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La Grange des Hirondelles La Grange des Hirondelles is a converted milking parlour, and one of several detached barns on a former farm, situated alongside the owner's farm house. It gets its name from the delightful swallows (hirondelles in French) that visit the area each summer to build their nests. In its original state the large ceiling beams of the milking parlour had been the support for the nests of many generations of swallows. The walls are made of the local tuffault (limestone) stone, and are 60 cms thick, which provides good insulation, and ensures that the inside stays cool even during the hottest of summers. The gite is at the end of a private drive, which means that there is hardly any traffic noise, and that children can play safely.


Baby swallows in one of the barns near La Grange des Hirondelles The swallows have finally accepted that they can no longer use the gite, however they still build their nests each year in another barn on the property.  This is one of the many broods of baby swallows which have been born at La Grange des Hirondelles.   We like to think that, like many of our clients, these swallows will be back again the following year. 


The sitting room area of La Grange des Hirondelles During the conversion from the original barn into the gite, many of the original features were retained. The transformation has retained its rustic charm, but ensuring a high standard of comfort. Much of the original stonework has been exposed on the walls, and all the ceilings are beamed.  The large open plan aspect of the barn has been retained.  This photo shows the sitting room area, with the stairs to the first floor, and the front door opening onto the main courtyard.  The rooms are tastefully furnished, some of the furniture being French antiques. The house has oil fired central heating. It is a spacious and well lit gite, having over 120 sq metres of living space.


The sitting room of La grange des Hirondelles opens out a large lawn The sitting room area also has a large triple "porte fenetre" (french windows) opening out onto the private drive way.  On the other side of the drive way you can see the large lawn, which is at your disposal, with views of the open countryside beyond. Whether you want to play boules on the lawn, or simply relax in the sitting room with a good book, you can be assured of peace and quiet at La Grange des Hirondelles.


The sitting room at La grange des Hirondelles with the kitchen behind The large sitting room (45 sq metres), has a  TV and DVD.  There are two arm chairs, and a settee which can convert into a sofa bed which can sleep two people.  This photo shows a part of the triple porte fenetre on the left, and  shows the kitchen and dining area beyond the sitting room.


The kitchen / dining area at La Grange des Hirondelles The kitchen and dining area features a fully fitted corner kitchen, comprising an under-worksurface oven, ceramic hob, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, electric kettle, and electric coffee maker.  There is a dining table and chairs for six people.  A high chair is available for young infants. The wooden door at the back of the kitchen leads into an utility room containing a washing machine, clothes drying rack, and ironing board and iron.  The double porte fenetre on the right opens onto the sheltered patio and the courtyard.


The ground floor bathroom at La Grange des Hirondelles The large downstairs bathroom contains a bath, washbasin, and WC.


The first floor bedroom at La Grange des HirondellesThe spacious main bedroom is upstairs and contains a double bed, and a small single bed suitable for a child.  A cot is also available, which can be installed in either the main bedroom, or the downstairs bedroom.


The small single bed in the main bedroom at La Grange des HirondellesThe small single bed in the main bedroom is suitable for a child


The en suite shower room at La Grange des HirondellesThe main bedroom has an en-suite shower room, containing shower, wash basin, and WC.


The ground floor bedroom at La Grange des HirondellesThe second bedroom is at the end of the ground floor, and has two single beds. It opens out onto the patio and private courtyard.