gives a cosy yet airy feel to the room, enhanced by the traditional tall south-facing French window. The floor still boasts the original French tiles that have been fully restored, covered in part by a beautifully patterned thick rug. There is a second small sitting room, again with the original floor tiles, with a large comfortable chair and a good selection of books.
The kitchen is a traditional French country farmhouse kitchen and is very substantial. The original fireplace is a feature of the room with its Godin wood burning stove. The original floor tiles remain, having been fully restored. There is a pine farmhouse table with seating for six people. Delightfully tiled worktops and splash backs on both sides house an electric oven, a gas hob, fridge, freezer and washing machine. There is also a microwave, toaster, coffee maker & rustic free-standing work units. A television is provided that receives UK satellite TV.
The main bedroom in the old grenier is large with ample space and character. It has a plethora of original exposed beams and a feature has been made of the brick chimney. The floor is tiled with original reclaimed terracotta quarry tiles covered with large rugs/bedside rugs where appropriate. The far end of the room offers a very attractive double bed of white metal and brass. There are 2 vintage chests of drawers, small dressing table & chair and a sizeable hanging rail on the beam. This part of the room is divided off by full-length curtains. The remaining part of the bedroom offers two single beds.
The second bedroom features a beautiful exposed stone wall, original polished oak floor and large window onto the rear garden. There is an attractive wrought iron double bed, a chest of drawers and a small dressing table & chair. There is also a double wardrobe and a comfy chair. All bedding is included and is exclusively white bed linen with additional patchwork quilts if required.
The upstairs of the property features a galleried area onto a charming salon. It is set out as a relaxing seating area with a large futon. This is a delightful room as the sunshine streams in through the roof window and bathes the room in light, the perfect place to escape and while away your cares.
The bathroom is a good size and is fully tiled in white. It has a full sized bath with shower over, WC and large basin. The tall French window makes this room particularly light and airy and the floor is tiled with the original restored floor tiles. Bath sheets and hand towels are included in the price.
|Further details outdoors|
The property stands in large private gardens of 1800m2. Entrance is through the gates along the gravelled driveway past the old stone grinding wheel to a large gravelled parking area.
Two footpaths lead around the fig tree to the front of the house containing the original working well and a gravelled patio area with hardwood furniture and parasol. The path continues around the house to a large lawn with occasional fruit trees. There is a lovely private gravelled patio to the rear of the barn with hardwood table, chairs, parasol, barbecue and full-length sun loungers. The garden is screened by mixed hedging and is totally private.
We would ask that guests do not smoke inside the cottage but we are perfectly happy for guests to smoke outside on the terraces or in the garden and we provide an ashtray. We would simply ask that guests take great care not to burn any of the furnishings and that all debris is disposed of properly and not left anywhere on the property.
Free unlimited Wi-Fi broadband internet access is available.
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
POITIERS - CAPITAL OF POITOU-CHARENTES
The Vienne Département is rich in culture, attractions and activities. In the heart of La Vienne lies the Romanesque city of POITIERS, the largest town in the department and the capital of the Poitou-Charentes region. Poitiers is full of something for everyone: many buildings of historical interest, a lively city centre, stunning architecture, cosmopolitan shopping and regular markets. To relax take a stroll around BLOSSAC PARK, the BOTANICAL GARDENS and the Promenade du Pré l'Abbesse.
Poitiers has been the provincial capital since Gallo-Roman times and its architectural heritage is outstanding. The Chemins de Notre Dame will guide you through ancient neighbourhoods as you discover the city's historical treasures. Exceptional monuments include Notre-Dame-La-Grande church with its evening polychromatic laser light display; Saint-John's Baptistry (the oldest eample of Christian architecture in France) and Saint-Hilaire's church, a World Heritage Monument.
FUTUROSCOPE - POITIERS
The theme park of FUTUROSCOPE celebrates the moving image and is a fascinating melange of theme park, big screen cinema and illusion. Futuroscope offers extreme thrills, images in giant-screen format, breathtaking shows, interactive adventures that will delight your senses, and much much more. Discover over 25 different experiences for all the family that offer a new way of exploring the world in a lush green setting.
There really is something for everyone and one day will not be enough! This year Futuroscope is offering a whirlwind of attractions including the thrilling cinematic ride "La Vienne Dynamique", the breathtaking "Danse avec des Robots", Astromouches, the EcoDingo simulator, Les Animaux du Futur, the eye-opening "Les Yeux Grands Fermés" and the universe of "La Monde des Enfants". Don't miss the sound and light show at dusk as The Blue Note Mystery is a truly magical experience.
