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Au Chicot has many lovely character features: high ceilings, truly wonderful beams, some beautiful exposed stone and solid wood floors, plus loads of light and space. A rare feature of the property is that almost all windows have extensive views. The interior has been furnished in a deliberately understated way, using a careful blend of French country antique and quality contemporary pieces. Walls are white, sofas cream, colour accents being introduced by means of rugs, pretty quilts, cushions and prints.
In summer, shutters, ceiling fans and thick walls will keep you cool, while sealed unit double glazing, modern electric wall mounted radiators, plus two wood-burning stoves will ensure cosiness on an early Spring or late Autumn break.
Although doorways are not wide enough for wheelchairs, Au Chicot is suitable for those with limited but fairly independent mobility: the ground floor is level except for a single shallow step from the kitchen/breakfast room to the salon/dining room and another leading from the hall to the downstairs twin bedroom with wetroom.
With two bedrooms on the ground floor enjoying en suite facilities, and a further two bedrooms and bathrooms on the second floor, the house is perfect for two families sharing.
Au Chicot really loves babies, so we offer all the equipment your little darlings will need for a happy stay: mini blender, steriliser, sturdy highchair, plastic tableware, plus two cots (an excellent quality wooden cot and a travel cot,) bedding, baby monitor, stair gate, changing mat and baby bath. There are some throws for the sofas too ...
A welcoming space and formerly the kitchen, it has a fireplace with old bread oven and Jotul woodburning stove, cloak
cupboard, antique farmhouse table, mirror plus original quaint staircase to the pretty first floor landing; this in turn leads to two
delightful bedrooms (one en-suite) and family bathroom. Off the hall, in a corridor leading to the main bedroom, is a separate downstairs WC.
Built-in wardrobes in all rooms, with plenty of shelves and hanging space. Bedrooms 1/2 (ground and first floor) have triple
aspect/panoramic views and roomy double bed (160cms). Bedroom 1 also has French doors opening directly onto those views ... Bliss!
Bedrooms 3/4 (ground and first floor) are twin rooms but beds can be joined to create a 'Super King' bed (180cm); these have
pretty views to the little orchard and vines, and Bedroom 3 now offers an additional TV for playing DVDs, so no squabbles about
what to watch. Both second floor rooms have high ceilings and beautiful beams.
Four in total. Bedrooms 1, 2 and 3 each have an en suite 'wetroom', basin and WC. Simple, but modern and functional.
The family bathroom is on the first floor, and has a bath with shower over, basin and WC. Heated towel rails in all.
Separate downstairs cloakroom with WC and basin.
Exposed stone, high ceiling and lovely beams; tiled floor. A very light room, it has solid wood work surfaces and
hand-painted units with central island. Looking out to the views, there's a pretty mosaic tiled table and 6 chairs, plus
a leather sofa, near which is a small satellite TV, (large TV in the salon) CD/DVD player, landline telephone and Wi-Fi box..
Double French doors open onto the terrace: nip outside and grab your herbs for the pot! Large Smeg oven/gas hob,
full-size fridge-freezer, as well as microwave, dishwasher, kettle, toaster, filter coffee maker, cafetière, plus all
the gadgetry you're ever likely to need. Shelves house lashings of cookbooks for inspiration - there's a cool-box plus
basic picnic equipment for your days out too. Self catering couldn't get easier!
Directly off the kitchen, this houses the washing machine, tumble dryer, a large second fridge/freezer, iron,
ironing board, vacuum cleaner, other cleaning equipment and containers for recycling, shelves.
Storage is not a problem anywhere at Au Chicot!
Our favourite - again, with high ceilings and beautiful beams, this lovely room opens onto the terrace.
There's an elegant table and chairs seating 10 generously, and the wall is lined with books including guides and maps,
plus masses of videos, DVDs, and CDs to please all tastes. A wonderful old oak grain chest divides the room into two
areas and on the other side, two sofas and armchairs for 8 are grouped around the coffee table and Jotul woodburning
stove, and a Sony 40" flat-screen TV for enjoying French channels or DVDs/CDs. For guest convenience, an iPod docking
station is also supplied, and for more holiday options you'll find lots of games and jigsaws in the ancient armoire.
Au Chicot combines simple country charm with home-from-home comfort.
For more precise details of what is included in the rental rate, please check the Booking page.