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Le Manoir des Couts from 1382€ to 1382€ per week
Charming 16th c manor house offering many original character features, full privacy (the property is all to yourselves!), a heated pool in a pretty enclosed garden, ideal for children, in a wildlife protected zone, the ideal setting to relax.
Welcome to le Manoir des Couts!
We are pleased to be able to offer a 20% discount off Brittany Ferries standard car and passenger fares when you book our accommodation. Please contact us for details.
"Quiet and magical property”, “unique, lovely house”, “beautifully restored, delicate house”, “the house is lovely and so full of character and the garden is beautiful “what an idyllic retreat” “beautiful and comfortable home” are expressions taken out of the comments left by our visitors in our guestbook (please see the fuller versions below). In 2013 many of our visitors commented to us that they selected this property, not just for its character but also because it is not a gîte complex, the house, the garden and the pool are entirely yours so you can enjoy complete privacy and tranquillity. We live about 2 miles away, easily available if needed..
Set in a tiny hamlet, this 16th Century manor house has been lovingly restored to bring back to life its many architectural treasures: beautifully carved windows with interior stone seats, impressive flagstones and beams, an arched stone sink, a Gothic fireplace, with all the modern comfort. Architectural elements such as wall panels, antique doors, superbly carved solid walnut furniture, paintings and subtle colour schemes have been carefully selected to suit the house's character. An article concerning this house's restoration can be found in the January 2006 issue of French Property News. For more photos, please contact us.
Babies, toddlers and children are very welcome, we provide a cot, a high chair, a baby bath, changing mat, toys and games etc, free of charge and of course the exclusive use heated pool ideal for children..
Situated only a few steps away from the river Dive within the NATURA 2000 wildlife protected zone, perhaps you could catch a glimpse of some of the 15 protected species of birds, including the little bustards, honey buzzards, montagues and marsh harriers etc, take some lovely walks through the unspoilt countryside, bring your bikes and enjoy the peaceful lanes and roads and/or simply relaxing in the pretty and very private enclosed garden. The garden is a veritable sun trap where you will enjoy the scent of jasmine, lavender, old roses, help yourself to the Moroccan mint for tea, dine al fresco under the pergola and enjoy a good barbecue.
Discover the region's well known sites: Poitiers, Futuroscope, the Green Venice(45mns), La Rochelle, Ile de Ré, Cognac, the Monkey Valley and the many local medieval towns, villages, Neolithic, Gallo-Roman sites and not least, a great market in Lezay.
Painting lessons. Should you wish to seek inspiration from the beautiful local surroundings and improve your drawing and painting skills, Keith Dunkley, RA trained and former tutor at Sheridan College, Toronto will be pleased to offer advice and the possibility of informal painting lessons. Keith is fully registered with the Maison des Artistes, siret no: 400 663 316 00018.
The house is fully detached, Its accommodation (112m2/368ft2) sleeps 6 and a baby (cot, high chair, baby bath provided), children are welcome. We have taken great care in restoring and decorating it, respecting local traditions and ecological concerns: the thick stone walls have been re-limed, increasing their insulation power and have been washed with warm, natural pigments. They keep the property beautifully cool during hot summer days. The wooden windows are either double glazed or single glazed with wooden shutters, the uninhabited first floor is insulated (200mm), there is a wood stove and all electric appliances are A rated.
Living room with a Gothic fireplace and stove, comfortable sofas and armchairs, a hand painted antique buffet, French and UK satellite tv, DVD player, a choice of books and many old fashioned wooden games and board games.
Kitchen/dining room: A spacious open plan area, newly equipped with a Smegstainless steel gas cooker, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher, electric coffee machine, toaster, kettle etc. A glazed door leads to the pretty, enclosed garden. The dining room offers an impressive ancient stone arched sink and an antique Henry II buffet with its table and 6 chairs.
Utility room: You will find a washing machine, hoover, iron ironing table, clothes rack, clothes cupboard and cleaning utensils.
Shower room: A shower with thermostatic tap, glass door, toilet, washbasin, cupboard.
Double bedroom 1: With a four poster bed, chest of drawers and wardrobe.
Double bedroom 2: One double bed, a cot, one wardrobe and one chest of drawers.
Twin bedroom: Two single beds and one chest of drawers.
For more details concerning the house, a full photo gallery, information on what to do, what to see with another photo gallery and website links, details of rates and availability, please check our website;