La Vieille Auberge
House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Welcome to La Vieille Auberge (The Old Inn)
In the picturesque village of St Julien aux Bois, this Oak beamed Medieval style former Coaching Inn offers superb accommodation.
One question people always ask is,
"Is the main picture the whole house or is it semi detached?".
The answer is yes, it is one large beautiful old house!
Three double bedrooms (two ensuite), cosy lounge & impressive dining hall with log burner & minstrels gallery!
If you have a baby or toddler, a high chair is provided and also a play-pen / cot.
The kitchen is equipped with electric double oven & hob, fridge freezer, microwave and a range of quality cooking & eating utensils.
To compliment the rustic charm, the kitchen also has a log burning range cooker, a wonderful addition for those chilly winter months. The entire house also has a modern central heating system.
The property also benefits from a lovely patio / BBQ area to the rear. Laundry facilities & quality bed linen / towels are provided.
The area is totally unspoilt and the house ideally located enabling you to explore some of the most beautiful areas in France.
Relax & soak in the stunning Correze scenery or explore local market towns. Enjoy scenic walks and cycle rides, canoeing, swimming or fishing in nearby rivers & lakes.
The village also has tennis courts and an area to play the game 'Boules' or 'Petanque'. Tennis rackets are there for you to use.
Use of the owners bicycles also available.
If you are considering a family gathering over the festive season this is the perfect place. A large decorated Christmas tree will welcome your arrival and a bottle of Gluhwein to warm you up after a woodland walk.
The nearby village of St Privat has all the basic requirements such as supermarket, bank, restaurants and bakeries. Customers of the local bar in St Privat are allowed free internet use. If you need to check your emails whilst on holiday, this is the place.
Bookings for 'La Vieille Auberge' are usually taken Saturday to Saturday but mid-week bookings and mini breaks are "sometimes" available so please ask.
Take advantage of low cost RYANAIR flights to nearby airports at Limoges, Brive or Rodez.
FLYBE also fly to Limoges and CITYJET fly to Brive (subject to seasonal change)
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lakeside Beach only (not the ocean) 4 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Limoges, Brive or Rodez 140 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The property is of stone construction and has many old oak beams inside. The bedrooms are very comfortable with quality bed linen provided. Towels are also provided.
For your baby there is a cot / play pen which is may also be erected in the garden on a nice sunny afternoon. A sturdy high chair is also available,
The TV is not connected to any cable/wire facilities, it is for DVD and CD playback only. There is an excellent selection of DVD's and CD's available to use. For the young (or people that think they are) there is also a PS2 console with a selection of games.
Overall, the house is spacious and comfortable. Please read the excellent customer reviews!
|Further details outdoors|
Parking is available directly outside the property for one car. If visitors are using more than one car there are several places in the village to park. The village is extremely safe and quiet.
The exterior of the property has a small rear garden with large BBQ and table/chairs for outside dining.
The village has a communal tennis court and boule area (tennis rackets for your use are in the house)
Walking in the area is simply fabulous! Make a picnic and go. There are a selection of walking maps in the house for you to use.
A copy of the Terms & Conditions of rental are available on request.
The Limousin/Auvergne region
This is rural France at its best. The Dordorgne river has excellent canoeing activities and superb for the angler!
The Cantal, famous for its cheese and the wonderful countryside with the Limousin cattle roaming around these many thousands of acres.
The Massif Central mountain range is within easy reach by car and you'll find the scenery en route is breathtaking.
One of the nicest places to visit (and its not far at all) is the ancient town of Salers but dont just stop there, try and find the scenic drive which takes you way down below the town along a wonderful winding road. Salers is not only a beautiful place to visit, it also has its own special liqueur. Be warned, try a small bottle first (you either love it or hate it!)
St Julien aux Bois is a sleepy village. It has a communal Tennis court and an area to play the French game Boule. The village is surrounded by forestry and endless places to walk or cycle ( there are several bikes at the house for you to use) If you like cycling there is a fabulous Goats farm about 10 km away. They produce the most fabulous organic Goats cheese. Even if you're not really a fan of Goats cheese, you really must try this. The mixture of Goats cheese with crusty bread and a large glass of red wine from Cahors is just too good!
You will find lots of water in the area. The nearby lakes are safe to swim in but the large lake near St Privat is better for fishing (a fishing license is available at the newsagents shop in St Privat..... dont fish without one!)
The Dordogne river is beautiful and if you want to take just one piece of advise from me, go down to the restaurant in Argentat just next to the bridge. Order a nice cool beer and a pizza, then just remember to thank me!
