Holiday gite for 2 in Limousin - US005796

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5km from La Souterraine, Creuse, Limousin Reference: US005796 Advertiser since: 26 October 2017
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Gite Bonhomme Self Catering Flexible 1 2 1 Can sleep additional 2 on sofa bed

About this property

Delightful Rural Character Cottage with Woodburner. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Rural retreat close to medieval market town

Sympathetically restored stone cottage, full of character. Countryside location only 5 minutes from medieval market town.

This area, known as the Lake District of France, is a nature lover's paradise. The Limousin is full of stunning scenery and offers thousands of kilometres of beautiful walks, cycle rides and horse-riding. Maps and routes of varying levels of difficulty and bicycles are available for use free of charge. Watersports and fishing are also popular activities. When you're not enjoying the outdoors, there are Chateaux to explore, antiques fairs to browse and of course, regional cuisine to be sampled.

On your return to Gîte Bonhomme, the cottage welcomes you with a beautiful vintage woodburner for the cooler months and its thick stone walls keep you comfortable in the summer.

The double height living/dining room contains a large corner sofa, which converts to a comfortable bed for 2 and is well-equipped with tv and bluetooth music speaker. Wi-fi is available throughout.

The living room leads onto the fully equipped kitchen, where there is additional dining space. From the kitchen, there is a small terrace with barbecue facilities. Also from the kitchen is a modern bathroom.

The bedroom can be configured as either a king sized bed or twin beds and is accessed via a spiral staircase (possibly not suitable for the very elderly or infirm).

Gîte Bonhomme is adjacent to a farm and Chambres d'Hotes and visitors to Gîte Bonhomme are welcome to use all facilities, including gamesroom with pool table and table tennis, secure covered parking for 2-wheeled vehicles, drying facilities, large front garden area with field views and use of bicycles, free of charge. Other facilities available for a surcharge include laundry, off-road motorcycle hire, airport transfers and evening meals.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The living room leads onto the fully equipped kitchen, where there is additional dining space.

Living rooms

The double height living/dining room contains a large corner sofa, which converts to a comfortable bed for 2 and is well-equipped with tv and bluetooth music speaker. Wi-fi is available throughout.

Bedrooms

The bedroom can be configured as either a king sized bed or twin beds and is accessed via a spiral staircase (possibly not suitable for the very elderly or infirm).

Bathrooms

Also from the kitchen is a modern bathroom with large shower.

Heating

The cottage welcomes you with a beautiful vintage woodburner for the cooler months and its thick stone walls keep you comfortable in the summer.

Entertainment

The gamesroom, with pool table and table tennis is one of the facilities of the Chambres d'Hotes which are available to guests free of charge.

Garden and outside

From the kitchen, there is a small terrace with barbecue facilities.

Parking and garages

There is free onsite parking available.

Visitor suitability

Not suitable for the very elderly or infirm due to the spiral staircase.

Information about any additional facilities

Gîte Bonhomme is adjacent to a farm and Chambres d'Hotes and visitors to Gîte Bonhomme are welcome to use all facilities, including gamesroom with pool table and table tennis, secure covered parking for 2-wheeled vehicles, drying facilities, large front garden area with field views and use of bicycles, free of charge. Other facilities available for a surcharge include laundry, off-road motorcycle hire, airport transfers and evening meals.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Meals

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: La Souterraine
Distance: 5 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Varied
Name of nearest fishing location: Étang du Cheix | La Souterraine
Distance: 5 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Le Moulin Du Goutay
Distance: 12 km

Mountain biking

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Fiche 16 La Chapuisette La Benaize - Le bois de Bessac

Watersports

Wine tasting and cookery

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Torsten Goodman

We are English and have lived in this part of France for 6 years and love the area, so much beautiful countryside still to explore!

Year property purchased 2011
Why this location? This area, known as the Lake District of France, is a nature lover's paradise. The Limousin is full of stunning scenery and offers thousands of kilometres of beautiful walks, cycle rides and horse-riding. Maps and routes of varying levels of difficulty and bicycles are available for use free of charge. Watersports and fishing are also popular activities. When you're not enjoying the outdoors, there are Chateaux to explore, antiques fairs to browse and of course, regional cuisine to be sampled.
Unique benefits of property On your return to Gîte Bonhomme, the cottage welcomes you with a beautiful vintage woodburner for the cooler months and its thick stone walls keep you comfortable in the summer.

The double height living / dining room contains a large corner sofa, which converts to a comfortable bed for 2 and is well-equiped with TV and bluetooth music speaker. Wifi is available throughout.

The living room leads onto the fully equipped kitchen, where there is additional dining space. From the kitchen, there is a small terrace with barbecue facilities. Also from the kitchen is the bathroom.

The bedroom can be configured as either a king sized bed or twin beds and is accessed via a spiral staircase (possibly not suitable for the very elderly or infirm).

The Owner Recommends

Crozant is a Stunning Area to Explore by Bicycle or on Foot.

