|Les Rossignols||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||2||Travelcot and cotbed|
Located in a tranquil valley, Les Rossignols is a detached 3 bedroomed character cottage with splash pool situated in a tiny hamlet of 4 houses. We are 3km from the small town of Chateaumeillant, with it's vineyards, market and Roman remains, in the heart of the historic Berry region of France, now part of the Centre Val de Loire region.
The cottage has recently been completely renovated and is full of traditional features, including beamed ceilings and a stone fireplace with woodburner.
It is an area of lush rolling countryside, rich farmland, woods and vineyards with attractive villages and towns to discover. Whether you enjoy visiting chateaux, castles or beautiful gardens, playing on the beach, the thrills of a high ropes adventure, fishing, walking or cycling, browsing at a brocante or simply chilling out in the sunshine, this is the perfect holiday for you.
In the Autumn the vinyard walks are recommended, it's a great time to visit as the leaves change colour.
The area abounds in wildlife and we regularly see deer and red squirrels in the fields and woods nearby. The variety of birds, butterflies and other animals has to be seen to be believed.
With little or no light pollution, at night the area is a stargazers paradise, an inky black sky filled with stars.
There are many local fetes, brocantes and festivals.For example, our local village has an open air dance and huge firework display on the 11th August.
Ideal for families and couples, pets are welcome (by arrangement).
A fully equipped modern kitchen with oven, ceramic hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge with freezer compartment and coffee-maker. All the pots and pans you will need plus plenty of crockery, glassware and cutlery. An additional large fridge and washing machine are in the utility area.
The dining area has a table and 6 chairs. A highchair and child's booster seat are available on request.
There is a spacious living room with ample comfortable seating for all guests, 4 arm chairs and a sofa, tv (English channels), dvd player, a selection of games, a traditional stone fireplace with a log burner for colder days (logs provided) and frenchdoors leading onto the terrace. The windows provide beautiful views across the valley.
Upstairs there are 3 light and airy bedrooms, one with a king size double bed and 2 with twin beds. All the bedrooms have plenty of storage with fitted wardrobes, chests of drawers and bedside tables. Sloping ceilings add to the character of the bedrooms, and there are stunning views across the garden and surrounding countryside.
Upstairs there is an attractive modern bathroom with a large double ended bath and spacious shower enclosure.
Downstairs there is a shower room with wc, vanity basin and large shower enclosure.
There is a woodburner in the living room and electric heating throughout the cottage.
The tv in the living room receives UK channels (Freesat), there is a dvd player and a selection of games.
The cottage is surrounded by the fully enclosed large garden, a former orchard, with a number of mature trees. The terrace has a bbq, dining table and chairs, there is further seating in the front garden and sun loungers for relaxing.
The garden is mostly down to grass, ideal for children to play.
There is a herb garden and small potager with seasonal vegetables for you to help yourself.
The free standing splash pool is ideal for cooling off in the summer heat, it is 4.5m in diameter and approximately 1m deep.
There is ample off street parking at the cottage.
The cottage is ideal for couples or families, but is not suitable for those with limited mobility as there are internal steps between the entrance hall (which also leads to the downstairs wc and shower) and the rest of the cottage.
For Babies: On request we can supply, free of charge, a travelcot, cotbed (bedding available), highchair, booster seat for a dining chair, stairgates, a changing mat and potty.
We also supply a range of plastic plates and cups for little ones.
Linens: No extra charge is made for linens supplied.
All bed linen is supplied (except for the travelcot), as are towels for inside, one bath sheet and 2 hand towels per person, and tea towels. A change of linen is provided midway in a 2 week stay.
Please bring your own swimming towels.
Well behaved pets are welcome. There are lots of good walks in the area as well as friendly (and reasonably priced!) local vets to take care of the pet passport before your journey home. There is a small extra charge of £10 per dog to cover additional cleaning.
Steve and I have retired from our building business in the UK and are enjoying rural life here in France.
|Year property purchased||2004|
|Why this location?||We love the beautiful location, the tranquillity and closeness to nature. The cottage is ideally situated for either simply relaxing and enjoying the surroundings or for getting out and about. There is so much history to discover in the area: Roman remains in Chateaumeillant [our local town with it's market and vineyards], 1000 year old churches along the Pilgrim's trail and many chateaux.
