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Period barn conversion with swimming pool, sleeps six

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Newly converted farmyard barn with swimming pool, 3 x double bedrooms

La Grange is set amidst the most unspoiled countryside in a small, pretty hamlet. There is very little traffic on local roads. So it is quiet both day and night. Some years ago, the barn was entirely converted to modern standards, and is today smooth-plastered accommodation with original features such as stone walls.

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. A modern shower room upstairs serves these three large bedrooms.

The kitchen is fully equipped with fridge/freezer, double cooker, dishwasher, and all the pots, pans, knives, forks etc. you could possibly need, as well as a variety of kitchen equipment including coffee maker, 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 the washing machine and the electric drier

The enormous walled garden features fruit trees, barbecue, shaded terrace and a big outdoor swimming pool, 10x8m. The pool has a full cover, meaning it can be locked for security. The cover helps keeps the water clean and warm. However, its biggest advantage is the protection it offers from the elements. You can swim even when it is raining, and when it is too hot to be in the sun. There are plenty of chairs, deckchairs, a swing, loungers and tables. So eating and relaxing in the garden is always a pleasure.

The property's garden is spacious enough to mean there is no need ever to leave it for swimming, relaxation, conversation and games. 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?

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.

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 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.

More Details

Property Manager
Catherine
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 7, 2017

About Catherine

My family live in north west London. We have taken virtually all our holidays in France for the last 30 years. We have used our beautiful family home in the middle of France as a base in holidays to tour Italy and Spain and other European destinations. When we stay in the house, we will walk to the village for shopping, go cycling and enjoy spending family time in the garden and of course swimming in the beautiful pool in Spring and summer.

Our family and friends love the house, and often come and visit us when we are there in the summer and winter. Eating al Fresco on the warm summer nights with family and friends is full of fun memories as is sitting by the fire in the colder winter months, drinking nice wine and having quality family time together.

I myself am French and come from Paris. I have lived in North London now for many years but love to go back to France and particularly to this region, which is still un-spoilt and takes me back to my childhood holidays away in France. This home away from home now has 3 generations visiting it as place for family and friends to meet and totally relax and unwind for the stressors and stresses of town life.

Catherine purchased this barn in 1996

Why Catherine chose Creuse

I originally bought a small on up one down in a lovely village in the Midi called Collobrieres. As the family grew, it was obvious the house was too small for us.

One day, driving south on 'les petites routes I stopped overnight with friends in the Limousin. The quiet roads, beautiful countryside, freshwater lakes and idyllic restaurants attracted me.

I phoned an estate agent who showed us a series of houses. The first was utterly magnificent, a big confident country mansion with a tiny price tag. But the reason for this was its location; and its condition. It would have needed a full renovation, and it was on a main road, so on we looked.

Another house was a near-complete renovation...by a Parisian. This meant all the oak floors and partition walls had been ripped out, and replaced by concrete (the French do this at the drop of a hat). Utterly shorn of its character and interest, nonetheless it had one point of enormous interest - a massive wine cellar included in the price. But I still refused....

Eventually, the estate agent's led me to La Feyte, then only the old farmhouse. And we bought it, hook, line and sinker, in every sense of the word. Its walled garden spoke peace and tranquility, and its ancient trees a sense of history. It has never let me down, even when I added the barn and pool some ten years ago. I gained pleasure and comfort and the ability to have my increasingly growing family come and stay with us .

What makes this barn unique

The swimming pool is big and deep. For the last several years, the authorities have been busy closing the lakes to swimming, but the pool makes an excellent substitute and is nearly always used instead of fresh water. Its size means lots of people can use it at the same time. Instead of a rather boring patio, the garden borders straight on to the pool, green grass as well as paved sides. Two toilets mean you need never worry about inconvenience.

This year, I have installed a rolling cover, which gives us a lot longer season. There are also other benefits to. You can swim under the cover in the rain and you'll find the water is warmer for longer giving more time to enjoy outside swimming in all weather.

