|La Grange||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||2||One extra child in a cot.|
A spacious gîte in a stunning barn conversion, in a tranquil, rural setting.
The warm honey coloured stone and blue grey slate roof of 'La Grange' welcomes you as you arrive along the tiny ‘no through’ lane leading to our hamlet. The gîte nestles in one end of the barn, affording beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.
As you enter the gîte, the impression of light and space is breath taking. The vaulted, double height ceiling, with the original oak ‘A’ frame and beams, soars high above the open plan living space. The three windows flood the room with light, giving views across the fields and woods. A mezzanine constructed from locally sourced green oak creates two bedrooms and to bathrooms. One bedroom and shower room is under the mezzanine and the other bedroom and shower room on top of the mezzanine, under the eaves.
The windows on the south side look out over our fields, and up across to the Massif des Monédières (the ‘mountains of light’). You can see the hang gliders launching from the highest point, Puy de Monédières on hot summer evenings. On the west gable a bi-fold door opens directly onto the large terrace, drawing you to views towards our woods and in the evening towards the setting sun. On the north side there is a huge three metre glass window with the integrated front door, with more views of fields and woods across the lane.
The exterior of the barn has been newly pointed and retains all the original character of this typically Corrézien barn. With its beautiful hand-shaped granite corner coin stones, arched doorways and miniature windows it is incredible to think all this was all originally built for cows! The slate roof is complemented by grey guttering and grey window frames which maintains a neutral palette to highlight the beautiful stonework.
The barn is on two floors; we live downstairs, where the cows were. Although we are in effect ‘next door’, the barn and its grounds are so huge you will hardly ever see us. The barn sits facing south at the edge of the garden, (an aspirational term as it’s actually just a three acre field at the moment), which leads on to a further twenty five acres of secluded woodland and pasture. The chickens range free here and the ‘potager’ and poly tunnel are on the far side of the field. The fields and woods are bordered by a track, the ‘chemin’ that leads down to the lake - Lac des Barriousses.
You are very welcome to stroll around the field and into the woods. Marked paths meander in the shade.
Situated in the undiscovered region of Corrèze, on the western edge of the Massif Central we are surrounded by the rivers, lakes and forests of the ‘Parc naturel régional de Millevaches en Limousin’. Traversed by a huge network of pathways the moorlands, meadows, woodlands and rivers remain totally unspoilt. It offers a tranquil retreat and a haven for wildlife.
Available for self catering all year round.
The glass front door opens into the spacious open plan, triple aspect living room with vaulted cathedral ceiling. Stairs lead up to a mezzanine.
There is a new fitted kitchen and spacious dining area. The kitchen has all modern appliances including a SMEG electric oven and gas hob with extractor hood, an American-style refrigerator with large fridge and freezing sections which provide cold water and ice cubes on request, an integrated dishwasher and washing machine and a Nespresso coffee-machine which works with all ‘Nespresso’ or compatible pods. Ample cupboards and a huge oak dresser hold a range of good quality kitchen equipment and white Limoges porcelain.
The enormous monastery style oak table separates the kitchen from the living area. Oak chairs ensure there is plenty of room should you choose to eat inside.
A highchair can be provided on request.
With the kitchen and dining area on one side, the rest of the room is taken up with a huge, gloriously comfortable, squashy sofa seating four and two large comfy armchairs.
There is a tv with English ‘Freesat’, a dvd player with a selection of dvd's and a music tower with iPhone docking / Bluetooth. English sockets are available for charging phones and cameras etc. A bookcase holds a selection of books and maps and guides.
Views are to the south and west through the bi-fold doors leading to the terrace and beyond to the setting sun.
Open metal and oak stairs lead to the mezzanine level.
There are two bedrooms, one leading from the living area under the mezzanine and one up on the mezzanine level accessed via the stairs.
Each room is simply furnished, showing off the original features. In each room there is a double and a single bed, with bedside tables and lamps. All beds have high quality English mattresses.
If the room is not required as a twin room the single bed is made up as a sofa – an ideal place to lie and read! The beds are fully made up with quality duvets, pillows and linen. Additional blankets are available in cooler months.
