La Vieille Grange

glance_lvg2La Vieille Grange is on the northern edge of a small hamlet, with woods (home to red squirrels) to one side and across the valley below. It began life as a stone barn, the oldest parts of the building, we believe, dating from the 17th century. In its transformation to a house the original stonework and oak beams have been left exposed and it is now a spacious and family-friendly holiday home offering self-catering accommodation for up to 7 people. It is an ideal place to relax and unwind, or as a base from which to explore the region by car, on a bicycle or on foot.

Large back windows on each floor look east over valley meadows. There are double doors on both sides of the ground floor – three sets to the south opening onto a terrace and courtyard which enjoy long hours of sunshine, and a set to the north opening onto a covered terrace. Herbs and, in season, tomatoes, grow near the front door. There are electric wall heaters throughout.

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Mercadiol in winter, as seen from the fields below. La Vieille Grange is at the far right, on the edge of the woods.

Ground floor
From the wide entry hall, stairs lead up to the first floor bedrooms and down to the ground floor open-plan living area. The laundry and a separate WC  are also off the entry hall.
In the living area, the kitchen has a gas/electric cooker, fridge, dishwasher, fitted cupboards with cups, glassware and cutlery for up to 10 people, pots, pans, kettle, toaster, coffee makers etc. A walk-in pantry has plenty of shelving, a wine rack, food processor, table linen, shopping bags and a coolbag. The dining table seats up to eight, with crockery,  and serving dishes in the nearby sideboard.
The lounge area has three large sofas, a pine chest used as a coffee table, flat screen TV (both French and English free-to-air stations), a CD player, landline and a bookcase with reference books on the local area and cookbooks.DSCN3267

First floor
The main bedroom has a queen-size bed, a chest of drawers, hanging space for clothes, bookshelves with a selection of mainly fiction and an en-suite with shower and WC. Three large windows offer rural views. Stairs in the corner of the bedroom lead to a mezzanine level with a cot and a desk/table (the wifi modem is also on this level).
The second bedroom has two single beds, a chest of drawers and a bookshelf with a selection of children’s books. A window looks over the terrace and courtyard.
The third bedroom, with a double bed, dressing table and chest of drawers, also overlooks the terrace and courtyard. A mezzanine level from this room, reached by a ladder, has a single bed suitable for a child.
The main bathroom is on this level and has a shower over the bath and WC.
All the rooms have electric fans and independently adjustable electric heaters.

Outdoor areas
On the southern side of the building, double doors from the living area open to a terrace between the house and the parking barn (actually an old wood and tile tobacco-drying barn). There is a table seating six, another seating four, two sun loungers and the BBQ. The end section of the tobacco barn provides a covered and shaded outdoor area in summer. The terrace looks south and west across the courtyard to the barns and outbuildings of the old farm and a large linden tree, and east to the forests and fields below. A sloping pathway (once used to take cattle down to the fields) leads to a lower terrace where there is a fig tree that in autumn is laden with fruit and walnut trees.
On the northern side, doors open onto a covered area bounded by a low stone wall. It is a good place to play boules (you’ll find a set in the house). Woodland and valley views.

Arrival time: Saturday 3 pm; departure time: Saturday 10 am.

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