About the home
Les Pivoines is a large stone Limousin farmhouse which has been sympathetically updated and restored to provide a fantastic holiday home. With seven bedrooms, it is big enough to accommodate an extended family or even two families sharing without feeling crowded, as there is ample indoor and outdoor space in which you can relax.
Two french windows lead from the spacious living room onto the shaded terrace from which steps rise into the large private garden, suitable for ball games and badminton. At the end of the garden is the heated outdoor 10 x 5m swimming pool, making this an ideal holiday setting for families with children.
There is plenty to explore in the locality including the bustling local markets of Piegut Pluviers and Montbron and the cities of Limoges and Angouleme. Nearby are stunning chateaux such as Rochechouart and La Rochefoucauld. Quieter and less touristy than the Dordogne, the Limousin is a well kept secret.
Walking, canoeing, cycling and fishing are all available locally - but you may prefer to just find a good book, relax around the pool and work on your tan!!
|Size:||Sleeps up to 13, 7 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Videix & St Estephe lakes, 6.5km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 4km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General:||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Pool / Snooker table, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||7 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 family bathrooms|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (2), Single beds (3), Double beds (5), Cots (1), Dining seating for 12, Lounge seating for 11|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
The house is light and airy with ample indoor comfortable seating in the two living rooms. One of these contains the satellite TV/DVD player so that guests can enjoy British freeview channels or can bring their own Skycard for viewing Sky. In this room there is also a 4 seater farmhouse table and chairs.
The larger living room also contains the main dining table which seats 12 in comfort and sofas and chairs arranged around the woodburning stove.
Two of the bedrooms, one with 2 single beds and one with a kingsize bed are also on the ground floor along with a family bathroom, containing both a shower and bath, and a separate toilet. This arrangement makes it suitable for example for one family or perhaps those with young children to sleep downstairs allowing parents to listen out for the children while relaxing on the terrace.
Upstairs there are five further bedrooms, each one with a combination of exposed beams and stone walls. There is a kingsize bedroom, two standard double rooms and a small single room and through a thick stone wall lies an unusual split level double bedroom, which we discovered during the renovations, only because the window was visible on the outside gable wall.
All the beds are comfortable and fitted with cotton sheets and duvets.
Towels for the house and pool are provided.
Further details outdoors:
Les Pivoines consists of the main house with an attached barn. Access to this barn is via the utility passage containing the washing machine and tumble drier. The pool table and dart board are in the barn. Across the courtyard is another huge stone barn which contains the log pile and allows safe storage for bikes and trailers etc. The courtyard is a real suntrap for taking your morning coffee in.
The terrace runs the length of the house with 3 french windows opening on to it and has a very large table and seating for 14 if needed under shading. The table is extendable so can be made smaller if needed.
The rear garden is grassed and leads to the private heated swimming pool. This is 10 x 5m and has a shallow end of 1m sloping to a deep end of 2m. Surrounding the pool is another extensively paved area with table, parasol and seating for 8 so lunch can be taken by the pool if you wish. There are also numerous sunloungers to relax around the pool and various floats in the poolhouse.
The gardens are surrounded by trees on one side and rolling farmland, stocked with the distinctive limousin breed of cattle and fields of barley and corn beyond.
There is a local english contact available who will meet you at the property when you arrive and who is also able to provide help and advice during your stay if needed.
A welcome basket of basics such as bread, milk, butter, eggs, ham and a bottle of wine is provided. In addition, both a welcome meal and catering for evening meals or special occasion items such as cakes is also available on request (not included in rental rate).
The swimming pool is heated continuously from Whitsun half term until the end of September as part of the rental. For rental at other times the heating of the pool is at an additional cost of £30 per week. Please state when booking if you wish the pool to be available and heated when booking outside of these times as it takes several days to get the water to the desired temperature - usually 28 degrees.
A 25% deposit is required to secure the booking if more than eight weeks before the rental period, otherwise the rent must be paid in full at booking.
We require a breakages deposit of £250 which will be returned to you within two weeks of your stay.
The Limousin / Auvergne / Haute-Vienne region
The Haute Vienne is one of the three departments of the Limousin. It is a largely rural area noted for its natural beauty which lies in its rolling hills, forests and lakes with long sunny days and gentle breezes in the summer months. Apart from the main city of Limoges, famous for its porcelain, its towns are small and many are worth exploring for their charm and history. You can follow the route of Richard the Lionheart, visiting beautiful chateaux and churches on the way to Chalus, where he was wounded and ultimately died.
Brantome, known as the' Venice of the Perigord' with its artisan markets, shops and restaurants on the river bend is an easy drive and a little further away is Cognac where you can spend the day touring one of the famous brandy houses such as Courvoisier or Hennessey.
