Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6, Ratings 3 9.6/10
|La Vieille Ferme||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||3||Day bed in bedroom sleeping 2|
2020 - Booking up FAST
La Vieille Ferme has everything you need to make this a true home from home. Situated in the stunning Charente, it is just 28 miles from Limoges Airport. The property occupies 2 floors of a beautifully restored farmhouse, sleeping up to 8 people in 4 good sized bedrooms, one of which is en suite. The house has been tastefully and sympathetically restored by local artisans and retains many features such as original stone walls, bread ovens and old oak beams, whilst providing the comfort and convenience of modern living.
There is over an acre and a half of garden to explore and enjoy. The wonderful heated 10 m x 5 m private swimming pool with Roman steps is fully enclosed and has an in pool alarm. A selection of loungers and parasols makes it the perfect place to sunbathe. A covered terrace complete with gorgeous Bamblecrest teak table and chairs is ideal for enjoying an al fresco lunch or delicious bbq. La Vieille Ferme has a second terrace with comfy rattan sofas and reclining armchairs - where better to relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. A third patio and seating area is located at the back of the house, the perfect spot for a game of boules.
We had holidayed in France for 12 years and in 2016 took the plunge and bought this beautiful house. During that year the house was completely renovated with a new roof, new wiring and a beautiful handmade oak kitchen fitted.
During our years of holidaying in France, we have stayed in many beautiful holiday homes, but we have always asked ourselves, ‘If this was ours what would we do differently?’ As a result we have tried to incorporate the best bits, and added the bits we thought were missing to make La Vieille Ferme the perfect holiday home - ideal for extended families yet perfect for a romantic holiday for two. Somewhere where you can enjoy precious family time in beautiful, relaxing grounds.
Just some of our reviews:
November 2017 - Absolutely stunning, blown away when we pulled up and couldn’t believe we were going to stay there! A treasure we didn’t want to leave. Felt like home as soon as I stepped in and the kind of home I wish we had back in the UK! Everything you want - warm, spacious, cosy, clean, comfortable, high specification throughout - a positive feel wherever you are in the house. The gardens and views are amazing and incredibly relaxing. Sadly it wasn’t warm enough for the pool however it looks superb and will definitely be visiting again so I can enjoy a swim in the sun. The location is just a short drive from many beautiful places offering great food, culture, shopping and entertainment. A truly perfect holiday - highly recommended you will not be disappointed. Contact the owner today and the service you receive matches the fabulous VieIlle Ferme!
April 2018 - From the moment you enter the the door of La Vieille Ferme you know it is going to be a wonderful experience. The kitchen/dining room is a lovely open space with everything you could possible want to cook up a storm.The bedrooms are large and very comfortable.Outside there is a heated swimming pool, a covered verandah with BBQ and 1.5 acres of open yard space. If it is peace and tranquility you are looking for - or a base to come home to after a day of enjoying the culinary delights of the surrounding area then La Vieille Ferme is definitely the place for you.
April 2018 - Review of the amazing La Vieille Ferme, mid stay. Relaxed beyond belief, driving a pleasure, and sun all the way. The house oozes charm and tranquility. We had lovely French friends today, the gent was a carpenter who has 25 plus years experience in guitar making. He knows his woods. La Vieille was a playground for him. The staircase is a select Yew, and profiled by a craftsman. The flooring upstairs is two types of Chestnut, perfect for location as a really stable wood for internal purpose. The fact it is left, natural, means Spiders and Insect will avoid these areas at all times, as it gives a hidden scent - I did say he knows his woods. He respected and loved every detail. Bit of an anorak review, but hey, we know it so well, then it throws something else at us!
The entrance door leads into a spacious dining room with large antique oak dining table and chairs. Also in the dining room is a beautiful Armoire and a cosy sofa. The feature fireplace with wood burner and exposed stone and beams creates a wonderful character feel.
Leading from the dining room is the large utility / shower room with washing machine, tumbledryer, wc, shower and wash basin.
The well-equipped kitchen has beautiful handmade oak units, a Belfast sink, Bosch oven, induction hob, fridge-freezer, microwave and integrated dishwasher.
The spacious lounge has 3 sofas and a large fireplace with another wood burning stove. It also has a large flat screen tv with Freeview UK television channels, Wi-fi and a docking station with speakers. Frenchdoors lead to the beautiful covered outdoor dining area where you can relax and enjoy views of the garden and star gaze at night.
Bedroom 1 – King size bed, memory foam mattress and luxurious en suite featuring a roll top bath.
Bedroom 2– Super King bed - can be used as twin beds with memory foam mattresses
Bedroom 3 – King size bed with memory foam mattress plus day bed which can be used as a second king size or twin beds
Bedroom 4 – Bunk beds—adult size
A travelcot is also available as is a highchair.
