3 Lakes Area, Rural Gites
Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Providing good value for money, the Gites offer comfortable and well equipped self-catering accommodation and are perfect for a quiet holiday in the beautiful 3 Lakes area of the Creuse Valley. Each of the Gites in this converted barn are comfortably furnished for four; one double bedroom and one twin with bunk beds; a good sized kitchen/diner and living area with a private deck which includes outside table and chairs overlooking the large garden.
Set in a very tranquil and rural area (next door to property ref. 580018 and 1433462, just the Gites, the English owners who are on hand if required for information and assistance and one retired French neighbour), we are surrounded by fabulous countryside where it appears as though time has stood still, dotted with lovely French villages and towns with lots of local markets and places to explore and enjoy. The quiet roads in this area, one of the least populated of France, make any outing a pleasure.
An excellent spot for walking, cycling, fishing, wildlife watching, photography, painting..... or just sitting! As this is such a rural location we also benefit from no light pollution, providing fabulous night skies.
Bed linen is included in the price but we are unable to offer Towels.
High Chair, Travel Cot and a selection of games available on request.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Le Bourg d'Hem 13 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Limoges 95 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||CD player, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
The Limousin/Auvergne region
The Creuse covers about 5,565 km² with a population of less than 130,000. (Covering roughly 1,000 km² more than the whole of Lancashire and South Yorkshire combined, which have a population of more than 2.5 million!) This makes it one of the least populated departments in the whole of France and definitely one of the most enjoyable to explore, with glorious rolling countryside; quiet roads; many beautiful lakes, rivers and historic towns, villages and sites to see.
The climate means that shorts and tee shirts are the order of the day from mid-May on, and it is not unusual to witness a Mediterranean-type climate until quite late in the year. It does rain (how else to keep the landscape so wonderfully green?), but when it comes it is usually gentle – just like everything else.
Access to La Creuse is easy and we can be reached within a day using a network of good roads leading from the ports of Calais, Caen, Cherbourg or St Malo, alternatively the Airport of Limoges is only one hour away if you want to fly-drive (a car really is essential to fully appreciate the area). We are situated approximately 25 minutes from the main A20 motorway South (we can also provide a 'stop-over' service for those travelling further South or property hunting.)
Le Montinazeau can be found in the North of La Creuse in an area known as Les Trois Lacs (The Three Lakes) the nearest of which is just 15 minutes away and boasts a man-made beach with safe swimming, boating, a small bar and cafe/restaurant, free parking and walks.
The nearest village is under 5 kilometres away and provides a grocery shop; Post Office and Bar/Restaurant. Larger towns are within 10 kilometres providing all services including Banks; Supermarkets; Restaurants; weekly Markets etc.
There are many areas of interest all within 30 minutes of the Gites including (but certainly not limited to) the castle at Crozant, overlooking the valley where the Sedelle and the Creuse Rivers meet; Fresseline, where Monet and other artists came to paint; The Pilgrims Way (Le Chemin de St. Jaques de Compostelle), where it follows the beautiful Sedelle River; La Souterraine with it's medieval gateways and bustling market.
Only slightly further afield is Gueret where you can find the Wolf sanctuary; the Giant Labyrinth; the famous Monts de Gueret (with miles of beautiful walks and cycling routes); Limoges (famous for its porcelain and the birthplace of Renoir); Aubusson (designated Unesco site with its tapestries); Argenton-sur-Creuse (beautiful medieval town on the river with famous historic Roman site 'Argentomagus'); Le Haute Touche (animal reserve with over 1,000 animals from all five continents in a natural environment covering over 1,000 acres).
After a busy(!) day exploring, walking, swimming, sitting... you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the garden at Le Montinazeau and watch out for the local wildlife to be seen which in the last year has included; Deer; Red Squirrel; Stone Marten; Black Kites; Buzzards; Hobby's; Woodpeckers (Green, Greater Spotted and even Black!).
If you would like any further information about the area, places to visit or things to do, please don't hesitate to contact us and we'll be happy to help.
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14 Aug 2013
"Great family holiday!"
