Holiday retreat for couples in Limousin - UH004563

Mailhac-sur-Benaize (2km from Saint-Sulpice-les-Feuilles), Haute Vienne, Limousin Reference: UH004563 Advertiser since: 2 February 2016
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Limousin-Cottage Self Catering Flexible 1 4 1 Double sofabed, travelcot, single fold-up bed

About this property

Pet-Friendly Self Catering Cottage in Village. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Limousin-Cottage is a quaint 18thC stone-built village house, quietly-situated in the beautiful Haute Vienne department of the Limousin, the region known as the Lake District of France. The well equipped and furnished one-bedroomed stone cottage is in a little row of four, tucked in behind the village church, with safe, off-road parking directly in front of your door. The nearest small town with boulangeries, butchers, Carrefour Express supermarket and bar restaurant is St Sulpice les Feuilles, 87160, just 2 kms from the village. Also just outside the village is a beautiful leisure and fishing lake, Lac de Mondon, where there is a pool in season and a poolside bar restaurant. The cottage is just a 45 minute drive from Limoges airport, and there are Ryanair flights from Stansted, East Mids, Manchester, Leeds-Bradford, Southampton and Bristol, and with Flybe, Birmingham to Limoges. British Airways flights from London Gatwick to Limoges from May to September. By ferry, it is an easy drive down from Cherbourg, Le Havre, Caen, Roscoff, Dieppe or St Malo with Britanny Ferries, completely avoiding Paris. It is around a 4h30 minute drive from Caen, directly down the A28. Your well-behaved pet is welcome.

We have many excellent 5* reviews, both on our website and on several other holiday let sites.

The one bedroomed cottage is a perfect retreat for a couple, but can sleep up to 3 if using the double sofabed in the sitting room, or a fold-up single or cot can be put in the bedroom.

There is excellent, free, wi-fi internet. Our guests often tell us it is better than they have at home!

The cottage also benefits from UK and French television, and UK radio channels on Sky.

Behind the cottage is a lovely little sun trap garden with patio area, sun loungers, parasol and bbq, and open countryside beyond. We also supply baby equipment at no extra cost (please ask for details)
On the ground floor is the sitting/dining room, with double sofabed and log-burning stove. The dining area seats four and the cottage is very well equipped with ample cookware and tableware for you to be able to dine in style. There is a compact but well equipped kitchen (including washing machine) and a little rear garden with patio area and open countryside beyond. There is a good selection of books to browse through, plus a DVD player and selection of films. You are welcome to exchange any book on our shelves to take with you if you haven't finished reading it, for one of your own that you have finished reading. It works really well.

On the first floor, a spacious double bedroom, with ample storage for your clothes, and a light and airy shower room/wc right next to the bedroom, with a power shower and heated towel radiator for your comfort. There are open countryside views from the bedroom window.

The village is just over one mile from the nearest town, St Sulpice les Feuilles, 87160, and only a five minute drive from junctions 21 and 22 of the toll free A20 motorway. There is a friendly little bar restaurant in St Sulpice les Feuilles, just along the road, with a lovely mix of British and French clientele. Also just along the road from the cottage is a great Aladdins cave, where you can enjoy a great rummage and find almost anything and everything, from furniture down to jewelry. It is also close to Lac de Mondon, Cromac, where there is an open air swimming pool through the Summer season, and a great poolside bar restaurant, where they have live entertainment on at weekends. Also at Lac de Mondon there is a lakeside Auberge, with a restaurant. The lunchtime menu changes every day. In the evenings you can choose from their a la carte menu. There are spectacular riverside walks through medieval forests by the side of the lake, along the river Benaize. This section of the River Benaize is known as The Boiling Pot, for reasons which become evident after heavy rainfall! The waterfall becomes deafening. At Crozant you can hire kayaks from the Hotel du Lac, or if you are feeling lazy, take the pleasure cruise along the River Creuse. There are always markets and car boot sales going on in the region, and lots of things to do and places to visit. About a 15 minute drive from the cottage is Les Herolles market, held monthly on the 29th and reputed to be the biggest market in France. As well as farmers' produce and the usual market stalls, there is a livestock market going on. Limoges, the capital of the Limousin, and famous Worldwide for it's porcelain manufacturing, is about 30 minutes drive away. 



