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Sheila Large

Advertiser since: 2010
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Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Sheila Large

Advertiser since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


Treignac House Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms, lounge, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, downstairs toilet, hall

La Maison du Forgeron is a typical French family villa, built for a master blacksmith in 1932. The house is totally independent and stands in a large secure garden with another secure field behind. It is ideal for a family or for a group of friends to share. The house has been carefully restored to show its Art Deco features at their best. It enjoys 360 degree panoramic views across the beautiful countryside and down to the Vezere gorge. The house has four double bedrooms, a traditional family bathroom, a separate downstairs toilet, a well-equipped, traditional kitchen, dining room and lounge as well as an attractive terrace and gardens. It is a short walk down to the centre of Treignac, designated as one of the most beautiful villages in France.

La Maison du Forgeron stands high on a hill above the Vezere gorge with lovely views over the rooftops of the village of Treignac. It is an unusual gite; restored to maintain it's original French 1930's feel. The impressive front door is adorned with wrought ironwork and a glass canopy, a legacy of Louis Faure, the local master blacksmith, who built the house in 1932. The door opens into a tiled hallway with original Art Deco wrought iron fittings and a winding, oak, staircase. To the right is a lovely light lounge with views over the gorge. The original marble fireplace remains with a splendid gilt mirror above, one of ornate features designed for the original house, now restored to its rightful place.

Across the hall is a sunny dining room with oak table and cabinets for the plentiful tableware. Two lovely comfortable wing armchairs and a footstool make this another place to put your feet up after dinner and relax with a digestif.

The kitchen leads off from the dining room and through a large oak door into the garden. In true country style the kitchen has a French dresser (complete with chicken coop), a cream Smeg fridge, a traditional butchers block for food preparation and a huge inglenook fireplace (cantou) that houses the range cooker. Cooking and cleaning facilities however are thoroughly modern with two electric ovens, a five ring hob and dishwasher. There is also a microwave and all of the usual kitchen equipment.

On this floor there is a large twin bedroom containing two 110cm bamboo beds and a small washroom with toilet. Upstairs you will find a large landing as well as two double bedrooms and an attic twin. The Art Deco furnished master bedroom has lovely views over the gorge and the other more rustic double room has long windows looking out to the distant Monedieres. All windows have attractive ironwork balcony rails. The cosy twin room under the eaves also houses a discreet utility area and an original washbasin. The family bathroom has a roll top bath, rain shower, traditional suite and more views out over the distant mountains.

The house is tastefully decorated throughout in traditional, Farrow & Ball shades that echo the period in which it was built. The furniture is an attractive mix of solid wood and antique pieces, many from the same Art Deco period, and complementing the attractive light fittings that follow the ironwork theme of the house. Bed linen is in Egyptian cotton and all duvets are feather and down (please tell us if this might cause allergy problems and we will arrange alternatives).

Outside the kitchen door spreads a wide garden space, all safely enclosed for small children. There is a safe and sturdy play area with swings, slides and dens. This is a lovely sunny spot to breakfast, to read or sunbathe in the shade of a tree or under the gazebo. At the front the raised granite terrace is perfect for watching the sun go down in a burst of colour over the Vezere gorge - as late as 10.30 in the summer evenings.

La Maison du Forgeron was owned by the same family who built it in 1932 until we bought it in 2011. Louis Faure's only son died young so the inheritance passed to his nephew, Louis Bole. He married Elaine and they had just one child Helene. We still have both Elaine and Helen's school books and her art portfolio from college in Paris.

Sadly in the past years the house was only visited occasionally and we spent over a year rebuilding serious decline and damage. We have tried to restore the house to feel like a typical, French family villa with a mixture of English antique furniture and French pieces bought locally. We love visiting Treignac and staying in La Maison du Forgeron. We hope you will too and wish you a very happy stay.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sheila Large (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2010
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Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian

About Sheila Large

We are a British couple who fell in love with Treignac and the Correze when we first visited some years ago. Pip is a professional garden designer who has laid out the garden. Sheila is a teacher trainer, an amateur gardener and a poet. We intend to move to France eventually In the meantime we are enjoying sharing our house with visitors from all over Europe and beyond.

