|Le Lion d'Or||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||1|
A lovely spacious typical Charentaise house.
It's light and airy, particularly in summer. With high ceilings and plenty of windows you won't feel claustrophobic.
It's cosy and furnished in typical French country style - no IKEA furniture here.
The open plan kitchen area gives on to the sitting area, and ajoins the dining area, so whoever is cooking can take part in the conversation too!
The kitchen has a full oven, gas hob, fridge-freezer, microwave, kettle, coffee-maker and toaster. There's a downstairs loo off the kitchen.
Outside there's the courtyard garden, table and chairs and barbecue.
The sitting room with sofa and easy chair has a working fireplace and electric heating. There's a French tv, and dvd player.
Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms.
One bedroom with dressing area has a double bed and coffee-maker.
The other has 2 small French doubles (120x190), which are great for teenagers who like to stretch out, and a kettle for that important early morning cuppa.
There's a shared shower room upstairs, with a corner shower cubicle, basin and loo.
The house is equiped with electric heaters and a fire in the sitting room (fire dogs are behind the panel). It's well insulated so you could come in the winter and stay without fear of freezing to death or huge bills as you leave.
Modern flat screen tv, satelite service, in French. Dvd player.
Sit in the shade or the sunshine. There's a garden bench, table and chairs with parasol.
Shared parking is available on the property and free public parking within 2 minutes of the property.
The house and location are suitable for anyone, but there's one step up from the sitting area to the kitchen and 2 into the main front door (but none at the back). Both bedrooms are up stairs, the stair case is wide and straight.
Hello! I hope to meet you in person very shortly. This house used to belong to my grandmother who ran it as a hotel and restaurant. My grandfather was a carter and he had a forge in the barn. Now half of the house is renovated to modern day living standards and is the part that you can stay in, with 2 comfortable bedrooms and open plan living area downstairs. There's a sunny courtyard and shaded areas along with the garden which has cherry trees and the hens at the far end.
|Year property purchased||2006|
|Why this location?||This is such a lovely sunny part of France, why would you not want to come to visit - or indeed live permanently as I do now after working the whole of my life in Paris. One of my longstanding ambitions was to renovate this house in my retirement for the tourists to visit and enjoy something that I'd always taken for granted. The weather is mild in winter and warm in summer, but it's never stifflingly hot. There are many places to visit just for the day or the afternoon, particularly throughout the summer, but we're never bored even in the winter months. But we also love just sitting around in the garden, reading or chatting with friends.|
|Unique benefits of property||The house is in the centre of a typical French village, it's very quiet, but has all the amenities you'd require - boulangerie, bar and small market twice a week. The kitchen is well equipped with all you'd need for up to 4 adults with tables and chairs for eating outside aswell. Because it's built of stone the house is very cool in the summer, so there's no need to worry about noisy aircon units and the like. Within just a few minutes walk you can be right into the depths of the local countryside, admiring many of the sunflower fields or small vineyards.|
Where else would you expect the locals to congregate other than the village bar? The Saint Laurent is a bar and restaurant serving typical country cuisine.
There's a boulangerie open daily except Wednesdays.
Market Saturday and Thursday morning outside the boulangerie.
Throughout the year there are many "events" including brocantes, meals and the annual accordion festival in July.
Local markets are held weekly, Saint Laurent on Thursdays and Saturdays, Confolens Saturdays, Roumazieres Sundays, Chasseneuil sur Bonnieure Saturdays.
Monthly markets are known as foires, you'll see the dates of them as you drive into town. Local foires are in Chasseneuille sur Bonnieure on 22th of every month, La Rochefoucauld on the 10th of every month.
They usually last just the morning.
There is a huge one on 27th of the month at Rouillac - get there early and reserve lunch!