Holiday cottage in Limousin - UH007326

6km from Saint-Mathieu, Haute Vienne, Limousin Reference: UH007326 Advertiser since: 20 November 2019
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La Charnière Chadalais Self Catering Flexible 1 2 1 Travel cot available upon request

About this property

A Private Gite for Two in the Heart of Perigord Vert. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

La Charnière is a beautifully restored one-bedroom cottage offering a secluded retreat for couples or individuals in the heart of the Limousin countryside.

With a beautiful rural location, tasteful decor and furnishings, private garden, private hot tub and outdoor pool, what more could you ask for to escape, unwind and relax in beautiful surroundings?

La Charnière offers guests a luxury retreat with plenty of extras included in our standard rate to make your stay relaxing, indulgent and enjoyable from the moment you arrive.

La Charnière is tastefully and neutrally decorated and furnished giving a cosy and homely feel.



Kitchen and dining

The lower level offers a modern and well-equipped kitchen with fridge-freezer, gas oven, hob and plenty of storage. Basic pantry items are also provided.

Adjacent to the kitchen is a dining area seating up to 4 people. This can also double as a workspace with sockets and USB chargers in close proximity.

The kitchen also leads out to the quirky walled courtyard which offers a nice spot for an evening aperitif.

Living rooms

The lower level also offers a cosy and tastefully decorated lounge with leather sofa and subtle lighting. There is an HD tv with satellite tv (UK and International Channels) and Netflix.


The sleeping accommodation offers a comfortable super king size bed on a spacious mezzanine level with views over the surrounding countryside.

High quality, sumptuous linens and furnishings are included, with a goose down duvet, a selection of pillows and crisp fresh bedding.

There is also a second sleeping option for non-couples as the lounge sofa also converts into a comfortable sofabed.


The bathroom is unique. Being converted from the cottages old bread oven it offers a round bathroom with walk-in Italian style rainfall shower, sink and toilet. There is underfloor heating so its nice and warm year round.

All towels are provided during your stay.


La Charnière is well insulated not only offering peace and quiet, but also ensuring the temperature is suitable year-round.

For those cooler autumn and winter nights there is underfloor heating on the lower level, with the added option of a woodburner too.

All heating, logs etc are included in the nightly rate.


The property has an HD tv with Freeview and Netflix, a Roberts DAB Digital/ FM radio and Bluetooth speaker, USB charging points and wi-fi.

Garden and outside

La Charnière has its own private outside spaces; a small and private walled courtyard to the front offering direct access from the kitchen- ideal for an evening aperitif- and also a larger enclosed garden area to the rear with a private Jacuzzi, dining terrace and lawned area for your exclusive use. There is also seasonal access to our heated outdoor pool.

Parking and garages

There is secure of road parking provided.

Visitor suitability

Whether you want to relax and bronze yourself in the summer months with aperitifs in the garden, have a base to explore or house-hunt in the Perigord any time of the year, or cosy up under blankets in front of a crackling log burner in the winter months, La Charnière is a perfect choice.

Unfortunately, due to the layout and style of the property, it does offer limited access for disabled visitors or those with mobility issues (namely a narrow staircase to the mezzanine bedroom and steps between the lower level, plus steps to access the property)

Please note that La Charnière is designed as a property for adults and thus there are no facilities provided for children. We, therefore, accept adults only with the exception of babies under the age of two. A cot and highchair can be provided upon request.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Couples only

  • Shared pool



Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: L'étang des Gannes- Maisonnais sur Tardoire
Distance: 3 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: International Golf de la Préze- Rouzède
Distance: 10 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Domaine des Limousines- Ecuras
Distance: 10 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Multiple circuits in the area- Maps provided

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Cheryl Johns

We purchased our property in 2013, and moved to France permanently in 2016, fully embracing the French way of life. We live here in the main house with our two sons, two dogs, four cats, chickens and a duck! <br/><br/>We love this area of France and all it has to offer. We enjoy exploring the area on and off-road, and especially eating out trying the fantastic local food. We are often at the house but leave our guests to their own privacy. We are, of course, available to guests if needed.<br/>

Year property purchased 2013
Why this location? We love this area of France, for the weather, the scenery, the wildlife and the lifestyle and know our guests will too.

