Reference no. 8625
Longere Louise a French holiday cottage for rent near Poitiers and Limoges
Welcome to our charming fully restored traditional detached longère in a quiet rural hamlet.
The cottage is very secluded only 3km from a village with bar / restaurant and general store/bakery/post office.
You will have a large garden of 1800m2 with private parking.
The rear of the cottage has a large flat open grass area with occasional fruit trees and mixed hedge screening.
Free Wi-Fi available
There are two gravelled patio areas, one facing south and one facing west, both with hardwood furniture and parasols. A barbecue and chiminea are available on the rear terrace.
You will have a roomy traditional farmhouse dining/kitchen with wood burner, fitted and free-standing units and all the necessary appliances. The TV receives the major UK channels. The cosy sitting room has comfy seating, a dining area and second wood burner. It features an exposed wall and original floor tiles. You will also have a further small day room on the ground floor with a good library of books and magazines.
The second floor features a bright and airy salon. The light streams into this room making it perfect for relaxing in at any time of day. The large grenier bedroom has a double bed and two singles with a curtain divider. It features exposed beams and original tommettes floor tiles. The second grenier bedroom has a double bed and overlooks the garden. It has an exposed wall and original oak flooring. There is an attractive ground floor bathroom with shower over.
Longère Louise offers a real rustic retreat with all the charm rural France has to offer - if you want to get away from it all, come and do it here!
At the heart of the comfortable sitting room is an efficient wood burning stove with log trunk. There are two roomy sofas with a large coffee table and ample smaller tables. There is a large sideboard containing stationery and a variety of indoor and outdoor games for entertainment.
The corner of the sitting room offers a useful dining area with attractive table and chairs. There is a large television with Sky digibox that receives the major UK channels. There is a DVD player, a CD/radio player and an Xbox games console with a large selection of games for all ages. The fully exposed stone wall and light decor give a cosy yet airy feel to the room, enhanced by the traditional tall south-facing French window. The floor still boasts the original French tiles that have been fully restored, covered with rugs where appropriate. This makes a great room in the evening time and is convenient to indulge in some TV dinners!
There is a second small sitting room on the ground floor, again with the original floor tiles. This room has a large comfortable chair and offers a large library with a good selection of books and magazines including those on French décor and antiques.
The kitchen is a traditional French country farmhouse kitchen and is very substantial. The original fireplace is a feature of the room with its Godin wood burning stove. The original floor tiles remain, having been fully restored. There is a pine farmhouse table with seating for six people. Delightfully tiled worktops and splash backs on both sides house an electric oven, a gas hob, fridge, freezer and washing machine. There is also a microwave, toaster, coffee maker and kettle. Rustic free-standing work units provide additional storage. There is a corner TV that receives UK TV stations independently of the main TV in the sitting room.
The main bedroom (Terracotta Room) in the old grenier is large with ample space and character. It has a plethora of original exposed beams and a feature has been made of the brick chimney. The floor is tiled with original reclaimed terracotta tommettes covered with large rugs/bedside rugs where appropriate. The far end of the room offers a very attractive double bed of white metal and brass. There are 2 vintage chests of drawers, large dressing table & chair and a sizeable hanging rail on the beam. This part of the room is divided off by full-length curtains. The remaining part of the bedroom offers two single beds with bedroom furniture. The whole room oozes traditional French charm and offers a peaceful and cosy sleeping environment.
The second bedroom (Oak Room) features a beautiful exposed stone wall and the original polished oak floor. There is a large west facing window onto the rear garden making this beautifully light and warm in the evenings. There is an attractive wrought iron double bed, a chest of drawers, nightstand and a small dressing table & chair. There is also a double wardrobe and a comfy chair. All bedding is included and is exclusively white bed linen with additional patchwork quilts if required.
The upstairs of the property features a galleried area with a charming salon. It is set out as a relaxing seating area with a large futon. This is a delightful room as the sunshine streams in through the roof window and bathes the room in light, the perfect place to escape and while away your cares at any time of the day.
The bathroom is a good size and is fully tiled in white. It has a full sized bath with shower over, WC and large basin. There is a towel ladder and additional wall storage. The tall French window makes this room particularly light and airy and the floor is tiled with the original restored floor tiles. Bath sheets and hand towels are included in the price.
The property stands in large private gardens of 1800m2. Entrance is through the gates along the gravelled driveway past the old stone grinding wheel to a large gravelled parking area.
Two footpaths lead around the banana trees, fig trees, lilacs and wisteria to the front of the house containing the original working well and a secluded patio area with hardwood garden furniture and parasol. This south facing terrace is the perfect spot for al fresco lunches amidst the scent of lilac and wisteria.
The path continues around the front of the house to a large rear garden. This is mainly laid to grass with occasional fruit trees, including pears, apples and blackberries. The garden is screened with mixed hedging all-round to offer total privacy. There is a lovely private gravelled patio area to the rear of the barn with hardwood table, chairs, parasol, sun loungers and barbecue facilities. This area catches the full late afternoon/evening sun and provides a perfect opportunity for al fresco dining in the evenings.
The Vienne region
The Vienne Département is rich in culture, attractions and activities. In the heart of La Vienne lies the Romanesque city of Poitiers, the largest town in the department and the capital of the Poitou-Charentes region. Poitiers is full of something for everyone: many buildings of historical interest, a lively city centre, stunning architecture, cosmopolitan shopping and regular markets.
The theme park of Futuroscope celebrates the moving image and is a fascinating melange of theme park, big screen cinema and illusion. There really is something for everyone and one day will not be enough! Don’t miss the sound and light show at dusk; it is a truly magical experience.
The Limousine city of Limoges, world famous for its exquisite china, is only an hour away.
