|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Home from home atmosphere with three bedrooms, one en-suite bathroom, one ensuite shower-room plus another separate bathroom and separate w.c. American kitchen with french farmhouse table, Conservatory, library and sitting-room with large wood-burner.
Rambling gardens, large parking, outside table-tennis, private swimming pool. Wonderful walking country with bridle paths, rivers, woods and streams. St. Benoit du Sault is one of the prettiest villages in France and right on your doorstep at a few minutes drive with everything you may need - including a medieval ramble in an unspoilt environment.
Attractively restored spacious farmhouse with its own large private pool with Roman steps. Set in the heart of undiscovered France with undulating countryside, forests, streams and lakes. Ideal for a family holiday where the local facilities range from lake with games, horse-riding, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, golfing, climbing and fishing. There are also plenty of local restaurants to be visited along with medieval chateaux. Situated in a hamlet on the edge of The Brenne National Park with its a thousand lakes, Le Catalpa is the perfect base for relaxing round the pool, bird watching, nature trails and basically getting away from it all.
This is an old farmhouse with all its nooks and crannies, imperfections and character - it isn't a 'villa'!
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 (not while you are there, of course!)
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 France or in Morocco where I run a surf-camp. 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 house in 2000
We can only echo and endorse the very complimentary reviews made by previous visitors to Le Catalpa, which was the perfect accommodation for our family of 5 adults, 2 young children and 3 dogs. This wonderful house (with its lovely gardens and secluded pool) set in a pretty, rural area of France and within easy access of local villages and lakes is to be wholeheartedly recommended. Everything, including the weather, was idyllic. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our week’s holiday “chez Rosalind” and the Catalpa tree holds many happy memories for all of us.
It's Tom M again . We came back this year and it was like coming home. All the things we love about this rural oasis like the large secluded garden, swimming pool, gorgeous interior and provencal feel were there.
The small boys loved it and so did the dog and mum and Dad. There are things to do nearby, but we never did as we just went out for lunch and back for yet more cricket and swims. As I write this friends of ours are at Le Catalpa and tomorrow my wife's sister arrives to take over! So we all love this place and thank you Rosalind for you gentle kindness, help, and beautiful wonderful array of art and books at the house.
Maison pleine de charme et de confort dans une région très agréable.
Nous avons profité en famille de ce cadre très chaleureux où chacun a pu trouvé le dépaysement recherché.
Accueil très agréable de la propriétaire.
Attention voiture indispensable.
Spacious house with enchanting rustic furnishings. Fully equipped kitchen. Great selection of books, DVDS, good WIFI, TV and many games to keep the family occupied like Table tennis, badminton, boule, scrabble etc. Lovely decent sized private swimming pool. BBQ and relaxing outdoor sitting area. Nice garden with all sorts of interesting wildlife. Only 20 minutes drive to water-skiing and water sports on a huge lake. 50 minutes drive to Limoges for a wonderful day trip. Excellent supermarket just 5 minutes drive and beautiful villages / towns to explore. Our host, Rosalind is very experienced and was so helpful to ensure we had everything we needed. We were only 4 but the property could easily be enjoyed by a group of 6 or 8 people due to its size.
Gorgeous old farmhouse, quirky and homely. We came with our 2 and 4 year old little boys and black Labrador. We live in rural Sussex in a similar property so expected what was on the tin on the internet profile, but were blown away by the property.
Arriving late evening, unpacked and boys and parents jumped in the gorgeous private pool.
All week we just wanted to be at the property, boys played cricket in vast grounds, swam all day, ate and drank under the Catalpa tree.
Table tennis outside at 6am in warm summer sun
Felt at home - even fixed the ride on mower as same model as mine at home.
Not a tourist area - so great. Boys and dog loved swimming in local lakes, mum and dad the €12 menu de jour at local villages - 4 courses and pichet of wine for price of an English Pub starter. Restaurant in local St Benoit de Sault perfect and lovely - sited in middle of veg garden.
Loved Rosalind's books, spent many hours with bottles of wine working through the library in the evenings under the tree, watering the plants and listening to the songbirds.
The private pool and remote site make this a real little Oasis of calm and loveliness.
We had a wonderful stay in Le Catalpa. It is a lovely old farmhouse in the heart of France and perfect for a family holiday - with plenty of space for everyone. The garden and pool are delightful - having the pool made all the difference. We ate out almost all the time under the large Catulpa tree! It was great to be in an area that has so little traffic - we had wonderful cycling and walking, and there are so many little villages with their cafes and markets to explore. And St. Benoit du Sault is nearby for shopping etc. The house has lots of character and was really comfortable and homely with everything we needed. Thank you for a wonderful time - we'll be back. Your customer service was excellent, Ros.
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.
Other Activities parachuting in Le Blanc
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£200|
Pets will be charged at £25 each per week and will be limited to two.
Electricity is charged by unit - allowance of 75kw per week. Metre reading at the beginning and end of your stay.