|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
The little cottage under the hangar adjacent to the farmhouse was built of local stone between the wars has been renovated and refurbished transforming it into a cosy and charming, comfortable holiday home from home. The cottage would be ideal for a romantic break for couple of nature-lovers or equally a quiet hideaway for writers and painters seeking inspiration!
The airy and light-filled stone cottage is cool in Summer and cosy in Winter. Consisting of three rooms – kitchen/day room; bedroom and large en-suite shower-room and toilet all on the ground floor, the cottage would also be suitable for people with restricted mobility. Internet is available through a wifi connection.
The large kitchen/day room has all the equipment you would require for a self-catering holiday and heating is by a cast-iron wood-burning stove – a joy to come home to after a ramble through the surrounding country lanes! Kindling and firewood are supplied free of charge. There is a dining table and chairs and a large L-shaped corner settee provides ample comfortable seating.
The large bedroom with matching solid oak double bed and wardrobe boasts wonderful uninterrupted panoramic views over the ever-changing countryside. We have recently added a beautiful, sturdy day-bed with trundle bed underneath to this room that will accommodate two children or adults. All bed-linen including towels is supplied.
We provide a welcome hamper consisting of wine or apple juice, eggs and cheese, our own or from local providers and other organic home produce – lamb; sausages; chutneys and jams; salads and veg etc are available for purchase when available and in season. We can also provide an evening meal along with the family (“table d’hôte”) by reservation giving at least a days notice. We can provide packed lunches made from our own and local organic produce on giving us a days notice also.
You are welcome to pick herbs for the kitchen or flowers that take your fancy.
You are free to wander around the rest of our smallholding, meet the animals and sit by the wildlife pond.
There is parking next to the cottage.
We are a working smallholding; there are free range chickens and at times other animals wandering around, and some small farm machinery may be in use according to the season and other paraphernalia and tools around. We cannot automatically accept young children, as we cannot guarantee that the area is child-safe should young children escape from parental supervision. Babies and small children who are continually under adult supervision are welcome as are older children who are aware of the potential dangers; so please get in touch to discuss this before booking. Travel cots and fold-away single beds can be added to the bedroom on request.
Originally from the North East of Scotland we moved to Central France and bought the abandoned farm in 2008 after selling up in Scotland in 2006 and down-sizing to a camper-van with our two huge dogs and touring around Europe looking for the right place to put down some roots. We are working towards being as self-sufficient as possible-renovating the buildings and developing the land using eco-friendly, sustainable techniques, resources and energy. We have one hectare of land surrounding the house and a further 2 hectares of overstood, abandoned coppiced woodland that we are attempting to regenerate to provide our fuel; building materials; material for basket-making; charcoal-making etc. and just for being a beautiful place to spend time in and have fun!
The hectare of land is divided into pasture for animals and a potager/vegetable garden and orchard for food production. We are joining up these areas to create an all-encompassing "forest garden". We currently have 3 milking goats, a buck and their 5 kids - and 3 sheep, a ram and their 5 lambs and numerous chickens, as well as a little scruffy rescue dog and seven cats!
We enjoy a range of crafts and hobbies and have built up a wide range of skills which we love to share - wood-working and building, basketry, spinning wool, photography, art, needle-crafts, bush-crafting and foraging. We have a wood-fired hot-tub built from cob and guests are welcome to use this wonderful relaxing and elemental facility!
We are situated quite a bit off the beaten track in a quiet and isolated spot in the beautiful green rolling hills of the Creuse (departement 23) in Central France.
This area is known for being a paradise for walkers and lovers of wildlife - with loads of lakes, rivers, gorges and ponds- and lovely old villages with medieval churches and buildings to explore. Nearby there are facilities for horse-riding; fishing; kayaking and other water-sports; llama-trekking etc as well as some chateaux and other interesting buildings and places to visit.
We welcome volunteers from all over the world to come and help us and learn how to live a more simpler life, with the completion of the refurbishment of the little cottage we can now welcome guests to come and stay and experience and share in this "good life".
This part of France enjoys the four well-delineated Seasons - Spring and Autumn are very beautiful and mild.
Teasel Cottage is a delightful little gîte on a working smallholding, ideal for lovers of peace and tranquillity. We were welcomed with a basket of Julie's fresh goat's cheese, bread, eggs and a bottle of organic wine - very useful as we arrived late on a Saturday. There is a comfortable kitchen/living room, large bedroom with spacious en-suite and a sitting area behind the gîte. We were also able to use their laundry facilities - handy as we'd been travelling for almost a week before arriving. There a lots of animals around; goats, sheep, chickens (and cockerel), cats and a dog - plenty going on! are a couple of good supermarkets at Boussac (15 miles) which are open all day till the evening and Sunday mornings, also with 24-hour petrol stations attached.
The area is typically quiet for that part of France, but there was a music festival at the time and we were treated to a lovely concert in the church of Nouzerines (5 miles) performed by a family of 5 children aged from 6-11 years. In Tercillat we found a cafe/restaurant owned by an English family which had only opened a couple of weeks before (Snack de Jack - open from 10am-6pm Tues-Sat and 11am-5pm Sundays ), serving mainly British fare (including a cream tea, which was a bit of a treat after a long walk in the 30+ degree heat on one of the days) handy, as most small bars and cafes in France are closed in the afternoons.
We visited Toulx-Sainte-Crois with its amazing tower with 360 degree views over the countryside - you can see for miles! Nearby are the Pierres de Jaumâtres, strange and enormous rocks perched atop a hill - with cafe/restaurant (and loos!) by the car park.
We ventured further afield to the Creuse valley as recommended by Julie, visiting Gargilesse-Dampierre, one of the prettiest towns in France (avoid the public loos - go to the bar and use theirs!) After that we had our picnic lunch by the Lac d'Éguzon, a lake created by a dam with water-sports available in the summer. In June it was relatively peaceful and the nearby town of Éguzon looks like it has lots of facilities and shops. We moved on to Crozant to see the ruined castle which you can pay to visit, but we drove on to park in the village to view it from above.
One day we went all the way to Aubigny-sur-Nère and Brouges - well worth a visit if you can.
Julie and Peter were lovely hosts and have done amazing things on their little farm using recycled materials and their own labour - we wish them all the best :-)
Loved my 6-day stay here! The view out the bedroom window was amazing, the cottage was well equipped with everything I needed to cook, and the hosts so kindly provided the cutest basket of eggs, wine, and French bread for my first day. I had plenty of time to write, walk, and explore. I highly recommend a car if you choose to stay here - it's about 40 minutes from the nearest sizable town. Amazing stay. Would book again!