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Dr. John Cooke

Speaks english, french
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 31 nights
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HISTORIC RIVERSIDE HOME, SOUTHERN LOIRE VALLEY

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Saint-Pierre-de-Maille - La Grange aux Dîmes

Mediaeval Country House, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-7)

The house overlooks a tranquil millpond on the Gartempe River, home to ducks, coots, moorehens, herons and other wildlife. Built by the Bishops of Poitiers in the early fourteen-hundreds, it has massive foundations with walls several feet thick. Our gardens run down to the river bank and provide a secluded spot to write, read, doze or entertain.

The house has recently undergone extensive improvements to make it energy-efficient - for the first time in 600 years

St. Pierre is a small village with bakery, grocery, restaurant, and bar. It lies less than two miles from Angles-sur-l'Anglin, hailed as one of the ten most beautiful villages in France, and home to a new museum of prehistory dedicated to the famous relief carvings in the Abri du roc aux sorciers. The great chateaux of the Loire valley are nearby, as well as, wineries, the Brenne National Park, Futuroscope and many other attractions.

Keywords: Converted early XVth Century stone tithe barn

Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • limited accessibility
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome

Dr. John Cooke

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.co.uk since 2005
Speaks english, french

The owners are founding directors of the Bali Children's Project, a non-profit providing educational opportunities to disadvantaged village children. Both are writers. Dr. John Cooke taught zoology at Oxford, and was a director of Oxford Scientific Films, producing wildlife documentaries for TV.

Dr. John Cooke purchased this house in 1990

After visiting with friends for several years we fell in love with this part of France. The location and historic character of the house presented a unique opportunity when it came on the market.

The best of French country living while only 80 minutes from Paris by TGV.

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 31 nights
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Book with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 3 holidaymaker reviews

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Historic Riverside Home, Southern Loire Valley
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
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Saint-Pierre-de-Maille Vienne
San Francisco
5

A Peaceful Refuge by A Lovely Scenic River

  • 5 out of 5
This vacation rental is in a relatively less travelled area in France called the Vienne or the Poitou. Visitors will find it just as interesting as the Dordogne region. This region also has its beautiful villages, chateaus and rivers.

This comfortable home in St Pierre de Maille is located on the Gartempe River. We let time go by as we watched the river rolling along and enjoyed bird watching while sitting in the glider along the river bank. I enjoyed looking at the views across the river and the reflections cast on the water of the old stone bridge and chateau.

The house has charm and was built in the early 15th century by the Bishops of Poitier. The garden is at the river's edge and provided a secluded space for us to write, read, create art and meditate. It has a well equipped kitchen, comfortable beds and each room has natural light. The owners have wonderful books for you to enjoy. They have bikes available ant this allowed us to see the surrounding countryside and nearby villages. During the spring, summer and early fall, you will find kayaking and boat available for rental. There are two kayaks available for your use.

St Pierre is a small village with bakery, grocery and a pleasant restaurant located in the middle of the village. There are hiking trails and my favorite one takes you to the beautiful village of Angles-sur-l”Anglin which has been named one of the most beautiful villages in France. It's a perfect place to visit a few art galleries s and enjoy a meal at a local restaurant. Nearby is the town of La Roche-Posey where you can destress in the thermal waters and enjoy a spa treatment. If you'd like a city experience, Poitier, the capital of Poitou, will provide you with historical sites and museums. If cinematic photography is your interest, visit Futuroscope.

Within a couple hour drive, you can visit the Dordogne or the chateaus of the Loire Valley.
  • Review Submitted: 16-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Historic Riverside Home, Southern Loire Valley
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Saint-Pierre-de-Maille Vienne
Sautee Nacoochee GA USA
5

