Down one flight of steps from the top of the tower you come to the first floor where there is a large, very light art-room with a shower and tower on one side of the tower, while on the other there is a games room with bean-bags, futon and Clavinova piano; a large bathroom with bath, twin hand basins, separate shower and toilet. There are also three bedrooms on this side of the house; two bedrooms have double beds and one bedroom has two single beds.
There is also a day bed with a barrier for small ones to sleep in. All the bedrooms are bright, white and light and overlook the broad courtyard and the pillared garden, offering magical vistas of woods and streams.
The ground floor main entrance is at the foot of the tower which leads into a spacious well-equipped open-plan kitchen with central bar and dining table with seating for ten, although in summer you are more likely to use the large outside table in the courtyard where 12 and more can be easily accommodated.
To the left of the kitchen you enter the library which has two sofas (one of which is a sofa bed), plenty of books and a TV with French and UK TV channels. The library leads to the barn where there is a portable barbecue, extra sun loungers and a fridge for beer and wine. Next to the library is the main ground floor bedroom with a double bed and arched alcove. Both the library and bedroom have French-windows that lead directly out to the courtyard. Next to the kitchen is a laundry area and next to that a bathroom with shower, fitted with safety features for the elderly, toilet and hand-basin.
Borrow the bikes and go for a wander around the area
Have fun in the outside areas. Play table tennis or relax on the lawn
Cool down in the heated, saltwater swimming pool
Suitable for everyone including those with limited mobility
On the other side of the kitchen is a spacious lounge with two sofas, a wood burner, the baby grand piano and French-windows leading on to the other side of the courtyard.
Next to the lounge is the office which has two desks, plenty of access points (Wi-Fi runs throughout the house) and a window that overlooks the river – the river flows directly past the Logis!
When you drive through the double-gates of the main entrance you will see the cottage where Tess and Jon live on the left, in front of you the hangar / garage for your cars and on the right the Logis itself. You turn right across a bridge into the open courtyard and can park here to unload your luggage. The white gravel courtyard is ideal for games of petanque, enjoying al fresco dining and leads on to the pool area. This is walled with seven masonic pillars and has a sun-bathing area – fenced off for safety.
The heated-pool (May-to-September) is run on a saltwater system which means the water is always fresh and velvety smooth – without the sting of chemicals. On one side of the pool is a river, on the other a large garden, with orchard and walks around the bull-rush pond to more streams. This area is cool and shady with numerous spots for lying around or snoozing on hammocks – and a fire-circle for toasting marshmallows at twilight. The gardens have plenty of space to play games – there is table-tennis in the hangar, badminton sets, boules and bicycles
The downstairs bedroom and bathroom are suitable for those with limited mobility. There is a cot and a high chair available. The owners live in the gite nearby so are able to help with pool maintenance, tips for what to do in the area as well as offer babysitting services.
It’s idyllic! An absolute haven of peace and tranquility. It would be a great place for a family or a group of families or friends to stay – there are places in the house and grounds where you can enjoy each other’s company, but also plenty of space where you can enjoy time alone. The pool is fabulous and I spent many happy hours sitting under the trees reading and chilling. Great for walking and cycling (if you are quite fit for the latter, to get up the first hill!!). You’ll need a car to go shopping but there are good supermarkets within a short drive. I also liked the town of Melle (very close) with its quirky cafes. There was a jazz festival while I was there, which was great fun. All in all, a great time.Mary R
We have just had the most amazing holiday this August at Logis de Canteau. The photos just don’t do it justice as it is even more incredible in real life . It is tastefully furnished, yet comfortable and homely. The warm pool and lovely gardens provided endless fun and much delight during the sunny summer days and evenings.
Tess is a great host, where nothing is too much trouble, giving great insight to the surrounding area, places to visit and dine and making us so welcome. There is something here for everyone of all ages. We recommend this beautiful place and lovely people without any hesitation. We will be back! ?