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Porcherat

Sleeps 6

 

The most idyllic of the cottages  

This cottage is set back from a small country lane by a small grassy area and gravel drive. Pasture land surrounds the house on three sides, with the lake making up the fourth side. With vines framing the front door and its location just next to the lake, Porcherat is probably the most picturesque of the three gites. Guests have found being next to the lake very convenient, with their belongings, fridge and kettle so close at hand. Guests who stay in this holiday cottage also relish having the lake to themselves in the early morning and late evening.

Being next to the lake also means that you are in the heat of the action if your family wants to interact with other guests, whilst the hedged garden ensures your privacy.

It's just down the road from Chez Robert, another holiday cottage, and it’s a ten-minute walk through the woods (or a 2-minute ride in the car) to the main farmhouse if you need us for advice, information or help with anything, and you will probably see us at the lake on hot days.

As with all the holiday cottages, we have renovated Porcherat ourselves. At the front of the house is a big open-plan kitchen living-room area with a large dinner table, butcher's block, Rayburn Range cooker, fridge-freezer, microwave, pots and pans, dishwasher, and common kitchen utensils. The open-plan kitchen living-room gives a sociable and communal feel to the space. There are also two bathrooms (one en-suite) and three bedrooms: one double and two good sized twins. A corridor leads straight through the house, with the garden and sheltered outdoor eating area out the back.

The name ‘Porcherat’ is derived from the French word ‘Porcherie’ which means pigsty, but don’t worry the cottage is far from a pigsty! This is the name of the ‘lieu-dit’ (place name), and unfortunately, the place name’s origin has been lost to posterity. 

Wider Space

Guests from all three houses have access to the 5-acre lake with sandy beach and small island. To make the most out of the lake, we offer the use of a rowing boat for fishing or just pottering, a couple of 2-man canoes, a kayak, and a pedalo.  Apart from the main lake, two other peaceful lakes can be found on the premises and are stocked with fish, including carp, tench, roach and perch. The surrounding woodlands can be explored thanks to maintained footpaths, and we also lend basic bikes. Apart from the other guests on the farm, the nearest neighbours are across fields and woodland making this a very rural and peaceful environment for a holiday or retreat.

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La Lavande

Sleeps 8

 

The largest gite located at the heart of the farm

When the farm belonged to Monsieur Livran, La Lavande was one of the farmworker’s cottages. The house is conveniently nestled in the heart of the farm at the centre of day-to-day farm tasks. This is the largest of the three cottages and is a 10-minute walk through the forest away from the main lake. The private garden, which extends around three sides of the house, leads onto a field and provides spectacular sunset skies in the summer. The hen pen where we keep our chickens is out the back, so if you want fresh eggs, just come have a word with us and we’ll sort you out—so long as the chickens are not on strike.

This house itself has two double bedrooms, two twin bedrooms, two bathrooms, a spacious lounge/dining room with wood-burning stove, and a kitchen. The kitchen is equipped with a Rayburn Range cooker, fridge-freezer, microwave, pots and pans, and common kitchen utensils. We have renovated all the cottages ourselves attempting to maintain as many the old features as possible. In this holiday cottage, for example, we have restored the colombage and wood-framed walls using the same traditional method of mixing mud, clay and straw.

We live just on the other side of the yard, in the farmhouse, if you need us for advice, information or help with anything. You will probably see us at the lake on hot days or carrying out daily chores about the farm, but the cottage is self-contained with a private garden, so you'll only interact with us as much as you wish to. p.s. we might ask you to catch the odd escaped chicken...

The house is named after the lavanda hedges that used to circumvent the garden. Of these, a couple of iconic plants remain at the back of house.

Wider Space

Guests from all three houses have access to the 5-acre lake with sandy beach and small island. To make the most out of the lake, we offer the use of a rowing boat for fishing or just pottering, a couple of 2-man canoes, a kayak, and a pedalo.  Apart from the main lake, two other peaceful lakes can be found on the premises and are stocked with fish, including carp, tench, roach and perch. The surrounding woodlands can be explored thanks to maintained footpaths and we also lend basic bikes.

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Chez Robert

 

The Quirky Middle Child

This holiday cottage is a bit of an in-betweener and so sometimes doesn’t get all the attention it deserves. The holiday cottage is neither just next to the lake like Porcherat or through the woods at the heart of the farm like La Lavande. It sits on its own one hundred yards or so up the lane from the lake, surrounded by fields on all sides. Being so close to the lake and yet set back a little provides all the convenience of having your cottage nearby while maintaining an agreeable distance from other guests.

This holiday cottage is set back from a country lane that sees practically no traffic apart from the postman and other guests. The cottage is equipped with a decent-sized kitchen with a large dinner table, Rayburn Range cooker, fridge-freezer, microwave, pots and pans, and common kitchen utensils. There are two bathrooms (one en-suite with bath) and four bedrooms, one double and three good sized twins. Two of the twin bedrooms are linked by a spiral staircase, and no door separates the two. Both the kitchen and the comfy living room lead out onto the outdoor eating area, where you can enjoy Bordeaux wine under the shade of a large Indian bean tree. What Chez Robert lacks in Porcherat and La Lavande’s open-plan sociability, it makes up in its cosiness and idiosyncratic floor-plan. The garden, which contains a few fruit trees, is fenced and large enough to play simple ball and racket games.

We live a 10-minute walk (or two-minute drive) away in the farmhouse, if you need us for advice, information or help with anything. You will probably see us at the lake on hot days, but the cottage is self-contained, so you'll only interact with us as much as you wish to.

Chez Robert is named after Robert Petit, the farmer who used to run the farm for Monsieur Livran before we bought Le Vignaud in 1991. Robert Petit lived in this cottage and looked after Monsieur Livran’s cows in the adjacent cowshed.

Wider Space

Guests from all three houses have access to the 5-acre lake with sandy beach and small island. To make the most out of the lake, we offer the use of a rowing boat for fishing or just pottering, a couple of 2-man canoes, a kayak, and a pedalo.  Apart from the main lake, two other peaceful lakes can be found on the premises and are stocked with fish, including carp, tench, roach and perch. The surrounding woodlands can be explored thanks to maintained footpaths and we also lend basic bikes.

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