Large quiet country house to let, Aquitaine - AD007208

Mialet (12km from Nontron), Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD007208 Advertiser since: 19 May 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Maison de Maitres (Masters House) Self Catering Flexible 6 12 2

About this property

Large Private Country House. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

This grand 130 year old Maison des Maîtres (Masters House) has been recently restored by it’s owners Ian and Daisy with a very French feel throughout, whilst retaining all of its traditional features. It is let on a self catering basis and can sleep up to 12 people with room for cots.

This property is managed by Leigh and David from Family Holidays in France and is in a private location, just a short distance outside the village of Mialet. It is also just 5 minutes walk from the Plan d’eau de Mialet, a 190 acre lake perfect for fishing, walking and cycling. The property is in a small, quiet, calm hamlet with lovely views.

The house has 3 floors.

From the entrance hall you have stairs up the middle of the property leading to the 2 further floors.



Kitchen and dining

The ground floor has an entrance hallway with under stairs wc and a door leading to a well equipped kitchen, which still has it’s traditional inglenook fireplace with logburner, dining table and chairs and access to the rear decking and outside dining area.

Living rooms

A comfortable living room with sofas and a tv, a dvd player, another large inglenook fireplace with logburner and double doors leading to the rear outside decking and bbq dining area. There is also free wi-fi.


With 6 bedrooms in total, the first floor has four bedrooms, made up of two double and two twin bedrooms.

The top floor has a further 2 very large bedrooms, one king and one double with beautiful exposed beams.

All bedrooms are airy and spacious with plenty of room for cots in the double bedrooms and the king bedroom.


Two lovely bathrooms, the first floor bathroom has a great freestanding bath, wc and basin, whilst the other bathroom on the top floor also has a freestanding bath, a large shower, wc and basin.


Electric heating and two logburners for winter lets. Please note electric is charged extra at cost price for all lets where heating is requested.


The owners plan to put in a private pool for 2020 lets.

Garden and outside

Large private garden with beautiful views. Large decking area ideal for bbq's and outside dining.

Parking and garages

Free private off-road parking for minimum 4 cars.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for all, please be aware there are 2 flights of stairs leading to the two upper floors.
Both stairs do turn back on themselves.

Information about any additional facilities

Newly renovated throughout in 2019 with new bathrooms, kitchen equipment, bedding and towels.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

* Vet details: Veterinarian 6 Rue Nationale, 87230 Chalus 0033 (0)5 55 78 41 64 Speaks very good English and has an open surgery hour every morning and afternoon Monday to Saturday so no need to make an appointment.


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Aixe sur Vienne
Distance: 20 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, Pike, Trout, Roach and many more
Name of nearest fishing location: Barrage de Mialet

Fishing on-site

Mountain biking

Distance: 1 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: 1


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Leigh Smith

We are David and Leigh Smith, we have run our small family holiday business for the past 4 years. We have met some lovely people and look forward to meeting many more. We are proud to manage Maison des Maitres (Masters House) for the owners Ian and Daisy.

Year property purchased 2018
Why this location? A very private, quiet, relaxing location with just a short 5 minute walk to a 190 acre lake for fishing, cycling and walking.
Unique benefits of property Renovated thoughout in 2019 with a very French feel and keeping all of the traditional features.

The Owner Recommends

Local Swimming Lakes

We have 7 lovely, safe, swimming lakes nearby with man made clean beaches and grassed play areas. The lakes have designated swimming area’s with a separate sectioned off area for non-swimmers and younger children. All these lakes are lifeguarded in the summer months. All have free parking and toilet facilities, most even have cafés/restaurants. Some of these lakes have diving platforms, canoe’s, kayaks and pedalo’s and children’s play area’s. It’s just like a day at the beach but nicer!

Barrage de Mialet (Plan d'eau de Mialet)

Created in 1993 over the Cole river thanks to a dam, the lake occupies an area of 190 acres, and helps to regulate the Dronne river downstream. The lake is completely surrounded by a service path. It is relatively flat so ideal for hiking with young children, “en famille”. The 8km's are perfect for biking or hiking, also very popular for fishing (license needed) with carp of over 50lb, trout, pike, tench, bream etc.

Bussiere Galant - Tree Adventure

The park has 7 courses with increasing difficulty (yellow, green, blue, orange, red, black and ultra black), including about 70 games (bridges, tarzan ropes, climbing nets, zip wires…), enabling you to climb up to 12m high for the most reckless! The Espace Hermeline also has an activity for younger children, from 4 years old and a meter high, which enables them to discover new sensations on a unique course.
For those of you who are nocturnal, we can organize late nights with headlamps. Reservation only.
Demanding little or no technique, this activity gives you an original access to the woodland. It enables you to discover the trees and their environment in a new way. It’s the ideal way of bringing together a fun activity and a natural environment. Exclusive in the Limousin! Have a sensational time crossing the lake on a tyreocable. Leave from a platform situated 23m above the water and slide down the 400m long cable to reach speeds which can go up to 70km/h.
For your comfort and safety, there are gloves and helmets at your disposal.

Bussiere Galant - Velorail

Discover the land of the Feuillardiers, perched on the velorail of Bussière-Galant. Situated on an ancient train track, it’s been made possible, since 1995, to make the most of this charming wooded region.
On a machine from another time, where there’s no need to be a professional cyclist, you can go at your own pace. For two and a half hours you will cover 6 kilometers, crossing fields, hills and chestnut coppices.


Situated on the riverside of the Vienne, with original settlements that date back to Roman times, this city is known for it’s fine porcelain and painted enamelware, cultural activities and botanical gardens. The city has celebrated it’s 2000th anniversary and is rich in cultural history with many museums, symphonies and theaters. Porcelain and fine china was developed in the 18th century out of enamel work which began in the middle ages. Visit the many shops and tour the working factories.


Known as Little Venice, a historic medieval market town where the river Dronne surrounds the town, with its boutiques, restaurants, cáfes and bars where you can relax and watch the activities on the rivers. Every Friday is market day. Canoeing is very popular here, well recommended for a visit.

Seasonal Fetes

Throughout the year you will find many different fêtes. Any excuse to have a party and meal, French people will celebrate the mushroom (fête de champignon), bison (fête de bison), chestnuts (fête de châtaigne) etc. Something different if you really want to get into the French way of life and you are all made to feel very welcome.

Also Nearby

Good restaurants and auberges
Supermarkets and caves (for the wine)
Country walks
Attraction park
Many traditional French markets and night markets
Fishing lakes and rivers