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Private, detached country cottage in the beautiful province of "Le Berry"

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,450 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

A family retreat, surrounded by fields of Sunflowers & Wildlife in rural France.

La Maison au Puits is literally surrounded by fields filled with Sunflowers, Wheat, Barley or Maize in summer, and this tranquil part of rural France offers an ideal retreat for those wishing to escape the stress of modern urban living, and experience life in the French countryside.

The exact age of the house is not known, but the building is known to be about 200 years old and was used prior to it's renovation as accommodation for Chickens and Ducks. Built in the traditional French "Longiére" style of stonework walls, granite cornerstones, granite window and door surrounds, under a pitched tiled roof, the house retains many of it's original features and has been sympathetically restored.

This solitary, traditionally furnished house consists of a tastefully decorated Lounge, a fully equipped, modern Kitchen/Dining room, a Shower room/Toilet and Utility room on the ground floor, and a main Bedroom with King size bed and balcony, a twin Bedroom and Bathroom / Toilet on the first floor, accessed by a staircase bordered by the original Oak beams of the roof structure.

A private, attractive, south facing garden offers a perfect area to unwind outdoors and enjoy the hot summer climate of central France. With far reaching, unobstructed views to the West over fields and woodland, of the type immortalised by the famous French novelist George Sand, who lived in the region and loved it so much.

The garden also has a patio area which offers some welcome shade during the hottest part of the day or to enjoy the spectacular evening sunsets from. The garden has a table with parasol to seat six and a small bistro set. Sun-loungers are also available to use.

The cottage is in close proximity to a working farm, which produces excellent traditional "Berrichonne" cheeses. These can be bought at a fraction of Supermarket prices in the farm shop, a short stroll away, down a lane, which on a busy day will have less than 4 cars use. The shop also sells fresh milk, crème fraiche and butter on a daily basis.

Carp fishing (up to approximately 30lb) is available on the very quiet, local pond (100 yds from the house). Day tickets can be purchased from the owner of a nearby Gite.

The area is a haven for birdlife and wildlife, with deer, hares and foxes regular visitors to the fields at the rear of the house and these can be watched from the kitchen window. Binoculars are available to borrow.

Guests will be provided with towels and bedlinen and a complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival.

An information folder containing emergency telephone numbers, appliance operating instructions and tourist information will also be available.

For wine lovers the vineyards of the Chateaumeillant Appellation are approximately 15km to the North of La Maison au Puits and the well known town of Sancerre is approximately 120km to the north.

The region offers some superb Restaurants and Auberges as well as Chateaux, Golf, Fishing, Walking, Cycling, Kayaking and Horse riding.

With easy access to Chateauroux, Bourges, Montlucon and Clermont Ferrand, the larger towns and cities are between an hour to an hour and a half away.

It was a conscious decision not to have WIFI connected to the house.

This allows families to spend quality time together and avoid the distractions of social media, the internet and constant emails.

This won't suit those who can't live without social media, but if you visit, you will feel as though you have travelled back to a time where people actually chatted to each other and connected with nature.

Whatever your interests though, the region offers something for everyone and more details can be found on our site.

More Details

Property Manager
Mr & Mrs N. Keighron
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
17 March, 2018

About Mr & Mrs N. Keighron

Norm & Sandra live in East Sussex with their twin teenage daughters. Norm retired from the Fire Service after completing 27 years service in 2014 and purchased "La Maison au Puits" as a renovation project. Work continues to improve the house with various projects planned for the future.

Sandra works as the manager of a local Pre-School and Norm now owns a small property renovation business.

When time allows, they take every available opportunity to return to, and enjoy this relaxing part of Tranquil France.

Mr & Mrs N. Keighron purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Mr & Mrs N. Keighron chose Saint-Priest-la-Marche

We have been visiting France regularly since 2002 and chose to purchase a property in the province of Berry after being charmed by the serenity of the countryside in the area and hospitality of the people. The area is not heavily frequented by foreign tourists and gives an opportunity to see and interact with REAL rural France.

The position of the house was the decisive factor.

What makes this cottage unique

"La Maison au Puits" retains the rustic charm of a rural Berrichonne farm cottage and offers those adventurous enough to try, the opportunity to really interact with rural France.

Off the beaten track for English speaking tourism, the area offers a chance to see France, so far unspoilt by commercialism and tourism.

The cottage is fully equipped, apart from telephone and internet. Ideal for those looking for an escape from modern urban living and a therapeutic break. It was a conscious decision not to have WIFI. This allows us to spend some quality time as a family together and avoid the distractions of social media, constant emails and the internet. We feel as though we have travelled back to a time where people actually chatted to each other. Our teenage daughters actually talk to us again.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We chose this holiday home from the website TranquilFrance.

The name immediately appealed to us as both my wife and I are in our mid seventies and were in need of some R&R. We were not disappointed.

