Le Pichet is built, as are many houses in the region, partly into the hillside. It adjoins La Carrette, the former farmhouse which we now also own. Lovingly restored over the past 20 years it retains as many of the original features as possible - the pas de oiseaux originally built for thatching purposes, and the beams of the old roof structure. It is tastefully and comfortably furnished, largely in oak, and Rodney's sculptures and paintings, together with Eleri's embroideries provide a personal and homely touch.
The house benefits from superb light, particularly in the afternoons and evenings in the downstairs dining room and upstairs rooms. The ground floor consists of a spacious dining room, bathroom and well equipped kitchen; a lovely oak staircase leads to the first floor consisting of two charming bedrooms and a light, high-ceilinged and spacious living room which can also serve as a bedroom if you wish.
Downstairs, a sofa, dresser, and log burner combine with the dining furniture to give a homely ambience to the dining room; the kitchen, in addition to its oven, microwave and fridge-freezer, has a food-mixer, juicer, raclette and fondue ( the region boasts an incredible number of wonderful cheeses.) The bathroom is a pleasant room for a relaxing bath -its attractive blue tiling is light and clear in summer, warm in winter. Upstairs, the lounge/extra bedroom contains sofa, armchair, canapé gigogne (which converts to 2 comfortable single beds-please note this is not a clic-clac but a traditional piece of French furniture) and a well stocked bookcase, both English and French. A large number of maps, walking guides and local information is also at your disposal. To one side of this, a delightful chalet style bedroom contains one double bed, cupboards and shelving; to the other a larger, beamed bedroom contains one double and one single bed, wardrobe and shelving. Up to 4 people can be accommodated at a reduced rate (generally £150-£250 less than the prices published here)in the chalet bedroom and living/bedroom, so please do ask if ths option is of interest..The second bedroom is in fact part of our adjoining house nextdoor, which we can offer or not depending on your requirements and budget... These rooms all look beyond the garden to the valley between Miramont and the pretty hamlet of Arrous, the wooded ridge of the Mirabat and beyond to the Col de la Core and the slopes of Mt.Valier - at dawn bathed pink in the early light of sunrise, with the smoke curling up from the chimneys of Arrous, and only the sound of birdsong, the stream gurgling below and cowbells. On a clear night, the sky scattered with a million sparkling stars is pure enchantment.
(Whilst being on several levels adds to the inherent charm of 'le Pichet', it does mean that the house is not suitable for wheelchairs- in addition to the main staircase, there are gentle steps leading from the dining room to the kitchen on the ground floor, and upstairs between the lounge and the chalet bedroom.)
For further information about the property, the area, our painting/ sculpting courses, walking possibilities, please do contact us- we will be delighted to help.