|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Sleeps 4. 2 bedroom cottage. There is a large living/dining area and separate kitchen, equipped with tv, fridge/freezer, cooker with hob, washing machine, dishwasher and microwave. Upstairs offers two bedrooms and bathroom with separate shower and toilet room. A cot is available on request. Visitors have use of the extensive gardens to the side of the property and a private patio area at the front of the house as well as use of the "Abri" where many a pleasant evening can be spent next to the bbq. La Maison is a short walk from the vibrant town centre of Montmorillon where you will find a number of interesting shops as well as the usual boulangerie, boucherie and banks. There are also a number of lovely places to eat and drink including the award winning Lucullus for that special meal out! A delightful property with traditional features, we recommend La Maison for anyone wanting a truly French, yet comfortable experience.
Traditional gite in idyllic setting, in peaceful established garden overlooking small lake, available to fish & well stocked with Carp & Roach etc. Ideal for the keen fisherman. Bicycles are available to use free of charge yet is within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants and markets of the ancient 'Cité d'Ecrit' on the River Gartempe. Free WiFi is available. Walking, cycling or just browsing in old bookshops. Local public swimming pool within a 5 minute walk away consisting of indoor & outdoor pools. Truly rural yet within 1 hours drive of beautiful Limoges and Poitiers. Local attractions are plentiful such as kayaking & velo-railing. Nearby is the market town of Chauvigny with a huge and bustling market on Thursdays and Saturdays by the river bank. Above it, in the old town, are five medieval castles to explore as well as the brightly painted St Pierre church. In the main square are two very popular restaurants. The high-tech film and science leisure park Futuroscope (http://en.futuroscope.com) with its towering cinema pavilions set in landscaped, fountain-filled gardens (the latter are the focus of a sunset laser show), is definitely one of the star tourist attractions of the Vienne. You need at least a day to see it and as well as all the attractions it has plenty of restaurants and cafes so you can stop and re-fuel along the way! There are a number of animal-themed attractions too.
A great day out, especially if you have children, is the Vallée des Singes, where a variety of monkeys and apes including gorillas lives in natural surroundings. Nearby is the new La Planete des Crocodiles, where you can see 200 of the reptiles from all over the world, in five biospheres (glass domes) that reflect their native continents. Given its history, it’s not surprising that the Vienne is known for its Romanesque architecture, the most famous site being the Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, a UNESCO world heritage site that’s nicknamed the ‘Romanesque Sistine Chapel’. For those who love messing about on or by the water, the Vienne river offers plenty of choice with prime places for fishing as well as swimming, canoeing and even yachting. There are also a number of fine golf courses near Poitiers and elsewhere in the Vienne. And of course, this being France, you’re guaranteed good food. A local speciality is goat’s cheese – make sure you try Chabis or Chabichou, both of which have been awarded Protected Designation of Origin – the French AOC. Another major attraction is the wine of the Vienne. Wine has been made in this region for hundreds of years. And though the wines of the Haut-Poitou as they are known don’t quite have the cache of those further north in the Loire Valley, there are some excellent red, white and rosé wines to be found here.
Mrs Margaret Leake purchased this cottage in 2002
.The gites are perfect for a wonderful holiday . Comfortable beds ,modern bathrooms and well equipped kitchen and lounge with TV and free internet all set in a beautiful private garden and small lake with wonderful wildlife ,birds ,butterflies and red squirrels . Local planned walks take you on fascinating explorations . The cycle rides are equally good with miles of quiet roads leading to quaint villages and chateaux . Wine tasting and local restaurants allow you to sample local delicacies . Nearby villages offer other leisure activities such as canoeing ,river swimming and the Velorail which are all popular with our guests
.The property is within walking distance of local shops yet it's unique location on the edge of the town lets you sample country delights without feeling isolated and there is no need to get the car out to visit the boulangerie or local shops . The town swimming pool is also a short walk away with its outside and inside pool .
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We went to Montmorillon seeking a week of relaxation and that is exactly what we found. La Maison, true to its description, was set in a lovely garden with space to sit and read, play games or just enjoy the wildlife. Surrounded by trees and with a little lake behind you would be forgiven for thinking you were far away from any town. However, Montmorillon was only a pleasant 10 minute walk away. It's a charming town with plenty of interest and the market day really brought it to life. We explored the area on bikes (there are cycles to use at La Maison) - if you enjoy cycling then there are miles and miles of car-free country lanes. On one day we took our bikes to la Brenne and had a brilliant day exploring the lakes and birdlife of the parc naturel. La Maison itself was great for a family - spacious, comfortable, well-maintained and the owner was very helpful in providing information. This is a quiet and understated area, and that is a great part of its charm. There’s lots more we’d like to explore and we'll certainly visit again.
We had a fantastic visit, staying in La Maison for two weeks. The property is lovely and has everything you would need, the owners have thought of everything and the house was so homely. The most impressive thing for us was the grounds, they are so spacious yet private and safe which was great for us with two small children. The town is only a ten minute walk away and we enjoyed wandering in late afternoon for a look round the shops and a glass of something chilled! Area great with something to suit everyone. Fantastic beach lakes and pools as well as activities all within short drives. We particularly loved the Velorail at Chauvigny and the tree top challenge at Lac St Pardoux. Great value for money property and we will definitely be returning!! Kids still talk about it ten months later!