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Maison Vignoble, overlooking its own beautiful vineyard and orchard retains all its original character in ancient oak and granite. This cottage with traditional period features is situated in a pretty, peaceful and rural hamlet within the Parc Naturel Regional Perigord Limousin - it is incredibly quiet here. It is surrounded by beautiful woodland countryside yet is ideally situated for a variety of excursions such as the local swimming lakes, Piegut, Brantome, Oradour-sur-Glane and Rochechouart to name just a few... the perfect location for a relaxing holiday and those who enjoy nature. Within the Gite you will find a handbook detailing the vast array of places to visit, as well as a large selection of tourist leaflets and maps detailing the local walks.
Entering from the pretty garden there is a bright, comfortable living room with exposed stone walls and large beams. The separate generous sized kitchen is well equipped. The second double bedroom is also located downstairs, as is the large shower room with toilet and wash basin. Upstairs, the Master Bedroom commands stunning views over the vineyard and has its own en suite bathroom with toilet, bath, shower and bidet. Quality bed linen and other extras are included to make your stay more comfortable, as is Broadband wi-fi. Outside there is a colourful garden benefiting from the shade of an exotic Indian Bean tree with private terrace and bbq for outdoor dining or relaxing, and in the large vineyard orchard there is also an additional seating area with Pergola where you can make the most of the peace and tranquility whilst watching the local bird life.
Previous guests have left these reviews about Maison Vignoble:
''The cottage catered for all our needs, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen had everything and the log burner was brilliant for the evening. If you want a virtually traffic free holiday in a most beautiful area of France, Maison Vignoble is perfect.'' - Dave and Sue, October 2018.
''We have just returned from a week in this delightful gite. It is very pretty with lovely gardens that are full of visiting birds. We spent many an hour sipping wine and watching their antics. The gite is situated in a peaceful setting with easy travel to many pretty and interesting towns and villages. Carrie was extremely accommodating with any requests we had and was always available at the end of the phone if needed. A wonderful week in France. Thanks Carrie.'' - Helene Blick, June 2018.
''Maison Vignoble is a lovely place to stay for a restful holiday. it is very attractive and comfortable with everything that you would need. The gardens are beautiful.
It is nicely placed to visit other villages and places of interest and there is a very good restaurant just down the road. We enjoyed the large market at Piegut-Pluviers and visited the lake at St. Estephe. Our visit to the site of the WW2 massacre at Oradour sur Glane was very moving.Many thanks to Carrie for all her help.'' - The Listers, June 2018.
''We thoroughly enjoyed our very relaxing stay. Carrie was very welcoming and informative. The completely independent Gite was comfortable, homely and well supplied with all the essentials. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and perfect walking terrain with the only distubance being the bird song. Highly recommended.'' - Tom and Barbara, June 2017.
The separate and fully equipped modern Kitchen has everything you will need for your stay - Fridge, freezer, electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, kettle, coffee maker, toaster and washing machine.
In the cupboards you will find all the utensils you will require, as well as tea and coffee to get you started.
The dining area is in the living room, with table and four chairs.
The living room with large beams and exposed stone work offers plenty of room for relaxing around the cosy wood burning stove, plus dining area.
Bright and spacious, there are 2 comfortable sofas and a tv with UK Freesat Box as well as broadband Wi-Fi.
Maison Vignoble has 2 double bedrooms. Upstairs, the Master Bedroom commands stunning views over the Vineyard and has a king sized bed. It also has its own en suite bathroom.
The second double bedroom is located downstairs.
The cottage has 2 bathrooms - upstairs, the Master Bedroom has its own spacious en suite bathroom with toilet, wash basin, bidet and combined ceramic bath and shower. The second large shower room is downstairs, with toilet, shower and wash basin.
Maison Vignoble has a wood burning stove in the living room - wood is in the barn, and matches and fire lighters are provided. Efficient oil filled radiators are also provided.
A tv with UK Freesat Box is provided in the living room, as well as free broadband Wi-Fi.
Maison Vignoble has a wide selection of books to choose from, as well as a boules set and some other games.
Outdoors the colourful and private garden adjoining the house has its own terrace with dining area and bbq.
In the large vineyard orchard, there is an additional seating underneath the Pergola where you can survey the vines and enjoy the best of the peace and tranquility that Maison Vignoble offers.
Off-road parking is available for 2 cars, with one of these parking spaces being in the barn under cover.
In the six seasons of running Maison Vignoble as a Gite, visitors of all ages have enjoyed a comfortable holiday here. The downstairs bedroom is easily accessible, and the vineyard offers a vast space for children to enjoy. However, due to the age of the building and narrow doorway, regretfully the cottage is not suitable for wheelchair users.
An Iron and ironing board is provided, as is bed linen, and bath and hand towels can be provided for a small surcharge of £3.00 per person.
