Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
ESCAPE TO THE FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE AND UNWIND AT 'LES HIBOUX'
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, (www.golfdelajonchere.com). 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|
|Nearest beach||LAKESIDE BEACH AT CHENERAILLES 6 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|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|
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 www.lanaute.com) 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 www.foretfollies.com)