Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6, Ratings 3 9.6/10
|The Rose Barn||Self Catering||Flexible||1||2||1||sofabed|
The Rose Barn, 'La Grange Aux Roses', is a cosy,delightful holiday cottage that nestles in a little valley in the scenic Charente Limousine. The cottage is ideal for 2 people wanting to explore the Charente, the Limousin, the Dordogne and the rest of this beautiful area of South-West France. Walking, cycling, golf, birdwatching all situated in verdant rolling countryside halfway between Angouleme and Limoges. Road, rail and low-cost airline access is excellent.
Outside is a decked sitting and barbecue area, perfect for al fresco dining or enjoying a glass of wine after exploring all that the region has to offer. The swimming pool is yours to enjoy for the majority of the day.
The Rose Barn is a 5 minute drive to the local village bar, 10 to a wonderful boulangerie and just under 15 minutes to the bustling town of Roumazieres. The local area has a vast number of restaurants which serve both rustic or haute cuisine, something to suit all tastes
This area of France is full of interesting and historic places to visit. The chateux of La Rochefoucauld and Rochechouart are just a short drive away. Follow the scenic Route de Richard Coeur de Lion which covers a range of attractions based around the journeys, battles and death of Richard the Lionheart. The Cassinomagus Roman Baths are 10km away and provide a fascinating look at the baths themselves and an exhibition hall with artefacts discovered at the site.
Relax on the banks of the lakes of the Haute Charente, or try your hand at the watersports and fishing on offer here as well. Alternatively, take a short drive to La Guerlie Plage on Lake Lavaud, a man-made beach that is perfect for relaxing on and taking in the local scenery, or travel a little further afield to the coast of the Charente Maritime or La Rochelle.
For golfers there are 2 first class golf clubs within a 30 minute drive of Rose Barn. Golf de la Preze, is an 18 hole championship course with a unique 18 hole pitch-and-putting competition course, as well as a driving range and 2 pitch and putting practice greens. Golf de St Junien is another 18 hole course that is also just 30 minutes away.
Other days out in the local area include Angouleme the capital of the Charente, Limoges with its fascinating, historic cities, Cognac and its famous brandy, Poitiers and Futuroscope are all within easy reach.
However much, or little, you choose to do in the beautiful south-western French countryside be assured that the peace and tranquility of Rose Barn await you on your return.
Very well-equipped kitchen with gas stove, microwave, fridge and washing machine and all the kitchen equipment you can ask for.
Cosy living room with sofa, easy chairs, UK tv, FREE WIFI, video player and radio.
Double bedroom on mezzanine level with very comfortable double bed (our guests say). Sofabed on ground floor (small double best suited to one person). Not suitable for toddlers or young children. Above Ground Pool reserved for your use.
Tiled bathroom with shower, handbasin and wc.
Electric radiators and heated towel rail in bathroom.
Decked BBQ area to one side of the Rose Barn. Great for sun beds, eating out and barbecues. Swimming Pool reserved for your use.
Parking just off-road by the Barn.
Not suitable for toddlers or young children or those unable to use the stairs to the mezzanine bedroom.
Retiring after nearly 30 years of owning award-winning pub-restaurants in the UK and with our children all grown-up with good careers, it was time to realise a long-held dream! We bought our home in 2009 and after renovations including new roofs on the house and The Rose Barn, we decided to offer holiday lets. In our spare time (not much) we enjoy walking, belong to two art clubs, and exhibit locally, attend French Lessons and Robin, as well as singing in 3 local choirs also teaches singing.<br/>
|Year property purchased||2009|
|Why this location?||In the UK we lived in Fenland in East Anglia. We love pastoral scenery and in particular this area with its hills and valleys and lovely deciduous woodland was a major improvement on the flatlands of Cambridgeshire. The climate is temperate and although it can be beautifully warm in the summer, it doesn't normally get to "scorchio" levels. Winters are short and despite the odd cold snap much more bearable than in the UK.
It feels remotely rural but in fact we're within easy driving distance on good quiet roads to all of South West France. The proximity of Limoges airport, only 35 minutes away now that the Chabanais bypass has been recently completed, means we can fly to visit family in Ely in only four hours door to door (on a good day!)
|Unique benefits of property||You'll benefit from the attention to detail that 30 years in the hospitality industry has taught us. We offer simple, comfortable clean facilities and we try to provide the equipment and comfort that you'll need on holiday.
For those of you for whom cooking the local ingredients is part of your holiday fun, you'll be pleased to know that the kitchen is well-equipped. We've all been to those places with nothing but a bent teaspoon and a blunt kitchen knife - so this time you'll not need to clog the car up with your favourite personal cooking equipment!
We also offer a menu of dishes for you to re-heat and we've found that this has been very well-received with clients often ordering a meal for their arrival after a long journey or again on their last night.
The Angouleme Vintage Car Race - classic vintage racing car road race and rally weekend - 3rd weekend in September - Very good Sushi at Brasserie H in the Place du Champs-de-Mars when the vintage cars parade on the first evening of the festiv
Massive Roman Bath complex 20 minutes away
Walt Disney fairytale castle set in a charming small town. Originally 11th Century with additions throughout the next five hundred years. Stunning architecture including a magnificent spiral staircase wide enough to ride a horse up! Guided tours often available but easier to go round yourself. Part of the De La Rochefoucauld family still live in one wing. Most of the part you can visit is sparsely furnished so don't expect a National Trust type experience. Closed Tuesdays - entry about 12€
Allow at least a day to enjoy this high-tech theme park dedicated to the moving image. 3D cinema, several IMAX screens, hair-raising rides. The Castle of Giddiness and the World of Dinosaurs. Something different to experience every time you visit.
Lest we forget - a thought-provoking day out, but not to be missed to see the 'martyred village' of Oradour-sur-Glane in nearby Limousin - preserved in the same state since the Nazi massacre of 10th June 1944. An excellent Centre de-la-Memoire presents exhibitions retracing the events that led to the massacre.
Please see our website for our personal recommendations
Follow this scenic route which covers a range of attractions based around the journeys, battles and death of Richard the Lionheart.
Just outside Poitiers - unique in France - over 350 primates all in a natural setting. Have direct contact with the monkeys as they swing through the trees above your head. Get there for feeding time. Favourites are the lemur colony and the largest gorilla group in France.
Bike-style propelled vehicles along scenic old railway line
This pretty Gite is in a small hamlet only a couple of km from 3 villages, supermarkets, petrol stations, a swimming area with restaurant. The 'real' France. Our excellent hosts were fabulous, friendly, knowledgeable. Along with comprehensive information on places to visit and eat, they provide an extremely comfortable gite and home-cooked meals, if required,(vegetables and salads from their own garden), English TV/WiFi. We can only be complimentary about everything, and will definitely go back. The advert does describe accurately.
Thank you so much for this lovely review - your were a pleasure to have as guests!
Robin and Heather were lovely and thoughtful hosts who made a great effort to ensure our 6 week stay was a very enjoyable experience. Their cottage did offer us a homely feel. Location was great for enjoying long country walks, for exploring sites of archaeological and historical importance in the nearby villages and towns as well as visiting markets all around the region.
And you were great guests to have for such a long stay!
Beautiful little cottage with all the facilities you require.
A perfect retreat for couples!
Thank you Gabrielle and Richard. It was a real pleasure to have you stay with us for the second year running and we were delighted you enjoyed your stay again (including the comfy bed) and hope very much to see you in 2017!
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