|The Piggery||Self Catering||Flexible||1||2||1||Up to 2 more people - extra beds in bedroom|
Originally used as 4 pigsties, we have totally renovated what was once a derelict building to the highest standard, whilst keeping original features as much as possible.
Being south-facing, the result is a light and airy, spacious dwelling, full of character. It has tiled floors throughout and a clean, fresh look, whilst remaining rustic and charming.
There is everything you need for comfortable living, with a well-equipped kitchen, plenty of books, puzzles and games, a TV/DVD player and a wide range of DVDs for your entertainment, and a barbecue for outdoor cooking in The Piggery's own front garden area.... where you can relax and soak up the rays whilst you enjoy the rural setting, birds chattering as they nest in our tower and the sound of the river flowing nearby.
Our large above-ground pool is perfect for cooling off in when soaking up the rays becomes too much!
There is also access to the River Dive from our garden for a spot of light fishing...the river is restocked with fish every year, and is popular with local fishermen.
Our 12th century tower within the property boundary is home to a couple of owls that can be seen flying around most nights.
Being well away from ambient light here means star-gazing can be an amazing sight.
All bedding linen, towels and tea-towels are included and a welcome pack will await you when you arrive.
We welcome well-behaved dogs, and can also accommodate a baby in a travel cot, or up to 2 children in single beds, in the bedroom.
The kitchen/dining area is large, light and has vaulted ceilings, with all of the original beams on show. There are tiled floors, a half-glazed door leading to the front of the property and out into the garden area and a good size window, which allows you to enjoy the morning and early afternoon sun when indoors, but lets in plenty of light all day.
The kitchen is suitably equipped for self-catering, including an electric oven/ceramic hob and an under worktop fridge with small freezer box. Although we do not have a washing machine in The Piggery, we can do any washing required and have it ready to use again within 24 hrs.
The dining area has a round table suitable for 4 people and an attractive old French dresser, where you will find plenty of games and books to entertain yourself.
The main front door opens into the living area.
This is open plan together with the dining area and kitchen, but has been clearly defined with the internal walls now showing off the beautiful original stonework.
For your comfort, there is a large sofa and an armchair to relax in during the evenings and a dvd player, along with a selection of dvd's.
The bedroom has the same charm and originality as the kitchen/dining room and living area. There are once again, high vaulted ceilings with the original beams showing and plenty of original stone work in the walls.
You have a beautiful large old French wardrobe at your disposal and in there you will also find extra bedding, should you require it.
There is a double bed, which is in a classic French style.
This room is very spacious and benefits from 2 windows, both facing south into the garden area. These let in a large amount of light, but both have dark curtains to shut out the early morning sun.
One or two extra 3' single beds/cot can be accommodated comfortably by prior arrangement.
There is a hairdryer provided.
This spacious room opens off the bedroom, and has a luxuriously large wet-room shower behind a glass-block wall. Plumbed to modern standards with washbasin and low-level wc.
There are electric fan heaters available if needed, although this is rare during the summer season and even into autumn. A large modern wood-burning stove will be made available by the off-season as the weather cools.
So, as previously mentioned, for your entertainment we have provided an array of board games and card games, as well as a selection of books from different genres. There is also a tv with a dvd player and a selection of dvd's for you to choose from.
And for outside entertainment, there is an above ground swimming pool at your disposal. (5m x 3.1m x 1m).
The grounds are not excessively "well manicured", as we try to strike a balance between human presence and nature.
The grassed area in front of The Piggery is exclusively for the use of its occupants, and opens into the large courtyard at the heart of the property. The above-ground pool is immediately adjacent, and there is plenty of space to relax, secluded from the outside world by the tower, which is between The Piggery and the extremely quiet road.
A table, chairs, bbq and sunloungers are provided. There is easy access down to the river to fish, or just watch the water and passing wildlife.
Parking is just outside The Piggery garden area. It is in the gated courtyard of the main house, has 24 hour access and there is plenty of space.
