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Beautiful, sympathetically restored, traditional farmhouse in a small, idyllic hamlet with sunny garden and large patio area for sunbathing and barbecues. Set on the edge of the Brenne National Park on the border of the Limousin and Centre regions, it is a peaceful, rural location with a swimming lake 10 mins away. Excellent opportunities for walking, bird-watching etc.
Many local towns have a selection of shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants. Most weekends in summer there is a Fete in one of the surrounding hamlets with fireworks, car boot sales, fairground rides and dancing in the streets.
This area is known as the French Lake District with many opportunities for watersports, boating, fishing, off-road mountain biking and swimming at many local lakes.
Beautiful medieval towns and amazing chateaux to explore.
Large, light and airy kitchen with a back door into the garden allowing uninterrupted views over the fields and trees of the Brenne National Park. There is a standard size (bottled) gas oven with a 4 ring hob, a fridge-freezer and an under the counter fridge and a large microwave oven. An electric toaster plus full compliment of kitchen equipment is present and a full inventory is available on request.
The dining room leads out of the kitchen and has a door to the side of the property leading to a south facing garden. There is a polished oak, oval table with matching chairs and an armchair next to the original, large Berenese fireplace. The floor is the original traditional brick, known as tomettes in this area and there remains the original beamed ceiling.
The sitting room is a large, light room with french windows facing the view of the National Park and leading onto a large patio. There is a 4 seater sofa, a 3 seater sofa and a 2 seater sofa with a pine coffee-table, small music centre and a portable tv with integral video player. A satellite dish gives access to English Freeview channels and there is also a dvd player. A woodburner warms the room in cold weather.
The master bedroom runs from front to back of the house and has the original oak floorboards. There is a Velux window to the back and the front and double french windows to the side (with metal safety bars).
There are 2 further double bedrooms set under the eaves with dormer windows. One contains a double bed and the other has a set of bunk beds and a full size, single fold-up bed. A travelcot with appropriate bed linen is available.
Upstairs, the family bathroom has a toilet, handbasin, bath and a walk-in shower.
In the master bedroom there is an en suite toilet with washbasin.
There is a toilet downstairs with a washbasin.
A woodburner in the sitting room provides heat for a lot of the house if the interior doors are left open. There is a modern oil stove in the dining room and a wall heater in the family bathroom. Also, there is an electric radiator in the sitting room and in the hall downstairs.
There is ample opportunity for fishing, swimming, watersports and boating in the surrounding area. Plenty of designated, marked walks are on the doorstep and the Tour de France passes through a town about 30 minutes away. A huge choice of restaurants and cafes with local and national dishes are located in the area. There is a reptile centre close by and a sea life centre in the area. The nearby town of St Benoit du Sault has been voted the prettiest medieval town in France.
At the back of the property there is an area of lawn with a large patio accommodating garden furniture for up to 6 people. Two sunloungers, a plastic child's paddling pool and a gazebo are also provided.
The gravelled area in front of the house is large enough for up to 6 cars.
This property is suitable for all able bodied people but could be restrictive to anyone using a wheelchair. Access for wheelchairs would be via the front door of the house but there are thresholds across all the interior and exterior doors and the patio is raised several inches from the rear garden.
A safety gate is provided for the bottom of the stairs.
Many excellent restaurants and small places to eat traditional French food within a 10 mile radius.
Poitiers - Historical, beautiful city with lots of churches and a very helpful Office de Tourisme. Futuroscope is a very large, amazing place to visit. Beautiful gardens, education about the seas, earth, etc, with 3D and 4D attractions. Quite expensive but well worth a visit. The end show, although finishing quite late, is fantastic. Lots of shops in Poitiers with a cosmopolitan feel. Argenton-sur-Creuse - A historical town, with a gilded Madonna on top of a church as you enter the town from the direction of St Benoit du Sault. Definitely worth a visit. Limoges - Plenty to see in this beautiful city, wonderful gardens, stunning Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) and easy to find parking. Orador- A very interesting, if tragic, memorial to a whole town that was gathered together and shot by the German army at the end of World War II. Not far from Limoges, just past the airport at Belgarde, this is a place that everyone should visit.
Excellent opportunities for off-road biking on the many Sentiers de Randonnee (public footpaths) in the surrounding area.
This beautiful lake has many attractions on offer. Fishing, walking, swimming in a roped off area, often with lifeguard in attendance, children's play area, flume, pedaloes and a small refreshment kiosk.
Beautiful public footpaths that stretch for miles in the area surrounding the cottage. Maps available at the local Tourist Office in Saint Benoit du Sault.
This is a lovely cottage in a nice quiet rural location. The cottage itself was clean, tidy and had everything that was needed for a family. There is no shop within walking distance but a local small supermarket at about 10 mins drive, and a good size Super U Supermarket at 20mins drive in the nearest town. There is a lovely lake with a waterslide where kids can play and swim less than ten mins away and we spent most time there. Also visited a few nearby towns which were picturesque and had some lovely food. There was good communication from the owners before hand and they were very helpful.
Beautiful area and great location if you want a nice quiet relaxing holiday.