The lounge/dining room is at the rear of the gîte looking out over the garden. The large double glazed windows on two sides of the room, give plenty of natural light. There is a chestnut floor and large wooden beams. English TV, DVD player and a selection of DVD's, books and games are included. Free wifi is available. The fully equipped kitchen area is to one side of the lounge. There are two sinks, a cooker, microwave, fridge and dishwasher. There is a washing machine in the small utility room to the rear of the kitchen. There is plenty of cupboard space and a wine rack!
There is a large double bedroom and two medium sized twin bedrooms, all with en-suite 'wet room' bathrooms. Each en-suite has a mixer shower with thermostat, a toilet, basin and heated towel rail. The larger en-suite also has a bath with thermostat taps and hand held shower.
With summers that have reached the upper 30 degrees and winters down to minus 20 degrees, we have given some thought to cooling and heating. We have installed new technology heat pump air conditioning units, with eco friendly refrigerant which can both cool and heat. They are operated with a simple remote control.
The owners old farm house is next door and together with the gîte are on a one hectare (about 2.5 acres) site. The gîte has its own garden and patio with seats, tables, and barbeque. The swimming pool with sun beds and chairs is in the main garden area. It is only shared with the owners. It is approximately 5 by 10 meters and has roman steps one end and a sloping bottom. The depth ranges from 1 to 2 meters. The pool meets the very strict French safety standards. It has a thermal cover and the temperature mid summer reaches 30 degrees. The water is kept pure with bromine, which is much kinder to the skin than chlorine. In the main garden there is a large grass area for ball games. There is an outdoor table tennis table and bicycles are also available
Close at hand are the village tennis and boule/petanque courts and this area also has a picnic table and a small, children's play area.
For the young children we have available a cot, high chairs, garden toys such as a slide and other similar items.
During the renovation process we have made sure that the gîte is fully wheelchair friendly. The main access to the gîte is by ramp into the lounge area. All the rooms are on the ground floor and there are no steps or changes in level. There is a high level electric socket in most rooms and lots in the kitchen area. The kitchen also has a low level, wheelchair accessible sink with a view over the garden. All the bathrooms are wet rooms with no shower trays. The basins are wall mounted and allow wheelchair access. There are grab rails by the showers and toilets.
We have the benefit of a special climate region, with less rain and warmer temperatures than the rest of central France.
The nearest local town is Civray, about 5 minutes by car which is an old town on the river Charante. The Romanesque church in the town is one of the oldest in France and the restored pre-reformation painted interior is superb. The market in the town is the best local market (food, clothing, leather, souvenirs etc) in the area with several pavement cafes. There are also several big supermarkets on the outskirts of the town. There are many interesting events during the year, amongst the best of which is the night market usually the first Friday evening in August. Other events include Bastille Day (14th July) celebrations, which usually include a large antique and bric-a-brac fair and end with fireworks. There is also the local agricultural fair in late August, amongst the attractions of which are the local Poitou donkeys.
The beautiful countryside is calm and tranquil but still with plenty to do. From the local markets, bags of roman heritage, wonderful food and wine to Monkey world, Futuroscope, Puy du Fou and the towns of Cognac, La Rochelle and others.