We have two gîtes with their own private enclosed gardens.
Néflier - is a spacious one bedroom cottage with many period features - a cosy hideaway for couples and small families.
Noisette - is our largest cottage and sleeps up to 10. It has an open plan ground floor with a separate 'disabled access' wing - ideal for families coming away with Grandparents as the ground floor bedroom has its own 'bathroom facilities' and is separated from the rest of the cottage by a short corridor allowing additional privacy.
All of the cottages have their own access to the large communal grounds via their gardens, and open up onto the large south facing courtyard.
What are the gîtes? Very simply "gîte" is the french word for rural holiday cottage. The concept started when farmers started to rent out unused farm cottages and outbuildings for holiday makers. Originally they were very basic, and some gîtes remain so, but increasingly they are being developed as luxury holiday cottages for discerning travellers. Usually located within beautiful countryside they offer the chance to soak up French life at a pace that suits you.
Some gites are holiday homes that the owners rent out, whilst others (like ours) have on-site owners that can be a useful source of information to enable you to make the most of your holiday - from advice on the best places to eat to local attractions, etc.
Les Gîtes du Sanglier - or to give them their English name "the Wild Boar Holiday Cottages" are to be found in the Poulancre valley ( the Poulancre is a small river), in the hamlet of Poulancre d'en Bas. The cottages comprise one half of the hamlet - originally their were four farm complexes here - with parts of the buildings dating back to the 16th century ( in the centre of picture you can see a large arched doorway which is the oldest part). Within the hamlet most of the old stone farm buildings have now been converted into cottages, with the exception of two of the old barns which have been replaced with more modern farm barns.
The holiday cottages are situated in around 4.5 acres of private grounds, mainly laid to lawn. Beyond the grounds are fields and woodland.
Each gîte has its own private garden for the exclusive use of that gîte, which are enclosed on all sides with a gate leading out the communal grounds - ideal if you want toddlers and young children to be able to play out, but not wander too far!
The communal grounds include a childrens' recreation area with 'Skyfort', swings, trampoline and tables and chairs.
There is a sheltered heated swimming pool and sun deck for all to use.
Click here for lots more details of things to do around the gîtes.