Set in 7 acres of grounds and surrounded by farmland, the gite at Chenevaux is an ideal destination for getting away from it all!
A traditional stone farm cottage, renovated by the current owners to a high standard with holidaymakers in mind, the gite at Chenevaux is practical, comfortable and full of character. Guests can enjoy the 10 x 4m swimming pool (the pool is surrounded by a security fence with child-safe gate), 9 tee practice golf course, croquet, table tennis, and even have an art class in the studio. There plenty of space for children to play football and let off steam. Or you can just relax!
The ground floor of the gite incorporates a spacious sitting room, dining area and kitchen. Upstairs there are two generous bedrooms and the bathroom. The main bedroom has a very large double bed and a single (this can be moved to the second bedroom), and the second bedroom has two singles. Cot, highchair and babybath are available on request. The generous private gite garden is surrounded by shrubs and trees and there is garden furniture and a parasol. Parking is available at the end of the gite front garden or under a shaded barn. Next to the gite parking area there is a terrace with built in barbeque and a covered barn with additional garden furniture for alfresco meals.
The owners live on site and will meet you and be on hand to help with any enquiries during your stay. Limited wi-fi is available on-site.
Chenevaux is private property. Use of the gite, grounds and facilities are for guests registered at the time of booking only. No pets. No smoking in the gite.
Generously equipped kitchen set to one side of the dining area. Family sized dining table. Highchair available. Gas cooker with oven and hob. Dishwasher. Coffee-maker. Kettle. Plenty of pans, crockery and cutlery.
Comfortable sitting room with two sofas and two armchairs. English tv via satellite. Books, toys, games, dvds.
Two comfortable bedrooms sleeping 5 in one large double and 3 singles. Cot available.
Upstairs bathroom with wc, washbasin, shower. Baby bath available.
Electric heating to all areas. Log burner downstairs.
Swimming pool. Nine tee practice golf course (left and right handed golf clubs available). Croquet lawn. Table tennis. Pottery and painting classes with owner (not included in rental). Huge grounds.
Seven acres of grounds. Private gite garden. 10 x 4m fenced pool with Roman steps at one end. Nine tee pitch and putt golf course Table tennis. Croquet. Lots of wild birds and a "resident" owl.
Gravelled parking in front of the gite garden. Shady parking under open barn.
Families, groups of friends, couples.
Summer holidays, out of season breaks.
Art classes - pottery and painting for all levels and ages. The studio is open to guests for purchases of Mark's ceramics and paintings.
Please note 77 cent per night tourist tax (per person over 18) is not included in the rental and is payable to the owners during the course of your stay.
Caroline used to work in marketing and now manages the holiday accommodation. She is a keen gardener, cook and jam maker! Mark is an artist and teacher. He has his own studio here at Chenevaux, where he creates ceramics, paints and makes sculptural pieces. He also maintains the grounds and buildings. We both love living in this realtively unknown part of France.
|Year property purchased||2005|
|Why this location?||Beautiful countryside, calm, quiet, very little traffic. Wonderful climate even though it can get cold in the winter. With 7 acres of grounds which are surrounded by fields but only a couple of km from our nearest villages we have the best of both worlds in terms of location!
Travel - Poitiers, Tours and Limoges airports all easily accessible. TGV is now only just over an hour from Paris or longer from Lille, both have fab Eurostar connections. Or drive down on the great roads.
|Unique benefits of property||A real taste of rural French life is on offer at Chenevaux. Farmers markets, local cafes and restaurants are nearby but the pace of life is slower and days revolve around the rising and setting of the sun and mealtimes! No passing traffic. Lovely gardens and grounds. Not far from shops and amenities. Loads of things to do on-site so if you come with children they can be kept happy for hours! For the aspiring artist Mark offers pottery and painting classes for all ages and levels of ability.|
Mark was an art teacher before we moved to Chenevaux - he now has his ceramics and painting studio set up here. He offers classes to adults and children - novices and experienced artists all welcome to classes which are arranged at your convenience.
Near us ( less than 10 mins by car ) there are several spots where canoes can be hired. Either take a whole afternoon to go down a stretch of the river from Angles sur l'Anglin, or at La Bussiere there is a roped off area for children to play in canoes.
Our guests have enjoyed fab days out at this theme park just outside Poitiers. 4D films, rides and loads more, check out the web site and book tickets in advance for the best deal.
This annual garden festival takes place in the stunning grounds of the chateau of Chaumont sur Loire. Each year there is a different theme and the gardens are installed in april to go through until October. Sometimes brilliant, sometimes quirky and sometimes just strange they are thought provoking and we always come away with some great ideas. There is also a new park which incorporates permanent installations, old stables with annual exhibitions of various artworks and the chateau is open too! At nightfall many of the gardens are lit, we have never managed to stay long enough for this. A really good day out and well worth the journey - take a picnic or eat in one of their restaurants/cafes.
The Saturday morning market at Chauvigny is the place to go for the food & the atmosphere. Piles of fresh vegetables and salads, beautifully arranged fruit, fresh fish, oysters, local cheeses, artisan breads, local wine - you'll need a big shopping basket! While you are there stop for a coffee or an apero at one of the cafes, we love the Havana Bar. The market at La Roche Posay on Tuesday morning is smaller but still worth a visit, and there is usually a selection of producers selling organic produce. While you are here take the short walk to the drinking fountain and try some of the spa water - the locals fill up their water bottles here too.
Just a 10 minute drive from us there is a lovely stables where they have ponies of all sizes. We took our 10 & 11 year old niece and nephew and they had a wonderful time. First they did some grooming to get to know the pony, then tacked up, then went out on a ride for about 45 minutes with somebody leading the pony. The second time they went they were confident enough to handle the ponies themselves. Some other guests took their 4 year old and she loved it too.
At Angles sur l'Anglin, which is about 5 mins from us by car there is a wide range of cafes and restaurants. The tea rooms are set on the river and here you can choose from a huge range of different teas and home baked cakes. They serve great salads at lunchtime too.
A little further away, at St Savin, is Le Patisson, where the scallops are always my choice!
At Preuilly sur Claise there are two great restaurants, L'Image which has wonderful retro wallpaper in the dining room, covered in pink roses, and La Claise, which has recently been taken over by a young chef who used to work in a Michelin starred restaurant in St Savin. Lunchtime menus here are usually very competitively priced so take advantage of this, get out of the mid-day sun for a couple of hours and then come back to the pool and a sieste!
After twelve years at Chenevaux, for many of which we have been hosting guests, our highest recommendation is to enjoy your holiday and relax! Don't want to do a thing? Then don't!