Charming former school in a magnificent park garden with heated swimming pool
Maison Michèle is an elegant holiday retreat, especially for art and literature lovers. It is set in a five-acre park and woods, with a heated pool, in a peaceful village. The former village schoolroom makes a spacious welcoming living-room with three double French windows opening to the patio and pool area and a log burner, candles and fire to provide warmth in the evening. Fine art adorns the walls and the house is festooned with shelves providing reading material for all tastes. Measuring 60 square metres and with the original flagstones carpeted in Persian rugs, this is a beautiful family room in which to eat, relax and enjoy music and entertainment, with its thick stone walls rendering it cool in summer while retaining heat in cooler months. Next to the living-room is the fully equipped kitchen/diner. A curved staircase leads to the first floor with three comfortable double bedrooms (one ensuite) furnished with antiques, and a delightful children’s room sleeping three. Off the landing is a family bathroom in the period style with walk-in shower. Stairs lead to the 60-square-metre upper floor with two double and two single beds and sitting area with elegant furniture and Persian rugs – a lovely play-space or quiet reading area. This historic area of Charente is bathed with light and offers beautiful rivers, outdoor activities, villages, churches, museums, markets, brocantes and plenty of festivals all summer. Angoulême, Cognac and Poitiers (with Futuroscope for children) are all within 60 kilometres and the coast and La Rochelle are easily reached. There are fine restaurants nearby and two supermarkets within ten minutes’ drive. Bakeries are to be found in nearby villages.