A stunning landscape of rivers, lakes and rocky promontories in the middle of France

Visit the intriguing ruins of the fortress

Walk or ride on the Way of St.James like the pilgrims

Follow the footsteps of the 19th Impressionists painters of the "School of Crozant"

Sous Parsat Church

Magnificent stained glass windows and modern brightly coloured frescoes by local artist Gabriel Chabrat. The walls and ceiling are completely covered with paintings depicting the Old and New Testament

Oradour-sur-Glane

At 2pm on 10 June 1944, the SS Division ‘Das Reich’ killed 642 people, including nearly 300 children, and burned the village. The people were gathered in the fairground, groups of men divided into barns, to be shot down or burned. Women and children locked in the church to suffer the same fate. The 15 acres of ruins have been maintained in the same condition as in the aftermath of the massacre. The conservation of Oradour is unique and intensely moving. The cemetery is home to one of the few remaining lanterns of the dead in Limousin.

Tour de Bridiers

The Tower of Bridiers is situated on a hill surrounded by wetlands, four kilometres from the historic centre of La Souterraine. Formerly, the headquarters of the Viscount of Bridiers, visitors can visit the restored Tower and medieval garden at its foot.

Porte Saint-Jean

The Saint-Jean gate was built in the thirteenth century and served as a prison until 1860. It is all that remains of the former ramparts of La Souterraine.

Notre-Dame Church and Crypt

Around 1015, the Viscount of Bridiers, Gerald Crozant, gave the crypt to the Abbey of St. Martial de Limoges whose monks restored and enlarged it, with local support. In August 1022, the Viscount was buried there. La Souterraine is a stopping point along the Way of St James pilgrimage route to St. Jacques de Compostela in Spain. This was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times. The white stone on the church tower continues to guide modern day pilgrims to this day.

Route of Richard the Lionheart

This route links together the amazing castles, churches and historical site of Limousin and bordering departments forming a fortified barrier to the south of the region.

Arboretum de la Sédelle

Beautiful landscaped garden bordered by the Sédelle. Idyllic
setting covering 6 hectares.

Lac de Saint-Pardoux

Lake St. Pardoux is an artificial reservoir of 330 hectares of
water situated at 360m above sea level. Saint Pardoux
welcomes visitors in search of tranquility. For swimmers,
there are three beaches, one at Chabannes, one at
Fréaudour and one at Santrop. At Chabannes, mountain
biking, sailing, dinghy, catamaran sailing, and canoeing are
offered by the leisure center. Adept water skiers or pedaloes
may prefer Fréoudour. Finally, if you want to mainly swim,
beach Santrop is ideal. For hikers there is 28km of
shoreline and about fifty miles of trails marked near the
lake.

Monts d’Ambazac

The Ambazac mountains are a small mountain range
located on the western foothills of the Massif Central. The
region is best known as the birthplace of the monks of
Grandmont, whose order was most prevalent in Europe at
the end of the thirteenth century. Miles of marked trails
make this a fantastic area for walking, cycling and horse-
riding with plenty of historical sites of interest and
impressive panoramas to take in along the way. The highest
point reaches 701 metres at the Puy de Sauvagnac.

Le Labyrinthe Géant de Guéret

The giant labyrinth of Gueret is one of the largest mazes in
Europe, set in over 6 acres of greenery in the heart of the
Monts de Gueret.

Forêt de Chabrières

Just south of Gueret, the Chabrières forest covers 2000
hectares and contains the Wolves of Chabrières animal
park, large monoliths – the subject of local myths and
legends, ancient granite quarries and many trails.

Monts de Blond

A Celtic world with all that that implies of popular legends,
fountains, woods and imagination! The forest is very well
preserved and full of mysterious treasures: miraculous
fountains, megaliths (menhirs, dolmens, strange-shaped
rocks)…

Lac de Vassiviere

At 1000 hectares, lake Vassiviere is the largest in the
Limousin. Located in the north of the Millevaches Regional
Nature Park, the lake is situated in protected woodland
surroundings. Relax on one of the sandy beaches or enjoy
the great variety of water sports available. Plenty of tracks
to keep cyclists and walkers busy too.

1 Review
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Andrew and Chris 10 September, 2018

Rowena and Torsten were great hosts and the gite was clean and set in a lovely part of Creuse. Being so close to the major routes and to a town with local amenities was also a bonus for us. We cycled nearly every day and as usual in rural France, the roads and scenery were fantastic. The only downside for us was adjusting to certain things that we have come to expect staying in gites in France over the years such as no washing machine, microwave and electric kettle- this might sound petty but when you are cycling up to five hours a day, the former is quite important and the other two items just give you options when you need them. Washing could be done but at a cost which was not ideal for us. At the same time, whilst quite cosy, the gite itself is quite small and at times, particularly in the kitchen, we found ourselves constantly bumping in to each other. We also felt that the stairs were quite tricky and my partner felt quite unsafe on them.

Overall, a cosy gite in need of a bit of an upgrade in our view. Thanks to Rowena and Torsten for their efforts to makes us feel welcome. You cant beat Creuse for peace and quiet and the locals are incredibly friendly and helpful.