Luxury secluded holiday house with private pool
Dating from the 11th century, La Commanderie des Templiers is a beautiful stone mill on the banks of Le Ne, close to Barbezieux-St-Hilaire and surrounded by forest and local vineyards. As the name suggests, the original building was the command post of the Knights Templar during the Crusades.
Chez Meunier, our rental accommodation, was the Miller's home and is a deceptively spacious house. With 3 double bedrooms, a sitting room overlooking the private pool and a huge kitchen diner, there is plenty of space for 6 adults. Outside, the setting is wooded silence. You can sit or swim in total peace and because the surrounding area is protected from hunting and the use of chemicals and pesticides, the wild flowers and animals flourish here.
The countryside is excellent for exploring; the roads are quiet and the gentle rolling hills and valleys are so welcoming, to walkers and cyclists alike.
Chez Meunier is just 4 kms from Blanzac-Porcheresse where you can enjoy lunch at one of the typical French bars, or just sit and watch village life. Barbezieux-St-Hilaire our nearest small town is 9 kms away.
If you long for the sea, the huge beaches of Royan are about an hour away. Or for city lovers and only 30 minutes away is Angouleme, the capital of Poitou-Charentes and the most beautiful city, famous for its connections to the cartoon industry.
But, if you just want to relax and soak up the sun, there can be no better place than Chez Meunier where your private pool is right outside your door. Surrounded by trees and with a backdrop of birdsong, it is a suntrap all day long.
We fell for this place, its friendly people and slow, stress-free pace of life.
And our guests agree