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Description for B&B:This 15th century cottage is one of our largest and most charming properties. Virtually nothing has been changed in the house since its construction. It has sculptured Renaissance windows, 2 wine cellars with direct access from the living room, large oak beams, original red tiled floors and white washed walls. All furniture is antique (several pieces as old as the house), the rugs are original oriental ones and the shed is filled with old tools we have found on the numerous “brocantes” held every summer in the region.
The cottage has 2 floors:
Downstairs is the living room with a 15th century stone fireplace and a cosy candle-lit dining area for up to 8 people. From the living-room, a staircase leads directly down into the well-stocked wine cellar. Off the living-room is a bedroom with 2 twin beds. Also downstairs is the kitchen decorated according to tradition, but with glass-ceramic stove, oven, dish-washer, washing-machine and seating for 6 people. The luxurious bathroom is downstairs as well and has whitewashed walls, oak beams, a large free-standing antique roll-top bath-tub and a walk-in multi-jet spa shower. Upstairs are the 2 other bedrooms, with a king-size double bed each and a separate WC.
The garden is large and separated in 2 parts: a front garden with a sunny courtyard (ideal for breakfast and lunch) and a back garden which catches the evening sun by the BBQ. From the garden you can see Bellenaves’ two landmarks: the château to which the cottage used to belong, and the 12th century church.
The overall impression is of a very romantic, ancient, beautifully restored and comfortable cottage. It fits 6 people and provides sufficient space and privacy for 3 couples or 2 families. All rooms are provided with TV and Telephone/Internet connection.
Long Winter Lets:
This cottage is ideal for a retreat during which to write a thesis or a book, but the many activities offered mean that it is just as suitable for a winter away from harsher climates or a lovely family end-of-year holiday. The huge fire-place in the living-room makes this a cosy place to spend winter months. However, the central-heating allows you to spend time in the rest of the house as well! The winters in the region are usually mild, with occasional snowfalls and many hours of sunshine.
The cottage is located on the way out of the village, but is still within 2 minutes' walk of the local shops: 2 bakeries, a butcher, a well-assorted general store, post-office, newspaper shop and florist. So although it is advisable to have a car to fully enjoy the region, everyday life in Bellenaves does not require one. For delicious food, the local auberge is just around the corner, and for some variety, neighbouring villages have very good restaurants as well.
A bit of history:
It was constructed as part of the Chateau de Bellenaves and housed the Bailiff (in French: Bailli). It has a lovely detail which is an outdoor antique ice-room, as well as a former little 'pig-house', now converted into a toolshed.
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