Historic Riverside Home
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
St.-Pierre-de-Maille house description
The house overlooks a tranquil millpond on the Gartempe River, home to ducks, coots, moorehens, herons and other wildlife. Built by the Bishops of Poitiers in the early fourteen-hundreds, it has massive foundations with walls several feet thick. Our gardens run down to the river bank and provide a secluded spot to write, read, doze or entertain.
The house has recently undergone extensive improvements to make it energy-efficient - for the first time in 600 years
St. Pierre is a small village with bakery, grocery, restaurant, and bar. It lies less than two miles from Angles-sur-l'Anglin, hailed as one of the ten most beautiful villages in France, and home to a new museum of prehistory dedicated to the famous relief carvings in the Abri du roc aux sorciers. The great chateaux of the Loire valley are nearby, as well as, wineries, the Brenne National Park, Futuroscope and many other attractions.
Keywords: Converted early XVth Century stone tithe barn
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome:
- Limited Accessibility:
- Pets Considered:
- Non Smoking Only:
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Coffee Maker:
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- Dining Area Seats:
- Child's Highchair
- Cooking Utensils
- Wood Stove:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Parking Off Street:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Washing Machine
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Secluded riverside garden provides a great place for writers and artists. Help yourself to fresh vegetables and eggs (when the chickens are laying). St.Pierre is home to an excellent restaurant (L'Etoile) and there are also several others nearby catering to all tastes. The area is great for bicycling, and also provides limitless cultural attractions & activities...moreless
- Music Library:
- Video Library
- DVD Player
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- Computer Available:
- Wireless Internet
Pool & Spa
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- Kayak / Canoe:
- Deck / Patio:
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Scenic Drives
- Rock Climbing
- Winery Tours
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Theme Parks
- Horseback Riding
- Gambling Casinos
- Bird Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
- The area, set in gently rolling hills and river valleys, is rich in historic and prehistoric sites. Angles sur l'Anglin (3 miles) is one of the ten most beautiful villages in France, with dramatic cliff-top castle ruins and prehistory museum. Many visitors enjoy the Gregorian chant at the 12th Century Benedictine Abbey at Fontgombeault...moreless
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A Peaceful Refuge by A Lovely Scenic River
A Peaceful Refuge by A Lovely Scenic River
This vacation rental is in a relatively less travelled area in France called the Vienne or the Poitou. Visitors will find it just as interesting as the Dordogne region. This region also has its beautiful villages, chateaus and rivers. This comfortable home in St Pierre de Maille is located on the Gartempe River. We let time go by as we watched the river rolling along and enjoyed bird watching while sitting in the glider along the river bank. I enjoyed looking at the views across the river and the reflections cast on the water of the old stone bridge and chateau. The house has charm and was built in the early 15th century by the Bishops of Poitier. The garden is at the river's edge and provided a secluded space for us to write, read, create art and meditate. It has a well equipped kitchen, comfortable beds and each room has natural light. The owners have wonderful books for you to enjoy. They have bikes available ant this allowed us to see the surrounding countryside and nearby villages. During the spring, summer and early fall, you will find kayaking and boat available for rental. There are two kayaks available for your use. St Pierre is a small village with bakery, grocery and a pleasant restaurant located in the middle of the village. There are hiking trails and my favorite one takes you to the beautiful village of Angles-sur-l”Anglin which has been named one of the most beautiful villages in France. It's a perfect place to visit a few art galleries s and enjoy a meal at a local restaurant. Nearby is the town of La Roche-Posey where you can destress in the thermal waters and enjoy a spa treatment. If you'd like a city experience, Poitier, the capital of Poitou, will provide you with historical sites and museums. If cinematic photography is your interest, visit Futuroscope. Within a couple hour drive, you can visit the Dordogne or the chateaus of the Loire Valley.
- Guest Elliot B. (San Francisco)
- Date of stay 05/27/13
- Review Submitted 10/16/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, families with young children, pet owners.
Just What We Were Looking For
Just What We Were Looking For
We loved our stay here because it is not a typical "vacation rental” and give it 5 stars for that and the superb setting. The furnishings and decoration reflect the eclectic tastes of the American owners and are comfortably used. Every evening six o'clock found us transporting libations and cheese to the private wooded riverbank complete with upholstered gliding couch and a small table. From there we watched the birds and waterfowl that inhabit the shallow weir upstream of the mill on the Gartempe, a broad view that ends in the picturesque bridge across the river. The weather was perfect during our fall stay. Get instructions for starting the new heater (now in front of the fireplace) if it might turn cold while you are there. We both snore, and one of us has trouble with stairs, so having bedrooms and baths both downstairs and up worked well for us. Upstairs there’s a bedroom with bathroom and a second bedroom, whose access to the bath is through the first. The kitchen is adequately supplied, but reveals that cooking is not a priority for the owners. Nevertheless we did enjoy simple meals at home two nights out of five, thanks to the well-stocked little 8 a Huit in St. Pierre. Free no-password WiFi worked well. Of nearby restaurants, we particularly liked Le Grillon in Angles sur l'Anglin. We were sorry that we didn't notice before our last night that the restaurant in St. Pierre, within an easy walk, is closed on Mondays. It’s nice that such a small town also has its own excellent bakery. Note that the back office shown in the current VRBO photos has been closed off. The owners are converting it to a pied a terre they can occupy when the main space is rented. If you like to cycle, the environs of St. Pierre de Maille offer a plethora of opportunities, with many “petites routes” along the banks of the nearest rivers, the Gartempe and the Creuse. Obtain IGN Top 100 map #139 in advance. Traffic is minimal, and French drivers are very accommodating. I no longer bike, but my husband went out every day and says it is one of the best areas in our 20 years of exploring French back roads. I drove our rental car to meet him for lunches in La Roche Posay, Chauvigny, Montmorillon, and Le Blanc, where on Sunday we located, by lucky chance, a fine oriental restaurant, Perle d'Asie (13 rue Pierre Collin de Souvigny). Get the Vietnamese crepe/pancake.
- Guest Barbara W. (Sautee Nacoochee GA USA)
- Date of stay 09/27/12
- Review Submitted 10/30/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway.
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7 night min stay
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- Cleaning: £75
- Refundable Damage Deposit: £100
- Taxes Not included
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Year Purchased: 1990
About the owner: The owners are founding directors of the Bali Children's Project, a non-profit providing educational opportunities to disadvantaged village children. Both are writers. Dr. John Cooke taught zoology at Oxford, and was a director of Oxford Scientific Films, producing wildlife documentaries for TV.
Why the Owner Chose St.-Pierre-de-Maille:
After visiting with friends for several years we fell in love with this part of France. The location and historic character of the house presented a unique opportunity when it came on the market.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The best of French country living while only 80 minutes from Paris by TGV.
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House from the river
View across the river from kitchen
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Date last modified - Saturday, June 15, 2013
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