Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6, Ratings 1 9.7/10
|La Grue||Self Catering||Flexible||3||8||2|
La Grue is a charming 19th century farmhouse with original beams and exposed stone work, beautifully renovated into a 3-bedroomed luxury self-contained gîte.
The gite is available for holiday rentals thought the year (minimum 3 night stay at off peak time).
Gite offers UK tv package, free wi-fi and a free welcome pack, owners are on site for any questions/problems. Well behaved dogs welcome local vet available for return journey.
The gite is set up to cater for up to 6 adults and 2 children sharing with their parents, one double bedroom with en suite and 2 bedrooms with a double and single bed. We can provide a cot for baby if required.
A private entrance with parking leads to the large lounge and kitchen/ dinner, bathroom upstairs and large garden to rear.
Behind the gite there is a large secluded garden and bbq area, overlooking a wooded valley and in the distance Rochechouart. The views over the surrounding countryside from the rear of the gite are fabulous all seasons of the year, with the rolling hills, fields, and woodland.
This room is accessed from the living room through a low door. This room has the original stone work exposed on 3 sides and again a large beam runs the length of the room. The kitchen is fully fitted, washing machine, dishwasher, electric cooked, microwave, toaster, kettle, all cutlery, and crockery, pots and pans, sink etc. There is a table and chairs in the dinning room to seat 6 people and a breakfast bar with stools for less formal eating. There is a door leading to the rear garden and bbq area, and the view from this side of the gite is fabulous.
Large spacious room with tv, and dvd player 2 large settees and occasional chairs, wood burning stove for heating in winter or on cold days, front door leading to courtyard which has full morning sun, ideal for an al fresco breakfast. Large beam running the length of this room.
Bedroom 1. This bedroom overlooks the front courtyard and has the en suite facility. The room has a double bed, clothes storage unit, bedside cabinet and an electrical radiator
Bedroom 2. This room overlooks the rear of the gite and has an impressive view over the trees and hills towards Rochechouart. This room has one double one single bed and a clothes storage unit, bed side cabinet and an electrical radiator. One wall has the original stonework exposed. There is a low door giving access to the shared bathroom.
Bedroom 3. This room also overlooks the rear of the gite and has the impressive view. This room has a double and one single bed and a clothes storage unit, bed side cabinet and an electrical radiator. Two walls have the original stonework exposed, and the roof beams are also visible, a Velux window adds lots of light to this vaulted room. The shared bathroom is next door to this room.
The en-suite has a shower, vanity sink unit, storage area, heated towel rail and wc.
Shared bathroom. The shared bathroom has a shower, vanity sink unit, storage area, wc, heated towel rail and the water heater is in this room. This bathroom has two doors one from bedroom 2 and one from the stairs leading from the kitchen/dining room, so you must remember to lock both doors or you may be caught out!!
Electrical heating in all the rooms
Wood burning stove in the living room
Tv, and dvd player in living room, UK free to view channels available
Selection of books and games available
Wi-fi also available
The Garden. Large area at rear of gite with bbq facilities, chairs, loungers, the ideal location to chill out and admire the view over a long cool beer or a large glass of wine.
Car parking in front of the gite access down a driveway from the road
Suitable for all ages but no disabled facilities available
I have been running the house as a gite for the past 10 years, and have had many repeat business customers, I have just started to use this site to advertise the gite as of 28/08/17
I was born and educated in Dundee did a BSc in engineering at Strathclyde university Glasgow, moved down to Kent in the 70'S to live and work in the Medway Towns. Returned to Dundee briefly in 2000 before moving to France to live and work here to the present day, and still not regretting moving out here as I love the pace of live here and the tranquility.
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||This location reminds me of a mini Scotland/Perthshire, many lakes and trees and a few low rolling hills, with some fabulous views and the piece and quietness to go with the views.|
|Unique benefits of property||The gite is an 19th Century farmhouse with traditional stonework and oak-beams throughout. There are three main oak beams make an impressive features throughout the gite, one in the lounge, and another two running through the bedrooms.
I have exposed a number of walls in the gite and re-pointed them in the traditional manner using sand and lime and this has given the gite an authentic look.
Some of the door ways are low so the key word is Mind Your Head.
