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Prieure St Therese

Villa with 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and swimming pool in Pressigny, France

From £1,627 per week

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Villa to rent in Pressigny, France

  • Villa
  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Private pool
  • WiFi

Villa overview - owner's description

This beautiful medieval priory is now an Oliver's Travels award–winning luxury holiday destination in Charente.

This beautiful medieval priory is now an Oliver's Travels award–winning luxury holiday destination in Charente. Located in the tiny village of Pressigny on private grounds adjacent to the church and within the Deux-Sevres, this luxury French manor house, converted to a priory in the fourteenth century, sleeps twelve adults in six bedrooms and can accommodate an additional four children.
Relax by the heated pool, dine al fresco at one of the great outdoor tables and enjoy the beauty of the rose covered walled gardens that surround the property knowing that children and pets are completely secure.
Six delightful bedrooms accommodate up to twelve guests. The high ceilinged, beamed rooms, ancient wooden floors and honey coloured stone walls are a perfect backdrop for the mix of antique family furniture and pictures. The kids will enjoy playtime in the bright, colourful games room with its cool turret and arrow slits (no budding archers allowed to shoot the guests!).
The house is well appointed. The kitchen has a gas range, microwave, washing machine, dish washer and American fridge freezer as well as kettle, coffee machine, toaster and iron and ironing board. Hair dryers are provided in the bedrooms. There are cots, high chairs, baby bath, changing mat and pushchair available for little people. Satellite TV, Bang and Olufson radio and record deck , internet connection, bicycles and house i-pad are provided for the enjoyment of guests. All linen and towels are provided.
Within 20 km of the house lie a number of activities for the whole family. From great local food markets, vide greniers and country trail walks to riding, lake fishing and canoeing, there is a plethora of activities in the area. You'll find a supermarket, cafes, and bars just 7 km away in Thenezay; the beautiful medieval town of St. Loup is fifteen minutes from the house and Fururescope an hour away. The Atlantic coastline with it's stunning beaches and the historic towers of La Rochelle are just an hour and a half away, but why hit the roads when you have such a peaceful and beautiful place to rest and relax in.
And, for those who truly want to relax, full catering is offered by your hostess.

Features

The Priory has been immaculately restored and renovated both inside and out. It is filled with antiques and objets d'art and is an absolute gem amongst treasures. With its original stonework it stands in splendour, privately enclosed in its own grounds.

There is a green mosaic swimming pool with Roman steps. The pool can be heated but this must be requested at least 7 days in advance of your arrival. The walled and tree lined gardens flourish with their vines, fruit trees and beautifully maintained lawns and flower beds.

Ground Floor
Kitchen fully equipped with dishwasher, washing machine & 2 fridges. Dining room that seats 12. Hall. Sitting room. Study. Satellite bathroom.

First Floor
4 double bedrooms (2 with en-suite bathrooms).

Second Floor
Games room/dormitory room (for extra kids if necessary). 2 double bedrooms (1 en-suite). 2 bath/shower rooms.

Outbuildings
2 garages.

Outside
Outdoor rooms for dining. Private pool. Attractive grounds.

Location

This stunning 14th century Priory is situated in the heart of Pressigny village, among some of France's most beautiful unspoiled countryside. The nearest airport is Poitiers (35km). The nearest train station is Parthenay (10km) and the nearest town is Thenzay (7km).

Local Activities
- Country trail walks - just step outside the gates.
- Horse riding (5km)
- Golf (20/40 km)
- Fishing (5km)
- Lake (12km)
- Lakeside beach (20km)
- Canoeing (12km)
- Windsurfing (12km)

Shops
- Thenezay (7km): Bank, supermarket, bakery, patisserie, iron mongers, florist, cafe, bar, petrol station, pizza take away, post office, tabac, local market on Sunday mornings.
- Gourge (7km): Convenience store, Post office, Restaurant, Bar, Steak and Pizza house, Garage.
- St.Loup (9km): Restaurant, Bar, Pizzeria, Convenience store, Bakery, Post Office, Tabac.
- Parthenay (15km): Everything from Hypermarket, Supermarket, independently owned shops, bars and restaurants, banks and a fabulous market on a Wednesday morning.
- Thouars (25km): Probably the best of local markets on a Friday morning. Fantastic fresh fish, meat, fruit and vegetables as well as gifts etc.

