These two units may be booked together, or “Clement” can be taken alone, when the Annexe will be closed off. “Clement” is a renovated turn-of-the-century farm cottage at one end of the long-barn, which has been thoroughly modernised but is externally virtually unchanged. It has a good sized living/dining room with exposed oak beams, comfortable seating, a woodburner, electric night-storage heater, and English Satellite TV with video/DVD player and CD/cassette player. The kitchen has a gas cooker, refrigerator with freezer compartment, microwave oven, kettle, toaster and all basic amenities, and leading off it is the compact downstairs shower room with toilet and basin. From the kitchen, the stairs lead up to a large attractive landing with clothes-hanging recess, which services three carpeted bedrooms: one double and and two single. Each bedroom has a Velux rooflight, oak beams, chest of drawers and electric bar heating.
The attached Annexe to Maison Clement is much older (late 17th Century), and provides supplementary 2-person accommodation. This is an ideal self-contained unit for grandparents, friends etc. It is of open-plan design with huge oak beams and stonework; the kitchenette forms part of the dining/living room, with gas cooker, microwave, refrigerator, kettle, toaster and basic amenities. There is a two-seater sofa. Leading off there is the downstairs shower room with toilet and basin, and the staircase leads directly up into the well-lit upper level. This is a charming use of space with built-in double bed (slightly restricted access one side), and a sitting area at the other end. There is an electric convector panel heater downstairs and portable heaters are available if required.
These properties have pastoral views over fields to the rear beyond the pool, and face onto the picturesque original bread oven, renovated to provide a BBQ and tree-shaded area. Garden furniture and parasols are provided for each unit.
This detached cottage, with its own garden area and outdoor furniture, is probably the oldest building on site and has demanded the greatest amount of restoration, with several unique external features including a half-spire topped with mosaics on the gable end. Owing to the nature of this conversion upstairs, it is not really suitable for children of less than around 9 years old. There is a large open-plan ground floor with chestnut flooring, an eclectic kitchen (full cooker, refrigerator, toaster, kettle, microwave), a large woodburner, and English Satellite TV, a DVD unit and a CD/tape player. From the corner of this room, a winding staircase leads to the extraordinary upper floor with two carpeted double bedrooms, accessed by stairs down from a landing ‘bridge’ that spans two of the major roof beams. The bathroom has a corner bath, toilet and mosaiked basin built into a tiled curved surface, and stained glass panels. There is a more conventional third twin bedroom with en-suite shower room/toilet.
In 1999 we completed the outdoor 6m x 4m x 1m deep tiled pool, contained within its own enclosure well away from the cottages, with attractive views over the surrounding countryside. Depending on the weather, it is generally available from late June to early September.
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