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La Maison de Cromac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin August 2013

House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

The house dates back to the nineteenth century and comprises of three floors, with the main accommodation based over the ground & first floor.

You enter the house from the front garden in to the lounge, where you have a large sofa and arm chair.(New Sofa & Chair. There is also wood burner for those cosy nights. There is a bookcase with some books, DVD's and a 32" LED Widescreen TV with BluRay DVD & Satellite TV with UK channels. There is also a wireless music player with built-in CD player, iPOD/iPhone dock (with 5 adaptor), usb port & Bluetooth for connection other mobile devices. We also have satellite broadband which offer permanent 20Mb connection available through wifi connection. There is also a laptop for guest use.

The lounge leads through to a fully fitted kitchen with a hob, oven, microwave, large fridge freezer with water chiller and dishwasher everything you need to rustle up a meal to dine 'al fresco' on the patio.

If you fancied something more formal, back through the lounge and past the stairs is the dining room with table & chairs seating six, with a high-chair available on request at no extra charge. At the other end of the dining room is another sofa and chair for somewhere to sit after a nice meal and to enjoy a glass or two of wine. There are more books in the bookcase and some family games to while away the evening hours.

At the end of the night head up the wooden stairs located between the lounge & dining room where you will find the 3 bedrooms and bathroom (Towels Supplied). Two of the bedrooms are doubles and the third has bunk beds. All bedding is supplied and travel cot + bedding and stairgates are available on request. at no extra charge.

Once refreshed you may wish to have you breakfast outside on the rear patio just outside the kitchen, table & chairs are provided. There is a fully enclosed rear garden for the kids to play safely. There is also a sun canopy which can be lowered over the patio should you need some shad from the sun. A kids swingset will be available by End June. There are also scooters, couple of kids bikes, football, quoits, bouelles & croquet for guests to use. Also in the garden is a large BBQ for guests to use.

We also have an utility room in one of the rear outbuildings where you will find the washing machine and also the boiler for the central heating providing heat for the winter months.

The house is located in a beautiful little French village but still within easy reach of restaurants, shops & supermarkets.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Lac Mondon 2 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Limoges 72 km, Nearest railway: La Souterraine 22 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set
Access Parking

The Limousin/Auvergne region

This area is known as "the land of the thousand lakes," and there are a number of local fishing lakes. We are about forty minutes from Lac Saint- Pardoux, a popular holiday destination, with its three beaches and range of water sports, restaurant and leisure facilities. The smaller complex of Lac du Mondon is only 2km away lake with Beach area, Restaurant, heated swimming pool (open June to September) Tennis, Volleyball, Mini-Golf, Kids Play Area, Pedlos, Boulles Court, Fishing, Hiking Trail, Mountain Bikes & Archery. There are long hot summers, days when twilight lasts for hours and temperatures in the 'French Lake District' are reliable and regularly exceed 30 degrees C.

We have an abundance of bird life, and often see deer close to the cottage. The ancient cities of Poitiers, Montmorillon and Limoges are within easy reach, the latter famous for its porcelain industry. The enormous farmers' market of Les Herolles, held on the 29th of every month, is twenty minutes away. It has been going for over 400 years, well worth a visit. La Souterraine, 22 km away, has a train service to Paris. Day trips are easy, on France's fast, comfortable trains.

This is often described as the Lake District of France, with numerous small lakes and the huge Lac St. Pardoux within half an hour's drive. There are many attractive small towns with stone built houses and terracotta roofs and characterful restaurants and cafés, as well as the two cities of Limoges and Poitiers within an hour's drive for museums, parks and great shopping. From Easter to October there are fêtes, festivals and markets in most of the nearby towns. In Montmorillon is the 'Cité de l'Ecrit' - the city of writing - with its tiny bookshops, papermakers and exhibitions.

Also called 'France profonde', or 'heartland of France', Limousin is a largley undiscovered region, marked by its stunning natural beauty and rich history. Its verdant landscape, ancient chateaux and picturesque villages are only now beginning to receive the attention they deserve.

Historically, the area is famed for some of the best beef farming in the world, its many French Oak Orhcards, as well as being a major timber producing area. The capital of the region, Limoges (only a 30 minute drive from the property), was once a powerful industrial centre, world-renowned for its porcelain.

Limousin is one of the least densely populated regions of France, and is therefore largely unspoilt. Its rolling, wooded landscape is dotted with quaint villages, churches and castles. The area is also a calling point for some of France's major rivers, including the Dordogne, the Vienne, the Creuse and the Cher, and is therefore also well-known for its excellent fishing. Watersport lovers will be spoilt for choice, the gorges, rivers and plentiful lakes mean it is an ideal location.

