|Watermill Cottage||Self Catering||Flexible||4||8||2||1 foldup bed suitable for one child|
Watermill Cottage is a delightful well equipped 4 bedroom holiday home, in a beautiful rural setting. Uniquely situated in its own 14 acres where the Berlande River gently meanders through the river valley, water meadows and surrounded by fields of sunflowers. The Cottage whilst attached is totally private to the owner's residence which was the watermill and dates back to 1723. The Cottage has its own private terrace/patio wrapping around 2 sides, equipped perfectly for al fresco dining and or relaxing on the loungers after a day’s adventure exploring and sampling the many delights this region has to offer. Alternatively why not put on your jelly sandals and cool off in the river pools or relax in the shade by the river. We are a 6km drive from the market town of Melle which has 2 supermarkets, a Friday market, several restaurants, plus chemist, hairdressers, butchers, vets etc. The opposite direct 3km drive takes you to Brioux sur Butonne, again a supermarket, weekly market and restaurants and most other things you may need. We have excellent road links to many of the major cities of the region, Bordeaux, Cognac, Poitiers and Niort. The Atlantic beaches of Royan, Ile d Oleron, Ile d Re and the chic and vibrant town of La Rochelle where you can be sipping a glass of wine watching the boats in the harbour, Futuroscope park at Poitiers and the chocolate factory at Angouleme or take a kayak or canoe down the Charente these and more are all a pleasant hour’s drive away. Checkout the Owner Recommendations further down the page.
Why this place, for the peacefulness, and the fact it is central to many places with good transport links. There is plenty to do and explore or relax and switch off, which ever suits you.
The Cottage layout is, ground floor level has lounge, kitchen and dining, first floor 1 double bedroom and 1 bedroom with bunk beds and a shower room, second floor a further 2 double bedrooms and a bathroom. Perfect for 2 families sharing or why not enjoy a holiday with the whole family and include the grandparents. If children are not your bag come and enjoy with a group of friends.
Good sized modern well equipped dining kitchen includes, oven, 5 ring gas hob, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. It has sufficient crockery, cutlery and glassware etc. for your selves and any guests who may call on you. Dining table and chairs.
Comfortable seating area around original fireplace with wood burning stove.
Dining table and chairs.
Tv with Freeview English channels plus Netflix
Four bedrooms on 2 floors. All beds have very good mattresses and are well furnished with everything you will need.
Bed 1: spacious bedroom with king size bed. Option of a child's single put up bed if requested.
Bed 2: 4ft 6 double bed, suitable for 2 children sharing.
Bed 3: Spacious bedroom with king size bed. Option again of a put up bed if requested.
Bed 4: Bunk beds, again suitable for 2 children sharing. PLEASE NOTE: this is a through room without a door.
There is a bathroom on both landings. We have a water softener.
First floor shower room with spacious shower unit, towel radiator, vanity sink unit and wc.
Second floor bath, toilet and sink and towel radiator.
Radiators in all rooms. Plus log burning stove in lounge. NOTE: there is an extra charge for logs.
Tv with Freeview UK channels plus Netflix
Selection of board and card games.
The Cottage has a private terrace on 2 sides with outside lighting to enjoy the evening al fresco. It has a pergola over the outside dining area and is equipped with a barbecue, loungers, recliners, cushions and parasols etc.
Guests can access and enjoy all the 14 acres site of river and its valley and fields.
There is sufficient on-site safe parking for 4 plus cars.
There is no wheelchair access and no downstairs sleeping areas.
The perfect property and location for a completed family holiday.
Electric vehicles are welcome and assuming you have the correct adapter to plug in and charge the vehicle you can do so. NOTE: There is an additional tariff for charging the vehicle which is yet to be determined. You may only charge the vehicle at night.
