About-us

Welcome to Gites Limousin.  We aim to offer you a very peaceful and relaxing experience and, if the days pass by without you noticing them, then maybe we have done our job ~ simply take a deep breath, empty your mind, sit back and relax.fruit-image

We have a few passions in life mainly celebrating the outdoors; nature, wildlife and gentle, leisurely exercise in the forms of walking, cycling or swimming.

We hope that the gites could offer us the opportunity to encompass at least a couple of them, and as such hopefully let you experience and enjoy them too.

The local countryside

With so much natural beauty on the doorstep the location is ideal for exploring either on foot or by bike.  You can wander through the countryside on the numerous tracks and paths or, simply meander along the small dappled lanes, stumbling across hidden lakes and sleepy hamlets along the way.  The air is fresh and the lakes are warm; just leave your busy life behind and come and experience a true retreat of peace and tranquility.

Set off straight from the front door, hiking, jogging, biking or driving.  

The gites through the grapevine

Go 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.  

We have hopefully put together some useful information so you can start planning in advance!

Beautiful, inquisitive Limousin cows

Our other passion is for antiques and collectables.  

The gites are therefore furnished mainly with things that are either ‘old’ or ‘interesting’.  Spend time spotting all the different little pieces that are dotted around.  Investigate all the treasures that we have found in the numerous brocantes and vide grenniers that are held weekly throughout the region.  Perhaps even go to one yourselves to see what hidden gems you could find to take home as a memento of your holiday:

antique french commode in the bedroom

antiques in ‘La Vienne’ master bedroom

We have two gites, enabling us to accommodate 8 people comfortably.  

Each gite has been renovated to a very high standard; 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; each has two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Hopefully we have provided everything you need to make your French holiday a dream vacation:

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restored with care, La Vienne kitchen

We also have two barns where you can store bikes should you wish to bring them with you, or hire them when you arrive.  

You may even get to try the tandem if you’re feeling brave …

One barn is used as our studio. The main part is situated on the first floor with a lovely balcony that overlooks the properties ~ it’s very difficult to get any work done when the sun is 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 time.  We are of course referring to a ‘little owl’ who despite his cute looks, can be a noisy little whotsit when we are trying to work; screeching as he flies around the barn, mesmerising the cats. 

Our resident Little owl

Our other barn is a regular roost to a couple of barn owls who, we are privileged to say, have nested somewhere around our property for the last few years.  

In 2015, we had 3 owlets born and fledged (we even had to temporarily help hand-rear them ourselves !)  

In 2019, they nested in the attic above our bedroom, where they raised 4 owlets to adulthood (very noisy!)  

And in 2020 and 2021, they chose the studio barn to raise their broods, with 2 and 3 baby owlets respectively fledging into adults.  

Where will they be in 2022 …

The wonderful 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.  

Some of ‘our’ beautiful barn owls

Dark skies:

Having little to no light pollution here at night, you will be amazed by the number of stars that you can see simply with your naked eye.  It is especially rewarding for those guests coming to stay from towns and cities where the majority of the stars are obscured by the glow of the lights.  It is a true wonder to behold.  

Simply sit and watch the sky and maybe, if you’re lucky enough you may catch a glimpse of a shooting star, passing comet or a space station.

Stunning dark skies

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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my tiny work

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:

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