18C village cottage in a quiet location. The one-bedroomed cottage sleeps four.
Linda or Sam
- english, french
About Linda or Sam
Although from the UK, with grown-up family and Grandchildren still living there, we have been fully resident in France since 2003. We meet and greet our guests in person, and are on hand to assist them during their stay at Limousin-Cottage, should they need any local information on things to do and places to visit, or there are any unforeseen issues with the accommodation that require our attention.
Linda or Sam purchased this Cottage in 2006
Why Linda or Sam chose Mailhac-sur-Benaize
The Limousin region is known as the French Lake District, and there are so many lovely places to visit. The landscape varies from rolling hills, lakes and forested mountains, all within easy driving distance from the cottage. We loved this village for it's peace and quiet, and for the beautiful countryside right on the doorstep, but we didn't want to be remote. It's in an ideal spot to fully explore the Limousin. The region was the favourite choice for famous artists such as Renoir, as the light can be astonishing and so special that you have to see it for yourselves. Our children and Grandchildren absolutely adore coming every Summer and never tire of it. You can completely chill out and unwind once you are here, and can do as much or as little as takes your fancy. We have had previous guests who have barely ventured out of the back garden, preferring instead to make the most of the tranquility, to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather with a good book and a glass of the very inexpensive and very good wine you can find here, and have barbecues every day! Our French guests also greatly appreciate what the cottage and the region have to offer.
What makes this Cottage unique
The cottage was in a very dilapidated state when we first saw it, and had been unoccupied for at least 30 years, but we loved it's charm. It was built around 1750, the second house in the village after the construction of the neighbouring cottage, which was the priests home. It is quietly tucked in behind the village church, which is sadly no longer used for regular masses, but is still fully functional and you can look inside. It holds the remains of two saints, St Gervais and St Protais, and there is a yearly ceremony where the remains are taken outside in a little procession along the lane to the cemetery. Years and years ago the little courtyard directly in front of the cottages was a graveyard, which was subsequently moved to the cemetery. We have a little momento of this, as our doorstep is actually one of the old granite gravestones, with a Saxon cross on it! Behind the cottage is open countryside, and we often see deer crossing, and once even sat in the garden watching two young deer playing hide and seek around a bale of hay. From the little garden you can watch birds of prey, or bats in the evening. There is a nightingale who sings his little heart out all through the night, a beautiful sound to drift off to sleep to.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Your well-behaved pet is welcome.
Travel cot and high chair available
We allow one or two doggie friends to stay with you in the cottage, providing they are not left alone if they are of a nervous disposition.
Although we do not allow smoking in the cottage, guests can of course smoke outside.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Fantastic property, great area for swimming cycling or relaxing. 10/10
Very good communication no issues at all.
Thanks so much for your great review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay and were able to do all the things you planned. Kind Regards, Linda
Enjoyable stay in the Limousin.
Lovely little cottage situated just behind the Church in a quiet village. Linda & Sam were there to welcome us on our arrival and were full of information of places to visit. The cottage was well equipped and we wanted for nothing. We were there for two weeks in July. The second week temperatures reached 40 deg. but whenever we returned from a day out, the cottage was always cool. Would recommend for a relaxing holiday.
Thank you so much for your very positive remarks. It was a pleasure to meet you, and your tolerance of the extreme temperatures this year
was very impressive. :)
Quaint and peaceful
A quaint,quiet and charming cottage. Our hosts,Linda and Sam were lovely helpful and hospitable. If returning to that area of France, would definitely stay there again. The view out from the bedroom window was exactly as in the description, beautiful scenery.
What lovely guests! We are so pleased you all felt so at home in the cottage, not forgetting sweet little Peanut of course! You both looked so well at the end of your stay - the pure Limousin air certainly agrees with you. Thank you so much for choosing us.
limosin-cottage, the pictures do it justice!
Before committing to rent this holiday cottage I came to France in August to check out the area to buy my own place, I contacted Sam and Linda and asked to meet with them first and look at the property first hand. They kindly picked me up from La Souterainne train station and I viewed the cottage, it was lovely and perfect for me. I provisionally booked from October and am staying until early Jan.
