|Lac de la Grange||Self Catering||Saturday||4||10||3||Travelcot|
Bordering the regions of Dordogne and Charente we are set in the very warm Limousin National Park on the edge of the Forest of Rochechouart, surrounded by open fields and woodland, our property is a very private, secluded and peaceful retreat. Usually, the only cars we see are our neighbouring farmer and the postman!
The superb and very spacious accommodation sleeps up to 10 guests and is perfectly suited to families and groups of friends. Built within the old monastery section of the barn, attached and to the rear of our house it offers privacy with entrances to the front and rear. Outside the gite has a private dining area with bbq.
Inside there is a large open plan lounge/dining room with separate kitchen, 4 bedrooms (one ground floor with en suite, designed for wheelchair use if necessary) and 3 bathrooms. Lovingly created retaining many character features it has original stone walls and a large fireplace with woodburner. The stone walls help to keep it cool in summer and the wood fire makes it warm and cosy in winter. Two of the bedrooms have air conditioning and one has a 4 poster bed with Juliet balcony overlooking the lake. All bed linen, bathroom and pool towels are provided.
Our huge, newly stocked 6 acre private fishing lake has been here since Napoleonic times and is for the use of our guests only. It is naturally spring fed and the depth varies up to 8m. As well as being able to fish from the dam at the deepest end of the lake there are 5 purpose built swims along the north and south banks. Quality fishing tackle is available to hire or of course you can bring along your own. We have a tackle hut for overnight storage and also a bait fridge.
Extra facilities provided for the use of guests include a decked, above ground, solar heated, swimming pool (summer season only) and hot tub for which pool towels are provided. The terrace and seating areas for sunbathing and relaxing are surrounded by flower gardens and fruit trees. A large cut field next to the pool is perfect for ball and racket games. A new all weather table tennis table and badminton and boule equipment are available.
We can share our enthusiasm for target archery by providing lessons or taster sessions on our range.
The property has large private fenced grounds offering the chance to stroll through the meadow seeing lots of local flora and fauna. Including the trail around the lake the grounds provide a very pleasant 3km walk.
Modern fully fitted kitchen with dishwasher, electric cooker, kettle, toaster and microwave. Good quality crockery, cutlery, glasses and cooking utensils. Plastic items for use in the pool area.
Open plan dining area with large table and chairs to seat 10 comfortably.
Solid wood dining table and benches provided on private decked area adjacent to the gite and overlooking flower gardens.
Large table and seating on pool terrace with brick built BBQ.
Pleasant open plan lounge/diner with lots of character, has leather suite and fireplace with woodburner. TV with dvd and English freeview channels. Free wi-fi available
Four comfortable bedrooms with luxury white linen. Bedroom 1 on the ground floor is wheelchair accessible, has a double bed and en suite bathroom with wet-room style shower with bench seating. On the first floor Bedroom 2 with twin beds sits in the eaves of the roof. Bedroom 3 has a beautiful 4 poster with voile drapes and french doors with a view across the lake. Bedroom 4 has a double and bunk beds this is a spacious family room, a room divider provides some privacy to the 2 separate sleeping areas.
Three luxury bathrooms, two on the ground floor with original stone walls. The first a shower room with toilet, very useful for daytime use, especially when using the pool and hot tub. The second an en suite bathroom to bedroom 1 has a wetroom style shower with bench seating and handrails. On the first floor the modern family bathroom has handbasin, toilet and full size bath with shower. Supersoft towels and hairdryers are provided.
Air conditioning units in 2 bedrooms. Electric heaters in all rooms. Large woodburner in lounge forn which wood can be provided at a cost of 5€ per bundle).
NB: electricity is metered in Kilowatt Hours. Clients are given an allowance of 100 kilowatt hours per week (15 per day for short stays). Usage in excess of this shall be charged at a rate of 0.40€ per kilowatt hour and the total due shall be deducted from the security deposit.
During the cooler months there is an additional charge of 10€ per day for heating this includes electric heaters and wood for the burner.
Large tv with UK Freeview channels available. Dvd library. Free wi-fi. (please be aware our internet connection is very slow, so access is limited to browsing only, downloading or games playing is not possible)
Boardgames including chess and draughts.
Table tennis, badminton, garden swing, boules.
On-site target archery and air gun shooting sessions are available to book.
Swimming pool with solar heating and separate hot tub. Huge terrace and undercover seating area with settees
Six acre fishing lake (all equipment available to hire)
Extensive grounds providing pleasant walks and picnic areas
Situated in very peaceful countryside surrounded by forest and farmland. We are extremely secluded and safe for families with children.
A pretty flower garden and orchard adjacent surrounds the main house and gite, there is a large field behind the pool area for games and picnics, all in extensive private fenced grounds of 19 acres.
Large private shaded, decked area adjacent to gite with dining table and seating.
Good size above ground, decked swimming pool has a large paved terrace with sunbeds, umbrellas, undercover relaxation area, hot tub, BBQ, and dining table with seating.
Private 6 acre fishing lake for the use of our guests only. The lake has been recently restocked with many quality carp between 15 and 35 lbs which complement the existing stock of large carp. There are also many small roach, some tench, up to 5lbs along with good size perch and pike.
The grounds lead directly into the Forest of Rochechouart which has walking and cycle paths to many local villages.
Private parking adjacent to the front entrance of the gite.
Suitable for families, children, couples, groups of friends.
Also suited to anglers, walkers and cyclists.