En suite featuring a roll top bath.
Family Bathroom with wc and gorgeous rainfall shower.
Ground floor shower and wc
La Vieille Ferme benefits from central heating and also has 2 beautiful log burners.
Complimentary wi-fi/Internet access and Freeview UK tv, plus a library of books, various boardgames and jigsaws are available.
There is over an acre and a half of garden to explore and enjoy. The wonderful heated 10 m x 5 m private swimming pool with Roman steps is fully enclosed and has a selection of loungers and parasols. A covered terrace complete with gorgeous Bamblecrest teak table and chairs is the ideal place to enjoy an al fresco lunch or delicious bbq. La Vieille Ferme has a second terrace with comfy rattan sofas and reclining armchairs - the perfect place to relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.
There is ample parking at the front of the house for up to 3 cars.
La Vieille Ferme would not be suitable for guests with significant mobility difficulties.
La Vieille Ferme offers plenty of attractions, some on your door step. The Lacs de Haute Charente are minutes away & the perfect place to hire a pedalo, swim or just sun bathe on the beach. Horse riding is also available nearby. For adventure and activity, there's plenty on offer:
Base Nautique, a water sports park at the local lakes, river kayaking , Velo-Railing in an old rail cart. Acrobranche - a park suspended in mid-air, with zip wire, bungee jumps & rope bridges. At Poitiers, the amazing Futuroscope is a must. The cities of Limoges & Angouleme are less than an hour away, & beautiful Bordeaux is just 90 minutes . All three cities are ideal for shopping & sight seeing. Brantome in the Dordogne is just 45 minutes away. For cyclists, La Vieille Ferme is the perfect for discovering the Charente's 6000 km of cycle tracks. The chateaux at Rochechouart & La Rochefoucauld are nearby & excellent restaurants are in abundance. La Vieille Ferme really is the perfect holiday destination.
La Vieille Ferme— is our 15th Century home in the quiet hamlet of Bors near Pressignac in the Charente. We have holidayed in France for the past 12 years. During our years of holidaying in France, we have stayed in many beautiful holiday homes, but we have always asked ourselves, ‘If this was ours what would we do differently?’ As a result we have tried to incorporate the best bits, and added the bits we thought were missing to make La Vieille Ferme the perfect holiday home.
|Year property purchased||2016|
|Why this location?||Bors is perfectly situated to enjoy the beautiful Charente countryside, whilst the cities of Angouleme and Limoges with their shops, museums and restaurants are under an hour away. In just over two hours you can be enjoying the beautiful beaches in Royan, or closer to home is Cognac where you can take a tour of the famous Remy Martin distillery. Brantome in the Dordogne and known as the Venice of the Perigord is only an hour away. Acrobranche an adventure park suspended in the trees is a just 15 minutes away, as are the mature fishing lakes at Etang de la Chauffie. The Lacs de Haute Charente are on our door step and offer sailing, canoeing, windsurfing,pony trekking and sandy beaches for sun bathing. La Vallee de Singes - Monkey Valley is just over an hour away and is a brilliant day out for all the family. The area really does have something for everyone.|
|Unique benefits of property||La Vieille Ferme is beautifully furnished and oozes character and charm. There are many original features in the house including the original bread oven. The farmhouse is very spacious, with a large lounge, separate dining room and kitchen. A large utility / bathroom has an additional wc and shower as well as washing machine and tumble dryer. Upstairs there are 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Outside, leading from the lounge is a stunning covered terrace, perfect for al fresco dining. With a garden over an acre in size and a beautiful heated swimming pool, La Vieille Ferme is the perfect family retreat.
For the winter months, La Vieille Ferme benefits from central heating and in addition, both the lounge and dining room have lovely wood burning stoves in their original inglenook fireplaces - wonderful for those cosy winter evenings.
Staying at La Vieille Ferme you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to fantastic food. From plats du jour to tasting menus the nearby restaurants will not disappoint.
For those who enjoy adventure and activity, try Base Nautique , a water sports park at the local lakes, where you can sail and windsurf or just hire a pedalo. There is also river kayaking nearby. Velo-Railing is an old rail cart which you pedal up 14 kilometres of track to the nearby station where you can buy an ice cream and have a rest before heading back to your departure point, great fun for all the family. Acrobranche is an adventure park suspended in mid-air, with zip wire, bungee jumps and rope bridges. At Angouleme there is an indoor swimming park with flumes and wave generators. Parc Bellevue is a great amusement park at Limoges which is a fun day out. At Poitiers, there is the amazing Futuroscope which is an absolute must.
For animal lovers, how about a visit to The Valley of the Monkeys where monkeys and gorillas are separated from you just by water!
