|Cottage Tranquille||Self Catering||Flexible||3||6||1||Double bed, double sofabed, bunk beds|
Set in the peaceful 12th century village of Dompierre les Eglises in the heart of the Limousin, this very comfortable, self-contained cottage, Cottage Tranquille, is an ideal base for exploring central, south west and western France.
Comprising 3 bedrooms and nursery upstairs with great rural views, new kitchen, separate dining room and sitting room downstairs, the house is ideal for couples or families with full holiday accommodation for up to 6. The house has recently been fully renovated and decorated. Also includes everything you need for a baby - folding cot, highchair, intercom, etc. Also brand new sparkling bathroom upstairs, with bath, shower, WC and hand basin.
Picnic by the lake a short walk from the village; take a day trip to the ancient port city of La Rochelle or must-see Oradour-sur-Glane; or wander around local historic villages such as Bellac, Le Dorat, Magnac Laval, St Benoît-du-Sault, St Sulpice-les-Feuilles, Chateauponsac, Rancon and many others.
Immerse yourself in the peaceful rural village ambience. Bordeaux reds, local cheeses to die for, pâtisseries and many other delicacies await.
Modern fully equipped kitchen with gas cooker and hob, refrigerator, dishwasher and all necessary appliances, cookware, crockery, cutlery, etc. Small wooden table with 4 chairs.
Separate cosy dining room with table and chairs for 6.
Cosy living room with lounge suites, flat screen digital TV with satellite connection for English channels, DVD player with good selection of DVDs. French doors to square.
Upstairs main double bedroom with lovely rural views, second bedroom with double sofabed, children's bedroom with bunk beds and nursery with cot.
All newly decorated, with new french linen and accessories.
Main bathroom upstairs with bath, shower, WC and hand basin. Downstairs utility room with washer, second WC and hand basin. Lovely hot showers with plenty of hot water.
Portable gas heater and electric heaters throughout
TV with DVD player, with a good selection of DVDs. Satellite TV with free-to-air English channels and digital TV for local French reception. Sound system with radio and CD player. Toys and games for the children, plus selection of paperbacks for holiday reading.
Unfortunately no garden, but nearby park with playground area a short walk from the house on the edge of the village.
Plenty of parking area in adjacent square, Place des Platanes.
Suitable for couples, adults and families with young children or baby. Staircase to upper level may not suit guests with disability. Strictly non smoking and no noisy parties.
I live in suburban Melbourne, Australia, but have strong connections with Europe, especially France. Australia is a wonderful place to live, but Europe has such a rich culture and history, many languages, great food and wine. I have a busy working life as a consultant, spending leisure time playing squash, performing in light opera, enjoying movies and dining with friends or backyard BBQs with the family.
|Year property purchased||2012|
|Why this location?||Dompierre les Eglises is a quiet rural village, with traditional stone houses dating back centuries. Our house was previously owned by a young family from Scotland, who used it as their holiday home in France for many years. They loved the house and enjoyed many happy holidays there. We've made several friends in the village, both French and English.|
|Unique benefits of property||It's an ideal spot for exploring the beautiful Haute Vienne region. It's been fully renovated and re-decorated, with brand new kitchen and bathroom, and is a comfortable, quiet place to spend a relaxing holiday.|
A small town to the west of Limoges. The museum, integrated into the hilltop cathedral, has first class displays of the region’s prehistory and anthropology exhibits from distant parts of the globe, including Australia and PNG.
To the east of Haute-Vienne, is the base for French weavers, rugs and tapestries. The town is set around a river, with steep sloping valley sides. Studios in old buildings on steep cobbled streets still operate and can be visited. The Aubusson museum has a large collection of very old and more contemporary tapestries.
A little over 4 hours south of Dompierre via Toulouse is the Province of Languedoc, including the villages of Carcasonne and Béziers. The scene of the Cathars Heresy, where tens of thousands of heretics were slaughtered by the Crusaders in the 12th century. This might be an overnight trip, but then you’re not far from Spain or the coast, so stay a few nights.
Sections of the Château de La Rochefoucauld at Angoulême are still used as a residence by the owner and family members, but large parts of it are available for very informative guided tours. Lower levels of the Château (built into the bedrock) were used for food storage and preparation. The spiral staircase is reported to have been designed by Leonardo da Vinci. You begin to understand how châteaux are largely the result of several construction phases over many hundreds of years, and of plans that did not eventuate (such as the defensive moat). Seeing inside a château that is still in use as a residence is something very special.
A lively market town, 10 minutes by car from Dompierre les Eglises. Magnac Laval is a small but lively market town that is found in the pretty Haute-Vienne countryside in the Limousin region. There is a character-filled old quarter, with ancient houses and winding streets, and a delightful riverside, lined with attractive old buildings. The 2 parts of the town are linked by old stone bridges spanning the River Brame. Magnac Laval provides a place for re-stocking of supplies. The supermarket carries just about everything (and even has a petrol pump next door). A couple of small providores will give something special. The bus from Magnac Laval to Dompierre les Eglises pulls up right outside the Gîte. Traditional town with all mod cons Magnac Laval has all the charm of rural France, whilst also managing to provide everything you need for a comfortable modern existence. All the services you are likely to need are here. These include a supermarket, bars, restaurants, hairdressers, banks, pharmacies, bakeries and a Post Office. The town hosts a weekly traditional market on Thursday mornings if you prefer to do your shopping in true French style. Magnac Laval may have modern facilities, but it is a traditional town in appearance, and one of its loveliest buildings is the impressive Church of St Eglise.
Located on the Bay of Biscay, La Rochelle’s history mostly involved the sea; today it has a large pleasure-boat marina. Its heart is the picturesque "Vieux Port" (Old Harbour). The city retains a rich architectural heritage with its ancient cobblestone streets, arcades and harbour front maritime buildings.
Is a wonderful area for anyone who appreciates the beauty of nature and the many activities that are on offer in the countryside. Go fishing in the river (permits required but easy to obtain), walking in the woods and lanes, horse riding and cycling on the tracks and randonnées or swim and relax in and beside the lovely lakes that are found in the locality, the nearest one being only one kilometre away. The magnificent leisure lake of Saint Pardoux is just a few minutes’ drive from Magnac Laval.