Welcome to Gites Limousin – we aim to offer you a very relaxed experience and, if the days pass by without you noticing them, then maybe we have done our job; so sit back grab a fig, plum, peach or cherry off one of the fruit trees, 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. One of our loves is the outdoors and nature; the other is antiques.
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 walking, cycling or just simply relaxing. From the gites you can set off straight from the front door on foot, or drive off in any direction dependant on your whim – you will be met with beautiful, enchanting scenery, lakes and sporting facilities; historic sites or beautiful towns and vast open countryside. The only difficult choice you will have to make on your vacation is what to do; we have hopefully put together some useful information so you can start planning in advance!
As mentioned, our other passion is antiques; so you will find that the gites are furnished mainly with those things that are either ‘old’ or ‘interesting’. The nice twist is that many of the furnishings you could go home with if you take a liking to them. 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, each of which we have renovated to a very high standard, being sympathetic to their origins ~ quirky in places ~ traditional in others. They are both three storey houses, dating to the late 17th / early 18th century. They needed complete renovation; so 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. For example, this 1958 Solex which gets up to a mighty speed of 18kph (with a following wind and some peddle power to assist the tiny engine!) has now been replaced with a much “sportier” 1966 Solex …
We also have two barns, one of which is used as our workshop; 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 guests spends much of his evenings ~ he is a ‘little owl’ ~ who despite his cute looks, deposits little ‘welcomes’ all over our car. He can also 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 another frequent visitor ~ a barn owl ~ who spends his time in the other barn. In 2015, we were lucky enough to have 3 baby barn owls born and raised in our barn. 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 ~ a joy to behold.
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 workshop 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: