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Le Pouch is a charming old stone family farmhouse on the edge of a hamlet in deep rural France. The walls are 2 feet thick which makes the house cool in the heat of the summer. All the rooms are of generous size and comfortably furnished without being fussy. The kitchen is excellently equiped for those who like to cook and even has an ice-cream maker and preserving pan for those who wish to make their own jam from the orchard (plums, apricots, cherries).
The area is known for prunes and the sitting room still has the remains of the old prune oven and original terracotta floor and there are old stone sinks in most of the rooms.
The upstairs rooms are light and airy with views over the garden and sweeping out into the countryside.
Le Pouch is definitely a family house with doors being left open and much of life is spent outside eating, swimming, snoozing in the hammock. It's also wonderful for bird enthusiasts having a resident hoopoe family, many birds of prey and swallows who dive-bomb the pool to drink at sunset. Also spotted - bats, an eagle and wild boar.
Large well-equipped kitchen with dining table, although most dining is done outside.
Comfortable and cool sitting room with tv and dvd player.
There are two double (large beds) rooms and 1 twin room.
1 large bathroom with bath/shower and another downstairs loo.
No central heating but free-standing heaters/radiators in utility.
Ping pong table. Badminton set and Boules.
Large garden with shady trees. Orchard. Swimming pool (5x10m) with sunloungers, table and chairs and parasols.
Ample parking and large barn.
Suitable for anyone but wheelchairs difficult (sitting room would have to be turned into temporary bedroom).
Gorgeous swimming pool with fantastic views.
This is 'Bastide' country - fortified hilltop villages which have remained virtually intact since 100 years war. Utterly charming stone villages with central and often cloistered market squares, each hosting a charming open air market. There's one for every day of the week within a short drive.