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Gite | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

2 Nights min stay

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from £41 /night

£287 - £409 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Peaceful Gîte in the beautiful Limousin countryside in the heart of France. With a sun-dappled terrace and garden, a 10x5 metre in-ground heated swimming pool and lovely views over fields and woods. In a tranquil setting at the edge of a hamlet, surrounded by unspoilt rural views.  …see more

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Cottage | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £76 /night

£530 - £891 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 23 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Large 3 Bedroom Cottage, Ideal Location in a rural village with amazing views, close to all the required amenities. Fully equipped. Plenty to see & do, Heated In-ground Pool & large terrace, sunloungers & Parasols, UK Sky TV, Wi-Fi, Large safe lawned garden for the kids ,BBQ & outdoor eating area.  …see more

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Cottage | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

2 Nights min stay

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from £72 /night

£501 - £1179 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Spacious 2 bedroom cottage with heated swimming pool and large enclosed garden close to Beaulieu sur Dordogne and all the attractions of the Dordogne Valley  …see more

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Cottage | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 7

Excellent 5/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £55 /night

£382 - £830 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome
Unique and rare RIVERSIDE property in Dordogne valley in Southern Corrèze with direct access to the river (famous flyfishing spot). Private pool (10 m x 5 m) for guests only. Large grounds. Competitive prices. Petanque area. 1 acre garden and field leading to river. Famous spot for flyfishing. Petanque area. Quiet but not secluded.  …see more

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House | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

7 Nights min stay

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from £76 /night

£530 - £901 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Situated in the heart of the village of La Chapelle Montbrandeix this converted bakery is an ideal holiday base for one or two families. The house has been restored to a high standard offering comfortable living accommodation in the traditional French style.  …see more

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Manor House | 8 Bedrooms | sleeps 19

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £431 /night

£3016 - £4521 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Manoir la Croix de la Jugie, in the heart of the rolling Limousin countryside with perfect rustic French views. 6 acres of grounds with heated swimming pool, games rooms and stables. Sleeps 16+. Available for large celebrations and weddings. Also available at reduced rates for smaller parties.  …see more

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Gite | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

1 night min stay

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from £55 /night

£382 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
Lavender has been recently refurbished. It is ideal for a couple, although we are able to put another single bed in the bedroom or bed settee in the lounge. It is all on one level and sitauted at the rear of the property. The front windows overlook the village of grand  …see more

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Farmhouse | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 11

7 Nights min stay

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from £186 /night

£1299 - £1935 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
The facilities include a totally private fenced, heated swimming pool with a large sun terrace. You will enjoy exclusive use of the pool which is maintained daily by our English manager. Large gardens with table tennis and badminton facilities. Outside eating and BBQ. You can hire the house without the apartment if so desired. Deduct £350 per week from the prices quoted.  …see more

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Farmhouse | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 7

2 Nights min stay

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from £96 /night

£670 - £1315 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Spacious 3 bedroom 2 bathroom farmhouse with private heated pool, courtyard, large garden and games room just 3km from Meyssac with shops, restaurants etc and within 15 minutes of the Dordogne river.  …see more

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Cottage | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

Very Good 4.5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £84 /night

£583 - £1537 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Luxury holiday cottage on the correze/lot/dordogne borders, private heated pool. La cheze situated halfway between the market town of meyssac and the beautiful town of beaulieu sur dordogne that's nestled on the banks of the river. A beautiful place to relax and chill for that romantic holiday. WE ARE NOW TAKING BOOKING,S FOR 2014  …see more

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Gite | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

Short stays welcome

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from £79 /night

£552 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
A high quality 2 bedroomed gite with heated pool and our own horses  …see more

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Gite | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 7

Excellent 5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £83 /night

£577 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
This former Hotel has recently been converted.We have three gites at Grandmont, one suitable for up to 7 people, the other suitable for up to 4 and the third suitable for 2. All high standard, with heated pool and horses available for guests  …see more

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Gite | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 10

Very Good 4.5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £85 /night

£594 - £954 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 23 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Beautiful large 4 bedroom rural cottage. Outstanding views of the surrounding countryside. Fully equipped. Ideal location, plenty to see & do, or just relax by the heated pool. Large safe lawned garden with play equipment. UK Sky TV &DVD player, Wi-Fi Internet, I Dock, BBQ & outdoor eating area. **** Buy 1 week, get 1 week free**** (from 28th June 2014 to 12th July 2014)  …see more

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Farmhouse | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 9

2 Nights min stay

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from £113 /night

£789 - £1612 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Stunning 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom house with private heated swimming pool and lovely garden close to Meyssac and Collonges la Rouge.  …see more

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Farmhouse | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £69 /night

£477 - £795 / week

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  • Nearest beach 27 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
This holiday home is a great example of what everybody thinks of as the typical French country house, but updated for modern living. The setting is very peaceful with plenty of space for the family ,and includes table tennis & table football in the attached barn. Private, heated swimming pool for guest's exclusive use  …see more

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Gite | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

