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Les Houllins

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1 bedroom
1 bathroom
2 guests
7 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
Beautiful 100m2 cottage set in 5 acres of meadow with only the owners on siteThe house & surroundingsWonderful location with great views over the surrounding countryside for this holiday home which has one enormous bedroom and is ideal for a couple. It is also ideal for autumn, winter and early spring holidays as it has double glazing and a wood burning stove that is not only economical but keeps the whole house warm and cosy. It is ideally located for the circuit of Magny-Cours which is only 30 minutes away. The inside of the house is a no smoking zone. Wi-fi internet access and telephone calls to most parts of the world available free of charge.We have converted this gite from part of a barn, retaining all the original features and as far as possible using traditional materials. It is...Beautiful 100m2 cottage set in 5 acres of meadow with only the owners on siteThe house & surroundingsWonderful location with great views over the surrounding countryside for this holiday home which has one enormous bedroom and is ideal for a couple. It is also ideal for autumn, winter and early spring holidays as it has double glazing and a wood burning stove that is not only economical but keeps the whole house warm and cosy. It is ideally located for the circuit of Magny-Cours which is only 30 minutes away. The inside of the house is a no smoking zone. Wi-fi internet access and telephone calls to most parts of the world available free of charge.We have converted this gite from part of a barn, retaining all the original features and as far as possible using traditional materials. It is set in 2 hectares (5 acres) of meadow with only the owners on the same site. The owners' house is on the opposite side of the large courtyard making the gite very secluded and private. Access is from a lane leading off a quiet road and you can walk for miles without having to do more than cross a metaled road. The accommodation comprises a large open plan living room of 55m2 with a corner kitchen and fireplace. The kitchen is fitted with a microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator with freezer section, plenty of cupboard space and of course, oven and gas hobs with extractor fan. Upstairs there is one enormous bedroom of 50m2 with large windows and a balconette. The bathroom and toilet is ensuite. There are beams everywhere but plenty of headroom even for tall people. Outside there is a private terrace with a barbecue. The terrace faces west and gets the sun all afternoon and evening and provides superb views of the sunsets. There are also lots of other areas you can sit, which catch the full sun in the morning, so you can have your breakfast al fresco. If it too hot to sit in the sun there are plenty of shaded areas as well. There is a large pond well stocked with local carp, frogs and other wild life. The fish are very entertaining fed with stale bread. There is also a large area of grass for playing games. You can amuse yourselves with boules (pétanque) in the gravelled courtyard or even in the covered area if you should be unlucky enough to get some rain during your stay. You can play darts in the barn and 2 adult size all terrain bicycles are provided free of charge, a jogging track, golf practice range (bring your own balls and clubs), badminton and table tennis. The area & activities available The surrounding countryside is typical Bourbonais bocage – small meadows with hedgerows, woodland and forest with rivers and lakes. Wonderful for walking, cycling, riding, fishing, and canoeing – yes we can arrange canoeing trips on the Allier River for a charge of 25€ for one canoe (2 people). We drop you with the canoes in Le Veurdre on the banks of the Allier and you drift down stream to Apremont, one of the most beautiful villages in France about 20kms away. You can be energetic or you can simply drift downstream with current. On the way you can picnic on one of the numerous islands and then have tea in the beautiful garden of the chateau in Apremont while waiting for us to pick you up with the canoes. There are several large lakes with sandy beaches in the area for swimming, sailing and windsurfing. These include the well-known nautical centre of the Etang de Goule. There are two 18 hole golf courses within 30 and 45 minutes and the stunning courses of Les Volcans, Les Dryads and Sancerre (also famous for its wine) are only 1 hour 30 minutes away. Tennis courts are available in several local villages and there are numerous other activities both sporting and cultural in the area. Every village has a 'brocante' or 'vide grenier' at some time during the spring and summer. These comprise lots of stalls selling anything from antique furniture, old books, old tools, food and wine to absolute junk. There are also two local medieval festivals, one in the moated chateau of Bannagon, the other, which lasts a whole week in the small medieval town of Souvigny. There are also many musical and theatrical events including the famous Footsbarn theatre in Hérisson and the Son et Lumière in the ruined chateau of the lovely spa town of Bourbon l'Archambault which is only 16 kms from here. There are also some excellent and inexpensive restaurants locally. There is the Burgundy vineyard of Le Rioussat just across the Allier River which produces some excellent red Pinot Noir, Gamay and white Chardonnay wines at 4 – 6 euros a bottle. Prices Our prices vary from £250 per week in the off peak season to £350 in July and August, for 2 people. There is a supplement of £100 per person for larger groups to cover the cost of extra beds, bed linen, towels, laundry, wear and tear, etc. Prices include bed linen and towels, use of the bicycles, badminton, darts, pétanque, table tennis, jogging track, and golf driving range (bring your own clubs and balls). Gas for cooking is also free but we charge of electricity at cost (the house has its own meter), and wood for the fire in the colder months. During the summer, if you need the occasional fire in the evenings we don't charge for the wood.. There is a cleaning and laundry charge of €30 for making the gite ready for the next guests. This saves you the bother of having to spend the last few hours of your holiday cleaning. There is also a refundable deposit of 50€. There is no telephone line in the house but we can provide WiFi Internet access free of charge. You may also make calls to most other countries in the world free of charge.TermsTerms: 25% deposit on booking. The balance to be paid 4 weeks before the start of your stay. The gite will be available from 4.0 pm on the first day of your stay and must be vacated by 10.0 am on the day of departure. We may be able to vary these times by arrangement. Our aim is to be as flexible as possible and to make your stay an enjoyable one. House hunting? We are excellently placed if you are considering purchasing a house in France and we can introduce you to a local Estate Agent, interpret for you if your French is not up to it, and give you advice on purchasing and renovating houses in France from our own lengthy experience. More
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About the Owner
Adrian & Shamsiah C
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:September 2013
Interaction with guests
Adrian & Shamsiah are on site all the time and are always there to welcome guests. We love to share our knowledge of the area with our guests and to help them in any way we can.
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

