Holiday cottage in Limousin to let - US004492

Janaillat (15km from Bourganeuf), Creuse, Limousin Reference: US004492 Advertiser since: 7 January 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Bluebell Cottage, Meadow View Gites Self Catering Flexible 4 10 2

About this property

Rural Gîte with Stunning Views & Heated Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

This is a large rural holiday cottage that has been modernised and renovated to keep all its charming original features whilst adding modern touches to provide a relaxing, enjoyable and comfortable family holiday.
The cottage has 4 bedrooms (2 double and 2 twin), with one of the twin rooms being a family room with a double sofabed and can sleep up to 10 people. We can also provide a cot and highchair.
This cottage is one of two but each cottage is entirely private and self-contained, having its own patio terrace area with patio furniture and bbq for al fresco dining. The 2 cottages share the heated in-ground pool and garden area, we have found after running the business for 8 years now that this works extremely well as the children from the 2 cottages make friends and entertain themselves allowing the parents time to relax and unwind, taking time out to read their book or listen to their music without interruption.

There is large private garden that is completely secure for little ones with loads of room for them to run around and have loads of fun with many outdoor toys.

The location of the cottage is ideal for a relaxing family holiday, and it’s only a short drive to the supermarkets, cafes and restaurants. The local boulangerie is a short 5 minute drive away for the daily croissant run. We have plenty of brochures and leaflets in the cottage to inform you about the many attractions in the area, and we are always around for you to ask us our recommendations or directions. The lakes offer lovely beaches and watersports, and there are many picturesque towns and villages with an abundance of history. So whether you want to be relaxing by pool or something more energetic Meadow view can offer it all and is the perfect place for your holiday.

The heated pool is cleaned on a daily basis and the pool terrace area is equipped with rattan sunloungers, settees, chairs and tables. We do also have sun parasols to screen those with sensitive delicate skin. There are wonderful views from the terrace and garden and we can let you know about the many walks or cycle rides along the country lanes and through woodlands. There is a stream just down the lane from the cottage where you can play “pooh sticks” from the bridge or try a spot of fishing.

Wi-fi is free to use in the property. UK Sky tv and French TNT tv is available in the cottage and there is a dvd player & a selection of dvd's.

During peak season (July & August) our changeover/arrival date is Saturday, however we do have some flexibility, please enquire with your chosen dates.



Kitchen and dining

Well equipped kitchen, with pot and pans, crockery, glassware, cutlery and utensils, just about everything you can think of!

Appliances include: Cooker with 4 ring gas hob, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, toaster, coffee-machine and 2 fridges (with freezer compartments). There is access from the kitchen to the rear patio terrace, this is very convenient for eating outside on the terrace.

Separate dining room to seat 8 people, with highchair, and a further small dining table and 4 chairs in the lounge.

Living rooms

The large lounge has 2 comfortable large sofa's, UK Sky TV and French TV, and the original fireplace logburner which is very cosy in the winter months.

There is access from the lounge to the rear patio terrace and view to the pool terrace.


Bedroom 1: Double room.
Bedroom 2: Double room.
Bedroom 3: Twin room/family room (with double sofabed)
Bedroom 4: Twin room

We have 2 cot beds if needed.
All our bedrooms have drawer and hanging storage, and fans.
All bed linen is provided.


There are 2 bathrooms, both with a bath with shower over, toilet and wash basin.

Bath and hand towels are provided, but please bring beach towels for use around the pool or if you visit the lakes.


The property has 2 Log Burners, one in the lounge and one in the dining room, and electric heaters are provided in the colder months.


There is Wi-fi throughout the cottage, there is an I dock for you to play your music. The TV in the lounge has UK & French Freeview and a DVD player.

Outdoors we have a children's playarea with lots of outdoor play equipment and the heated pool.

A selection of board games, books and some indoor toys.

Garden and outside

The property has a heated in-ground pool, that is cleaned and maintained on a daily basis and has a constant temperature of 27°C. The pool is surrounded by a large terrace, with sunloungers, rattan settee seating and parasols, and from here you can look out to the amazing views of the valley of Janaillat.

There is a large lawned secure garden with plenty of space for outdoor games.

There are many quiet rural lanes around the village for walking or cycling.

Parking and garages

There is ample off road parking, room for 4 or more cars.

Visitor suitability

The cottage is very family friendly, and suitable for all ages. Unfortunately it isn't suitable with limited mobility.

