Gite | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Explore the unspoilt delights of rural France from “Les Geais”. This recently renovated traditional stone cottage is situated in the centre of the Millevaches National Park area of the Limousin, also known as the French “Lake District” because of its numerous lakes, rivers and waterways. This setting offers great opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities such as walking, cycling & mountain biking while swimming, kayaking and other water sports are possible on the many lakes and rivers.
The cottage has a large open-plan living space with well equipped kitchen dining area and comfortable lounge, featuring a traditional fireplace with cosy wood burning stove. There are 2 spacious first floor bedrooms and a ground floor shower room. The renovation included excellent insulation and double glazing, so the property is suitable for year round use.
For further flexibility, there is additional accommodation in the renovated barn. This is only available during the summer months and is never let independently, thus ensuring your privacy. Rented together they are perfect for accommodating larger groups, additionally offering a double sofa bed and 2 single beds on a mezzanine level, plus another shower room.
Outside in the south facing garden the patio area benefits from the partial shade of an Ash tree. Although “Les Geais” enjoys a quiet hamlet location all essential local services are available in the village of Bugeat which is just a short drive or 15 min walk away.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lac de Viam 6 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1.7 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Limoges Bellegarde 90 km, Nearest railway: Bugeat 1.7 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||TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
Travel cot, high chair and stair gate available on request. The TV receives UK Freesat and French digital channels.
|Further details outdoors|
Garden table with 6 chairs and a parasol supplied. Charcoal BBQ.
The Limousin/Auvergne region
This is one of the most sparsely populated regions in France and the beautiful unspoilt countryside offers great opportunities for outdoor activities including :- walking, cycling, swimming, kayaking and other waterspouts, horse riding, quad biking, fishing, mushroom hunting, skiing, birdwatching and golf........to name some of the most popular.
Sightseeing : Five of the 'most beautiful villages of France' can be found in the department of the Correze, Collognes-la-Rouge, Curemonte, Saint-Robert, Segur-le-Chateau and Turenne, all of which are well worth a visit. The administrative capital of the region - the historic city of Limoges with its tradition of producing fine enamel and porcelain, has museums, cathedral, botanical gardens and plenty of restaurants and shopping. The town of Aubusson famous for its tapestries. Also explore the Gallo-Roman ruins at Les Cars, the Chateau and home to the National stud at Arnac-Pompadour, the peat bog wetland habitat of Les Tourbieres. The natural landscape at Bort les Orgues, The waterfalls at Gimmel les Cascades, the Contempoary Art Centre with its sculpture trail on the Isle de Vassiviere and the tree top activity centre of Arbre en Arbre close by. Oradour-sur-glane, a town left untouched since the German SS left, having massacred virtually all its inhabitants, shortly before the end WWII.
Lying roughly 1 h drive to the East of Limoges and the A20, the Millevaches Plateau is an area of natural beauty which is criss crossed with numerous footpaths, cycle routes and mountain-biking trails which can be equally explored on foot or in the saddle. The regional tradition of stone masonry is evident in the many granite crosses, wells and fountains marking the ancient routes as well as in the buildings, bread-ovens and medieval bridges. The Medieval towns of Eymoutiers, Treignac and Meymac are not far away. The lakes near Treignac, Ambrugeat and Vassiviere all have water sports activity centres and, in July and August, the lovely sandy beaches have swimming areas patrolled by lifeguards. While the Vézère and the Vienne rivers offer more adventurous Canoe and Kayaking excursions. South East towards Meymac Mont Bessou, the highest point in the Limousin, rises above the forest to a height of 1000 m with a viewing tower which offers views over the Cantal mountains.The local tourist information office in Bugeat is a great place to start. They can help out with routes for walking and cycling and offer cycle hire.
Fishing is very popular and permits are available at the Tourist Info or if you want to guarantee a catch you can reel in your own trout at the fish farm in Bugeat.
Ski: During the winter months the family ski resort of Le Mont Dore can be reached in just over an hour by car. It offers good snowboarding and skiing particularly for intermediates and beginners.
Golf: The nearest course is Golf du Chammet at Peyrelevade (approx 25 km).
And, if you are considering a move to the area, we can supply links to local estate agents to help with your house hunting.