The owner will meet you on arrival at Maison Vignoble and there is a handbook in the cottage which details everything you need to know for your stay as well as a selection of tourist leaflets and walking trail maps.
I bought Maison Vignoble in May 2012 and have run the Gite for the past six years; when I welcomed my first guests in Spring 2013, I couldn't have envisaged how popular the cottage would prove to be! Without doubt the most rewarding aspect has been seeing guests thoroughly enjoy their stay, exploring the area and stunning local countryside as much as I do. I am 20 mins away from the cottage (but close enough should you need assistance), and am happy to recommend places to visit, restaurants etc.
|Year property purchased||2012|
|Why this location?||Maison Vignoble is ideally placed to explore the Dordogne, Haute-Vienne and Charente departments and is within easy reach of a wide variety of places to visit. The Northern Dordogne and its picturesque countryside enjoys a favourable climate, with hot balmy summers - there is so much to see and do in this traditional French rural area and the locals are always welcoming.|
|Unique benefits of property||A pretty traditional cottage in a beautiful, tranquil location with its own vineyard, Maison Vignoble is the ideal place for all the family to enjoy a relaxing and peaceful break, yet being so nearby a variety of attractions it offers the chance to easily explore this unique and picturesque region of France. If you enjoy nature and making the most of the outdoors, then there are also beautiful walking trails direct from the doorstep. Maison Vignoble offers something for everyone.|
Piégut, only 5 minutes away, has a bustling weekly general market, the most famous in the region, and is definitely not to be missed. During the summer months there are regular weekend fetes in the surrounding towns and villages where the local produce, crafts and traditions are celebrated and sampled - highlights include the annual food and producers fete at Saint-Barthelemy-de-Bussiere, the Fete de Foraine at Oradour sur Vayres, the flower fete at Saint-Jean-de-Cole and the Chestnut fete at Dournazac. In addition, from June to August the local towns of Champniers-Reilhac and Saint-Mathieu host alternate weekly night markets where you can purchase from local producers, have your food cooked, and enjoy live music. It is an excellent way to mix with the locals.
The local swimming lakes of Saint Mathieu and Saint Estephe are both equidistant from the cottage, just a 10 minute drive away, and each with a large beautiful swimming lake, beach and wooded areas for relaxing, picnicking and walking. There is also another swimming lake at Bussière-Galant (40 mins) which offers water sports and other outdoor activities.
There is immediate access to a network of signposted paths for all abilities from the doorstep of the cottage, perfect for walking or mountain biking; it is a nature lovers paradise at any time of year be it Spring, Summer or Autumn, with spectacular scenery. Follow the signposted walks to the nearby villages of Saint-Barthélemy-de-Bussière or Champniers-et-Reilhac, explore the myriad of woodland paths and see where they take you, or simply take a short stroll around the hamlet and visit the 'Chambre Megalithique' dating from the 2nd century AD and just a couple of minutes from the front door. A map detailing the local walks is available.
The Perigord Limousin is famed and proud of its food history - various local fetes take place celebrating food throughout the year, as well as various night markets. Within walking distance the picturesque village of Saint-Barthélemy-de-Bussière boasts an excellent restaurant where one can dine on the terrace and enjoy panoramic views across the valley, and there are no shortage of other wonderful, reasonably priced restaurants to sample in the surrounding area. The nearest supermarkets are at Piégut and Saint Mathieu, with freshly baked bread and croissants available from the local artisan Boulangeries.
The town of Oradour-sur-Glane is a 50 minute drive from Maison Vignoble. On the 10th of June 1944, when France was occupied by the Nazi's, 642 of its inhabitants including women and children were massacred by a Nazi Waffen-SS company and the town destroyed. A new town was built after the war, however the ruins have been kept as a permanent memorial and museum to the atrocity. Whilst it is a very powerful, thought provoking and emotional experience, the Centre de la Mémoire at Oradour-sur-Glane is without doubt worth a stop during your time visiting this area of France.
There is so much to see and do in Brantôme that it is very easy to spend the entire day there; wander around the weekly Friday market, pretty cobbled streets and riverside park, journey up the river by guided boat tour or under your own steam by canoe, visit the magnificent Abbey and caves, browse the array of little shops and choose from a variety of restaurants to enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner. Brantôme, known as the 'Venice of the Perigord', and surely one of the true gems of the Dordogne region, is less than a 40 minute drive away from Maison Vignoble.
The amazing prehistoric caves at Villars, close to Brantôme, are a must see when exploring this area. Full of stalactites and stalagmites, as well as some prehistoric cave drawings, it is the largest in the Perigord region and viewed by guided tour.