LA VALLEE DES SINGES - ROMAGNE
LA VALLÉE DES SINGES in Romagne is home to 30 species of apes in a natural setting and gives you the opportunity of feeding them too. You will find the largest concentration of chimpanzees in Europe. There are 30 primate species in an area where more than 350 animals roam within 15 hectares of natural wooded parkland. Watch feeding-times throughout the day. Since it opened, Monkey Valley has seen over 350 births, including 9 baby gorillas. It is a great way to spend the day and highly recommended.
LA PLANÊTE DES CROCODILES - CIVAUX
Vienne is a great place for anyone interested in animals and nature. LA PLANÊTE DES CROCODILES, 40km away in Civaux, is set under a huge glass dome 20m high and covering an area of 5000m2. It houses 8 species of crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gavials from 4 continents, all in completely natural environments.
LES GÉANTS DU CIEL - CHAUVIGNY
Chauvigny is an ancient medieval town with a fabulous castle perched on top of the cliff. This is the showcase for a wonderful show - birds from all round the world fly over the ruins of the imposing Bishops' Castle. Discover kookaburras from Australia, snowy owls, great horned owls, white storks, condors, American parrots, eagles and vultures. It is a great opportunity to get as close to these majectic birds as possible while eagles and falcons fly past over your head.
LA DOMAINE DE DIENNÉ - DIENNÉ
The Domaine de Dienné is only 20 minutes from Poitiers and Futuroscope and is well worth a visit. It occupies an extensive natural site among valleys and woods, It's a fantastic day out for all the family and, apart from the variety of activities on offer, it also provides unusual tourist accommodation in horse-drawn caravans, yurts and treehouses.
Dienné offers an eclectic mix of activities including: a relaxation centre with sauna, steam room, hot tub, fitness gym; a Wellness restaurant; a hairdresser; a tyrolean cable adventure park for adults and children; hiking trails; bike trails; fishing; the enigmatic Domain mysteries; a riding club with more than 40 horses and ponies and a three-star pet hotel.
LE VIEUX CORMENIER - CIVRAY
Discover the history of this rural family from the birth of Pierre at the beginning of the 20th century to the First World War. As an actor in the scenes, you will be transported to the early 1900's thanks to exciting special effects that will reveal all the secrets of the past! The visit features 16 scenes enhanced with realistic sets, dialogues and lots of sound and visual effects. The rooms are air-conditioned and translations in English are available. It's a great interactive way to discover the traditional rural culture of the area at first hand.
LE PARC DE LA BELLE - MAGNÉ
In 10 hectares of beautiful valleys on the banks of the river Belle in Magné, this diverse and verdant park offers a wealth of flowers, shrubs and plants in any season of the year. Stroll along the paths, lined with ancient trees to enjoy the hundred different varieties of flora. You can experience a typical 19th century Poitou manor house where you will find a traditional baking oven, greenhouse, washhouse, lord of the manor's quarters, priest's garden, and ornamental vegetable garden.
This garden houses more than 20,000 plants, many trees and different varieties of flowers. The lower meadows and glade are landscaped, which enhance the woods and the naturally marshy areas of the gardens. The park offers exhibitions and themed weekends. The Autumn Scents weekend is always a highlight. There is a big play area and a small petting farm for children. There is also a maze created from living bushes. For your convenience there is a small restaurant and souvenir shop.
LE PARC DE SAINT-CYR
St.Cyr is a very large recreation park near Poitiers that offers a raft of different activities for all the family. In fact it's the closest thing to the seaside without driving to the beach. There is a large lake surrounded by a beautifully soft sandy beach. It offers great swimming for everyone incluuding supervised swimming and beach club activities for children aged 6 - 12 in July and August.
A sailing centre offers windsurfing, catamarans, canoes, kayaks, paddle boats. There are also mountain bikes available to rent. Saint-Cyr also offers several sports areas: beach volleyball, beach soccer, sandball, ultimate, beach rugby, football, tennis, and a children's playground. If you're a keen fisherman there are plenty fishing areas to enjoy. Saint-Cyr has a snack bar, and four-star camping facilities.
LE VÉLORAIL - CHAUVIGNY
Chauvigny is a beautiful medieval town with the ruins of an imposing castle perched on the cliff. It is the location for a really unusual adventure using a unique means of transport. It's a great way for the family to get some excercise together while seeing the best parts of the town.
