Experience the "Good Life" - Featured in Living France Magazine August 2015.
Light, bright, spacious cottage artistically designed with long views. Separate from the main house and set within its own large organic garden running into 10 acres of woodland, meadow and further gardens offering total tranquility and sunny days. Wonderful walklng from the door & superb daily markets nearby.We have been awarded Tripadvisor Greenleaders Platinum level for the eco friendly sustainable methods that we use to run our gite. The property is totally powered by the wind and sun, the grounds are 100% organic and all waste is recycled.
The cottage sits high on the limestone hills where the birdsong and distant shepherds are the only noises, where wildflowers and dozens of varieties of orchid abound and more than 30 different types of butterfly can be seen.Many footpaths start right from the front door and just a scenic 5 minutes away lies ancient St Antonin Noble Val where both "The 100 foot journey" and "Charlotte Grey" were filmed. The village has a bustling market, vibrant community and wonderful river, all amenities on your doorstep, loads to see and do and lovely, clean, peaceful accommodation to come home to.
Please note that during July and August the cottage is only available by the week, please ask us regarding our changeover days as we always try to accommodate people whenever possible.
Well thought out kitchen/diner comfortable seating overlooking the garden.
A beautiful living room within the large conservatory, high ceilings and marble flooring, very comfortable with long views.
One double at the end of the cottage, a tranquil room with a good bed. The spacious conservatory can easily be transformed into either a twin or double bedroom as needed.
Good size bathroom with shower, basin and toilet.
Not needed during the summer, but there is a large woodburner for use in the cooler months.
There is a good supply of books, along with a music system.
Clouds of butterflies outside, birds to watch, walks to go on, places to explore and fantastic markets in the nearby villages.
Canoeing in the nearby river or relax and lie in the sun.
Large private garden with sun and shade, picnic table, barbecue and sunloungers.
Own private parking.
Perfect for couples, romantic getaways, families with a baby or children over the age of 10. Nature lovers paradise, walkers likewise. The property is non smoking.
We are more than happy to offer a complementary itinerary so that you really get to see as much as possible of this splendid area. Vegetarian organic evening meals can be provided, as much produce as possible comes from the kitchen garden, the rest is locally sourced.
We're enthusiasts of food, travel & adventure & spent many years exploring Europe in our old bus before backpacking further afield to both Cuba & Morocco. Inspiration led us to create & build our house entirely ourselves & learning how to work with old materials - ancient tiles & timbers has given us a home to be proud of. Gardening is also high on the list & we have a fantastic organic garden which along with our own off grid electricity makes us virtually self sufficient.
|Year property purchased||1997|
|Why this location?||The local area is fascinating, so much to see. We've travelled all over France and have never found a more beautiful location - it has it all.|
|Unique benefits of property||Have you ever sat in a garden where over 30 types of butterfly drift past, where the silence is all enveloping, birdsong, dragonflies over the wildlife ponds. Where the light reflects the blue sky above & at night there are a million stars in a velvety sky. Our property is unique in so many ways - clean, quiet and totally relaxing.|
St Antonin Noble Val has a wonderful Sunday market, an outing not to be missed, when the ancient cobbled streets fill with a vibrant array of local food, arts and crafts. Buy wonderful presents and food for a picnic by the river, then sit outside a cafe in the sun and just take it all in. You will find a local market nearby everyday.
The river gorge is incredible when seen from the water. It is easy to hire a canoe and drift downstream, take a picnic to eat on the way, a minibus will collect you from your destination and bring you back to St Antonin Noble Val. You may see a kingfisher flash past, swim in the silky water and soak up the sun.
La Terrace in Penne, 10 minutes away offering great food and an unforgetable view of the ruined castle
Many really nice restaurants in the immediate area offering a wide variety of food.
These are held every summer and supply an evening of great eating of local foods and wine, an outdoor event full of great French authenticity.
Listening to the cicadas and birdsong from the comfort of a sunlounger a glass of cold wine at your side and a good book.
The area abounds with orchids in the spring, the early purple turn the fields mauve, the lizard orchid which grows to nearly a metre high, to many varieties to list. The hay meadows are a sight to be seen, a mass of poppies, scabious, wild geraniums.
Chateaux, castles medieval hilltop villages, unspoiled scenery this is an area not to be missed.
Many really great walks from the front door, long, short, easy & hard, a walk for everyone, spectacular scenery & rarely another soul.
Last year we counted over 30 species of butterflies around the garden, the lavender garden is a cloud of varieties, the meadow is alive whilst the pond attracts many beautiful dragonflies.
Another special holiday at Beausoleil. This time we had disappointing weather but enjoyed many good walks and meals out and then the peace and comfort back "home". On cool evenings the wood burner was a delight. As always Sid and Laura were exceptional hosts.
This eco gite in the woods was even better than we had expected. Sid and Laura have created a special place of peace which is also comfortable, well equipped and tastefully furnished.
They are "off grid", so no washing machine, but excellent lighting, a good shower, a well equipped kitchen, a low energy hairdryer and a very good bed!
For us it was perfect with good walks nearby, pretty villages to visit and just a short drive to St Antonin with the famous Sunday market.