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   and instant bookings. La Bordeliere near Poitiers. A recently restored rustic almshouse full of character located in an idyllic peaceful setting admidst the rolling hills of the Vienne. Built into a limestone escarpment in the 16th Century by the Church, La Bordeliere was originally used as an alms house for pilgrims on the route to Santiago (St James) de Compostella in N.W. Spain. The sloping nature of the limestone escarpment gives the cottage a very special character and many different venues for sunning, snoozing and alfresco dining!

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Whilst we have modernised the property to give a high level of comfort for our guests, we have not compromised the original character of the almshouse, and hope that you will appreciate the rustic features found in this The characterful lounge. French rural property. Original tomettes... floor tiles 300 years old are a good example with a beautiful patina. For this reason, (stairs, stone steps, slopes, low balcony walls and verandah railings etc) we do not allow children under the age of 5 to stay at the almshouse. The front terrace and verandah.

The accomodation. On the ground floor is a large lounge and laundry area with a washing machine and secondary fridge.... normally used exclusively for drinks!! A downstairs toilet is also available here. To the front of the property you have a paved patio under a wooden verandah, with two sun loungers and other outdoor furniture. This area is west facing and gets the sun in the afternoon and evenings. Across the lane is the hard standing area where you can park your car. This is also the entrance to our field where outdoor recreation can be enjoyed, and meals taken under the fruit trees on our purpose built patio if so desired. This can also be used for your boules tournaments, as a layer of sand gives that characterful French "twist" to their national game.

The first floor is accessed up the stone steps and past the east facing patio onto the stone balcony. This east facing patio has outdoor The stone balcony and steps. furniture, parasol and swing seat. It is great for you to use for breakfast in the morning. On the stone balcony is an original stone Limousin sink which was used by ancient travellers for washing their feet and hands before entering the almshouse. We have installed an awning for when it becomes really hot and you can barbecue here because of its proximity to the kitchen. This is also a great venue for watching the shooting stars at night ( it gets really dark) and listening to the owls hooting or bull frogs croaking... with a glass of wine or beer. Note we also have resident otters and red squirrels.

Inside there is a small lobby leading to the main double bedroom which has an ancient fireplace. Notice the cockle shells of St Jacques denoting an official residence of pilgrims The cockle shell fireplace in the main bedroom. on the Compostella trail. The kitchen has a fridge freezer, gas oven and hob, microwave, kettle, coffee maker and The kitchen, dining area. Lunch on the verandah. sink. All crockery and cutlery is provided. On the other side of the kitchen is the twin/triple bedroom. The beds are actually a double and a single. A wooden verandah the full length of the house is accessed from the kitchen and you will enjoy dining here in the evening as the sunsets can be glorious. A swing seat, wooden furniture, parasol and outdoor lighting completes your facilities on the veranda.

What to do! This region is very well endowed with religious history, relics and ancient buildings, this house is a good example.

Journet: Local bar and Depot du Pain, called DOM's, a five minutes walk down the old pilgrim path. (take a short cut to the top of the field and turn left.... watch out for otters!!) Order bread the day before for collection next day. Explore the Lanterns du Mort in the village,...ancient columns dating back to pre-Christianity??. Local walks along old railway tracks and to other old religious buildings.

Montmorillon: Excellent town swimming pool with indoor and outdoor pools. Large Hypercentre on the Poitiers road out of town. Called Hyper U, it has everything you will need. Many large religious buildings. A town noted for its ancient and more recent, writers and scholars. The tourist information (highly reccomended you visit this as early in your stay as possible) in the centre of town is excellent, and is surrounded by many restaurants, old bridges, ancient buildings etc.

La Trimouille: Village cinema, restaurants, watch out for weekend car boot sales French style! Local Doctors, post office etc. It also has a "reptile centre" which you might pluck up enough courage to go to!

Geants du Ciel at Chauvigny..... Big Eagles!! Chauvigny: A local market town, you must not miss the Eagle and Buzzards show (Les Geants du Ciel) high on the castle walls. Hold on to your hair... literally, this is fantastic. Click here.. Les Geants
Good for exploring the old town walls and busy markets. Old churches with ancient painting and frescoes.

Saint Savin: A world heritage site , the Monastary is stupendous. Full of pre-renaissance frescoes which dominate this part of France, all along The symbol of St Jacques. the Gartempe valley. The frescoes are painted on the ceilings and depict famous old testament scenes, e.g. the Tower of Babel, Joseph's coat of many colours etc. Not to be missed. Good local restaurants in and around the local area to the Monastary.

Lathus: Good river canoeing and rafting on the Gartempe river here. Also good river swimming close by to the restaurant. Sailing is available on the local reservoir and other lakes in the immediate area. A fantastic fairy tale chateau at Bourg Bourg Archambeaux between La Trimouille and Lathus. Archambeaux is worth a visit.

Lac St Pardoux:Canoeing and rafting, great swimming, fishing, boating and sailing available here. This very large lake has sandy beaches, pizzerias, restaurant, bars all available on it's shores. It reminds us of Canada as trees grow right down to the water edge. A great day out in the open air.

Poitiers: Originally a Roman town with great history and tourist facilities. The most famous is Futuroscope, but it also has great second hand furniture shops.

Limoges: Great for pottery and large hypermarkets, all found just off the various motorway junctions which goes through the centre of the city.

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