|Gites Forets||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||1||Travel cot available.|
Welcome to Gites Forets, a modern conversion of an early 19 century barn situated on a quiet no through road in the Hamlet of Les Forets. Set in 2 acres of garden and parkland you will find plenty of space to relax whether enjoying a swim and soaking up some sunshine around the decked pool area or finding a quiet spot to sit and enjoy the wildlife while casting a fishing line in our pretty lake.
Your Gite is located on the edge of the Monts de Blond an area of designated natural beauty with a beautiful rolling landscape of granite foothills, lakes, forests and meadows. Standing at a maximum height of 500 metres the Mountains of Blond are surprisingly accessible offering many opportunities to enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. There are numerous trails for the more energetic to discover prehistoric standing stones , dolmen and some evocatively named granite outcrops such as the "rocks of the fairies"where our Neolithic ancestors sought refuge.
The villages of Cieux , Oradour sur Glane and Nantiat can be found within a 10 minute drive and offer the closest restaurants and shops as well as hosting a range of local events throughout the summer (many of which are free of charge).St Junien and Bellac are larger towns 20 minutes away by car providing a wider range of shops, supermarkets and public amenities including swimming pools, cinemas and tourist information centres. Your holiday home has level access from your parking space at the front of the property leading to the Gite entrance, a rear door leads to the garden and grounds. The family sized lounge/diner is bright and modern with a 32" TV and Freesat allowing you to catch up on the day's events and favourite programmes. Upstairs there are two bedrooms, one a master with a double bed and sprung mattress, the second with two single beds , all bed linen is provided (a third single bed and travel cot are available on request). The ground floor bathroom houses a WC and a walk-in shower cubicle, towels, flannels( pool towels are also available for your convenience). You will find a modern, spacious and well equipped kitchen (also on the ground floor) leading to a private garden. Your private garden and patio are equipped with a BBQ and garden table and chairs, ideal for alfresco dining or enjoying a glass of wine while marvelling at the star lit night skies.
Your enclosed private garden leads to a further area of shared
grounds, here you will find an above ground pool and decked area with comfortable garden furniture and sun loungers. A secure fence separates the garden area from the adjoining meadow and lake, the pool area is also secure and children will need to be supervised when using both of these areas due to the deep water.
Conveniently located within 30 minutes drive from Limoges Airport, mainline railway stations and the A20 motorway, your holiday home is well situated, easy to reach and ideally positioned to explore all the region has to offer.
The spacious kitchen is well equipped for 4 adults or a small family,
featuring fitted base units, ceramic hob and oven, micro wave, fridge with freezer box, washing machine, coffee maker and electric toaster and kettle.The dining table is situated in the lounge, or why not use the patio set and dine alfresco on the terrace overlooking your private garden and the grounds beyond.
The lounge dining area is set off of the kitchen with a table and chairs for 4 people, a high chair is available on request. The lounge is tastefully decorated in a bright modern style, featuring a Scandinavian chaise long sofa for 4 people, 32" LED tv with Free Sat offering a good range of free to air UK channels. A storage cupboard is located off of the living room for your coats and luggage; you will also find an iron and ironing board. An open treaded staircase in the lounge provides access to the first floor where you will find both bedrooms.
There are two bedrooms, both of which are upstairs. The spacious master bedroom features a double metal Victorian style bed frame and sprung mattress, two bedside cabinets and lamps, chest of drawers and wardrobe. The second bedroom has two single Victorian style metal beds with a bedside cabinet, lamp and a wardrobe for storage. An additional single bed is available for £10 per night and a travel cot can be provided on request.
The shower room is set on the ground floor between the living room and kitchen, adequately sized and featuring a storage cabinet, hair dryer, shower unit, wc and hand basin.
Bath towels, hand towels and flannels are provided, additional pool towels can be provided for the pool area etc on request.
The Gite shares an oil boiler central heating system with the adjoining
owners accommodation, oil filled electric heaters can be provided on
Hopefully you will be having too much fun exploring the area for this, but if needed we provide a 32" colour tv with free to view UK tv programmes, We also have some dvd's, books, games etc available if you forget to bring your own.
