About the home
The house is very comfortable and relaxing due to it's position. There are only 4 houses nearby and only one is permanently occupied, that being a farmhouse with wonderful neighbours who are very friendly and hospitable. One house is unused at present, the other two are used for holidays by the owners only during the summer. The location is great and would suit either families ( we have families returning for the 4th time this summer) or couples looking for a retreat. There are many beautiful walks just outside the front door so would suit country lovers/ramblers. We have said that smoking is allowed as there is the open fire to sit next to and the fumes will go up the chimney, alternately there is the great outdoors which is where most visitors will spend their time. From experience though, if people do want to smoke, they will find a way and as we would rather provide ashtrays than have crockery used, so be it - after all, it is a holiday!
St.Julien Aux Bois is a few minutes away and although there are no local shops there is an award winning restaurant. The house is situated midway (about 4 miles either way) between the market towns of St.Privat and Pleaux which both have small supermarkets, bakers, butchers etc. The nearest decent sized town is Argentat which has a full range of facilities including a weekly market (big one week, small the next). All of these places are steeped in history and very picturesque.
There are numerous restaurants and bars to visit in any of the local towns - the only caution being that it s best not to eat at the Hotel Du Commerce at Pleaux.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider:||House swaps|
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
|Standard:||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 1 family bathroom|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seating for 14, Lounge seating for 5|
|Other:||Linen provided, please check with the advertiser regarding towels|
|Outdoors:||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
Further details indoors:
The house is open plan downstairs (approx 6 x 7 metres) with a kitchen/dining area at one end and a sitting area with a huge open fire (over 2 metres wide) which houses the original bread oven at the other.
Upstairs is a fully equipped bathroom with bath/hand held shower, washbasin, bidet and WC.
There are two bedrooms - one is a very large double and the second is even bigger with a double and two single beds which still leaves plenty of room.
There is no pool or television as we feel that these would compromise the idyllic setting and nature of Rosiers but it is always possible to bring a DVD player and plug it into our standard 3 pin English sockets.
Further details outdoors:
Outside is a garden with patio, garden furniture and barbeque.
There is ample private parking.
The Limousin / Auvergne / Correze region
Rosiers is a good base for trips out to places such as Rocamadour, Gouffre du Padirac, Collonges la Rouge, Cahors, Puy de Dome, Bort-les-Orgues, Salers and many other places of natural beauty or interest.
In addition to all this you could just sit around and admire the scenery, the cows, the donkeys - carrots or apples appreciated!
The Argentat / St.Julien-aux-Bois area
One of the best local sites of interest is the Tours De Merle which is the remains of a 12th century castle/village which belonged to the Lords of Merle who were apparently robber barons!
There is a lake with a sand beach for swimming and boating (not motorised) just outside St.Privat, horse riding, pony trekking and pony & trap rides are advertised locally and cycles can be hired in St.Privat although there some childrens cycles (may need dusting) for free use at Rosiers. Canoes are available for hire at Argentat. If you have the energy, there is a wonderful velorail - you pedal the carriages and it can be a little tiring! This is located off the road to Pleaux, near Drignac. If you have a head for heights take a look at the Barrage du Chastang - it's an amazing engineering feat for the time. Don't forget to try to create an echo - it's quite easy.
There are plenty of good walks to be had locally, in fact Rosiers is alongside a recommended randonee so walkers can sometimes be seen passing by and may ask for details of the history - best to refer them to the farmer.
How to get there
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The closest airports are Brive or Rodez which are both about 1 hour 15 minutes by road. The only airline serving Brive is Air France which is highly recommended, the seats are comfortable and a snack is included in the price. The luggage allowance is also generous and you do not have to pay extra for hand baggage. This goes from London City airport and the booking in time is very short which is another good point, same applies upon departure. Flights to Rodez are also Air France or KLM but are about twice the price of Brive!
There is little choice of ferries these days so it's either P & O or the tunnel. If you do this it is probably about 9 hours driving, plus breaks soit might be a good idea to factor in an overnight stop.
Activities near Argentat
Rural / countryside retreats
16 Jul 2012
If you are looking for real France then this place has it by the bucketload, a lovely rustic property kept very original, spotlessly clean and the best equipped self catering accommodation we have ever stayed in. In a good position to visit all the tourist areas but quiet and peaceful when back at the gite for a BBQ and a glass of wine, with just the 2 lovely donkeys for company who loved the carrots and apple treats we gave them every day. We were a party of 3 adults but due to the big garden and being away from the road this would be very good for anyone with young children.
Hello there, Thank you so much for the lovely review. I am afraid that I have only just come across it! I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay so much and only hope others will be tempted to visit our house as we really love it to be appreciated.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|April/May 2013||13 Apr 13||25 May 13||£ 289||-||-||1 Week|
|May 2013 half term||25 May 13||1 Jun 13||£ 315||-||-||1 Week|
|June/July 2013||1 Jun 13||20 Jul 13||£ 315||-||-||1 Week|
|July/August holidays||20 Jul 13||7 Sep 13||£ 368||-||-||1 Week|
|September 2013||7 Sep 13||28 Sep 13||£ 315||-||-||1 Week|
|October 2013||28 Sep 13||30 Nov 13||£ 289||-||-||1 Week|
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