For more information visit our website www.lamaisondecromac.com

St Sulpice Les Feuilles

La Maison de Cromac, self-catering holiday house is located in a quaint village in the Haute-Vienne department of France. The house is in the heart of rural France but not far from several towns with all the necessary facilities to enjoy the French way of life.

The Haute-Viene is the ideal location to explore the Limousin and offers a wide range of activities. Whether it is walking through the scenic countryside or visting one of the many towns, villages, châteux or churches there is something for everyone to enjoy whilst on holiday.

Highlights of the area.

The Haute-Vienne possesses an extremely rich architectural heritage.Roman art left us the collegial churches of Dorat and Eymoutiers, the Solignac Monastry Abbey and numerous village churches. There are towns of character, some of the 'most beautiful villages' in France, Chateaux & churches to discover at La Maison de Cromac

Le Dorat with it's magnificent roman church built between the 9th and 12th centuries and fortified in the 15th century. A lovely medieval town with a market on the 13th of each month. There is an English garden, magnificent architecture, cobbled streets and two convents. Here, you can also visit the famous Limoges pottery factory shop.

Rochechouart with a magnificent chateau perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Grain and Vayres river valleys. This is the home of the museum of contemporary art.

Bellac founded in the middle ages with a 12th century church and many 16th to 18th century houses. It's parks and squares are most attractive and pleasant to sit in watching the hustle and bustle of the shopping streets. The playright Jean Giraudoux was born here and Bellac has opened a museum in his memory. Bellac has two weekly markets on a Wednesday and Saturday morning and a trade fair on the 1st of each month. It is a thriving shopping town with many cultural and sporting events taking place throughout the year. In July the Jean Giraudoux Festival attracts a high standard of theatre, music and dance.

Oradour Sur Glane is a must see for everyone at least once in their lives just to witness man's inhumanity towards man. The ruin bears witness to the tragic events of 10th June 1944 when 642 men women and children were massacred by the Nazis.

Chateauponsac a small town situated in the beautiful countryside in the Valley of the Gartempe river. It houses a famous museum, a campsite, shops and restaurants. There is also a free open-air swimming pool.

Bessines sur Gartempe is another pretty market town that holds a flower market every Sunday morning.

Montmorillon a must for the scholars amongst you as it is renowned for it's literature. A book lovers paradise. The town spreads out either side of the river Gartempe. There is a lovely restaurant overlooking the river where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch.

L'isle Jourdain is a beautiful town with a large market held 20th monthly. The beautiful Vienne river flows through the town under huge viaducts where every Sunday morning you can gasp at the locals bungie jumping from them.

La Souterraine is the stopping place on the St. Jacques-de-Compostello pilgrim route. A pretty town with cobbled streets and lovely shops, hypermarkets, cinema and gardens. From here you can take a regular train direct to Paris.

Les Herolles has a famous market on the 29th of each month. It is a massive event selling everything you can think of. The people come from miles around, very atmospheric, very french and get there early!!

Panazol is the place for another big market held every Sunday morning. It is just off junction 34 on the A20 just past Limoges.

St. Junien a large market town with the market held every 3rd Saturday. It has lovely quaint cobbled streets for you to explore with specialised shops.

Aubusson the town famous for its tapestries.

Confolens is a beautiful town with the river Vienne dividing it. For two weeks in August there is a world music festival where participants attend from all over the world. A must do if you are here during that time. Nearby there is a velo track for the energetic amongst you.

Limoges of course famous for it's pottery and enamel. There are restaurants, lovely old buildings, the butchers quarter with it's own tiny church La Chapelle de St. Aurlian, parks, the famous cathedral, markets, aquarium, nightspots, fantastic shopping and museums. Do visit the market and experience a meal in one of the trader's restaurants. There is also a flea market held in the vicinity of the cathedral on the second Sunday of each month. The train station, which was rebuilt after a fire, is well worth a visit. The architecture is magnificent.

Lac Saint Pardoux is 20 mins drive and boasts an "inland sea" - a 330 hectare lake with 3 beaches, a marina, watersports facilities and beaches of fine sand. Also a visit to les Herolles, "FRANCE'S LARGEST OPEN MARKET"

There are plenty of things to do.

Whether you like looking around the local markets, fairs and farms for some fresh produce to enjoy for lunch, dining 'al-fresco' on the patio at La Maison de Cromac or you may prefer to dine out and sample of the world renowned Limousin Beef followed by the local dish of Cherry Clafouti, the Haute-Vienne has it all.

If you prefer something more active then there are plenty of opportunities for walking, hiking, cycling and horse riding within the vacinity of La Maison de Cromac. There is a swimming pool with water slide and a lakeside literally 5 mins from the house at Lac Mondon and there are plenty of other lakes located nearby including the more notable St Pardoux & Lac Vassiviere which is one of the largest man made lakes in france, with beaches, restaurants, watersports, cycle and walkways.