There are numerous local events taking place throughout the year and we will aim to update you throughout your stay, we provide an information box with leaflets from attractions recommended by either ourselves or our guests so that you can plan the best use of your valuable holiday time.
A private garden at the rear of the Gite provides an ideal spot for alfresco dining on the terrace , the garden is gated and leads to a larger shared area of lawn and a secure pool area. The above ground swimming pool is 7m x 4m with an adjoining spacious decked area furnished with sun loungers, a large comfortable garden sofa and a selection of garden and pool games . Open from 9:00am – 8:00pm the unheated pool is available from June until August, although this may be extended weather permitting
A gated enclosure provides access to the largest area of the grounds, set on a sloping hillside this is a real haven for nature with a lovely mixture of trees and an unmade path leading to the pretty little lake. Over 80 species of birds regularly visit the parkland including Hoopoe, Golden Oriole and Kingfisher, with wildlife including red squirrel, badgers and deer. The pleasure lake has carp from 3 - 15lbs largely unfished for hard fighting and crafty, plus a large quantity of silver fish
There is a parking space available for guests at the front of the property.
We have striven to make the Gite and grounds as accessible as is practicable for all to enjoy, however we hope you can appreciate that due to the age of the property and rural nature of the grounds it may not be suitable for all.
The Gite has an open trended staircase , there are also small steps on the ground and first floor and from the private garden to the pool. The meadow is uneven and slopes quite steeply down to the lake via an unmade path ,the lake has deep water and steep banks to the rear this means children will need to be accompanied when in this area. The swimming pool is above ground with steps both in and out, this area is secure and we ask that children are supervised when swimming.
Les Forets is a small rural hamlet and a car will be pretty much essential during your stay, for those flying into Limoges airport hire cars are available.
Please contact us if you have any concerns regarding suitability, we will be pleased to address any concerns you may have.
We have a small selection of fishing tackle available on request, we only ask that if you break it you replace it, we are happy to set some time aside to set up your tackle or give some basic lessons if you are new to fishing and would like to cast a line or two.
Living and working in a Norfolk village in the heart of Thetford Forest, we were already blessed with beautiful countryside and peace quiet but we needed a new challenge. A long standing love of France made it the number one contender to set up our new home and we eventually settled on the previously unvisited Limousin region. With quiet roads and friendly people it was pretty much love at first sight and we soon found our own little bit of heaven which we look forward to sharing with you.
|Year property purchased||2015|
|Why this location?||The Haute Vienne lies in the South West of France, benefitting from some 2000 Hrs of sunshine per year it is one of three departments that form the Limousin region. Often referred to as the French Lake District due to its rolling lake filled countryside the Limousin offers anglers, birders, cyclists and ramblers endless opportunities to enjoy their favourite pastimes. Conveniently situated there are several attractions close by such as the thought provoking WW II Martyr Village of Oradour sur Glane and the family friendly water sports centre at Lac St Pardoux where you can enjoy outdoor swimming, 3 man-made beaches, pedalo/canoe hire and an indoor pool complex. The Historic Limousin Capital City of Limoges is also well worth a visit, famed for its porcelain, museums and galleries as well as a good range of shops, restaurants, daily markets and the family favourite
Parc Zoo du Reynou.
|Unique benefits of property||Your holiday home is ideally located a short rural drive away from Limoges airport, the A20 motorway and the city of Limoges itself. The spectacular mountain views of the Haute Vienne offer something a little different from many regions of France, and quiet roads, perfect for exploring the surrounding countryside. The popular VTT mountain biking centre of Vaulry is a five minute drive away, with further walking and cycling trails available close by, the nearest actually runs past the Gite. With wide open spaces and fresh clean air, the Limousin lacks the hustle and bustle of the more well trodden parts of France and is all the better for it retaining much of its tradition and culture. There is so much to see and do in the Limousin, the real jewel in the crown however is that with a pool and lake set in 2 acres of peaceful countryside you really don't have to go out at all.|
Oradour sur Glane , a martyr village where the Nazi's massacred all 642 inhabitants of the village during WWII frozen in time and preserved as a memory of the barbarity of war, one of the most thought provoking visits you will ever make.
