La Bellaziere is our brand new gite. We have just finished renovating it, starting with a 200 year-old farmhouse which had been uninhabited for 50 years. The gite is now composed of two buildings : a house which accommodates six (with three bedrooms upstairs
in the former hay loft)

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and the former barn which houses a swimming-pool and a separate apartment for two, complete with its bathroom and kitchenette. A couple occupying the apartment will be very close, but independent.

The gte is open year-round and we have installed solar panels and heat pumps to make it energy neutral.

The octagonal swimming-pool with secure access has views to the countryside and is heated from May to September to a minimum temperature of 24 (75F).

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We have decorated it with French furniture, some antique, to make it a warm and cozy place where families and friends will have a good time together.

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The cook will be pleased to know that the kitchen has a real oven, a (2-gas, 2-induction) cooking surface, a large refrigerator and a separate freezer, plus all the usual : coffee-maker, toaster, hand and plunger mixer, pressure-cooker and others...including a dish-washer, of course.

This is the layout of the cottage : downstairs, large dining/sitting-room, large kitchen, and, in back, den and bathroom with WC, shower and washer, dryer.

Upstairs, three bedrooms, half-bath and bathroom with WC and shower.

The 10m room which opens to the outside is a storage room which contains the heat-pump, our "good for the environment" heating system for the cottage.

The cottage

You can share a meal on the solid farm table in the kitchen. But you might like dining on the terrace, just outside (facing South) , shaded with an awning for your comfort

or enjoy parasol and lounge
chairs on the other
terrace (West).

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There are three bedrooms upstairs : two with two single-beds and one with a double-bed.

The view to the West, from the bedroom window. Please scroll down for more pictures

This bedroom is located across from the bathroom

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The dining / sitting-room

The Kitchen
The Red Bedroom
The East bedroom
The West

Back downstairs now, after you pass the kitchen, come relax
in the den, and explore the contents of the armoire for children
games, or take a look at the books.

From the den, there is access to the second bathroom with washer and dryer.

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The swimming-pool building

This long building (the former barn) now houses the swimming-pool and a self-contained one-bedroom apartment.

The swimming-pool dimensions are 6m x 3,5m x 1,33m. Its access is from a short flight of steps on the side and it is protected by a small gate at the top to prevent small children from gaining access to it.

The pool is heated from May to September, but the building which houses it, is not.

It has nice surroundings, and you can exercise with a view on a magnificent cherry-tree.

The Apartment

The apartment has a large bedroom, with access to the West terrace. It has electric heating.

In the back there is a kitchenette (right) and a bathroom (left).

The kitchenette is equipped with a refrigerator, a microwave and an electrical double hot plate, an electric kettle and coffee-maker, plates, glasses, cups, cutlery, everything you need for cooking your own snacks or breakfasts.

A small child can sleep in the little bed.

Away from it all...

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From the path which leads to your home, you can glimpse the village of St Germain de Coulamer in the distance. It is about 3km by the road, but, less than 2 if you take a shortcut through a walking path.

Your closest neighbors...

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It does snow around here, from time to time, but not very often.

But what fun !

And after a nice walk, you can come back to a warm and com-fortable home.

A bakery and (small) grocery store/bar are both in St Germain. If you get up early enough, and feel like walking, you can get your croissants for breakfast, and, if you do that every day, you will be in pretty good shape at the end of your stay!

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This picture was taken in November, as fall is gently settling in. Please scroll down for more pictures

50 meters from the gate you may join a local walking path "Le sentier du Bel Air" which will lead you past superb views changing according to the season.

Bienvenue !

The area is best discovered walking or cycling, on quiet country roads or walking paths where nature is well preserved. To explore St Germain's own ("Le Bel-Air"). follow the directions from the village . and bring back bunches of superb wild flowers or generous crops of juicy blackberries.