These "rail-bikes", where you pedal in a specially constructed vehicle on the railway tracks, will take you on a journey around the medieval town of Chauvigny. These tracks once transported men and stone from the famous quarries nearby. This 2 hour journey takes you over a 17 km trail.
THE COAST - LA ROCHELLE AND ROYAN
The sophisticated coastal town of LA ROCHELLE can be reached in two hours. It offers some of the best beaches in France, as well as cosmopolitan shops and fine dining. La Rochelle is a historic town that was once the Huguenot capital. The old port in the middle of the town with its two towers symbolises its rich past. Taking time out on a sunny café terrace is a moment of pure pleasure that sets the tone of your holiday. The old town behind the port is perfect for a stroll and is a real voyage of discovery. After passing under the Grosse Horloge (Main Clock) entrance to the city, you can wander through the small streets and under the arches, discover the medieval houses with timber-framed walls and slate, the private luxury residences of the ship-owners and the old market halls. The historic town centre is today bustling with activity with its many shops and events jostling for your attention during the summer days. The University, aquarium (one of the finest in Europe), and large number of events such as the Francofolies, the International Film Festival, the Grand Pavois all bear witness to the vitality of La Rochelle.
At the mouth of the Gironde, ROYAN has been a seaside resort for nearly two centuries. Backing onto the long beach of La Grande Conche – facing due South – the town centre of Royan stands out by virtue of its architecture. The town also has a marina and fishing harbour as well as the landing stage of the ferry for Le Verdon, in the Médoc region. Destroyed during the bombardments of 1945, the town was reconstructed during the 50's. Largely inspired by the Athens Charter, dear to Le Corbusier and other modern architects, Royan was built around an airy urban space, underlined by wide perspectives. The church of Notre-Dame, the central market and the Palais des Congrès are the main witnesses to this. Royan also has a few 'Belle Epoque' villas, spared by the bombs.The sea front, with its restaurants, cafés and shops is particularly lively during the holidays and especially so in the summer, reinforced with the holding of major events such as regular firework displays, the 'Un Violon sur le Sable' (A violin on the Sand) event and international showjumping. All along the coast of Royan, there are a large number of walks and bike rides. Thanks to its location in the middle of a magnificent tourist and seaside resort, Royan is an ideal departure point to explore this exceptional environment and enjoy the many activities on offer.
THE COAST - ÎLE DE RÉ
ÎLE DE RÉ has been linked to the Continent since 1988, but remains an island in every sense of the word. Jewel of the Atlantic coast, the Île de Ré has preserved all its charm and authenticity. Classed as a protected site, it will win you over with the beauty of its preserved landscapes and villages of green-shuttered white houses, criss-crossed with little alleys where hollyhocks abound. With more than 100km of cycle tracks, the whole of the Île de Ré is accessible by bike. Cycling across the marshes in the North of the island, between Ars-en-Ré and Loix is a unique, unforgettable moment. In the middle of these fascinating salt marshes – where a large number of salt makers still work – you will discover flora and fauna proper to the area.
The reserve of Lilleau-des-Niges at the Portes-en-Ré groups together nearly 300 bird species. The light here, alternately bright or gentle, is also a real enchantment. The long, sandy beaches of the East coast are as much places to relax as to enjoy the wide range of activities on offer, such as sailing, surfing and kite-surfing, that is becoming highly popular here. The forests of maritime pines that line the beaches are also to be discovered. Inland, there are vines, market gardens and forests. Right up in the North, an immense beach awaits you, not far from the famous forest of Trousse-Chemise, mentioned in the song by Nougaro. Île de Ré also has the very pretty harbours of Saint-Martin and La Flotte – unmissable stopovers on the dream voyage that is the Île de Ré.
The Limousine city of LIMOGES, world famous for its exquisite china and craft shops, is only an hour away. Limoges is a town of art and history as well as being the regional capital of Limousin. World famous for its porcelain, Limoges is also a city full of other riches waiting to be discovered. Its parks and gardens are amongst the most beautiful in France and its fabulous monuments are breathtaking.
The Benedictine monastery, the Adrien-Dubouché museum, and the cathedral must not be missed. Its streets are full of history and its centre between the "granes halles" and the Denis-Dussoubs square is magnificent. A visit to the Abbessaille quarter and the port of Naveix gives a glimpse into the rich history of the city.
