|La Raintrie||Self Catering||Flexible||5||10||2|
A beautiful spacious house with a large garden built in 1740 for a noblewoman called Madame Raintrie . Beautifully styled with high quality fittings and modern comforts.The house has been lovingly renovated to blend the beauty and rustic charm of Madame Raintrie’s 18 th century vision with luxurious modern comforts and all that a big group need to relax and have FUN ! The house sits in two acres of grounds, separated from the valley and rolling farmland around by a stone wall that hugs the perimeter of the property. Within the walled garden are towering trees, home at night to hooting owls and by day to flocks of goldfinch that feast on fallen sunflower seeds the farmer has left behind at harvest time
La Raintrie is furnished with a simple comforting aesthetic, a preference for wood, the craftsman made and a restricted palette that allows your busy everyday mind to still and your eyes to drift to the window and the sky and scenery outside.
There is original art work throughout the house and a high quality SONOS sound system with a speaker in all main living rooms a house DEEZER account and Alexa in the kitchen to keep the lone cook company.
Comfort and convenience are a high priority here so there are large walk in showers and a roll top bath by the window in the bathrooms.
On arrival you will find fresh flowers from the garden in your bedroom with the beds meticulously made up with luxury White Company bed linen ready for you with a pile of White Company fluffy towels on the bed. There is a NESPRESSO coffee machine, USB socket and a quality hairdryer in all double bedrooms.There will be cold local wine beer and soft drinks in the fridge behind the bar and comfy garden seating in sun and shade as well as a hammock for that post lunch siesta or snooze. There will be tea, coffee, milk, herbs, oil and spices in the kitchen as well as plentiful Sophie Conran crockery and cutlery, sharp knives and decent pots to cook in.
On the first floor is a huge games/ cinema room with bar . The bar will be stocked with a starter pack of drinks to kick your relaxation off as soon as you arrive. At over 8 ft wide, the cinema screen and comfy seating area make for great at home entertainment. There is a huge DVD collection or use the house NETFLIX account through the blu ray player.
Whilst far from the madding crowd it is only 10 minutes to the beautiful riverside town of Chatellerault with pavement cafes and stylish shops. A fast train to Paris from here takes 1.37. The great chateaux of The Loire are all an easy distance as are the fabulous towns of Richelieu, Chinon, Poitiers, Tours and Saumur.
The abundance and quality of local organic food makes this place truly a foodie heaven. If you like fresh food then you can pick or send willing foragers out to pick herbs and fresh organic vegetables warm from the sun in the garden.
Andrew will go to the bakers on Sunday morning to fetch you fresh bread and croissants and there will be a pot of honey from bees in our own woodland to go with it. The baker delivers direct to the house on Monday and Thursday. The local organic farm shop opens Friday and Wednesday. I can send you their list and pre shop butter cheeses bread etc of your choice ready for when you arrive.
( Their butter is soo soo good...too good)
Andrew and I live in the other farmhouse through an archway in the wall some 20 metres across the courtyard. We are quite hidden away but you can alwlays come and find us for anything. If you want to eat at home but not cook Jenni and Andrew can host a pizza party for you in our gardens with home made pizza cooked in the wood fired pizza oven cut into the rocks at the entrance to our caves. We can also host a local wine and cheese tasting evening in our ( well lit and high ceilinged ) beautifully cool extensive caves.
A large modern farm house dining kitchen with exposed beams, dishwasher, washing machine , microwave, tall larder fridge, 90cm SMEG oven and 5 burner gas hob opens via french doors directly onto a dining terrace with fresh herbs and organic vegetables. Lots of work surface and space to prepare those relaxed long lunches that are such a pleasurable part of a holiday in France. Sophie Conran and Cath Kidston crockery.
Beautiful lounge with views over the garden. A light elegant space to relax in.
Two bathrooms with large walk-in showers, one with free standing roll top bath as well. Also downstairs toilet.
Central heating radiators throughout for winter months
You will never be bored here. Swimming pool, table tennis, cinema, bar, darts, table football, pool, boules, games etc.
Large garden with quality garden furniture.
Plenty of parking on driveway.
All guests welcome. Sadly not wheelchair friendly.
We are both retired and love living in and exploring France.
|Year property purchased||2018|
|Why this location?||We moved here from Brittany as there is so much to see and do here. We love the beautiful architecture, the sunflowers and vineyards. All the great chateaux of the Loire Valley are in easy reach. The TGV station in Chatellerault is 10 mins away and takes 1 hour 37 to Paris. We are 25 mins from Futuroscope and the buzz and restaurants of Poitiers. The lake of St Cyr with beach and watersports is 25 mins away. It is a foodies heaven here. Organic local food is right on our doorstep. Our farming neighbours sell their own bread, milk, cheeses and butter etc. We grow our own organic veg here. The local wine is amazing!|
|Unique benefits of property||La Raintrie is the perfect place to have fun, eat good food and relax. It is a beautiful country villa built by a noble woman in about 1740. It was most recently a farmhouse and is surrounded by acres of tranquil rolling farmland with uninterrupted views all round it. Yet it is within quick and easy access of a main town, less than 10 mins. La Raintrie is well equipped with modern comforts. Nespresso machines in every bedroom, hairdryers, The White Company bedlinen and towels. SONOS sound system with Deezer. Our huge gamesroom has a cinema, bar, bar football, darts and pool even a stage for budding or seasoned performers.|
About an hours drive to this world famous Chateau. The gardens are literally breathtaking. There is a fabulous restaurant next door.