Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Availles-Limouzine - La Poste des Gardes
Large lounge/diner/kitchen-utility-showeroom-3 double beds-salon-covered terrace
Welcome to our restored 16th century maison de bourg sleeping 6 guests. This family gîte occupies a prominent riverside position in the delightful historic quarter of Availles-Limouzine, a pretty medieval village with all necessary amenities. La Poste des Gardes is nestled on the banks of the beautiful River Vienne in rural sunny Poitou-Charentes, midway between the beautiful Romanesque cities of Poitiers and Limoges.
The séjour centres around the wood burning stove in the original feature fireplace. There is a comfortable leather sofa and armchairs and plenty of side tables. We provide a Sky satellite system receiving UK TV, a VCR with a good selection of films, a DVD and a Hi-Fi system. You can also receive all the main French television channels. Games, books and magazines on French décor, antiques and furnishings are provided. You will have a large oak dining table with seating for six. This is a delightful open and airy room featuring original beamed walls and ceilings, exposed stonework and a stunning tiled floor. The full-height French doors to the south let the sun stream into the room, making this a most enjoyable dining experience. The kitchen is located in the corner of the open-plan living area. It has an electric double oven cooker with ceramic hob and full-sized grill. There is a large oak chef's buffet with inset granite worktop and storage and a further tiled top free-standing buffet. There is a sink unit and a small freezer. Rustic French wall units provide extra storage. A door from the kitchen leads into the separate utility room which has plenty of storage shelves, a large original French butcher's table, fridge, microwave, toaster and washing machine.
The middle floor of the house features a galleried area which forms a delightful salon. Under the south facing window you will find the original stone seat used by the guards. A television is provided with a decoder that receives the main French TV channels. This is a relaxing seating area with comfy chairs and a futon that can also be used as a double bed. Double French doors facing eastwards lead onto the private covered river terrace.
THE HEARTH ROOM
The main double bedroom on the middle floor faces west and is beautifully warm and bright in the evenings. It has a panelled ceiling, exposed stonework and the original feature fireplace with tiled hearth. A niche houses shelving and the original stone washbasin. There is a traditional French double bateau lit bed, bedside tables with lamps, a useful chaise longue and a vintage chest of drawers.
THE GUARDS' ROOM
Two further double bedrooms can be found on the top floor. The south facing bedroom has wonderful south-facing views up the River Vienne with the original guard post stone window seat still in place. This room has a double bed, triple wardrobe, two bedside tables with lamps, a large chest of drawers and occasional seating. The rough walls, exposed stonework and beams give this room a very traditional feel.
THE CHIMBLEY ROOM
The west facing bedroom is bathed in light in the evenings with views over the village up to the church. There are bunk beds in this room, a chest of drawers, a storage unit and a large table and chairs. A television is also available and a games console is provided with a large selection of games. An assortment of books and toys are also available in this room and it would be perfect for any children in the party.
SHOWER ROOM AND WET ROOM
The downstairs shower room is accessed from the utility room. It has fully tiled white walls and a quarry tiled floor. There is a large shower cubicle with double doors, a WC and a wash basin over a vanity unit offering ample storage. A large mirror and hanging space is provided. There is a further 'wet room' on the top floor to service the two bedrooms. It provides a WC, a wash hand basin, hanging space and further storage units.
SOUTH SEATING AREA
The house was used as a guard post in centuries gone by due to its prominent location by the river and its views to three sides. The south side offers a small area under the wisteria and vines that can be used for seating. Beyond this is a parking area for several vehicles. For guests who prefer more privacy the fully covered river terrace on the middle floor is ideal. This is a spacious terrace with both easterly and southerly aspects overlooking the beautiful River Vienne.
PRIVATE RIVER TERRACE
The terrace has a fully tiled floor and is completely covered so that it can be enjoyed even in inclement weather. It offers a dining table and chairs as well as comfy bench seating. The stone walls have been restored to reveal several intriguing niches! Between you and me, this is my favourite spot in the whole world - a leisurely evening with a glass or two of wine watching the river go by........
'Le matin, le voile d’une brume vient blancher la vallée. Et vers la fin du jour, le rire des enfants qui jouent dans l’eau tiède de la piscine. Mais le soir venu, estompant les contours, la rivère qui s’agite tend à s’apaiser. Plus rien, que les miniscules ronds des ables qui moucheronnent.
Puis la nuit, et le calme s’étend. Cependant, un très léger murmure, c’est la Vienne amoureuse caressant le ravage qui voudrait s’attarder tant le pays lui plait. On dirait qu’elle pleure de devoir le quitter. Impudique, la lune prend son bain de minuit et semble frissonner dans la fraîcheur de l’onde. Mais le brouillard montant de la vallée, couvre la nudité reflétée par les eaux.'
Passage by the late Henri Gritton
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- pets considered
- smoking allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible