It’s luxurious but laid back, comfort and balance truly are at its heart…” Lady B
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Haven in the Vines.
Our private retreat cottage, near Angouleme, is a stone built cottage over looking the pool and gardens with beams, woodburner, terrace and spacious rooms. The rooms are airy and can also be cosy and cosseting with the lights on low and the wood burner lit. Sometimes we need to feel the wind in our hair and the earth beneath our feet – sometimes we want to snuggle down into a big blanket and be wrapped up like a child.
We are surrounded by vines, woods and horses with many different walks right from the doorstep. We have untreated fruit trees – cherries, apples, walnuts, plums, apricots, a vegetable garden, hedgerows full of berries and hazelnuts and fruit vines. The woods are a foragers paradise with many varieties of mushrooms, nuts, fruit and leaves. We often see the local deer as we walk, they live amongst the vines surrounding the house and in the nearby woods.
The outdoor heated pool (28°-33°) is open in the summer months, usually April – October depending on the weather. At 12 metres long it is good for a proper swim and a lovely place to lie on the terrace bathed in sunshine. It has a retractable cover so that on the rare occasion the weather is awful you can still enjoy it.
Release toxins and aid relaxation in the infrared sauna. Heat, tranquillity, rest… perfect. Relax in the, very effective, massage chair.
Enjoy breakfast on the terrace, lunch by the pool, dinner in the garden – or take them all in the house if you prefer, you choose!
Haven by the Sea.
The cottage has a small, private terrace and is situated in a small well-kept garden that leads to the house where we stay and all meals are made. At the back is an open, green common that goes on for miles, providing lovely, untamed space to walk or cycle. There are fruit trees too.
It’s a five-minute walk to the local beach and harbour or 20 minutes by bike to the surfing beach through small roads and woods. A ten-minute walk away, there’s a magical market which always deserves a visit. Bikes are provided.
On the terrace is a wood burner and we supply blankets, so it’s lovely to sit outside as the sun goes down even during the cooler months.
The Japanese soaking tub and essential oils and salt concoction Desri makes are second to none for deep relaxation and encouraging a good nights sleep.
The pretty bedroom has a wonderfully comfortable, double, brass bed (it has been said it is like sleeping on a cloud), with crisp Egyptian cotton bedding. The bathroom features a luxuriously deep, cedar wood, free-standing Japanese soaking tub to help the detox and deep relaxation process and along with the essential oil and salt concoctions Desri makes are second to none for promoting a good nights sleep.
There is an airy sitting room looking over the terrace with a kitchen area to make drinks (a variety of teas and tissanes are provided). The décor is classic Ile de Ré style with soft painted walls, wooden touches and fine muslin drapes. There are dining areas inside and out, so you can choose, with the private terrace through French doors at the front and open green space to the back. There is a TV, wifi (which can be turned off), DVDs and a good collection of books provided.
Haven on Earth
Outside of our walks and therapy sessions we provide support when you need it and we also appreciate your need for quiet time, privacy and space.