We spend a lovely week. It is a perfect place to relax and watch the stars at night. The house is perfectly clean and confortable. A lot of space to choose in the garden depending on the sun and shade you need. And most of...More

Date of stay: July 2016
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Shamsiah C, VR Owner at Les Houllins, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2016

Hi Adrien & Debbie Thank you very much for your kind words. We would like to add that you were the perfect guests and we would love to see you again. Bisous a vous deux Adrian & Shamsiah

Reviewed 9 September 2015

We had a wonderful time at Les Houllins. Adrian and Shamsiah were warm and welcoming, offering tips on what to do and where to go. The house was clean and well kitted out. The grounds are a real treat, there's plenty of space to laze...More

Date of stay: August 2015
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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Ask
Refrigerator
Washer
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Paper Towels Provided
Private Garden
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Books
Ceiling Fans
Hairdryer
Linens Provided
Secure Parking
Internet Access
Toaster
Telephone
Cooker
Grill
Fishing Nearby
Local Guides/Maps
Long Term Rentals (Over 1 Month)
Dishwasher
Freezer
Iron
Stereo System
Microwave
Boat Available
Balcony
Ping Pong Table
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Terrace
Patio
Fireplace
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Does this holiday rental have a steam room?YesNoUnsure
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About the neighbourhood
The area is ideal for walking and cycling and our favourite country restaurant is within walking a cycling distance. There are many other good inexpensive restaurants in the area. The largest oak forest in europe is a 15 minute drive with 2 lakes with sandy beaches - ideal for swimming. You can take a canoe (we provide one) down the river Allier to the village of Apremont, one of the most beautiful in France. Bourbon l'Archambault, once the seat of the Bourbon Kings with its ruined castle, swimming pool and tennis courts is 16 kms. There is Street Art City near Lurcy-Lévi (7 kms), Moulins with the National Costume Museum, a house that was closed for 100 years, now restored and open to the public, the vineyards of St Pourcain, etc.
Getting around
To get around you will definitely need a car unless you are very keen on cycling.
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