Situated just outside the quiet little hamlet of Le Lindois, Gites at Le Tilleul, is a sympathetically converted haybarn, comprising two independent quality gites, Le Pommier and Le Cerisier. The gites which retain their natural French rustic charm are in a great rural location, surrounded by farmland. The large gardens, set in 5 acres of beautiful Charente countryside and served by excellent restaurants with plenty of interesting activities to keep everyone happy. The quaint market town of La Rochefoucauld is just 10 minutes drive away and the historic city of Angoulême, the capital of the Charente, just 15 minutes further afield.
Le Pommier, offers quality accommodation for 6 - 7 people with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large open plan first floor living area. A large adjoining balcony offers fantastic southerly views over the Charente countryside, perfect for enjoying a relaxing morning coffee and a croissant!
Three ground floor bedrooms, all with exposed beams, rustic wooden doors and partially exposed stone walls
The Master bedroom, with king-size bed has en-suite facilities featuring a large walk-in shower, contemporary wash basin, heated towel rail and a w.c.
A double bedroom and a twin bedroom with space for an additional bed, if required
Also on the ground floor, a Family bathroom with full size bath, wash hand basin, w.c., heated towel rail and separate shower
Large open plan first floor lounge, dining and kitchen area, leading out to a large balcony with views
Kitchen, fully equipped with modern appliances (mainly Bosch) including a double built in oven, ceramic hob, large fridge / freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and coffee machine
Dining area with large farmhouse table
Spacious lounge area with sofas, wood burning stove, wide-screen TV with HD Satellite reception of UK Freesat Channels, DVD player and MP3 docking station
Ground-floor patio, in the shade of the balcony, with patio table & chairs and gas BBQ
From the ground floor tiled entrance hall there are solid rustic wooden doors leading to three bedrooms all with exposed beams and partially exposed stone walls. The master king size bedroom, with ample built-in wardrobe space and views across the garden, has an en suite shower room with walk-in shower, w.c., heated towel rail and contemporary wash handbasin. The twin bedroom, with built-in wardrobe has space for an additional single or child's bed, if required. The third bedroom has a double bed and like the twin, is situated on the north side of the property, thereby providing cooler sleeping conditions during warmer summer nights. Two full size cots and one travelcot are available as well as a buggy, highchairs, changing mats and many other baby/toddler items.
Le Pommier has two bathrooms. The master bedroom has an en suite shower room with walk-in shower, glass wash-hand basin, heated towel rail and w.c. whilst the family bathroom, which is also situated on the ground floor, directly opposite the double bedroom, and has a w.c., heated towel rail, wash-hand basin, full-size bath and separate shower.
Kitchen and dining
Rising from the entrance hall are the stairs which lead up to the light and airy open plan hay loft which retains many interesting features including the galleried stairs and the fully exposed roof structure. The first floor of Le Pommier is one large dual-aspect living space, with exposed beams, vaulted ceiling, wooden floor and some exposed stone walls. At one end is the open plan kitchen/dining area and at the other, the main living space. There is a well equipped kitchen with modern appliances (mainly Bosch) including a double built in oven, ceramic hob, large fridge / freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, coffee machine. There is an adjacent dining area with large farmhouse table. French doors provide access from the kitchen to the large south facing wooden balcony / first floor terrace.
The first floor living room has 3 comfy sofas with ample seating for 6 plus, large flatscreen HD tv (receiving all UK Freesat channels), a dvd player and iPod docking station. A Google Chromecast is also available, on request, if you wish to stream movies and films from your own Netflix account. There is a large woodburner for those cosy winter evenings (a basket of logs is provided). A supply of boardgames, books and a comprehensive selection of dvds suitable for all age groups are available.
There are external french doors from both the kitchen and the living area onto the large south facing balcony (5m x 3m) with views over the garden and open countryside beyond. The first floor balcony with comfy seats and a large dining table and chairs is a perfect place for al fresco dining and for watching the sun go down with a chilled glass of local wine. It is also totally secure so the ideal indoor/outdoor, safe place for toddlers and young children to play outdoors whilst being supervised from the living area.
In the event that heating is required, there is a cosy cast-iron logburner* in the first floor living area and electric heaters on the ground floor.
A further dedicated dining area with table, chairs and a Gas BBQ (gas provided) is situated at the front of the property, beneath the balcony. A sail-type awning provides further shade if required.
Gardens & Surrounding Countryside
The large garden is mostly laid to grass, with a number of fruit trees and seating areas dotted about. This area includes volleyball / badminton net, petanque court, croquet lawn, football mini-goals a 14ft trampoline (with safety net) and a Cornilleau table tennis table (with overhead shade) available to all guests. Racquets, bats/balls, boules, croquet equipment etc. are all provided.
For the younger guests, a fenced in safe Play Park with baby and toddler swings, slide, rope ladder and mini-climbing wall. There is a decking area for parents to relax whilst the children play and the Play Park is surrounded by a pretty picket fence for added security.
There is a large (13 x 6m) heated swimming pool (June to September) with depths ranging from 2.5m to 1 m and walk-in steps for those who like to ease themselves in gently. An adjoining poolside terrace with sunloungers and two retractable sun parasols offers shade from the midday sun.
The summer terrace provides another welcome shaded area overlooking the pool, a perfect spot for supervising the children enjoying themselves in the water, to dine al fresco on warm evenings, or to simply relax with a good book in the hammock . The summer terrace is equipped with a sofa, table football, dart board, fridge, large family dining table and chairs and an iPod docking station.
A small well equipped gym (exercise bike, running machine, cross trainer, bench press, matted area with exercise ball and small selection of dumbells) is available to all guests at no extra charge. Sauna room featuring a swedish timber style four person sauna (additional charge), changing area with a beautiful tiled stone floor, exposed stone walls and a cold water shower to cool you down after your session.
The property is surrounded by beautiful Charente countryside and by farmland which is planted once every three years with the most fabulous fields of Sunflowers.
Parking and garages
Ample parking is available adjacent to the gite and additional under cover parking is available on request.