Craft holiday let in rural Limousin

Fresselines (25km from La Souterraine), Creuse, Limousin Reference: US005149 Advertiser since: 29 December 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Knitandcrocheznous Self Catering Thursday 4 6 3

About this property

A Wonderful Knitting/Crochet Retreat Destination. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Please note that this self-catering house with large garden is also advertised by me elsewhere as the venue of Knitting/Crochet retreats.
Pleasantly orientated to gain sunshine on the patio throughout the morning until around 2.30pm, the typically French sitting room with beamed ceiling has patio doors to a generous-sized paved terrace area looking on to the large lawn and thence to fields beyond. Afternoon seating areas are dotted around the sizeable lawn. A modernised old farmhouse, today it has double glazing throughout and external roller blinds.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Kitchen corner, open plan to the beamed dining room with a traditional fireplace.

Living rooms

A spacious olde-worlde lounge with woodburner. Note: current re-decoration underway; photos will be posted presently.

Bedrooms

One double, one twin and two further single rooms, all on the first floor. Note: current re-decoration underway; photos of all bedrooms and bathrooms will be posted presently.

Bathrooms

Each pair of bedrooms shares a shower room/toilet, hence one shower room to every two bedrooms. Both have been recently updated. A toilet/shower is also located downstairs.

Heating

Woodburner and electric wall heaters

Entertainment

There is a flat screen tv with UK stations. The house has good wi-fi.
There is also a table tennis table.
For those wishing to make this a group activity holiday, art classes with a qualified (formerly UK secondary school) art teacher/commercially successful artist can be arranged at extra cost; ditto fishing. The details will be provided, upon request, after your booking is confirmed.

Garden and outside

Pleasant, flat, mainly lawned garden with nice open aspect, dotted with a few different mature trees, not overlooked, with two hammocks and tables/chairs.

Parking and garages

Plenty of parking both in the property's own drive and other private parking space belonging to the property.

Visitor suitability

Adults and accompanying children very welcome, including groups intending to pursue arts/crafts or writing.

Information about any additional facilities

Elsewhere, the property is specifically advertised for knitting/crocheting retreats, and for holiday-renters, we can easily arrange half-day knitting/crochet tuition, at an extra cost of 18 Euros per attendee, including materials.
Similarly, half-day writing workshops, whether for poetry or prose fiction, can be provided, again incurring an extra charge, 15 Euros per attendee. Be sure to inform us after you have booked, if you wish one of these activities to be provided.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Meals

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Crozant
Distance: 6 km

Creative arts

Cycling

Family activities

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Le Paradis De Pablo, 15 Rue Pradelles, 23800 La Celle Dunoise
Distance: 14 km

Organic produce/dining

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Confluent Creuse/Petite Creuse

About the Owner, Mrs Heather Flood-McCaw

Hello! I am Heather, a passionate Francophile, in love with the rural vibe, the slow pace of life and old-fashioned courtesy and kindness that I encounter here in the beautiful North Creuse "departement" of the Limousin.<br/>Importantly, too, I am mad keen on writing as well painting as well as yarn crafts, and as I find I am at my most creative here, I firmly believe the house to be ideal for those who want to 'disconnect' and write, paint, knit or, of course, just relax.

Year property purchased 2015
Why this location? Named after the River Creuse, this area is said to be "pure France as it used to be". Medieval towns, pretty villages including the nearby Fresselines and picturesque Crozant, nestle in unspoilt countryside - an amazingly green landscape, comprising gently rolling hills, river valleys and majestic forests, with near us a very special little-known beauty spot, the confluence of two rivers, the Creuse and the Petite Creuse.<br/>With one of the lowest population densities in Europe, the area is quiet, and filled with wildlife, from deer, red squirrels, owls and kites to wild boar.<br/>All of this adds up to a sense of timelessness, an impression of being in a bygone age. The pace of life is unhurried and calm, life is still lived according to the seasons. <br/>Besides all this, our area is known for artists, Monet having painted there in the 19th century, and as a result several galleries and a lovely Impressionist walking trail are among local attractions.
Unique benefits of property Formerly the home of an artist of the Crozant School of painters, our home is found tucked away in a small hamlet at the end of the cul-de-sac. It was two farmhouses, converted to make one. The beamed lounge has a lovely fireplace with woodburner. The garden is secluded and very special with its several mature trees, seating areas and open outlook on to countryside.

The Owner Recommends

L'Auberge des Pecheurs

At La Celle Dunoise, this is a pleasant Irish-owned bar and restaurant with a nice pub garden right by the river. A relaxed, unhurried atmosphere, good food, as usual, was good, reasonably prices. Fairly frequent live music by varied acts, from blues to reggae.

Auberge de la vallée

Michelin-recommended, beautifully decorated, popular gourmet-style restaurant, not expensive. Booking essential. 6kms from the house.

Arboretum de la Sédelle

This is a beautiful, privately owned and run arboretum featuring many distinct sections and displaying a dazzling number of different trees, especially maples. There are a number of special events in the summer. The gardens stretch down to the magical RiverI S├ędelle. The Arboretum is located in Villejoint, Crozant, Creuse, Limousin, and is open several afternoons a week in the warmer months; an admission fee is charged. It is about 9km from the house.