House Swap Available
Our holiday home is a refurbished rustic house set in a tranquil village in La Vienne. It is a large property with 5 double bedrooms and 2 huge reception rooms. 1 of these is a relaxing lounge area, with a record player and iPod doc and the very important wood burner, perfect for sitting in front to enjoy a glass of French red in winter! The kitchen is modern and has been installed behind the original cherry wood bar – the house used to be a the village brasserie (before this it was an establishment of a much cheekier nature… allegedly!). The other reception room is set up as a ping pong room, where many tournaments have taken place. At the top of the stairs is a cosy snug where the children keep a couple of game consoles and some toys. The master bedroom is literally vast, with an en suite shower and dressing room. It also has a Juliette balcony overlooking rolling countryside. There is another separate family bathroom on the floor above, by 3 of the 5 bedrooms.
There are numerous lakes in the nearby Brenne, which we love to visit for swimming, canoeing or nature watching – with an obligatory stop in one of the several restaurants for French lunch! Shopping in nearby Poitiers or Limoges, famous for porcelaine, is an absolute must during a visit.
Paris can be reached by train from Poitiers in approx 1 .5 hrs or it is about a 3.5 hr drive from the house. The chateaux of the Loire are about an 1.5 drive away. If you are interested in WWII history, Oradour sur Glane, a deeply moving memorial to an horrendous act of war, is about an hours drive and really is a site everyone should visit at least once in their life. There is also a museum in Limoges dedicated to the Resistance.
A cleaning service at the end of your stay can be arranged.
We are open to all swap offers anywhere, but are limited to travelling during school holidays at present (although we don’t need to do a simultaneous swap). If the exchange is near enough for us to drive, we sometimes travel with our small well behaved dog, Cosmo if that is acceptable to you and we would be delighted to look after any of your pets. We would love to find somewhere for a week or so this Christmas. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
We are a family of 4, myself and the children (ages 12 and 15) are lieflong veggies and we managed to convert my husband 6 years ago! I work in soft drinks innovation and my husband is self employed as a business consultant. We love to travel as a family and have completed several wonderful home swaps. We live in the UK and Maison Osbert is our holiday home.