Charming holiday gite for 4 in Limousin - UH006904

Blond (10km from Bellac), Haute Vienne, Limousin Reference: UH006904 Advertiser since: 1 February 2019
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About this property

Character And Charm In A Perfect Location. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

This 19th century village house of character and charm is situated on the church square in the centre of the small and picturesque village of Blond, capital of the Mont de Blond, Haute Vienne, Limousin. Although the property built in the late 1800’s has been altered over the years, it has been carefully restored, wherever possible retaining and exposing the original features in the property. Originally the gîte consisted of a small house of very modest proportions with a small attached barn. At sometime post WW2 the barn became part of the living accommodation, which doubled the total area. It now offers character in the 21st century, with beamed ceilings, some small doorways and original doors, an oak staircase and large granite fireplace fitted with a wood burning stove.

Make the most of the wonderful scenic or woodland walks available just a few minutes outside of the village, soak up the wildlife around you or enjoy star gazing at night. Blond is a hive of activity in the summer months with many town and city dwellers escaping to here to benefit from the fresh air and beautiful surroundings on offer.

Blond is a pretty medieval village, which even in this modern world offers many services, such as a boulangerie/épicerie, French bar and restaurant “Chez Boulette” and Italian restaurant “La Grange”, a post office, a woollen crafts shop, a brocante, an organic green grocery and a hair dressing salon. Dates for your diary are the annual ‘Foire aux Chapons’ Christmas capon fair, which takes place on the second Sunday of December and the annual ‘Foire à l’ail et au melon’ Summer melon and garlic fair, which takes place on the second Sunday of August. Also we have the ‘Fête Aérienne’ an air festival, taking place on the last weekend of July nearby at Libardie. Twice a year a brocante sale takes place on the Champ de Foire in Blond. Oradour Sur Glane, memorial village, is just 15 mins drive. We have other events in and around Blond, please ask for current information.
Just a 10 minute drive will lead you to Bellac, the nearest town, with all you need for your stay, having shops, bars, restaurants and supermarkets etc and an open air swimming pool in summer months. A pleasant 20 minute drive will take you to the town of St. Junien, with its beautiful and historic buildings, restaurants and wonderful shops, swimming pool (indoor and outdoor in summer months). We have put together an extensive information file which provides information on the cottage along with details of all local amenities and activities available.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Well equipped kitchen with fridge with small ice compartment, dishwasher, electric cooker with oven and four rings, extraction hood, microwave, toaster, coffee machine and kettle.

Dining room is a hop skip and a jump away, dining table with four chairs.

Living rooms

Comfortable living area with sofa for two and two armchairs, tv (French) and dvd player, radio, magazines and tourist information.

Bedrooms

Main bedroom has a standard double bed with bedside tables, freestanding mirror, chairs and window seat overlooking the church. Attached to this bedroom is a dressing room with wardrobe, chest of drawers and dressing table. Hairdryer provided.

Second bedroom has two single beds, build in wardrobe, chest of drawers, dressing table, valet and chair. Velux window with view of church and small rear window. Hairdryer provided.

Bathrooms

Bathroom on groundfloor with bath, seperate shower cubicle, wash hand basin, towel radiator.

Toilet with wash hand basin next to bathroom.

Heating

Electric panel heaters and heated towel rail.

Garden and outside

No garden with this property however there is a small terrace at the front of the house, where it is possible to sit and enjoy the sunshine and passing village life. There is a small table with chairs available to use.

Parking and garages

Private off road parking for two vehicles at the front of the property.

Visitor suitability

Not suitable for those who cannot manage stairs.

Information about any additional facilities

This property does not accept animals.
This property is non smoking.
There is no internet at this property.

Facilities

  • No smoking

  • Linen

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Hervé Ritter
Distance: 10 km

Cycling

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Mortemart
Distance: 5 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Monts de Blond
Distance: 3 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 1 km

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Monts de Blond

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Elaine Bastian

Having been attracted to the area of the Monts de Blond in 2005, we came to live here permanently in 2008. We are fully integrated into the community and I am a local councillor here in Blond. Blond is a friendly village made up of the year round residents, whose numbers are swollen during the Spring and Summer by the numerous second home owners. Blond is the capital of the Monts de Blond, designated area of outstanding natural beauty. Blond sits proudly at the heart of the commune of Blond.

Year property purchased 2015
Why this location? Blond is a pretty village full of history which even in this modern world offers many services, such as a boulangerie/épicerie, French bar and restaurant “Chez Boulette” and Italian restaurant “La Grange”, a post office, a woollen crafts shop, a brocante, an organic green grocery and a hair dressing salon. Dates for your diary are the annual ‘Foire aux Chapons’ Christmas capon fair, which takes place on the second Sunday of December AND the annual ‘Foire à l’ail et au melon’ Summer melon and garlic fair, which takes place on the second Sunday of August. Also we have the ‘Fête Aérienne’ an air festival, taking place on the last weekend of July nearby at Libardie. Twice a year a brocante sale takes place on the Champ de Foire in Blond. Oradour Sur Glane, memorial village, is just 15 mins drive. We have other events in and around Blond, please ask for current information.
Unique benefits of property This 19th century village house of character and charm is situated on the church square in the centre of the small and picturesque village of Blond, capital of the Mont de Blond, Haute Vienne, Limousin. Although the property built in the late 1800’s has been altered over the years, it has been carefully restored, wherever possible retaining and exposing the original features in the property. Originally the gîte consisted of a small house of very modest proportions with a small attached barn. At sometime post WW2 the barn became part of the living accommodation, which doubled the total area. It now offers character in the 21st century, with beamed ceilings, some small doorways and original doors, an oak staircase and large granite fireplace fitted with a wood burning stove. Well equipped kitchen, dining room and comfy lounge with tv and dvd and comfortable and welcoming bedrooms.

The Owner Recommends

Mortemart

One of the 'plus beaux villages de France' - one of France's most beautiful villages! The only plus beau village situated in the department of the Haute Vienne, so it is very popular. Here you can park in one of several small designated parking areas. Wander into the centre of the village to discover the beautifully ornate church St Hilaire (14c) with handpainted frescos, the ancient covered market hall, the Château de Ducs (15c) owned by the current Duc de Mortemart, the two remaining of three original monasteries the Couvent des Carmes (17c) and the Couvent des Augustins (18c). There is a tourist information office in this village and also two restaurants.

Montrol Sénard

A quaint little typically Limousine village, showing how traditional life in the Limousin was in yesteryear. There is a 'living village exhibition' that is usually open between April and October, staffed by volunteers. This is free of charge, donations are welcome towards the flower displays and general upkeep of the village. You are able to visit the small church, former school, and many typical premises in everyday 19/20c life, bakers, cobblers, blacksmith, potagers etc. There are two restaurants in this village and designated parking areas that are free of charge. All in all a charming place to spend your time.

Oradour Sur Glane "village des martyrs"

Tragically the original village of OSG was attacked and destroyed on June 10th 1944, resulting in the death of 642 of its people, men women and children alike, were massacred and their homes and businesses razed to the ground by Nazi troops of the 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich, a Waffen-SS unit of the military forces of occupying Nazi Germany. The new village was built nearby by order of the then French president Charles de Gaulle, with the remains of the original village becoming a permanent memorial to the victims. Visitors can now visit the Centre de la Memoire d'Oradour museum and visitor centre.