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Period barn conversion with swimming pool, sleeps six

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

odernised barn with kitchen/diner,TV, swimming pool, overlooking green valley

La Grange is are set amidst stunningly unspoilt countryside, and are very quiet at night. Some years ago, the barn was entirely converted to modern standards, and is today sparklingly clean, smooth-plastered accommodation.

The farmhouse is much more traditional. It has oak everywhere, on the floors, the ceilings, the wardrobes and the stairs. In summer, it is very dark and very cool. The kitchen has been modernised, and gives out directly on the garden whilst three bedrooms are intimate and old-fashioned.

The double bed in the master bedroom is a traditional French design, featuring oak headboards at each end, whilst the beds in all the other rooms are divans.

One bedroom is the master, and it is spacious light and airy. Another is in the attic, roomy and comfortable. Next to the shower room is a small twin bedroom, ideal for children or older travellers.

Modern shower rooms upstairs serve the three comfortable low-ceilinged bedrooms of the barn, and the attic, twin and double bedroom of the farmhouse, again successfully combining the old with the new.

Two kitchens are fully equipped with fridges, cookers, dishwashers, and all the pots, pans, knives, forks etc. you could possibly need, as well as a variety of kitchen equipment including coffee makers, and even an electric oyster opener. Cooking is by gas, and there is always at least one spare full bottle to ensure your holiday is not interrupted. In the barn between the two houses, you find a table tennis, bats and balls and bicycles. Here too is the washing machine and the electric drier

The enormous walled garden features fruit trees, barbeque, shaded terrace and a big outdoor swiming pool. There are ample chairs and two tables, meaning you can cater with ease for the largest parties of 12.

To sit outside the house contemplating the pool and the garden is a special pleasure... As the evening grows dark, switch on the lights around the pool to see the garden lit in silhouette. On a peaceful summer evening, what could be more relaxing than to sip a glass of locally-bought wine whilst listening to the lapping of the water in the swimming pool and the call of the birds soaring in the sky above? (That's after the children are in bed of course.)

Set high up amongst the peaceful forests, fields and lakes of the Creuse river valley, this spacious and comfortable property enjoys a lovely outlook over the falling valley sides behind. The property's garden is spacious enough to mean there is no need ever to leave it for swimming, relaxation, conversation and games.

But if you want to travel, throughout the year, roads are traffic-free, people are friendly and welcoming. In summer, the sun is hot but not oppressive. Good-value local restaurants and aubergines feature both country and French cuisine. They complement the many local markets' produce.

The garden features a large swimming pool, 10x8 metres. There's a brick built barbecue, table tennis, outdoor tables chairs in teak, deck chairs and plenty of space. The garage features a washing machine and another fridge if needed (total three for both houses).

The barn has been converted to a very high standard. It includes modern oak flooring, double insulated walls, exposed beams and a huge kitchen/diner area, well-equipped with single cooker, wood-burning fire, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher and comfortable sofa round the fire. Upstairs, the accommodation includes two spacious double bedrooms, a twin bedroom and a lounge for relaxing. Huge antique wardrobes to each bedroom, and a beautiful oak staircase to access them. Electric radiators in all upper rooms, wood heating downstairs.

The surrounding countryside is perfect for walking, cycling or driving. There is hardly any traffic, and the general impression is of a country where there are fewer cars than Britain in 1950. You don't have to go out, for you can stay all day in the garden, but if you do, there are many sights, tourist attractions, country markets in the local area.

More Details

Owner
Mr Michael Orme
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French, Some basic German
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
11 June, 2017

About Mr Michael Orme

We live in north west London, but have taken virtually all our holidays in France for the last 30 years. We've often used France as a jumping off point for Italy, Spain and Switzerland tours. And as frequently as possible, we've used my trusty old sports two seater, a 1954 Sunbeam Talbot Alpine, to take us there.

Though we, like it, are getting a bit long in the tooth these days, we've no intention of slowing down. When we stay in the house, we will walk to the village for shopping, and go cycling - but it has to be said, not nearly enough to please the medicos. But we enjoy it.