Access to The Piggery is on the level, although the approach is a mixture of grass and gravel. The main door is 69cms wide, and internal doors are 67cms. A second outside door opening off the kitchen area is 81cms wide if wider access is needed.
All the rooms are on one level, with no steps. The bathroom, being a wet-room has small thresholds of 2-3 cms in order to keep the water in!
A folding wheelchair which fits through all the doors can be provided if required.
We can provide a very nice travel cot and booster baby chair if needed.
If you happen to be staying with us when there is a special occasion in your life, eg: birthday, wedding anniversary, etc we can supply a hand-made novelty cake and/or card.
We are also able to cook you a meal if you would like 'time out' from cooking during your stay.
Please message us for details for either of these offers.
After spending almost 10 years in Africa helping to improve the school system there, my husband and I moved to France to be nearer to our family in the UK, whilst still benefitting from lots of sunshine! We live here with our daughter and her 7 year old son, 2 rescue dogs and 4 cats.
|Year property purchased||2016|
|Why this location?||Deux-Sevres has its own micro climate, over 2,600 hours of sunshine every year!
Oiron is known for it’s spectacular Chateau, which functions as an art gallery. The nearby towns of Thouars and Loudun provide the traditional French charms of markets/coffee shops/main shopping areas, inc supermarkets. There are many ‘Vides Greniers’ (all-day car boot sales) locally Apr-Oct.
Larger cities are about 1hr away, including Poitiers, and Tours with its park-and-ride tram system.
The whole area is renowned for many historical sites, including the spectacular Brezé.
Puy du Fou, the best historical re-enactment attraction in France, is 1.5 hrs away.
The unusual zoo BioParc, at Doué-la-Fontaine is 45 mins away; as is Centre Parcs at Les Trois Moutiers - day passes are obtainable.
We are 40 mins from Futuroscope and the Loire Valley, and 2 hrs will get you to the incredible mechanical elephant at Nantes, Le Marais Poitevin (Green Venice), or La Rochelle and beaches of the west coast.
|Unique benefits of property||On the Deux-Sèvres/Vienne border, Terzay is a secluded hamlet of just three houses about 4km from Oiron. It is in an unspoilt area, sparsely populated, with a relaxed, simple way of life.
On our (mainly 16th century) site, we have an 11th century fortified tower. We are bordered by the River Dive, full of fish which you are free to pursue; surrounded by fields and woodlands with tracks suitable for walking or cycling and otherwise so peaceful that we consider three tractors to be a heavy traffic day!
The Piggery originally was 4 pigsties, though totally derelict when we came here, which we have recently renovated to a high standard.
There is an above ground swimming pool for chilling in when the heat gets too much.
If you prefer peace and quiet to the crowded tourist spots, this is an ideal place to relax and unwind. For those with more energy, tourist attractions are within reach. (France is a large country so trips of an hr or more - but on beautiful empty roads! - are common).
Originally built in the 16th Century by powerful patrons of the arts, and once owned by Louis XIV for his mistress, this magnificent château now houses a fascinating art gallery.
Saint-Loup-on-Thouet is a small medieval town on the river Thouet. It's nice to stroll through its peaceful narrow streets past magnificent timber framed buildings toward the Château, one of the most beautiful of the Poitou, with tranquil gardens.
You can also walk along by the river.
A theme park with a difference...incorporating fun and education. Rides, shows, exhibitions, 4K IMax, 4D experiences and much more!
A great day out!
Day passes available - please ask us to find out how to access this - there is a special website for this (not on main website).
Includes Aqua Mundo water park - large sub-tropical paradise with 4 spectacular slides and a double water playhouse.
Wildlife walks and cycling tracks
Great day out for those (rare) 'duller-weather' days
Amazing 38 acre zoo in a beautiful troglodyte setting.... one of the best we've ever been to!
There is particular interest towards areas of the world such as sub-Saharan Africa, South America, South East Asia, Europe, The Himalayas and Madagascar.
The animal enclosures are designed to allow people to get as close to the animals as possible, and includes the largest walk-in aviary in Europe.
Throughout each day they have 'animations', inc vulture and giraffe feeding and keepers give information about the various animals.