For the adults there are many vineyards and of course the famous Cognac distilleries where you can take a tour and enjoy a tasting session as well
For cyclists, La Vieille Ferme is the perfect place to discover the Charente's 6000 km of cycle tracks, the ideal way to discover the beautiful surrounding countryside. We can even help you with bike hire!
The cities of Limoges and Angouleme are less than an hour away, and beautiful Bordeaux is just 90 minutes drive. All three cities are ideal for shopping and sight seeing. The Dordogne is a short drive away and Brantome, known as the Venice of the Dordogne just 45 minutes away.
The stunning Lacs de Haute Charente are minutes away and are the perfect place to hire a pedalo, swim or just sun bathe on the beach. Horse riding is also available nearby.
The beautiful town of Brantome is just 40 minutes away and is well worth a visit. Explore the lovely shops, hire a canoe or simple sip a coffee and watch the world go by.
You will spoilt for choice for markets to visit but a trip to Piegut Pluviers' market on Wednesday mornings is recommended. Home to one of the largest markets in SW France, the market has everything form artisan foods to livestock!
Nearby St Matheau holds a Tuesday Evening Market during the summer, with food, drink and stalls selling local produce. You can even buy your meat and have it cooked on the BBQ for you whilst you relax & listen to the music. A real taste of France.
On June 10 1944 the village of Oradour- sur - Glane was destroyed when 682 of its inhabitants were massacred by the Nazis. After the war Charles de Gaulle decided that the village should not be rebuilt but remain as a memorial to the victims who lost their lives.
A fantastic horse sanctuary for retired British Police Horses. Visit the horses, hear their stories and enjoy a beautiful home made afternoon tea - perfect.
Just a few minutes away are the amazing Roman Baths of Cassinomagus -
they are among the best preserved ancient monuments in Europe.
The village of Villebois-Lavalette is a lovely hilltop village with an imposing chateau. The village also boasts a beautiful traditional 17th century open market hall in the town centre. The weekly market takes place on a Saturday morning.
The beautiful village of Verteuil-sur-Charente stretches along the river and is a lovely place to wander around. The stunning chateau and a beautiful water mill situated below the chateau contributes to the charm of this village.
We would highly recommend La Vieille Ferme to anyone! Your housekeeper is an absolute gem and very kind. The location is perfect and tranquil. The house is very well laid out and had everything you would have at home. Right down to cling film! Sooo homely. It was like a home from home. The children’s stuff in the kitchen was a great thought! We couldn’t believe the space both upstairs and down. The grounds and pool all worked perfectly for us and to have a gated pool meant that our daughter was free to roam all day. The covered patio and added seating areas were great and the hammock a brilliant addition and was probably used the most!
I’m like a tigger as is my daughter and for the first time both of us were so happy to just exist in the beautiful surroundings because there was so much space!
Thank you again for sharing your beautiful home with us.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We are thrilled you had a lovely time and hope very much to welcoming you back one day.
The photos don't do the house justice, it is a beautiful property and the garden is enormous. Fantastic holiday with 3 generations of family - very special times. Enjoyed some delicious meals, loved Angouleme, Brantome and Verteuil sur Charente. The Roman baths at Chassenon are well worth a visit, extremely interesting place.
Needless to say we will be back.
We had the most amazing time. The house is absolutely stunning and such a comfortable place to stay, its definitely a home from home. Your housekeeper was so helpful and nothing was a chore for her an excellent host.
Just an amazing place we enjoyed ourselves so much xx
We are so delighted you had a great time and thank you for your kind words. Please come back soon!
La Vieille Ferme is the most wonderful place to stay, the home is amazing and has everything you would ever need for your stay. When arriving we were met by the lovely housekeeper and shown around and everything was explained to us.
Property was clean and well maintained with a few different choice of places to site around the property ground to enjoy the sun.
We were a party of two couples and kids, the house never seemed small in any way.. the bedrooms are all lovely size with a total of 2 showers 1 bath and 3 toilets plenty of the things you need.
Lovely large spacious kitchen dinning room with enough room at the table for everyone, we had a lovely dress up night dinner with candles which were already there.
Frontroom lovely spacious with TV, but we never even switched the TV on, why because the property has a wonderful large swimming pool which is heated and checked by the housekeeper every day, also pool has pool alarm. Large sitting area around the pool, with massive garden to play Football. Badminton or what ever you want
Supermarket only 10 mins away, Went to the lakes only 10 min drive where we did paddle boarding, kayaking and the lake has 2 man made beaches which you can swim in the roped off area
Loads of lovely places to visit near by. The property is rural but once there you need nothing, max 10 mins to shops.
Next year it will be our friends 3rd year and our 2nd time going, all you need to do is book, pack clothes and enjoy the lovely weather....
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are so thrilled you had such a lovely time at La Vieille Ferme and can't wait to welcome you all back next year!
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