Welcome to Gites Limousin – we aim to offer you a very relaxing experience and, if the days pass by without you noticing them, then maybe we have done our job ~ simply empty your mind, take a deep breath and relax.
We have a few passions, and the gites have offered us the opportunity to express at least one or two of them. We have approached the idea from a slightly different perspective to try and encompass at least a couple of them.
Our main passion is nature, wildlife and the outdoors; which includes our much loved and spoilt cats. With so much natural beauty on the doorstep the location is ideal for exploring; either on foot or by bike or, you can simply relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility that surrounds you.
Set off straight from the front door, hiking, biking or driving.
Head in any direction and you will be met with beautiful, enchanting scenery, lakes and woodland; historic sites and beautiful towns and, a vast unspoilt open countryside. The only difficult choice you will have to make on your holiday is what to do, and what to miss out on (this time …) we have hopefully put together some useful information so you can start planning in advance!
Our other passion is antiques; you will find that the gites are furnished mainly with those things that are either ‘old’ or ‘interesting’. So if you love the old and interesting and would like to experience living with antiques, this is the place for you:
We have two gites, enabling us to accommodate 8 people comfortably (10, if 2 are happy to use a sofa-bed). Each gite has been renovated to a very high standard and have just been awarded 4 & 3 star accreditations; being sympathetic to their origins ~ quirky in places ~ traditional in others. They are both very similar three storey houses dating to the late 17th / early 18th century; with two bedrooms and two bathrooms in each. Needing complete renovation we started from scratch ~ it is all new ~ hopefully we have provided everything you need to make your French holiday experience a dream vacation:
And, you never know what you will find here (as it changes on a weekly basis) dependant on what treasures we have discovered at the many weekly Vide Greniers or Brocantes.
We also have two barns, one of which is used as our studio; the main part is situated on the first floor with a lovely balcony that overlooks the properties ~ it’s a hard life ~ very difficult to get any work done with the sun out! Half of the barn is open to the roof, and it is in those rafters where one of our frequent guest spends much of his evenings ~ he is a ‘little owl’ ~ who despite his cute looks, can be a noisy little whotsit when we are trying to work in the early evening, screeching as he flies around the barn, mesmerising the cats.
We also have a couple of resident barn owls ~ who spend their time in the other barn. In 2015, we were lucky enough to have 3 baby barn owls born and raised in the barn ~ we know this because we had to temporarily help hand-rear them! In 2019, they nested in the attic above our bedroom; and we were privileged to have 4 owlets, successfully fledge to adulthood. And in 2020, they chose the other barn to raise their brood, where 2 baby owlets successfully fledge into adults.
The beautiful thing about living in the countryside is the abundance of animals, birds and alike that simply live all around you, which makes sitting outside ~ at anytime of day or night ~ a joy to behold.
Having no light pollution at night, you will be amazed by the astronomical number of stars that you can see simply with your naked eye in the clear, dark skies. For those guests coming to stay from cities and towns, it is just a true wonder to behold; you can sit and watch for hours and maybe, if you’re lucky enough, you may catch a glimpse of a shooting star, passing comet or space station.
If you are looking for more information about things to do, the lifestyle, or just a whole lot more about what is going on and happening in the area, please take a look at our Facebook page:
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Another of our passions is ‘Miniatures’ or ‘Dolls House Miniatures’ or all things ‘tiny’. As a maker, we have a studio and showroom in one of the barns and we are always busy creating new and exciting things. In the future we aim to offer group workshops, but nothing is planned on paper yet; however, if you would like one-to-one tuition, please get in touch and perhaps make it part of a weeks vacation: