La Pierre Mitoyenne is La Grange (the barn conversion) and La Pierre Creusoise (the old farmhouse). Both houses can be combined as one via a through door, which is locked when each is rented separately. They are set amidst stunningly unspoilt countryside, and are very quiet at night. A few years ago, the barn was entirely converted to modern standards, and is today sparklingly clean, smooth-plastered accommodation.
The farmhouse is dark and very cool in summer. Oak has been used generously - to the floor, to the cupbaords and on the stairs.The kitchen has been modernised, and gives out directly on the garden whilst three bedrooms are intimate and old-fashioned.
Modern shower rooms upstairs serve the three comfortable low-ceilinged bedrooms of the barn, and the attic, twin and double bedroom of the farmhouse, again successfully combining the old with the new
The enormous walled garden features fruit trees, barbeque, shaded terrace and a big outdoor swiming pool.
Set high up amongst the peaceful forests, fields and lakes of the Creuse river valley, this spacious and comfortable property enjoys a lovely outlook over the falling valley sides behind. The property's garden is spacious enough to mean there is no need ever to leave it for swimming, relaxation, conversation and games. Throughout the year, roads are traffic-free, people are friendly and welcoming. In summer, the sun is hot but not oppressive. Good-value local restaurants and aubergines feature both country and French cuisine. They complement the many local markets' produce.
The garden features a large swimming pool, 10x8 metres. There's a brick built barbecue, table tennis, outdoor tables chairs in teak, deck chairs and plenty of space. The garage features a washing machine and another fridge if needed (total three for both houses). New for 2012: Dishwasher
The barn has been converted to a very high standard, includes oak flooring, double insulated walls, exposed beams and a huge kitchen/diner area, well-equipped with single cooker, wood-burning fire, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher and comfortable sofa round the fire. Upstairs, the accommodation includes two spacious double bedrooms, a twin bedroom and a lounge for relaxing. Huge antique wardrobes to each bedroom, and a beautiful oak staircase to access them. Electric radiators in all upper rooms, wood heating downstairs. NEW FOR 2012: Kitchen in oak finish, dishwasher and communal dryer in garage
The surrounding countryside is perfect for walking, cycling or driving. There is hardly any traffic, and the general impression is of a country where there are fewer cars than Britain in 1950. You don't have to go out, for you can stay all day in the garden, but if you do, there are many sights, tourist attractions, country markets in the local area.
On a peaceful summer evening, what could be more relaxing than to sip a glass of locally-bought wine whilst listening to the lapping of the water in the swimming pool and the call of the birds soaring in the sky above (That's after the children are in bed of course.)
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What are your tastes? In the Creuse, you won't be short of things to do. If you like good food, there are too many restaurants to name. Despite what you may have heard, the Limousin remains an area in which the solid values of French country cooking are still upheld. Like everywhere else these days, there are pizza restaurants and McDonalds; but the majority by far adhere to one maxim: freshly cooked food at cheap prices. And they are still to be found in small villages, like The Alchemist in St Sulpice itself.
There are so many lakes and rivers as well that it is difficult to know where to begin. You can take the small canoes to nearby Aubusson on the River Creuse, and/or hire from the local club (you will need to bring a rack. Please replace carefully.).
There are many beautiful churches, walks in the countryside etc. Concerts and recitals etc often performed in the churches. Many town fairs, markets during the summer, including the festival of world music in early August in nearby Felletin. And don't miss the Friday market here too.
The local town of Aubusson was once an ancient tapestry manufacturing town which supplied Henry VIII's palaces such as Hampton Court. It still makes and sells hand- and machine-made original tapestries to modern and traditional designs, but finding genuine locally made examples these days is rare. But the town is well worth a visit for its small local shops, and restaurants.
Visits the château in Chenerailles, or go cycling around the peaceful narrow roads.
Further afield, the Lac de Vassiviere is an inland resort, with ferry/restaurants and beaches etc. About an hour's drive due south from St Sulpice.
The tourist office in Ahun gives full details of all local activities throughout the year
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