Kitchen and dining

The compact but practical kitchen is well equipped with ample cookware, utensils and tableware for four guests to dine in comfort. There is also a washing machine, essential for a longer stay. The dining area seats four.

Living rooms

The cosy living/dining room has a double sofabed, and UK and French TV, plus UK digital radio. There is a dvd player, with a selection of dvds, a good collection of books to browse through, and an excellent wi-fi connection. There is electric heating plus a log burning stove which keeps the cottage lovely and warm in the winter.


The spacious and quietly situated double bedroom has plenty of storage and a very comfortable double bed. A fold up single can also be used in the bedroom, or downstairs in the sitting/dining room. We can also provide a travel cot and high chair for a baby, plus a small single fold-up chair-bed for a younger child. The shower room is right next door.


The spacious, light and airy, first floor shower room has a power shower cubicle, WC, handbasin and heated towel radiator. It is situated right next to the bedroom.


Log-burning stove plus electric radiators. In the coldest of winter weather the stove keeps the cottage lovely and warm, as the heat permeates through the cottage. Logs for the stove are not included in the rent. There are also electric radiators in the shower room and living area.


There is both French and UK television, plus all the main UK radio stations by satellite. The tv has a built-in dvd player, and there is a selection of films in the cottage to suit all ages. There is also a good selection of books - and we operate a book exchange, so that if you start a book and don't have time to finish it during your stay, you are welcome to take it with you and replace it with one you have finished reading. We also provide board games and a petanque set, should you wish to join in a game with the locals, just along the road from the cottage.

Garden and outside

Small garden and patio area, with table and chairs, parasol, sun loungers and bbq. Open countryside at the rear. There is outdoor lighting and it is lovely to sit outside until bedtime and look at the crystal clear night skies. We get some great views of the International Space Station passing over! The WiFi extends into the garden for your convenience.

Parking and garages

Free, safe, off-road parking in the little courtyard directly in front of the cottage. The cottage is quietly situated, well away from the road.

Visitor suitability

Couples, singles, friends, children. A car is advisable. The nearest shops, supermarkets, bars and facilities are about one mile along the road, in St Sulpice les Feuilles. It is possible to walk along back lanes, through very pretty hamlets, into St Sulpice.

Information about any additional facilities

As the cottage is also let longer term out of season, it is very well equipped with essentials such as hoover, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, fan etc., as well as safety essentials such as extinguisher, first aid box, and CO detector.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

* Vet details: Eric Lambert (speaks English) 3 Avenue Charles Ferrand 87160 St Sulpice les Feuilles 0555767270


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Mailhac sur Benaize


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout plus carp in the lake.
Name of nearest fishing location: River Benaize
Distance: 1 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Mortemart
Distance: 50 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Azerables
Distance: 10 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 2 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: River Benaize at 2kms


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Linda Abdelaoui

We have been living in France since 2003, originally coming from the UK, where we have grown-up children and Grand-children, who absolutely adore visiting us in France and do so every summer without fail. We are both fluent in French and English, and therefore on hand should you need assistance or information on the region in general during your stay. We began doing holiday lets in 2011, although our listing on Holiday France Direct is brand new, which is why we don't have any reviews up to now.

Year property purchased 2006
Why this location? We moved from the neighbouring department, the Indre, where we had lived since 2003 when we first moved to France. We just loved the beautiful scenery in this part of the Limousin, and the many lakes, rivers, chateaux and mountains that are within easy distance. The cottage itself is very quietly situated in a small village, with open countryside all around, yet not in any way remote. The cottage was built around 1750, and has lots of character, but has all the up to date facilities our guests need. We love the fact that you can leave your car right in front of your door, well away from the road. The cottage is in a little row of four cottages, quietly tucked in behind the village church, which these days is rarely used unfortunately. The location is absolutely ideal for getting to the whole of the Limousin region, with the toll-free A20 motorway being a 5-10 minute drive away.
Unique benefits of property Although in a little quiet row of four cottages in the heart of the village, there is totally open countryside behind, and it is bliss to sit out in the little garden and be able to listen to and watch the amazing variety of wild birds, including buzzards and hawks, which often hunt right over the garden. The night sky is wonderful, due to no light pollution. In fact, we usually get a clear view of the International space station when it passes over. After dark, it is fascinating to watch bats hunting. Don't worry - they never ever come too close! During the night, in high Summer, we are privileged to be able to listen to the beautiful song of the nightingale.

