We rent us at ± 500 m. Altitude on the south facing 2nd house about 6 to 12 weeks per year.
The target group for the rental of our house is 1 couple of adults with possibly. a baby, a combination of 2 sets of adults, or 1 set of adults with 1 or 2 large children (older than 16).
Reason: Because the house is not built to accommodate children we do not want to rent it to people with growing children, there is for example in the living room a spiral staircase to the upper floor (for small children really dangerous), the decor is not bad child friendly, but can be called relatively luxurious, there can also be a lot of them destroyed and damaged, accidents have happened quickly!
The house is a luxury, wooden (Red Cedar) and detached châlet (two floors, each floor 8x13m surface) and is located in the so-called "green heart" of France, in a region better known to many as "Le Bourbonnais" . This area is also known under the department name Allier, named after the tributary of the Loire with the same name. Here you are indeed still in an unspoilt agricultural and richly wooded area. Each view gives a different picture of the constantly changing and rolling landscape, here you will find real peace, a pleasant climate and extensive walking and excursion possibilities. In the immediate vicinity of our house is the vast Forêt-de-Tronçais containing five lakes (étangs, some with a beach), many monuments of cultural-historical significance and attractive culinary possibilities (also reasonably affordable!)
For wine lovers, it is possible to buy wine in the St-Pourçain area (an Appelation Controlée, yes!) At one of the many friendly winegrowers of this region.
Close by (± 4 km) there is a recreation area with a "Plan d'Eau" where swimming, surfing, fishing and sunbathing are possible.
In the towns in the immediate vicinity, weekly markets are held and there are so-called "brocantes" everywhere in the summer to stroll around and browse for nice, old utensils, which often change ownership for very little money. A nice area, so you at the end of your stay the chance runs somewhat regrettable to have to conclude that you were short of time and that the holiday here should have lasted longer !!
What is rented by us and what is included? A cpl. furnished house, in front of and next to the house ample parking on site, a large terrace (partly covered) where you can sit and lie undisturbed quietly! Inside on the ground floor a spacious entrance hall with toilet, access to a boiler room, a large living room + loft (8 meters high), a large open kitchen with dining area and a guest room with a manually adjustable double bed (140 x 200), shower & sink, TV with DVD player and plenty of cupboard space. On the first floor a large open bedroom with electric adjustable double bed (180x200), a sitting area, a TV with DVD player, an office (not rented!), More than enough cupboard space, a spacious (heated) bathroom with two sinks, a shower and a seat. The kitchen is well equipped, there is plenty of cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils available.
There is a ceramic hob (4-burner) with extractor hood, microwave (with grill function), a built-in hot-air oven, a dishwasher, a fridge / freezer combination, a coffee machine, a juicer and an espresso machine. decision. The living room is equipped with a fireplace, a smart TV, sound equipment and a DVD player / recorder.
Fixed and wireless internet is available (free)! NL-TV can be received (NPO1,2 & 3, RTL4 & 5, Veronica, SBS and much more). NL radio can also be received. The house is equipped with a "landline" telephone connection, with which calls within Europe to "fixed" numbers can be made free of charge (calls to mobile numbers are explicitly not included !!).
Explanation and good advice is present in printed form, so it is not difficult to discuss a table in a restaurant or contact a doctor.
For outdoor activities there is sufficient garden furniture, a large parasol and a fixed outdoor barbecue (on gas) with BBQ tools. The terrace and garden area is as much as possible "maintenance free" laid out. On the outdoor terrace is a large, covered & luxurious jacuzzi (with more than 40 whirls) that can be included in the rent for an additional fee.
We, Jetty & Willem van Pelt, are retired. We stay around 1 month in the Netherlands and 1 month here in France. This house was designed by us 18 years ago according to Finnish-Canadian wood construction principles. An important part of the construction was performed by us together with great pleasure, which of course took a lot of time and effort. In order to reduce costs, we rent our house 8 to 12 weeks per year. Not more often, we are much too happy!