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Grounds

Our smallholding and former farm are set in over three acres of pleasantly naturalised grounds bordered by mature walnut trees and limestone walls. We have orchards, an organic vegetable garden and soft fruit plots, flower gardens and a small fish pond, which we like to think is our very own mini nature reserve – breeding toads, dragonflies…… Guests are very welcome to stroll the grounds or simply relax under the rose covered arbour and listen to the soothing trickle of water .

The soil here is wonderfully fertile and we produce our own seasonal fruit and vegetables including cherries, strawberries, figs, walnuts, tomatoes, sweet peppers, aubergines, and of course the famous Charentais melon. Feel free to help yourselves to fresh produce to create your own culinary delights!

There’s a magnificent lime tree in the grounds, where we set out a long table for outside dining. Many guests enjoy joining us on the Saturday evening for a home cooked French style meal using much of our own produce. It’s also the occasion to sample our home made basil wine!

We keep a rare breed of sheep and a variety of free-range hens and ducks which graze the pastures a healthy distance from the cottages. Children and adults are welcome to participate at feeding times and help collect freshly laid eggs.

The shared above ground wooden swimming pool (6 x 4 metres) surrounded by beautiful stone walls has been carefully chosen to integrate harmoniously into the natural environment. Because of its above ground nature, it’s not only much safer for young children but also poses very few risks to local wildlife.

Should you feel energetic, there’s an exterior table tennis and in true French style, a lovely pétanque court shaded by trees. A selection of child and adult bikes and safety helmets is available for days out exploring the many waymarked tracks and ‘forgotten’ hamlets.

The farmhouse courtyard offers ample private parking and as from 2011, there’ll be additional private parking for the exclusive use of gîte guests.

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