The charming town of Saint-Savin is a UNESCO world heritage site and is only 20 minutes from the cottage. Its XIIth century church and stunning murals should definitely be on the “To Do” list.
Angles-sur-l'Anglin (north of Saint-Savin) is one of the most beautiful villages in France with a mural that is 15,000 years old. Another highlight here is the curious prehistoric rock carvings at the 'Witches Rock' nearby.
For those who love the classical world, the Gallo-Roman site at Sanxay to the west of Poitiers is a listed National Monument. Not far from the cottage you can find the medieval city of Chauvigny and the abbey at Nouaille-Maupertuis is also worth a visit.
Other towns that offer a fascinating insight into the Poitou-Charentes region are: Loudun with its old town around the 'square tower'; Moncontour, a small town with a fascinating history and the nearby Chateau Oiron; Civray, for its magnificent medieval buildings and the Saint-Nicolas church and Chatellerault, 'Descartes town' for the Saint-Jacques church and the 17th century bridge.
Vienne is a great place for anyone interested in animals and nature. La Planete des Crocodiles, 40km away in Civaux, houses 8 species of crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gavials from 4 continents in completely natural environments. La Vallée des Singes in Romagne is home to 30 species of apes in a natural setting and provides the opportunity of feeding them too. Discover the largest concentration of chimpanzees in Europe. Meet the 30 primate species in a place where more than 350 animals roam within 15 hectares of a natural wooded park area. Watch feeding-times throughout the day. Since it opened, Monkey Valley has seen over 350 births, including 9 baby gorillas. It is a great way to spend the day and highly recommended.
Le Vieux Cormenier, north of Civray, is a journey through rural life 100 years ago. As an actor in the scenes, you will be transported to the early 1900's thanks to exciting special effects that will reveal all the secrets of the past! The visit features 16 scenes enhanced with realistic sets, dialogues and lots of sound and visual effects. Translation is available.
Chauvigny, about 35km from the cottage, is a breathtaking sight. The ruined Medieval Chateau des Eveques is perched high on a hill and is the showcase for Les Géants du Ciel. You'll be amazed at this wonderful show - birds from all round the world fly over the ruins of the Bishops' Castle. Discover kookaburras from Australia, snowy owls, great horned owls, white storks, condors, American parrots, eagles and vultures.
Garden lovers will want to visit the extensive planned gardens in Magné to the east of Vienne, where an extraordinary range of plants compliments the setting of the original farm estate that stands here.
The Parc de Saint-Cyr boasts a host of activities for all the family. It has beautiful lakes with sandy beaches and offers swimming with lifeguard surveillance and aquatic slides. There are picnic and barbecue areas, walking routes and mountain bike rides. It offers access to a bird reserve and fishing is permitted all year round with no licence. Other activities include: sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, pedalos, golf, beach volleyball and football.
The sophisticated coastal towns of La Rochelle and Royan can be reached in two hours. They offer some of the best beaches in France, as well as cosmopolitan shops and fine dining.
The Liglet / Jemelle area
The village of Liglet is close to the cottage and offers a post office/general store and a pub/restaurant serving delicious meals. The town of La Trimouille is only 7km away and offers a small supermarket, restaurants and a few shops as well as a cinema and L'Ile aux Serpents, where you can find more than 60 species of animals: alligators, Cayman alligators, monitor lizards, snakes, tortoises, lizards, crocodiles, chameleons and mongoose, as well as the recent additions of otters, mongeese and desert cats.
Le Blanc is a nearby town situated on the river. You can hire boats and canoes or just enjoy the good variety of shops in the town. Le Blanc has a market on Sunday morning. Montmorillon, the City of Books and the Written Word is a charming medieval town with winding streets to explore and pavement cafés. There is a well-equipped tourist office here with a comprehensive selection of local guides. Montmorillon hosts a market on Wednesday morning market. It has 2 large supermarkets and can also offer crazy golf, tennis and an equestrian centre.
Les Herolles, only 14km away, holds a market on the 29th of each month. This is one of the oldest and most famous markets in France. A visit to this traditional, country market, held every month the year round for over 400 years, is a unique event not to be missed. It provides lots of interest and is an outstanding photographic opportunity on a scale not found anywhere else in France.
March 29 - May 21
May 21 - June 25
June 25 - September 3
September 3 - October 29
October 29 - March 25
We are delighted to offer a discount of £50 per week
for each additional week taken after the first in a single booking.
We will be happy to consider a further discount for longer stays.
On arrival you will find a comprehensive property brochure with details of our caretakers and information about the cottage and its facilities.
Reliable, efficient, experienced and local British caretakers are available at all times.
A large assortment of current tourist information is provided as well as local maps of the area.
Freesat from Sky provides UK television by satellite in the sitting room and kitchen.
We welcome children of all ages but ALL children require adult supervision at all times.
We are happy to accept two well-behaved dogs.
An additional supplement of £50 per dog per week applies per booking to cover the additional cleaning required on departure.
We reserve the right to charge an enhanced security deposit.
Please contact us first if you wish to bring your dogs.
We would ask that guests do not smoke inside the cottage but we are perfectly happy for guests to smoke outside on the terraces or in the garden and we provide an ashtray.
We would simply ask that all debris is disposed of properly and not left anywhere on the property.
A full and thorough cleaning service is included prior to your arrival. We simply ask that guests leave the house in a clean and tidy condition on departure.
We ask guests to secure the booking with a booking deposit of 20% within one week of making a provisional booking. Various payment methods are available.
We ask guests to accept a rental contract for the protection of both parties. This is available on the website as a printable document.
We ask for a security deposit. This is returned within two weeks of departure providing no damage has occurred. In most cases it is retuned within a week.
We ask guests to pay the full balance of the rental within eight weeks of their arrival date.
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Please quote reference 8625 hhf when making enquiries.