You may enjoy the more historical and art side of France and there are plenty of churches, chateaux, museums and art galleries to enjoy. The departments capital Limoges being world renowned for its Ceramics and definitely worth a days excursion.

There are plenty of activities for the younger members with a whole host of Theme & Adventure Parks, from climbing through the trees to travelling along the velorail or discovering the region geo-caching, there's are lots to keep the younger members of the family entertained.

For more information visit our website www.lamaisondecromac.com

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28 Aug 2014

5/5

"Fabulous place to stay in a beautiful part of France"

We came across this gorgeous French holiday rental via the power of Facebook and are pleased that we did!

A cancellation meant that we were able to book a week during the summer holidays. Lucky us, as I understand their diary is already full for 2015! The owners were very professional and communicated everything quickly and easily.

The house is spacious and had everything you could ever think of needing.... and more! There was plenty of room for everyone in the lounge area - the children were happy with the Sky TV! The kitchen was well equipped and led out onto a gorgeous garden and patio area, where we sat and ate tasty baguettes and pastries from the local boulangeries.

One slight disappointment is that the master bedroom didn't have a king-sized bed. The room was large enough to take one so maybe something to think about......

The surrounding area is absolutely stunning and there are lots of places to visit. The owners' handbook is very useful, full of things to do and places to go, together with local restaurant recommendations. We spent happy days at the local lakes with the children happy swimming out to the pontoon etc.

The village is small and quiet. The locals are friendly and it was nice that they didn't speak much English. We came away thinking we'd experienced the real France and LOVED it!

We would 100% recommend La Maison de Cromac!! :-)

Thankyou for you kind words and we're glad you had a lovely stay at La Maison de Cromac. We appreciate your comment about the bed. We have got a king size for the Master bedroom and should be at the house within the next few weeks. We are also hopefully looking at creating a new Master bedroom with ensuite in the attic at some point next year.

24 Aug 2014

1/5

"Not for us!"

We stayed here for a week during the school summer holidays. The house was in an extremely remote area and there was nothing to do for the children that was very nearby. There was a swimming pool abou… More

We clearly state to all guests before they arrive at the house and also in the guide book that if they have any problems during there stay to contact us or our changeover person. The only time we heard from you during your stay was on the Monday after your arrival asking if we knew somewhere local to get one of the bikes a new brake cable & pads. In the first line of your message about the bike you said and I quote "Lovely villa!" We also supplied you with a new bike to replace the broken one within 24 hours of your message.

Your view of your holiday seemed to change once you knew we we're deducting a portion of your security/breakage deposit.

Just to respond to some of the points you have made. We don't disguise the fact that the house is located in a small village in a rural part of France and that a car is essential but it is by no means remote. There is actually quiet a lot of things to do near by. The swimming pool is at most a 5-minute drive where there is a kids play park with swings, climbing frames, slides etc. You can also go on the pedalos, play mini-golf or the bouncy castle that was new for this year and a walk along the river, which our 4 children all enjoy. As for the pool itself of course you have to pay as you would anywhere in England and its only 3 euros for Adults and 2 euros for 14 – 17 and under 14's are free. There are a few benches poolside plus a raised concrete area and also benches on the grassed area next to the pool. As for towels in the pool area there has never been a problem when we have been there with our own towels or other peoples.

As for swimming lakes, there are lots around the house many within a 30 minute drive and some of these have man made beaches. The nearest being Chaillac just 10 minutes away that is in the handbook and we also sent you directions to it prior to your arrival. There is a sandy beach (man-made), kids play area, waterslide, floats & inflatables in the swimming area, pedalos and also a kiosk where you can buy drinks and snacks. We also suggested Saint-Pardoux which is a large lake with 3 separate beach areas, a range of watersports, kids play areas, bouncy castles, places to buy food & drink, cycling & walking paths and a tree adventure park. This lake is only 40 minutes away. As for the beach you visited we can't comment as we don't know which one you visited. We try and provide guests with as much information as to what is available within the local area in our handbook, on our website, facebook page and the many tourist information leaflets we provide guests.

There are plenty of other things to do and places to visit for children and adults alike which are less than an hour away, again these are mentioned in the handbook and website etc. We also provide a lot of things at the house for children to use, including bikes, scooters, swing set, boulles, garden games, cricket & badminton sets. Also board games, dvd's books, laptop, wifi internet and English TV. We even provide buckets & spades to use at the beaches.