Information about any additional facilities

The Creuse area has been awarded one of the best air qualities of France.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Private pool

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Bourganeuf
Distance: 15 km


Distance: 20 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp
Name of nearest fishing location: Lake at Saint Dizier Leyrenne
Distance: 5 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Bourganeuf
Distance: 15 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Janaillat

Mountain biking

Distance: 5 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Circuit Pédestre N°38 Randonnée à Janaillat


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Jane Housley

Bryan & Jane have renovated the property to provide two fully equipped cottages/ gîtes, ideal for all the family. Awarded with 4 stars from the regional tourist office. We are around to give guests information about local attractions and places to visit.

Year property purchased 2010
Why this location? We bought our home in this wonderful rural village of Janaillat, mainly to give our children an amazing advantage. The area is so peaceful and safe, so they have the freedom to roam on their bikes and play out in the village, without us having to keep a watchful eye on them. There is no air or light pollution in this area, so the quality of the air we breath is extremely good, and the night skies are amazing with an abundance of stars!
Unique benefits of property When we decided to embark on this project to renovate our two holiday cottages we did so with the principle that we wouldn’t expect anyone to stay in our accommodation unless we were completely happy to do so ourselves.
Being set of the edge of the rural village of Janaillat, with have the added benefit of the outstanding views over the rolling lush green hillsides, which can be enjoyed whilst relaxing on our sun loungers around the pool terrace. There is an abundance of wildlife, to photograph, paint or simply admire.

The Owner Recommends

Lac de Vassivière - Vassivière Lake

This wonderful lake is so picturesque, with 1000 ha of water, and 47km of shoreline, where you will find 5 lovely beaches (with patrolled swim areas), watersports (canoeing, paddle-boarding, windsurfing) and free taxi-boats, that will transport you from one area of the lake to another.

Labyrinthe Géant Gueret - The World's Largest Permanent Maze

Labyrinth Gueret Giant offers a pleasant time on more than 6 hectares of greenery in the heart of the Monts de Gueret....a maze of activities to do with family or friends ...

Etang de Courtille

Lake Courtille in Gueret, a lovely location for a day out. The lake has a beach & water sports, in the summer months there are inflatables in the lake and lots of activities for all the family.

Les Loups de Chabrières - Wolf Park in Gueret

Located in the heart of the Chabrières forest, a preserved wilderness, where time seems to be suspended and you can see 45 gray, white and black wolves in their natural habitat,

Les Chevaliers

Family friendly French restaurant. Traditional cuisine.

Elevage du Palais - Bison Farm

Take a tour around the Bison farm by Jeep, and visit the farm shop to buy your Buffalo steaks for the BBQ.


The roads are so quiet & smooth, the are ideal for cycling for all capabilities, whether it's long distance or a short trip to the boulangerie.

Restaurant & Bar - Allo Allo

An informal restaurant serving a mixture of French & English food.

Restaurant - Les Remparts

A self service "All you can eat" European cuisine.

Les Pierres Jaumâtres

A fun day for all the family....see the 40 enormous granite stones that are defying gravity!
From the large car park you take a 10 min walk up Mont Barlot at an altitude of 591m, to see the stones that look like they have dropped from the sky, where nature has created a display of stunning boulders of incredible sizes and shapes.

Limousine Park

Iconic site 10km from Limoges on the edge of A20, the Pole of Lanaud, which extends over 33 ha, is the headquarters of the Limousine cattle breed.

The Pole de Lanaud is the seat of most organizations for the Limousin cattle breed, including the Lanaud Qualification Station. The Pole de Lanaud, which was one of the precursors in France in the creation of racial selection programs, has accompanied the exceptional development of the Limousin breed, in France and abroad, with the doubling of the number of Hexagon in 30 years (1,100,000 cows in 2014).

The Pole of Lanaud is remarkable for more than one reason: the site is included in the Registered Site of the Valley of Briance; the architectural ensemble designed by Jean Nouvel has been labeled "Heritage 20th century" by the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

Since its creation, the desire of professionals has been to make it a place of communication and exchange. The opening of the Limousine Park is a great opportunity to highlight this site and the work that is done there.

Vélo-Rail de la Mine

A slightly unusual ride, but fun and a great family activity... The bike-rail borrows the old line of rail that allowed to transport the coal, 10 km round trip between Bosmoreau and Bourganeuf. An original way to discover the landscapes and unique points of view: The Thaurion Valley, a passage in the middle of the forest, unusual animals, the crossing of a viaduct and on arrival at Bourganeuf, an overview of the medieval ensemble .
Price: 25 € for a bike (valid for 4 or 5 passengers maximum, children and babies included) 22 € with the Passport intersites (available from the Tourist Office).