Linda and Sam are incredibly helpful and kind. They have been supportive in my search for a French home of my own which is great, and also recently took me to Chateroux to look around a massive brocante.
The property is a good size, is lovely and clean, well maintained and nicely furnished, I've just started lighting the wood burner and it gets nice and toasty. In addition to this it has lovely clear views from the bedroom window out onto beautiful countryside. The night sky is a treat as there is little or no light pollution.
Nearby is a little village with a well stocked supermarket, petrol station and pharmacy etc.. for daily commodities.
I would definitely recommend this property to anyone that loves peace and quiet, and loves rural France at it's best summer or winter. I will be sad to leave.
Thank you so much for your lovely comments Gayle. We hope your new life in France in your super new home will be everything you hoped for. Linda & Sam
Limousin Holiday Cottage
This holiday cottage exceeded all expectations. Spacious. comfortable bed, great shower, full of character and equipped with everything you need and more. The next door neighbours are Sam and Linda and they could not be any more welcoming and helpful. One damp evening we set off on the 30min walk to the restaurant at Lac de Mondon. We had obviously been spotted because after 100 yards Sam pulled up in his car and insisted on giving us a lift. Customer service? You bet!
The local area is very rural and peaceful, yet it catered for all our wants and needs. Great bars selling good food, a well stocked supermarket, pharmacies, bakeries, butchers, swimming pool, beautiful walks, cycle rides ( bikes supplied by Sam and Linda ) and a very reliable and friendly local taxi service.
Access to the motorway network is only 6 miles away and direct trains to Paris are only 12 miles away in La Souterraine.
All in all, a great holiday and if you are visiting from Northern Ireland, bring Tayto crisps and potato bread. Sam and Linda deserve them!
Hi Ian and Shirley,
It was a real pleasure to welcome you both to our quiet little corner of France! How fantastic for you to get to go to the N. Ireland EUFA cup matches during your stay. The Tayto crisps and potato bread are going down very nicely indeed - and Puss says thank you for feeding her when we were away. Friends for life LoL. We really hope to see you back in the Limousin again sometime. Thanks again, Linda & Sam X
The area is a paradise for bargain hunters, with car boot sales and fleamarkets going on all over the region for much of the year. There is also a great Aladdin's cave just along the road from the cottage, where you can find just about anything, from reclamation and furniture to bric a brac!
A visit to Oradour sur Glane is not to be missed. This is the ruins of a village after a WW2 massacre which has been left as a tribute to the victims. There is a visitor centre and you can walk around the whole of the village. The site attracts visitors from all over the World. It is about half an hour from the cottage.
The nearby pool at Lac de Mondon is open to visitors in season, and there are amazing riverside walks from the lake, where you pass through medieval forests with waterfalls and prehistoric caves. There is a lovely Auberge, where you can get a superb meal, lunchtime or evening, Tuesday to Saturday. The lunchtime menu changes each day, they use home-grown and locally sourced produce, and it is just €13 for three courses. There is also a great poolside bar restaurant, Le Repos. Although a little further afield, we can thoroughly recommend ZooParc Beauval for a wonderful day out. It is rated amongst the top ten zoos in the World and the best in France. It is 90 minutes drive from the cottage, but well worth the drive. New for 2016 - see hippos swimming underwater!
Limoges is a lovely, open city, surrounded by hills and lakes, and has a beautiful river, the Vienne, passing right through the city. You can walk on pathways along much of the length of the river, visit the magnificent Gothic cathedral (which is set in lovely botanical gardens) and have a wander through the flea-market in the medieval streets around the cathedral. Limoges is renowned for porcelain manufacture, and there are factory and museum visits.
A 20 minute drive away from the cottage is the huge monthly market at Les Herolles, which is also a stock market. Held on the 29th of each month, unless the 29th falls on a Sunday, and then it is on the Monday. The fresh produce is top quality. It is arguably the biggest market in France.
If you would like an authentic French meal freshly prepared for you to enjoy in the cottage, one of our neighbours, Herve, is a Paris-trained chef and has his own catering kitchen. You put your order in the day before, ready to be collected at a time of your choice. Weekends only. He doesn't speak English, but don't worry - we can always translate if needed.