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L'Hirondelle Gite

from £53 /night help Price for guests, Nights

Very Good 4.5/5

15 reviews

from £53 /night help Price for guests, Nights

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Rear of gite with terrace & garden

Gite / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 9

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Gite / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 9

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

L'Hirondelle is a beautifully converted , 19th century barn creating a 4-bedroom, self-contained luxury Gîte - sleeps 8 plus a baby in two double (king size) and two twin bedrooms. A cot is available for one of the double rooms. With all bedrooms en suite, this is excellent accommodation for groups of friends or families.

Free Hi -speed WiFi - bring your lap-top or i-pad! The large, open plan ground floor is comfortably furnished, with a fully fitted and equipped kitchen (including a dish washer!) dining area and lounge with French windows onto the terrace and garden beyond. The views over the surrounding countryside are fabulous in all seasons of the year with rolling hills, fields and woodland. Secure garage storage available for bikes/motorbikes and golf equipment.

Located in the heart of 'Le Parc Naturel Régional Périgord-Limousin', L'Hirondelle is ideally situated to explore the beautiful and varied attractions of the Haute-Vienne, Dordogne and Charente departments. Activities include walking, cycling, bird watching, golf, horse riding, or fishing, relaxing, boating and swimming at the many nearby lakes. St Mathieu Lake is just 5 kms away. Rochechouart with its medieval chateau and good selection of restaurants is a 20 minute drive.

The gîte is only 2 kms from the pretty village of St Mathieu with a petrol station, bank, post office, 2 bakers, bars,restaurant, newsagent and a well stocked supermarket. During peak summer months, the village hosts lively night markets with BBQ and live music.

Table d'Hotes dinners can be booked at €20 per person inclusive of wine. Catered House Parties (similar to staying in a ski chalet) are also available, providing breakfast and four course dinner with wine & coffee. Great for groups of golfers, cyclists or walkers! Secure garage parking for cycles. Contact us for further information.

Beginners' & Improvers' Guitar Holidays and Watercolour Painting Holidays - on selected dates we offer residential holidays on a full board basis over 5 days/6 nights. For more information send us an enquiry.

Size Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms
Check in time: 16:00
Check out time: 10:00
Nearest beach St Mathieu Lake 5 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Limoges 45 km, Nearest railway: Limoges or Angouleme (TGV) 45 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes Pets welcome, 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, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 En suites
Furniture King Beds (2), Single beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

L'Hirondelle features a large open plan living and dining area with exposed beams and a well-appointed kitchen looking out over the garden, woods and fields. There is also a ground floor cloakroom with toilet & washbasin.

A galleried staircase leads to the first floor where four comfortably furnished bedrooms are situated, all with en-suite facilities. There are two double rooms (king size beds) and two twin bedrooms. A cot is also available and can be comfortably accommodated in one of the double rooms plus there are 2 high-chairs. All bedrooms have a wardrobe, bedside cabinets and full length wall mirror. There's a hairdryer and free standing fans.

Towels and bed-linen are included with beds made ready for your arrival. Fresh towels are provided mid-week. Bed linen is changed weekly. Beach towels are available at a small charge. A washing machine is available in the utility room and there is a washing line in the garden

The private garden has sun loungers and a terrace with BBQ plus table & chairs for outside dining.

The property benefits from full central heating for the cooler months with thermostatic controls on all the bedroom radiators.

For the comfort of all, L'Hirondelle operates a no smoking policy within the Gîte.

Your hosts live in the same hamlet and on hand if needed to offer advice or help with planning each day to make the most of your precious holiday.

B&B accommodation also available in the same hamlet and can provide a cleaning service for the gite if required,

Further details outdoors

The terrace is accessed directly from the French doors leading from the dining area of the gite. Steps down from the terrace lead to the garden that is partly laid to grass and partly shingle. On the terrace, there is a large wooden table & 8 chairs for outside dining. The lawn area has sun loungers. There is a traditional BBQ.

Offering peace & tranquility in a small hamlet overlooking a wooded river valley and farmland. Ideal for getting away from it all yet only minutes from the village amenities of St Mathieu. Enjoy birdwatching, BBQs on the terrace and on clear nights experience the wonder of the night sky.

Take rural walks or hire bicycles in St Mathieu to explore the surrounding countryside. The St Mathieu Lake (5kms away) offers fishing, a beach with swimming area, crazy golf, children's play ground and canoe & pedalo hire during the peak summner. It's a wonderful place for a picnic, with plenty of shade under the trees surrounding the lake.

For golfers, there are half a dozen different golf courses within an hours drive. The St Junien course and Golf de La Preze are the two nearest, both just a 25 minutes drive.

The busy, weekly street market at Piegut is just 20 minutes away. Held on a Wednesday morning, it's a firm favourite with locals and holiday makers alike. Buy ingredients for your picnic and take it to the St Estephe lake for a lazy afternoon by the beach.

The pretty town of Rochechouart (20 mins drive) has a selection of restaurants for every taste.

Further details

Bed linen, kitchen & bathroom towels are included in the rental price and beds are made ready for your arrival. Beach towels are available at a 5 euro weekly rental cost. Most clients choose to undertake the end of rental cleaning themselves. However, this service is available and can be booked during your holiday at a fee of 50 euros.

Well behaved dogs accepted by prior arrangement. Dogs are not permitted on the first floor or in the bedrooms.

Table d'Hotes dinners with wine at €20 per person can be enjoyed at our Guest House (Chambres d'Hotes) located in the same hamlet.