Short stays welcome

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from £91 /night

£636 - £721 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
A luxury gite with swimming pool in the beautiful hilltop village of La Chapelle sur Usson in the Auvergne. This is a special place, an ethereal place, a piece of tranquil haven. "If you would prefer to totally relax, spend the day by the pool and enjoy an aperitif on the terrace."  …see more

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Cottage | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £76 /night

£530 / week

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  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
The owners have lived and worked in this part of France for 10 years and have brought up 2 children here... We are more than happy to help anyone thinking of buying a holiday home here or indeed moving to France permanently. The cottage is also available for long term lets  …see more

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Gite | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 14

Short stays welcome

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from £122 /night

£848 - £1696 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
gîte, bedrooms, holidays, creuse, limousin, la souterraine, guest house, jéraphie  …see more

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Farmhouse | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 11

Excellent 5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £99 /night

£689 - £1749 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Superb spacious renovated farmhouse with private pool in tranquil hamlet setting in the Limousin National Park. Extensive gardens looking out over open countryside. Lots to do for the whole family. Border of the Charente, Dordogne and Haute Vienne regions.  …see more

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Gite | 9 Bedrooms | sleeps 18

1 night min stay

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from £172 /night

£1200 - £2800 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Large Gite in St Auvent near Rochechouart, Haute Vienne, Limousin, Luxury Gite with Heated Pool and Stunning Views, In the Heart of the Countryside, Tranquil Location ,Sleeps 18 (8 Bedrooms)  …see more

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Farmhouse | 7 Bedrooms | sleeps 13

Excellent 5/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £86 /night

£600 - £1600 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Large comfortable traditional farmhouse with seven bedrooms, private garden and heated swimming pool for guests' sole use. Spacious, family-friendly farmhouse with private heated pool in picturesque hamlet.  …see more

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Barn | 6 Bedrooms | sleeps 13

Very Good 4.5/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £158 /night

£1100 - £1995 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Spacious renovated 18th Century barn with private pool overlooking 2 lakes in wooded valley close to Magnac Laval.  …see more

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House | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

7 Nights min stay

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from £129 /night

£901 - £1219 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
This is a recently converted barn providing a spacious home with all the modern comforts. Four bedrooms, all ensuite, very well equipped kitchen and two reception rooms provide the perfect home from home. A haven of peace yet close to local amenities.  …see more

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Log cabin | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £41 /night

£285 - £495 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • May take pets – please enquire
Self catering log cabin in country and woodland setting. Solar heated swimming pool with all weather enclosure. Horseriding Very quiet, but only 5 minutes to major road for ease of visiting all the tourist attractions.  …see more

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Cottage | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £114 /night

£795 - £1484 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Stone country cottage with all comfort and Private Pool  …see more

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Barn | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 11

Excellent 5/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £93 /night

£650 - £1400 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
A newly renovated, 4 bedroomed very spacious barn conversion situated in the beautiful Perigord-Limousin Natural Park. The barn is located in the small hamlet of Raverlat, which is a 15 minute walk from the historic picturesque village of Les Salles Lavauguyon. The barn boasts 280m2 of inside living space, a large outdoor pool, balcony, sun terrace all set in 2 acres.  …see more

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Farmhouse | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

7 Nights min stay

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from £122 /night

£850 - £1650 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Caupels is a perfect holiday house and if you can drag yourselves away from the gorgeous house, beautiful gardens and stunning heated salt water pool there is an abundance of things to interest all ages in this unspoilt and beautiful part of France.  …see more

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B&B | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

1 night min stay

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from £94 /night

£653 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Not suitable for children
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Breakfast included. Free wi-fi internet. Free parking  …see more

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Gite | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 7

1 night min stay

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from £60 /night

£414 - £795 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
The Gite known as Chestnut Cottage is situated in the grounds of our quiet family estate in Bouseresse, La Souterraine, Creuse. Chestnut Cottage is a well presented Gite that has been fully renovated and freshly furnished for the 2014/2015 season.  …see more

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Farmhouse | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Excellent 5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £115 /night

£800 - £1400 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • May take pets – please enquire
Beautifully restored farmhouse with a wealth of period features with far reaching views over the stunning and unspoilt Limousin countryside. The house has a large pool, games room and is set amidst a private 500-acre former hunting estate, that is yours to explore. Beautifully restored farmhouse set in a stunning rural setting. Large pool and gym with wifi and pool table.  …see more

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Chateau | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Very Good 4.5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £85 /night

£595 - £995 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Beautiful Chateau set in the wonderful Limousin countryside surrounded by lakes and forest with heated swimming pool and large billiard room. Ideal for family or friends for a relaxing holiday and exploring one of France's best kept secrets.  …see more

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Farmhouse | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 9

Good 3.5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £106 /night

£742 - £1029 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
La Merlerie is a charming modernised country cottage in a peaceful location with its own, heated swimming pool and large terrace area, over looking water meadows.  …see more

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Farmhouse | 9 Bedrooms | sleeps 22

2 Nights min stay

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from £383 /night

£2679 - £6514 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Chateau de Camiller is a 17th century property set on one of the most beautiful plateaux of the Massif Central, Le Plateau de Mille Vaches. The Chateau de Camiller is surrounded by breathtaking scenery of forests, mountains and the beautiful Dordogne Valley.  …see more

