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Fabulous 17th century guest house, formally a vicarage and newly renovated 2 bedroom gite. Swimming pool, games room, Evening meals, summer kitchen and walled garden. 3 mins from all amenities including Bars and Restaurants. nestled to the rear of the village verging on the countryside. All rooms en-suite.
B&B Description:We will be delighted to welcome you to La Vieille Cure, a beautiful historic 17th century guest house also available for large parties wishing to self cater. Nestled to the rear of the pretty market town of Couhé in a no through road with all conveniences. 35 kms south of Poitiers and within easy reach of all departments in the Charentes and Loire Valley
Maison Gabriel our newly refurbished 2 bedrom gite offers all modern conveniences for young families and couples.
Previous guests have described La Vieille Cure as a Romantic Country House Hotel. A 400 year old home steeped in History, with enormous oak floor boards, honey coloured stonework, a real character property, recently listed on the local historic walk as an ancient building, in its own walled gardens,with orchard small woodland, courtyard garden a 10 x 5 metre swimming pool, summer kitchen, exclusive guest lounge, summer games room, laundry facility and wifi Access to our guests. There is designated parking for cars and a secure undercover area for motorbikes and cycles all within the property grounds.
As proprietors we live in a separate area, allowing our guests privacy, with the added benefit of a daily maid service, breakfast and excellent professionally prepared evening meals and drinks at hand.
Just 2 mins walk into the 16th century market square, to restaurants shops and bars. 35 kms south of Poitiers in the department of the Vienne and right on the edge of the other 3 departments of the Poitou Charentes. Deux Sevres, Charentes, and Charentes Maritime, an ideal location to explore the whole of the Charentes. Direct flights from Stansted, Birmingham and Edinburgh to Poitiers.
We pride ourselves on our repeat bookings and referrals, guest comments and excellent food. Awarded 5 globes highly commended for 2007, 2008 and 2009. This certificate signifies an exceptionally high level of satisfaction based on client feedback.
A welcoming relaxed ambience, spacious and bright en-suite bedrooms all with an individual décor and character of their own. All the home comforts of hydro jet massage showers, tea and coffee making facilities,Flat screen television, hairdryer, and large king size twin, super king or 4 poster beds with quality cotton linen.
The interior design has left no compromise when it comes to living comfortably and the house is well equipped to meet the needs of its guests. Ample hanging and draw space for clothing, centrally heated for the winter months, and all rooms have large floor standing fans for the hot balmy summer nights. All rooms have a daily comprehensive maid service, with tea and coffee facilities refreshed everyday.
One bedroom (4 poster) - Is situated on the ground floor, with direct access through the French windows, onto the courtyard garden, ideal for those with restricted mobility. This bedroom can have an additional single bed or cot added when necessary.
Our King 4 poster family suite - Sleeps up to 6 persons very comfortably, the large principle bedroom has a 4 poster king size bed and room for an additional cot or bed. Leading off this is the dressing room, to the right of the dressing room is the bathroom (allowing complete privacy for all) with hydro jet shower, toilet and two separate vanity units. The childrens' room leads from the dressing room to the left with two single beds, a cabin bed and room for another bed or cot if necessary. This room can also be rented as a king 4 poster without access to the childrens' bedroom. At the double rental price.
Another large king four poster en-suite bedroom This bedroom can have an additional single bed or cot added when necessary.
This is next to a twin en-suite bedroom, (which can be adapted to a triple or super king )and can be ideal for families wishing privacy, as the corridor can be closed allowing you privacy and freedom of movement across the two bedrooms.
All double bedrooms can accommodate 3 persons with additional single beds added when necessary.
Additional beds, cots, bed guards and high chairs are available.
Dining - We have earned an excellent reputation for our ambiance and cuisine, using local seasonal produce, fresh herbs and fruit from our garden and specialities of the region where possible. Your host, a qualified chef with Hotel and Hospitality qualifications, is happy to present mouthwatering meals accommodating a variety of dishes including local specialties, served along with a glass of the local Pineau des Charentes.
We have found that different guests enjoy a variety of dishes. Although classically trained in French cuisine, we offer a diverse menu.