Large market every Friday morning in the main carpark in the centre of Thouars. Includes local produce, clothes, chickens, etc
One of the biggest wetlands in Europe - a vast mosaic of centuries-old man-designed landscapes - this is home to a diverse range of flora, fauna and historical buildings in beautiful surroundings.
Drive/walk or cycle around the various small towns, or take a boat on the waterways, and spend a relaxing day in this nature-lovers paradise
This incredible elephant is based at Les Machines de L'île, Nantes and well worth the journey to get there.
You can take a ride on the back of the Grand Éléphant, and it's like being on the 4th floor of a travelling house, with a breathtaking view of the former shipyards. It stands 12m high is 8m wide and 21m long, is made from 48,4 metric tons of steel and wood, and can carry up to 50 passengers.
Once aboard, you will see the moving gears that power the legs. A machinist will tell you stories about the elephant and have it blast its trunk, shooting out water at passersby as it walks around the area for about 20mins. It is also fascinating to just stand and watch.
There are other buildings where you can see other amazing machines, such as a giant hummingbird gathering nectar from a flower, and a mechanical spider sleeping in its nest. The machinists explain about them and the rest of the machines on show, and bring them to life, explaining how the mechanisms work and how they were developed. During the tour/performance the machines periodically awaken, suddenly turning into animals or monsters, some of which can be controlled by the public.
There is also a Jules Verne 'Invented Worlds' carousel to ride on
A fascinating day out.
A truly remarkable troglodyte place with a network of subterranean caves and the deepest of moats. - both the chateau and the underground cave systems, over the years, have been used for everything from living space to a silk worm farm.
The annual hot air balloon festival held at the beginning of September.
Over 40 balloons taking off into the sky is an amazing spectacle, especially when they do their night flights.
Also there is a fair, restaurants and 'animations'
You can sit in a 6,500 seat Roman stadium as the charioteers race round, as they did two thousand years ago. Or wander along a medieval street that looks as if it has been there for a thousand years. Or sit beside a tranquil river where a Viking longship prepares to attack a fortified village in front of your very eyes. Or watch an evening sound and light show, played out by up to 1200 actors on a fifty-acre stage. This is Puy du Fou is the second most visited theme park in France, after Paris Disneyland, and the world's greatest, and most authentic, living history park.
Discover history that relates to the major 20th century conflicts, as seen through the development of the armoured vehicles. Climb aboard some of the vehicles and experience for yourself what if felt like. More than 200 tanks, troop carriers and artillery vehicles, from 17 different countries are on display.
Discover more than 275,000 botanical species from around the world in beautiful gardens and tropical greenhouses; not only colour but the scent of flowers is everywhere. Go up 150 m in the biggest helium balloon in the world to view the Loire Valley.
We booked very late and the owner couldn’t have been more helpful. The property is lovely, very comfortable and has everything to make your stay memorable. There is no tv at the moment but there many DVDs and board games. All the rooms are large and there is a huge courtyard and grassy area with plenty of outside furniture. All towels and bed linen is provided and the welcome pack even included dog biscuits for our Labrador.
Fishing access to the river is from the property and very easy.
The area is very interesting and we found the owners very knowledgable and enjoyed lovely lunches out.
I would recommend this property to anyone especially couples with a dog. The owner and her family are lovely and we will be returning in the future.
We loved having you to stay, Christine and Paul ...and Clyde was so happy to have a friend. He's still looking for him! Thanks for the great review...we look forward to seeing you again sometime in there future.
A wonderful gite in a superb location. If an 'away-from-it-all' break is what you are after, then this quiet, rural setting takes some beating. And yet it is within easy reach of centres such as Chinon, Saumar, Montreuil-Bellay and Richeleiu. Supermarkets are within 20 mins, and Oiron; in addition to a brilliant chateau, has a boulangerie, epicerie and boucher. The hosts, Lyn and David, are very welcoming and could not have been more helpful - they certainly contributed to our relaxing break. We will be back!
We really enjoyed having Malcolm and Debbie to stay, and look forward to their next visit!