With beautiful views over the Bandiat valley, a 20 minute drive from Maison Vignoble is the town of Nontron, famous across France for its knives, and home to one of the oldest knife-making institutions in France. A visit to the workshop where you can see knives being made is highly recommended, and there are plenty of shops selling them and cutlery sets to take home. A mix of Renaissance and columbage buildings, take a stroll through the town and dine in the square, before exploring the beautiful Jardins des Arts - the beautiful gardens leading down to the river are home to a variety of sculptures and worth a look. If time allows, Saturday morning is a good time to visit Nontron as this is when the weekly market takes place.
The town of Rochechouart is only around 20 minutes drive from Maison Vignoble, situated just over the border of the Dordogne into the Haute-Vienne department of the Limousin. Rochechouart is known as the 'countryside of the meteorite', owing to the fact that one of the largest known meteorites ever to hit Earth smashed into this area 214 million years ago... weighing in at around 6 billion tonnes! Today, you will struggle to find any evidence of where the meteorite landed, but you can visit the Espace Météorite Paul Pellas, a permanent exhibition where you can learn more about this catastrophic event.
However, there is far more to Rochechouart than just it's meteorite history - visit and you will discover a beautiful walled town, watched over by the stunning Château de Rochechouart which dates back to the 13th century. Whilst part of the building is taken over by the local council, you can visit the Museum of Modern Art which is housed within the castle and its gardens. The collection of Art is relatively big and there is often a temporary exhibition to view.
After admiring the Château and the views of the stunning countryside and strolling through the pretty streets, visit the 11th century Church Saint-Sauveur. The romanesque Church has a remarkable and very unusual twisting spire which was added in the 18th century.
The cottage is within easy reach of a variety of Château - Château Rochechouart (as mentioned above), Château Brie and Château Montbrun are all worth a visit. Further afield, visit the town of Hautefort - famed for its beautiful Château and gardens, you can also explore the medical museum here.
Exactly one hour from Maison Vignoble is the beautiful city of Limoges, famed worldwide for its porcelain history and exquisite train station. Also worthwhile visiting are the Abbey, old town and gardens.
The Roman town of Périgueux and capital of the Dordogne department is a little over 1 hour from the cottage. With 39 historic buildings, one a stunning cathedral, it is a city of art and history with much to see and do here; explore the museums and admire the medieval buildings, wander through the ancient streets and gardens, and browse the Wednesday and Saturday morning markets. It is worth visiting the Tourist Information Office when you arrive to be sure you don't miss anything!
Just over a 1 hour drive from away is the small and picturesque village of Ségur-le-Château, officially classified as 'one of the most beautiful villages in France' and situated in the neighbouring Correze department. Dating back to the middle ages and 15th century, the village was built along the Auvézère river and is overlooked by the ruins of a 12th century castle. Wander through the narrow streets and you are instantly transported back to medieval times - the beautifully restored colombage facades of some of the houses, some with towers, decorative roofs and lead windows are simply stunning. The Church of Saint-Léger is also worth a stop, and a visit to the Tourist Information Office on arrival will furnish you with a map of the town and its features - guided tours are also available during peak season. Enjoy lunch by the river at one of the restaurants, and if you are visiting on a Monday in July or August, why not stay for the Night Market in the main square too.
An important centre of glove production since the 15th century and the administrative centre for the local area, it is a bustling and thriving town with large superstores and an excellent public swimming pool complex, but Saint-Junien also has a beautiful old town - take a stroll through these narrow streets, browse the many little independent shops, admire the grand architecture, and enjoy a relaxing drink or lunch outside one of the cafés or bars in the sunshine. The beautiful Collegiale Church is also worth a visit - the oldest part dating back to the 11th century and in roman style, whilst inside you can view a stunning ancient fresco - as are the 2 chapels at the town cemetery and by the banks of the river at the end of the Bridge of Notre Dame. Finally, admire the 12th century narrow pedestrian bridge of Sainte-Elizabeth in gothic style which formed part of the vital trading route between Limoges and Saintes. Market day here is a Saturday morning.
Consider visiting the National Stud at Pompadour, the beautiful village of Saint-Jean-de-Cole which also hosts a stunning flower fete in May, and follow the trail of Richard the Lionheart. Finally, for keen golfers there are a number of courses to choose from, including Golf du Genet, a 9 hole golf course which opened in 2017 and is only 1.5km from the cottage.
We had a wonderful time at Maison Vignoble. Carrie was a brilliant host, with plenty of information before we arrived - and a little welcoming basket of goodies. The property is great - clean, comfortable and with all the amenities you would want. There's plenty of room outside and the orchard is an ideal place for children to play in. The surrounding area has plenty to do, with swimming lakes, prehistoric caves and night markets to mention a few. But it's also a lovely place to relax and watch the world go by. Would definitely recommend.
Many thanks Michael for your very kind review which is much appreciated. I am delighted that you and your family enjoyed your holiday - it was a pleasure to meet and have you all stay at Maison Vignoble.
Best wishes to everyone.