Welcome to our charming fully restored traditional detached longère in a beautifully quiet rural hamlet. The cottage is very secluded but only 3km from Liglet, a delightful village with bar/restaurant and general store/bakery/post office.
Free Wi-Fi broadband access available from 25 May 2013.
You will have a substantial traditional farmhouse dining/kitchen with wood burner, fitted and free-standing units. It offers an electric oven, gas hob, washing machine, fridge, freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle and coffee maker. There is a TV receiving the major UK channels.
The cosy sitting room provides a second woodburner and very comfy seating. There is a corner dining suite for indulging in TV dinners! The large TV receives the major UK channels (independently of the kitchen TV) and there is also a DVD player, a CD/radio and a games console with a large selection of games for all ages. You will also have a further small day room on the ground floor which provides a sizeable library of books and magazines.
The second floor features a bright and airy salon with double futon, perfect for total relaxation at any time of the day. The large grenier bedroom known as the Terracotta Room offers a double bed and two singles with a curtain divider plus attractive bedroom furniture. This room just oozes traditional rustic French charm with exposed beams, feature wall and the original restored tommettes floor tiles.
The second grenier bedroom known as the Oak Room features an exposed stone wall and the original oak floor. It offers a double bed, wardrobe and other bedroom furniture. The large windows and overlook the garden to the west, making this a warm and relaxing room in the evenings. There is an attractive bathroom on the ground floor, fully tiled in white. It has a bath with shower over, basin and WC. There is a towel ladder and plenty of storage space.
The cottage has a large garden of 1800m2 with ample private parking. The front of the cottage offers a gravelled patio area near the working well with hardwood dining furniture. This south facing terrace is ideal for lunchtime dining amidst the scent of lilac and wisteria.
The rear of the cottage has a large flat open grass area with occasional fruit trees such as apple, pear and blackberry. The mixed hedge screening makes it totally private. Sun loungers are available. There is an additional gravelled patio area at the rear of the barn with hardwood furniture offering a barbeque and a chiminea. This is west facing and is the perfect spot for al fresco dinners watching incredible sunsets.
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!
|Address: Jemelle, Liglet|
|Zip/Postal Code: 82690|
| Latitude/Longitude: 46.516540920965504 / 1.04983268920898|
|Nearest airport||Poitiers||60 minutes|
|Nearest bar / pub||Le Galopin||3 km|
|Nearest boulangerie||Liglet||3 km|
|Nearest ferry port||St Malo||440 km|
|Nearest market||La Trimouille||10 minutes|
|Nearest restaurant||Le Galopin||3 km|
|Nearest river||La Benaize||1.5 km|
|Nearest supermarket||La Trimouille||10 minutes|
|Nearest train station||Poitiers||60 minutes|
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.
The Vienne Département
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.