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.
We have a few passions in life, and we hoped that the gites could offer us the opportunity to express at least a couple of them. We have therefore approached the idea from a slightly different perspective to try and encompass our interests, and hopefully let you experience and enjoy them too.
Our main passions are nature, wildlife and the outdoors; 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 world behind and come and experience a true retreat of peace and tranquility.
Set off straight from the front door, hiking, biking or driving.
Head out 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!
Our other passion is for antiques and collectables. The gites are furnished mainly with those things that are either ‘old’ or ‘interesting’ ~ you could spend ages spotting all the different little pieces that are dotted around throughout your stay. Come and 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:
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; 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:
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 time; 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.
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 were lucky enough to have 3 owlets born and raised in this barn (we even had to temporarily help hand-rear them!) In 2019, they nested in the attic above our bedroom (very noisy!) where 4 owlets successfully fledge to adulthood. And in 2020, they chose the studio barn to raise their brood, where 2 baby owlets successfully fledge into adults. Where will they be in 2021 …
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: