Bienvenue à La Grange Souris
Welcome to tranquil rural France and our recently converted barn in the Charente
which sleeps up to 9 people (plus cot)
We look forward to welcoming you to our privately owned 4 bedroom gite 'La Grange Souris', which sleeps up to 9 people. We are situated in the Charente region of France close to the border of the Dordogne and Haute Vienne. Surrounded by gently rolling hills, maize and sunflower fields the quiet hamlet of La Tourterie makes an ideal base for walking, mountain biking, go-karting, horse riding, wine tasting, golfing, canoeing, fishing, bird watching, sight seeing or simply relaxing in the sun by the pool with a good book and a glass of wine.
The area has a wealth of charm and tranquility, from the South Charente with its echoes (but fewer tourists) of the next door Dordogne to the gently sloping vineyards of the wealthy Cognac producing West Charente. With its sleepy riverside villages, fine displays of Romanesque art, chateaux, the stunning and bustling town of Angouleme and the Lakes of Haute Charente on your doorstep, we think that La Tourterie will provide a comfortable base from which to explore the surrounding area.
La Tourterie is a tiny hamlet 15 minutes walk from the quiet village of Montemboeuf. Here you will find 2 small bars, a Spar store, boulangerie, charcuterie, post office and bank. It is only 15 minutes drive from the pretty town of La Rochfaucauld with its imposing chateau and full range of shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants. The nearby large leisure lake at Lavaud provides scenic picnic sites, sandy beaches, swimming, sailing and many other nautical and outdoor activities, along with a fantastic adventure park for the children. It is also here that the keen mountain bikers will find some well established routes around the lakes and surrounding countryside. There are tracks for all levels, from short 6km routes through to over 50km routes. For keen golfers there is a superb golf club nearby at Golf de la Preze which offers an 18 hole championship course, an 18 hole pitch and putt course, a driving range and practice facilities plus full equipment rental options if you don't want to bring all your gear with you, all just 10 minutes away near Rouzede. There are further courses around, one at St Junien around 30 minutes drive, another course in Angouleme, two more at Limoges and a beautiful course in the stunning region of Cognac, around 1 hours drive away.
Also don't miss the Montemboeuf 'Imprevu' music and arts festival in early September, when crowds of people descend on the village to listen to a variety of bands playing music from folk right through to punk. ( http://imprevumontemboeuf.free.fr/ )
La Grange Souris is a large and beautifully converted barn which includes all modern facilities, yet still retains many character features including a huge feature window in the barn door. It has a pretty front garden, large rear garden with nectarine and apricot trees and is bordered by oaks and ash trees, providing the ultimate natural boundary for privacy. The garden also has lovely views over the surrounding rural countryside.
The barn is of an open plan design with the bedrooms and bathroom set off an upstairs gallery. This spacious property includes the following features;
· Large comfortable lounge and dining area with exposed Charente stone walls, terracotta tiled floor, wood burner for cosy winter evenings and double doors leading to spacious private patio. The extendable 10 seater dining table is perfect for those wishing to show off their gastronomic talents.
· Spacious and well equipped dining kitchen with oven, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fridge.
. Satellite TV with all UK Freesat channels, plus DVD player with a selection of films.
. Wifi Internet access.
· Upstairs gallery landing overlooking large entrance window / door.
· Two double bedrooms, one twin bedroom and one room with a bunk bed and a single bed. Cot also available.
· All bedrooms have exposed stone walls, high ceilings and original oak beams.
· Large upstairs shower room with WC, sink and shower.
· Downstairs shower room with WC, sink and shower..
· Private, 7.3m x 3.7m oval pool in a large garden.