"We enjoyed our stay with you immensely and
especially good conversation with apperitifs.
Many best wishes for your warm
hospitality." - Linda and Ken ( Virginia)
The Source is, as the French say, "Mignon, un
bijou - romantique".
The Source cottage is a perfect hideaway
for a couple. For a writer or artist, or anyone
who just feels a need to "get away from it all",
it's an in-expensive retreat. (Talk to us about
longer out-of-season rentals.) Write that book,
or just read.
It is rural and quiet here. The local
village, shopping, fresh bread and croissant,
even the good sized supermarket is an easy
pre-breakfast bicycle ride away; a few short
minutes by car.
When we first came to the little hamlet, the
well, which is alongside the main barn, was
our only source of water. We used the old
cast iron pulley to draw up the bucket. It
was some time, before we realised that the
wall behind the well had originally
contained a high archway giving access from
inside the barn. It had been filled in with
stones. When they were cleared away, the
tall arch was revealed and became feature window of the
The Source has Charentaise stone walls,
ceramic tiled floors, exposed wooden vaulted
ceiling with huge main beams upstairs. Its
insulated ceiling helps cool the Source during
the summer. With it's glass-fronted wood-burning
stove/fireplace, The Source is cozy and warm
Vestiaire (cloakroom), utility room with washing
machine, hand basin and WC.
Open plan living room, dining room and fully
equipped kitchen, including
refrigerator-freezer, gas cooking
stove with oven, microwave oven, utensils,
cutlery and crockery, etc. There is a leather
sofa, easy chairs, book case, and DVD player and
The view through the well window is of the
garden we call the English park, because of it's
Northern European trees: walnut, lime, oak,
birch, ash and maple. (True, the young gingko
hails from farther afield, having come here with
us by sailing ship.)
Upstairs: A large, 30 square metre (300
sq ft), carpeted bedroom with a large double
bed, capacious chest-of-drawers, old mahogany
wardrobe, and ensuite bathroom with ceramic
tiled floor and a luxurious shower, hand basin
And, there is a bathtub.
Throughout the house the pictures
decorating the walls are by internationally
renowned photo-journalist Anthony Howarth.
The Source has its own terrace, and is just
around the barn from the large
Private parking space.