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. Some years ago, the barn was entirely converted to modern standards, and is today sparklingly clean, smooth-plastered accommodation.
The farmhouse is much more traditional. It has oak everywhere, on the floors, the ceilings, the wardrobes and the stairs. In summer, it is very dark and very cool. The kitchen has been modernised, and gives out directly on the garden whilst three bedrooms are intimate and old-fashioned.
The double bed in the master bedroom is a traditional French design, featuring oak headboards at each end, whilst the beds in all the other rooms are divans.
One bedroom is the master, and it is spacious light and airy. Another is in the attic, roomy and comfortable. Next to the shower room is a small twin bedroom, ideal for children or older travellers.
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.
Two kitchens are fully equipped with fridges, cookers, dishwashers, and all the pots, pans, knives, forks etc. you could possibly need, as well as a variety of kitchen equipment including coffee makers, and even an electric oyster opener. Cooking is by gas, and there is always at least one spare full bottle to ensure your holiday is not interrupted. In the barn between the two houses, you find a table tennis, bats and balls and bicycles. Here too is the washing machine and the electric drier
The enormous walled garden features fruit trees, barbeque, shaded terrace and a big outdoor swiming pool. There are ample chairs and two tables, meaning you can cater with ease for the largest parties of 12.
To sit outside the house contemplating the pool and the garden is a special pleasure... As the evening grows dark, switch on the lights around the pool to see the garden lit in silhouette. 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.)
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.
But if you want to travel, 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).
The barn has been converted to a very high standard. It includes modern 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.
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.