La Poste des Gardes (House)
Medieval family riverside maison de bourg in the historic quarter
  • Beautiful private 1st floor roof terrace overlooking the River Vienne
  • Large open-plan ground floor with woodburner and French doors
  • Charming light & airy 1st floor salon with French door to roof terrace
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Price from £350 per week
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La Poste des Gardes

Welcome to our charming fully restored 16th century maison de bourg in the historic quarter of Availles-Limouzine, a pretty medieval village nestled on the banks of the beautiful River Vienne. You will have a large open plan living room/dining room/kitchen with wood burning stove in an imposing original fireplace, south-facing French doors, a Hi-Fi system, DVD, video player and a UK Sky satellite TV system. The kitchen area is well-equipped with electric double oven, grill, ceramic hob and freezer, together with ample worktops and storage. There is a utility room/pantry with further storage, fridge, washing machine, microwave and toaster. There is also a downstairs shower room/WC. The middle floor offers a charming salon with south-facing window above the original stone guard seat and a double futon. This room has double doors opening onto the private roof terrace, which overlooks the River Vienne and offers patio furniture for dining al fresco. The terrace is absolutely perfect for achieving total relaxation at any time of day.
Holiday Theme  
  • Tourist attractions


France, Poitou-Charentes, Poitiers, Availles-Limouzine

Availles-Limouzine is a pretty medieval village on the banks of the beautiful River Vienne. It offers all the charm of living in old rural France whilst still providing all necessary amenities such as supermarkets, newsagent, bakeries, butchers, pharmacy, restaurant, bar, bank, post office and Tourist Information Office. There is a farmers' market every Sunday morning selling the freshest produce you can imagine at great prices. The municipal park just over the river has a small swimming pool and you can hire canoes, water bikes, electric boats, and go-karts. There is also a mini-golf course, boules pitch, basketball pitch, a well-equipped playground and several picnic areas. Availles is a fisherman's paradise. International fishing takes place here due to the easy access and the good river bank length. Bolognaise, English, feeder and cane fishing are very popular. The newsagent sells equipment and licences. The English Garden located in the north of the village is a local paradise and a haven for birds and frogs. A fragrant garden features over 600 varieties of roses and shrubs. Deval Karts is the place to go for 4X4, quad, via ferata, tyrolean cable slide and dog teaming. Confolens, 10 km away, is an ancient Roman town with a number of prehistoric sites. It has now developed into a typical French, bustling market town and has a good variety of supermarkets and shops. The broad River Vienne splits the town in two and provides perfect opportunities for watersports enthusiasts. Montmorillon, 30km away, is a wonderfully charming medieval city with winding streets, pavement cafés, pretty river banks and beautiful buildings. It is called 'The City of the Written Word' and is a haven for writers and calligraphers. The amazing world-renowned theme park of Futuroscope is but an hour away.
  • Nearest airport : Poitiers  70  km
  • Nearest ferry port : St Malo  440  km
  • Nearest train station : Poitiers  70  km
  • Nearest golf course : Poitiers  70  km
  • Nearest shops : Availles-Limouzine  0  km
  • Nearest bars & restaurants : Availles-Limouzine  0  km
  • Nearest motorway or freeway : Poitiers  70  km
  • Nearest beach : La Rochelle  160  km
  • Alternative airport : Limoges  70  km
  • A car is recommend
  • BY AIR The house lies approximately an hour’s drive away from both Poitiers and Limoges Airports.
Local attractions:  
  • Botanical garden
  • Caves
  • Child's playground
  • Church
  • Forest
  • Local market
  • Restaurants & bars
  • Scenic drive
  • Theme park
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Property information

  • Pets considered
  • Suitable for children
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users
  • Not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • Smokers welcome
  • We welcome teenagers
  • We welcome babies and toddlers
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 0  Single beds
  • 2  Double bed
  • 1  Sofa beds
  • 2  Bunk bed
  • 0  Cots

The main double bedroom on the middle floor faces west and is warm and bright in the evenings. It has a panelled ceiling, exposed stonework and the original feature fireplace with tiled hearth. A niche houses shelving and the original stone washbasin. The south facing room on the top floor has a double bed, exposed roof trusses and features the stone seat used when the house was a guard post. There is a further west facing double bedroom with bunk beds, ideal for children. This room includes a games console, TV, books and toys.

  • 1 Bathroom(s)
  • 0 of which are ensuite
  • Shower
  • Wet room

The downstairs shower room is accessed from the utility room. It has fully tiled white walls and a quarry tiled floor. There is a large shower cubicle with double doors, a WC and a wash basin over a vanity unit offering ample storage. A large mirror and hanging space is provided.There is a further "wet room" on the top floor with a WC, a wash hand basin, hanging space and further storage units.

  • Cooker
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Crockery
  • Cutlery

The kitchen is located in the corner of the open-plan living area. It has an electric double oven cooker with ceramic hob and full-sized grill. There is a large oak chef's buffet with inset granite worktop and storage and a further tiled top free-standing buffet. There is a sink unit and a small freezer. Rustic French wall units provide extra storage. A door from the kitchen leads into the separate utility room which has plenty of storage shelves, a large original French butcher's table, fridge, microwave, toaster and washing machine.

Seating for 6 People
The séjour centres around the wood burning stove in the original feature fireplace. This large open-plan room is full of traditional French features including exposed stonework and original beams. There is a comfortable leather sofa and armchairs and plenty of side tables. We provide a Sky satellite system receiving UK TV, a VCR with a good selection of films, a DVD and a Hi-Fi system. Games, books and magazines are also provided.
Dining room  
Seating for 6 People
You will have a large oak dining table with seating for six. This is a delightful open and airy room featuring original beamed walls and ceilings, exposed stonework and a stunning tiled floor. It forms part of the séjour. The full-height French doors to the south let the sun stream into the room, making this a most enjoyable dining experience.
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Books
  • TV
  • Internet
  • Wi-fi
General facilities  
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Bed linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Hairdryer
  • Log burning stove
Additional Information  
The middle floor of the house features a galleried area which forms a delightful salon. Under the south facing window you will find the original stone seat used by the guards. This is a relaxing seating area with a futon that can also be used as a double bed. Double French doors facing eastwards lead onto the private roof terrace.
  • None
Exterior facilities  
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
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Rental Prices

Rental prices are quoted in (GBP)£
Period Weekly rate Week night Weekend rate Minimum stay
Spring 2014 350 0 0 1 Weeks
Early Summer 2014 450 0 0 1 Weeks
High Summer 2014 550 0 0 1 Weeks
Autumn 2014 350 0 0 1 Weeks
Spring 2015 350 0 0 1 Weeks
Early Summer 2015 450 0 0 1 Weeks
High Summer 2015 550 0 0 1 Weeks
Autumn 2015 350 0 0 1 Weeks

Note: Prices are approximate. Always contact the owner to confirm pricing for your preferred dates.

Notes to rental prices  
We are very happy to offer all our guests a discount of £50 off per week from the second week onwards of a single booking at any time of year. The house is not available for short-term rent during the Winter Season but we are very happy to consider longer-term lets at discounted prices. Children of all ages are very welcome but must be supervised by an adult at all times. We are very happy to accept up to two well-behaved dogs, for which we charge a supplement to cover additional cleaning costs on departure. Please visit for more information and an online booking facility. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions at all.

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Louise Grudgings (Home owner)
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