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Welcome to Calm, Tranquil Chassignolles

Private room in bed and breakfast
hosted by Ruth
  1. 2 guests
  2. Studio
  3. 1 bed
  4. 1 private bath
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Rural relaxation. Honeysuckle at the gate. Simply sit and relax in the garden . Choose a hammock under an oak tree, a picnic next to a pond, a shaded terrace.

The dream was to make a “home from home” & see stars in the night sky. We are in Indre, Centre, Val-de-Loire, in historic Berry.

Explore Georges Sand country, La Chatre, 3 Lakes area, medieval chateau & villages. Or simply set off on a walk from the garden.

Restaurants a short drive away or choose a picnic style evening meal .

The space
Welcome to our French house. The dream was for a place in the countryside, to make a “home from home” and escape from work.

Guests stay in a studio type room called ‘Gite Hirondelle’. You have your own entrance, a bed-sitting area and a dressing room/bathroom/shower room.

Hirondelle is close to the Hosts’ small farmhouse. The style is purposefully simple in furnishing & design, with quirky antiques, a brass double bed (painted sunshine yellow), fluffy pillows, artwork and a sink area with tea/coffee and china teapot & cafetiere. There is wifi (it’s adequate) & you can borrow a portable wifi for the garden. There is no TV, but music and books to read. A Chromebook (laptop) is provided.

Everything was chosen for our “get away from it all” retreat. This began as our own holiday house and is now our permanent home.

The garden is developing. The wildness, copse & wild flowers will always be here, but we are working with the landscape to create a place of tranquility. Now there are roses, trellis, wooden sculptures (from a fallen tree) a herb garden, a small mindfulness garden and an ‘area pique-nique’ with traditional table and benches next to a pond. Listen to the fountains and come across a windchime or a swing-seat. There is a small terrace outside Hirondelle and several planned ‘sitting areas’ around the garden in shade or dappled sunlight.

Breakfast is available & served on a terrace surrounded by lavender, rosemary and Russian Sage. If the weather is unkind then breakfast can be taken in Gite Hirondelle.

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Where you'll sleep

What this place offers

Free parking on premises – 3 spaces
Patio or balcony
Indoor fireplace
Luggage dropoff allowed
Hair dryer
Bosch refrigerator
CD Player (basic) sound system

Where you’ll be

Chassignolles, Centre-Val de Loire, France

Ruth the host writes books about Mindfulness & relaxation. So if you like a simple, French countryide style, with quality a priority in comfort in duvets, pillows and linens then this is your type of place.

The property is in a small hamlet with a single track road leading to the last house before a grass track and farmland. Berrichonne cattle graze and as I type this there is a field of sunflowers closeby.

There are walking tracks, the old roads used in the past and we can suggest routes from the house or further afield.

The house is in the Commune of Chassignolles which has a museum of rural living and was the setting for a book called Celestine by the author Gillian Tindall. We are close to Crevant with its bakers and general store and its lovely Parc des Parelles.

It isn't far to the nearest restaurant in Chassignolles or Pouligny-Saint-Martin. A wider selection of restaurants, street cafes and markets in La Chatre and St Severe.

As guests may have driven a long way there is an option of a prepared picnic basket (with china and glasses of course...this is a holiday) in the garden.

La Chartre and Aigurande are larger market towns and it is 30 minutes to Argenton-Sur-Cruese and its river & Roman Museum.

This is Georges Sand country and the chateau and tearoom are not far away. The castle or Sarzay is in the next commune to Chassignolles.

Basically your break can be as busy or peaceful as you choose.

If you are 'stressed out' and would like a guided mindfulness session in the shade of an ancient oak tree then Ruth is happy to offer a mindfulness relaxation session.

Golf & horse riding are available at Pouligny-Notre-Dame. There is also water ski-ing near the Dryades Spa/Hotel. Being on the border of Creuse and Indre means it isn't far to Lake Eguzon or the 3 Lakes Area with watersports, lake beaches and views.

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Hosted by Ruth

Joined in June 2016
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We moved to France in September 2019 after leaving the NHS where I'd worked for 34 years as a Speech & Language Therapist. In my spare time I write books about mindfulness and positive therapy. Nigel and I have been working on the property and getting it ready to let out. It is simple and quirky-comfortable and we think you will relax here.

The garden is now a place which 'gladdens the heart' with shady places to sit and read or have a picnic or a glass of wine. For me the best wines in South Berry are the rosé from local Chateaumeillant (which is called (the grey here) and the dry, bubbly Cremants de la Loire.

We read, we learn French. We learn to live differently and not 'think about work all the time'!

There are 2 Chassignolles. We are the one in region 36400!

I am getting better at speaking French every month. I understand now, though struggle with the grammar. I have some basic Italian - enough to 'get by".
We moved to France in September 2019 after leaving the NHS where I'd worked for 34 years as a Speech & Language Therapist. In my spare time I write books about mindfulness and…

During your stay

Ruth & Nigel will greet you and start your break with tea or homemade lemonade in the garden. Enjoy scones, cake while Ruth tells you about Champ de la Grange and the local area.

Breakfast (contintental) can be arranged. You can choose a leisurely breakfast or if you need an early start on a journey then a basic breakfast can be left in the fridge in Hirondelle.

We are committed to being available or giving you privacy and take our lead from you. We are happy to share our love of the area or give you space and privacy on your 'vacance'.
Ruth & Nigel will greet you and start your break with tea or homemade lemonade in the garden. Enjoy scones, cake while Ruth tells you about Champ de la Grange and the local area.…
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