The surrounding countryside is about the most peaceful in Europe, excepting perhaps Ireland's west coat. Late July and August is usually nice and warm, but with cooler evenings than in the South. Driving, or even healthier, cycling in the countryside is enjoyable, with the added advantage for the cyclist of safe empty roads

Restaurants are many and varied, from the rather pretentious Coq d'Or in Chenerailles to the decidedly downmarket Hotel du Lissier in Aubusson (excellent value). So mealtimes out don't threaten your budget as much as other areas in France.

And, despite being in the heart of 'France profonde', the supermarket is only 8km away. For day-to-day needs, such as fresh croissants, the butcher in the village is open every day except Thursday morning. Don't leave without tasting one of their take-out meals!

Map

Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Limoges
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
St Sulpice les Champs
Nearest Ferry
585 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Gouzon
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Ahun
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
D941
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
St Sulpice
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Mont Dore
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Lac de Vassiviere
Car: necessary

In the Creuse, you won't be short of things to do. If you like good food, peace and beautiful walks, you won't be disappointed. The Limousin remains an area in which the solid values of French country cooking are still upheld with many small local village restaurants. Like everywhere else these days, there are pizza restaurants and McDonalds in the local nearby towns.

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 pedalows, restaurants and beaches etc and fun day out for the children. 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

Amenities

Saint-Avit-le-Pauvre Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Communal, in garage separating two houses
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , At side of the pool
  • The shower room includes a toilet and washbasin. There is another toilet in the communal area separating the two houses.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedrooms are colour co-ordinated. The designs in both double bedrooms has been well considered, with a design which includes matching bedspreads and curtains, aimed at taking advantage of the available light. The result is a very pleasing overall appearance with a warm and intimate feel. This attention to design both complements and contrasts with the look and the feel of the solid oak French country wardrobes, a striking feature of both double bedrooms. The remaining bedroom boasts a chestnut veneer wardrobe and a wall feature of a low oak beam. All the beds are recent divans and are very comfortable. Much of the furniture is an antique of some kind, often of French country origin and sourced from many places in the surrounding countryside.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
Notes:
Why holiday in the Creuse? Because it's France's undiscovered paradise that's why. Its roads are peaceful, traffic free and safe – ideal for cycling, walking and driving. It's got everything you could wish for in a relaxed holiday. Set high up amongst the peaceful forests, fields and lakes of the Creuse river valley, this comfortable and welcoming property enjoys a lovely outlook over the valley sides which fall towards the river behind. The enormous garden is big enough you never need ever to leave it for swimming, relaxation, conversation and games. And when you want to get out to explore the wonderful unspoilt countryside, the locals are friendly and welcoming and the restaurants excellent value. In summer, the daytime sun is hot and the evenings warm. Take the old road to the famous medieval tapestry town of Aubusson where time has stood still alonside the River Creuse as it meanders along its superb wooded valley.

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Period barn conversion with swimming pool, sleeps six
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Great relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

Great house, lovely pool with an abri which keeps it warm. Plenty of garden furniture . Very peaceful and beautiful country side. Aubusson is a lovelly tapisserie town with a few good restaurants and traditional French cooking.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nous avons passé un bon séjour : location en tout point semblable à l'annonce

  • 4 of 5

Deux petits bémols cependant: une seule salle de bain alors que nous étions 5, le téléphone portable ne passe pas ( mais il y a un fixe à disposition) et il y a une télévision mais avec les chaînes anglaises. Ce n'est pas que je soit accro au petit écran mais la possibilité de voir la télé par mauvais temps ou pour se tenir informé de l'actualité est un plus pour les locataires francophones que nous sommes !!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $141.51

Rental period is from Saturday 4.00pm to Saturday 10.00am.
The house will be cleaned thoroughly before your arrival, and you will find all the linen, duvets and duvet covers, towels etc. you need. Please try to facilitate the cleaners by leaving this window clear, and arrving and leaving on time. Your standards help us in this - if the house is left in a bad state, cleaning time will over-run
Conditions:
10% deposit on booking, balance to be paid six weeks before the rental starts

We expect to provide you with all the facilities and accommodation which will enable you to enjoy a relaxed and fulfilling break. In return, we would like you to treat our properties with respect. Any breakages will be charged to you.
When the rent is paid in full, we will send you details of the people who manage the properties.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.