La Charnière, is a former worker's cottage and pigsties that were derelict and encompassed by trees when we purchased the house. It has been sympathetically and tastefully restored to offer a luxury hideaway.

It is situated rurally but nothing is too far away, there are plenty of places to explore within a short drive, and we provide our guests with lots of local information in their welcome pack.
The Périgord is a sought after location year-round and having visited and been living here for the past 8 years we know why! For this, the gite has been designed to be a welcoming and cosy space whatever the weather, whatever the season.

We are open year-round, with no set check-in or check-out days allowing you to be flexible!
Unique benefits of property We want the stay to be about you, you are not tied to inconvenient check in times and expensive times to travel. We have no set check in or check out days, no peak rates and flexible check in and check out times. Aside from unpacking, everything will be ready for you when you arrive!

With a wealth of travel and gastronomic experience, as well as good knowledge of the local area, we know we can offer our guests a luxurious stay in La Charnière, with quality and tasteful decor and furnishings, as well as being able to provide excellent recommendations as to things to do, places to explore and dining out.

We are happy to act as your concierge during your stay and help in any way we can to ensure you have a relaxing, stress-free and enjoyable stay!

The Owner Recommends

Land of the Lakes

Lac de Saint Estephe is a wonderful venue whether for a circuit walk of the lake, an afternoon at the beach, or lunch at one of the lakeside restaurants. As well as this there is kayaking and lake swimming over the summer months. A short walk from the lake is Roc Branlant, a unique rock formation offering a scenic circular walk.

For those looking for more beach fun during the hot summer, we are also close to the lakes of Saint Mathieu, Plan d’Eau Videix, Saint Saud Lacoussiere, Espace Hermaline, Lac de Saint Pardoux and plan d’Eau Grand Prairie which is home to Jump 16– a fun inflatable course on the lake. All of these venues offer beaches, lakeside bars or restaurants and various watersports including pedaloes, kayaking and paddleboarding.

Information is given on local lakes in our Guest Information, as well as having to hand the useful beach pack we provide guests with some useful items for a day at the beach!

For those Seeking some Sporting Activity

For those looking for a bit more activity during their break, there are several venues within a short distance offering bowling, swimming, climbing, karting, horse riding, fishing and parcours.

We are just 10 minutes away from International Golf de la Prèze with an 18-hole pitch and putt, and an 18-hole Champions course. Just up the road in Maisonnais is also the base of Les Ballons des Périgord-Limousin where its possible to head off on an aerial adventure to see the area from above.

Information on activities is provided in our Guest Information, and we are able to assist with reservations for activities if required.

Michelin Starred Dining

Being a country, and a region, world-famous for its cuisine, it is no doubt that we have a host of fantastic restaurants on our doorstep.

Just 10 minutes up the road is Restaurant Dyades, a one Michelin starred restaurant serving traditional cuisine and a fantastic wine selection in a beautiful location overlooking the resort Domaine des Etangs. We also have other Michelin starred restaurants in the vicinity such as Moulin d’Abbaye and Moulin de Roc in Brantome, Chapelle Saint-Martin in Limoges and several others in the surrounding area.

Other notable restaurants for their location and quality of food include Chez Steph in La Rochefoucauld, La Moulin de Grand Etang in Saint Estéphe, La Moulin de la Tardoire in Montbron, La Grange aux Oies in Nieuil, Le Vieux Moulin in Chabanais, Le Terminus in Angouleme, and Domaine du Chatelard in Dirac.

There are also plentiful traditional restaurants, auberges, cafes and bars in most towns and villages offering a range of food and drinks. You’ll find most are in scenic locations and many offer the ‘plat du jour’ or ‘menu de jour’ offering well priced and tasty traditional fare.

We are more than happy to provide details and recommendations for restaurants and food events during your stay.

Eat Local

Local Producers Markets are held across the summer months in most of the larger villages and towns. These nights are the opportunity to have local produce purchased, prepared and consumed on-site, often with the accompaniment of live music. Our most local two are in Saint Mathieu and Champnier-Reilhac which are held on alternate Tuesday nights across the summer.