Just What We Were Looking For

  • 5 out of 5
We loved our stay here because it is not a typical "vacation rental” and give it 5 stars for that and the superb setting. The furnishings and decoration reflect the eclectic tastes of the American owners and are comfortably used. Every evening six o'clock found us transporting libations and cheese to the private wooded riverbank complete with upholstered gliding couch and a small table. From there we watched the birds and waterfowl that inhabit the shallow weir upstream of the mill on the Gartempe, a broad view that ends in the picturesque bridge across the river. The weather was perfect during our fall stay. Get instructions for starting the new heater (now in front of the fireplace) if it might turn cold while you are there. We both snore, and one of us has trouble with stairs, so having bedrooms and baths both downstairs and up worked well for us. Upstairs there’s a bedroom with bathroom and a second bedroom, whose access to the bath is through the first. The kitchen is adequately supplied, but reveals that cooking is not a priority for the owners. Nevertheless we did enjoy simple meals at home two nights out of five, thanks to the well-stocked little 8 a Huit in St. Pierre. Free no-password WiFi worked well. Of nearby restaurants, we particularly liked Le Grillon in Angles sur l'Anglin. We were sorry that we didn't notice before our last night that the restaurant in St. Pierre, within an easy walk, is closed on Mondays. It’s nice that such a small town also has its own excellent bakery. Note that the back office shown in the current VRBO photos has been closed off. The owners are converting it to a pied a terre they can occupy when the main space is rented.
If you like to cycle, the environs of St. Pierre de Maille offer a plethora of opportunities, with many “petites routes” along the banks of the nearest rivers, the Gartempe and the Creuse. Obtain IGN Top 100 map #139 in advance. Traffic is minimal, and French drivers are very accommodating. I no longer bike, but my husband went out every day and says it is one of the best areas in our 20 years of exploring French back roads. I drove our rental car to meet him for lunches in La Roche Posay, Chauvigny, Montmorillon, and Le Blanc, where on Sunday we located, by lucky chance, a fine oriental restaurant, Perle d'Asie (13 rue Pierre Collin de Souvigny). Get the Vietnamese crepe/pancake.
  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2012
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Romantic Getaway
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Saint-Pierre-de-Maille Vienne
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5

When reality exceeds expectations

  • 5 out of 5
"We were looking for somewhere pleasant to relax with children nearby some river. I cannot imagine anywhere more pleasant that this rental property in this lovely medieval village which to do so. It is impossible to convey adequately the beautiful outlook of the property, perched in the beautiful Vienne Valley and with views over the Gartemp River and surrounding countryside. It is not often that reality exceeds expectations but this really was the case with this property. It is no exaggeration to say that the house made its own significant contribution to the overall success of our trip. John is an extremely nice person, who will help instantanately, before, during and even after your stay if possible. He was really very kind, gave us free access to cut every delicious vegetables in his garden we wanted, lend us a canoe to boat on the river, which is stupendous by its beauty. He gave a lot of himself, explaining many interesting things about the nature to our children, telling about his life, which made us feel like friends for him. Some of their achievments with his wife are admirable, like the creation of an association for deprived children in Indonesia : "the Bali Children’s Project". John relates : “The epiphany came when we met, through Witama, two little girls living with their widowed father in abject poverty deep in the forest. As a landless laborer working in other people’s fields, their father was often obliged to leave them alone. When we learned that they walked for over two hours barefoot in the dark, and without breakfast, to reach school each day, we were determined to find away to help them. We fell in love with them immediately, overwhelmed with the poverty of their lives, yet marveling at their resilience and determination not only to survive but to get an education".
We are very grateful to John and his wife for the loan of their house, their perfect sense of hospitality, and would have no hesitation in recommending this property to other holiday-makers, with or without children."
  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Location

Location

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Poitiers
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Chatellerault
Nearest Barpub
250 Metres
Cheval Blanc
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
La Roche Posay
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
L'Etoile
Car: recommended

The area, set in gently rolling hills and river valleys, is rich in historic and prehistoric sites. Angles sur l'Anglin (3 miles) is one of the ten most beautiful villages in France, with dramatic cliff-top castle ruins and prehistory museum. Many visitors enjoy the Gregorian chant at the 12th Century Benedictine Abbey at Fontgombeault

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday house in Saint-Pierre-de-Maille, Vienne

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Rate
 
High Season
7 Jun 2014 - 27 Sep 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£680
for 7 nights
£680
£1,925
 
 
Standard
28 Sep 2014 - 30 May 2015
31 night minimum stay
£953
for 31 nights
£925
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning £75
Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Notes No refunds unless a replacement booking becomes available.

Utilities & heating payable in standard season

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Saint-Pierre-de-Maille in Vienne

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
General:
  • Parking ...
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Computer Available ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Living Room ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Oven ...
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs
    Bathroom 2 - combination tub/shower , toilet , ground floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , ground floor toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • Double Bed (1) upstairs master bedroom, Double Bed (1) in downstairs bedroom - a bit small, Twin or Single Beds in upstairs room , Baby Cribs (1) available. Master bedroom and bathroom accessed through other upstairs bedroom,
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • pets considered ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • health/beauty spa
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • boating
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • rock climbing
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • spelunking
  • hiking
  • freshwater fishing
Notes:
Secluded riverside garden provides a great place for writers and artists. Help yourself to fresh vegetables and eggs (when the chickens are laying). St.Pierre is home to an excellent restaurant (L'Etoile) and there are also several others nearby catering to all tastes. The area is great for bicycling and hiking, canoeing and fishing and also provides limitless cultural attractions & activities
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