Unlike a typical tables d'hotes we are registered as restaurant status, allowing us to offer a children's menu, variety of one, two, three and four courses and vegetarian options. Alternatively, on request, paella, barbecue and seafood banquets can be served in the large dining room or in the walled gardens or terraces, where you can watch the sun set, or why not spend the evening with a glass of chilled wine and enjoy a beautiful meal overlooking the illuminated swimming pool.
Breakfast - Your continental breakfast is complimented by freshly baked bread, warm croissant, toast, fruit,Orange juice, Cereals, yoghurts, a pot of tea, or a fresh cafetiere of coffee. Served in the Dining room or gardens. Additional cooked breakfast is available.
The lounge and dining areas are large and spacious, overlooking the courtyard terrace garden. The dining room is lit by candle light and in winter we have a roaring log fire, completing the ambiance. In summer an air conditioning unit, for your comfort.
Evening Meals - There is a comprehensive 4 course evening menu which you will find beautifully cooked and presented.
Typical Four Course Menu:
Fanned Avocado with prawns and smoked salmon dressed with a light vinaigrette and pepper sauce.
Breast of duck napped with a wild berry sauce, served on a bed of carrot and celeriac puree and garnished with duchess potatoes and pan fried cabbage with lardons.
A selection of local cheeses.
Sumptuously smooth dark and white chocolate pot spiked with cointreau and raspberry coulis.
Aperitif and wine included at 25 euros per head.
Should this be a little too much after a sun soaked day in the grounds or a day out and about, then the owners also offer a reduction in courses (inclusive of wine).
Lunch time - There is a summer kitchen in the garden area for the use of all our guests with fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle, sink with hot and cold running water, preparation area, crockery and cutlery to rustle up your own lunchtime snacks,and chill your beer or wines, with a barbecue on site for those feeling more adventurous.
There are 6 seating areas scattered within the gardens to relax and enjoy your tranquil one acre walled garden with private woodland and orchard abundant with fig, cherry walnut persimmon and more, is an ideal retreat, just waiting for you to explore or sit and enjoy the sunshine.
For your enjoyment the 10 x 5 metre salt water swimming pool is fenced, as required by French legislation, with a self locking gate - to ensure the safety of children. The pool slopes gently into the deep end which is 1.8 metres. This large area has ample paving around the sides of the pool, with a further gravelled area to the right ,incorporating further terracing under a pergola all within the secure pool area, so you may decide where to place the ample number of sun beds.
There are seating areas with tables and parasols, to escape the heat of the sun if required and a soft swing seat and canopy to curl up in the shade and enjoy your holiday read.
A beautiful trellised terrace area finished in Charentaise terracotta tiles to enjoy your evening meal bistro style.
Amongst the orchard are benches, swing seats and seating areas even a hammock to while away the day.
There is a summer games room with snooker (childrens' size), full size table tennis, table football, and darts, and an area in the grounds for badminton and boules.
The guest lounge is for the exclusive use of guests, and has comfortable leather sofas and Sky tv, wifi access, Home Cinema, DVD, videos, Wii, board games, books chess and stereo system, with a selection of leaflets outlining the many attractions within the area, a fan for the warm balmy nights and a log fire for when the nights draw in.
The house is fully centrally heated; in addition there are log burners in both the guest lounge and dining areas.
There is ample parking within the secure walled grounds, with additional garaging available if requested.
We offer the La Vieille Cure property on a self catering basis and alternatively, for smaller groups, Maison Gabriel sleeps 4.
La Vieille Cure sleeps up to 15 persons: 5 en-suite bedrooms,(including the family suite of 2 bedrooms) lounge, fully equipped commercial kitchen, laundry facilities, summer kitchen, games room, additional toilet facilities,and sole use of the gardens and pool area. All linen and towels. 2200 euros per week. Maison Gabriel can be rented at the same time accommodating a further 4 people.
Situated in the courtyard garden of La Vieille Cure, our newly renovated bijou two bedroom gite completed to a high specification, principal king bedroom, mezzanine bedroom with twin or superking, shower room with large shower, open plan lounge/diner, flat screen TV with Sky and DVD and fully fitted kitchen with electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge with small freezer compartment, use of laundry facilities in the guest house, electric heaters and fan for the summer evenings. Sunbeds, parasol, garden table and chairs. All linen and towels provided.
Use of swimming pool, games room boules court and badmington area.
Daily rates and short breaks outside high season. Special offers for couples, contact us for long stay off-season rates.