|Les Canardeaux||Self Catering||Saturday||4||6||1||Two cots are available|
Les Canardeaux provides generous accommodation for 6 in 4 bedrooms and has a spacious, characterful living/dining area with log burning fire. The large rear garden is mostly laid to grass with mature trees and enclosed by tall hedging.
The cottage overlooks farmland and is surrounded by restaurants, shops and local markets. The area is fantastic for exploring the beautiful countryside and enjoying activities such as horse riding, country walks, fishing and visiting the nearby chateaux and historic towns.
The kitchen is fully equipped with washing machine, tumble drier, fridge freezer, microwave, hob and oven. There are plenty of cupboards containing an excellent range of utensils and equipment. Basic food supplies including flour, sugar, pasta and rice are provided as well as many useful spices. The garden has a range of herbs for picking including bay leaves which grow like weeds. The dining area has an oak table with seating for 6. A high chair is also available.
A large, open-plan living/dining area with flat screen tv, log fire, leather settee and armchairs. The tv has UK satellite and French channels.
A corridor leads to the downstairs bedrooms: 1 double with French windows onto the terrace and 1 single bedroom with space for a cot. Upstairs there is a large double room, also with space for a cot and a second single bedroom.
The bathroom has a corner bath with shower. There is a separate toilet upstairs and another toilet with hand basin on the ground floor.
The bedrooms all have electric radiators and the bathroom a heated towel rail. Hot air from the wood burner in the living room can also be piped to the upstairs rooms.
Wifi broadband is accessible throughout the house. A selection of dvds and cds are provided in the living area and the bookcase on the landing upstairs has a frequently updated hoard of paperbacks and hardbacks.
The extensive garden is gated for privacy, sheltered by trees and faces open farmland at the back. It’s great for football, badminton and other outdoor games. The covered terrace, with table and chairs and built-in bbq for al fresco dining is close to the pool and offers shade. Around the pool are sun loungers and upright chairs.
Secure, private parking for 3 cars is provided in the courtyard and carport with an additional private space in front of the garage.
There are 3 supermarkets within a 20 minute drive of the house which are open every day including Sunday morning plus a shop in the next village which is well stocked. Hypermarkets are easy to reach in Chateauroux and Issoudun. Bourges is an excellent source of boutique fashion and speciality food and gift shops.
After selling up in the UK, I moved here to help my partner run his bed and breakfast, but with all that money from my house sale depreciating in the bank I was keen to find the right property to turn into a holiday rental. It took a bit of time! We viewed lots of places but most just weren’t quite right but when I found Les Canardeaux, walked the length of the garden and looked back at the house, I knew it was the one!
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||The southern Loire Valley is a very good mix of interesting things to do for the visitor yet offering an opportunity to experience genuine French rural life, whether it’s the friendly, helpful neighbours, the local produce sold in the markets, the many surrounding villages or the quiet country roads. Despite being situated in a small hamlet, Les Canardeaux is not remote. It’s only 20 to 25 minutes from Chateauroux and Issoudun and about an hour from Bourges, all place of historic interest but also providing excellent hypermarkets for essential shopping trips. (See the Activities section for more stuff to do nearby.)|
|Unique benefits of property||Les Canardeaux is the only property on site so the pool is all yours and you can lock the gate for complete privacy if you want. It's adjacent to accessible local fields for a morning run or daily walk. Strolling in the opposite direction takes you to a unique park, created from an ancient quarry, which houses exotic birds and animals.|
Carrière du Gros Caillou
This wildlife and leisure centre is within a few minutes' walk of the cottage. Our little hamlet was once well-known for its high quality limestone which has been quarried here since Roman times, used in our cottage and believed to have contributed to the building of Bourges cathedral. The quarries fell into disuse in the last century but now one of them has been restored and the natural vegetation encouraged to flourish so that locals and tourists alike can stroll along its winding paths. The Gros Caillou is also often the location of boules matches and firework displays as well as a place where young sculptors create original work. Furry chickens, colourful birds and 2 friendly alpacas also live here and are looking forward to meeting you!
Saint Aout, one of the many villages surrounding the cottage, holds a market every Tuesday morning. Get there early or you'll find it difficult to park because locals more than tourists gravitate here to buy their poultry, not to cook for lunch, but to carry away in cardboard boxes, feathers intact, to ensure a regular supply of fresh eggs. Children will love the baby ducklings and chickens and the aroma of local pastries will make you glad you missed breakfast to get here!
There are many excellent places to eat in the surrounding area including a first-class yet inexpensive restaurant within a 5 minute drive of the cottage. Issoudun boasts a 1 star Michelin restaurant, La Cognette, and, rather unexpectedly, there is a very smart Japanese restaurant in the small village of Saint Valentin.
There are 3 golf courses in the vicinity. The largest is at Pouligny Notre Dame, the most beautiful at Villedieu and the most friendly and closest at Sainte Fauste.
The most northerly and most famous wine in the region is Sancerre. However, the lesser known and less expensive wines of Reuilly, Quincy, Chateaumeillant and Valencay are also impressive. As long as you avoid lunchtimes and weekends you can expect to just turn up and get a tasting.
George Sand was a famous novelist of the 19th century and her family home is a short drive from the cottage at Nohant Vic. You can explore the gardens and private cemetery as well as visit the house with its huge kitchen and dining room where the table is set for lunch. Her son made puppets, modelling their faces on those of local villagers, and the theatre where he put on puppet shows is here as well as many of his puppets.
Bourges Cathedral is a magnificent landmark in the centre of town. A stunning piece of gothic architecture built in the 12th and 13th centuries, it has some of the most beautiful and oldest stained glass windows in France and the exterior is renowned for its flying buttresses and ornate decoration. The town centre is well worth a wander round, not just for the interesting shops but also for the elegant buildings, cobbled streets and glimpses into courtyards abundant with flowers.
At Sarsay an ancient castle which had fallen into ruin was bought by an EDF employee who has been painstakingly restoring the place, mainly single-handedly, since the 1980s. It is an amazing and exciting place to visit - an experience like no other.