Fishing tackle can be hired at a cost of £60 per person/per week
Laundry service available (5 euros per standard load)
Target archery and air gun shooting sessions with qualified instruction are available on-site
The fishing lake is available to our family, day & gite guests, if you require exclusive use for your party throughout your stay this can be arranged at the time of booking for a charge of £50 per week
Hookbait, groundbait and rigs are available to purchase on site at very reasonable rates (price list available on request)
We have holidayed in France for the last 20 years and have finally fulfilled our dream by moving here permanently. We fell in love with this property at first viewing and it fit the bill perfectly as an established gîte with private fishing lake, pool and large gardens. Rather than owners we consider ourselves to be custodians of Lac de la Grange and have already started to improve and develop the gîte, house and grounds.
|Year property purchased||2015|
|Why this location?||We love the secluded rural setting of our property which sits within a parc naturel surrounded by forest and farmland. It is a peaceful part of France with enough local history, attractions and activities without being overwhelmed by tourism. The area is very traditionally french with many markets selling regional produce and 'brocante'. The pace of life here is very different to most english towns and you must remember not to be in a hurry and simply relax and adopt the rural french style. There are plenty of local restaurants and bistros often using ingredients from their own gardens. The countryside is beautiful with many rivers and lakes, the roads are extremely quiet and the Haute Vienne area has a great climate with four distinct seasons including long warm summers.|
|Unique benefits of property||In addition to the high quality & luxury gîte accommodation we have the added benefit of a huge private fishing lake which is being managed and stocked to offer good quality carp fishing with the opportunity for consistent and regular guest catches. The lake is for the exclusive use of our guests as is the swimming pool and large gardens. The setting offers complete peace and relaxation sitting alongside a single farm road and seems far from the madding crowd, although actually only 5 minutes drive from the local town. We are immediately surrounded by the ancient Rochechouart forest which you can explore along the many paths and tracks either by foot or cycle.|
High ropes course with zip rides for age 6yrs and upwards
Parc du Futuroscope is a French theme park based upon multimedia, cinematographic futuroscope and audio-visual techniques. It has both 3D cinemas & 4D cinemas along with other attractions and shows.
The caves include over 600 metres of passages and galleries with 17000 year old paintings. There is also a prehistoric garden trail. During the summer months they offer fun family workshops where you can test your hunter skills with propeller shooting or practice prehistoric wall painting.
An amusement park with children's rides and activities including a ball pool, pedal karts, mini golf, a train ride and bumper boats. There are cafes and picnic areas within the park.
A warm and welcoming restaurant set by the side of the river. They offer a wide variety of menus including a reasonably priced 'menu du jour' with locally sourced products.
A very large leisure lake with a beach where you can swim or hire a boat. Various types are for hire including pedaloes. There are also walks and cycle tracks around the lake and various cafes.
Housed within the 15th century 'Chateau de Rochechouart' which dominates the town's skyline the 'Rochechouart Departmental Museum of Contemporary Art' (MDAC) was inaugurated in 1985 by the Haute-Vienne Departmental Council and is now recognised as a "Musee de France". Inside the walls display some rare examples of frescoes from the French Renaissance. As well as the permanent contemporary art displayed in the galleries, visiting exhibitions are displayed throughout the year.
A 100 hectare, zooligical park set around a 19th century castle in an unspoilt & picturesque setting. The park is home to more than 600 animals of 130 species from the five continents also 120 plant species, and ancient trees.
A charming restaurant with very helpful friendly staff. They have a varied menu which includes homegrown vegetables and fruit which you can see growing in the restaurant garden.
This is a huge forest with lots of plants and wildlife. There are many walking and cycle trails which lead through the forest to nearby villages.
A large Archaeological park with Roman ruins, an arena of ancient games, exhibitions and botanical gardens
The village and it's inhabitants were attacked and killed by a retreating German army, it remains as it was left that day after the atrocity and is a moving memorial to the remind us all of the horrors of war..
We spent 2 weeks in June 2017 my party consisted of 5 adults and 2 children.
From the moment we arrived Gillian and Ian the owners were the perfect hosts nothing was any trouble.
The gite was clean well equipped and spacious, English TV DVD wifi games, bedrooms some have aircon 3 bathrooms are lovely decorated.
Outside there was a heated pool hot tub undercover chill out area with bbq, the grounds are vast for lovely walks, rabbits chickens and ducks for the kids to feed.
As a keen angler the large lake was of interest for me, Ian spent time with his advice on where to fish and methods I didn't fish every day however caught 11 carp with 2 pbs the fish are hard fights healthy carp, if you don't want to bring your own tackle Ian has a great amount of quality tackle for hire at a reasonable price, he also supplies bait cheaper than England.
The area has excellent restruants and super markets not too far away lots to do wether you stay in or go out and about.
To sum up excellent hosts lovely clean gite with lots to entertain every age we will be back soon for another visit
I can’t recommend this property highly enough, for any family looking for a break to get away from it all and spend quality time together in picturesque and peaceful surroundings. The property itself is immaculate and catered for the needs of the group and in particular my toddler. Gill and Ian are very welcoming and attentive to any ask that we had. It was like home from home, the beds are amazing and waking up to a view over the beautiful lake was such a delight. The grounds are superb, some huge open spaces giving the kids plenty of freedom, as well as some more secluded areas. The lake is footsteps from the barn and had a great time walking around it with a very inquisitive two year old taking in all the wonderful things that nature provides. The local town is very traditional with some beautiful architecture, an idyllic place to stop and enjoy the delicious treats that the patisseries have to offer. All round the facilities and property are superb, a wonderful and relaxing break was had by all.
Thank you again.