Contact us to discuss Catered House Parties for 6-8 people - breakfast, four course dinner with wine & coffee - the freedom of a gite but with far less work! Great for golfing, walking, cycling or bird-watching groups. Special Christmas or New Year catered house parties available. On selected dates we offer residential beginners/improvers guitar holidays and watercolour painting holidays. For further information visit our web page.

The Limousin region

Situated in the western corner of the Haute Vienne region of the Limousin, 5 minutes from the Charente and Dordogne departments, we are ideally situated to explore the sights and sounds of all 3 areas.

Discover the magnificent Châteaux on the Richard the Lionheart route. There are 16 in total from the magical castle at Montbron, to the majestic hilltop chateau at Rochechouart.

Limoges, the porcelain capital of France, is only 45 minutes away. The beautiful cities of Périgueux and Angoulême are also under an hour away. Brantôme, 40 minutes south, is known as the Venice of the Périgord being surrounded on all sides by water with a magnificent centrepiece abbey overlooking the weir on the river Dronne. Unlock the sights, sounds and tastes of the local markets, the largest being the market at Piégut, only 15 minutes away by car.


The village of St Mathieu is home to a picturesque leisure lake, which provides a sandy beach with supervised swimming, fishing, sailing and pedalo hire in peak summer with plenty of opportunity and space to enjoy a picnic in the shade of the trees. There is also a restaurant / bar at the lake for drinks, snacks and meals. There are several other amenity lakes within a half-hour drive of L’Hirondelle each offering their own ambience and opportunities for great family days out.

St. Mathieu has all everyday amenities including a well-stocked supermarket, bank, post office, cash machines, 2 bakers, a newsagent/tobacconist, 2 hairdressers, a health & beauty salon and a petrol station. The village plays host to lively evening markets throughout the summer where you can purchase local produce and have it cooked for you on the barbecue. Drinks and entertainment are also available to ensure a fantastic al-fresco experience.

Buzzards and kites are often seen circling overhead, whilst blue tits, wrens, black redstarts, great tits, goldfinches, robins, blackbirds, thrushes, dunnocks and of course swallows are regular visitors. You may also catch a glimpse of less common birds, for example hoopoes and hen harriers. Deer can occasionally be spotted at the margin of the woods and visitors have also spotted foxes and wild boar!

For the more energetic we can guide you to the many activities available in the area such as horse riding, fishing, cycling, kart racing, swimming, golf and sailing. For walkers there are a great many 'Randonnées' (marked walks) two of which pass within 400 metres of L'Hirondelle.

The historic town of Rochechouart with its medieval chateau is just a 20 minute drive away. The town has several good restaurants and bars.

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11 Jun 2013


"comfortable accommodation in an ideal rural location"

The welcome was friendly and informative and the gite spacious, clean and tidy, located in a rural location ideal for viewing the region. It was well appointed and light and airy, with all kitchen utensils to hand.

1 Sep 2012


"Fantastic hospitality"

Gail & Chris were fantastic and gave us a very warm welcome. They were really helpful throughout our stay even leaving packages of plums and vegatables on the door step for us. The gite itself is clean and airy with lots of space to store all of those 'holiday extras'. The town is close and if you are feeling fit enough the supermarket is exactly 1.8 miles away if you fancy an early morning run to collect the croissants !! A great place to get away from it all. The lakes are within a 20 min drive for the furthest and 10 mins for the St Mathieu lake. Lots of watersports on the lakes with very nice beach areas. Good for walking and cycling also but if you have teenagers who want nightlife and amusement parks then take them to Paris !! Fantastic restful holiday, can't recommend it highly enough.

14 Oct 2011


"Everything for a relaxing holliday"

We stayed at L'Hirondelle in september 2011. Gail and Chris made us feel very welcome and we had a drink in their beautiful garden. The gite is very comfortable and has everything for a relaxing vacation. We did't know this region and it turned out to be a real discovery! Wonderfull nature and close by mayor cities as Limoges and Angoulême. We will come back!

4 Oct 2011


"Just wonderful"

We were made very welcome on our arrival at L'Hirondelle. The accommodation was very well appointed and clean and everything the website described. It was only 2kilometres from the village where you could find everything you needed. The weather we had just made the whole holiday perfect, so we could enjoy the wonderful countryside.

7 Sep 2011


"Great Location and Wonderful Gite"

We stayed here in April with 2 families each with 2 children, the location is good for short day trips to Limoges and Bordueax as well as surrounding areas such as Brantome and Pie-gut. The Gite is spotless and well presented with 4 bedrooms each having its on ensuite which is very handy for large family groups. Downstairs was a large kitchen and dining area which leads onto an outdoor patio if you want to eat outside. There is a large sitting area with TV ect and a shared laundry from memory. All the rooms are upstairs and the stairway is on the steep side so it would not be suited to very old people who may have difficulty walking up stairs. The hosts were wonderful and will cook a wonderful meal for you should you not wish to cook and they were very helpful even offering us a replacement mobile phone when mine died on the holiday! In the nearby town you will find a full size supermarket, petrol station, car wash, chemist and some other restaurants however there are also many other towns scattered around. The area is rural and quiet and is a good base for exploring the nearby area. Chris and Gail have a lovely Gite and spotless we would love to visit again if we get the chance.

18 Aug 2011


"Perfect getaway location"

A group of 6 of us stayed at this property for a 5 night stay. We stayed in the gite located beside the main house containing the B&B rooms. The gite was perfect for us. All large double rooms with ensuite located upstairs. Downstairs all open plan kitchen, dining living opening to a very private garden area. Gail & Chris were the perfect hosts providing a wealth of knowledge of the local area and warm croissants and pastries each morning from the local bakery! Located in the peaceful countryside, yet only a short drive to the local village and many other towns of interest. Next time in the region we will stay again!

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