There are also many local producers that offer visits and guides of their processes such as honey, foie gras, breweries and vineyards. We are also, of course, close to Cognac country where the large cognac houses and vineyards offer tasting and tours throughout the year, as well as bountiful wine producers in Bordeaux and Saint Emilion offering tastings and tors, easily accessible for a day trip.

As well as this, you can pick up fresh produce at local markets and food festivals all thought the year including fresh seafood, local meat, fresh fruit and vegetables. There are also numerous food festivals over the course of the year including those for Oysters, Mussels, Veal, Cepes, Bread, Wine, Pumpkins, and more as well as the regular evening producer’s markets giving you the opportunity to buy and consume directly from the producers.

We are more than happy to provide details and recommendations for restaurants and food events during your stay.

Exploring the History

There are a huge amount of historical buildings, monuments and sites of interest in the local area such the Tour de Piégut, an interesting remnant of the Richard the Lionheart era which also holds an important place in the history of this region. The route of Richard the Lionheart is well marked in this area.

Cassiniomagus presents outstanding Gallo-Roman remains in a landscape of 15 hectares, you will discover including the best preserved and most monumental baths in France. It is a vast archaeological park to be experienced with guided tours of the thermal baths’, an information centre and gardens to explore.

Les Salles Lavauguyon is home to frescos in its abbey that date back to the 15th century. A short walk from the church and priory is the remains of Chateau Lavauguyon which is in the process of restoration.

The contemporary art museum in the stunning 15th Century Chateau Rochechouart offers visitors the opportunity to appreciate the art, and at the same time explore the chateau itself, including rare examples of 16th-century frescoes, its renaissance-style courtyard and gardens overlooking the valley. The chateau is also close to the pleasant town of Rochechouart, which is the epicentre of the meteorite zone, with its interesting meteorite trail and also the beautiful Plan d’Eau Boischenu.

The medieval fortress of Châlucet near Chalus is one of the major heritage sites of the Limousin, we are also a short drive from many other châteaux including Château de la Rochefoucauld, Château de Brie, Le Château de Châlus-Chabrol, Chateau Les Cars and Chateau de Montbrun

Lots of information on the local places of interest are porvided in our Guest Information.

Exploring by Foot or Wheels

Hiking (randonées) are a national past time in Frace. With a general right to roam, heading out for a stroll is a perfect way to see the sights and nature the Limousin has to offer.

There are plenty of ‘Randonée’ routes in the local area of varying lengths and duration giving you the opportunity to explore the Limousin countryside on pre-planned on and off-road routes. Maps can be provided.

Terraventura is an increasingly popular pastime in the area. This is orienteering online as it were, similar to geo-caching in the UK gives a way to explore the local area whilst on the hunt for treasure!

For those who'd prefer to travel on two wheels, cycle hire can be arranged.

Dipping into City Life

We are right in the centre of two French cities, Angouleme- capital of the Charnte-, and Limoges - Capital of the Limousin.

Limoges is the capital of the Limousin and famed worldwide for its porcelain production. The city centre itself has many interesting places to visit such as the Cathedral Saint-Etienne, Saint-Aurélien chapel in the heart of the historic Butchers Quarter, and a selection of museums. As well as shops, bars and restaurants, Limoges is home to its own Opera House with performances throughout the year.

Angouleme is known for its annual cartoon festival and the city links with this art form. Whether visiting to spot the many murals adornings the city walls, to visit the covered market, visit the cathedral or to walk the ramparts, Angouleme is an interesting day out. There is also a selection of museums that can be visited, as well as a huge number of bars and cafes and a good spot for shopping too!

We are also not too far away from Bordeaux (2.5 hours) or Perigueux (1.5 hours) both of which have plenty to offer if you fancy a day trip further afield.

A Local Celebration

France is renowned for its Brocantes and Vide-Greniers where you can buy anything from local produce to antiques. These are often combined with other seasonal fetes celebrating local cuisines or traditions and are held locally in various locations almost every week.

In towns and villages close to us, there are fetes for all manner of things throughout the year and celebrations of many local foods: oysters, cepes, veal, mussels, chestnuts, pork, apples... the list is fairly endless!

There are also regular music festivals, flower festivals and cultural events giving a slice of traditional French culture and living.

There are events held almost every weekend and details of those local will be provided to guests in their Guest Information.