Maison Petite Creuse...
About the home
Maison Petite Creuse is a beautiful, newly-renovated French stone farmhouse located in the heart of the stunning countryside of La Creuse/Limousin. Surrounded by many safe swimming lakes (the closest just 15 minutes drive) many with sandy beaches and watersports and flowing rivers ideal for fishing (Holiday permits available locally) and situated just 15 minutes drive from the historical market town of Dun Le Palestel with all it's conveniences.
The house is nestled on the very edge of a peaceful farming hamlet consisting of just a cluster of houses, and situated a short walk from La Petite Creuse river (after which the house is named) where in the summer months children can paddle and catch small fish in the shallow waters.
The property and the Creuse region is the ideal place for couples seeking a romantic retreat, for nature & wildlife lovers along with outdoor activity enthusiasts (walking/cycling/hiking/fishing/horse riding) and perfect for families and groups of friends seeking a relaxing time together 'away from it all' in idyllic surroundings.
The house has been finished to a very comfortable standard combining warm rustic charm with modern comfort and conveniences. Attention to detail has been taken in retaining many charming features including original stone flooring downstairs and exposed oak beams throughout. King size beds with luxury Hypnos mattresses await you upstairs, with a thoughtfully equipped rustic farmhouse kitchen downstairs. There is a spacious open-plan lounge/dining room with a large open-fire place and wood burning stove along with many candles to create the perfect cosy atmosphere whatever the season. Maison Petite Creuse equally perfect for a romantic winter hideaway as it is for a fun-filled summer holiday.
The helpful owners and local representative are on hand to offer advice and any information, before and during your stay.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Plage de Fougeres/Lac Chambon, 11km|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 3km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, DVD player|
|General:||TV, CD player|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 1 family bathroom|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seating for 8, Lounge seating for 7|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
Further details indoors:
Entry into the house opens into a large traditional lounge featuring original oak beams, stone flooring and fireplace with cosy sofa & coffee table. The lounge extends into an open-plan dining area with a traditional wood burner and oak farmhouse dining table seating 8. The back door leads out into the large private garden and terrace. Situated off the lounge is a fully equipped farmhouse kitchen with Kitchen island, antique oak dining table & chairs along with all modern conveniences including double oven with ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher and washing machine.
Situated downstairs is a WC with hand wash basin and a separate family sized bathroom with bath and shower enclosure, twin washbasins, a heated towel rail and vanity mirror.
An oak staircase leads upstairs to a bright mezzanine living area featuring oak flooring, large sofa, TV/DVD player (please note TV for DVDs only), and wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.
Three charming bedrooms with countryside views are located off the mezzanine, two rooms with king size beds and one with 3 single beds, all with quality mattresses.
Further details outdoors:
Maison De La Petite Creuse has a large well established garden, a mixture of lawn, fruit trees and shrubs which is set on the edge of a field and a forest (the field is also owned by the property but often used by the friendly Limousin cows!). Outside there is a stone patio area with wooden garden furniture seating 4-8, a parasol, and 2 wooden sun loungers. There is also BBQ equipment and an additional 6 seater wooden garden picnic bench for more informal meals.
If you visit during late summer/autumn you are very welcome to help yourselves to the sweet grapes and apples that grow just at the top of the garden and the small sweet plums at the very bottom of the garden.
There is plenty of opportunity for outdoor dining with the beautiful views & sunsets, and lots of room for sitting or lounging in the sun or under one of the shady trees having a picnic. This private spot is perfect for nature lovers who wish to get away from the hectic pace of life, and to really feel you have travelled back in time to a far simpler way of life.
Other outdoor/garden facilities also include boules equipment and children's swing.
The pretty flowing Petite Creuse River is just a 5-10 minute walk from the house & garden, just follow the footpath from the front/side of the property, allowing for a refreshing paddle and a peaceful picnic by the riverside.
There are currently 2 well-used adult bicycles available for your use.
