Le Pommier is a delightfully converted hay barn offering premium quality accommodation for six, in one King, one double and one twin bedroom. It also features a LARGE (13m x 6m) heated (May to end Sept) pool with a shallow end depth which is ideal for children, (yes, a pool you can actually swim in!) as well as a gym and sauna. The large poolside Summer Terrace provides a welcome shaded area to dine al fresco or just to relax in the hammock with a book. Equipped with fridge with ice-maker, i-pod docking station, sink, sofa, tables & chairs, changing facilities and w/c, it is the ideal place to relax whilst still being able to supervise the children having fun in the pool. The ideal location for a fun-filled family holiday! Situated just outside the quiet little hamlet of Le Lindois, Le Pommier is in a great location and is served by excellent restaurants and there are plenty of other interesting activities to keep everyone happy. The quaint market town of La Rochefoucauld is just 10 minutes drive away and the historic city of Angoulême, the capital of the Charente, just 15 minutes further afield. Plus lots of other exciting things to do nearby!
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Nearest beach||Lake Lavaud & Videix 7 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Limoges 80 km, Nearest railway: Angouleme 30 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Sauna, Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||TV, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Super King Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Single Beds (2), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
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Sympathetically renovated, Le Pommier offers premium quality accommodation whilst retaining its natural French rustic charm.
Its one King-size, one double and one twin bedroom sleeps 6 people comfortably, and all bedrooms have exposed beams and partially exposed stone walls. The Master, King size, bedroom has an en suite shower room, featuring a large walk in shower.
From the ground floor entrance hall there are solid wood doors leading to all three bedrooms All bedrooms are situated on the north side ground floor, thereby providing cooler sleeping conditions during warm summer nights. Also situated on the ground floor is the family bathroom offering a full size bath, w.c. and shower. Outside the gite, there is a patio table and chairs and the gas BBQ is conveniently to hand for when it's Dad's turn to cook.
Rising from the entrance hall are the stairs which lead up to the light and airy open plan hay loft which retains many interesting features including the galleried stairs and the fully exposed roof structure. At the east end of the living area is the spacious lounge space with sofas, the wood burning stove, wide-screen TV with HD Satellite reception of UK FreeSat channels, DVD and i-pod docking station.
At the west end, the open plan kitchen is fully equipped with modern appliances including a double built in oven, large fridge/freezer,microwave dish washer and Tassimo coffee machine. The dining area features a large farmhouse table which seats 6 and from both kitchen and lounge, French doors provide access to the extensive south facing balcony. This is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing morning coffee or watch the sun go down with a glass of the local red!
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Adjacent is the south facing, secluded swimming pool with separate changing facilities and loo. The pool is heated and is one of the largest privately owned pools in the area, measuring 13m x 6m, with a depth of 2.4m at the deep end. At the shallow end steps lead gently down to the perfect depth (1m), for children and toe dippers alike. The pool is surrounded by a large paved area incorporating a pool-side shower, and there are sun loungers as well as patio chairs, tables and parasols. At dusk, the pool area comes alive when strategically placed lighting illuminates both the pool area and the Summer Terrace, whilst the under water lights bring out the best of the clear blue water. The small, recently planted, 'orchard' with its eclectic mix of young peach, apricot, nectarine, plum and pear trees, lies just to the south side of the pool.Overlooking the pool, the large Summer Terrace provides a welcome shaded area on hot summer days. Specially designed for outdoor living the Terrace is furnished with a large hammock, relaxing chairs for those who enjoy reading, a dining table & chairs, fridge, dart board, Table Football table and i-pod docking station. An outdoor Table Tennis table, with sun-shade, is conveniently situated adjacent to the Summer terrace.Next to the Summer Terrace is the well equipped gym and 4 person Sauna (additional charge applies to sauna) and to the south side of the property, the main garden is laid to over 1000m2 of grass, giving plenty of space for energetic ball games, a more relaxing game of Boules or Croquet on the newly created Croquet 'Lawn', or perhaps even a spot of kite flying, if the wind gets up! Mini-football goals, a volleyball/badminton net and a 14ft trampoline with safety net are available for those with energy to burn.
The pool, grounds and Summer Terrace are shared with guests of Le Cerisier.New for 2015 :- Croquet Lawn, Table Football and Fenced Play Area with swings, slide and sand-pitWelcome basket on arrival.Pool and sauna towels provided.Baby/Toddler items available on requestInformation pack for sightseeing provided.Owners live on-site and are available to provide local knowledge and assist with any language issues, if required.House Hunters : ideal location to base yourselves whilst searching for your dream property. Discounted rates on long term lets and help with your search. Accommodation available from 4pm on the day of arrival and must be vacated by 10am on day of departure, unless otherwise agreed with the owners.Please feel free to contact us to discuss your individual requirements.The following services are available at an additional cost :-Sauna.Baby-sitting
The Charente is one of the four departments which make up the Poitou-Charente region, together with Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres and Vienne. Situated in the south of the region, just one department away from the Atlantic coast, the climate is mild and temperate, with a countryside that changes from vineyards and fields to rolling hills and forests, with hills and gorges in the east and south together with many rivers and lakes which provide the backbone of the region.
