Cottage in St Priest La Marche, Cher, Centre, France - Peaceful Countryside Location, 10 Minutes Drive To The Beach At Lake Sidiailles
Gite du Lavande is on the borders of the Auvergne, Limousin and Centre Region, is ideally situated to explore an area full of history, charm and beauty.
Within half an hour's drive you can discover castles and chateaux, picturesque historical market towns and villages, swimming lakes with sandy beaches and cafés, woodland walks, and plenty of wonderful picnic sites.
Go a little further and you will get more of the same, in any direction.
However, there is no need to go very far. You could simply spend your holiday relaxing at "home" by the pool, sipping chilled local wine, reading your favourite books and cooking up a delicious BBQ in the evening. You'll go home feeling refreshed and happy whatever you choose to do.
Gite du Lavande has a private enclosed mature garden which also boasts an above ground swimming-pool , and views over the adjoining fields. the locality is ideal for walking, biking and swimming, or simply a place to relax within its tranquil rural surroundings. Chez Jabier also has the unique feature of having no street lights, making it ideal for star-gazers.
PRIVATE SWIMMING POOL - above ground approx 4.5m, ideal to cool off on a hot sumers day Beach towels can be provided. Inflatables provided.
PLAY GARDEN with playhouse, trampoline,sandpit and slide, outdoor games are available, badminton, boules etc. Enclosed and suitable to let dog off lead.
FLOWER & VEGETABLE GARDENS with edible herbs and salad crops in season, a selectin of herbs are available outside the gite
Hiking and Cycling trails avialable direct from the door.
BEACHES and SWIMMING LAKES Three marvellous local swimming lakes (with fishing as well) within 20 to 35 minutes drive.All lakes have lifeguards in high season and swimming areas are cordoned off for safety, you can hire pedalos, canoes and rowing boats. At Sidiailles there is an adventure in the trees suitable for young and older and also a cafe on site.
GOLF Within 15 mins drive there is a superb international 18 hole course.One at Pouligny Notre Dame and another at Gouzon. There is also a spa at Poligny Notre Dame should you feel the need for a pampering treat.
CYCLING is very popular here in France and there are some excellent cycle routes.
FISHING there are numerous local fishing lakes, where you can get daily permits.
LOCAL CUISINE A wide variety of cuisine is available in our local towns and villages, with menus from 11 euros for 3 to 4 courses.
CHATEAUX and GARDENS and HISTORICAL SITES There are many fabulous places to visit - full details are in the gite
FAMILY ACTIVITIES There are numerous family activities to keep all the family amused, there are two adventure in the trees parks close by, laser shooting, bouncy castles and trampolines, Llama treking, Pony Treking, Zoo de Beauval is the largest zoo in Europe and well worth a visit, Le Pal is a zoo and theme park with rides for all ages a fantastic day out for all the family, Futuroscope is about 2hours drive away, again a fun packed day, closer to home there is the wolf park and giant maze at Guéret, Kayaking and electric boats at St Amand Montrond.
MARKETS Everyone wants to visit a traditional French Market, our closest are Boussac - Thursday morning, St Aout animal market - Tuesday morning, Chateaumeillant - Friday morning and La Chatre- Saturday morning.
Why not try your hand at bartering at one of the many brocantes held on weekend here in France, you will discover some beautiful villages and taste the true meaning of France. Children are well catered for with rides and games to keep them amused. Full details are available in the gite.
Top Traveller Review
Wonderful, peaceful and welcoming place to stay.
About the Owner
We moved to Chez Jabier, a tranquil hamlet in Central France in October 2005. Our dream to have a gite business here, 8.5years on our dream is finally a reality. It's been a long road getting here as we bought a house that needed renovating before we could start on anything else, every step has brought us closer to the dream. We are here now and it's all been worth it.
We hope that you will appreciate our fantastic piece of paradise as much as we do.
Guestbook comments from the owner
Merci beaucoup! Nous avons passé une super semaine dans votre gite.Tout était parfait: la piscine, la jardin, la terrasse et la maison bien sur.
Ann, Tony & Zoé sont vraiment des hotes merveilleux avec plein d'attentioons tous les jours. Merci pour votre accueil
4.6 based on 5 holidaymaker reviews
Wonderful, peaceful and welcoming place to stay.
Anne, Tony and Zoe were warm and friendly. The Gite was spotless and had everything you could need for a great stay. The area was peaceful and beautiful. Would defiantly return.
Quiet, tranquil, relaxing, ...........
