Gite in Limousin for holiday let - UH004575

Balledent (6km from Chateauponsac), Haute Vienne, Limousin Reference: UH004575 Advertiser since: 4 February 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Weir Cottage Self Catering Flexible 1 2 1

About this property

A Perfect Place to Relax by Private Lake. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

At Gites de Laprade we are focused on providing you with your ideal holiday in this outstanding area of France, whether it is total relaxation you are looking for or a more energetic time, then we can certainly help you get what you want.
The Limousin is famous for it's forests and lakes and we have both here at Gites de Laprade, our location in the Haute Vienne region, is quite unique, the River Couze which surrounds our property, runs quietly by both our gites and feeds our 2 acre lake (unfortunately this means the location is unsuitable for children), this is well stocked with carp up to 35lb+ and colourful Koi carp, maybe you could try your hand at a bit of fishing, we are also happy to welcome your dog.
This beautiful area abounds with wildlife, deer, wild boar and buzzards are easily spotted and the mix of forests and lakes make for perfect walking, cycling and bird-watching. 
If you are a budding artist then this is also the perfect area, it was certainly good enough for Fred Yates, he lived in our local village of Rancon until his death in 2009.



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen is well equipped; Counter top electric oven/hob, fridge (small freezer box), microwave, kettle, coffee-maker, toaster and all crockery, cutlery and glasses, also plastic plates etc for use round the pool and hot tub. Also an iron and ironing board.
There is a drop-leaf table and chairs.
This is an open plan area.

Living rooms

Open plan area with large leather sofa, one other chair and a coffee-table.
Tv/dvd/cd player with freeview English channels, we have lots of dvds for your use.


The bedroom has a double bed, set of drawers and a small wardrobe.


The bathroom has a large shower, vanity unit and washbasin and toilet.


There are electric heaters in the lounge and bedroom, a heated towel rail in the bathroom.


You can play cds through the tv and there is a large selection of dvds which also play through the tv.

Garden and outside

There is a grassed area outside the gite with, table and chairs, sun lounger and bbq.
Shared use of the above ground pool.
We have a rowing boat for use on the lake as well as a kayak, you are also welcome to fish the lake.
There is a cabin in the lower garden/orchard area for you to use.

Parking and garages

You can park your car right outside the gite

Visitor suitability

Because of the unique situation of the gite ie; the lake and the whole of our property is surrounded by a river, it is not suitable for children.
The gite and the area around the lake are all on one level so, suitable for people with less mobility.
Very important, your friendly dog will be most welcome

Information about any additional facilities

ARRIVAL DAYS are flexible so, please get in touch to ask about your preferences.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Couples only

  • Splash pool

* Vet details: La Licorne, 15 ave 8 Mai 1945, Chateauponsac 0555683087



Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, koi carp, most silver fish
Name of nearest fishing location: Our lake

Fishing on-site


Name and address of nearest golf course: Mortemart
Distance: 35 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 10 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: There are trails right from the gite


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Taunya Smith

We are Brian and Taunya Smith, we moved to this idyllic area of France in 2007 after selling our small hill farm in the Penines in West Yorkshire and, we have not regretted the move even for a day. The little commune where Gites de Laprade is located is charming, rural and full of very friendly locals and we even have a local bar/restaurant less than 5 minutes by car or, a really pretty 15/20 minute walk away! Perfect!

Year property purchased 2007
Why this location? You only have to look a the photos to see why! Seriously though we are only 40 minutes from the airport, 6.5hrs from Calais, we have a beautiful lake. This part of France is still being discovered, it has a superb pace of life, the local people have made us extremely welcome and it is stunningly beautiful.
Unique benefits of property Gites de Laprade are in a unique situation, our house and gites are by our private lake, then all of this is surrounded by the river, making us an island. We have just 2 gites on our property, both with stunning views of the lake and the river.

The Owner Recommends


Our big city, it is beautiful, ancient and full of surprises like the botanic gardens at the cathedral, the butchers quarter etc. A file full of tourist information is in the gite for you

3 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.3
  • Comfort: 8.7
  • Condition: 8.7
  • Facilities: 9.3
  • Local Amenities: 8.3
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.3 / 10 Wilford 10 August, 2017

Wonderful setting and brilliant hosts. We found the cooker in the kitchen barely adequate for our needs. The absence of a privacy curtain in the bedroom was a surprise but we adapted a solution successfully.
We look forward to a further holiday in Wier Cottage, perhaps next year.

Owner response

Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review. I am sorry that some of the facilities not to your liking. We don't put heavier curtains at the windows because they have shutters, as is the way in France. I hope that we do get to welcome you back to the Haute Vienne and Gites de Laprade. Kind regards, Taunya

8.7 / 10 Fisherman and wife 13 September, 2016

Rural beautiful position with very helpful owners who gave us lots of advice and suggestions.

Owner response

Thanks very much for taking the time to review the gite. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you again in the future. Good luck with your property purchase.

10 / 10 Lin Ned 29 August, 2016

Weir cottage is an idyllic place to stay.Set in a beautiful forest.Great lake for fishing,plentl of birds & butterflies to watch.The hosts are friendly&welcoming but not intrusive.The cottage is well equiped,clean & comfotable.Night skies are amazing for stargazing.There are plenty of places to visit &Taun will give you all the information you need to get there. I highly reccomend this peaceful place.X

Owner response

Thanks very much for taking the time to review the gite, it is much appreciated. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and found everything to your liking. We hope that we get to welcome you again soon.