Sheila Large purchased this house in 2011

Why Sheila Large chose Treignac

We love the situation of La Maison du Forgeron, right on top of the hill with views all round, yet a short walk into the village. This pictures shows the lake in a snowy winter, but it is truly at its best in high summer. The friendly beach bar, lovely white sand and shallow safe water make it the perfect family beach.

What makes this house unique

We also like that it is a traditional French home that has been lived in by only one family since it was built. Although it was sadly neglected, with upstairs stuffed full of accumulated clutter, we could see through this to the elegance beyond. The light windows and views make it a lovely house in summer and the log fire makes it cosy in the winter months. In the summer we are out of doors all day, either enjoying the many walks around the area, canoeing on the lake or trying to create the garden of our dreams.

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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
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Beautiful Art Deco period house in a lovely mountain village with lake nearby
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
Beautiful Art Deco period house in a lovely mountain village with lake nearby
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Treignac Tulle

Brilliant house and location.

  • 5 of 5
This house is a little gem, we felt "at home " from the minute we arrived, Owned by a delightful English couple, but decorated in a traditionally French style, with lots of very stylish yet comfortable touches. The town of Treignac is very picturesque, and the house, with a great view of the town, is only a few minutes walk from the centre of the town. There are a few typically French bars in the town and a very nice restaurant, Le Brasserie just a few minutes walk from the centre. There is also lots to do and see further afield, the lake is great for a lazy day relaxing in the sun. All in all a great house in a great location, and the owners were thoroughly helpful and made sure we had an enjoyable stay.
  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Beautiful Art Deco period house in a lovely mountain village with lake nearby
+44 -07980761604
Treignac Tulle

A very "easy going home" . To recommend !

A very "easy going home" . To recommend !
  • 5 of 5
An easy going home, not pretentious. Great with adults or children. The garden is very pretty, with a portal for children, a small barbecue, games to the lake.
The house is furnished very simply but very pretty. And very quiet too ! This is a house that was not afraid to move, and this is very important when you arrive on holiday!
Would recommend without hesitation. Thank you. Sophie, 4 adults, 4 children (Google traduction... sorry)

Une maison facile à vivre, pas prétentieuse. Super avec des adultes ou des enfants. Le jardin est très joli, avec un portique pour les enfants, un petit barbecue, des jeux pour aller au lac.
La maison est meublée de manière très simple mais très jolie. Endroit très calme. C'est une maison dans laquelle on n'a pas peur de s'installer, et c'est très important, quand on arrive en vacances !
A recommander sans aucune hésitation. Merci. Sophie (4 adultes et 4 enfants)
  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Limoges Bellegarde
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Cafe de Paris, Le Foirail, Cafe du Commerce
Nearest Ferry
550 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Bugeat or Lacelle
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Saint Germain le Belles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
La Brasserie or La Flambe
Nearest Ski
30 Kilometres
Mont Dore
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Lac des Barriouses
Car: recommended

The house is situated in the village of Treignac, high on the hillside overlooking the Vezere Gorge. The nearby lake, Lac de Barriouses, has a lovely, safe attended beach which is lively in summer yet never too overcrowded. You can enjoy the surprisingly temperate lake waters, beach games, play equipment, pedalos and kayaks to hire. There is also a very pleasant beach bar and restaurant serving excellent meals, snacks and drinks all day.

Treignac is designated as one of the most beautiful villages in France and is set in the heart of the Monedieres mountain range, in the Millevache National Park. The village retains its distinctly medieval character with old cobbled streets and ancient buildings and churches. It has all the attributes of the most typical French village, including excellent bakers and butchers. It also boasts Borzeix-Bess one of the most-popular Chocolatieres in France. There are three very good restaurants and three friendly cafe bars, all within a short walk of each other. There are two good hotels, La Brasserie and the Hotel de France. Just on the edge of the village is the large supermarket and there are a couple of small Epiceries (grocers' shops) right by the main square.