The region has one of the richest heritages of Romanesque art and there are many ‘must see’ monuments and buildings including Angoulême’s Cathedral St Pierre, the towering belfry at Lesterps Abbey, the murals at Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, the west front of Church St Jacques at Aubeterre and the magnificent château at La Rochefoucauld to name just a few.
You can’t live in or visit the Charente without experiencing the local markets and fairs. They are generally held in the mornings so be prepared for an early start as they tend to close around midday. You will find anything from fruit and vegetables to live or ready to cook poultry, as well as other household items for sale. If you're really lucky, you may even find a treasure or two! Visiting these local markets is one of the simplest pleasures of a holiday in France. As you wander, your senses will be aroused by the perfume of herbs and spices.... you will find quality fruit and vegetables at excellent prices, also meat, bread and cheese galore....in fact, the perfect way to begin your holiday is to visit a local Sunday market to stock up with fresh local produce.
Ten minutes away is the pretty market town of La Rochefoucauld with its imposing Chateau and full range of shops and restaurants. The Chateau is open to the public for guided tours.
In the other direction you will find the well- preserved medieval town of Confolens, home to the annual world folk festival ‘Danses et musiques du monde’, which takes over the whole town in August.
The nearby lakes of Lavaud and Mas Chaban offer scenic picnic areas, sandy beaches, family restaurants, swimming, sailing, mountain biking and a fantastic play area for children. Almost 400 hectares of fresh water, set in the heart of the valleys, are ideal for fans of the open air.
Aventure Parc - Explore the world between earth and sky in 7 circuits with over 70 individual challenges of increasing difficulty.
Kayaking - Parents and children alike can try their hand in a canoe or kayak at Montbron on the Tardoire or at Aubeterre or Brantome on the Dronne.
Angoulême - Festival venue for comic strips, rock music, vintage cars, toys and games. The capital of the Charente offers a buzzing cultural calendar and every September hosts to the world famous Circuit des Remparts motor race.
Throughout the year, well-established festivals draw visitors from France and beyond. Each year The Comic Strip Festival (Festival international de la bande dessinée) attracts more than 200,000 fans of all ages who come to see their strip cartoon heroes come alive on the drawing boards and meet their famous creators.
The Festival des Musique Métisses, now a national reference for African, fusion and world music, showcases up and coming new artists alongside established major stars.
Ludoland, specifically for children and featuring the latest in toys and games and the Gastronomades, for gourmet produce, cookery books and media form all over the world.
Cognac - If you're a Cognac connoisseur, then a visit to the 'spiritual home' is a must! Almost all of the Cognac houses provide excellent tours and tastings throughout the summer. Cognac also hosts the famous Blue Passion music festival, held each year in July.
Saint Sornin Vineyard - In the valley of the Tardoire, close to the boundary with the Dordogne, winegrowers have been cultivating and harvesting vines in Saint-Sornin for 30 years. Tours of the Saint Sornin vineyard can be arranged and the 'cave' at the vineyard sells its own produce at reasonable prices.
Brantome - Known as "the Venice of the Perigord", this charming medieval town is built on an island on the river Dronne. A popular tourist hot-spot in the summer months, especially on market day (Friday) where there is a wealth of local produce on display. It's always fascinating to sit at one of the many cafes or bars and watch the canoeists paddling around - especially as they attempt to negotiate the weirs! With an abundance of activities, it's ideal for families and a golfers haven.
For The Golfer - Golf international de la Prèze. The courses are set in 65 hectares of wooded valleys. The ornamental lakes, slopes and undergrowth provide a range of natural difficulties. The fine fairways and fast greens make it a challenging course of international standard.
Golf de l'Hirondelle - Angoulême. It is built on a spur of limestone rock opposite the town. There are fine views of the cathedral and the pink tiled roofs. The 18 holes cover about 34 hectares in the St-Martin woods. The fairways call for good physical condition and a high degree of skill notably because they are very narrow.
Go-Karting - The circuit du Perigord, just 30mins away, is one of the regions major international karting circuits which hosts competitions for enthusiasts from all over Europe. With 2 circuits - the main track boasts a length of 1078m, whilst the under 14's try their hand at karting on the smaller track - there's lots to see! Go and watch the thrills, spills and skills of the drivers or even better, even if you are only an enthusiastic amateur, why not have a go yourself?
Velo Rail - All the year round, regardless of age or ability, the Railroad Charente-Limousine enables you to discover at your own rhythm the landscapes of North-Charente by an extraordinary 'Rail-bike' which runs on a disused railway line.
Futuroscope - Packed with thrills, images in giant-screen format, extraordinary encounters, mind-blowing shows, role-playing, and much more. Futuroscope lets you enjoy new excitement that will amaze you, play on your senses and involve you in the action, as you escape into new worlds of fun, live in the future today and see this world in a new light.
...and much, much more!