Bandouille. The historic, but in recent years, very run down property, has now been renovated, and is now arranged as :- the principal bedroom, five ensuite guest bedrooms, farmhouse kitchen, formal dining room, refectory hall, grand lounge with feature stone fireplace and french doors to the huge terrace overlooking the lake, and beautiful roof terraces with views of the grounds and the lake. The main house is complemented by numerous outbuildings which include the well proportioned art studio, accomodation for visiting tutors, the work shop, tractor barn and a number of stone buildings in various stages of delapidation / renovation. The main house is a fusion of the original monastery and later additions built during an 800 year period. History is everywhere in the property - carved fireplace lintels, stones from the original church, giant oak beams, the ancient ruins of the church, the capitialaire with its beautiful domed ceiling, arched windows and doors. The estate runs to 24 acres which includes the 12 acre lake, the gardens, orchards and many other features which make Bandouille a perfect peaceful retreat to relax, sit and paint.
Wildlife is everywhere. Birds of all species love the nooks and crannies and , with the coming of Spring, not a week goes past without another nest being spotted along with the frantic mother and the developing young. Over the last few years we have needed to run a baby bird sanctuary, as not all the young get to stay in the nest. Don't be surprised to find a few extra guests in the house. We have a number of ducks who never cease to amuse us, along with "Arty" the cat, who we found abandoned in the art studio roof space in September 2015.