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House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 9

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

La Maison du Forgeron is a beautifully restored, Art Deco style French villa, with many original features including the ornate ironwork forged by the master blacksmith who built the house in 1932. It is situated at the top of a hill, with 360 degree views across to the Mondeires and down to the valley of the Vezere river. As well as lovely views all round, on the plentiful sunny days the garden is bathed in sunlight from morning until the sun sets spectacularly sunsets across the gorge, in summer as late as 21.30. All of this can be enjoyed from the huge garden at the back and from the front terrace with views down to the village.

The house is just a short walk down to the main village, where there are several traditional bakers, butchers and grocery shops as well as the region's most famous chocalatier for your everyday needs and treats. The supermarket is just on the edge of the village, less than five minutes by car from the house. The village of Treignac is designated as one of the 'Plus Belles Village de France'. You can wonder around medieval cobbled streets, explore the peaceful and ancient churches, take a break in a number of tree-shaded squares or enjoy a coffee or a drink at one of three pavement cafes. The Cafe de Paris is the most popular being situated on the main square where a lively Friday evening market takes place all summer. There is a safe sandy beach just 3 km from the village (2.5 km from the house) at the side of the Lac du Barriousses where the water is shallow and surprisingly warm. There is a beach bar with a really good restaurant in summer and there are pedalos for hire and plenty of facilities for watersports. Treignac is well-known as a world centre for kayaking on the fast-flowing waters of the Vezere gorge.

Inside the house is an elegant balance of period style and modern comfort. There is a cosy living room and a separate graceful dining room, both of which enjoy sunshine all afternoon right up to the impressive sunsets. The kitchen has a traditional-style range cooker set into the large French fireplace, locally made wooden surfaces, a cream Smeg fridge, together with dishwasher and all modern equipment. It has a delightful ambience, especially with the door open on to the garden and the morning sun streaming in. A beautifully decorated bedroom with two large twin beds, completes this floor and there is also a separate toilet and washbasin under the stairs. The lovely oak staircase winds up to the first floor where there are three more bedrooms. The master bedroom is an Art Deco showpiece and has spectacular views over the village. Another double room looks out at the back over the Mondiere mountain range and the other attic room has twin beds and plenty of space for children. The washing machine is also hidden in an alcove in this room.

Our house has been enjoyed by large family groups with many children and by groups of adults alike. Everyone who has stayed has had a really wonderful holiday, in a mountain area that is popular yet never crowded and with a lovely, typical French villa to come back to in the evening.

Size Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Lac du Barrouisses 2.5 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 500 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Limoges 60 km, Nearest railway: Bugeat 12 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 9
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set
Access Secure parking

The Limousin region

The house is just a short walk down to the main village of Treignac where there are several traditional bakers, butchers and grocery shops as well as the region's most famous chocalatier for your everyday needs and treats. The supermarket is just on the edge of the village, less than five minutes by car from the house. The village of Treignac is designated as one of the 'Plus Belles Village de France'. You can wonder around medieval cobbled streets, explore the peaceful and ancient churches, take a break in a number of tree-shaded squares or enjoy a coffee or a drink at one of three pavement cafes. The Cafe de Paris is the most popular being situated on the main square where a lively Friday evening market takes place all summer. There is a safe sandy beach just 3 km from the village (2.5 km from the house) at the side of the Lac du Barriousses where the water is shallow and surprisingly warm. There is a beach bar with a really good restaurant in summer and there are pedalos for hire and plenty of facilities for watersports. Treignac is well-known as a world centre for kayaking on the fast-flowing waters of the Vezere gorge.

Treignac

Treignac is situated just an hours drive south of the beautiful city of Limoges. There is a regular train service from nearby stations at Lascelle and Bugeat, with a 40 minute scenic journey to Limoges to enjoy the city or for onward connections to Paris and to the south. The village is about a half an hour's drive from the main A20 motorway across a lovely route. Correze and nearby Creuse are known as the Lake District of France and the area boast numerous lakes and wooded hills. Treignac is at a high altitude of 800m and the air is noticeably crisp and clean. Correze is in the Mondiere mountain range at the edge of the Massif Central. The area is particularly popular with walkers and water sports enthusiasts. The region of Correze remains on of France's unspoilt secrets. It is popular enough to be lively in summer but is never crowded and is particularly peaceful and pleasant in spring and autumn. Winter temperatures drop very low and the village is often covered in a blanket of snow in January and February. Spring arrives a bit late due to the altitude but brings with it a myriad of bright mountain flowers. From early summer it can get very hot although the altitude usually provides a cooking evening. The autumn colours rival anything you might see in New England and the area often enjoys a balmy Indian summer around October.

Whatever the season there is no shortage of things to do. From museums and interesting villages to outdoor markets, brocantes and antique fairs, lakes, beaches, woodland and hills, there is plenty for adults and children alike to enjoy. There are many good restaurants and children are always welcome. A visit to Correze is like stepping back to a more leisurely time and a stay at La Maison du Forgeron combines modern comforts with the essence of days gone by.

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Calendar last updated:17 Jul 2014

Based in United Kingdom

Languages spoken
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  • French
  • Italian

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