Aplouf: Water Fun Park

Aplouf is the specialist of your crazy family laughs on Lake Vassivière! Located on the beach of Vauveix, you can meet us every day to paddle with family, put your balance to the test, or paddle and have fun on the water games! Canoes, waterballs (big balloons that float on the water: the goal of the game - try to stay up and walk on the water!), Water park. Activities supervised by a BNSSA.
Open in July-August, from 14h to 19h. Prices 2018: Aqualudic Park 7 € / day, Waterballs 5 € / quarter of an hour, Canoe 5 € / hour / pers. preferential rate for the day! For more information call 07 87 84 13 80

Parc d'Arbre en Arbre - Tree Top Park

Escape to the treetops, move from tree to tree (monkey bridge, zip lines, hanging logs, Tarzan liana, surfing, bridges, nets, ...) on original courses secure for all. Surprise yourself! Adrenaline guaranteed! 100 varied games divided into 8 progressive courses. Children's routes: from 4 years old / height 1m20 and 1m50 Junior routes: from 11 years old / height: 1m80 Adult routes: from 16 years old / height: 1m80
Opening: - July and August - every day, from 10h to 19h (closed between 12h30 and 13h). (booking is recommended). Prices: Adults 16 and over 20 €, Juniors 16 €, Children 11 €. Group rates from 10 people.

La Vallée des peintres - The Valley of the Painters

Follow In the footsteps of Impressionist painters
Claude Monet, Francis Picabia, Armand Guillaumin, among others, immortalize the landscapes of the confluence of the two Creuse, the banks of the Sédelle, the old fortress of Crozant , the light, the rocks and the heathers of this Valley, through their impressionist works.

Hundreds of artists set their easels in the heart of this wild and unspoilt nature, on the steep paths of this valley, as continue our contemporary artists, following their footsteps. You can do the same by walking in their footsteps, your notebook of discovery in hand and follow the Path of Painters, a short loop marked with bookmarks honoring the work of Claude Monet.

Château de Villemonteix

A lovingly restored 15th century castle. The castle houses period furniture, woodwork, paintings, porcelain (Sèvres, Berry, Limoges) ... and an exceptional double Pleyel Beatrice Camondo and a rich collection of tapestries of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Aubusson, Felletin, Flanders, Beauvais and Gobelins. Nestled in a preserved green setting, the elegance of this castle is revealed with great emotion to its visitors.

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 SuzeRobinson 3 November, 2018

This cottage was the perfect place for us to house hunt in the region, and a super place for a family holiday. The location is close to all the main towns & villages in the Creuse. We spent a week In Bluebell Cottage, and we can't fault the cottage at all, it was so well equipped, very clean and a cosy house with a "home from home" feel.
The owners Bryan & Jane are very friendly and helpful, and gave just loads of advice about the area and things we need to consider before we move over here.
We ate out in several restaurants in Gueret, and can highly recommend Domespace (for a fantastic steak) and Le Pub (for a plat de jour).
We would definitely recommend the gites to our family and friends as it has all you can wish for in holiday rental.

Owner response

Thank you for your lovely review & comments left in our guest book. We are so pleased you both enjoyed your stay in Bluebell Cottage and we wish you lots of happiness in your new home in France.

10 / 10 Mandy M 4 August, 2016

This beautiful gite was very spacious and well equipped to feel like “home-from-home”. It was spotlessly clean and well-coordinated.

The views from all aspects were amazing and it was so nice to eat outdoors whilst enjoying the fresh country air. The access to the pool area was good as we had small children and they could be watched whist we ate on the terrace. The pool and terrace area was very clean and inviting. They also provided a selection of toys for the children to play with which was much appreciated.

The owners Jane & Bryan were very helpful and friendly, as were their two boys Alex & James. The welcome pack was a really nice touch, and all their help and advice really made our holiday.

The location was good also, as we were not far from the pretty towns of Bourganeuf, Benevent and Gueret. We visited the lakes at Courtille in Gueret and Vassiviere, both had lovely beaches for the kids to play on the sand and paddle in the water.

The village of Janaillat is very quiet and relaxing, and it was so nice to take a relaxing walk or bike ride around the country lanes and on the dirt tracks through the woods.

This is an excellent gite and is ideal for a large family or two families holidaying together. We would definitely recommend this gite to our family and friends and we hope to come again soon.

Owner response

Thank you for your lovely review, it was a pleasure to host you & your family. The children seemed to have so much fun in the pool and in the playhouse & slide in the garden. We hope to see you all again in the near future.