As we live close to Newhaven, we took the ferry to Dieppe, a four hour crossing. This suited us as it shortened the length of the drive to the house. We stayed overnight south of Rouen but could have driven the whole 400km if we wanted but decided to take it easy. We arrived at Maison de Puits refreshed at around mid-day on the following day.

The house is set in agricultural fields on the outskirts of a very small hamlet and lived up to the name implied by the website. On the other side of the road is a dairy farm, whose dairy produce is available from the farm shop. The local Goyard cheese is well known and well recommended.

The kitchen is the centre of the house and has a large dining table. It is provided with all necessary cooking appliances, freezer, fridge and dishwasher. In the small utility is a clothes washing machine, so everything is provided. From the utility is a loo and shower room of adequate proportions, very useful after spending the day in the sunny garden.

Off the kitchen is the lounge with a nice fireplace and comfortable settee's. A dvd/cd player is provided here for entertainment. A staircase leads to two good-sized double bedrooms, one with adjacent on-suite. There are adequate wardrobes and a chest of drawers for clothes storage.

The house has a nice secluded garden with shade provided by trees, a necessity as the sun shines long and hard in these climes. It was great to soak up the sun during the day and relax under the clear sky and stars at night, providing all of the R&R that we needed.

The lovely little town of St Sevre sur Indre is about a 10km drive away, where local shops provide every day essentials. Here one can learn about Jack Tatte, the international comedian, who resided in the town and made his films there. The main supermarkets are located at Le Chatre, a further 10km distant. Easy driving in this tranquil place. There are many places to dine out in the area in lovely surroundings. As typical in France each town has it’s market day and we visited a couple. The local one at Boussac was memorable.

Time to leave and retrace our steps back to Dieppe and Newhaven came too quickly for us but we shall return again in the not too distant future.
Aug 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint-Priest-la-Marche in Cher

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • We welcome pets but they are strictly not allowed on sofa's or beds.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Wash basin and Convection heater.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Wash basin, WC, bath with shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 3rd bed available on request. Access to 1st floor bathroom.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Kingsize bed. Velux window, balcony doors, security safe.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Private, detached country cottage in the beautiful province of "Le Berry"
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

A fantastic week.

  • 5 of 5

We spent a fantastic week at Easter at La Maison au Puit. The property and surrounding area met all our expectations and more.

We arrived early evening at this very pretty property and were nicely surprised at how charming the house, large private south facing garden and surrounding areas were. The Magnolia was in bloom and the Wisteria was creeping along the front of the property.

The property is surrounded by beautiful views of the unspoilt countryside, fields and woodland.

We went inside entering the large farmhouse style kitchen/dining room, the heart of the house; we found a welcome basket containing samples of the “Berrichonne” cheese and fresh milk from the Goyard’s dairy shop at the working farm across the road. There was also a complimentary bottle of wine which we enjoyed in the garden later whilst watching the glorious sunset. Heaven!

We were equally impressed by the inside of the house which is traditionally furnished, spacious, clean and well equipped exactly as described on the website. Clean towels and bedding was supplied for us. The property has been very tastefully restored by the current owners.

There is a patio table for six in the garden, a small bistro table and chairs seating four on the patio area plus sun loungers. The garden suits sun worshippers as well as those wanting to spend time outside in the shade enjoying the views.

We woke every morning to the sound of birds singing and the sounds of the countryside. In the evenings we were visited by deer in the field outside the kitchen window. We enjoy walking and after our evening meal we would walk up the lanes and around the hamlet.

The owners of La Maison au Puit supplied an information folder with emergency telephone numbers which thankfully we didn’t require, but were useful to have. There was also tourist information available and we visited several places that were recommended – Saint Severe, Chateauroux, Bourges Cathedral, La Chatre and Argenton- sur - Creuse.

Although we were able to purchase cheese, milk and butter from the supermarket in Saint Severe about 10 km’s away we continued to buy our dairy supplies from Goyard’s Dairy shop which we would highly recommend.

We would highly recommend this property as this is definitely the place to stay if you want a tranquil, slower pace of life and to be able to relax in beautiful unspoilt surroundings.

We were sad to leave this lovely property and rural France but we will definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: 07-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you enjoyed your stay at La Maison au Puits and thank you for your feedback. We look forward to seeing you again. Norm & Sandra Keighron (La Maison au Puits)
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Nearest Airport
140 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
9 Kilometres
Bar le du Guesclin, Sainte Severe sur Indre
Nearest Ferry
613 Kilometres
Nearest Train
49 Kilometres
Montluçon 03100 Gare de Montluçon-Ville
Nearest Motorway
61 Kilometres
A20 to the North
Nearest Restaurant
9 Kilometres
Le Relais du Facteur, Sainte Severe sur Indre
Car: necessary

For information on local attractions please visit www.tranquilfrance.com


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Saint-Priest-la-Marche, Centre

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Jan - Mar
7 Jan 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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