La Chouette
French country cottage

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Details and Specifics
La Chouette (The Owl) is aptly named.  Located at the edge of a country village with nature all around, you will hear the chatter of songbirds, the cries of hawks, the many and varied sounds of the owls in the adjacent park and across the road.  Leave the pressures and stress of modern life behind...

Luxuries: All furnishings of high quality, log fire, Internet access, Staffed Property 
General: Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-fi available 
Standard: Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer 
Utilities: Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Oven, Microwave, Fridge/ Freezer, Washing machine 
Rooms: 3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, separate toilet room. 
Furniture: Single beds (2), Double bed (1), Queen bed (1), Dining seating for 8, Lounge seating for 6 
Other: Linen and towels provided 
Outdoors: Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ 
Access: Secure parking 

Further details indoors:
Recently purchased and restored to a high standard, it was the home of the former mayor of St Clementin, La Chouette adjoins our six acre park.
Quality beds (all new), bedding (all new) and furnishings.
Fully equipped fitted kitchen, most appliances new.
Large lounge with double French doors to front deck.
Separate breakfast room next to the kitchen, bright and cheery.
Bathroom is large and bright, new double sinks. Shower over tub.  Ensuite bathroom for master bedroom has shower, toilet and vanity.
Separate toilet room.
Free wi-fi (bring your laptop), TV and unlimited international telephone.
All one level in 127 square meters (1350 square feet)
Garage under house keeps house cool.
Furniture storage for those looking to move to region (1000 square feet)

Further details outdoors:
South facing for a sunny breakfast in the breakfast room or on the front deck.
Outdoor covered dining in the back garden.
One third acre total ground surface.
The property borders our six acre park and gardens.
Across the road is an additional 5 acres of forest and unbuilt property, allowing for abundant bird life.

Further details
Welcome basket of wine, fresh bread, home made jam.....La vie est belle!
Plenty of tourist information
Help with booking tickets and restaurants (we speak French)

The beauty of it all
​Guests have reported that the feeling of relaxation and comfort is immediate, that for the first time in a long time they feel the stress and pace of modern life dissolving.  The effect is cumulative.  We have had artists, authors, professors on sabbatical, retired, and employed guests and all have profited from this old fashioned region, from the kindness of people who take the time to welcome you, and from the comfort of the house.  

                                      ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT THE AREA BELOW THE PHOTOS

Interested in learning more?
In September, as part of National Heritage Day, St Clementin hosts a festival with Scottish pipers, hunters playing their French horns, exhibitions of paintings and crafts such as stone carving, basket and rope making, classic tractors, cars and motorcycles, food and the village center five minutes on foot from Villa La Chouette.

The 12th century Chapelle des Rosiers serves as a striking backdrop for an exhibition of paintings.  Craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills at the St Clementin National Heritage Day Festival.  Every 2 years, St Clementin holds a 3-day literary festival.  Next is June 24-26, 2016.
At the edge of St Clementin at 15 minutes by foot lies La Chapelle des Rosiers, almost 1000 years old and beautifully restored.  It has 15th century frescoes. It is part of the pilgrimage route to St Jacques de Compostele in northwestern Spain.
The Poitou-Charentes / Vendee / Deux Sevres region
The Vendee is known for blue, sunny skies, no pollution; a region unspoiled by modern life. The pace is unhurried, the roads are traffic free, the people are warm and welcoming. One of the most interesting regions because of the War of the Vendee (1791-1793) it is an area of small villages and farms, a modest lifestyle and simple family life.

Besides being second to the Cote d'Azur in sunny days the region is second to Provence in the number of Roman sites. There are many churches, arenas and amphitheaters to visit, all a day trip from La Chouette.

Women in the Deux Sevres have the longest life expectancy in France and men have the second longest, evidence of the lack of stress, clean air and good, local grown food. Farmers markets are found every day in one village or another with not only locally grown fruits and vegetables but our region has been known for 150 years as the supplier of beef, pork and poultry to the restaurants of Paris.

The Deux Sevres is also known as a "region familial", there is a tradtional emphasis on strong, close family life.

The great beaches of the Atlantic coast are 1H30minutes west
Paris is 2H30 by train

Le Puy du Fou, a history themed park that not only tells the history of our region with knights on horses and re-creations of 17th, 18th and 19th century villages, but even has an authentic Roman amphitheater with gladiators, chariot races, lions and tigers (this is not to be missed!) 