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Cottage | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

Short stays welcome

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from £49 /night

£340 - £626 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Rose Cottage, sleeps 5, in rural setting, with large solar heated pool and gas barbecue on pool deck, all for exclusive use by guests only.  …see more

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Gite | 6 Bedrooms | sleeps 14

Very Good 4/5 

1 night min stay

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from £41 /night

£287 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
Bienvenue à PRADELLES 43420 (Le balcon du Midi) Le Relais la Verdette vous accueille pour la saison du 2 avril au 30 octobre 2013 en Famille ou entre amis, même en groupe pour une randonnée sur le Chemin de Stevenson Sur les traces de RL Stevenson, de la Regordane et du St Jacques de Compostelle  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

7 Nights min stay

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from £76 /night

£530 - £997 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Near Limoges, Lake Saint Pardoux and A20 secure pool house 135m ² on 2 levels Large living room: 49m ² kitchen 3 bedroom 2 bathroom, 2 toilets for 7/8 people many activities nearby In the area: hiking, swimming, vacation, sailing, golf, tennis, horse riding, fishing, hiking and biking  …see more

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Bungalow | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £61 /night

£424 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • May take pets – please enquire
Le camping vous propose des activités avec un encadrement professionnel (éducateurs sportifs diplômées) Randonnée ou marche nordique, Tir à l'arc, Swiss ball, gym douce, relaxation, art du cirque, baby gym  …see more

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Chalet | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

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Short stays welcome

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from £60 /night

£416 - £454 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Chalet au cœur de la campagne creusoise, la chaleur et le confort du bois, espace et air pur.  …see more

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Chalet | 20 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

1 night min stay

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from £47 /night

£323 - £492 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
Camping 3étoiles avec piscine couverte et chauffée, wifi gratuit, sauna hammam, jeux de fitness extérieur, aire de jeux enfants, ping-pong, tennis, locations de vélos, barbecue, plats à emporter, viennoiseries, produits régionaux, bar licence 4, machine à laver. Aux alentours, villages typiques (Hérisson, Huriel..), forêt de Tronçais, Vulcania, parc d'attraction Le Pal  …see more

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Gite | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 7

1 night min stay

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from £108 /night

£755 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Par la jolie route touristique et sauvage des gorges de la Credogne, ce vieux Moulin entièrement restauré isolé au coeur de la propriété Nombreuses cascades (10 mn propriété). Cartes et guides disponible au Moulin Nombreuses routes thématiques : Routes des châteaux, etc SI VOUS AVEZ UN GPS METTRE : PLANCHE FERRAND A PUY GUILLAUME 63290  …see more

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Gite | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Excellent 5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £97 /night

£679 - £976 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • May take pets – please enquire
L'Oustal, gîte de charme classé 5 épis aux gîtes de France, pour 8 personnes, sur un Domaine de 8 ha offrant piscine, tennis et étang de pêche privés. Proche d'Aubusson, Felletin et Guéret. Décoration contemporaine, jardin paysagé et vieilles pierres. Repos assuré. Un second gîte (4pers) et une chambre d'hôtes vous accueillent, visitez notre site www.louveraude.fr  …see more

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B&B | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

1 night min stay

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from £71 /night

£492 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Not suitable for children
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Chambre d'hôtes de charme à Aubusson, chambres d'hôtes de charme en Limousin, chambre d'hôtes en Creuse, chambre d'hôtes décoration Design, chambre d'hôtes avec piscine, chambre d'hôtes avec jardin  …see more

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Guest house | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £59 /night

£408 - £509 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Merci  …see more

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Chateau | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 13

Min stay varies

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from £422 /night

£2948 - £4106 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
Chateau de Mouney dates back to the C17/18th, and is nestled on the edge of the Foret de Drouille. Isolated and calm, the chateau offers 50km uninterrupted views to the volcanic range of the Puy de Dome, surrounding lakes, forests and country lanes.  …see more

Limousin is a land of lakes and waterways, offering every kind of activity from fishing to jet skiing, with watersports galore to be found on the sandy shores of Lake Vassivière. The sparsely populated and untouched landscape is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, with ample opportunities for cycling and rambling. Local farms produce delicious cherries and plums, regional specialities include cherry clafoutis and the variety of liqueurs distilled from local fruit and berries. The region’s capital, Limoges, is famous for its pottery and porcelain. The Contemporary Art Centre at Meymac and the châteaux and monuments of the area also attract people to this peaceful area of France.

With a slightly warmer climate than its neighbour, the Auvergne’s dramatic volcanic landscape provides a contrast to Limousin’s rolling greenery. Vulcania, a recently created park, is devoted to the explanation of the area’s volcanic activity. The dramatic gorges, geysers and large expanses of forest of the Massif Central make for excellent walking. Wildlife such as falcons, owls and otters, is abundant. Hang-gliding, hot-air ballooning and skiing in the winter are popular activities. Local cuisine is wonderful, the region serves the best garlic and lentils in France, as well as a spicy soup called vichyssoise, named for the spa town of Vichy. The mineral waters of the area provide a crisp and refreshing alternative to the local wines.