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2 Oct 2014
A spectacular drive through the quintessential French countryside had us arriving late on a balmy September evening at La Vieille Auberge. Neil, the owner had provided us with excellent directions fro… More
To anyone reading this review - please be assured I DID NOT pay for this to be written. It is without doubt the loveliest review I have ever received and so beautifully written. Thank you so much. I hope you will return one day soon.
29 Aug 2014
"Beautiful house, superbly equipped & in a lovely friendly community"
We spent a very happy week in this lovely old restored auberge in the Correze. The spacious, characterful house is clearly a much loved home from home for the English owner and he's equipped it with everything you could possibly need for an excellent holiday, from bikes and tennis racquets to good quality pans and full table settings for large numbers. The house has a lovely feel and is nicely decorated and furnished. Everything is robust and of good quality, so even with an active and curious 2 year old we never felt we had to chase around after her telling her not to touch things, or felt there was anything dangerous or unsuitable.
The service was excellent throughout and the owner went to a lot of trouble when we booked to make sure that we had all the information we needed to make the holiday a success. He stayed in touch and went out of his way to accommodate us in every way he could as did Louise who looks after the house for him. Added to this, he clearly gets on very well with his neighbours as they are so very friendly to the guests and take a real interest in making sure you're enjoying their little part of the world - all you need is a bit of French and a smile!
Trying vainly for the sake of balance to come up with some disadvantage, there are some steps outside and the old staircase has its idiosyncrasies, which together probably make the house unsuitable for someone with mobility issues, but our toddler had no problems and the owner made sure we knew about it before we booked, just in case.
Peaceful, tranquil and relaxing, it's not the place to go if you want to go clubbing every night but it's a beautiful place to spend time with family and friends and come back refreshed and rejuvenated. Best holiday rental I've experienced in terms of house, service and welcome. I think La Vieille Auberge may have ruined us for any other holiday rental...:)
Lorna - how very lovely of you to take the time to write such a review of your holiday. It brought a lasting smile to my face - thank you.
I hope you return one day.
4 Aug 2014
"Beautiful property in a beautiful part of France"
Very easy booking process, beautiful house which was very well equiped, and in great location (although you will need a car to get around).
Thanks for taking the time to submit your opinion of La Vieille Auberge.
So pleased you enjoyed your holiday.
12 May 2012
"What a fabulous House!!!"
What a fabulous house! Our stay in La Vieille Auberge was absolutely wonderful. So full of character with comfortable beds and loads of space. The garden has a huge BBQ which we used almost every night. This is such a lovely area in France, nice pleasant locals and a really quaint village. Our canoe trip down the Dordogne was "a laugh a minute!" Our only regret was not taking a picnic as there were lots of places to pull over at the side of the river. The bikes are great too. We cycled through the forest for miles and ended up quenching our thirst at the bar in St Privat before wobbling back (through the forest not on the road!) For a totally relaxing holiday I cannot recommend La Vieille Auberge highly enough. We will definitely return.
12 May 2012
"Real Rural France"
Within easy reach of Limoges Airport, St Julien aux Bois is a quiet and peaceful hamlet in the Correze region which makes an ideal location to experience the French way of life. Closely situated to many picturesque villages and sites of interest. The heart of the Dordogne is within easy reach by car. La Vieille Auberge is a remarkable 19th century stone house with many original features such as oak beams and floors. The kitchen is equipped with Aga style log burning range cooker and quality cooking utensils such as La Creuset. The dining hall comprises a minstrel's gallery with a large dining table which could comfortably seat 12 to 14 people. There is a cosy sitting area with log burner for quiet evenings in. The beds are very comfortable which guarantees a good night's sleep. You are guaranteed a warm welcome from the French speaking neighbours who can give you daily weather forecasts, in French of course. Great if you are trying to learn the language. Great location for walks and bike rides (bicycles provided). The English owner is eager to please and welcomes feedback and suggestions to make your stay even more enjoyable.
We have visited France and rented several gites over the years and have stayed in La Vieille Auberge for the last two years in succession. We are likely to be staying there again this year and would not hesitate to recommend this accommodation to our friends and family. Bonne vacance!
Martin & Claire . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(West Bridgford, Nottingham)
12 May 2012
"Outstanding property in a beautiful location"
La Vieille Auberge is simply stunning, not only is it a beautiful spacious house with immense character but it is furnished to the highest spec with quality linen, comfortable beds etc. The village was a joy to stay in, we were made welcome by French neighbours and the location was ideal to access historic towns, medieval villages and breathtaking countryside. We have stayed in many rental accommodations within France but this was by far the best and exceeded all expectations. I cannot recommend La Vieille Auberge highly enough.
Laura Lawrie . . . . . . .(West Lothian)
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