La Maison Blanche, Deux Pont, Chatelus – le – Marchiex
Spacious 5 (4 doubles and 1 triple) bedroom house accommodating 11 people + cot
Large salon 60 metres squared provides a great recreation space and includes:
Dining table seats 12
Well equipped kitchen with:
Large fridge freezer
Crockery and cutlery
Good selection of cooking equipment and utensils
Car seats available
Separate utility with washing machine/ironing board
Four double bedrooms and fifth bedroom with three single beds
(rental of bedding and towels at small extra cost)
Two spacious shower rooms
There are 4 toilets in total
Outside terrace to the front of house is a suntrap; ideal for taking in the life of village as you sip a coffee or aperitif. Patio tables and chairs for 12
Step out the front door, cross the road and you are at the market place where there is an artisan market each Monday. Further along the road you come to the Auberge which includes a small shop from which you can buy your daily provisions, baguettes, croissant etc. While there, stop for a coffee, glass of wine or light snack and a chat.
On the doorstep is the beautiful, tranquil Limousin countryside (likened to the Cotswolds but more of it!)
Five minutes in any direction and you are in a walkers paradise, whether it be following one of the many designated routes through the woodland, travelling the path that leads you down to the river, passing the six fountains as you go. Or whether you would rather walk the short distance to the lake where you can relax on the manmade beach, take a swim, hire a pedalo, eat an ice cream and enjoy a drink.
Whichever route you choose you can enjoy the tranquillity of this little known idyll. Along your way you may encounter the occasional pilgrim who is following the 900 year old pilgrimage route to Santiago De Compestella. Look out for the sign of the shell around the region and you will know that you are following this well-trodden path.
Birdwatchers remember your binoculars as Creuse reportedly has “more buzzards than human inhabitants”
Cyclist can enjoy part of the route taken by the Tour de Limousin which takes you through many kilometres of extremely quiet and gently inclined roads through the Ambazac Mountains. Just be aware that a deer may wish to share your path.
There are number of eateries within a 5 minute drive. The nearest of which is less than 2 kilometres away and offers homemade food and often has live music. Look out for posters in the market place at Chatelus that advertise local events.
Ambazac and Bourganeuf are local towns (15-20 minute drive) which have super markets and petrol stations as well as a range of small shops.
The main city in the region is Limoges with its wealth of attractions not least of all, its magnificent cathedral. There are a various museums and galleries an opera house and good shopping. There is a fabulous walk along the river which you can break up by stopping for lunch at one of the cafes.
Additional fun can be had at the many of the large lakes including:
Lac Pardoux 35 minutes away which as well as having the usual attractions also has a tree walk which ends on a zip slide across the lake.
Lac Vissiviere, a 50 minute drive is very popular for its range of boating facilities.
A family favourite is Lac Erguzon with its inflatable rides, swimming, playground and café.
The region is steeped in history from Henry II to Richard the Lionheart.
Many of the local churches date from the 11th and 12th centuries.
This is an ideal place for anyone looking for the peace and space to relax and look at the world.