PARC BELLEVUE - LIMOGES
PARC BELLEVUE is situated just north-west of Limoges near Bellegarde Airport. It is a great day out for all the family with all sorts of games and amusements, akin to a traditional amusement park. No matter what age you are, you will find something here for you. It is especially suitable for younger children. There is an outdoor swimming pool, a small train track, a go-kart track, a four-lane slalom piste, trampolines, boats, dodgem cars, mini golf, motorised carts, an aerial assault course and all the traditional fairground rides. There is a large café and plenty of picnic areas as well as a small animal farm.
MORE PLACES TO VISIT
For those who love the classical world, the Gallo-Roman site at Sanxay to the west of Poitiers is a listed National Monument. and the abbey at Nouaille-Maupertuis is also worth a visit. Other towns that offer a fascinating insight into the Poitou-Charentes region are: Loudun with its old town around the 'square tower'; Moncontour, a small town with a fascinating history and the nearby Chateau Oiron; Civray, for its magnificent medieval buildings and the Saint-Nicolas church and Chatellerault, 'Descartes town' for the Saint-Jacques church and the 17th century bridge.
LIGLET & LA TRIMOUILLE
The village of Liglet is close to the cottage and offers a post office/general store/bakery and a pub/restaurant serving delicious meals. The town of La Trimouille is only 7km away and offers a small supermarket, restaurants, cafés and a few shops as well as a cinema, medical services and a TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICE. L'Atelier des Collectionneurs in La Trimouille is a collectors' museum that showcases diverse private collections of the past and present covering a wide variety of themes.
L'ÎLE AUX SERPENTS
L'ÎLE AUX SERPENTS is situated on the edge of La Trimouille and is well worth a visit as you can find more than 60 species of animals including alligators, cayman alligators, lizards, snakes, tortoises, crocodiles and chameleons, as well as the recent additions of otters, mongeese and desert cats. There is also a shop with refreshments and a wide variety of souvenirs and quality craft items.
Only a couple of kilometers from the cottage you can find a real treasure - the romanesque priory of VILLESALEM, which was occupied by Benedictine monks from 1109. Although many buildings were destroyed during the Hundred Years War, the church remains and its sculptured facade of Notre Dame de la Paix is magnificent.
The abbey of SAINT-SAVIN lies close to the cottage and was made a UNESCO World heritage site in 1983 thanks to its exceptional romanesque wall paintings. These are displayed amidst fibreoptic lighting, stained glass windows and wrought iron lamps. You will also find a scenographic tour in the monastic buildings, including films, dioramas and multimedia activities.
ANGLES-SUR-L'ANGLIN (north of Saint-Savin) is officially recognised as one of the most beautiful villages in France and is so near the cottage that there is no excuse not to visit. It's narrow winding streets interspersed with workshops and cafes is simply captivating. The village is also home to the "ROC AUX SORCIERS", a sculpted frieze dating back 15,000 years and discovered in 1950. The visitors' centre offers a fascinating multimedia presentation.
MONTMORILLON, the City of Books and the Written Word, is a charming Medieval town with winding streets to explore and pavement cafés. There is a well-equipped tourist office here with a comprehensive selection of local guides. Montmorillon hosts a market on Wednesday morning. It has 2 large supermarkets and can also offer crazy golf, tennis and an equestrian centre.
LE BLANC is a nearby town situated on the river. You can hire boats and canoes and try a variety of watersports.
Or you can simply enjoy the good variety of shops and pavement cafes in the town. Le Blanc has a market on Sunday morning.
If you happen to be staying at the cottage towards the end of the month, head to LA FOIRE DES HEROLLES on the 29th. You will find a plethora of goods on sale, including honey, truffles, fruits and nuts, cheese, wine, bread, sausages, bread, kitchen knives and utensils, cottons, linens, plants, shrubs, trees as well as garden and agricultural equipment.
Les Foire des Herolles is enormous and offers something for everyone. It is completely free and the village of Les Herolles is well signposted from the surrounding area with plenty of well organised parking. A visit to this traditional, country market, held every month of the year for over 400 years, is a unique event not to be missed. It provides lots of interest and is an outstanding photographic opportunity.
LA BRENNE NATIONAL PARK
The cottage is situated right on the edge of LA BRENNE NATIONAL PARK. This is one of France's best kept secrets as it provides vast areas rich in flora and fauna, largely hidden from the casual tourist. The preservation of the natural and cultural heritage results in up to 2000 lakes. Since receiving National Park status in 1989, La Brenne is an exceptional location for ornithology with over 260 species recorded and 150 breeding species.
Butterflies and dragonflies are also in abundance here and plant life is diverse, including orchids, reed beds, heathland and oaks. Wild boar and red deer make La Brenne their home.