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Things to do at Les Arcis



Swimming Pool – open May to September. Cushions for the sun loungers and other poolside furniture are kept in the pool house, along with a drying rack for wet towels and swimsuits. Guests can change here or in the Atelier (which has a shower).

Tennis – The all weather court (complete with umpire’s chair) at the bottom of the garden sees action all year round. Rackets and balls are available, but hardened professionals are encouraged to bring their own. There is a basketball net at one end of the court for those who are so inclined.

Ping-pong – the table is kept outside, but can be wheeled into the Atelier for rainy days.

Football – the lawn opposite the tennis court, which has two small goals and even a scoreboard, has hosted some hotly contested football matches over the years!

A children’s climbing frame (with slide and swing) provides hours of entertainment for younger guests.

Boules – there are 3 sets of Boules. These are best used in the early evening on the gravel terrace, accompanied with a glass of Pernod or rosé.

Biking – we have a selection of bikes which guests are welcome to use, but we strongly recommend France A Vélo - a local bike company who will bring bikes (including electric) to the house to suit all guests and set you up with everything you need.

Local Walks

The country lanes around Les Arcis are quiet and offer some lovely walks. A couple of particular recommendations:

The River Serein

Just beyond the bottom of the garden is the pretty River Serein. There are some wonderful picnicking areas along the river. Turn right down the farm track (by the tennis court gate) that runs parallel to the river to find the best spots.

The Moulin

Cross the bridge opposite the bottom garden and keep heading straight across the fields. After 300 yards or so you’ll come to another section of the river, which requires some rather more intrepid crossing.

For those who make it, turn right and ahead you will see the Moulin, an organic Boulangerie which is open to customers Thurs, Fri, and Sat 17:30 – 19:30. Their croissants and gougères are particularly good.

There is another delightful picnic/aperitif spot by the river opposite the Moulin. It takes some finding (and involves crossing the little footbridge just by the entrance to the Moulin), but is well worth it.


Games and indoor fun – A variety of board games, jigsaw puzzles, etc. are at your disposal in the Atelier, along with some arts & crafts, and a dressing up box.

Reading – we have a wide selection of books for you to enjoy during your stay.

TV / DVD / Wii, Apple TV – a large library of DVDs and Wii are available for those looking for a break from the rural idyll.

Internet – Internet is also available. The password will be given on your arrival.