Our family and friends love the house, and we are jammed with visitors every summer. Despite this, the joy of being able to eat al fresco without fear of the Bill in either sense (restaurant or drink driving) is fantastically liberating and joyful.

I'm a retired lecturer but I still do a great deal of private tuition in the human sciences, Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology; as much work as anyone will give me in fact.

We have family in Australia, and we're going there in February. a great place to visit, but a hard 24 hour flight.

But both in Aus and France, I miss English pleasures. These, I am afraid are entirely predictable in someone my age - real ale, steam trains and classic cars. Though in nearby St Martial, they do hold old car rallies...

When I was teaching in Further Education, the French house kept me sane. It was a bolt hole, somewhere I could just unwind after the increasingly intolerable pressures teachers now face. I'm not asking special treatment, however, for I know many of my colleagues faced far rougher lives than I had.

So I'm really glad we bought the house. And it's now looking increasingly as if three generations of our family will be able to enjoy its wonderful atmosphere and location, as our granddaughters turn (terrifyingly) into young women

Mr Michael Orme purchased this barn in 1996

Why Mr Michael Orme chose Creuse

We originally bought a small on up one down in a lovely village in the Midi called Collobrieres. As the popularity of the village grew, it was obvious the house was too small for us. At that time, summers were almost as hot in Limousin as down south and we suffered in the heat, especially as the beaches were packed liked sardines.

One day, driving south on 'les petites routes' in my tourer, we stopped overnight with friends in the Limousin. I have to admit, the first thing that attracted me was the possibility of driving at high speed in an ancient vehicle around the empty roads, a possibility that still exists today. (I hasten to add I've cooled down ). But the verdant countryside sparkled in the heat.... the clean freshwater lakes beckoned, and we were hooked. The dry, almost desert-like foliage of the south, with its umbrella pines, appeared dead and hostile in comparison.

We phoned an estate agent who showed us a series of houses. The first was utterly magnificent, a big confident country mansion with a tiny price tag. But the reason for this was its location; and its condition. It would have needed a full renovation, and it was on a main road, so on we looked.

Another house was a near-complete renovation...by a Parisian. This meant all the oak floors and partition walls had been ripped out, and replaced by concrete (the French do this at the drop of a hat). Utterly shorn of its character and interest, nonetheless it had one point of enormous interest - a massive wine cellar included in the price. But we still refused....

Eventually, the estate agent's hairy driving led us to La Feyte, then only the old farmhouse. And we bought it, hook, line and sinker, in every sense of the word. Its walled garden spoke peace and tranquillity, and its ancient trees a sense of history. It has never let us down, even when we added the barn and pool some ten years ago. We lost the fine orchard but we gained pleasure and comfort

What makes this barn unique

Two toilets mean you need never worry about inconvenience. The swimming pool is big and deep. For the last several years, the authorities have been busy closing the lakes to swimming, but the pool makes an excellent substitute and is nearly always used instead of fresh water. Its size means lots of people can use it at the same time. Instead of a rather boring patio, the garden borders straight on to the pool, green grass as well as paved sides.

This year, we have installed a rolling cover which means a lot longer season. But there's other benefits too. You can swim under the cover in the rain and you'll find the water is warmer for longer. Fewer leaves and dust means the water stays clean for longer (it's cleaned regularly). So no more skulking in the house bored stiff with the telly.

The surrounding countryside is about the most peaceful in Europe, excepting perhaps Ireland's west coat. The great advantage is a lot less rain. Late July and August is usually almost as hot as the south, but with cooler evenings. Driving, or even healthier, cycling in the countryside is enjoyable, with the added advantage for the cyclist of safe empty roads

Restaurants are many and varied, from the rather pretentious Coq d'Or in Chenerailles to the decidedly downmarket Hotel du Lissier in Aubusson (excellent value). So mealtimes out don't threaten your budget as much as other areas in France.

And, despite being in the heart of 'France profonde', the supermarket is only 8km away. For day-to-day needs, such as fresh croissants, the butcher in the village is open every day except Thursday morning. Don't leave without tasting one of their take-out meals!

