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the Summer House

the Summer House

Glenn's building project, the Summer House was finally finished in Summer 2008 and we're sure you'll agree it was well worth the tremendous time and effort!

During the summer months this impressive building, with its warm stone columns, vaulted timber roof structure and polished marble floor, is the most wonderful additional outside accommodation and compliments the Grande-maison perfectly - the idea being to create a place for true 'al fresco' living on those long, warm, continental days (usually experienced well into October) and for this place to be as comfortable and convenient as the house itself.

With this in mind, first of all it has a bathroom for the convenience of the swimming pool, where the kids can nip to the loo easily, and guests can get changed before and after their swim, or alternatively enjoy a relaxing steam in the Hansgrohe steam shower enclosure installed in here.

Once you are refreshed in mind and body, perhaps the next thing you'd like is some refreshment of a different kind ... The bar area is a great place to sit around and relax in the early evening with a gin & tonic, a glass of cold beer or a chilled rosé wine. There is a wine chilling cabinet behind the bar, a fridge and also a professional beer machine (barrels of beer for which can be purchased by arrangement). If the children are still in the pool or on the trampoline under the shade of the nearby trees, you can sit in the bar and watch them from a safe distance, whilst enjoying your aperitif and gazing over the acres of perfectly peaceful parkland.

At other times of the day the summer house is a lovely place to sit in the shade and read, or perhaps have your morning coffee, or simply to close your eyes for a few moments and tune into the magical birdsong all around you. As well as taking turns to be barman, the guys will also love the challenge of the outdoor cooking facilities in the summer house! We have the traditional wood-burning bread-oven and to compliment this, a hand-crafted BBQ chimney made from local stone. There's nothing you can't cook in these impressive beasts - once you've got the fires going successfully!

One of the most fun times to be experienced is a Pizza evening ... Light a fire in the bread oven in good time to get the temperature up to 400°C+ In the meantime the pizza dough can be prepared and the rich tomato sauce can be simmering (don't forget to throw in lots of herbs from the herb garden) Everyone can join in preparing the different ingredients for the pizza toppings and then - even more fun - everyone, kids included, gets to make the pizzas. The real skill as you will discover, is getting them into and out of the bread oven in one piece! Don't worry, we've made a useful DVD to demonstrate the whole process for you - so there's no excuses!

Whether it's a fun pizza evening, an informal BBQ, or a traditional dinner several courses long (perhaps featuring slow-roasted pork cooked all day long in the warm bread-oven) the dining area in the shade of the summer house accommodates up to 16 people comfortably and everything you need; utensils, crockery, cutlery and glassware is stored here conveniently to hand. By popular demand, we have now also installed a dishwasher!

As the evening lingers on, the subtle lighting around the summer house automatically illuminates the swimming pool, the warm stone walls of the manor house, the tall elegant Cyprus trees and the feathery palms, creating a wonderful Mediterranean ambiance and atmosphere - before you know it, it will be the early hours of the morning ... and then of course there are the stars to gaze at!

We promise you'll have some of the most memorable times of your holiday spent here simply enjoying what French summer holidays are made for - eating good food, drinking good wine, sitting around the table chatting and sharing those magical moments with your family and friends. Enjoy!

Contact Julia Tomkins by telephone - +44 7973 561 012 enquiries@peycibeau.com
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