Accommodation

There are 6 double/twin bedrooms, two with en-suite bathroom (shower) and a further 2 bathrooms, (one shower & one bath) a large kitchen/dining room, small sitting room and further sitting/games room with bar-billiards table. The house sleeps 8/10 comfortably and has a large swimming pool, and south-facing terrace which looks over the small meadow garden and out to the hills beyond.

Ground Floor

The kitchen is a large beamed room with original brick floor, huge fireplace with old charcoal grill , wood-burning stove and old built-in walnut cupboards. There is a long oak table which can seat 12. It's the centre of the house with one door opening onto the balcony and three leading to other rooms. Equipment includes a Smeg 5 ring/oven Calor gas stove, 2 fridge/freezers, microwave, food processor, breadmaker and dishwasher.

There are two bedrooms on the ground floor and a vaulted sitting room which has double French doors opening onto the terrace. This has a sofa bed (it can be used in an emergency as bedroom but is the route out to the garden).

Baudelaire: the main bedroom, also brick- floored, has a king-size bateau lit bed with walnut bedside tables, antique French chest of drawers, writing table and chair. Along one wall is a built-in set of cupboards with lots of hanging and shelf space and also concealing a wash-hand basin. There is window overlooking the courtyard and a door opening onto the kitchen balcony. Behind the entry door from the lobby, the end cupboard houses an immersion heater.


Baudelaire (click on image for larger version)

Mallarme: a vaulted room with double sofa bed, armchairs, coffee table and bookcase. French windows open onto the terrace and there is a handy marble-topped drinks cupboard and fridge/freezer. A large oak-doored cupboard contains most of the china and glass. The drawer of the old oak table is full of maps and local information. A nice cool sitting room if the terrace gets too hot, or a playroom if needed.

Francois:another vaulted room with a French window opening onto a balcony leading off the terrace. There are lovely views over the pool to the hills beyond. It has a small French walnut double bed and single bed. An original brick floor, a little wall cupboard of books and a fabulous mural of Francois I coming up the valley with his troops, give this room real atmosphere.


Francois (click on image for larger version)

Bathroom: large bath with shower , bidet and wash basin.

WC: Separate loo (septic tank not connected to mains)

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First Floor

Hugo – sitting/games room, the largest room in the house, features stone walls, massive beams, a view down the valley (if you sit in the right chair) and an entrance from the road. There are an assortment of couches and chairs, a walnut coffee table, a bar-billiards table, an 'armoire' which houses bed linen and towels and a massive oak chest.

Flaubert: a large bedroom off Hugo which has a double walnut bed, extra single bed, large beams and a sloping roof. There is a linen-fold oak cupboard and chest –of drawers.

Rimbaud: smaller, bedroom with a tiled floor, a sloping roof and entrance from Hugo. You enter onto one level on which there is a single bed and then step down to the double bed area. There is a marble-topped chest of drawers, a wardrobe and windows overlooking the courtyard and the garden. Fully plastered, so the safest room for those frightened of insects and other creatures.

Shower Room: free-standing shower cubicle,(nicknamed the Tardis) wash basin, bidet and loo. This is also the area for the Washing Machine. At the end, behind curtains, is stored baby equipment such as cots, high-chairs, push chair, car seat etc. and fans and picnic chairs for the summer.

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Pigeonnier

An almost independent building, the old pigeon house, has its own entrance from the road and is linked to the main house by a door into Hugo. There are views from the large bedroom down the hill to the village from one window and out to the pool from the other. There are a double and single beds, tub arm chair, chest-of -drawers and an amazing honky tonk piano. Climb the stone steps and platform in the corner and up the open oak staircase to the mezzanine bathroom with shower, wash basin, bidet and loo. More hanging room up here & a child’s bed.


Pigeonnier
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Outside

The swimming pool is 1metre 50 deep throughout with roman steps at the house end. It’s great for pool games. It has metal railings and a gate closing it off from the terrace and a floating safety cover which is operated electrically. There is a bank of lavender on one side which attracts a host of butterflies, and a stone path leads you up through the garden to the ‘gin and tonic’ deck at the top. There is a good view from here over the valley up to the church. A small sloping meadow extends from this terrace to the back of the pool with fruit, ginko and a walnut tree. The lower area of decking is three steps down from the terrace and is flanked on one side by the house balcony and the other by the barbecue and pool wall. Honeysuckle and jasmine spill over the railings on the other side.

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