There is ample storage including hanging space and plenty of sockets. A hairdryer is provided in each room
A travelcot can be provided on request.
There are two shower rooms, one opposite the bedroom and one en-suite up on the mezzanine. Each has a Hansgrohe shower with glass screen, toilet and hand basin. A heated towel rail ensures warm fluffy towels!
Quality towels and shower mats are provided.
The toilet up on the mezzanine level is cleverly fitted under the eaves.
The whole barn has under-floor heating powered by our huge wood boiler. For any unexpected cooler days and in the months either side of summer the under-floor heating will be on and everywhere will be toasty and warm.
The barn is well insulated by its half-metre thick granite walls. The latest technical insulating materials in the roof keep it warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s hot!
There is a tv with English ‘Freesat’ box. There is a dvd player with a selection of dvd’s and a sound system with iPhone docking/Bluetooth.
There is free wi-fi. We have very limited ‘bandwidth’ here, and you will find the wi-fi has the same pace of life as everything in France. It is simply not possible to download or upload anything such as films or youtube.
There is a relatively reliable 3G signal here.
The large paved terrace is accessed from inside through the bi-fold doors or from outside. There are ample deck chairs, wooden chairs and a table on the terrace and a parasol for shade. A washing line, clothes airer and pegs are available in the garden.
You are more than welcome to use the field, either to stroll around or to sit under any of the huge trees, which offer ample shade at the height of the day. Marked paths lead round the woods and you are welcome to wander through them. There are both Douglas Fir which is grown as a crop, and ancient mixed deciduous woodland; oak, hazel, chestnut and beech. The clean air ensures a huge variety of mosses and lichens and wild flowers. In summer and autumn we forage for mushrooms and we have several edible species.
There is a ‘chemin’ or track, which leads from our hamlet, past the woods and down to the lake – Lac des Barriousses.
There is off road parking for 2 large cars. The lane is ‘no through’ and just goes to us and down beyond to the other two houses that make up our tiny hamlet of ‘La Manigne’.
There is hardly ever any traffic; the post lady comes some days and every morning our farmer neighbour arrives to check his cows in the fields across the lane. Other than that....nothing apart from an occasional mountain biker!
La Grange is suitable for both families and adult groups. For families with young children a stairgate can be fitted and a travelcot and highchair can be provided on request.
As there is a shower room and bedroom on the same level as the main living space, this would be suitable for persons with limited mobility. There is level access from the road. However due to the challenges of converting a barn, there is a shallow step down to the terrace.
Please do contact us if you wish to ask more about this. We are happy to help if we can.
We are very sorry but we do not accept dogs.
We have a strict no smoking policy inside and outside and anywhere on our premises.
This stunning undulating landscape, with warm lakes, miles of empty roads and paths is perfect for hiking, swimming, road cycling, mountain biking and running. This outdoor life is what attracted us to the ‘haute Corrèze’ and there are numerous other organised outdoor activities available, from horse riding to hang gliding!
The other part of our business here at La Grange is 'Millevaches Triathlon Holidays'. We offer holidays which cater for individuals, families or small groups of any ability, providing bespoke guided and supported swimming, and or cycling and or running. If you are interested there is further information on our website.
We are able to provide guided or supported sessions for swimming or cycling to self-catering guests on a half or whole days basis should you be interested.
We live at the other end of the barn and are of course available if you need any help or information.
We moved to France in 2014. Before that we lived in Somerset in the Exmoor National Park. Anna was a headteacher in a primary school and Andrew was a landscape gardener. We had a smallholding and bred pedigree Hereford cattle. Andrew is a keen triathlete and we love to swim in the lakes and run and cycle on the empty roads and tracks. We love the landscape, the emptiness and the peace.
|Year property purchased||2012|
|Why this location?||Situated in the undiscovered region of Corrèze on the western edge of the Massif Central, we are surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the ‘Parc Naturel Régional de Millevaches en Limousin’.
Traversed by a huge network of pathways, the moorlands, woods, lakes and rivers remain unspoilt. Empty, narrow, winding roads meander between the scattered farms and hamlets. Small villages built of local granite and roofed in blue-grey slate nestle amongst the rolling hills.
