Bedrooms 5, Sleeps 8
|Le Lievre||Self Catering||Flexible||1||2||1|
We look forward to welcoming you to 'Le Lievre', our privately owned gite/holiday home in the heart of the Charentais countryside.
Our stunningly converted little stone barn offers the most magnificent views over the countryside and an amazing sense of peace and tranquility and being at one with nature.
There are plenty of the original oak beams on show along with exposed Charentais stone walls, all adding to the incredible charm of this property. The barn has been stylishly presented, and has a spacious mezzanine bedroom with double doors leading to a balcony with views over the valley and forests beyond with en suite shower room.
There are 2 sets of double doors, leading from the lounge and dining kitchen to a large deck with far reaching, magnificent views and with dining table and sun loungers. What could be better than chilling with a cold glass of wine whilst taking in all nature has to offer.
The lounge has a wood burning stove for cosy winter evenings and this leads to a well equipped dining kitchen where on long summer evenings dining al fresco is a must and a pure joy. Watching the deer meander across the sunflower fields, listening to the birdsong and if you are lucky watching the wild boar foraging in the woods just adds to the amazing sense of tranquility and being at one with nature.
For anyone keen on keen on stargazing, the night skies are truly magnificent and you are sure to see the most spectacular sunsets. As you enter Le Lievre you will see the lovely little walled courtyard, where you can take your morning coffee under the shade of our old walnut tree.
There are many beautiful walks from the doorstep, some wonderful cycling and we offer private parking.
Fully equipped dining kitchen with microwave, oven, hob, dishwasher, washing machine and coffee-machine. Dining table and 4 chairs.
The lounge is tastefully furnished has exposed stone walls looking up to the stunning mezzanine bedroom. Two large sets of double doors lead to the deck and garden beyond. The is a wood burning stove for cozy winter nights, sofa, chair and coffee table with flat screen tv.
The stylish mezzanine bedroom has a king sized bed, dressing table wardrobe and en-suite shower room. Large double doors lead to the balcony with simply stunning views over the valley, woods and fields beyond.
Modern en suite shower room. Towels provided.
Wood burning stove.
The gite offers a charming little courtyard to the front and huge private and secluded deck to the rear looking over the valley and forests beyond. This leads down to a lawned garden, and we offer private parking.
Not suitable for wheelchair users.
We ask that the property is left as clean and tidy as you found it, otherwise you can pay the cleaning service of €25.
We both decided a change of lifestyle was in order, and we left our careers in the UK in 2004 to come to the Charente for a more relaxed pace of life and an occupation that would give us time to travel. Toby was the general manager of an electrical engineering company and I was a project manager in reprographics and print. We renovated a farmhouse and converted 2 barns, and after a lot of hard work we made a very successful business.
|Year property purchased||2014|
|Why this location?||This is a stunningly beautiful location offering total peace and tranquility. The whole area is breathtaking with lots to see and do and the town of Montmoreau just a 2 minute drive. There is some beautiful walking and cylcling from the property and the views and night sky are second to none.|
|Unique benefits of property||This property offers total peace and tranquility, stunning views yet only a 2 minute drive from the town. There is a large deck to sit and take in views, private garden and courtyard. The gite retains all its 'old barn' charm but is fully equipped with a modern kitchen and en suite shower room and stunning mezzanine bedroom with king sized bed.|
We are situated in the south east Charente region of France very close to the border of the Dordogne and are surrounded by rolling hills and woodland, maize and sunflower fields but only 2km from the pretty town of Montmoreau St Cybard. The town has all amenities including butchers, bakers, bank, post office, bar and a little restaurant and a large supermarket. The stunning town of Aubeterre sur Dronne is only 15 minutes away with its unusual Romanesque monolithic underground church and voted one of the most beautiful villages in France. There is also a lovely golf course at Aubeterre with a great restaurant and bar with terrace and welcomes children, and a leisure activities facility and you can canoe downstream from Aubeterre to St Aulaye. It has a variety of great restaurants, a wonderful river with a sandy beach to swim in or you can sit with a chilled glass of wine or cold beer in the square watching the world go by.
The area has a wealth of charm and tranquility, from the South Charente with its echoes (but fewer tourists) of the next door Dordogne to the gently sloping vineyards of the wealthy Cognac producing West Charente. Spend your time visiting the many wonderful local markets including Aubeterre, Brantome, Riberac, Chalais and Villebois Lavalette with its feudal chateau dominating the region from its hilltop. Villebois has a market every Saturday morning where you can enjoy a dish of fresh oysters with a bottle of Muscadet under the ancient, covered market square and only 15 minutes away. The attractive hill town of Angouleme is 35 minutes away, best know for its stunning Romanesque cathedral, international comic festival and the Cirque de Ramparts motor racing held each year. Spend a day tasting the wonders of the great houses of Cognac, about an hour away, and learn about the history and production of this glorious amber nectar. The beautiful town of Brantome is just under an hour away where you can wander the beautiful cobbled streets.
What a fabulous location! Glorious views of the rolling French countryside.So peaceful and relaxed. We have scored this property 10 except for the section "facilities" - a microwave would be all that is needed to score 10. A minor criticism I know, but they do come in useful. Would we stay here again - YES - fabulous!
Many thanks for taking the time to review Le Lievre, we really appreciate it. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back again in the future.
Lesley & Toby
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