What a wonderful place to spend our two week summer break. It was so quiet, time just flew by. The gite is a little gem, clean and welcoming and has everything and more that you may need during your stay. The owners, Ann and Tony were brilliant, on hand for anything we needed, yet giving us all the space we required. The gardens and pool are the big plus at the gite, very enclosed and private which is great when you have kids. Le Pal Zoo and Adventure Park is well worth a visit as are the local markets at Boussac and La Chatre.
Overall, we've had a superb holiday at the best gite we've stayed at in France. Many thanks to Ann and Tony for your hospitality and the use of your gite!
Charming gite, great location, lovely hosts
Highly recommended! We had a wonderfu stay at Gite du Lavande with our family.
A beautiful hideaway in tranquil surroundings, yet close to lots of family attractions.
The gite itself is charming, immaculayely clean, well maintained and has everything you could possibly need for your holiday, all provided to a really high standard.
Hosts Tony, Ann & Zoe are delightful, friendly and helpful, nothing is ever too much. They go that extra mile to ensure that the holiday is perfect.
We will definately be back!!!
A hidden gem
We stayed at Gite Du Lavandre with our two children aged 7+4 in August 2014. After a long drive we were welcomed warmly by Tony, Ann and Zoe and there was even a bottle of wine chilling in the fridge for us.
The gite was beautiful, well equipped and spotlessly clean. It had been lovingly renovated by Tony and Ann and they really went out of their way to be thoughtful hosts i.e putting children's duvet covers on, pink butterflies for our daughter and a football cover on our son's bed - much to his delight. They had even put out a selection of toys, books and films that they thought our children would enjoy - they particularly liked the swingball. Nothing was too much trouble for the owners. Don't be put off by the fact that the gite is in their garden. They are very discreet- there if you need anything but they do not impose at all. The children loved to go out and see Zoe everyday when she was cleaning the pool - and she was lovely with them.
Our kids loved the pool and we had to tear them away from the gite and the garden. The lake at Sidiailles is a 15 minute drive away and great for swimming, relaxing and hiring boats. Again a popular place to visit with our children.
The gite is very rural and peaceful - time seems to stand still here. It is perfect for a relaxing holiday and worth the drive.
We were all sad to leave. This was Tony and Ann's first season and we wish them all the very best for the future.
Living a hectic life - in the UK, it was wonderful to find ourselves in this unspoilt part of France. The family came out to greet us and provided a welcoming cold beer upon arrival (and a lovely bottle of wine in the fridge for later). They even provided extra items for the baby and when she was found with holly berries in her hand - they picked all the berries from the bush! The house is comfortable and well furnished and we even found they had purchased a gift for the baby. How kind and thoughtful they were! They were discreet and sensitive, we had a wonderful rest and would like to say thank you so much!
From the Owner
“We had been house hunting for a while in this particular region, it's so unspoilt and beautiful,when we came across this gem , we fell in love with the welcoming ambiance of the house & the beautiful countryside views instantly. Added to that was the warm welcome from the locals”
Activity and Interests
There are plenty of swimming lakes in the area: Sidiailles 10- 15 mins drive away. Herculat 25 mins drive away near Boussac and Chatealus-Malvaleix 25 mins drive away. They have cafes, play areas, beaches, water-sports and swimming.
Caen and Le Havre are about 5 hours drive 300 miles. Calais Eurotunnel is approx 6 hours drive 400 miles. Limoges International Airport is 1 hour 30 mins car hire is available from the airport. Car is essential.
10kms to the Village of Boussac which has a chateau that can be visited throughout the summer months. 2 Supermarkets, cash machines, cafe's, bars & restaurants. Market day is Thursday morning up until midday. 10Kms to St Sévére sur Indre with local bakers, small supermarket/cash machine Jour du Fete museum.
28km to La Chatre - large market town, 4 large supermarkets, market Saturdays 9-12pm.
Located in the very centre of France yet only 90 minutes from Limoges International airport, on the boundaries of the Cher, Indre, Creuse (Limousin) and Allier Departments, you will find 'Chez Jabier' surrounded by Chateaus, Medieval towns, Ancient sites and many warm and friendly villages.
As yet, this is a relatively undiscovered part of France. Perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of daily life. With Sunflower fields around every corner and sleepy villages along every lane. The cottage is set in over an acre of land with the Grand Chateau a short stroll along the lane, and local towns offering modern amenities - banks, shops, restaurants, leisure centre etc - 10 mins in either direction.