Le Parc Oriental, the largest Japanese gardens in Europe is 20 minutes west, created in the mid-1800's, has a spectacular setting in a valley with a lake and a huge variety of mature trees and ornamental plants, all overlooked by Chateau Colbert. (This is not to be missed also!)

The Loire Valley is 45 minutes north, therefore a great number of chateau visits possible as day trips. At 30 minutes north, the Chateau de Brissac (pictured in our photo group) is the tallest in France, in the same family since 1504 (the current Duke de Brissac and family reside there), has guided tours in English of its vast, furnished rooms and is well worth the visit.

For equestrian fans Le Cadre Noir, in a forest near Saumur, at 40 minutes north, is an important site, the location for national and international dressage competitions in a magnificent setting with indoor and outdoor arenas and stables for 400 horses. It is a very active center.

Local wineries provide superb value for money in reds and both dry and sweet whites as well as Cremant, their version of Champagne, the best wine bargains in France!

The Argenton Les Vallees / St. Clementin area 
Our village, St Clementin, has an impeccably restored 12th century Chapelle des Rosiers with 15th century frescoes. It is a village dating from at least Gallo-Roman times, having been mentioned in clerical documents of the 10th century and is on an important Roman crossroads. The bell tower of the church is one of only four in France to come from the workshop of Gustav Eiffel. It is a clean, tidy village with well-maintained granite homes and walls; the word "charmant" (charming) is often applied by those who know the town. It has a superb boulangerie, excellent restaurant, a classic bar, tennis courts, soccer fields, and indoor gymnasium.

Bressuire, our main market town at 12km south, has an 11th century chateau that has been the site of the World and European Highland games and is considered one of the top five sites in the world for the Games. It has all commercial services without being bustling and crowded and has train service to Paris, two weekly farmers markets, a museum with permanent and changing exhibitions, one of the top tennis centers in France and a newly opened swimming complex. Scattered throughout the town are sculptures created by artists who participate in the annual sculputure exhibitions on the grounds of the chateau.

Argenton Les Vallees, at 4 km, has a lake (you can rent pedal boats), a swimming complex, a working windmill (fantastic!), and guided history walks. Close to Argenton is a superb International Karting track where you can rent carts by the hour, promising performance and safety (not just limited to kids!).

Walking and cycling opportunities are abundant.  There is a newly completed conversion of a railroad right-of-way that is now a cycling/walking route, free of cars, virtually flat, that takes you through over 50km of countryside over stone railroad bridges, linking villages formerly served by a regional line in the 19th century (found at Voultegon, one mile from here).

                                                        GUESTBOOK FOR LA CHOUETTE
"We absolutely loved our stay at La Chouette. The house was beautifully furnished to a high standard in a traditional style. The kitchen was equipped with everything needed by a chef, a real home from home. This is a very peaceful area in a nice traditional village, large enough for a restaurant and a boulangerie. There is a covered deck at the rear of the house, ideal for outdoor eating. The owners, who lived in a property nearby, were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable." Colin S.     Ireland

“Beautiful Gite in a peaceful village”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 for a stay in June 2015  

 Stayed at La Chouette for 2 months this summer. Beautifully decorated, very spacious and well stocked. Roger and Brenda were very gracious hosts. Roger took us to the loçal market, showed us around the area and even called for dinner reservations for us. There are lots to do in surrounding areas or you can just hang out and relax at the house. There is a great view of the church steeple from the dining room and the master BR. The bedrooms are ample size. It has great internet signal and free landline phone calls to the US. 

“A most excellent gite in a most tranquill village”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 for a stay in September 2014  

 We have been habitual gite-stayers for more than three decades and have seen pretty well every sort and condition. We can honestly say that this one is the most comfortable, best equipped, and generally most enjoyable you are ever likely to come across. Of course, a large part of its success is down to the owners, Roger and Brenda. Furnishings and fittings are all of the highest order but while 'customer care' is the key, that goes well beyond the merely necessary and quickly becomes the expression of friendship.

“Very Spacious Gite”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 for a stay in September 2014  

 A very comfortable gite with all mod cons, tastefully decorated with French furnishings. All the rooms were of ample size. Roger made us feel at home straight away and the welcome pack was much appreciated. The gite is well situated for places to visit within the local area. For those keen on walking/jogging or cycling there is a disused railway line which has been converted to a 'rue verte' about a five minute drive away.  

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner

Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend? Yes.