Local Attractions
Futuroscope: (Poitiers 30 minutes drive time) Futuroscope is France's largest educational theme park.

The Aquarium: (La Rochelle, 90 minutes drive time) Open 365 days a year. Dream, understand and learn about the sea. A 2 hour journey into the depths of the sea. 10,000 Atlantic, Mediterranean and Tropical species in 3 million litres of water, 65 aquariums open like a window into the ocean world. The largest shark aquarium displays 20 species in 1.5 million litres of sea water. A 360° tunnel allows you to walk on water, surrounded by jellyfish. A must for everyone!

Chateaux of the Loire: These numerous historical and beautiful castles can easily be visited- with Saumur's chateau located just 45 minutes away. This is a rare example of the 14th century architecture and it marks the end of the middle ages and the beginning of the renaissance. It offers a wide variety of medieval events over the summer. The chateaux of Chenonceau, Chambord, Montreuil-Bellay, Ambois, Villandry and Ussee are all within drivable distance.

Vineyards and Tastings: The nearest vineyards are about 10 miles away where it is possible to taste and purchase local wines, however, the following gives an idea of others sites within reach:
- The Musee du vignoble Nantais: (Nantes wine museum).
- Ackerman Laurence Caves: At Saumur
- Domaine de Pas au Loup: Wines of the Haut-Poitou (10minutes).
- Domaine de villement: (20minutes).
- Route des vins du Haut-Poitou: 25 vineyards within an hour, from Pressigny where it is a pleasure to taste Savignon, Cabernet, Chardonnay and Gamay wines, all of which can be purchased from the vineyard, direct.
- Caves Bouvet - Ladubay: (Saumur) open every day from 8am-6pm. June to September. Eight kilometres of wine cellars, 150 years of tradition, 194 medals of distinction awarded since 1972.
- Combier: (Saumur) Founded in 1834. Discover the secrets and techniques from the 19th century still used today. The copper stills and hands-on experience of these distillers provide liquors and wines.
- Cognac: (75 minutes drive time) guided tours all year round provided by “Martell” and “Camus” (by appointment) in low season.

La Rochelle: The Atlantic coast (90 minutes drive time) The three towers of La Rochelle, Saint Nicolas and the 14th century lantern are the remains of the town's fortifications. A visit to the town's beach and the nearby beaches can be combined with a day of shopping in some wonderful vaulted boutiques as well as enjoying the fayre of local sea food restaurants.

The Isle de Re: Island just on the approach to La Rochelle with unspoiled beaches and countryside.

Poitiers: (30 minutes drive) 2000 years of art and history. A town with over 100 church towers including “Notre-Dame-La-Grande”. Good local shopping, bars and restaurants.

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Location

This villa is:

40.39km from Poitiers - Biard Airport
Outside this villa in Pressigny, France
This villa has a pool and a children pool.

Prices and availability

Updated 28 June 2017

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Changeover days and minimum stays

  • 24 June - 25 August 2017: changeover day is Saturday and the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 26 August - 8 December 2017: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 9 December - 29 December 2017: changeover day is Saturday and the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 30 December 2017 - 23 June 2018: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 24 June - 25 August 2018: changeover day is Saturday and the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 26 August - 7 December 2018: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 8 December - 30 December 2018: changeover day is Saturday and the minimum stay is 7 nights.

Extras

Compulsory

  • Refundable Breakage Deposit

    £886.13 per booking, paid locally

Facilities

Bedrooms

6 bedrooms, Sleeps 12

Bathrooms

5 bathrooms

Swimming pool

Private pool

Entertainment

DVD/Blu-ray player, Internet / WiFi, TV, Satellite / cable

General

Central heating, Car hire optional