There are plenty of things to do in the area whether it be swimming at the local lakes complete with life guards, beaches, pedalos, canoeing and picnic areas, horse and llama riding or visiting the modern leisure centre in town with water slides, children's pools and outdoor pools. Walking and cycling are also very popular locally and the area has many well mapped walking trails.
Golfing is available at the nearby 4 star hotel/golf course. Access to the golf course with all the facilities offered by a 4 star hotel is within a 10 minute drive. The green fees are incredibly low for the quality of the course, and with an idilyic setting a brilliant setting for a round of golf.
The cottage offers views across the valley to the rolling hills and forests surrounding area, with a vast amount of Flora and Fauna in the immediate area and many birds, including birds of prey, deer and wild boar.
One of the most popular leisure activities at Chez Jabier is relaxing by the pool, enjoying a bottle of locally produced wine and watching the sun set across the valley.
If you are looking to buy a property in Central France this will be an excellent base with help and advice for you to find the necessary legal assistance.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
28 Aug 2016 - 30 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
31 Oct 2016 - 15 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
16 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
A 25% deposit is required at time of booking. The final payment is due 8 weeks before arrival date. Also payable is a deposit of £150 in respect of damages or breakages. We accept payment by internet banking and cheques. We would consider longer term lets out of season at a discounted rate.
Out of season you can book the whole gite for nightly stay for that out of season break.
During cooler months we offer electric heating at an extra charge of £70 per week.
First basket of wood for the wood burner is included in the price any further wood is charged at 5 euros per basket.
Check in is from 4pm and Check out is by 10am - alternative arrangements maybe available - please ask in advance of check out date. Change over days are flexible but are normally Saturday, depending on bookings in the month.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the gite and not per person and includes all linen & towels, first basket of logs for the fire.
During July & August the prices are for 7 days, for any extra days e.g 10 days the weekly price will apply plus a nightly cost of £70 for the whole gite.
Babysitting is available by a qualified british registered NNEN /RGN. Children's activities are organised on certain days of the week.
Any reservations you would like to make we would be more than happy to help out.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“It is wonderful to sit with a glass of local wine when our daughter is in bed & watch swallows & bats swooping over the countryside whilst looking up into the sea of stars, there are no street lights here and therefore it's wonderful for star gazers.. We love the country walks just outside our door , here you stop the car for deer ,pheasant , boar and other wildlife that cross the road. In this part of France it is like the UK maybe 60-70 years ago , a time warp where life is at a relaxed pace. Walking & cycling is a delight in the virtually traffic free lanes & paths around Chez Jabier. Everything about living here is just perfect.”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Air Conditioning ...
- Hair Dryer
- Heating ...
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room ...
- Parking ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Washing Machine ...
- Wood Stove ...
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Games ...
- Music Library
- Satellite / Cable ...
- Video Library
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool ...
- children welcome ...
- non smoking only ...
- pets considered ...
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible ...
- autumn foliage
- recreation centre
- winery tours
- bird watching
- horse riding
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- water skiing
- whitewater rafting
- 80 m²
- Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Washbasin, vanity unit
- Bathroom with multi jet shower, toilet & wash hand basin.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed,Bedroom 2 with twin beds.Cot can be provided on request, wardrobe, dressing table, bedside tables with lamps. Bookcase with selection of books. Views over pool area and garden.
- Boat ...
- Terrace ...
- Golf ...
- Garden ...
- Barbecue ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
- Tennis ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: Secured enclosed parking All linen/towels are provided and changed weekly. TV, DVD & CD player. WiFi free connection. Good selection of books, DVDs, CDs and garden games. BBQ Logs available for the woodburner Cycle track and vineyards are on the doorstep. Plenty of maps, walking guides and information leaflets available in the cottage. Babysitting is available at an extra charge with a fully qualified NNEB/ RGN, Bookings for restaurants can be arranged free of charge and if you would like to enjoy an evening out without the worries of driving, a service can be arranged at an extra charge. We just hope you will have a wonderful, happy holiday with us at Gite du Lavande. Outside: There is a private small garden to the side of the gite ideal for sunbathing and relaxing, a patio to the front with table, chairs, parasol and BBQ, plus off road parking. In the main garden you have use of the above ground pool, a play area for younger children including slide & sandpit. Utility Room: There is no washing machine in the gite this year but there is a washing machine avail for use at 2 euros a load. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is cleaned to a high standard on the morning before you arrive. Fresh linen & towels are provided for your stay. Your comfort is our goal. We have created restful retreat that you can think of as your home away from home when you’re in the a