St Ciers sur Bonnieure
Holiday House in La Charente, South West France
Set in the rolling landscape of the Charente region of south west France, bordered by meadows and sunflower fields, you will find Le Cerisier, a stone Charentaise house with its spectacular wisteria and rose covered arbour leading to the main entrance, the pool, beautiful gardens and cherry tree orchard, where the house gets its name,
The charming 18th century stone Charentaise house has its origins as the Abbots residence in this small country village and is set behind a private gated entrance within beautiful gardens. The house is light and airy and elegantly furnished in a country French style and retains its original 18th century ceiling beams, wide wooden floorboards and lovely details from the epoch while still providing the guest with modern-day home comforts and its
Crunch along the gravel path through the wisteria and rose covered arbour to the original 18th century door flanked by two trailing ivy wrought iron planters. It opens to the lobby and to your right is a utility room and to your left is a large comfortable living room with chimney place, wood burning stove and French doors to the terrace. The living room leads on to a separate kitchen and from there French doors open to the terrace with views of the garden and pool.
Take the staircase trimmed with Bordeaux wine case ends to the three charming bedrooms all with views to the garden or arbour heights.
A small bathroom and seperate toilet & hand basin complete this floor.
The gravel driveway leads through the arched gate to the box tree gardens and shaded sitting places beneath the trees. A place to relax and read or perhaps take a stroll through the orchard to the meadow. The lilac and pom-pom hydrangea trees
put on a great show in April and May
giving way to the roses and the summer delights of lavender and hybiscus. Autumn dresses the garden in vermilion with Boston ivy and gold with September crocus. The smell of smoke from log fires drifts from chimneys as winter sets in and holly berries and hellebore flowers are picked for the Christmas table.
The Terrace & Pool
French doors from the kitchen lead to the partly covered terrace with a table and chairs for al fresco eating. There is a pool with sliding cover for shade or sun as you prefer and extends the use of the pool in spring and autumn. The pool is equipped with pool loungers and there is a seperate small room with a fitness machine & bike.
Bedrooms : For 5 people
The beds are made up for your arrival. Weekly change of bed linen.
The Garden Room : 1 king size bed 160cm wide x 200cm length. View of the garden.
The Martime Blue Room 2 singles (90cm wide x 200cm length) or king size bed (160cm wide x 200cm length) as prefered. View across the terracotta roof tiles to the meadow.
The Yellow Arbour Room : 1 Queen size double bed (140cm width x 190cm length) suitable for one adult. View of the arbour heights.
Bathrooms : Upstairs - 1 bathroom with bath and shower attachment. A seperate toilet and handbasin
Downstairs -1 shower room and toilet with hand basin, washing machine.
Kitchen : Well equipped kitchen with dishwasher, gas hob & large oven, small chest freezer, Senso coffee machine, filtre coffee machine and Italian style coffee jug, liquidiser, hand blender, bread machine, barbecue utensils, a good selection of knives and kitchen utensils, a large selection of crockery, glasses and cutlery.
Living room : Large light filled living / dining room leading to kitchen and French doors to the terrace. Cool in the summer. English and Dutch sateliteTV with wide screen. Two sofas infront of the TV and separate sofa for quiet reading. Chimney place with wood burner.
Other rooms : Utility room with tumble dryer.
Outside : French doors leads to the partly covered terrace with table and chairs for six people. The pool has a telescopic sliding cover for shade or sun as you prefer and extends the use of the pool in spring and autumn. The terrace is equipped with six pool loungers. Small room with a fitness machine and bike in outhouse opposite the terrace. There is a small deep freeze in the pool house opposite the terrace. The house is surrounded by our orchard and meadow and the perimetre of the property is surrounded by fields at the back and the quiet village green to the front.
Parking : Parking for one car within the gated private grounds of the holiday house property. Please contact us if you require more than one car parking. Parking outside the grounds around the quite village green always available.
Shops : The house is situated in small village with your daily baguette available from the bar/grocers/ dépôt de pain which is 2 minutes walk from the house. Supermarkets situated 10 minutes from the house in Mansle.
At-Home Dining : Please ask for our menus when you book for a choice of dishes prepared and ready for your arrival so you can relax and enjoy your holiday straightaway.
The owners have 30 years experience in hospitality and as chefs in London, France and Switzerland and propose At-Home dining suggestions for your stay, such as Breakfast Baskets, Picnics, First Night Suppers, Barbecue Platters with accompanying Salads & Desserts and Celebration Meals.
Ask for menus when you book
Forage nettles from the meadow, buy local mushrooms direct from the grower and learn how to make nettle ravioli. Or maybe buy some oysters from the local market and Laurence will show you how to make a superb starter of oysters grilled in their shells on a bed of leek and glazed with a pink peppercon sabayon.
Child friendly, relaxed and fun
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THINGS TO DO
Vineyards & Distilleries
Cognac and Bordeaux are ofcourse the most well known but small houses nearby also grow and produce wine and Pineau de Charente - a local aromatic fortified wine aperitif. Visit the famous and less well known - all are welcoming and offer tours
The International Comic Strip Festival in Angoulême
Created in January 1974 this fun festival is also a highly respected event showcasing promising young talent in the cartoon world welcoming nearly 6000 professionals from all over the world, and 220,000 visitors each year, to more than 20 different venues across Angoulême. Enjoy the exhibitions, shows, competitions and artistic events every year in January. This coming festival dates : 24 -27 January 2019.
Circuits des Ramparts
Classic Car Race
Known as ‘Monaco sans La Mer” Angoulême hosts this legendary and stylish classic car race. First staged in 1939 making the 2019 Circuit des Remparts the 79th edition and a classic car race not to miss! It is held on the third weekend of each September where classic cars hurtle around the ancient, pretty cobbled twisting roads. A weekend of high octane, style and society.
Kayak & Canoe
La Charente river and its tributaries are ideal for kayak and canoe enthusiasts but also for a leisurely paddle to discover the waters and wildlife. A fun afternoon out for the children too.
Futuroscope, a different kind of leisure park experience for all the family, just over 1hr from Le Cerisier direct easy access via the N10.
Markets & Brocantes
There is a local weekly food markets at Ruffec and Mansle. Discover the specialist growers for strawberries near St Angeau and onions & garlic from Ligne.
La Charente area is famous for its weekend bric-a-bracs. Forage for vintage typewriters, embroidered hankerchiefs and trinkets
from an age gone by.
Enjoy the fabulous miriade of country paths that wind through woods and between fields for walking and cycling and discover the water mills along La Charente river and the little villages and hamlets of this quiet and most beautiful rural countryside.
“The house is beautiful and feels like home with lovely decorative details, flowers & paintings about the house”. Novemeber 2019 Long Let Guest
“Thank you for your great hospitality and the baskets of fruit & vegetables you gave us from your garden.What a warm welcome and a lovely atmosphere to the house”.
July 2019 Weekly Holiday Guest
St Ciers sur Bonnieure, France