The air quality is the best in France. The wildlife is amazing – no chemicals guarantee a wide biodiversity. There is no light pollution; no built up areas ensure dark skies and incredible starry nights.
This stunning undulating landscape, with warm lakes, miles of empty roads and paths is perfect for a relaxing or active holiday.
Our newly converted granite barn is set in 25 acres of our own pasture and secluded woodlands and offers a tranquil retreat and/or a base to enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities.
|Unique benefits of property||The gîte is spacious, beautifully furnished and well-appointed. Home from home, the furniture, fixtures and fittings have been carefully chosen to enhance its charm and ambience. The terrace, with its western aspect and far reaching views is perfect for enjoying a drink, whilst watching the sun go down.
Although we are in a very rural setting we are only 12 minutes by car from the pretty medieval village of Treignac. Perfect for a coffee in the square, there are shops, restaurants, the Tourist Information Office, a supermarket (with fuel) and beautiful ancient buildings.
All the renovations have been carried out sympathetically, retaining the barn's incredible character, using the highest possible quality finishes. We are environmentally friendly; solar panels and a huge wood boiler power the heating and hot water. The delicious un-chlorinated water comes straight from the village spring in St Hilaire.
There are countless paths and trails, and many well-marked routes. Whilst there is no ‘open access’ here, in truth there are enough well signed paths for a lifetime! The undulating terrain and the ever-changing landscape offers interest and unexpected panoramas.
While you are here you are welcome to borrow our maps and guides.
Whether you like road cycling, mountain biking or cyclocross there are empty roads and tracks everywhere. The roads are peaceful, and the undulating roads offer beautiful views. When you do come across a car you will find that french drivers are much more respectful of cyclists and are more likely to shout an encouraging “allez allez allez”!
Most of the paths for walking are good for off-road cycling. There are some dedicated downhill mountain bike trails. Bike hire available via ‘Station Sports Vézère’ in Treignac, and electric bike hire is available in Treignac Main Square.
Bike hire also available from BikeHireDirect Contact Joanne & David by phone on 0033 (0)6 23 69 69 35 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org They deliver and collect their bikes to us.
If you like to run, then the trails and paths are endless and empty.
We have maps and guides and can show you the best trails.
Swimming is free and permitted in the 30 plus lakes in Corrèze. Warm in the summer, they are large enough to offer longer distance open water swimming.
The main tourist ‘beaches’ have a lifeguard on duty. There are supervised swimming areas for toddlers and larger areas for the more confident. Usually there is a pontoon for jumping in! At Lac de Bariousses ( five minutes by car from us) there is a giant inflatable Aqua park. See the website... http://www.sportsnature-correze.fr/treign-aqua-park
If you are prepared to walk a little, you can have your own private little beach and not see a soul!
On our website there is lots of information on the 3 lakes we use regularly. You can swim freely in all the lakes as well as where there is supervised bathing.
Fishing is popular on all the lakes and on the River Vézère and Vienne. You must have a licence, which is available locally in Treignac or you can buy it online.
Early man and the Romans loved it here too!
We recommend you visit the Roman remains at 'Les Cars' on the Millevaches Plateau. The granite tank the Romans used to heat water in, is unbelievable!
Situated near Saint-Merd-les-Oussines, these ruins date from the 2C and 3C. The Gallo-Roman site comprises a funerary complex and a dwelling some 300m apart. Unaccompanied visits are free.
Lots of other Museums locally....
We have guides and maps you are welcome to borrow.
Visit the beautiful medieval village of Treignac.
Tourist Information in the main square are very helpful. Three cafes, boulangeries, a chocolate shop and lots of interesting architecture...check out the church with a spiral spire!
Enjoy a coffee in the main square and then follow round Treignac using the 'village trail' map available from the Tourist Information. On the edge of Treignac is an Intermarche supermarket. There is fuel available here and a cash point. There is a market here on Friday evenings in the summer.
Treignac has been designated a 'Little site of Character'. Take a look at the website....
Another website with lovely pictures of Treignac and further information ....
