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Rear of gite with terrace & garden

Gite | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 9

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Suitable for children over
  • 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 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 for novices - 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
Nearest beach St Mathieu Lake 5 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
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, 8 bathrooms of which 4 En suites and 4 Shower rooms
Furniture 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
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 is a high-chair. 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 are 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.

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/Auvergne 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.

St Mathieu

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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14 Jul 2014


"A thoughtfully provided gite - helped make this a truly relaxing break."

My husband and I recently travelled with my parents to stay at L'Hirondelle, we were warmly welcomed and provided with all the essential information. All our small queries were answered throughou… More

13 Jun 2014


"Another Excellent Stay"

Once again we stayed at L'Hirondelle and it was as good as ever. The gite is comfortable well proportioned and in a wonderfully tranquil setting but only just a 2 minute drive from the village o… More

27 Sep 2013


"Clean and Well Equipped Gite, Helpful and Friendly Hosts"

This being our second visit here we knew that it would be excellent. Gail and Chris have made a number of alterations, which have improved the layout no end. They are so kind in keeping us informed … More

8 Sep 2013


"Fabulous family holiday"

Two wonderful weeks with Chris and Gail. The location is beautiful, the gite fabulous and family friendly, the hosts fantastic. Chris and Gail very welcoming and super supportive when we had a car cri… More

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.

26 May 2013


"Perfect Base Camp"

We stayed at L'Hirondelle during a bitterly cold but gloriously sunny week towards the end of February. We didn't actually spend much time at the property as we spent the week hunting for a … More

20 May 2013


"Great Hospitality and Comfortable Accommodation"

Gail and Chris are bright, cheerful and very welcoming hosts. We stayed both B&B and rented the gite. The dinner Gail prepared on the day we arrived was superb and would rank favourably alongside any … More

10 Sep 2012


"Absolutely Perfect"

My husband, our 5 year old daughter and I have now stayed at L'Hirondelle twice. We absolutely love it and the owner/proprieters are as helpful as you could ever ask. My parents have also stayed … More

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!

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