The Space5 minutes from Highway 143 on a 180 acre farm, this recently renovated studio combines Century charm with modern conveniences all on a (well maintained) gravel road where traffic is practically non-existent!
Throw open the windows and you'll hear birdsong, crickets, cattle lowing and horses neighing on neighbouring farms. Closer to home, you may glimpse Helo the resident doggie bounding through tall grass in pursuit of a red squirrel.
The perfect place to relax off the beaten track, the beauty of Bijou Champêtre is it's proximity to many of the region's popular destinations. We're a stone's throw from Foresta Lumina, Lake Memphremagog and the stunningly beautiful village of North Hatley. In summer, each town has a farmer's market, roadside kiosks sprout like daisies, offering everything from berries to corn, fresh eggs and maple products.
Inside Bijou Champêtre, you'll find a comfy Queen size bed, as well as a sofa bed with memory foam mattress topper, a fully equipped kitchen and a full private bathroom.
Hardwood floors and Arts and Crafts style woodwork complete the charm of the open living/dining/sleeping space.
Bijou Champêtre accommodates 2 comfortably and 4 if needed (sofa-bed).
Sheets, towels and kitchen linens are provided.
Television, DVD player and a selection of movies are provided
Cable TV is NOT available
Free WIFI IS provided
Lawn chairs are provided. Feel free to use them on the deck or in the field.
Speaking of fields, you are welcome to explore. Ticks can be an issue in long grass, so come prepared if you intend to wander through field and forest. There are also bee hives on the property If you're allergic, just keep your distance. Guest AccessBijou Champêtre is under the same roof but completely separate from the rest of the house. It has it's own front door, deck, driveway and parking space. Look for the Yellow heart that marks the entrance.
If you'll be using (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) earth to find Bijou Champêtre, please note that the picture is not accurate, as it apparently shows a house with a large barn. The barn is no longer standing. If you find yourself confused once you reach the indicated destination, just give me a call. You're not far from the real one.
Big Helo the dog has the run of the property. He looks fierce but be assured he is anything but!
The nearest grocery store is a few minutes away by car so you may want to get a few essentials before arriving. Or if you wish, I can stock the fridge with your choice of basics ( milk, bread, etc). Just let me know in advance. Interaction with GuestsArrival any time after 3pm is fine. I'll give you info by email prior to your visit regarding access. Essentially you can arrive anytime you like after 3 pm. Feel free to contact me in case of questions or problems, by text, email or by knocking at my door. The NeighborhoodWe're just outside Hatley, a historic Loyalist village of Victorian and New England style houses surrounded by ancient Maple trees.
Hatley is famous for its Canada Day parade and festivities, when the population more than triples for a few hours!
20 minutes on any road you take from Bijou Champêtre will lead you to a cultural, sporting or gastronomic destination, be it North Hatley, Coaticook, Magog or Sherbrooke. Each season has its own cachet. Winter or summer sports, festivals, fine dining, music, theatre, not to mention summer markets, antique stores, Gregorian chant, amazing cycle trails, with the odd auction or flea market thrown in just for fun. For more information about what to do, Bonjour Québec is a great website to checkout. Getting AroundA car is a must in the country as public transportation is not available. However, if you'll be staying put once you get here, transportation to and from BIjou Champêtre can be arranged. Please note that transportation during your stay is not available. Other Things to NoteThe area is very safe so if you're bringing your bike have no fear of theft. The property is quite large. Feel free to explore. It's a good idea to bring mosquito repellant and long pants if walking through long grass, to avoid bites and stings.