Treignac was founded around 800AD, with its first chateau being built around the year 1,000 on an inaccessible outcrop high on the loop of the River Vezere. The city walls were constructed around the same time and the 13th century Chabirande gate still survives. The current parish church was originally built in the 13th century in the Romanesque style. Musical and choral events are held here, as well as in the nearby Chapel de le Penitents, throughout the year and are particularly enjoyable on warm summer evenings or in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Surrounded by beautiful countryside with dozens of lakes and picturesque villages, the area is a great centre for walking, cycling and road tours. It is very well known as an important centre for water sports, in particular river kayaking with international and world competitions regularly taking place. Throughout the summer there is a weekly farmers' market on Friday evening, often followed by a dance, musical event and even discos at the rugby club for the livelier element. These various events continue throughout the year taking place in the Salon de Fetes during inclement weather and culminating in La Galette des Rois, a Christmas cake presented by the Mayor for the consumption of all the villagers in January to celebrate the coming of the three kings to Bethlehem.

Limousin remains one of the least discovered regions of France with its three departments, Correze, Creuse and Haute-Vienne. It is often known as the 'Lake District' of France. The climate is ever-changing and brings with it the beauty of each season. Being within the mountain range snow is a regular feature around Christmas and is always deep and crisp and even. Springtime is usually warm, sometimes hot, with the widest range of mountain and spring flowers, while the autumn colours rival anything you might see in New England. But Treignac is undoubtedly at its most popular in summer. Weather in the summer can be very hot but, fortunately for those who don't like too much heat, the evenings are pleasantly cool.

As well as Lac du Barriouses there is a small lake with free fishing very close to the house. Lac de Viam is at about 10 kilometres and Le Lac de Vassivière, with its lovely Chateau restaurant and International Art gallery (Centre International d'art et du Paysage) is within easy reach for a day out.

Treignac is ideally situated for exploring the surrounded countryside,within a days excursion are five of the prettiest villages in France, “plus beaux villages de France ”; Collonges la Rouge, Curemonte, Saint-Robert, Segur le Chateau and Turenne, most of which have regular guided tours.

Other famous sites include valley of the Dordogne, Valley of Vézère, the Causse Corrézien and the famous city of the horse, Pompadour, as well as numerous famous Chateaux including the medieval Chateau de Ventador, Chateau de Val, Château de Sédières , Les tours de Merle, Le Château Forteresse de Comborn and the Château de Ségur le Château.

The area is well blessed with beautiful walks and throughout the year there are organised excursions (randonnees) to view nature historic sites or to collect wild mushrooms

We believe that Treignac offers the best of all seasons and a truly wonderful French experience. The house gives you the chance to enjoy life at a different pace, that often feels like it belongs to a different era. Whether you are a group of friends keen to walk, cycle, swim or just enjoy French life; or a family with children of all ages, there is something for you to enjoy in Treignac and the Correze and a lovely, peaceful home to come back to in the evening.


Rates & Availability

Treignac House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low season
May 5 - May 30
3 nights
Canoe Kayak Treignac
Jun 1 - Jun 10
4 nights
Low season
Jun 11 - Jul 4
3 nights
High season
Jul 5 - Sep 6
3 nights
Low season
Sep 7 - Oct 31
3 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit £200
Notes Rental is for a minimum of three nights. A weekend is three nights, usually Friday to Monday or by arrangement. Start days may vary and can be arranged according to travel arrangements and flight arrival days. Rates are based on eight people using four bedrooms and include bed-linen, towels, heating and hot water. SMALL PARTY DISCOUNT MAY APPLY PLEASE ASK.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Treignac House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom features a roll top bath, rain shower and wall-mounted, regulated heater with ventilation and views through the modern velux window. The walls are finished in toile de jouy paper and traditional limed oak panelling.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Beds 110cm
  • There is one bedroom on the ground floor that can be accessed by a wheelchair. We apologies that we have no wheelchair accessible shower but there is a toilet and washbasin next door to the downstairs bedroom. The other three rooms are on the first floor with the family bathroom. Bed linen is high quality cotton. Duvets are feather and down and both feather and synthetique pillows are available. Synthetique duvets can be provided in the case of allergies. There is central heating in winter downstairs and all upstairs bedrooms have electric, wall-mounted heaters. Please note there is a discount for small parties who want to use just one or two bedrooms.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Guests may bring one small dog. Public bins are provided specifically for dog mess. The garden is enclosed and safe for small children and dogs.

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