|Gite Les Coniferes||Self Catering||Flexible||3||6||1||Cot for baby available on request|
Gite Les Conifers is a detached house located in a cul-de-sac on the edge of the town of Rochechouart, which is in the Regional Natural Park of Périgord-Limousin. It is a 15 minutes walk from the city centre (or 4 minutes by car) where you will find supermarkets, bars, restaurants, post office, banks and shops.
The house is set in large enclosed gardens, full of mature trees, with plenty of off-road parking and lots of safe, enclosed
space for children to play. There is a beautiful covered terrace where you can eat your meal outside.
There are steps to the front door and then all the rooms are on one level. There is a living/dining room, a separate fitted kitchen, a bathroom and a separate toilet, and 3 bedrooms. Two of the bedrooms have a double beds; dressing table; bedside tables and clothes storage. The third has clothes storage; a single bed and 2 bunk beds. The maximum capacity of the gite is 6 people, but the layout of the third bedroom offers a choice of sleeping arrangements. Additionally, a cot and high chair can be provided for a baby on request.
Enjoy a barbecue in the rear garden where a second set of garden furniture is situated just in front of the trees which offer almost half an acre of shade - ideal for relaxing with a book and a cold drink on a warm day.
The kitchen is fully-equipped with a fridge with freezer compartment; microwave; coffee percolator; kettle; pressure cooker; blender; dishwasher and a complete set of crockery; cutlery and glassware for 6 people. A full range of cooking utensils; saucepans and oven dishes is provided. Cooking is by means of an electric oven and a hob with 3 gas rings and one electric hotplate.
There is plenty of illumination both overhead and over the hob, which also has an extractor fan above it. French doors open onto the terrace where a table and 6 chairs are situated so that snacks and drinks can be enjoyed overlooking the mature front garden.
The washing machine is situated in the kitchen.
The lounge has a 3-piece suite (2 armchairs and a 3-seater sofa) plus a third armchair; coffee table and a tv table with tv, and a dvd player. There is overhead and occasional lighting. There are 2 sets of frenchdoors opening onto the terrace.
The dining room has a large table with seating for 6 people; and another armchair, as well as cabinets storing additional crockery, glassware and boardgames. Overhead and occasional lighting allow the room to be illuminated comfortably at all times of the day or night, and a further set of french doors opens onto the terrace.
Two of the bedrooms have double beds; dressing table; bedside tables and clothes storage. The third has clothes storage; a single bed and 2 bunk beds. The maximum capacity of the gite is 6 people, but the layout of the third bedroom offers a choice of sleeping arrangements.
Additionally, a cot and highchair can be provided for a baby on request.
One bathroom with a shower over the bath, a washbasin and a mirror with separate lighting above. A hairdryer is provided, which can be used in the bathroom.
The one toilet is separate to the bathroom.
Heating in the bedrooms and bathroom is by means of wall mounted electric panel heaters. The corridor; kitchen; lounge and dining room are all heated by night storage heaters.
A flat screen tv is situated in the lounge and receives French free-to-air tv stations. Internet tv provides a range of mostly French-language stations but also Netflix and BBC 24.
A dvd player is linked to the tv and a mini hi-fi available for playing cds or listening to FM radio. (Please remember that DAB broadcasting is not available in France yet, so your DAB radio will not work)
Free wi-fi is available throughout the house and some way into the gardens.
A selection of boardgames are kept in the unit in the dining room.
The gite is set on 3,000 square metres of land. The garden is enclosed and is full of mature trees but with enough space for children to play.
Parking for up to 2 cars in the front of the house and also in a separate parking area at the rear. These parking spaces are well away from the road
The gite is suitable for couples and families. Although the living accommodation is all on one level, those who have difficulty negotiating steps may find it a struggle to go up the steps at the front of the house to the front door. There is no wheelchair access up to the front door. Children and babies are welcome but please note that the maximum total capacity is 6 people plus one baby.
There is a barbecue in the back garden for use by guests.
There is a full-size table tennis table in the garage and as it is under cover, it can be used in all weather conditions.
We owned a gite in Normandy for several years and our love of France and the French way of life brought us further south to the Limousin in 2012. We've established a popular Chambre d'Hotes here, and now want to offer self-catering holiday accommodation for up to 1 or 2 weeks. We are registered as independent traders with the local council and listed by the Porte Océan Limousin Tourist Board. Our gite is inspected and classified by the national tourist agency Clévacances.
|Year property purchased||2018|
|Why this location?||Rochechouart is at the centre of a wonderful combination of unique landscape, historical artefacts and abundant wildlife.