Absolutely loved staying at Le Montinazeau! Excellent directions and pre-visit communication from Andrew & Debbie. Such a picturesque setting to drive up to after a long road-trip from the Midlands. Our children (11 and 13 years old) summed it up when they both simultaneously said 'Wow!' It is clear that Andrew and Debbie have put a lot of thought into ensuring that guests feel very welcome. They also have the right mix of approachability without interference, that it so welcome when you're staying next door to the owners. Within minutes of arriving our children were playing table tennis on the lawn, working off their excess energy after being cooped up in the car for so long. Andrew gave them a huge box of garden games which they made use of throughout our stay. We were free to roam the extensive grounds; exploring in the woods, visiting the chickens and checking out the bulls next door. The gite itself is a perfect size for a family of 4 and all the necessary essentials are provided. Andrew and Debbie were even kind enough to offer us towels when I realised we'd forgotten ours. The entire gite was spotless throughout, with a gorgeous bathroom and kitchen. Beds were incredibly comfortable and the bedrooms were clean and fresh, with a lovely start to every morning opening the windows to that breathtaking view. There was no TV in the lounge when we stayed, but with our long days out, the outdoor games and the box of games we took with us, we didn't miss it. The gite is situated just outside Cheniers, in the middle of a bunch of family-oriented activities: the wolves and the giant labyrinth at Gueret (35 minutes drive) make for a great day out. As do the beaches of Le Bourg d'Hem (15 minutes drive) and L'Etang de Courtille (35 minutes drive), where the kids spent many a happy hour splashing around in the life-guard supervised lakes. There are also pedalos for hire at both sites and a range of water-sports and inflatables at Courtille. We also took a trip on a velo-rail in Bosmoreau-les-Mines (even our girls had a pedal) which was an exciting experience through the countryside on an old railway track. Limoges is only an hour away for shopping and the wildlife park, Parc du Reynou, just below Limoges (65 minutes drive) is definitely worth a visit - we felt like we were on safari with over 600 animals including lions, tigers, bison, zebras, and monkeys. The town of La Souterraine is also a really lovely place to visit with some pretty streets and more interesting shops. The Intermarche supermarket in Dun-Le-Palestel (15 minutes drive) has absolutely everything you could need (and the best bread!) and there is also a huge Carrefour in Gueret. We absolutely loved our stay, loved Andrew and Debbie and would recommend this gite without hesitation to both families. Thank you both for such a wonderful stay. :)
A lovely review from a lovely family. We are so glad you enjoyed your holiday here and would be happy to welcome you back at any time.
Andrew & Debbie.
30 Jul 2013
"Peace and tranquilty"
the gite is situated in a peaceful location,surrounded by hills and valleys.The is lots of wildlife to look out for. The property is spotlessly clean,well equipped and comfortable.There are many interesting towns and villages to visit and beautiful countryside for walking.Although inland the region also has safe beaches and lakes.
Owners Debbie and Andrew live on site.They are very knowledgeable and can advise on places to visit to suit your requirements..
Many thanks for your positive feedback, so glad you enjoyed your stay. We would love to welcome you back at any time.
14 Jul 2013
"Rural France at its best"
We visited Andrew & Debbie last year and were amazed at how beautiful and peaceful the are is. The gite was very well equipped and comfortable with lovely views across the countryside. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring and finding hidden gems such as the church at Le Menoux, the riverside walks at Fresslines and the medieval tower at La Souterraine thanks to Andrew & Debbie's knowledge and love of the area. A great place to relax and enjoy rural France.
We are so pleased you had a lovely stay and enjoyed the local area. We look forward to seeing you again soon and thank you for the review.
9 Jun 2013
"Beautiful countryside, stunning walks, lovely accommodation..."
We stayed for 10 days last August in one of these gites, it was comfortable, clean and had everything you would need. The veranda has lovely views over the lagre garden, with a table and chairs, surrounded by mature trees which host all manner of wildlife from Woodpeckers to red squirrels. The area has many lovely river walks, Debbie and Andrew are very knowledgeable about the best places to visit and we found leaflets about local attractions in our gite.
We fell in love with this stunning area, we visited Fresselines where Monet found inspiration for some of his paintings, La Souterraine, where there is a historic tower and amphitheatre and the stunning river walk in Vallee de la Sedelle, where you can sit with at a picnic table and take in the wonderful surroundings, You will need a camera . ....
Go and have a meal at Le Petite Roy.
We would recommend Le Montinazeau to everyone.
Thank you very much for this lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay here and would be happy to welcome you back at any time.
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