The Gite has been modernised throughout and offers a high standard of accommodation, large rooms with great views from the rear of the property, large secluded garden it the rear ideal place to chill with a glass or two of wine and watch the world go by in quiet splendor.
Limoges: a 2000-year-old city. It is a city with two hearts. The Cite grew up around the cathedral on a plateau overlooking the river Vienne. The Chateau, now the current commercial centre of the city, grew up around the Abbey of St-Martial on an adjacent rise. Its history reflected in the monuments still standing. The two cities were not united until the French Revolution. The main railway station is one of the most extraordinary in France, with a vast entrance hall, multiple domes and an impressive campanile clock tower. The quaint quarter of the Ancestral Guild of Butchers was established in the 13th C near the highest point of the town. Six families who still have an involvement controlled the entire trade. There is a festival in this area every year. In the 1770’s, when kaolin was discovered nearby, Limoges became famous for its porcelain, Lalique perhaps being one of the best-known artists. Gold and silversmith monks began decorating objects with enamel during the 10th C, one of their techniques becoming a specialty of Limoges workshops by the 12th C. Enamellers continue to experiment with new and adventurous forms. The city and the surrounding region of Limousin was an area of intense resistance activity during World War II and suffered greatly from numerous deportations and massacres in the region.
Confolens, a small medieval city on the confluence of the rivers Vienne and the Goire. Offers many architectural gems. Every year, in August, Confolens and the Charente-Limousin host an international festival of song and dance, known as, “Danses et Musiques du Monde”
Rochechouart, a very attractive chateau town with a small artificial beach area at the lake. The village church has an unusual twisted spire and a walk through the streets will provide sight of medieval and Renaissance elements decorating the facades of several houses
Chateau De La Rochfoucauld – home of the La Rochefoucauld family for more than 1,000 years
Thermal Baths, Chassenon. An impressive Gallo-Roman baths. On the border of Haute-Vienne and the Charente (6 km from Rochechouart), on the main Limoges-Saintes road.
Route Richard Coeur de Lion. Richard the Lion heart, King Richard of England spent no more than 6 months of his reign in England. The son of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II his reputation is that of a chivalrous king and a brave and skilful warlord. It would seem rather, that he was cruel and extravagant in many ways. The lands of Normandy and Aquitaine (inherited from his mother) caused him to enter into war with the King of France. After forcing a truce he continued the war into the Limousin to teach one of his vassals a lesson. During the middle ages, the viscounts of Limoges was bordered to the southwest by castles, churches and fortified towns, lined up so as to defend the limits of the Duchy of Aquitaine.
Parc Naturel Regional Perigord-Limousin. Established over 78 communes of the two departments of the Dordogne and Haute-Vienne covering 180,000 hectares. Celebrates the artisans, foods and nature of the area.
Centre de la Memoire, Oradour- sur- Glane. A martyr village, dedicated to the memory of those 642 men, women and children murdered by the German SS on 10 June 1944. The village has been kept in the same state since 1944. The centre de la memoir exposes the events leading to this barbaric act. A new town of the same name has been built close by.
“Quartier de la Boucherie”, Limoges a traditional Butchers in a picturesque quarter. One of 52 early 13th C houses built as butchers practice.
This is a great gite - the photos do not do it justice! It has been renovated/converted into a spacious, airy, bright property keeping lots of its original character and features. It is very well equipped and clean. There were only the two of us plus a dog, but the property would easily take a large family/group and it's equipped to do so. The garden is huge and the views beyond are stunning: great for lazing around, long barbeques, etc etc. It's all very secluded, we found it an excellent place to stay and it exceeded our expectations.
Ron was really helpful providing lots of useful information and tips on where to go and what to do, on-hand to help but never intrusive.
We brought our dog and she loved the garden and local area. There are great walks (especially for dogs) at nearby Bussac, Peyrassoulat and Lac de Saint-Mathieu. It is a very rural area and quieter than expected, but local bars - and the locals - were always very friendly and welcoming. It is an easy drive to the various farmers markets, we especially liked Brantome and Excideuil. We really enjoyed the Tuesday evening barbecues at Champniers and St Mathieu.
Top gite and highly recommended.
Thank you, glad you enjoyed your stay here, you will be always welcome back
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