In the centre of the lovely medieval village of Chaumeil our beautiful, ancient house can be your cosy home from home for the holidays. Over Christmas we provide a large, decorated Christmas tree and plenty of wood for the stoves. The house is featured in the prestigious Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay guide and you can find their inspection report and a review on their website. It is one of very few Sawday's-approved houses in this lovely area.
The village of Chaumeil is in the heart of the Monedieres mountain range with wonderful views and lovely walks straight from your door. There is a bar that has changed little since 1550 and it has a cosy woodburning stove on cold winter days and evenings. In summer they serve food all day long.
Inside the house abounds with ancient charm; stone walls and floors and antique furniture. The salon has a magnificent stone fireplace with a large wood burning stove if the evenings turn chilly. Sofas and chairs are comfortable and there is a small antique table for games or tea for two. Original oil paintings and watercolours sit alongside old prints on the thick granite walls.
There is a traditional majolica woodburning cooker in the French farmhouse kitchen/dining room and also an integrated electric over and a gas hob for convenience or for big family meals. There is a dishwasher, coffee maker, good quality crockery and utensils aplenty. The large oak table invites friendly family dinners. Although thick walls keep everything cool in hot weather, sunshine fills the kitchen from the south-facing garden all afternoon.
Dating from 1640, the house retains many original features. Up the medieval staircase you find four light and airy bedrooms. Please note that two of the rooms (one double, one twin) are joined by a door. The twin has an ensuite bathroom with bath, overbath shower, toilet and washbasin. Travertine marble tiles surround the bath and it is finished in oak panelling. There is also a separate, newly refurbished, shower room with toilet on the landing.
Each of the front facing rooms has lovely views over to the church, the traditional ancient Marie and the old houses that make up this small and ancient village. The front bedrooms have a double beds. Those behind have twin beds; one has metre wide beds and enjoys lovely view of the mountains. All bed linen is high quality cotton. Feather & down duvets are provided in winter and lightweight synthetic duvets in summer.
Outside there is a private garden surrounding the house on three sides with our barn making up the fourth side and ensuring your privacy. There is a gravelled drive to the front and a large table set up on a terrace. There are sun loungers and a deck chair that you can use on the terrace or take out on to the lawn.
From the terrace and garden there are views across the village and up into the Monediere mountains. A tranquil setting to enjoy summer meals or drinks with the scent of roses nestling against the old stone walls. The house takes it's name from the spring that appears just over the garden wall - a torrent in winter, though often completely absent in summer.
For three years we have been included in the prestigious travel guide, Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay, following a rigourous inspection. We are the only gite in this region with the award and we are very proud to be recognized as a special place to stay. Our house has been used by writers as a retreat and they find it an inspirational and tranquil place to be creative. We offer special rates for writers and artists, either for short stays or longer-term periods of getting away from it all.
We also offer a special rate for pilgrims who are passing through on the Camino de Santiago. We can also offer good rental rates to anyone who wants to spend an extended stay whilst looking for their perfect French home. Please contact us for more details.