4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms in small hamlet near medieval St. Benoit du Sault
- english, french
About Rosalind Hart
Hello, I have been living in France for the past 25 years and have brought up two boys here going through the french system. It is a very special place and I am happy to share it with you. This property used to be run as a gite many years ago and is now back on a seasonal basis. Everything is here for your enjoyment and I hope you will find it comfortable in every way. I currently either live in UK or in Morocco where I run fully equipped apartments in Taghazout. I hope you never feel anxious about getting in touch with me to ask whatever questions you may have - I am here to help. Bon Vacances!
Rosalind Hart purchased this Farmhouse in 2000
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
This is a private home and it is expected that the property will be treated with the same respect as you would in your own home. All damages to be paid for. Please leave the property clean and tidy with linen folded on beds at the end of your stay. Rubbish rules should be abided by using the black rubbish sacks for non-recycle rubbish and the yellow back for re-cycle rubbish. All bottles to be removed and taken to the bottle bank in Chenier or St. Benoit du Sault.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
A Peaceful Holiday....
“ Number of stars: 3 stars
We give this property 1 star for the catalpa tree, 1 star for the peace and quiet and 1 for the cottage. Our family spent a peaceful 3 weeks located in this very rural part of France.
The property is large and spacious and our hosts were very responsive to our requests for assistance and this was much appreciated. We did enjoy dining under the catalpa tree. Taking into account the rustic nature of the main property, it would still benefit from some redecoration as some of it was quite tired and scruffy in places and would benefit from a deep clean. It’s also worth noting that the boulangerie in St Benoit de Sault was closed for the majority of our stay and the bar was only open periodically. The garden was extensive but was plagued by wasps due to the amount of fallen fruit which discouraged our children from playing there. The kids had great fun in the pool but it was marred somewhat by the amount of foliage settling there which meant we needed to clean it daily and it was also in the shade for a large part of the day.
Our friends joined us for part of our holiday. They stayed in the cottage. This was a delight and beautifully decorated. If the main property was of the same standard, we would have no hesitation in elevating our rating to 5 star.
Great location, places to visit - or not! Pool, cheese, baguettes and wine - job done!
Superbly located for a 'get away from' it all break. Property is spacious and has lots of potential to increase guest comfort. Friendly and laid back hosts.
Note that heating of the pool incurs additional cost. We missed that detail - is at the end of all the reviews on the listing.
The house was fantastic, traditional French feel with everything you need for your holiday.
We had an amazing holiday of 2 families, with the large garden, pool and added extras for the kids in the garden (table tennis, boules etc) there was plenty to keep everyone occupied. The farm house was a real treat - far bigger than we expected with all the home comforts. Very rural so a car is a must, but overall an amazing holiday.
An Idyllic Escape
Just what we wanted for the extended family; young ones in the old farmhouse and a cottage for the grandparents! It's got it all: lovely gardens, great swimming pool, table tennis and an excellent library. There's something for everyone in this lesser-known and unspoilt area of central France; the restaurants are good value too.
Superb Rustic Hideaway
We had a wonderful relaxing family holiday at La Catalpa, tucked away in the countryside on the Southern edge of the Brenne National Park. Most of our trips out were up into the Brenne with its many lakes and walks. The rest of the time was spent relaxing in the huge garden and by the swimming pool. As is made clear in the description, part of the charm of La Catalpa is that it isn't an sterile modern holiday villa, it's an authentic old farmhouse. Eating outside in the shade of the tree that gives the house its name was a particular pleasure. Saint-Benoît-du-Sault is the nearest town and well worth a visit not just for supplies & petrol from its SuperU supermarket but also the lovely medieval old town. It was all a perfect match for us.
Idyllic, once again!
We are so enchanted by ‘Le Catalpa’ that we’ll be returning for our 3rd consecutive year in 2018. ‘We’ are a family of 5 adults, 2 young children and 3 dogs and this beautiful setting provides everything we could wish for. The farmhouse is homely, well-equipped, in a beautiful, quiet setting and with a heated, private and secluded swimming pool. Within easy travelling distance are beautiful wooded areas, horse riding stables, traditional markets, bakers and restaurants and lakes with swimming, boating and water-skiing facilities. Next year we hope to enjoy some of the local festivals, fireworks displays and brocantes which take place during the month of August. However, we all agree that the highlight of our holiday is to sit under the magnificent Catalpa tree and share relaxed, family time together in the peace and tranquillity of its shade. Idyllic!
Situated on the edge of three counties you can profit from a diverse range of activities. Poitiers is about an hour away famous for the fantastic cinematographical center of Futuroscope and Limoges an hour further South with its beautiful cathedral and of course plenty of opportunities to purchase gifts of the outstanding Limoges porcelain. It is also an area of great historic interest. The important chateau at Chateauguillaume is a fifteen minute drive and further afield the Chateau of Sarzay which is the process of being restored to its full glory. In a wonderful setting with four towers it is well worth a visit. Or visit the valley of frescoes between St. Savin and Saulge.
The Brenne Natural Park
The Brenne Natural Park with its thousand lakes is a vast conservation area dotted with lakes and criss-crossed with bridle-paths. There are organised hikes or you can simply set out on your own with a map. At the Maison de la Brenne, there is an interpretive center where visitors can learn about the region, its ancient traditions of fish farming and nature conservation. A day out to visit the vast lake at Eguzon is a must. The lake stretches for twenty-five kilometers and is the perfect place where you can learn to water-ski, sail and windsurf. There are several beaches for swimming and restaurants with a wonderful choice of menus.
For a day out shopping Chateauroux at 50 kilometres has all the major supermarkets selling food, clothes, sports gear at Decathlon etc.etc. Not far is the ancient town of Montmorillon on the edge of the Gartempe with its 'Cite de L'Ecrit' - everything to do with the art of the book - there are also many historic churches to visit in this town along with a famous chocolatier Ranno-Metivier. Here also is a huge hypermarket where you can buy food, wine, clothes, kitchenware etc. The pretty town of Argenton-Sur-Creuse is well worth a visit and is only twenty mintues away. The ancient houses sit on the banks of the river Creuse and the central square has a welcome cafe where you can sit out and watch the world go by in true french fashion.
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