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Saint-Avit-le-Pauvre in Creuse

Property Type:
  • barn
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Communal, in garage separating two houses
    Bathroom 3 - Outdoor Shower , At side of the pool
  • The shower room includes a toilet and washbasin. There is another toilet in the communal area separating the two houses.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedrooms are colour co-ordinated. The designs in both double bedrooms has been well considered, with a design which includes matching bedspreads and curtains, aimed at taking advantage of the available light. The result is a very pleasing overall appearance with a warm and intimate feel. This attention to design both complements and contrasts with the look and the feel of the solid oak French country wardrobes, a striking feature of both double bedrooms. The remaining bedroom boasts a chestnut veneer wardrobe and a wall feature of a low oak beam. All the beds are recent divans and are very comfortable. Much of the furniture is an antique of some kind, often of French country origin and sourced from many places in the surrounding countryside.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck Chairs
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
Notes:
Why holiday in the Creuse? Because it's France's undiscovered paradise that's why. Its roads are peaceful, traffic free and safe – ideal for cycling, walking and driving - especially classic cars! It's got everything you could wish for in a relaxed holiday. Set high up amongst the peaceful forests, fields and lakes of the Creuse river valley, this comfortable and welcoming property enjoys a lovely outlook over the valley sides which fall towards the river behind. The enormous garden is big enough you never need ever to leave it for swimming, relaxation, conversation and games. And when you want to get out to explore the wonderful unspoilt countryside, the locals are friendly and welcoming and the restaurants excellent value. In summer, the daytime sun is hot and the evenings warm. Take the old road to the famous medieval tapestry town of Aubusson where time has stood still alonside the River Creuse as it meanders along its superb wooded valley. Many activity beach lakes nearby.

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Location

Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Limoges
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
St Sulpice les Champs
Nearest Ferry
585 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Gouzon
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Ahun
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
D941
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
St Sulpice
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Mont Dore
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Lac de Vassiviere
Car: necessary

What are your tastes? In the Creuse, you won't be short of things to do. If you like good food, there are too many restaurants to name. Despite what you may have heard, the Limousin remains an area in which the solid values of French country cooking are still upheld. Like everywhere else these days, there are pizza restaurants and McDonalds; but the majority by far adhere to one maxim: freshly cooked food at cheap prices. And they are still to be found in small villages, like The Alchemist in St Sulpice itself.

There are so many lakes and rivers as well that it is difficult to know where to begin. You can take the small canoes to nearby Aubusson on the River Creuse, and/or hire from the local club (you will need to bring a rack. Please replace carefully.).

There are many beautiful churches, walks in the countryside etc. Concerts and recitals etc often performed in the churches. Many town fairs, markets during the summer, including the festival of world music in early August in nearby Felletin. And don't miss the Friday market here too.

The local town of Aubusson was once an ancient tapestry manufacturing town which supplied Henry VIII's palaces such as Hampton Court. It still makes and sells hand- and machine-made original tapestries to modern and traditional designs, but finding genuine locally made examples these days is rare. But the town is well worth a visit for its small local shops, and restaurants.

Visits the château in Chenerailles, or go cycling around the peaceful narrow roads.

Further afield, the Lac de Vassiviere is an inland resort, with ferry/restaurants and beaches etc. About an hour's drive due south from St Sulpice.

The tourist office in Ahun gives full details of all local activities throughout the year

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Saint-Avit-le-Pauvre, Limousin

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
High summer
24 Jun 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£808
for 7 nights
£808
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£269
for 3 nights
From
£90
£628
£2,513
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £107.71

Rental period is from Saturday 4.00pm to Saturday 10.00am.
The house will be cleaned thoroughly before your arrival, and you will find all the linen, duvets and duvet covers, towels etc. you need. Please try to facilitate the cleaners by leaving this window clear, and arrving and leaving on time. Your standards help us in this - if the house is left in a bad state, cleaning time will over-run
Conditions:
10% deposit on booking, balance to be paid six weeks before the rental starts

We expect to provide you with all the facilities and accommodation which will enable you to enjoy a relaxed and fulfilling break. In return, we would like you to treat our properties with respect. Any breakages will be charged to you.
When the rent is paid in full, we will send you details of the people who manage the properties.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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