Renovated character cottage in a peaceful hamlet location but only 3km from a bustling little market town with all its ameneties. Ideal for visiting Monkey Valley and Futuroscope. Sleeps 2 adults and 2/3 children.
Six hours easy driving (mostlly quiet motorways- much of which is toll-free) from a short crossing channel port or 4 hours from a longer crossing port, Rose Cottage is on the edge of a sleepy little hamlet, 3km from Civray with its twice weekly market, supermarkets, restaurants and a new indoor/outdoor swimming pool complex. A life-guarded lake with a waterslide (and bar/restaurant) is just 5 mins away and there are plenty of riverside locations for swimming and canooeing.
The quiet lanes and bridle paths around the cottage are perfect for family cycling as there is so little traffic; They're good for dog walking too so we probably will accept a dog if asked in advance - I may even look after the dog occasionally if you want to go somewhere that dogs aren't allowed.
Chateaux and medieval towns and villages abound for history lovers - Louis XIII is known to have had a picnic lunch in our woods. This is documented in the annals of the little village chateau who provided the serving staff for the picnic. Parts of our house date from the Médiéval period and we have a huge outdoor bread oven.
The local area, including part of our garden, was the site of a river and there are fossils to be found all over - I provide goggles and fossil hammers if children are interested.
Futuroscope is a virtual reality theme park, situated about 40 mins north of the cottage and is a favourite with older children whilst La Vallée des Singes (Monkey Valley) is a firm favourite with all ages and is about 10 mins away.
Recently renovated, to provide everything that you could need for your family holiday, including all linen and towels with beds made up ready for your arrival. Ground floor open-plan accommodation with a feature spiral staircase leading to a large mezzanine with twin beds, a third roll-under bed and a cot ( linen provided). Double bed adult sleeping area, Shower room with towels and bathrobes, hairdryer and hotbrush. Kitchen with fridge/freezer, full sized oven, hob and extractor, microwave, coffee machine, toaster table and chairs. Seating area with SKY TV, DVD player, FREE WIFI, IPOD docking station.
The cottage has heating for the cooler months and several fans for hot weather.
A separate laundry room has a washing machine available, free, on request.
A BBQ is provided, and a gas paella pan/plancha set for outdoor cooking and all sorts of other cooking gadgets are available on request. A cold box and picnic equipment are available for your use and for a day at the beach or lake, there are buckets and spades, an inflatable dinghy and two plancha surfboards as well as a couple of parasols.
Welcome pack of essentials, to get you started on your holiday, is provided
Plenty of sunloungers with cushions and parasols next to the child-safe pool with water warmed by a solar panel. Your dining terrace, next to the cottage, has a large table, 6 chairs and a parasol as well as a couple of sunloungers.
Lots of indoor and outdoor toys and play equipment including pool inflatables, a selection of bikes for adults and children (with helmets), large netted trampoline, table tennis table, swings, a large sandy play area with toddler toys and a play house. The large gardens are walled and gated to keep little ones safe and there's plenty of trees to climb for the more adventurous children - the garden backs onto our wood and we have a fair bit of wildlife venturing into the garden, particularly deer, in dry spells when they are looking for a drink.
I have pet hens which don't mind being cuddled and children like to open the chicken house in a morning and look for eggs for breakfast
For baby, as well as a cot and linen, we provide a high chair, baby bath, potty, bottle warmers and a choice of pushchairs with a parasol. There are two baby seats for the adult bikes.
The cottage is also perfect for couples, holidaying or househunting, and an underoccupancy discount is available. For househunters, breakfast and/or a picnic lunch can be provided to save time in a busy schedule.
June sees the start of the sunflowers for which this area is famous.
To give the family cook a break, I offer a 5-course 'Menu Gourmand' dinner, cooked to your requirements, with apéritif and nibbles beforehand, wine and coffee with digestif for €27.00 - €30.00 per adult. This means that parents can wine and dine without worrying about the little ones, asleep in the cottage. if children wish to dine with their parents, they are charged according to the age of the child ie Aged 7 = €7!
For bookings of 7 nights or more, and to help you get into the holiday mood immediately, I can also provide a, simpler, family meal for the evening of your arrival and it is included in the price, if ordered beforehand. Great not to have to think about a meal after your journey!
To benefit from cheaper ferry crossings and quieter UK roads, why not consider a midweek booking or a 10 day holiday!