Hi we are Anna, Nick and Bob the dog. Having already built a new barn to live in plus renovated and extended an old rectory which we enjoyed living in for 7 years, being young at heart we were ready for a new adventure. Longing for a warmer climate, we set off along the many highways of France looking for that certain something. Coming across Moulin De Charzay a 300 year old ruined water mill we knew we had found our perfect rural idle.
|Year property purchased||2016|
|Why this location?||Situated a little over an hour from the Atlantic Coast with it's lovely beaches, La Rochelle and near by island of Ile de Re and less than an hour from Futuroscope and Poitiers, guests are offered a diverse range of holiday activities which can include Roman Amphitheatres and ancient burial grounds.
Cognac approx. 45 minutes drive, with good Cognac and wine tours. Many vibrant cities within 1 hour's drive and under, Bordeaux, Niort, Poitiers, great shopping, restaurants for all budgets as well as architecture and culture.
Aire de Rejallent (25 mins away) on the Charente is a great place to enjoy the day, whether its full on with activities such as swimming, canoes and kayaking, cycling or horse riding or relax and enjoy a picnic or bbq in the scenic setting among the grassy islands and bridges. The popular restaurants offer al fresco dining with views over the river. Kids will love the play areas and the ducks will be thankful for a morsel or 2 of bread.
|Unique benefits of property||This is a great base to enjoy all that the region has to offer. The accommodation is suitable for many different groups of people, adult groups away from the kids or 2 families sharing their holiday adventures, why not include Nana and Grandad and make it truly a family holiday, filled with cherished memories for all to remember. Once you get here you may not want to leave.|
Mondays...... Brioux sur Boutonne
Wednesday...Celles sur Belle and Ruffec
Thursday .......Sauze Vaussais and Niort
Saturdays.......Chef Boutonne, Saint Maxient l'Ecole, Niort and Ruffec
Sundays .........Coulon, Thenezay and Saint Varent
Plus many others, you can visit a local market every day of the week.
Nearest antiques/brocante market: Maire Leverscault 5km and Melle 6km.
Dive headlong into fantastic fun and festive Futuroscope atmosphere with more than 25 original experiences. Fly like a bird to the edge of make believe, whoosh by mirages in the desert, and base jump from the top of a skyscraper in a futuristic city and more.
On the 10 June 1944, the village of Oratour sur Glane in the Haute Vienne, in Nazi occupied France, was destroyed. 642 of its inhabitants, woman and children, were massacred by a Nazi Waffen SS company. A new village was built nearby after the war, but President Charles de Gaulle ordered the original village be maintained as a permanent memorial and museum.
A beautiful area of canals, meadows and traditional towns and villages. Plenty of restaurants to suit all budgets. Why not hire a punt with a driver and cruise the waterways. Within 1 hour's drive.
No cages or fences here: the primates interact freely with visitors. The 40 daily feeding times are a fascinating opportunity to get close to 34 species, 450 primates in a very natural setting. The biggest gorilla group in France. The largest Chimpanzees territory in Europe. Bonobo: the biggest group in the world
Please note: includes predators. Crocodile Planet is a vast zoological and botanical park which is home to more than 200 crocodiles in carefully recreated habitats. Travel from China to Louisiana via Africa and Australia to see caymen basking by avocado trees and the 1 tonne saltwater crocodile. Plus the albino alligator, one of the worlds rarest animals. Surprises and thrills for all the family, especially at feeding time. Yummy.
Saint Cyr park is an ideal destination for all your leisure pursuits, includes swimming beach, nautical activities, sailing, fishing, aquatic inflatable structure and 27 hole golf course. Approx 1 hour's drive.
You will discover two exceptional places: the reconstruction of a prehistoric rock shelter, home of the longest sculpted frieze and ruins of an 11th century castle which proudly dominates the valley below.
You will discover museums and handicraft art, also a breath taking experience riding on the Velorail, a 2 hour rail ride of pure happiness around the medieval city of Chauvigny.
Unique in the world, Saint-Savin Abbey has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983. The richness of what you will see justifies its nickname Sistine Chapel of the Romanesque period. A hotbed of Romanesque culture, the abbey opens the door to the Valley of Frescoes, which includes eight buildings decorated with murals built on the banks of the Gartempe.