Arrival after 4pm
Departure by 11am
The Limousin / Auvergne / Creuse region
Situated in the beautiful Northern foothills of le Massif Central the region of extinct volcanoes, La Creuse is a stunning escapist’s paradise. Dotted with safe swimming lakes and idyllic flowing rivers, watersport's enthusiasts will love the possibilities for bathing, kayaking, sailing, water-skiing and wind-surfing. Fishermen will enjoy the abundant trout and carp in the region’s 3400kms of peaceful and idyllic rivers, lakes and streams along with birdwatchers, wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers of who will not be disappointed by the breathtaking beauty and wildlife on offer.
The nearby cities of Limoges, famed for its fine porcelain (1 hour), the vibrant and attractive towns of Argenton-sur-Creuse and Gueret both 30 minutes away are well worth visiting with historical centres and offer a wide range of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. The very pretty village of Gargilesse aptly named the 'artist's village' and one of France's most picturesque villages is just 20 minutes away, made famous by the writer George Sands who completed many of her works whilst living here.
Oradour-sur-Glane - the martyred village of WWII (1 hour), La Chatre and Boussac which both have impressive weekly markets, Boussac with its castle and lovely tea rooms next door, all are within easy reach.
There are many places to entertain children, the wolf park close to Gueret (35 mins) where you can see the wolves being fed, the huge labyrinth maze (be careful not to get lost!), a small animal petting farm, numerous lakes for swimming/watersports, kayaking (2&3 seater kayaks available), free local tennis courts in Fresselines, pony trekking, and slightly farther afield in the direction of Poitiers the famous theme park - Futuroscope, are just some of the activities on offer.
The Dun Le Palestel / Fresselines area
Fresselines is just 3km from the property and has a very pretty village centre with a church, numerous local art galleries/exhibitions, peaceful riverside walks, a free to use tennis court (collect the key from the Mairie), a boucherie, a patisserie, a great local cafe and restaurant (Restaurant des Artistes) run by a lovely French family offering everything from morning coffee on the terrace to full a la carte evening meals. During the week le menu du jour offers great value at just €12 per person for 3/4 courses including wine.
Within 15-20 minutes drive there are numerous lakes and flowing rivers offering a variety of watersports for both adults and children alike, many opportunities to fish, historic towns and villages to explore offering a selection of fine patisseries, cafes, boulangeries, weekly local produce markets, supermarkets and other conveniences.
Within 20 mins drive there is a choice of 2 good swimming lakes (Lac Bourg d’Hem the more peaceful option & Plage de Fougeres by Lac Chambon for full watersports facilities) both featuring small beaches, lakeside cafés/bars and pedalo hire. For a peaceful and secluded setting head to Lac Bourg d'Hem, and for the best range of watersports and activities head to the largest lake Chambon at Plage Fougeres where there is also a lakeside children's play area.
The ancient ruins of Crozant, a charming village and dramatic gorge are just a 10-15 minute drive. Situated down by the river overlooking the beautiful gorge/river you will find Hotel du Lac, Crozant, with a lovely restaurant and bar with an elevated terrace, the ideal setting for a romantic evening meal whilst enjoying the sunset. The hotel here offers good value kayak hire and daily boat trips along the peaceful Creuse river. In Crozant village centre there is a fine dining restaurant - l'Auberge de la Vallée run by a locally celebrated michelin starred chef Sebastien Proux. The restaurant offers a full a la carte menu along with a menu du jour.
The closest towns with all conveniences including ATMs, large supermarkets and wine cellars head to either Dun le Palestel or Aigurande both a 15 minute drive away.
If golf or pampering spa treatments are more your thing then why not head to the nearby golf & spa resort with fine dining restaurant approx 25 mins drive away in the beautiful Vallee Noire. Here you will find a superb 18 hole golf course managed by the International Americh Group, there is also a club house and shop with all equipment available for hire. The luxury spa offers a wide range of treatments including full spa day packages, hydromassage, sauna, jacuzzi along with both indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
How to get there
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Low cost flights to Limoges airport (approx 1 hour drive) are available with either www.ryanair.com or www.flybe.com from the following UK airports – London Stansted (all year), London Luton, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Glasgow International, Newcastle, Southampton, Belfast City, Jersey or Guernsey. Car hire is available from hertz, Avis and Europcar at the airport, the best rates are often available through the Ryanair website.
