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Grounds

Our smallholding and former farm are set in over three acres of pleasantly naturalised grounds bordered by mature walnut trees and limestone walls. We have orchards, an organic vegetable garden and soft fruit plots, flower gardens and a small fish pond, which we like to think is our very own mini nature reserve – breeding toads, dragonflies…… Guests are very welcome to stroll the grounds or simply relax under the rose covered arbour and listen to the soothing trickle of water .

The soil here is wonderfully fertile and we produce our own seasonal fruit and vegetables including cherries, strawberries, figs, walnuts, tomatoes, sweet peppers, aubergines, and of course the famous Charentais melon. Feel free to help yourselves to fresh produce to create your own culinary delights!

There’s a magnificent lime tree in the grounds, where we set out a long table for outside dining. Many guests enjoy joining us on the Saturday evening for a home cooked French style meal using much of our own produce. It’s also the occasion to sample our home made basil wine!

We keep a rare breed of sheep and a variety of free-range hens and ducks which graze the pastures a healthy distance from the cottages. Children and adults are welcome to participate at feeding times and help collect freshly laid eggs.

The shared above ground wooden swimming pool (6 x 4 metres) surrounded by beautiful stone walls has been carefully chosen to integrate harmoniously into the natural environment. Because of its above ground nature, it’s not only much safer for young children but also poses very few risks to local wildlife.

Should you feel energetic, there’s an exterior table tennis and in true French style, a lovely pétanque court shaded by trees. A selection of child and adult bikes and safety helmets is available for days out exploring the many waymarked tracks and ‘forgotten’ hamlets.

The farmhouse courtyard offers ample private parking and as from 2011, there’ll be additional private parking for the exclusive use of gîte guests.

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Latest News

07-06-2018 Tisane de Tilleul : Early June is a most exciting and busy time in the garden here...

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28-04-2018 Soupe d’orties : Just picked a few handfuls of fresh young nettle leaves from the garden...

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01-05-2017 Vin d’Epines : The longer nights drawing in this Autumn were compensated by the first sampling...

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04-04-2010 New Doors : New artisanal wooden double glazed French doors/windows have been made to our specific...

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Places To Explore

Markets Local markets, ‘Marchés de France’ are wonderful places to lap up local atmosphere and find...

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Restaurants The Poitou Charentes Food and Gastronomy traditions are very lively and visiting the French region is...

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Arts & Culture There are many and varied museums and art galleries in Poitou Charentes. Too many to list...

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Guestbook

‘What a wonderful holiday…thank you for your warm hospitality, the meals have been fantastic and...

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‘Thank you very much for the warmest welcome imaginable. Our lovely meal on arrival gave us...

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‘We have spent two wonderful weeks at ‘Les Ecuries’ – a little gem of a place, absolutely...

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