|La Maison de la Grand-mère||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||1||Sofabed in sitting room for visitors|
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.
I am a languages teacher and have loved France and French since I was about 10. Luckily I married a Francophile too. When we bought the house it had no loo, no hot water, bathroom etc. It was a 2 year project and my husband did the lion's share of the renovation whilst I went to teach English in a language school in Villeneuve. The kids were 5 & 7 and the perfect ages for acquiring a second language. We all love the house and spend as much time as possible there. We hope you will too.
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||We bought our house here because we couldn't afford Provence! But what luck that turned out to be. Our region is the orchard of France with acres of fruit trees and almost no industrial farm buildings. We are also on the cusp of Aquitaine and surrounded by Bastide villages (fortified hilltop villages) which because they couldn't expand down steep slopes have maintained their gorgeous medieval feel and architecture. The local people were immediately really welcoming and the children loved growing up in rural France. What I love most of all is getting up very early in the morning and walking straight out of the house with the dogs and seeing all the early morning wildlife.|
|Unique benefits of property||Our house is a haven in the depths of the countryside. If you have partying children it's not for you - or them! The drive is half a mile long. The swimming pool has 360° views and the whole atmosphere is one of calm and serenity. There is abundant wildlife and my father and I have seen eagles at harvest time. There is also a resident family of hoopoes who are very exotic (and sadly shy) and we have seen wild boar and deer in the garden. There are chatty frogs next door and I love the sound of crickets in the evening. Very very few mosquitoes and the bats hunt them at night. If it's peacefulness and beauty you're after ....|
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.