Le Marronnier, a 250 year old renovated farmhouse with a private swimming pool, is situated on the edge of a small quiet village in the south of Burgundy. Secluded yet with magnificent panoramic views over the rolling Roannais countryside, this character house has been sympathetically renovated to provide a mix of traditional features with modern facilities.
We named our gîte in Fleury La Montagne after the large chestnut tree which guards the entrance. On the edge of the pretty village & overlooking the beautiful countryside, Le Marronnier is a comfortable, relaxing retreat set in its own grounds. From the gates, the drive sweeps down to the house where there is plenty of parking (with one space in the hay barn acting as a shaded car port) beyond which is a terrace perfect for dining ‘au plein air’!
Through a gate to your left is the garden measuring just under half an acre which is mainly laid to lawn & bordered on one side by a tall laurel hedge, a row of conifers on another affording complete privacy whilst the third side is open allowing you to sit & enjoy a glass of wine looking out to the countryside beyond.
This is where the totally private swimming pool (9m x 4½m) is located. The pool is bordered by a paved area where you can relax in the sun or there is shade under the trees in the garden. There is also a barbecue area handily situated just beyond the terrace.
The front door opens onto the spacious dining area with table & seating for 8 & stereo with lead for MP3 or iPod. To the left is the sitting room complete with comfortable sofas & TV, DVD and VCR. There are two cupboards (which used to be the original door & window to the one-roomed farmhouse!) containing board games, books, videos and DVDs. Both of these rooms have beamed ceilings and tiled floors.
To the right is the open plan, galley style kitchen area (hob, oven, microwave, dishwasher & plenty of cooking utensils, crockery & cutlery), the downstairs loo, laundry room (washing machine, iron & ironing board plus sink) & storage room for cleaning equipment – all of these rooms are also tiled for easy cleaning and maintenance.
Upstairs there are 4 bedrooms – two twins & a double with a king size bed at the front of the house overlooking the garden & a further double bedroom near the two smart shower rooms. All bedrooms have wardrobes complete with a variety of good quality wooden hangers, a chest of drawers, chair, hairdryer & fan.
For your convenience, all linen is provided including bed linen, towels & swimming towels - even tea towels! All beds are made up ready for your arrival.
Why not have a look at our other gîte, L’Ecluse, in nearby Briennon (search for property 85056) or have a look at our website elitegites.com to see loads of info, photos & suggestions on what to do? Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @elitegites for news and offers.
After careers in I.T., Elite Gîtes was set up in 2005 by husband and wife team, David and Jacqueline Murphy.
As a family, we had rented gîtes in different areas of France and we spent many happy times together experiencing what France has to offer. However, we always felt that it could have been a better experience for us – maybe better kitchen appliances and equipment, perhaps a better standard of accommodation and/or cleanliness or even the beds made up before we arrived – we’re sure you know what we mean! Like many others, we dreamt of having our own gîtes business in France and we wanted to offer the best possible quality gîte you could have at a reasonable rental.
To this end, we moved to France in 2002 and have spent the last 10 years renovating 4 properties - 2 of which now form the basis of Elite Gites property portfolio. We also operate a Chambre d'hote (bed & breakfast) from our own home. Over the past 8 years we have welcomed many satisfied clients to our properties.
When we first came to France to view potential properties to buy, we were shown Le Marronnier. It was in a very sad state - nearly everything was decorated dark brown and very shabby. However, we felt that we could update the interior to be a comfortable holiday home given its location in a village in beautiful southern Burgundy. With open plan living downstairs and four good sized bedrooms upstairs we also knew that this configuration would be ideal for many holidaymakers - whether they be families with young children keen on activities or groups of older travellers looking for tranquility.
Le Marronnier dates back about 250 years and the original one roomed house is still visible as it is now the sitting room. The floor above would have been for the storage of hay and the rest of the house would have been for the animals and equipment. Some of the stonework is very old and may have come from even older properties long demolished!!! There are even a couple of old stone columns in the garden which may have come from local ruins - maybe even the Benedictine abbey in nearby Charlieu!
Le Marronnier is situated on the edge of the village of Fleury La Montagne in the very south of Burgundy. The village has a small cafe (home-cooked meals are available on request) and a small grocery store.
Within easy reach are the vineyards of Burgundy and Beaujolais, the volcanic region around Le Puy, Lyon - the second city in France plus many pretty villages, historic churches all waiting to be explored locally. Cycling, walking, canoeing are all available for the more active visitor and leisurely trips along the Roanne-Digoin canal for the less active! The nearest towns are Charlieu and Roanne both of which have local markets (Wednesday/Saturday and Tuesday/Friday respectively) and a good range of shops - both food and non-food!
There are many local restaurants offering a variety of menus (and prices!) and many cafes offering a traditional 'Menu du Jour' - always good value!
Other Activities: Ski-ing is available at the ski stations at Chalmazel and Loges les Gardes, both under an hour's drive away.
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Sep 28 2013 - Mar 28 2014
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (British Pound) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.