Maison Petite Creuse is approx 6-7 hours (390 miles) drive south from the major French port of Calais (served by P&O Ferries, DFDS Seaways, Sea France & Eurotunnel). Boulogne, Dieppe & Le Havre with www.ldlines.com and Dunquerqe with www.DFDS.com are all served by regular crossings from Dover/Portsmouth and Newhaven.
We recommend using www.viamichelin.com to find the best route.
Activities near Dun Le Palestel
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
13 Aug 2012
My family and I (including 3 small children) spent a week here in July and had an absolutely wonderful time. The gite was spotless when we arrived, the housekeeper had left fresh flowers, and a few veggies form her garden. There was a lovely bottle of wine and chocolate too which was a lovely welcome.
The information and recommendations provided by Alastair the owner were obviously well thought through and really from experience with detailed descriptions of activities, locations and directions which I would recommend following to the letter.
The gite was incredibly well appointed and even had toys for the kids as well as adults and is reality is even more picturesque than the photos on the web.
I would highly recommend a visit.
06 Aug 2012
We stumbled upon this holiday rental through hours of browsing the internet in search of a decent location for our vacation.
The correspondence between the English owner and us went very fast and good. A booking was arranged quickly and we received all the information needed.
Upon arriving at the house, we quickly saw that this was going to be an ideal stay. We were located at the end of a dead end street, in a completely quiet and peaceful little village called Fresselines.
The house was very clean, all comfort and conveniences were there to make our stay as great as we wanted: nice, clean and large bedrooms, a well equipped kitchen, an absolutely beautiful and large garden for the kids to play in,...
There's a lot of attention to detail, as the house is beautifully adorned with little paintings, candles and other trinkets. It all makes the sense of excellence stronger.
Beforehand, we received a lot of information from the owner on what to do in the surrounding villages. That really helped a lot and spared us time to look up stuff ourselves.
In all, we've had a very lovely vacation at this place.
For those of you looking for beautiful surrondings, peace, quiet and an excellent place to stay: don't wait any longer and book 'La Petite Maison Creuse'!
17 May 2012
The Maison Petite Creuse was a fantastic hideaway for our bank holiday long weekend in May. The only downside was really not being able to stay for longer! The house is in a beautiful rural location... more
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 2|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Jan - May 2013||6 Jan 13||1 Jun 13||£ 410||-||-||1 Night|
|June 2013||1 Jun 13||13 Jul 13||£ 462||-||-||1 Week|
|July & Aug 2013||20 Jul 13||24 Aug 13||£ 599||-||-||1 Week|
|September 2013||31 Aug 13||29 Sep 13||£ 462||-||-||1 Night|
|October - Dec 2013||29 Sep 13||22 Dec 13||£ 410||-||-||1 Night|
|Prices for group size 7|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Jan - May 2013||5 Jan 13||1 Jun 13||£ 441||-||-||1 Night|
|June 2013||1 Jun 13||13 Jul 13||£ 515||-||-||1 Week|
|July & August 2013||20 Jul 13||24 Aug 13||£ 672||-||-||1 Week|
|September 2013||31 Aug 13||29 Sep 13||£ 515||-||-||1 Night|
|October - Dec 2013||29 Sep 13||22 Dec 13||£ 441||-||-||1 Night|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Rates include linen and bath towels (Please bring outdoor/swimming towels)
A £150 deposit (per week) required at time of booking, final balance is due 6 weeks before arrival date & non-refundable within the final 6 week period. We recommend that you take out appropriate holiday insurance at the time of booking to protect your payment in the event of cancellation within the final 6 week period.
A refundable security/damages* deposit of £200/EUR200 is required with the final balance and refundable within 7 days of the property being checked after departure.
*A damages or excessive cleaning fee will only be charged if the property and its facilities/equipment are not left in the condition they are found.
For autumn & winter rentals (Jan 2013 - Apr 2013 inclusive) Electric heating & firewood surcharge of £45 per week applies. Heating is by electric heaters and wood burning stove/open fireplace, the property does not have central heating.
Payment is accepted in sterling or Euros by bank account transfer, cheque or *Credit/Debit card (*via Paypal + £15)Book
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