The miles of waymarked paths are great for either walking or bikes, there are good fishing lakes nearby, plus watersports and even a sandy beach!
|Unique benefits of property||Peaceful, yet minutes from all the facilities you need and so much to do in the area.|
Chateaumeillant, where you will find several restaurants and bars as well as local shops and a small supermarket. The Friday market is home to many small producers, you will be able to buy delicious local produce and sample the local wine. Chateaumeillant has produced wine since the 5th century, it was granted AOC status in 2010, you can follow the wine trail and try brfore you buy.
La Chatre: A busy and picturesque town is 18km away with a variety of interesting shops, larger supermarkets and places to eat as well as the large bustling Saturday market.
There are many fascinating chateaux in the area, 14th Century Sarzay with it's pepper pot towers looks like every child's dream of a "proper" castle. The fairy tale chateaux of Ainey le Viel and Meillant as well as Georges Sands’ home at Nohant, where she lived with Chopin.
Situated on the pilgrim's route of St Jacques de Compostela, there are numerous ancient churches, some dating back almost 1000 years. The tiny church in St Jeanvrin (just under 2km away) is decorated with paintings of St George and the dragon.
The area is excellent for walking, you can either just set off along the chemin rural (footpath) from the cottage or follow one of the many way marked trials. Our favourites are the vinyard walk from Chateaumeillant and the more challenging tour round the lake at Sidialles. Maps and details are in the cottage.
The lake at Sidialles has a large sandy beach with safe bathing, you can hire canoes or pedelos to see the lake from the water.
If you are feeling adventurous, book in at Branche Adventure at Sidialles. A huge "Go Ape" type high ropes course, with routes for all ages. Including Tyro trek, with over 5km of zipwires criss-crossing the lake, I'm not brave enough, are you?
Back down to earth with a visit to the gardens at the Prieure d'Orsan, featured in Monty Don's most beautiful gardens in France TV show.
Chateaumeillant: La Goutte Noir, Le Paradis and Le Relais du Champ de Foire.
La Chatre: Le Duplex, L'Escargot, Casa Romano are some of the restaurants in this busy town
There are many chateaux to visit. We like Sarzay and Culan with their medieval defences as well as beautiful L'Ainey le Vieill and Meillant.
The writer Georges Sand's house at Nohant, where she lived with Chopin, is also well worth a visit.
This beautiful lake has everything for a great day out. Safe sandy beach, canoes, pedellos, hiking trails, and the biggest high ropes course I have ever seen. With ability levels from tots through to the most adventurous adult, including the Tyro Trek where 5km of zip wires criss-cross the lake.
A UNESCO world heritage site with a fascinating old town, look out for the Palais Jaques Cour.
Prieure D'Orsan: The wonderful gardens here featured in Monty Don's programme on the most beautiful gardens in France.
Local Markets: Chateaumeillant, Friday. La Chatre, Saturday. St. Severe, Wednesday.
A superb holiday let, the quality of the cottage is outstanding workmanship with A grade fixtures and fittings. The owners Steve and Sarah gave us the warmest of welcome and nothing was too much trouble. Stunning countryside walks and a short drive to supermarket and local markets. To hear the sounds of nature and watch the stars was simply bliss. We certainly had a quality stay here and recommend you too to have a memorable holiday back to nature where time slows down.
We enjoyed a lovely holiday at Les Rossignols at Easter. The cottage is newly renovated, extremely comfortable and well equipped with everything you’ll need. The were even able to provide items for the children like a potty and stair gate. The log burner in the sitting room is great for cooler evenings.
We had good weather and got out and about quite a bit, enjoying some of the local chateaux, Sarzay was our favourite.
We visited George Sand’s house and garden, and had a day at Sidialles lake where the children paddled, we sunbathed, and we had a fantastic time on the high ropes course and zip lines which go right over the lake!
We loved the peacefulness of the setting and the amount of wildlife - we spotted a red squirrel in the trees behind the cottage, and deer in the nearby fields. La Chatre has a good market and plenty of bars and restaurants (and an excellent patisserie!) and we enjoyed a visit to the museum in Chateaumeillant where we learned about the Roman history inthe area which fascinated our daughter.