We take on board your comment about the cutlery although it wasn't cheap it was just not dishwasher friendly which was causing problems with the handles. We have already replaced these with different cutlery. As for your comments about the kitchen cupboards & freezer, we haven't had problems in the past, as you will see from our other reviews, but we have passed those comments on to our cleaner. You didn't mention this whilst you were at the property and we do encourage guests to notify us of any problems so we can make sure we keep our high standards.

In respect to the flies, the house is in the countryside so you will always get some around. The water trough can clearly be seen in pictures of the garden. It collects rainwater but is definitely not stagnant. We have a 3 year old ourselves so if it was we would have had it emptied.

Our deduction from your deposit was due to the fact that you actually left over an hour late which meant our cleaner couldn't start cleaning & getting the house ready for next guest straight away. You didn't strip the beds or leave the house in an acceptable tidy state, which we ask all guests to do and so do most places. Cooked chicken was left in the oven and the microwave & fridge were filthy and you hadn't tidied away the games etc in the garden. The recycling wasn't taken or even sorted. We also had to get a new 76 page handbook printed and delivered to the house.

You are the first guests that we have ever had to deduct money from the security deposit. We never made any deduction for the few small items that you broke on your stay. We made deductions because of the condition the house was left in and also the fact that we had to pay for a new 76-page handbook to be printed and taken to the house, as you had left it in your car. We appreciated that this was by mistake but we had to replace it for the next guests and also this has still not been returned to us, which you said you would do.

As for the weather this is something beyond our control. This summer has not been as good as normal, but this has been the case across most of Europe. We don't mislead people by saying there is guaranteed sunshine.

We're sorry that you didn't have a good holiday and it wasn't for you, as everyone else who has stayed at the house has had an enjoyable time as you can see from our other reviews.

16 Apr 2014

5/5

"Beautiful remote France"

So, me the husband and my three under 4 children had the privilege of staying at Le Maison de Cromac for a week. We had a lovely time enjoying the peaceful Village life. From the very beginning the ow… More

5 Feb 2014

5/5

"Fabulous family holiday in a peaceful village"

What a lovely place to stay!

The house is clean and tidy and well equipped. There are plenty of guides on what to do in the local area and information on shopping and restaurants etc.

The village itself is so quiet - my children loved that there were Christmas decorations outside.

The house itself is close to some lakes and play areas, which were great for our young children. There is plenty more to do within an hour or so drive. We hope to go back one summer to really enjoy the beaches and swimming.

14 Dec 2013

5/5

"Lovely house, lovely area. Great holiday."

Stayed here for a weeks break in November. Drove from calais so journey quite long, but easily done. House was very clean and tidy and had all amenities. Everything you could need really. As in Novemb… More

14 Oct 2013

5/5

"A spotlessly clean, well equipped home in a beautiful region of France"

We have just returned from spending a very peaceful and relaxing week at La Maison de Cromac. On arrival the house was spotlessly clean, and there was a very generous welcome pack to greet us. The house is very well equipped and everything was in very good condition. The kitchen has everything you might need and I am very pleased to say there was no chipped crockery of which there was plenty and it all matched too! Plenty of cutlery, glasses and utensils also. There is a dishwasher, a large fridge with small freezer compartment. microwave and a Samsung Multi Function oven. There is also a washing machine available in the outhouse.

The weather was not too good during our stay so we lit the woodburner in the evenings, (wood is provided within the price) and spent cosy evenings in the lounge. There are 4 TV's in the house with DVD players etc, in addition there are lots and lots of DVDs, books, childrens games and toys. WiFi is also included within the price and worked faultlessly, there is a laptop for the use of guests should you need it.

The village is small and quiet, bread is available to purchase from the Bar in the mornings and we discovered that croissants and pan au chocolat could also be ordered there too, and they were delicious! There is a pretty garden at the back of the house with patio furniture and swings for the children. There are plenty of pretty walks
all around too, including a walk to the Lac de Mondon.

If you are looking for peace and quiet in a beautiful area then look no further....... spend time at La Maison de Cromac, you surely won't regret it.

12 Aug 2013

5/5

"Great holiday!"

We have just returned from a 2 week stay at La Maison and we have to say what a great time we had. The house was Lovely.We were spoilt for choice. The house was very clean and everything was provided from indoor board games to outdoor games. The kitchen had everything you could possibly need with all utensils provided as well as a microwave and dishwasher. The garden had a table and chairs, brick BBQ and swing set. We also had use of a laptop and washing machine. In addition to the living room we had a dining room with large table and chairs and use of a tv and DVD player. Two out of 3 bedrooms had tv's as well as the living room. There were 3 bookcases full of books as well as DVDs and a CD player. There was also loads of information leaflets about things to do and 2 handbooks of information. We loved the village so quiet and we did something everyday. Would definitely go back again. Already thinking about a return trip. Great way to see France.

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