|Riverside Cottage||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||2||Large sprung double sofabed in lounge|
Riverside cottage is set on the River Creuse in the small market town of Barrou where all local amenities are within easy walking distance. These include a superb bakery, butcher and general store/Post Office. There is also a cafe/restaurant which provides excellent value lunches. Other facilities include a petrol station, school, hair salon, church, salle des fetes and a Mayor's office.
The cottage has a south facing rear terrace which directly overlooks the river and the lovely riverside walk. This can be accessed directly by steps from the terrace. This makes a perfect setting for those summer evening barbecues. It is also ideal for observing the birds and other wildlife which inhabit this picturesque river.
The cottage has two bedrooms and by making use of the sprung double sofabed in the lounge it can comfortably sleep six. The main bedroom has a double bed whilst the second bedroom has twin beds which can be joined together to make a king size double bed. There is a second shower room and toilet on the first floor. close to both bedrooms It has a conservatory area (petit salon) ideal for breakfast, large summer lounge overlooking the river, large kitchen, spacious dining room, ground floor bathroom with shower and separate toilet. There is a flat screen tv in the lounge which receives British channels and also has an associated dvd player.
An additional benefit is that the property is cleaned before and after your stay at no extra charge.
Separate kitchen and dining room. The kitchen contains all the utensils you are likely to need, an electric oven, gas hob, microwave oven, electric toaster, kettle, electric coffee maker, washing machine, fridge/freezer and a separate smaller fridge.
The dining room contains an extendable oak dining table with seating for up to eight. There is a pine dresser, a corner unit and a storage chest.
Very comfortable and tastefully furnished large lounge on the ground floor with french doors to the south facing terrace and the river and farmland beyond. There is also a flat screen tv.
There is a separate conservatory type room which contains two Laz-e-Boy leather reclines and a small breakfast table. This is ideal for reading as it provides excellent natural lighting.
Large double bedroom on the first floor and a twin bedroom on the second floor. The twin beds can be zipped together to form a king size bed. There is a wardrobe and drawer storage in each bedroom.
All bed linen is provided and is included in the price.
A large bathroom with bath, over bath shower, washbasin and bidet is situated on the ground floor. There is also a separate and adjoining wc.
There is a shower room on the first floor which also contains a washbasin and wc.
All towels are supplied free of charge.
An oil fired boiler provides cental heating to all rooms in the cottage. Water is heated electrically by immersion heater in storage tank (chauf eau). This is on continuously throughout your stay thus ensuring a constant supply of piping hot water. There is no extra charge for heating/hot water.
Flat screen tv with dvd player which is set to receive British channels. There is also an iPod dock and portable cd player, In the coffee table drawers there are games, cards, dominoes, etc. There is also a large fully equipped pool table.
Large south facing rear terrace with a small garden directly overlooking the tranquil river Creuse and is a truly peaceful and idyllic setting. There is a bbq, table and four chairs, a sun canopy and 3 sun beds. The terrace is private and is not overlooked.
It is permissable to stop outside the front of the cottage to load/unload. You are permitted to park directly behind the cottage at the bottom of the steps leading up to the rear terrace.
Although parking is not allowed in front of the cottage you can park safely in the marked bays close by.
The cottage makes the perfect base for those who enjoy walking, cycling, canoeing and fishing. The cottage is not suitable for children under 5 years nor for the elderly or infirm.
The beautiful Creuse valley is a nature lover's paradise with fields of sunflowers and many species of birds and other wildlife. The famous Chateaux and vineyards of the region are all within an hour's drive.
There are three bicycles at the cottage for your use. Two are adult size the other is junior. These are ideal for exploring the local area.
Please be aware that these are ridden at your own risk and the owner cannot be held responsible for any accidents or injuries suffered as a result of their use.
The Loire Valley is known for the quality of its architectural heritages and is also home to a number of Chateaux including Villandry, Saumur, Chenonceau, Chaumont, Usse, Amboise, Azay le Rideau and Loches to name but a few. It is also famous for its vineyards like Chinon,Saumur and Vouvray where tastings are encouraged and is perfect for those who prefer a gentle relaxing holiday.
A very popular theme park which explores state of the art cinematography technology in a futuristic environment. Perfect for a family day out.
If you enjoy a day at the races then the racecourse at La Roche Posay is not to be missed. The venue is within 10km and offers a fun day out for all. Race meetings are held throughout the year and admission charges are reasonable. You can choose to take a picnic or buy drinks and hot food from the stalls whilst watching the races.
There is an excellent golf course at nearby La Roche Posay. This is also a spa town and visitors come from all over France so why not share the benefits of La Roche Posay waters. You will also find a casino and racecourse in the town. In the nearby town of Descartes there is a leisure park with outdoor and indoor swimming pools, canoeing, small zoo, kiddies play area, cafe/restaurant and gardens. La Brenne nature reserve is just a short drive away. Equivalent to the English National Trust this is a perfect venue for all nature lovers.
This small restaurant in the nearby village of Chambon offers fine dining. It is one of our favourites and is ideal for that special evening out. The food is delicious and there is a wide selection of wines. The restaurant is very popular and so booking is recommended.
Barrou is situated in the Creuse Valley and is flanked by low hills, forests and fields of sunflowers. It is a beautiful setting and is ideal for those who enjoy cycling or walking. There are many small villages and towns to explore including Descartes, home to the famous Rene Descartes, with its museums. La Guerche and Le Grand Pressigny are historic places and both boast their own Chateau. Let yourself be charmed by the region with its many and varied cultural activities.
The property was correctly described and was spacious, clean and well maintained. There are 2 bedrooms but access to the top bedroom would not be suitable for anyone with mobility issues.The garden/outside space was really fab, well fenced on either side which made it really private. It had open views of the river, and was perfect for sitting out in. The owner had a lovely local lady available to help with any issues or advice on the area.
The village of Barrou is a typical small French town, very few people in evidence. We used the boulangerie every day for our bread and had a real value for money meal in the local restaurant "Les Tilleuls". Don't expect a town with a square with lots of cafes and restaurants, but you don't have to travel too far to find this.
The owner was a really lovely man to deal with. Nothing was too much trouble for him.
We would highly recommend it.