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Cherry Cottage

Gite | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

A beautiful newly refurbished rural cottage in the heart of the Limousin, only a few minutes from bars, restaurants & shops, with accommodation for up to 6 people in 2 double bedrooms and 1 twin room with 2 beds. In addition there is a lounge with TV, wc, shower room, kitchen-diner, garden and above-ground pool.

The local area boasts 2 beaches and the magnificent Lac de Vassiviere with 100 hectares of water is only 30 minutes from the gite, offering activities that include fishing and water sports. The stunning countryside of the Limousin is also perfect for walkers and bike riders and there are local companies offering pony trekking.

The city of Limoges - famous for porcelain and enamels - is approximately 40 minutes drive from St Julien.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach St Julien le Petit 2 km
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 8 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bellegarde, Limoges 45 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Parking

The Limousin/Auvergne region

The Limousin, made up of three departments - Correze, Creuse and the Haute-Vienne - is a region of beauty and tranquility. From pasture land and forests to magnificent lakes (many of which offer water sports and/or fishing) and rivers (again with fishing!) there is little that the region does not offer in the way of places to relax or to experience something a little more energetic!

The landscape lends itself naturally to many 'countryside' pastimes whether that be horse-riding, hiking, mushroom hunting (in season), 4 x 4 or motorbike off-roading, or mountain biking. Water sports abound in this region, which after all is rightly known as the lake district of France!  

It is a perfect place for artists and art-lovers of all genres, with a rich history in not only the porcelain and enameling for which the region is famed, but also tapestries, weaving and stained glass making. The Limousin has played host to many famous painters from Claude Monet to Armand Guillaumin and lovers of painting or photography will find much to inspire them. Limoges was the birthplace of Auguste Renoir (1841) and the Musee de l'Eveche houses a permanent display of his paintings.

History lovers will likewise find much of interest - the countryside is dotted with antiquities from dolmens to castles, manors, abbeys and churches (many of which date from the 11th century onwards). The local medieval town of St Leonard de Noblat is on the pilgrimage route to Compostella and the emblematic shell of St Jaques can be found set into the roads and pavements of its streets. 2010 was declared a Holy Year for the pilgrimage and completion of the route gains a Plenary Indulgence ( a remission of punishment for sins already committed!) - something that in a normal year is only granted if you die en route!

The Limousin is not blessed with many large towns, but the capital of the region is Limoges, some 45 minutes drive east from the gite. Here you will find a host of attractions - museums (porcelain, enamels, history of the resistance, and general), porcelain factories (where you can enjoy a tour before buying a piece of Limoges to take home!), a daily (mornings only) covered market, shopping, the cathedral and other churches, gardens, an aquarium, bowling, golf, restaurants... the list goes on!

France paid a heavy toll during the Second World War, and the Limousin itself paid dearly. With an extremely active Resistance working in the area it was perhaps inevitable that the Germans would leave their mark. With museums in both Limoges and nearby Peyrat-le-Chateau the local history of the Maquis can be seen, but the most compelling and moving experience is a visit to Oradur-sur-Glane (about an hour from the gite). Here virtually the entire town was massacred by the German troops in just one day in June 1944 - the remnants of the village have been left as a reminder, and a memorial has been built, along with a visitors centre which holds many artifacts from the old town and where you can see photographs and films which tell the story of the victims and the handful of survivors.  

Saint Julien le Petit

The Lac de Vassiviere is about 30 minutes drive from the gite and offers not only beaches, swimming, canoeing, and water skiing, but there is an island in the middle with a chateau with gardens housing a small menagerie of animals such as llamas and donkeys. There is also an exhibition centre which hosts art shows throughout the year. In an adjacent tower, we had the worlds largest Buddhist prayer wheel rotating constantly for about 6 months! Permanent sculptures adorn the gardens.

Also near to the lake is a great place to spend some adrenalin time! Even if you are scared of heights (as we both are!) Arbre en Arbre is a fantastic way to while away a few hours doing your best Tarzan impression! From easy 'green run' clambering over the obstacles, through the 'brown run' Tyrolean zip lines to the scary scary 'black run' there is something for everyone from the biggest scaredy cat to real adrenalin junkies!

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