Pleasantly located on the Vienne River, the medieval town of Eymoutiers is a lovely place for a stroll, with its beautiful church combining the Romanesque and Gothic styles, its old houses and its charming banks. Street markets are on Thursdays and Saturdays. The high street has a range of shops and cafe's. There is also the most amazing Brocante/'second hand' shop ever. Called 'La Monde Allant Vers' ( the world is getting nearer) it encourages reuse and up-cycling ! Vintage fans will be enthralled! Best buy there so far.... a set of vintage expresso cups and saucers.
Les plus beaux villages de France...visit their website and then visit some truly beautiful villages.
We recommend Collognes La Rouge, the red sandstone streets are so pretty...
Brocante, Vide Greniers (car boot sales) and ‘Trocs’ are full of old French curios, and often the most truly enormous furniture! There are several permanent shops locally and a 'car boot' almost every weekend.
For locations here is the link..... https://vide-greniers.org/19-Correze
Of course a holiday in France would not be complete without visiting a street market. There is a market in Treignac on Friday evenings and in Eymoutiers on Thursdays and Saturdays.
We keep an updated list of local markets available for guests.
A useful link... http://www.marches-producteurs.com
We think you will love the waterfalls at Gimel. The village of Gimel stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the magnificent Gorges de la Montane. Here, the three waterfalls stand at a height of between 38 and 60 metres.After rainfall they are magnificent! A footpath leads alongside the river, allowing visitors to appreciate the force of the water at very close proximity.
Whilst this area is not Burgundy or Bordeaux there is a long tradition of wine making in the Brive basin, going back to the Roman times. You can tour the vineyard by appointment or visit the shop anytime. Both the red and the white produced here are amongst our favourites. It is not available in the supermarkets but we keep a small stock if you are interested.
Choose a clear day and visit Mont Bessou on the D36 to Maymac. Well signposted, it is the
highest point of the Limousin. Situated at an altitude of 1,000m, there is an amazing viewing tower. Climb up to the same height as the tree tops and see the jaw dropping panoramic views of the mountains of the Cantal and Auvergn.
Andrew & Anna were fantastic hosts & we were thoroughly looked after. La Grange is stunning & so much bigger & more beautiful than the pictures show, so light & spacious. We have never stayed anywhere with such attention to detail everything has been thought of. The terrace & garden, again much bigger than we expected, was wonderful & we enjoyed lots of meals outside & watching the sun set. Our boys (11 & 13) loved the space & freedom they especially enjoyed building dens in the wood. It's the perfect place for peace & quiet yet only a short drive on lovely quiet roads to the pretty town or supermarket & the surroundings are magical & beautifully French.
The cycling was fantastic the roads were quiet & safe and the scenery breath taking, I had been unsure about swimming in the lakes but loved it as did the rest of the family, the water was warm & clean, I will really miss that now. We did a number of days with Anna & Andrew on the bikes & at the lake. Andrew was a wonderful guide & thanks to their organisation we got to do & see so much more than if we'd done our own thing. You are spoilt for choice for where to swim & we spent a day at the lake beach which had loads of fun activities for our boys. Also should mention the added extras of the English TV channels and loads of DVD's which come in handy for the children. We would highly recommend La Grange & already planning our next visit. Thank you both for a fantastic holiday!
Thank you very much for your lovely comments; we are so happy you had a great time. We loved sharing this beautiful place with you. We really enjoyed the BBQ and swim at Lac Vassiviere with you all. We wish Martin and the boys continued success with their triathlon training over the coming season. Thank you for being such appreciative guests and we hope to see you again!
After three weeks rushing round exciting but noisy cities, we needed a few days with peace, quiet and a lovely place to relax before heading home. La Grange provided it all, and it felt like a much longer stay. The owners have thought of everything to make their guests welcome and have equipped the gite with really high quality fittings and furniture. We loved the views out of the bedroom window and our beautiful bathroom. The main living area was stunning! We were fortunate with the weather and were able to make the most of the local trails and woodland. The whole gite was very clean and comfortable and we felt at home immediately. We would recommend La Grange to other families who want a quiet holiday break in beautiful countryside, and wish we could have stayed longer.
We are very happy that you enjoyed the peace and tranquility at La Grange....please do come back again!