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We are offerring two stone farmhouses in the village of La Clisse on the west coast of France for rent on a weekly or monthly basis. (To find our exact location, click on the "Maps" link on the left of the screen.) While the houses may be rented together and are located within 300 metres of each other, each is self-contained and private. We also live in the same village, and offer language assistance and travel advice to visitors.

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A little background: I am a Canadian - a Newfoundlander - and my husband is a French artist. He grew up in La Clisse and I have lived here since 1996. In 2000 we bought an old stone barn a few hundred feet from our house, and turned it into Chez Nicholas, a two-bedroom, two story cottage. In 2002, we bought a partly-renovated house along the road from our house, and completed the work, turning it into Chez Louise. Since that time we have rented to British, Canadian, American, German and French tourists as well as some longer-term residents during the off-season.

Chez Nicholas is traditional on the outside and modern on the inside, as there was no inside when we bought it, not even a floor. The exterior walls were repaired by a stone mason, and an addition made for the kitchen. The main floor consists of the kitchen and a large living room, joined by a stone arch. The living room has a chesterfield that can be converted into a double bed. As well as the seating area, there is a TV, telephone, VCR and desk. The kitchen is modern and well-equiped with a washing machine, electric oven, dishwasher, gas stove top, overhead fan extraxtor and refrigerator with freezer compartment, as well as the usual small appliances, pots and pans and dishes,

Upstairs there are two bedrooms and a bathroom. The larger bedroom has a European double bed (140 cm/55 inches), and a view of rolling farmland. (This year we have Limousin cows grazing in the field.) The second bedroom has bunkbeds. The bathroom has a vanity, toilet and shower.

The house faces south, and the terrace directly in front of the house is sunny all day. It is furnished with sunloungers as well as table and chairs and sun umbrella, and its proximity to the kitchen makes it ideal for serving meals outdoors. The garden in front of the house is completely enclosed, and a high hedge on one side and stone wall on the other offer privacy. The house is located at the end of a short lane called Impasse des Tards, and while there are other houses nearby, one is rarely aware of them once inside the garden.

We have planted some fruit trees in the garden, and depending on the season, there are cherries, plums, figs, raspberries, grapes and red currants. An enormous bay tree will meet any requirement for bay leaves.

Other features include a charcoal-style barbecue, and electric heat with individual room controls and private parking.

Chez Louise is different in many respects. It was always a house, and we retained the basic structure. The original builders were not concerned with straight lines, however, and walls meet the roof at odd angles. It it larger than Chez Nicholas and the decor is more traditional.

The main entrance leads to a hallway, off which are a laundry/storage room with a washing machine and a large bathroom with vanity, toilet and ceramic shower. The hall leads to a living room and a bedroom, both of which open onto a furnished terrace. Still on the main floor, there is a large kitchen with cooking area, eating area and a stone fireplace with a wood burning stove, around which are some comfortable chairs and a table. Stairs in the kitchen lead up to a large bedroom, which has a double bed and a single bed.

The terrace is furnished with table, sun umbrella and chairs as well as sun loungers. There is also a charcoal barbecue built from stone. Chez Louise will have its own fruit trees soon, but at the moment the edible vegetation is limited to a bay tree, rosemary and a fig tree which overhangs the terrace.

Other features include television, VCR, telephone, electric heat throughout with individual room controls, and private parking.

For more information on each house, click on the tabs at the top of the page. The "Rates and Availability" page is kept as up-to-date as possible, keeping in mind that dates are not marked "rented" until a deposit is received. On the side bar, there are links to some information about the attractions of this area and how to get here. Finally, if you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me: The "Contact" tab at the top of the page will give you all the information you need for this. Years of travelling back and forth across the Atlantic have made me somewhat of an expert on travelling this route, and I'll be pleased to pass on my knowledge.

A word about the village: La Clisse is located about 10 km from the market town of Saintes, and has a population of about 500. We are located in the "lieu-dit" of Les Tards - a hamlet of about twelve houses - which is considered part of La Clisse. While there is little in the way of local commerce in La Clisse, there are small shops in neighbouring villages. Saintes, besides having supermarkets, has an excellent farmers' market six days a week. While we are in the middle of farm country, we are only 25 km from the Gironde River, and some of the best beaches in France begin there and extend for 100 km out to the Atlantic islands. For more information, click on the tab "The Region" .

Finally, artists among may find it covenient to borrow equipment rather than bring it along with with you, and there are several art supply stores in the area.,.

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