Lake St Pardoux is a must for families and water sports enthusiasts alike, safe open air swimming, manmade beaches, picnic areas, fishing, walking, cycling and all manner of water craft available to hire, and an indoor swimming pool complex if you don't want to swim with the fishes , lots to do or why not just buy an ice cream and sit and enjoy the scenery.
Montrol Senard a real Limousin village offering the chance to witness rural life from the early 20th Century in genuine and authentic buildings ; animators bring the whole experience to life during with a series of planned events during the summer.
Bellac is a particularily photogenic town with the Notre Dame Church taking pride of place in its setting amongst tree top houses, ancient bridges span the river Vincou as it winds around the hillside offering lovely views and riverside walks.
Limoges is the capital of the Limousin , most famous for its porcelain
production you will also find a variety of interesting galleries and
museums, daily markets, shops and restaurants, the Rue de la Boucherie is the most picturesque quarter of the city full of medieval half timbered houses and a delightful walking area.
Park Zoo Reynou, more a park than a zoo and popular with all age groups featuring a 19th Century castle in the grounds and over 130 species of animals there is plenty to explore without having to walk too far.
Confolens and Velo Rail, pretty medieval town situated on the meeting point of the rivers VIenne and Goire and spanned by the fortified Vieux Bridge. Hosts a number of events throughout the summer, including the Bastille Day
fireworks set over the river. And for something different why not try the velo rail where you can cycle specially adapted trolleys along old railway lines, suitable for up to 5 people over various distances.
Futuroscope, suitable for all the family with lots of rides without leaving the ground, the theme park uses multimedia, cinema and audio visual techniques to produce 3d and 4d rides and shows, well worth a visit.
Brive La Gaillarde is a lovely medieval town with buildings of pink
sandstone with blue slate roofs, the Saturday Market is widely hailed as one of the best in France, it benefits as being the meeting point of three very different farming regions offering the finest fruit, meat, nuts and vegetables the region has to offer.
The Limousin-Périgord Tourist Railway Association (CFTLP) maintains and runs, during the holidays, a real steam train. You will be delighted by this unique voyage, accessible only by train in 1950’s carriages, www.trainvapeur.com offers more details.
We had a lovely holiday at Gites Forets.
The Garden was particularly lovely and we spent a large part of our holiday just enjoying that.
If you want to get away from the Rat race this is a great place to do it.
Mark and Lorrayne were very sweet hosts and always friendly warm and helpful.
The children also really enjoyed the Garden. Particularly the pool which it was difficult to get them out of. Also enjoyed the Pétanque, soft archery, Badminton and Fishing in the Gites own little lake.
Lorrayne and I are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us, it was a pleasure to see the gardens and pool come to life with so much laughter as you all enjoyed family time together. It would be lovely to see you all again in the future, the children are a real credit to you both and I haven’t forgotten that I owe them a fish or two and some successful glow worm spotting.
Wishing you all success and happiness in all that you do
Mark and Lorrayne
This was the best relaxing holiday we have had in a long time. Mark and Lorrayne are excellent hosts and can not do enough to ensure you enjoy your stay. Their private lake is brilliant for casual fishermen, women and childten and Mark is on hand to help too. Lovely cosy gite well equipped and extremely comfortable. Lots to do locally for adults and kids if you are more energetic too. Would highly recommend this place and will return again for sure.
Many thanks for your lovely comments, we are both so pleased you all enjoyed your stay with us, it was a real pleasure spending time with the lads around the lake and watching Dad land his big carp, even if we did have to jump into the lake to stop it escaping to get a picture of the fish and proud captor.
And finally thanks for all the cake, in our humble opinion nowhere in Bakewell makes a better tart than you and we fully expect to see you on the next series of the Bake Off.
Thanks for all the laughs and hope to see you all one day soon
Mark and Lorrayne