Renovation of Le Vieux Café, a village cafe and garage, has been in keeping with the cottage’s history – simple and understated – revealing original fireplaces, beams and stonework where appropriate. The furniture is a mixture of old and new and the cottage has lovely warmth, with comfy sofas and snugly duvets, but also a contemporary feel with simple furnishings and lots of space.
The front door leads into a farmhouse style kitchen, with an original fireplace and a table which comfortably seats ten. The contemporary kitchen has an endless wooden work surface, modern appliances and, for music lovers, speakers which can be plugged into any ipod, laptop or MP3 player. On one side of the kitchen a double door leads to the snug – a bright, comfy room with a variety of indoor and outdoor toys for children – and also the second bathroom, with power shower. On the other side of the kitchen is a spacious and cosy living room with wood burner and small library. The TV picks up all usual freeview UK TV stations. The library holds a number of books and board games which you are welcome to borrow.
Moving up to the first floor from the living room, the long upstairs hallway has restored stonework, old beams and original wooden floors. The first bedroom is extremely spacious and has two bunk beds and twins, with the ability to sleep six, and quaint original windows with views over the little orchard opposite. Next to this is a cosy second bedroom, with comfy double bed. Then a large bathroom with a free-standing bath and separate power shower. And finally a bright and airy third bedroom with double bed. There is also a travel cot available, which fits into all three bedrooms. And a camp bed, if required. All bedrooms come with wardrobe, drawer space and wall mirror.
A second staircase directs you back downstairs into the snug, where patio doors lead out onto the sunny patio and decking area. Here you will find plenty of seating and a barbeque. The large patio area is surrounded by a mid-height wall, double gate and single gate, safely enclosing it for small children, but leaving plenty of room for outdoor games. Opposite the decking is a charming little "orchard" with cherry, apple, peach and fig trees. It is quite a higgledy piggledy garden, but children love it, and feel free to help yourself to any of the fruit in season.
If you have any queries while in St Pardoult, our English housekeeper is available by ‘phone and lives only 10 minutes away from the cottage