Futuroscope, the fantastic science theme park is just outside Poitiers and also well worth a family day out.
The popular towns and caves of the Dordogne such as Sarlat and Lascaux are about two hours away, but well worth a day trip too.
In the winter season, the ski resorts of the Puy de Dome area in the Auvergne are within striking distance for a day on the slopes.
The St Mathieu / Peyrassoulat area
Peyrassoulat is a tiny hamlet on the Tardoire river in the heart of the Parc Naturel Regional Perigord-Limousin, a beautiful landscape of rolling hills, wooded slopes and rivers. The small town of St Mathieu is about a five minute drive away and has a decent supermarket, boulangerie, and other small shops including a beauty salon for holiday treats. There is also a petanque area, tennis courts and a small sports centre. Canoeing is available on a number of local rivers as are fishing permits and the area is well suited to walking and cycling holidays. If you fancy a change from your own swimming pool there are numerous lakes nearby with sandy beaches for swimming and sailing too.
There a number of places to visit around Limoges, apart from the porcelain houses, including Parc Bellevue which is a traditional adventure park. There is a range of water slides, pools, inflatables and go karts, as well as woodland walks and animals for children to pet. There is also an aquarium in the city and just outside is the Parc de Reynou, a landscaped park and zoo that the children will really enjoy.
Many of the local towns and villages have excellent night markets, sometimes with fireworks and there are lots of restaurants to eat out on warm evenings.
How to get there
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From Calais/Channel tunnel head south on the motorway to Paris following the signs for Bordeaux, picking up the motorway (The Acquitaine) south of Paris - details will be provided on booking. (Journey - 8-9 hours)
From the Normandy ports: Aim for Alencon, Le Mans, Tours, Poitiers then for Angouleme . (Journey 6-7 hours)
Fly Ryanair to Limoges from Liverpool, Stanstead, Bristol, Leeds and East Midlands. (45 minutes to Les Piviones) Car hire is available from Hertz, Avis and Europcar at the airport. Local transfer from the airport is available at a cost of 30 euro per journey.
Fly Flybe to Limoges from Belfast,Glasgow, Dublin, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Southampton.
To Limoges - approx 2 hours from Paris Austerlitz station
To Angouleme - main TGV Atlantic station with frequent connections to Paris (Journey 2.30 hours from Paris)
Activities near St Mathieu
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
29 Sep 2012
This is a really fantastic property for a large family group. We were celebrating a silver wedding anniversary and were so glad with our choice. The rooms are great, and the pool is just lovely. The owners went out of their way to welcome us (2 bottles of Champers - lovely!), and Sue, the local contact, was a great source of info regarding places to visit, best markets etc. Having travelled widely in France over the years, this was our first visit to the Limousin region; I'm sure it won't be our last!
07 Aug 2012
The pictures on the website do not do this property justice. It is a beautiful farmhouse, tastefully furnished in keeping with the style of the property. The kitchen is very well equipped, we catered for 12 people each day and the kitchen has everything you need. The lounges are comfortable, the TV is satellite and there is good wifi. The bedrooms are very comfortable. There are two very nice bathrooms, again well equipped with a super power shower and full sized bath. Outside of the property there is great seating area for eating outside. The pool is fabulous, great size, heated with a pool alarm which is good if you have non swimmers/little kids. There is a great rustic games room with table tennis and snooker. The surrounding area is beautiful. There is also a good support system in place for any problems you do encounter with either the property or the language! I would rate this 10/10 and would definitely come back. Its the best property we have stayed in.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 13|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Low||29 Sep 12||22 Dec 12||£ 600||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid||22 Dec 12||5 Jan 13||£ 800||-||-||1 Week|
|Low||5 Jan 13||25 May 13||£ 600||-||-||1 Week|
|High||25 May 13||1 Jun 13||£ 1200||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid||1 Jun 13||29 Jun 13||£ 900||-||-||1 Week|
|High||29 Jun 13||20 Jul 13||£ 1200||-||-||1 Week|
|Peak||20 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||£ 1600||-||-||1 Week|
|High||31 Aug 13||28 Sep 13||£ 1200||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid||28 Sep 13||19 Oct 13||£ 900||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
We can accept cheques or bank transfers and payment can also be made by debit card, credit card and Paypal. We require a returnable £250 breakages deposit when the full balance is paid. A deposit of 25% of the cost of you holiday is required to secure booking with full payment to be paid by eight weeks before the holiday start.
All other costs such as cleaning at the end of your stay, pool heating, winter fuel surcharge etc are included in the rental unless specifically stated.Book
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