The Owner Recommends

A day out in Limoges

You must visit Limoges, the capital of the Limousin region and of course, famous World-wide for it's porcelain manufacturing. There are factory shops and porcelain museums to see. The Gothic cathedral is a must-see, and there is a great monthly brocante (car boot sale) in the medieval streets surrounding the cathedral. There is a sight-seeing train too. Also not to be missed are the botanical gardens near the cathedral.

Good places to eat

We can recommend several places to eat, with a very reasonably-priced set lunch menu, in nearby St Sulpice les Feuilles, at around €12 including wine and coffee. For a very nice meal, and not at all expensive, we can recommend L'Epanaoui de St Leger, a 5 minute drive from the cottage. Home cooked, freshly prepared, good service. Or you can order an authentic French meal from a neighbour, who prepares freshly-made dishes in his catering kitchen to take out.

Lake Mondon just along the road from the cottage

In season, the campsite at nearby Lac de Mondon, Cromac, offers a lovely outdoor pool with slide, a great little poolside bar restaurant, pedaloes on the lake, tennis and frequent night markets, barbecues and other activities. There is live entertainment most weekends during the season. There are excellent walks alongside the river Benaize, through medieval forest.

The biggest market in France!

We are within easy driving distance of Les Herolles, which is arguably the biggest market in France. It is held monthly, on the 29th of the month, and has been going on for 500 years. It is a 15-20 drive from Limousin-Cottage.

On the 29th of every month a massive market springs up in Les Hérolles, a tiny hamlet on the border of the Vienne department. Awfully busy in the summer months, but at the end of November there's space to breathe, and room to see the stalls. Whatever you want, you can buy it here, from llamas to lollipops, sweeties to saddles, logburners to ... well pretty much anything. There's a large animal market with horses, puppies, sheep and donkeys. Food stalls selling seafood, spicy sausages, cheeses and artisan breads.

Les Monts d'Ambazac

Just a special region about half an hour down the motorway towards Limoges. Wonderful mountain scenery. You can also visit Lac de St Pardoux at the same time. There are swimming beaches and places to eat.

Oradour sur Glane

Whilst in the region Oradour sur Glane is a must-see place to visit. It is the ruins of an entire village, after 642 villagers were massacred in WW2. There is a visitor centre which attracts visitors from all over the World, and you can walk around the burnt-out village, which has been left as it was in 1944 as a shrine to those who were massacred. it is a very poignant place to visit and is about half an hours drive from the cottage.

The best zoo in France!

Although Zooparc Beauval is an hour and a half away by road, we can thoroughly recommend a day out to visit it. It is rated as number one in France and in the World's top ten. New for 2016 - you can view the hippos underwater! Animal welfare and conservation are it's top priorities, and you can see rare species, the incredible manatee, giant pandas, orang-utans and a variety of charming Madagascan lemurs. The bird show is not to be missed, in it's own purpose-built arena. The show is included in the entrance fee. The setting of the zoo is absolutely superb, you will not be disappointed! There are several reasonably priced places to eat, or you can pack a picnic and eat in the designated picnic area outside the entrance, near the car parks. You can leave and re-enter the park with a stamp on your hand. The zoo does get extremely busy during school holidays, as you would imagine!

For horse lovers!

About an hour and a quarter drive from the village is the spectacular Pompadour Stud, where they have horse racing, show jumping and other horse-related spectacles going on. The setting is superb, with the chateau and stud stables in the background. Described by our daughter in law on a recent family visit as 'Like a film setting'. Entrance is just €6 per adult and free for children up to 14. A fantastic day out, chance of a flutter on the horses, and great to take a picnic.

Horse racing and farmers markets at Le Dorat

There are three Summer horse racing meetings, in June, July and August. Along with a farmers market/barbeque in the streets, Thursday evenings, where you can buy your Limousin beef direct and cook it there and then , on a big communal bbq.