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Excellent 5/5 Score from 10 reviews


Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden


Fully self-contained luxury studio apartment for two available for short breaks or holidays in the 'lake district' of the Limousin. 1 hour and 30 minutes from Limoges airport and cheap Ryanair flights. Airport pick up and drop of available, or car hire can be arranged.

Ideally situated in a quiet hamlet between the villages and amenities of Chenerailles and Gouzon. Chenerailles hosts a huge horse fair and market on the second Sunday of May and October. It has one of the finest chateaux in the Limousin (Villemonteix).

Gouzon has an old church and fountain on the square, village shops offering local produce, a couple of bars and restaurants, a cinema and a tourist office. A large supermarket is situated on the outskirts of the village.

The apartment, which has its own terrace overlooking the countryside, is situated within the annex of a 18th century farmhouse and is fully equipped for a relaxing self catering holiday. Dressing gowns, slippers and toiletries help to cut down on packing. A welcome grocery pack can be pre-arranged and dinner on the evening of arrival is available with a choice of menu. A superb golf course is nearby, ( The woodland walks and countryside tracks which surround the house are perfect for cycling or horseriding. Bicycles are available and our horse is available to experienced riders. Etoile stands at 15 hands and is well schooled, placid and gentle. There are many historic chateaux, castles, villages and market towns to explore. The area is excellent for bird and wildlife watching, especially at L'Etang des Landes nature reserve. Fishing is available locally for bass,carp and trout. Escorted winter ski day trips can be arranged to Mont Dore just 1hr and 45 minutes away. Several spa towns are also within easy reach offering various beauty and holistic therapies. Enjoy scenic drives on quiet country roads to beauty spots and swimming lakes. Or simply relax in the garden around the pool and enjoy the peace and quiet. Many other activities are available locally throughout the year with a lively tourist programme during the summer months.

The property is the perfect base for house hunting or for those wishing to explore this unspoilt area of natural beauty.

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Limoges. 130 km, Nearest railway: Gueret 35 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set, Trampoline
Access Secure parking

The Limousin/Auvergne region

The Limousin offers a refreshing alternative to lazy beach / hotel holiday. With so much to see and do each department has its own identity and charm. Renowned for its arts and crafts, medieval towns and castles it deserves to be recognised for more than just its beef cattle. This area of France enjoys distinct seasons of weather with warm summers and cold but sunny winters. Spring gives way to a reliable period of sunshine through to the end of September and into October when Autumn arrives turning the countryside into a blaze of copper and amber. Winter is signalled by the exodus of thousands of cranes migrating south to escape the cold months ahead. Crisp, frosty mornings, temperatures well below freezing and snow are regular features which enhance the beauty of the whole of this unpoilt region of France.


The Creuse itself is one of the least populated areas with more cattle than people. Under developed and non commercial it has retained a distinct 'old fashioned' charm. Here life is much slower and the locals seem to have managed to retain the true values of country life and community. The landscape is one of green fields, rolling hills, lakes and streams linking to the river from which the area takes its name. The woodlands provide shelter and refuge for an abundance of wildlife including wild boar and deer which are still hunted by the locals during the season. Often referred to as the 'lake district' of France it has become a holiday destination for the stressed Parisiens and those wishing to escape the 'rat race'of modern day living. Walking boots and wellies tend to replace designer labels and the local children are more likely to be fishing, horseriding,or driving a tractor than playing computor games. Entertainment is more outdoorsy with lots of activities available.Lakeside restuarants with outdoor live bands and dancing (see Tree adventure parks with zip lines,velotrain carts on old railway lines, mountain bike trails, canooing,clay pigeon shooting to mention just a few. For those less energetic there are many local festivals,brocantes and markets to enjoy throughout the year. Montlucon and Gueret are available 20 minutes away to satisfy those requiring a bit of retail therapy or indoor entertainment. Montlucon has nightclubs, a bowling alley, laserquest and indoor swimming pool with slides, a sauna, hammam and gym. The medieval quarter has an abundance of smart restuarants and designer shops. Gueret has a reserve where wolves can be observed roaming in a their natural habitat.It also has a huge maze and forrest activity park to explore. At the end of the summer it hosts the superb Foret Follies festival (see

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6 Oct 2014


"A little slice of heaven..."

Our stay at Les Hiboux was absolutely fantastic. Indeed, it is difficult to find the words to describe the exceptional hospitality we received from the moment we arrived until our reluctant departure … More

11 Sep 2014


"The Perfect Holiday Rental"

Our two week stay was a fabulous experience.. The studio is exactly as described, spotlessly clean and all furnishings and equipment of the highest quality. Trevor and Paula are magnificent hosts and… More

3 Sep 2014


"Wonderful stay in beautiful surroundings with fantastic hosts."

Our second stay here was yet again very enjoyable in the beautiful apartment located in the French countryside. The hosts Trevor, Paula and Phoebe were so friendly and made us feel so welcome. We re… More

5 Aug 2014


"Great travel experience in the Limousin region"

Paula and Trevor probably are the best hosts we've ever met! Trevor came to pick us up in the lovely village of Gouzon. Upon our arrival in the house, we immediately got to try Paula's homem… More

24 Jul 2014


"excellent apartment with very hospitable hosts"

Trevor and Paula are wonderful, caring and very helpful hosts. The apartment has all the ingredients for a relaxing getaway: absolute silent and peaceful surroundings, a great terrace on the south-wes… More

28 May 2014



Trevor and Paula were the friendliest most helpful hosts I've ever stayed with...Very knowledgeable about the area, fantastic cooks and the annexe has been done to luxury level!! Everything you c… More

29 Oct 2013



Rarely take the time to write a review, however this holiday was exceptional in almost every way. Booking was simple, and for the time we were there we felt like part of the family. Paula and Trevor g… More

11 Sep 2013


"A great place to chill"

A beautiful well equipped studio apartment of high standard. Trevor and Paula have thought of everything. Lovely quiet country roads, ideal if you're into cycling as we are. Welcomed on our arrival with a cup of tea and cake and supplied with fresh eggs and home made jam throughout our stay. The place to be if you want a 'get away from it all' holiday.

25 Aug 2013


"A bit of Paradise"

Beautifully appointed gite in an unspoilt part of France, which doesn't seem to be given the consideration it deserves. Quiet roads and villages mean stress free travel and it's impossible not to relax. The gite's owners were great hosts and their advice on the surrounding area was invaluable. Sitting on the patio at night the silence was deafening - a rare occurrence in this modern world.
Only five minutes from the village of Gouzon, with an excellent supermarket and within easy reach of major towns and cities.
If like us you are a fan of the great French mime Jacques Tati a visit to the nearby village of Sainte-Severe sur-Indre is a must. It's where they filmed Jour de Fete

17 Aug 2013


"Friendly hosts who made our stay so enjoyable and relaxing."

Thank you Trevor, Paula and Phoebe for making this a fantastic stay in your wonderful annex. You made us feel so welcome and your friendliness towards us made our stay so enjoyable. Wow! the meal coo… More

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Calendar last updated:03 Nov 2014

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Languages spoken
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  • French

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