Situated in the Parc Naturel Régional Périgord-Limousin, Les Conifères is a detached house set in a large, enclosed garden with lots of mature trees. It is only 1 km to the centre of Rochechouart an easy 15-minute walk into town or a 4-minute drive. In town you will find bars, restaurants, supermarkets, post office, banks and shops. The larger town of St. Junien is about 15 minutes by car, where you will find large supermarkets, a cinema, a swimming pool and a golf course.
|Unique benefits of property||Peaceful seclusion and high quality living accommodation with spacious gardens yet only 1 kilometre from the town centre. Our garden is a haven for wildlife and red squirrels are frequent visitors.|
Rochechouart was the epicentre of one of the largest meteor impacts ever to have occurred on the planet. The Éspace Météorite maintains a permanenet exhibition of geological samples and interactive displays, with informative videos and knowledgeable staff on hand to answer questions
Rochechouart's chateau is an imposing example of 15th.Century architecture, set in the centre of the town. The earliest parts of the keep date from the 13th. Century. There are impressive views over the nearby river valleys. The hunting room is the site of 16th.Century frescoes and the parts of the interior open to the public are occupied by the Haute-Vienne Departmnt's museum of contemporary art. There are permanent exhibitions of Dadaism and travelling exhibitions of the work of more recent artists. The exterior has recently been renovated and pathways allow walks around the site.
A perfect example of 11th. Century church architecture. The main structure is built entirely from meteorite rock, and the twisted spire (similar to the one in Chesterfield) dates from the 18th. Century. Inside the church there are several painted frescoes dating from the early part of the 20th. Century, and memorials to priests guillotined during the Terror years of the early 1790s.
This unique site is only 3kms from our gite and is open from the end of March to the middle of November. The Roman city of Cassinomagus is the site of some of the largest thermal baths ever constructed outside Rome itself, and they have been painstakingly restored. The entire park covers an area of 300 hectares and offers guided and audio tours, activities for children, reconstructed Roman gardens, outdoor Roman games, and a permanent exhibition centre. There is a restaurant and a snack bar, so this is a good location for a half or full-day excursion only minutes away from your holiday home.
Only 20km away in the next Department, the Haute Charente, this is a tree-based adventure park offering a range of rope walks; jumping activities; zip wires and cycling routes. Restaurants and snack bars are open on site, so this is a good venue for a full day out for people of all ages wanting some physical activity.
The famous Parisian landscape painter Jean Baptiste Corot (1796-1875) regularly visited friends in Limoges and discovered the site of the Glane Valley at St Junien. This became the inspiration for much of his later work and the banks of the river are now a popular site for walkers.
There is car parking nearby and benches and tables at regular intervals along a 6km walk, making this an ideal place for a picnic. There is a memorial to Corot and plenty of opportunities for photography as this is classified as a Zone naturelle d'intérêt écologique, faunistique et floristique (a site of ecological interest)
On the southern shores of Lac de Lavaud you’ll find two beaches, located on opposite sides of the Charente river, at La Guerlie and Videix. There’s fine sand, plus soft grass and plenty of shade nearby for post-swim relaxation (during July and August designated bathing areas are supervised), or you can simply stay on the beach with the other sunbathers. Either way, there are nearby picnic tables, children’s play area plus ice-creams, refreshments and a restaurant. An Audioplage guidance system is there to aid visually impaired bathers, while those with reduced mobility enjoy the use of Tiralo trike-style amphibious wheelchairs. NB: Bathing is not permitted on the Lac de Mas Chaban.
If you prefer your fun on, rather than in, the water, you can enjoy boating all year round in designated zones (created to assure peace and harmony between anglers and other water-users) on both lakes. At the Lac de Mas Chaban you’re free to sail the upper reaches, while on the Lac de Lavaud you have both upper and lower areas to enjoy. Canoes, catamarans, kayaks, sail-boards and Optimist Class sailing dinghies are all available to rent at the Lac de Lavaud’s Base Nautique des Lacs, and with no power-boats or jet-skis to disturb things, the on-water experience here is a refreshingly natural one.
The calm setting is also a haven for wildfowl and other bird species; sandpiper, heron, greenshank, shoveller duck, teal, red-crested pochard, tufted duck and shelduck are joined in summer by great crested grebe, ringed plover, coot, cormorant and many more. An ideal way to watch them discreetly is from the Observatoire Ornithologique de Foucherie, on the western shore of the Lac de Lavaud.