Our Rooms


OUR ROOMS

Rebuilt and refurbished in 2016 by local artisans, our 4 spacious, double bedrooms offer peaceful and very comfortable accommodation.  Each bedroom has a luxurious ensuite shower room and comes equipped with high quality linen and towels, with hairdryers and irons available for guests on request. We have a 'No Smoking' policy throughout the house.

Fast free WiFi is available and you will have access to a large, light salon for dining and relaxing throughout your stay.  A small library area is available on the landing; please feel free to browse our collection during your stay. Negating any stress from your travelling, we have plenty of private parking and motorbikes can be locked away, subject to space.

Don't forget to enjoy the glorious Charentaise countryside in our three acres of wooded parkland.
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The garden room

Aptly named, the Garden Room has a dual aspect view of the wildflower meadow behind the house and the walnut orchard to the side. A peaceful sunny room, the only noise you'll hear are the crickets, birds and riverside frogs.

The perfect place to catch up on your beauty sleep! The large ensuite shower room also has a view over the meadow; if you're lucky you may even catch a sight of the local fallow deer grazing in the morning mist.

the juliet room

With apologies to one Mr William Shakespeare, this room is so named due to the romantic 'Juliet' balcony and full-length windows from which shady peach, maple and fir trees can be viewed.

A quiet and calm room, offering tranquillity to guests - 'luxury' and 'comfort' may seem like buzzwords but they are obvious descriptions for the Juliet Room.

the TERRACE room

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the view from this large, light-filled room is of the loggia-style terrace that runs along the front of the house, and of the walnut orchard to the side.

Originally two bedrooms, guests can enjoy a larger-than-average space in which to unwind - although we do humbly request that none of our pet cats are swung around to test the capacity of the Terrace Room...

THE RIVER ROOM

13 Bees enjoys a prized position on the banks of the Vienne river, which can be seen in all its mesmerising glory from this west-facing warm, comfortable room. The sound of the water cascading over the weir, combined with the frog chorus in the summer months, will be enough to lull you to sleep after a hard day relaxing.

The honeyed colour of the decor catches the rays of the stunning sunsets - you can almost hear the room sigh 'Ahhhh....'! 

THE SALON

Light, airy, spacious and comfortable, the salon is the ideal place for guests to unwind. It's here that the delicious Continental  breakfasts and evening meals are served. In the winter months the large Charentaise fireplace crackles into life, and on warmer days the French windows open onto the terrace.

More books and board games are available [including an original Kenyan soapstone chess set!] although you may be happier just to gaze at the river or watch the hoopoes flying around the garden.

THE PARK AND GARDEN

Set in just over three acres, 13 Bees enjoys an enticing mix of arboretum, meadow, orchards, potager and garden, and we invite you to explore the wealth of nature on offer. There are over 130 different trees here, from oaks to an Indian Bean tree, all specifically planted in the early 20th century to offer a varied habitat for wildlife. Bats, hoopoes, three kinds of owl, buzzards, finches, robins and wrens all make their homes here.

The wildflower meadow, home to several kinds of butterfly, dragonflies and crickets, stretches up the hill and encompasses a bamboo plantation, as well as our two apiaries. Our bees will be busy collecting nectar and pollen from the buttercups, daisies, borage flowers and cowslips.

There are strategically placed seats dotted around for you to catch your breath and take in the stunning views of the surrounding countryside.  The shaded walnut orchard is a quiet place for a leisurely picnic, but if you fancy something a bit more energetic then help in the garden and potager is always welcomed!

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an important word about children

Whilst we want everyone to relax and enjoy their stay in our home, 13 Bees is a 1940's house with many original art deco features.  In this part of France, that means a fair amount of wrought iron, marble and huge windows which all look great but are impossible to make child-friendly by today's standards.  As a result, we do not profess to be geared up to accommodate your small people and don't have fold-up beds, cots or safety rails.  We will of course welcome older young people and any adults happy to enjoy our double rooms.  Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss suitability.
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