|Chez Tartaud||Self Catering||Saturday||1||3||1|
Ideal for walking or cycling around the many well marked tree-lined rural lanes.
Sleeps 2/3 (1 Bedroom). We are flexible with regards to changeover day so ignore the Saturday changeover.
Conveniently situated only one hour in each direction to airport & trainline cities of Poitiers and Limoges, Chez Tartaud is surrounded by undulating farmland with tree-lined fields, cut into the dramatic rocky waters of the Gartampe River.
Much of this landscape can be explored on foot or by bike on many of the leafy lanes (chemins) accessible directly from our smallholding where an abundance of flora and wildlife abounds. Bird-watchers and wildlife-spotters will love it here. You have access to the 12 acres of our organic smallholding. Our children love the animals, fresh vegetables, pond, fields, trees and the stream - we even have plans to restore the old lake.
We offer eggs and seasonal vegetables direct from our potager (as available) which beats supermarket taste with its just picked freshness. Preserved bottled vegetables, jams and pickles may also be available.
About 1.5km by road (or chemin) passing the Equestrian Centre is the village of Lathus with a small supermarket which includes butchers, there are two boulangeries (one who delivers directly to our farm most mornings), florist, doctor, post office, and bank. Lathus, dating from Gallo-Roman times, has its granite-built Church of Saint Maurice (12th – 13th century) plus dolmen (rocks) of Marchain and several chateaux (e.g. Ouzilly, le Che and Cluzeau-Bonneau). Heading 1km in the opposite direction to the village from the cottage, you find the wild beauty of the Roc d’Enfer (Stone of Hell) astride the rapids of the Gartempe River. In a quieter part of the river past the chateau of Chez Rogan but still within 1.5km of Chez Tartaud, are a small swimming beach, picnic area and an excellent restaurant.
A whole host of activities are on offer locally on the river and at the neighbouring Centre de Plein Air and Equestrian Centre such as fishing, canoeing, sailing, tennis, mountain bikes, rock climbing, archery, horse riding and an educational farm. Lathus is the regional capital of canoe-kayak and is appreciated for slalom (class 3 & 4) with regular competitions and training events throughout the year.
Kitchen leading to the private garden with bespoke solid oak kitchen. Includes dishwasher, washing machine, fridge-freezer, cooker, microwave, etc.
Open plan living room with dining room. 3 seater sofa with two matching chairs, tv with dvd player, wi-fi internet access. Dining room table and chairs.
First floor bedroom with romantic 4 poster bed with adjoining shower room. This bedroom also includes a single bed for small families.
Shower room adjoining the first floor bedroom comprising of large shower, sink and wc.
Electric heating throughout.
Private landscaped garden with bbq and furniture borders the duck pond, perfect for outdoor dining and relaxing. Not suitable for young children (unless supervised at all times) but is a great winner with past guests being amused by the antics of the ducks while enjoying a relaxing time on the terrace.
Non smoking and no pets allowed (due to our own pets and farm animals).
Towels and bedlinen are included. Local cleaning service available at extra cost.
We try to be as self sufficient as we can. Our passion is our animals, gardening, rural life and related crafts such as hedge laying, woodwork, bread making, spinning, knitting etc.
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||We chose this location to have a smallholding where we are as self sufficient as possible with enough land and outbuildings to support this activity. The gîte allows people to come and share the relaxed pace of life here in rural France and you are welcome to spin or knit along with us.|
|Unique benefits of property||The Rural calmness together with the possibility to share knowledge in our lifestyle and crafts. We are not experts or teachers in any of our crafts but are happy for you to bring along your project and exchange skills and ideas. Please let us know beforehand though so that we can prepare and ensure you are happy with your activity. Those who wish to simply relax and chill out are also very welcome.|
One of France’s most amazing theme parks is Futuroscope. This incredible experience – with rides and laser displays – is dedicated to the world of cinema and the moving image, and is a real must-see for all but the very young.
Being on the border with Limousin, there are also several porcelain factories nearby where you can buy the world famous 'Limoges pottery and enamel work'. Or why not visit the porcelain museums in Limoges - now a city of greenery and flowers, only an hours drive south from Chez Tartaud. Pretty villages dot the landscape in the Limousin, and the area is famous for cherries and plums – visit in early spring and the blossoms are stunning. The local cuisine includes cherry clafoutis – a sort of sweet yorkshire pudding – and the liqueurs made from local fruit and nuts are delicious.
Oradour-sur-Glane is a village like no other, now open as a visitors centre. It is kept as a memorial to the horrific massacre that was visited on it and its inhabitants by a retreating German SS Panzer division. Driving into Oradour you see the ruins of the village decreed as a memorial by President de Gaulle lest we ever forget. On your return from Oradour and to lift your spirits, you should stop for a coffee in the lovely village of Mortemart, elected as one of the prettiest villages in France.
Poitiers itself also deserves a full day out, although it is only an hours drive from Chez Tartaud, as a bustling cosmopolitan city with much historical interest, such as the many narrow alleyways situated around its historic university. The countryside is delightful, with some of France’s finest cheeses and wines coming from Poitou-Chatentes. A regional speciality is a ripe Charantaise melon, halved and filled with Pineau, a local aperitif.